Crytek Releases the All-Action Shooter Warface Xbox 360 Edition Today
The anticipated online first-person shooter “Warface Xbox 360 Edition” from Crytek and Microsoft Studios releases today for Xbox 360 and is available in the Xbox Game store. The free-to-play shooter will feature a five-soldier Co-op Mode and competitive sixteen-person maximum Versus Mode in which players can master four “Warface” classes: Rifleman, Sniper, Medic and Engineer to experience different tactical approaches, gameplay styles and unique weapon sets. Starting today fans of “Warface Xbox 360 Edition” will receive regularly updated content, enabling an action-packed experience with new, daily co-operative campaign missions, and a continuous supply of new maps, weaponry and more. Rated T (Teen) by the ESRB and 16 by PEGI and USK “Warface Xbox 360 Edition” is available exclusively on Xbox 360 as a free-to-play with Gold title. For more information, please visit www.warfacexbox.com.
Silly Hats, Serious Zookeepers: Team Xbox Builds for Good
Troy Barnes wore a furry yellow-and-white monkey hat into battle last Thursday night. His five-man team, all Microsoft employees, all of them wearing animal-themed hats promoting Zoo Tycoon, had taken LEGO up on its challenge to build for good. LEGO’s Build For Good contest played out at Seattle’s EMP Museum Thursday night. Seven companies (among them Amazon, Expedia, and Nordstrom) were tasked with using LEGO’s Mindstorms EV3 to build robots that would address everyday problems. Barnes and company built a working, automated, and 3D version of "Zoo Tycoon." Their display featured robots ZETA and ECHO (Zookeeper Extraordinaire Technical Assistant and Exhibit Crate Hauling Overseer, respectively) dropping exhibits into place and ensuring the animals were all pellet-fed.
Building for Good: The Xbox Way
Star Wars’ Galactic Empire never got the message: Build for good. But Microsoft and six other Seattle-area companies did. Seattle’s EMP Museum played host to LEGO’s “Build For Good” charity event late last week, where seven five-man teams were challenged to create something beneficial for humanity using only LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits. The souped-up LEGO kits sell for $350, and have electronic components that can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks such as grasping, traveling along paths, and sensing objects via infrared. It was this Mindstorm EV3 kit that inspired 12-year-old inventor Shubham Banerjee to build a Braille printer he dubbed “Braigo.” And, in turn, Braigo inspired LEGO to challenge companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, and Nordstrom to use its toys to promote an appreciation for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines and conjure creative solutions to everyday problems.
Our Favorite "Noooooo!" Moments in Dark Souls II
What, you thought that when you picked up this case with its friendly, bright-green shell, you were getting just another video game? You thought the depressed knight on the cover was maybe having some personal issues? No, friend -- this isn't a game. This is “Dark Souls II.” And if it wasn't for the moments of agony this series provides, you wouldn't experience the joy of overcoming against all odds, right? Yeah, let's tell ourselves that as we recount some of the toughest elements that developer From Software decided to throw our way this time around. And beware of some light spoilers in here for the uninitiated (but I'll call them out for you, so you can avert your eyes, if you wish).
Mission Possible: Zoo Tycoon Players Achieve First Community Challenge
With the support of the “Zoo Tycoon” community, Microsoft is proud to announce that the first-ever “Zoo Tycoon” Community Challenge has been successfully achieved. More than 10,000 players voted, selecting to support the Sumatran Tiger Survival Program. In just a few weeks, players then took on the challenge and released 1,000 Sumatran Tigers into the wild in the game. As a direct result of these efforts, Microsoft donated $10,000 to the Sumatran Tiger Survival Program. Run by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the program aims to help reduce the number of Sumatran Tigers killed, displaced or caught in snares.
Get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight for Free with April Games with Gold
Starting tomorrow, two more great titles are available via the Games with Gold program on Xbox 360, available for free for a limited time: “Hitman: Absolution” ($19.99 ERP), available from April 1 – 16 and “Deadlight” ($14.99 ERP), available from April 16 – 30. Wear the suit of the ultimate assassin in “Hitman: Absolution.” Betrayed by the Agency and hunted by the police, Agent 47 finds himself pursuing redemption in a corrupt and twisted world. Blend into plain sight, kill with your bare hands and fashion a weapon from almost anything. Download on April 1 and become Agent 47, the world's deadliest assassin.