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Slain: Back from Hell Tips and Strategies

Greetings! My name is Christian Bliss, Content Manager at Digerati Distribution. To help celebrate the arrival of Slain: Back from Hell on Xbox One today, October 21, we've amassed a keen-edged arsenal of tips from the development team to help you cut a bloody swath through the foul hordes who stand in Bathoryn's way! Slain's brutally harsh reputation precedes it, so you'll need every tool at your disposal to stay un-eviscerated. These strategies will focus on defense as well as how to attack with devastating effectiveness. Parrying Above all else, learning to parry is your key to turning the tide in battle, and timing the block so it can be turned into a shattering riposte may... Read more

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Welcome to Battlefield 1! Now Available Worldwide

As Battlefield 1 is rolling out worldwide, I’m looking back on a journey that started with a daring pitch from the team here at DICE. Fast forward a few years, and it’s almost surreal to see you getting your hands on the final result, facing the dawn of all-out war with the rest of the community. With Battlefield 1, we wanted to create a fresh new take on the franchise, keeping that classic and unmistakable flavor that is Battlefield intact. It was a gamble. We knew that. But with such a unique game setting like the Great War, many unique gameplay options came with it. Judging from your reactions (not to mention how much fun we’ve had with the game ourselves) I dare say the... Read more

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Dead Rising 4: Deluxe Edition Available for Pre-Order and Season Pass Contents Revealed

Today, we’re excited to announce the pre-order availability for Dead Rising 4: Deluxe Edition. Along with Dead Rising 4 the game will come with the Season Pass (a $24.99 USD value), making it the best way for fans to get the complete Dead Rising 4 experience, granting you access to an all-new multiplayer mode, new story content and the exclusive bonus Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack. The game will be available both from the Microsoft Store digitally and at select retailers globally via purchase of a digital code ($79.99 USD). It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Dead Rising 4 Season Pass comes with: Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack: Frank West is home for the holidays and he’s got... Read more

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Halo Wars 2: Exploring the Campaign and a New Way to Play

The last time we saw the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire in Halo Wars, they were settling in for a long cryosleep on their way home, knowing that with a little luck, they'd make it back to civilized space in one piece. Nearly 30 years later, they’re awakened to a new threat to the Halo universe and find themselves as the one thing standing between hope and annihilation. Halo Wars 2 will take us back to the Ark, introduce new heroes and villains, and deliver a new multiplayer mode that has the potential to push the real-time strategy genre forward. "Due to the Ark's tremendous size, we basically have an infinite canvas to paint our war spaces on," explains Jeremy Cook, Art Director for... Read more

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Dexterity Adventure Manual Samuel is Now on Xbox One

Perfectly Paranormal here! For the last two years we've been swimming and swimming and swimming. Our veiny over-proportioned arms waggle on, our sweat and tears mix with the salt water, but it's all worth it. We can finally spot the shore! We are, of course, referring to the ultimate release of our 'dexterity adventure' game, Manual Samuel, on Xbox One. It's the story of a spoiled rich boy called Samuel who has suffered a grim demise and woken up in Hell. Here he meets the Grim Reaper, Death, only this horseman rocks a skateboard, not a pale stallion. Death offers Sam a "deal 'n' biz" -- survive a day living manually and he'll be granted the rest of his years back. That means it's... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: October 17 – 23

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the greatest games coming soon to Xbox One. Each and every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every title hitting Xbox One. Whether you're a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there's sure to be something for you to enjoy. So without further delay, let's see what's coming Next Week on Xbox! Battlefield 1 - Available Now (EA Access Trial), October 18 (Early Enlister Deluxe Edition), October 21 (Global) Fight your way through epic battles from tight urban combat in a besieged French city, to... Read more

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More Matching Madness with Microsoft Mahjong: New Themes, Challenges, Puzzles

The Microsoft Casual Games team is proud to announce that Microsoft Mahjong, the classic tile-matching game, is now updated for Windows 10 with Daily Challenges, a new look and feel, and 20 new puzzles exclusively for Windows 10. Fans can now enjoy a total of more than 40 puzzles for hours of tile-matching fun! Microsoft Mahjong is now a Universal Windows App. For people who love playing the game, that means new experiences can be created and added to the game faster than ever on both Windows 10 PCs and Windows 10 mobile devices. Take your Mahjong tile-matching to the next level with some of the great Microsoft Mahjong features available on Windows 10 starting today: Variety of New... Read more

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Furi is Slashing its Way to Xbox One

Furi is coming soon to Xbox One and we're very excited for the opportunity to put the game in new players' hands. So, what's Furi about? It has been called many things, from "supremely stylish," "genre-bending," and "intensely engaging," or "a torture for the thumbs" and "the hardest game since Dark Souls III." Indeed, Furi is a challenging game comprised entirely of wildly varying boss battles with a mysterious quest for freedom as its backdrop. Its unique mix of sword fighting and shooting has garnered it a lot of praise. Its art style is vibrant and the character design is striking, thanks to Afro Samurai's creator, Takashi Okazaki, with an original soundtrack featuring popular... Read more

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Xbox NFL Player Charity Challenge: Make Your Pick for the Best Madden Gamer

Ever wonder who the best Madden player in the NFL is? This season, Xbox is putting 8 players to the test to determine the ultimate Xbox NFL gamer in the Xbox NFL Player Charity Challenge. Starting October 18th, each week Microsoft Stores will host two NFL stars to square off in Madden NFL 17 on Xbox One in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner earning a donation to a charity of their choice. Matchups will be broadcast LIVE via Twitch. Fans also have a chance to meet their favorite NFL player and cheer them on at Microsoft Stores. Find out if your Store is hosting a tournament, and submit weekly picks for who you think will win here. Fans can get in on the action by filling out a... Read more

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Mantis Burn Racing Developer Tips and Strategies

We're excited to say that Mantis Burn Racing is now available on Xbox One! Being the first game that VooFoo Studios has both developed and published ourselves, we can honestly say this has been an exciting roller coaster ride and one we've enjoyed immensely. Mantis Burn Racing harkens back to classic top-down arcade style racing that you know and love, with stunning graphics and immersive gameplay features such as a comprehensive single-player campaign and an in-depth vehicle upgrade system. Mantis Burn Racing is all about gaining that all-important racing advantage, and we can't wait for you to experience highly competitive local four-player split-screen races and online modes for up... Read more

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Gears of War 4 Available Worldwide on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

Today, we’re thrilled to celebrate the official release of Gears of War 4 with fans around the world. Available exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Gears of War 4 marks the beginning of a new saga for one of the most acclaimed videogame franchises in history. Set 25 years after the end of Gears of War 3, Gears of War 4 has been a hit with critics and who have described the game as the “best-looking game on Xbox One” and “stunning in 4K.” “Gears of War 4 is the culmination of an incredible journey and almost three years of passion and dedicated work by our studio team,” said Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition. “Whether you’ve been a fan from day one or... Read more

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EA Access Members Can Deploy Now for the Battlefield 1 Play First Trial, Exclusively on Xbox One

Battlefield 1 is right around the corner, releasing worldwide on October 21 (or the 18th if you pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition) but your next chance to play is today, exclusively on Xbox One. EA Access members can deploy now for the Play First Trial on Xbox One for Battlefield 1, giving members ten hours of game time at the dawn of all-out-war. Five maps and four modes will be available, including St. Quentin Scar, Amiens, Sinai Desert, Fao Fortress and Suez in the Conquest, Rush, Operations and Domination modes. There’s also a taste of the single player campaign, with Storm of Steel and the War Story, Through Mud and Blood. Your progress carries over, too, if you decided... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: October 10 – 16

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox where we cover the greatest games coming soon to Xbox One. Each and every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play some of the best games. Whether you're a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there's sure to be something for you to enjoy. So without further delay, let's see what's Next Week on Xbox! Gears of War 4 - Tuesday, October 11 A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must... Read more

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Xbox Teams with Undefeated for Gears of War Capsule Collection and L.A. Pop-up Store

Every year the Xbox team arrives in Los Angeles the week before the official start of E3. We rehearse the media briefing, get the convention hall ready, and for a dedicated crew on Saturday morning we take a break and drive out to La Brea to see what’s new at Undefeated. I became an Undefeated fan soon after they got started in 2003. I was living in Los Angeles, where fashion was defined by Christian Audigier's Von Dutch tracker hats and Ed Hardy t-shirts which were as outrageous as they were ubiquitous.  Undefeated was a respite, and antidote. The clothes were a West Coast take on classic ametora, borrowing vintage military and varsity themes in equal measure. The look was both... Read more

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Announcing Xbox FanFest: Ciudad de México 2016

Xbox FanFest is back for a 3-day event in Mexico City from November 11 - 13! Starting on Friday, November 11, Xbox will invite 500 lucky fans to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience on Friday evening. To win an invitation to this special Friday event, fans will be asked to participate in several of our community activities leading up to November 11. Friday's activities include: A special briefing event hosted by Phil Spencer at 8.00 PM local Mexico time (6:00 PM PST). Fans from around the world can watch this live on Twitch at,, and other Xbox channels we will communicate later Exclusive early access to the Xbox event at Expo Santa Fe with no... Read more

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Gears of War 4 Early Access Starts Today

Today, fans who purchased Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition can experience the beginning of the new Gears saga four days before the Oct. 11 global launch with early access on Xbox One and Windows 10. In addition to early access, Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition owners get the Gears of War 4 Season Pass, which includes the exclusive Vintage VIP Pack featuring Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins; permanent access to 24 additional DLC maps (two per month for a year) for private play on dedicated servers; an exclusive Developer Playlist that grants access to new maps, modes, and features that can be tested prior to broad release; and a 17-pack Starter Airdrop (which unlocks character and... Read more

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Top 10 Moments from Gears of War 4: Live

Gears of War 4 is set to introduce a thrilling new saga to gamers worldwide on October 11 (or October 7 for fans who purchased Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition), and last night’s Gears of War 4 Live broadcast gave fans a taste of what to expect. In case you missed it, the full 90-minute broadcast is available to watch online, with a highlight reel of the show’s biggest moments above and some of our favorite segments listed below. Bringing Gears of War to the Big Screen – One of the biggest announcements from Gears of War 4 Live came when The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson announced a partnership with Universal Studios and Bluegrass Films to produce a Gears of War... Read more

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Create Cinematic Battlefield 1 Content on Xbox One

In Battlefield, Spectator mode is a way for players to join a live match as an observer. Both Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline have a Spectator mode but for Battlefield 1 we wanted to improve upon Spectator mode by adding features aimed at our community who love to stream their Battlefield gameplay, those that create cinematic content and for others that are just casual viewers. Battlefield players on PC have had the ability to create cinematic experiences through external mods and software that could not be achieved on consoles. But for Battlefield 1, we have specifically added Cinematics Tools within Spectator mode that equip all players with the ability to make creative video... Read more

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Play Rise of the Tomb Raider, Get 100,000 In-game Credits

It's been two decades since the original Tomb Raider, and to celebrate we have a ton of new content for Rise of the Tomb Raider. In the new story chapter "Blood Ties," Lara must explore her childhood home to find proof that she's the rightful heir to Croft Manor. Then in "Lara’s Nightmare," the Manor is overrun by zombies which offers replayable combat and community challenges. We've added co-op gameplay to the Endurance survival mode so you can raid tombs with a friend in a frozen Siberian landscape, and an Extreme survivor difficulty mode for those who want to test their skills in the single-player campaign. All this and more will be available on October 11, and Xbox One and Windows... Read more

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Announcing Voodoo Vince: Remastered, Coming Early 2017

Sixteen years ago, I left a reasonably secure job as a game designer to pursue a dream. That dream was to build a quirky character platformer about a little Voodoo doll named Vince. It wasn't a huge dream, compared to being an astronaut or inventing a way to jam stuff into a pizza crust, but this was mine. I hit the road and started pitching the idea. Game publishers seemed to love the idea, but I soon learned that publishers always love ideas. Getting them to sign on the dotted line was a different story. I pitched the concept for nearly a year before Vince found a home with the perceptive and tasteful folks at Microsoft Game Studios. They said no too. Twice. But I kept coming back.... Read more