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The Gears of War Holiday Gift Guide

So you’ve finished all the leftover Turkey, fought the Black Friday crowds, and scoured the deals on Cyber Monday, but are now left with a dilemma… A huge friends list, but no gifts! Have no fear fellow COG! We’ve prepared a handy Gears of War gift guide that’ll showcase the latest and greatest Gears swag for the most discerning of holiday gift givers. Whether you’re buying for another Gears fan in your life or want to treat yourself to some new Gears merchandise, this Guide has the low down on the hottest Gears swag available this Holiday! Apparel First up in our apparel highlights is Gears meets fashion with our Gears of War x Neff capsule collection. This stylish... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – December 2

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Prepare for a Wintry Forza Horizon 3 Adventure with Blizzard Mountain Get the snow tires ready and pack your best parka, because Blizzard Mountain beckons! The Blizzard Mountain Expansion for Forza Horizon 3 is coming... Read more

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Let the Slay Ride Begin! Dead Rising 4’s Launch Trailer is Here

We’re just four days away from the December 6 worldwide launch of Dead Rising 4, available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and to whet your appetite, we debuted the official Dead Rising 4 launch trailer last night at The Game Awards 2016. Featuring a blend of live action and gameplay, and a unique Frank West reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, the trailer celebrates the countdown to the holiday season, Dead Rising style. Check out the video above for yourself! With launch activities in full swing, earlier this week Blake Anderson of “Workaholics” fame participated in our special livestream, Man vs. Holiday. Taking place inside a 15-foot tall snow globe with 12... Read more

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Overcooked’s Free “Festive Seasoning” DLC Coming December 6

It's been a busy year. I feel like I say this at the end of most years, but this year, I'm confident in saying, it has been the busiest I've ever had. At the beginning of 2015 we started working on Overcooked, sat with our laptops trying to figure out how on earth we'd found ourselves developing a four-player game with only two people in my front room, but when you take that big leap into uncharted waters you don't have much choice but to start swimming. By 2016 we were in full stride on development with an impending deadline approaching and lack of sleep gradually stealing away our sanity. We poured everything we had into the project, we took it to conventions where we sat chewing... Read more

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Furi Available Now on Xbox One

When you start development of a game, you often have references in mind. And as you create that game, you see those similarities and its inspirations. You start to wonder, "Is my game too similar? Am I making something unique or just being a copycat?" Working on Furi, I remembered fondly these Japanese games from 10 to 20 years ago: God Hand, Metal Gear Solid 3, No More Heroes, Super Punch Out!, Alien Soldier… I wanted Furi to have that same feeling with amazing character design and responsive controls to match the concept I had in mind: it was going to be a boss fight game. But I wanted Furi to be varied, to surprise gamers and to offer different challenges over more than eight hours... Read more

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Microsoft Stores Reveal Deep Xbox Discounts and Offers for the Holidays

Microsoft Stores announced its 12 Days of Deals – the store’s annual series of incredible, one-day-only savings and doorbusters – and there are a ton of can’t-miss deals on Xbox One bundles, games, controllers and more. Savings run December 5 -16 at your local Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com while supplies last. In-store doorbuster deals are exclusively available at brick-and-mortar locations, while supplies last. Xbox and gaming offers include: Day 3 (December 7): Save 50 percent on select Xbox One games, including Battlefield 1, ReCore and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Gamers headed to their local Microsoft Store can take advantage of an In-Store Doorbuster Deal to... Read more

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Atriox Smashes Through in New Halo Wars 2 Trailer at The Game Awards

If there's one thing to be certain about in the Halo universe, it's that there's no rest for the weary. New threats seem to pop-up overnight and heroes are always called upon to save the day. Being outmanned and outgunned is a way of life for Spartans and usually they pull through. However, that’s not always the case. In addition to the surprise announcement that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will begin rolling out on Dec. 20 for anyone who pre-orders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, a world-exclusive trailer for Halo Wars 2 was revealed at The Game Awards today and with that a deeper insight to the new threat that's sure to shake the foundation of... Read more

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Fight With Forge Again in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on December 20

Get ready to discover the mysteries of Harvest once more! In a surprise announcement at The Game Awards, 343 Industries revealed on stage that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, available to anyone who preorders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, begins rolling out to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Dec. 20! Halo Wars tells the tale of the UNSC Spirit of Fire and its intrepid crew as they battle against the Covenant on the planet Harvest, set over two decades before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. Released back in 2009, Halo Wars was widely considered to be the one of the best console RTS games available and with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, old fans and... Read more

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December Brings New Maps, Features, Content and Deals for Gears of War 4

The march of new content for Gears of War fans continues this December with the second major update for Gears of War 4! Arriving on December 6, this update adds extra value for Season Pass holders and includes two brand new maps, “Gearsmas” goodies plus a whole host of fixes and improvements. And for anyone that hasn’t picked up the game yet, it’s 33% off from December 1 to December 28! Brand New Maps Following the release of fan-favorite maps Checkout and Drydock last month, two brand new battlegrounds will arrive with the December Update. Speyer https://www.youtube.com/embed/vqgTHNWqTog Evacuated long ago, this lonely district of Speyer is a still image of pre-Locust... Read more

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Celebrating the Past and Future of Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Once upon a time, Minecraft: Pocket Edition had no clouds and no sun. It had no slimes and no melons. You may find this hard to believe, pocket crafters of the past year. But at the beginning, Pocket Edition had the most basic of gameplay features, forged by a single coder named Aron, who spun up the first build in less than three months for an E3 demo in 2011. Crafting came to Pocket almost a year later with a new Minecraft Advanced Touch Technology Interface System (MATTIS), named after Mattis Grahm, one of Mojang's pixel wizards. And then many crusaded to bring infinite worlds to earthly cellular devices – an unimaginable feat. The savvy members of the Pocket Edition team pioneered... Read more

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Stardew Valley Coming to Xbox One on December 14

In Stardew Valley, you start with an overgrown plot of land, a few hand-me-down tools, and a small amount of money. What you use them for is up to you! Stardew Valley is a country-life role playing game in which you make a new life for yourself by living off the land and getting to know the local townspeople. There are many ways to find success… try your hand at farming, fishing, mining, foraging, fighting monsters, and raising animals. While making a living is an important part of your new life, you'll also want to make friends with the locals. As you get to know people, you'll learn more about their personalities and stories. You can even get married and have kids! I spent over... Read more

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Prepare for a Wintry Forza Horizon 3 Adventure with Blizzard Mountain

Get the snow tires ready and pack your best parka, because Blizzard Mountain beckons! The Blizzard Mountain Expansion for Forza Horizon 3 is coming Dec. 13 and bringing with it a Forza first – snow, ice, extreme elevations and blizzards to challenge players in their quest to become the King of the Mountain. Set amidst extreme alpine settings, players will explore a snowy mountain playground in eight new vehicles – including the 2016 Ford GYMKHANA 9 Focus RS RX – all in brand new race events that have been specifically designed for spectacular mountain racing. Become King of the Mountain This brand-new campaign challenges players to compete in a series of thrilling events with the... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox – Upcoming Games, November 28 to December 4

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best games coming soon to Xbox One. 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 new release 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 preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! Final Fantasy XV - November 29 Final Fantasy XV is the highly anticipated next installment in the legendary series that defined storytelling and adventure in video games. Featuring action... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – November 25

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Feast on December’s Games with Gold Lineup Games with Gold has four new titles for you to add to your game library for December. Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles through Xbox One Backward... Read more

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World’s Most Popular Solitaire Game Now Available on iOS and Android

Microsoft Solitaire continues to be one of the most-played games of all time on Windows for more than 25 years. What’s more, the version of Solitaire you know and love on Windows 10 and Windows 8 PC and mobile devices, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, has reached more than 119 million unique players in the last four years alone! And now, those on iPhone, iPad and Android devices can play the popular card game for free. Microsoft Solitaire Collection offers five of the best Solitaire card games – Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid and Tripeaks – all in one app. The game also includes Daily Challenges, where you can play guaranteed solvable challenges every day in all five game modes... Read more

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Xbox One Game Streaming Coming to Windows 10 PCs with Oculus Rift on Dec. 12

At Xbox, we’re continuously exploring new ways for you to get the most out of your gaming experiences by providing the choice to play how you want, where you want and with whomever you want. With the launch of Windows 10 and the Xbox app, we first delivered the ability to stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC over your home network – and now, we’re bringing that experience to life, in partnership with Oculus, completely for free. Today marks an evolution in our ongoing partnership with Oculus, as Rift owners will be able to stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, including fan favorites like “Gears of War 4,” “Forza... Read more

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Everspace Developer Tips and Strategies

Our team at Rockfish Games has been working together on space shooters for over ten years now, on everything from smartphones, tablets, PC, and most recently consoles. Which is why we couldn't be more excited about the launch of Everspace on Xbox One, our very first console game that supports Xbox Play Anywhere featuring cross-saves and the ability to buy once and play anywhere with Windows 10! Because space is a dangerous place, we would like to give aspiring space pilots some advice on how to survive in such a hostile environment filled with natural hazards, as well as various enemies like outlaws, aliens, and a mysterious space armada trying to hunt you down. Combat in... Read more

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Conan Exiles, the Ultimate Barbarian Experience, is Coming Soon to Xbox One

Today we're proud to announce that our next game, Conan Exiles, will be making its console debut on Xbox One in Spring 2017 as part of the Xbox One Preview program! It's the ultimate barbarian survival experience where you can crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and fight your way to the top of the food chain in a harsh and unforgiving landscape. As an exile, cast from your home and left to die on a cross in an unfamiliar place, you must chart your own path across a desert wasteland where bloodthirsty cannibals, dangerous creatures, and vicious flesh-searing sandstorms dot the landscape. Craft tools and weapons, gather food and water, build shelters, and dominate your enemies... Read more

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Feast on December’s Games with Gold Lineup

Games with Gold has four new titles for you to add to your game library for December. Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold. For Xbox One, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition joins December's Games with Gold with explosive action fueled by a mix of deadly martial arts, as well as the first-person survival horror game, Outlast. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, Xbox Live Gold members can start the month playing the highly-rated adventure game, Outland, and then the ultimate racing game, Burnout Paradise. As usual, all games are... Read more