Snag Sweet Stuff in the Xbox One Summer Spotlight
We know gamers want new games, so we are giving you what you want! We are excited to announce that, over the next five weeks, the Xbox Store will be bringing over 25 new digital games to Xbox One to play this summer. We will have some of the most anticipated titles of the summer, including King’s Quest and Smite. There will also be great indie titles to explore such as The Swindle and Yasai Ninja. Summer Spotlight will have a wide variety of titles and different genres for fans to explore on their Xbox One. From July 29 – August 31 we will be bringing you new games every week, so check back every Tuesday to discover new games to play! Now for the best part: Enjoy these great games with the convenience of downloading them right from your living room to your Xbox One!
Know Your Genres: Role-Playing Games 101
Just what do we really mean when we talk about “game genres,” anyway? Sure, you’ve probably seen that “fans of the genre will enjoy this” phrase in umpteen game reviews, but the truth is that the most durable game genres have walked some long, ever-evolving, and very interesting roads over the past several decades. In this weekly series, Xbox Wire’s editorial team will break down exactly what shaped your favorite genres, why they’re so timelessly awesome, and where they’re headed – while providing you with some expert advice on the past and modern classics that you should check out. This week, we’re going to delve into the history of role-playing games!
Halo Championship Series: Season 2 Finals Preview
Join us all weekend long for the Halo Championship Series Season 2 Finals by ESL from sunny Burbank, California. Season 2 of the HCS began in April, and after months of grueling competition only one team will walk away with the title of Season 2 Champion and their share of $150,000. Here’s a look at the teams competing in the tournament! Will Evil Geniuses repeat Season 1’s performance and win it all again? Or can the hungry Denial and the surging Counter Logic Gaming take them down?
Creating the Music of ReCore
Hey, ReCore fans! My name is Chad Seiter, and I have the distinct pleasure of writing the music to ReCore, as well as this blog post today. When internal discussion of the ReCore E3 trailer began, I did not know much about the game itself. So, I didn’t really know what to expect when the first version of the trailer arrived in my inbox. Suffice to say, I was so excited that I couldn’t possibly download it fast enough. After about 10 minutes of my wife listening to a completely one sided “OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED” tirade, I quickly booted MOTU Digital Performer, the program which I use to compose music. I hurriedly imported the video and loaded my sounds. Everything was ready to go. Then, I looked at my blank canvas, and I was terrified. I knew that this had to be really, really good. This is the toughest part about being a composer. As somebody whose job is to assist and amplify the core emotions of the story itself, I had to figure out what angle I should take with the music. What motivates these characters? What makes them happy or sad? When are they scared? When are they at their strongest? If you head over to ReCoregame.com, I break down ReCore's E3 trailer scene by scene, sharing my thoughts on how to score your first journey with Joule and Mack. Click here for more, and to listen to some samples. ReCore has been (and continues to be) one of the most exciting projects I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. Creating an animation like this is never a small job. It takes hundreds of talented artists and producers to bring something like this into the world. It goes through hundreds of versions, and so many people work hard to polish it to perfection. It’s my sincere hope that everybody reading this had as much fun watching the trailer as I had writing the music to it.
Know Your Genres: Adventure Games
Just what do we really mean when we talk about “game genres,” anyway? Sure, you’ve probably seen that “fans of the genre will enjoy this” phrase in umpteen game reviews, but the truth is that the most durable game genres have walked some long, ever-evolving, and very interesting roads over the past several decades. In this weekly series, Xbox Wire’s editorial team will break down exactly what shaped your favorite genres, why they’re so timelessly awesome, and where they’re headed – while providing you with some expert advice on the past and modern classics that you should check out! This week, we’re covering a beloved once-and-future staple of the PC: adventure games. From Mystery House to Monkey Island, the point-and-click adventure genre was a market-dominating staple of PC gaming culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s, popular with puzzle aficionados and narrative-hungry players worldwide. You might be surprised at just how this genre evolved in order to stay relevant throughout PC gaming’s graphics-driven explosion in the ‘90s, and how it settled into its current spot at the forefront of episodic content.
Experience True Porsche Power with Two Free Cars for Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One
Forza fans – if you love Porsche, we’ve got fantastic news for you: starting today, we are bringing two additional Porsche models to Forza Horizon 2, in celebration of the just-released Forza Horizon 2 Porsche Bonus Pack. This release features the 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Whether you’ve already purchased the Forza Horizon 2 Porsche Expansion or haven’t yet experienced the glory of the famous German marque in the game, these two awesome cars will be made available to all Xbox One Forza Horizon 2 players at no cost. The free Porsche models are being offered exclusively through the Forza Hub app on Xbox One, which can be downloaded for free. Once you’ve got it installed and loaded up on your Xbox, look for the “Two Free Porsches!” story on the front page of Forza Hub. Simply click the button in the story to head to the Xbox Games Store where you can grab your pair of free Porsches and get a taste for what makes Porsche such an amazing addition to Forza Horizon 2.Looking for Xbox Live achievements? The two models in the Porsche Bonus Pack will also allow you to unlock three achievements from the Porsche Expansion, including the “Porsche Owners Club,” “Horse Power” and “This is My Porsche.” The Porsche Bonus Pack will only be available until Friday, July 24. So do yourself a favor and download Forza Hub before it’s too late!
343 Industries Reveals New Halo 5: Guardians Story Details at San Diego Comic-Con
Following the world premiere of Halo 5: Guardians gameplay at E3 2015, developer 343 Industries today elaborated on the story of the hotly-anticipated Xbox One exclusive. During a jam-packed panel at San Diego Comic-Con, 343 Industries expanded on their bold and ambitious vision for Halo 5: Guardians. They also detailed how the game’s epic narrative is being enriched by interconnected stories told through other parts of the franchise, including the Halo: The Fall of Reach animated series, and a second season of the critically-acclaimed Hunt the Truth audio series.