A Bigger, Better Portal for Skylanders: Trap Team
For the upcoming fourth installment in the beloved toys-to-game Skylanders franchise, developer Toys for Bob has expanded on the series and created not just another Skylanders game, but an awesome new evolution for the series. Skylanders: Trap Team is much more than it appears to be. Trap Team takes everything we love about Skylanders, and adds in an awesome and compelling new feature: trapping and collecting enemies. Using Trap tokens, players can capture villains, then bring them back as playable characters to fight alongside the titular Skylanders. This monster-catching mechanic expands the roster substantially, with 40 hilarious and interesting villains. Take Painyata, for instance: He’s a beastly, roaring piñata that barfs candy at his foes, so you can bring him out to pummel some enemies into submission for a while. Or, if your Skylander needs some healing, maybe you’d call out Broccoli Guy – who is exactly what he sounds like.
Doctor Who comes to Minecraft on Xbox 360
Microsoft Studios, Mojang and the BBC are excited to announce a deal to bring Doctor Who, the longest running science fiction television drama in the world, to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. As part of this deal, Minecraft fans will be able to use characters from the Doctor Who series in cool new skin packs, the first of which will launch in September. Players will have access to a wide selection of the best characters from the entire 50 years of Doctor Who, with six Doctors in each skin pack – starting off with the 11th Doctor and five other Doctors, their companions, their biggest adversaries and the Doctors’ arch-enemy, the Daleks. Doctor Who puts you at the heart of an extraordinary adventure and Minecraft fans are in for the ride! Watch for the first skin pack coming soon.
Forza Horizon 2 Demo Date and Xbox One Achievements Announced
Forza Horizon 2 fans, you’ve been asking for it and today we’ve got news: The Forza Horizon 2 demo for Xbox One is coming on September 16! If you haven’t been lucky enough to be at E3, Gamescom, PAX, or any of the other shows where Forza Horizon 2 has made an appearance, September 16 will be your day to finally get hands-on with the latest open-world action racing game from Playground Games. Explore the beauty of southern Europe in a handful of the world’s most beautiful cars in this demo, which has been designed to give you a brief taste of what to expect when Forza Horizon 2 launches on Xbox One, beginning on Sept. 30. In addition, today we are releasing the full achievements list for the Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2. Feast your eyes, Achievement Hunters, on what awaits for you and your favorite cars when you land in Forza Horizon 2’s southern European paradise.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Looks at the Less Serious Side of Stealth-action Espionage
The Metal Gear Solid series has never been afraid to inject some humor into its serpentine story lines, dramatic cut-scenes, and neck-snapping action. If you’ve ever hidden in a cardboard box, distracted a guard with a risque magazine, or played that memorable section of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – where Raiden runs around naked – you’re already well-aware that director Hideo Kojima’s stealth-espionage epic enjoys tickling ribs when protagonist Snake isn’t breaking them.
How Madden NFL 15 Helped Us Love Playing Defense
They say that defense wins championships, but offense wins fans. And judging by how people generally play Madden NFL, it’s clear that football fans like scoring more than anything. And we get that: The joy in throwing that perfect touchdown is hard to compare to the, ahem, thrill of forcing a quick three and out. But EA Tiburon changed all that, because the developer’s focus on Madden NFL 15’s defense has made it one of the most fun aspects of the entire game. The biggest change in this year’s game is the ability to camera-lock behind a chosen defender. It’s a simple camera shift, but it completely changes how you play. If you like to play the defensive line, you’ve now got your targets locked on the quarterback. But this comes with a caveat: As a lineman, you’ve got less of a sense of where the ball is being thrown, because you don’t get that view down the field, making it more challenging to rapidly switch to a Ball Hawk scenario.
Xbox at PAX Prime 2014
The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles. We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch, giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre and inviting everyone to a pre-PAX ID@Xbox event on the Microsoft Campus showcasing over 25 of our upcoming ID@Xbox titles! Learn more about these activities, our full Xbox@PAX Schedule and more at our U.S. Events Website.
Next Xbox One Update Rolls Out with New Social and Mobile Features
Today, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update to fans around the world, which will include improved social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. These new features are a result of your invaluable feedback, including some of the most requested features seen on Xbox Feedback. Here’s the final list of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting today and over the next few days: Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home - if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase. Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You'll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).