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Microsoft (Xbox) digital gift cards available just in time for the holidays

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There is only four days left till Christmas 2015! That leaves only three “retail” shopping days left!

If you have a gamer on you list that you need to still get a gift for, or if you just are looking for more stocking stuffers, Microsoft is once again offering the ability to digitally send a gift cards to Microsoft accounts. Read on for more information on how to send a digital gift card to a friend or loved one just in time for Christmas; or the specific holiday you celebrate.

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Indie game sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 today only

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TODAY ONLY!

There is currently a sale on five great indie titles on the Xbox One; with two of these titles also discounted on the Xbox 360.

Read on for more game titles, sale information and links to XBLA Fans coverage of the games on sale.

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Life is Strange coming soon to Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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Square Enix and DONTNOD Entertainment have announced a new episodic, narrative driven adventure game of the story of a high school girl named Max who suddenly discovers she can rewind time and saves her friend Chloe from danger with her new powers. Strange events start to occur as the pair stumble into the darker side of Arcadia Bay when they uncover the truth of the disappearance of a student.

Life is Strange is set to release on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 30, 2015.

Episode one is priced at $4.99 and episodes two through five can be purchased individually for $4.99 when each episode is released. Each console will have a different bundle option available for purchase.

Xbox 360: A season pass consisting of episodes two through five can be purchased for $16.99.
Xbox One: The entire season consisting of episodes one through five can be purchased for $19.99.

Check below on the first reveal of Life is Strange.

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After Burner Climax removed early from XBLA

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As was noted in an earlier post by XBLA Fans, Sega’s After Burner Climax was scheduled to be de-listed and removed from Xbox Live Arcade on December 24, 2014. No real reason was noted for why the game was being removed, but speculation is that a licensing issue involving one of the aircrafts is the culprit, much like the Ferrari license in Sega’s Outrun Online Arcade.

Unfortunately, and apparently this came as a surprise to even some Sega developers, After Burner Climax was removed early yesterday and is no longer available for purchase on Xbox Live Arcade. If you had previously bought After Burner Climax, you can go to your purchase history and re-download the title. If you had not had the chance, to purchase this title there is still a demo available to test out, but the closest to playing the full game you’ll get is to check out XBLA Fans’ review of After Burner Climax here.

Source: @lifelower Tweet #1 and #2

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Risk and Tetris Ultimate available now

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As first posted by Major Nelson both Risk, develop by ZOE Mode, and Tetris Ultimate, develop by SoMa Play Inc, are available now on the Xbox One. With both being published by Ubisoft this could account for the change in release dates as both of these titles previously had others; Risk’s being December 23, 2014 and Tetris Ultimate’s being December 17, 2014. Continue on for launch trailers for both titles.

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons creator has a new studio and a new game

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The team behind last year’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has started a new studio called Hazelight, headed by the Brothers director Josef Fares. Electronic Arts is publishing their first game, teased in the screenshot above. It does not yet have a title.

Fares’ success with Brothers came after many successful works in film. “Movies are a great way of telling a story,” he says, “but the potential of interactive storytelling through games is even greater.” After the emotional journey that Brothers was, he has a point.

When inquired, Hazelight told us “We are not at AAA level budget-wise. We are a comparably small team in the area of 20-25 employees.” In other words, they are right up our alley. Check out the teaser for their new game below.

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Project Root coming to Xbox One

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Argentinian indie developer OPQAM wants to give gamers some classic arcade-style shmup action, and that’s exactly what they’re doing with Project Root. Recently announced by OPQAM and Reverb Triple XP, Project Root is an overhead shooter with free-roaming open environments. You play as Lance Rockport, a rebel pilot attempting to end the Prometheus Corporation’s plans for world domination. Taking flight in an advanced F-72 Zonda fighter, you’ll fight enemies both on the ground and in air across eight distinct levels. Players fighting in this revolution can also look forward to upgradable firepower, special weapon drops, and crazy boss battles.

Project Root is coming to Xbox One in early 2015. Check out the reveal trailer after the jump.

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Mojang turned down Goonies-inspired Minecraft movie

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Warner Bros is working towards a potential Minecraft film, but the studio has yet to find the right story. Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museum, proposed a Goonies-style adventure film which was ultimately shot down by developer Mojang. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Levy explained how it all happened.

“What happened simply is Warner’s asked me to develop, ‘How might this ever be a story for a movie?’ Because it’s not a narrative game. And we came up with an approach that felt good to us, and I discussed it with Mojang. And they’re like, ‘That doesn’t sound like what we want. If we’re going to see a movie get made, we don’t know what we want, but that doesn’t feel right.’ And I said, ‘OK, well that’s a movie I can envision.'”

So just what was his idea? He goes on to explain, “It was not a comedy. It had a bit of a Goonies flair… [I]t was an adventure movie, and I thought it could have been a lot of fun and fulfilled a lot of the qualities that people love about the game.”

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Toy Soldiers: War Chest coming in early 2015

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Almost every kid has played with, or at least seen, the iconic little green army men known simply as toy soldiers. Almost every parent has stepped on one of these little guys as well. In developing Toy Soldiers and Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Signal Studio, along with publisher Microsoft Game Studios, brought those toy soldiers out of the physical toy box and onto the virtual battlefield where those childhood memories could be relived. With those games they also had two of the highest-rated arcade games of the previous generation.

Now, in partnership with publisher Ubisoft, Signal Studios is making the game it always wanted in Toy Soldiers: War Chest, which it plans to release in early 2015.

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Xbox One outsells PS4 in November

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Xbox One’s holiday price drop continues to do wonders for the system, according to new data from Microsoft and the NPD group. Polygon reported that last month the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK last month, making it the first month this year the console was the leader in sales. This comes as no surprise, as previous figures proved Xbox One to be the top-selling system of Black Friday.

In a statement, corporate vice president of Xbox marketing Mike Nichols said, “Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally. In fact, more fans logged into Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360, and enjoyed more entertainment, than any other month in the history of Xbox.”

Source: Polygon

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