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Microsoft confirms May's Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One, Xbox 360

Earlier today, the May lineup for Microsoft's Games with Gold program leaked ahead of its official announcement. The leak revealed that Xbox Live Gold members could look forward to a somewhat tame lineup in comparison to April's lineup.

Microsoft has officially announced the game lineup for May and it is just as the leak suggested.

Xbox One

  • Defense Grid 2 (May 1 – May 31) 
  • Costume Quest 2 (May 16 – June 15)

Xbox 360

  • Grid 2  (May 1 – May 15)
  • Peggle  (May 16 – May 31)

The Xbox 360 games, Grid 2 and Peggle are both backwards compatible, making them available on the Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360.

Alan Wake DLC free on the Xbox Marketplace for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Remedy gave away free copies of the Alan Wake games to those who purchased Quantum Break, and now Remedy and Microsoft have made the DLC for Alan Wake free for everyone.

The two DLC packs for the original Alan Wake game are now free on the Xbox Marketplace, for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. Those who purchased Quantum break got the full Alan Wake experience with all the DLC included, but now faithful fans and everyone who never bothered to buy the DLC packs can get their hands on both The Signal and The Writer without spending a dime.

Alan Wake and the two DLC packs can be played both on Xbox 360, where they originally came out, and on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

You can download the the DLC packs via the following links: 

Alan Wake: The Signal – Xbox One / Xbox 360

Alan Wake: The Writer – Xbox One / Xbox 360

Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set Review

When people think 'Star Wars', they don't think about Episodes I through III. They think of the original trilogy — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi. Because as much fun as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ezra, Sabine and the other launch day characters are, I've raised my kids to know who the real stars of this franchise are.

They know that Han hot first. They know that you always let a Wookie win, especially Chewbacca. They know that Luke is a Jedi, like his father before him. They know Princess Leia can doesn't betray the Rebel Alliance in the face of evil. And they know Darth Vader is the best villain ever. With all of this knowledge, all they wanted from Disney Infinity 3.0 was a way to play as these characters and experience their story, then go on to make their own.

Alas, we have the Star Wars Rise Against the Empire play set, which comes with an adventure that spans the events of Episodes IV through VI (differently, though), and comes with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader are sold separately). From Tatooine  and Hoth, to Endor and the Death Star, the Rise Against the Empire play Set takes you on a journey through your favorite movies with the characters you love the most. But does it do them justice while fitting in with Disney Infinity?

The Positives / The Negatives

The Verdict

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Assassin's Creed, Alien: Isolation and Madden NFL 16 highlight this week's Deals with Gold for Xbox One, 360

Microsoft has revealed this week's Deals with Gold for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, bringing tons of games to Xbox owners at a discount. It appears as though this week's deals might make up for the lackluster May lineup that Games with Gold is offering.

Xbox  Live Gold members can find a number of major titles on sale this week, starting with Assassin's Creed Syndicate, expanding to the new Hitman game and to Madden NFL 16. They might not be free, but at least some of the games are up to 60% off! 

If marked with an asterisk (*), the game is available to both Xbox Live Gold members and Silver members.

Xbox One

CONTENT TITLE CONTENT TYPE DISCOUNT NOTES
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Xbox One Game 45% DWG
Alien: Isolation – The Collection* Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Alien: Isolation* Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy Xbox One Game 30% DWG
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Game 50% DWG
DOA5LR Costumes by Tamiki Wakaki Set* Xbox One Game 30% Spotlight
DOA5LR New Fighters + Debut Costume Set* Add-On 40% Spotlight
DOA5LR Showstoppers Encore Set* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Gems of War Legendary Starter Pack Add-On 40% DWG
Hitman Intro Pack Xbox One Game 10% DWG
Hitman The Full Experience Xbox One Game 10% DWG
King’s Quest: Season Pass – Chapter 2-5 Add-On 25% DWG
Madden NFL 16 Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Madden NFL 16 Deluxe: Season Edition* Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Madden NFL 16 Super Deluxe: Season Edition* Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
NBA 2K16 Xbox One Game 40% DWG
NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition* Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Neverwinter Zen (All Zen) Add-On 15% DWG
Pinball FX2 Civil War Table Add-On 50% DWG
Shovel Knight* Add-On 33% Spotlight

Xbox 360

CONTENT TITLE CONTENT TYPE DISCOUNT NOTES
Alien Isolation* Games On Demand 60% Spotlight
Aliens: Colonial Marines* Games On Demand 75% Spotlight
Assassin’s Creed Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed II Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed III Games On Demand 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Games On Demand 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD Arcade 75% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Games On Demand 60% DWG
Farming Simulator Games On Demand 75% DWG
King’s Quest Season Pass Add-On 25% DWG
Madden NFL 16 Games On Demand 67% DWG
NBA 2K16 Games On Demand 50% DWG
PayDay 2 Games On Demand 60% DWG
Pinball FX2 Civil War table Add-On 50% DWG

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Review

It’s here.

It happened.

Disney Infinity finally has Star Wars, and the world is better for it.

After a successful 2.0 that saw the inclusion of Marvel characters and an expanded, refine feature set, Disney Infinity 3.0 is the culmination of ideas, properties, and execution. Disney Infinity is all about making your own adventures, playing how you want to, and at your own pace. It’s enjoyable for the whole family, and the power of Star Wars brings in a whole new fan base to enjoy just how magical the game can be.

While the Toy Box can be overly complicated at times, with each version of Disney Infinity, there are more tools to make things simpler for players. Disney Infinity 3.0 is no exception. There’s something special here, but just how special it can/will be is up to what the players try to get out of the game. Here’s what I took away from my time with Disney Infinity 3.0…

Reviewer’s Note: This review covers the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack, which comes with Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, and the Twilight of the Republic Play Set. It also covers the Toy Box Takeover expansion game, and other figures from Disney, Star Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.

The Positives / The Negatives

The Verdict

 

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Toy Box Speedway Review

Kart racing has arrived in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the form of Toy Box Speedway, allowing players to take their Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters into a race track stadium and participate in multiple race types across varying themed tracks. The second of two Toy Box Games (the first being Toy Box Takeover), Speedway should appeal to fans of racing and kart games.

Personally, I always found the driving controls and gameplay to be the weakest part of Disney Infinity. It’s a combination of the controls and race tracks for me, but my kids love it. So I was unsure about how I’d feel about a Toy Box Expansion focused solely on racing. I loved the combat and story of Toy Box Takeover, but would that love translate over to speed and glory?

Let’s see how it fared…

 

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The Verdict

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Destiny, Borderlands, and Dragon's Dogma highlight this week's Deals with Gold for Xbox One, Xbox 360

Following the Batman: Arkham Collection leak, the Season Pass for Arkham Knight has been discounted for the Xbox One, as part of the Deals with Gold program that cuts prices on various games every week. Whether or not all DLC will be a part of the collection is unknown, so purchasing the Season Pass is risky business if anything.

In addition to the Season Pass discount, Destiny: The Taken King has been discounted – just in time for the April Update content to release.

A number of games across both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 are on sale, you can find them below:

Xbox One:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass – USD 13.99 (Save 30%) Price History
  • Blood Bowl 2 – USD 12.50 (Save 75%) Price History
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – USD 24.00 (Save 60%) Price History
  • Clusterpuck 99 – USD 6.69 (Save 33%) Price History
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Digital Collector's Edition – USD 40.00 (Save 50%) Price History
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition – USD 35.99 (Save 40%) Price History
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition – USD 24.00 (Save 60%) Price History
  • Farming Simulator 15 – USD 20.00 (Save 60%) Price History
  • Infinity Runner – USD 3.50 (Save 50%) Price History
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – USD 3.75 (Save 75%) Price History
  • Never Alone Arctic Collection – USD 4.75 (Save 75%) Price History
  • Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition – USD 3.75 (Save 75%) Price History

Xbox 360:

  • Destiny: The Taken King – USD 29.99 (Save 25%) Price History
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Digital Collector's Edition – USD 39.99 (Save 50%) Price History
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition – USD 35.99 (Save 40%) Price History
  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen – USD 9.99 (Save 75%) Price History
  • Ducktales: Remastered – USD 4.49 (Save 70%) Price History
  • Farming Simulator 15 – USD 13.19 (Save 67%) Price History
  • Lego Batman 3 Season Pass – USD 7.49 (Save 50%) Price History
  • Lego Jurassic World – USD 29.99 (Drop 25%) Price History
  • Lost Planet 2 – USD 4.99 (Save 75%) Price History
  • Lost Planet 3 – USD 9.99 (Save 75%) Price History
  • Strider – USD 4.49 (Save 70%) Price History
  • Zombie Driver HD – USD 2.49 (Save 75%) Price History

[Thank you Reddit for the price history]

Microsoft officially retires Xbox 360 from production; Game servers to remain active

After 10 years of production, Microsoft is officially retiring the Xbox 360. The console has seen multiple revisions over its existence, countless games, and has sold over 80 million units since release. In November 2013, Microsoft released the Xbox One as a follow-up to the incredibly popular Xbox 360. 

The Xbox 360 will not disappear from store shelves immediately, the console will slowly vanish from retailers until each console has been sold – according to Xbox head Phil Spencer.

"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country."

Microsoft will not be abandoning the now classic console entirely, players can still look forward to the following:

  • Xbox 360 owners will continue to receive Xbox Live services for their console, such as online multiplayer gaming and parties, access to the apps they use today, and Games with Gold and Deals with Gold.
  • Xbox Live servers that support Xbox 360 services will remain online and active with full support of Xbox Live.
  • Gamers will also be able to continue to buy over 4,000 Xbox 360 games or Xbox 360 accessories at retail and through the Xbox 360 store online, while supplies last.
  • Any Xbox 360 hardware will still be supported at xbox.com/support.
  • Xbox One owners will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost.

Microsoft will continue the Xbox legacy through the Xbox One, as well as Windows 10.