Bringing the Action of Far Cry 4 to Life
We’re nearly a year into the Xbox One’s life, and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 already stands out as one of the most forward-thinking shooters of this generation. The Southeast Asian setting is undeniably gorgeous, but the publisher has also demonstrated closer looks at what is perhaps the series’ most significant trademark: action that plays out in unexpected ways thanks to smartly designed, procedurally generated content from a complex array of systems. Take, for instance, the demo mission Ubisoft let attendees play back in June at E3: You could choose to fly the game’s new gyrocopter around the enemy base, piloting the vehicle and using your single-handed weapons to take out enemies while you fly. You might also choose infiltrate their barracks and take them out stealthily, or perhaps ride an elephant into the base and smash it to bits.
Destiny Available for Pre-Order and Pre-Download on Xbox One
To say that we’re excited for Destiny would be a bit of an understatement. From the moment developer Bungie’s open world first-person shooter hit Xbox One as a beta, we were hooked. In recent weeks, we’ve broken down the different Destiny character classes, took a closer look at the game’s weapons, and went to the moon for some multiplayer action. Destiny just can’t come soon enough, and we’ve ensured you can hit the ground running on September 9. We are pleased to announce that Destiny is available for pre-order and pre-download. To celebrate the launch of the game, the following two Destiny game bundles are available for pre-order globally, starting today, through the Xbox Store on the console or online at store.xbox.com.
Running the Gauntlet in Madden NFL 15
Proving you’re the best at Madden NFL 15 isn’t just about beating your friend in a game of traditional football anymore. Now, you’ve gotta prove that you possess the on-the-fly skills to face awesomely insane challenges. Welcome to the Gauntlet, one of the coolest additions to Madden NFL in quite some time. Gauntlet is a brand new mode attached to Madden NFL 15’s Skills Trainer, which itself is a newer addition to the series. Skills Trainer teaches you football concepts, how to read defenses, and how to play Madden’s completely new defensive mechanics. It’s like taking a class on football. Sticking with that analogy, think of Gauntlet as the test to prove you were paying attention during class. It’s a 40-level series of challenges – each one a random objective that you learned from the Skills Trainer. Fail five times, and it’s game over. Challenges range from completing passes against various lines of defense and making field goals to preventing first downs and using finesse moves to attack the QB.
Forza Horizon 2 Demo Date and Xbox One Achievements Announced
Forza Horizon 2 fans, you’ve been asking for it and today we’ve got news: The Forza Horizon 2 demo for Xbox One is coming on September 16! If you haven’t been lucky enough to be at E3, Gamescom, PAX, or any of the other shows where Forza Horizon 2 has made an appearance, September 16 will be your day to finally get hands-on with the latest open-world action racing game from Playground Games. Explore the beauty of southern Europe in a handful of the world’s most beautiful cars in this demo, which has been designed to give you a brief taste of what to expect when Forza Horizon 2 launches on Xbox One, beginning on Sept. 30. In addition, today we are releasing the full achievements list for the Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2. Feast your eyes, Achievement Hunters, on what awaits for you and your favorite cars when you land in Forza Horizon 2’s southern European paradise.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Looks at the Less Serious Side of Stealth-action Espionage
The Metal Gear Solid series has never been afraid to inject some humor into its serpentine story lines, dramatic cut-scenes, and neck-snapping action. If you’ve ever hidden in a cardboard box, distracted a guard with a risque magazine, or played that memorable section of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – where Raiden runs around naked – you’re already well-aware that director Hideo Kojima’s stealth-espionage epic enjoys tickling ribs when protagonist Snake isn’t breaking them.
How Madden NFL 15 Helped Us Love Playing Defense
They say that defense wins championships, but offense wins fans. And judging by how people generally play Madden NFL, it’s clear that football fans like scoring more than anything. And we get that: The joy in throwing that perfect touchdown is hard to compare to the, ahem, thrill of forcing a quick three and out. But EA Tiburon changed all that, because the developer’s focus on Madden NFL 15’s defense has made it one of the most fun aspects of the entire game. The biggest change in this year’s game is the ability to camera-lock behind a chosen defender. It’s a simple camera shift, but it completely changes how you play. If you like to play the defensive line, you’ve now got your targets locked on the quarterback. But this comes with a caveat: As a lineman, you’ve got less of a sense of where the ball is being thrown, because you don’t get that view down the field, making it more challenging to rapidly switch to a Ball Hawk scenario.
Xbox at PAX Prime 2014
The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles. We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch, giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre and inviting everyone to a pre-PAX ID@Xbox event on the Microsoft Campus showcasing over 25 of our upcoming ID@Xbox titles! Learn more about these activities, our full Xbox@PAX Schedule and more at our U.S. Events Website.