Microsoft Stores Announce Exclusive Pre-Order Items and Bonus for Xbox Live Rewards Members
If you haven’t already started counting down the days until Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we’re giving you even more ways to get pumped. Starting today, Xbox Live Rewards members will earn 15,000 rewards credits, yes that’s $15, for each Xbox One or Xbox 360 game pre-ordered and shipped through MicrosoftStore.com this holiday.
Microsoft Stores currently offers anyone who pre-orders a game a $10 gift card in Store or $10 on Xbox Live when ordered on MicrosoftStore.com. In addition, they have exclusive content and swag with Halo: Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive pre-orders.
When you pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection through the Microsoft Store, you will receive a “My Other Car is a Warthog” throwback license plate frame, a Master Chief window decal and an exclusive “Boom” Skull that unlocks 2x explosion physics for the Halo 2: Anniversary campaign.
The 5 Must-have Marvel Super Heroes in Disney Infinity
Picking a favorite figure among the 16 that have launched alongside the all-new Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360) is a task on par with squeezing the Hulk into a pair of skinny jeans. So, rather than selecting just one must-have Marvel icon, we chose five – still no easy feat. After fighting Frost Giants, Symbiote-infected foes, and Sakaaran soldiers from behind the likes of Thor, Spider-Man, Star-Lord – and all their Play Set-compatible pals – we've decided that the following quintet of crime-fighters are the coolest... so far.
Meeting Assassin’s Creed: Rogue’s Bad-boy Protagonist
The first thing that struck us during our latest Assassin’s Creed: Rogue demo wasn’t a blade or a bullet, but the Xbox 360 title’s breathtaking beauty. Unfolding from the deck of protagonist Shay Patrick Cormac’s ship, our hands-on session was filled with the sort of postcard-perfect imagery usually seen in vacation pamphlets. From Rogue’s snow-capped mountains and colonies of penguins to its icy waters and sky-illuminating northern lights, the gorgeous environment easily had us forgetting that this “last-gen” offering wasn’t being powered by the Xbox One. While the eye-popping surroundings nearly lulled us into thinking we were enjoying a vacation cruise, the enemy ships blasting us with broadsides quickly shattered that illusion. Thankfully, Rogue’s fresh approach to the franchise – putting players behind an assassin-turned-Templar antihero – introduces plenty of new tools and toys to the series’ already-ample arsenal. Because Shay has gone to the dark side, so to speak, he, as Producer Karl von der Luhe put it, “has access to advanced weapons that the Assassins could only dream of.”
Sound Familiar? The Voices of Destiny
As you dig into the world of Destiny, you're going to discover that there's a lot of story going on. And that means there's a lot of talking going on. Fortunately, Bungie hasn't skimped on the talent in this regard, drafting some top-tier stars to voice the characters you’ll meet as you play the game. Here are eight of the most recognizable actors lending their voices to Destiny. Your Ghost – the artificially intelligent construct that serves as Guardians' support and companion – is the voice you're going to hear most often in the game. It comes courtesy of Peter Dinklage, who has been wowing audiences as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He also recently appeared as Dr. Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Also, he was Miles Finch in Elf. Destiny isn't his first video game role, but it's the first not adapted from a film he starred in (specifically, Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).
Reinventing a Franchise with Skylanders: Trap Team
So far, Activision’s Skylanders games have been all about bringing toys to life. Put a toy on the included Portal of Power accessory, and boom – you’re now playing with that character in the game. With Skylanders: Trap Team, however, the developers at Toys for Bob wanted to take a step in the opposite direction: take something from the game and bring it into a toy. When you track down an escaped villain and defeat him in battle, you have the option to capture him in a physical “trap.” The villain lives inside the Traptanium Portal... but instead of being a bad guy, he instead works for the titular Skylanders, and you can play as him using his special abilities in the fight for good.