It’s Cold! Bundle Up with Some Hot Deals with February Games with Gold
When it’s as cold as it has been in most of the world this winter, it’s downright dangerous to go outside. What you need is some fun, free ways to pass the time in the warm cockles of your own living room. And, like every month, Xbox Live Gold has your back. With February’s Games with Gold, Xbox One gamers get It Draws a Red Box (otherwise known as #IDARB) – an offbeat, crowdsourced multiplayer action game, and Xbox 360 gamers get treated to two awesome titles; Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, an emotional, atmospheric puzzle platformer, and Sniper Elite V2, a pulse-pounding third-person shooter. As usual, all games are available for a limited time.
The Simpsons Coming Soon to Minecraft on Xbox
Minecraft players can soon bring the characters of Springfield to life in fully-textured, cubic glory when Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Xbox launch The Simpsons content packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions. Scheduled for release in late February 2015, the downloadable pack will include the entire Simpsons family—Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie— plus 19 of Springfield Elementary School’s beloved characters from the Emmy Award-winning animated show and the longest-running scripted show in television history. “We have an active community of more than 17 million die-hard Minecrafters on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring The Simpsons to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions. I can’t wait to see what the community creates.”
Start the New Year Off with Some Sweet (Free!) Games with Gold
You probably know by now that being an Xbox Live Gold member gets you free games every month. You may have seen by now that some really cool stuff has been given away totally free as a result of this program. But January 2015 really, really takes the cake so far. Three fantastic games across Xbox One and Xbox 360 will make sure you start your New Year off right. Xbox One gets the critically acclaimed indie adventure game D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (or D4 for short), while Xbox 360 gets off-road racer MX vs. ATV Alive, and the epic role-playing game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program – so find a buddy (or not), and jump in!
The Doctor Will See You Now: Doctor Who Skins Volume II for Minecraft Arrives Tomorrow
Whovians can add a new collection of Time Lords, companions and foes to their Doctor Who-inspired Minecraft universes with the Dec. 18 release of “Doctor Who Skins Volume II” for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. “Doctor Who Skins Volume II” provides more than 50 new character skins, including the classic Seventh Doctor, Donna Noble, Captain Jack Harkness, monsters and Cybermen. With this skin pack, you can now finally pair K9 with The Tenth Doctor while building a home that is bigger on the inside. The full list of characters in the “Doctor Who Skins Volume II” is below: The Tenth Doctor
The Tenth Doctor – Suit The Eight Doctor The Seventh Doctor The Fifth Doctor The Third Doctor The Second Doctor
Xbox One Previews NFL Thanksgiving Matchups in Game Before the Game
Over the years, everyone from odds-makers to octopi have offered predictions on major sporting events worldwide. This Thanksgiving, Xbox One is getting in on the action. This time, however, the fate of NFL teams on turkey day lies in the gaming skills of one of their own. For the first time ever, NFL players simulated two of the league’s premier Thanksgiving Day match-ups in a series dubbed Xbox One Game Before the Game. For each matchup, NFL players from the Seahawks, 49ers, Bears and Lions manned the controls of their own squad to square off against their Thanksgiving Day competition in a game of Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One at their local Microsoft Store. Throughout the contest, each player trash-talked the other on video chat via Skype, showcasing the unparalleled Madden NFL 15 experience on Xbox One.