ID@Xbox: Submerged is a Lonely and Beautiful Experience
Some games are all about atmosphere, using stunning visuals, music, and world-building to convey emotion and depth. When done well, these games are some of the ones that stick with us for a long time. Submerged has the makings to be one of those games. Submerged uses very little dialogue to tell its story. Two siblings – sister Miku and younger brother Taku – wash up in a half-sunken city. Injured during the journey, Taku must rest while Miku explores the city to find supplies. Submerged’s pace is a deliberate slow burn, offering small tastes of Miku’s backstory in the form of pictogram memories and dreams. Miku can use her boat to head to crumbling buildings, overrun with plant life and animals. There’s a lot of climbing and some light puzzle-solving in Submerged, but no combat that we saw – this is a straight-up puzzle-platformer. Developer Uppercut Games says you can’t die in Submerged, either; it’s not that kind of game.
The History of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
When one of the world’s best-selling novelists decides that he wants to get into video games, people pay attention. That’s what happened in 1996, when the late Tom Clancy – king of the techno-thrillers – co-founded a game studio called Red Storm Entertainment. Two years later, the company would launch the first game in a franchise that is still going strong to this day. That game was Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. Eight games, six expansions, some 15 million sales, and more than 16 years later, we’re eagerly looking forward to the release of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, due sometime this year on Xbox One. But while we look forward, let’s also take a look back at this series that virtually defined the tactical first-person shooter.
Watch the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, Presented by Xbox, This Weekend
We’re sure a lot of you guys out there are pretty darned good at Call of Duty... but what does it take to truly be one of the best Call of Duty players in the world? Well, you can find out over this weekend, as the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, Presented by Xbox, unfolds in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Yes, 32 players will compete at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox One for a prize pool of $1,000,000. And you can tune-in to every thrilling, adrenaline-pumping moment from the comfort of your own living room through livestreamed coverage on Xbox Live and official Call of Duty website - culminating on Sunday, March 29th, when the tournament’s final match livestream starts at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on the Xbox Live Dashboard (in participating regions).
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious Expansion Available for Free for a Limited Time
The latest Forza experience has arrived! Starting today you can download Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. The standalone expansion doesn’t require any previous Forza game to play – you simply find it in the Xbox Store, download it, and you’re off to explore the amazing cars and action-packed challenges that make Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious such a one-of-a-kind experience. Best of all, this standalone expansion is available for FREE until April 10. So get in on the action now at no additional cost! In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, you’re recruited by the Fast & Furious’ Tej Parker (voiced in the game by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges) to help him acquire ten special cars for his Fast & Furious crew – the same cars you see in the film Furious 7.
ID@Xbox Spotlight: Head Down the River with your Dog in The Flame in the Flood
Survival in post-societal America is no joke. While iconic environments like the Louisiana Bayou and the Florida Everglades may have been the inspiration for The Flame in the Flood’s unique look and feel, you won't see much from our day and age in the game. Instead, only the remnants of a long-dead society remain for Scout – The Flame in the Flood’s heroine – to pick through as she makes her way down the river toward her ultimate goal. What that goal is, how she reaches it, and the things she manages to scrounge, craft, and fight off on the way are what the game is all about. At an indeterminate point in the future, Scout and her dog, Aesop, are fleeing from a deluge, heading down a procedurally generated river toward some ineffable salvation that she’s been told lies at its end. Hunger, cold, and dangerous predators will hound Scout and Aesop throughout, and it’s up to the player – and a bit of luck, since each playthrough is randomly seeded – to see the pair through their journey. The pair will find items, from bits of herbs to old tools, and will need to use them to craft all sorts of higher-level items for survival. Food and warmth are critical, too... and as Scout moves down the river, she’ll need to avoid dangerous obstacles and rapids on her raft.