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Xbox Games with Gold Full List (Updated 30th December 2015)

Games With Gold List

Complete Games List

Only one game is available at a time, so check the release date column to see the current free game. The list below shows every game released in the Games with Gold program. If you’re unsure how Games With Gold works, we’ve written a FAQ that tells you everything you need to know. Free Xbox One games will be given in 2014.

Latest update 1st October 2014

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Games with Gold Release Date
Original Release Date
Original Price
D4 - Dark Dreams Don't Die S11st January 201519th September 2014£11.99
MXvs ATV Alive1st January 201510th May 2011£39.99
The Witcher 216th January 201517th May 2011£39.99
Worms Battlegrounds1st December 201430th May 2014£20.99
The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief1st December 20144th December 2013£7.99
SSX16th December 201428th February 2012£44.99
Volgarr the Viking1st November 20141st November 2014n/a
Red Faction: Guerilla1st November 20145th July 2011£39.99
Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise16th November 20142nd September 2008£39.99
Chariot1st October 20141st October 2014n/a
Battlefield: Bad Company 21st October 20145th March 2010£39.99
Darksiders 216th October 201414th August 2012£39.99
Super Time Force1st September 201414th May 2014£11.99
Monaco1st September 201410th May 2013£9.99
Halo:Reach16th September 201414th September 2010£44.99
Crimson Dragon1st August 201422nd November 2013£15.99
Strike Suit Zero1st August 20148th April 2014£15.99
Motocross Madness1st August 201410th April 2013£6.75
Dishonored16th August 201412th October 2012£39.99
Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition2nd July 20142nd July 2014n/a
Battleblock Theatre 16th July 20143rd April 2013£9.99
Gotham City Imposters1st July 20148th February 2012£9.99
Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One)3rd June 201424th December 2013£11.99
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)3rd June 201420th December 2013£11.99
Dark Souls1st June 201430th October 2011£39.99
Charlie Murder16th June 201414th August 2013800 Microsoft Points
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition16th June 201424th June 2011£29.99
Saints Row: The Third16th May 201418th November 2011£39.99
Dust: An Elysian Tail1st May 20415 August 20121200 Microsoft Points
DeadLight16th April 20141st August 20121200 Microsoft Points (£9.99)
Hitman: Absolution1st April 201420th November 2012£39.99
Dungeon Defenders16th March 201419th October 20111200 Microsoft Points (£9.99)
Sid Meier's Civilzation Revolution1st March 201413th June 2008£39.99
€49,99
Toy Soldiers: Cold War16th February 201417th August 20111200 Microsoft points
(£9.99)
Dead Island1st February 20149th January 2011£39.99
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light16th January 201418th August 20101200 Microsoft points
(£9.99)
Sleeping Dogs1st January 201417th August 2012£39.99
€49,99
Shoot Many Robots16th December 2013March 14th 2012800 Microsoft Points (£6.99)
Gears of WarGears of War1st December 2013November 17th 2006£39.99
€49,99
Iron Brigade15th November 201322nd June 2011£6.75
€7,99
A World of Keflings1st November 201322nd December 2010£6.75
€7,99
Halo 316th October 201325th September 2007£49.99
€59,99
Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes1st October 201313th April 20111200 Microsoft Points
Rainbow Six: Vegas16th September 201322nd November 2006£39.99
€49,99
Magic the Gathering 20131st September 201330th June 2012800 Microsoft Points
Dead Rising 2 (including Case Zero DLC)16th August 201325th September 2010£39.99
€49,99
Crackdown1st August 201320th February 2007£39.99
€49,99
Assassin’s Creed 216th July 201317th November 2009£39.99
€49,99
Defense Grid: The Awakening1st July 20131st December 2008800 Microsoft Points
Fable 310th June 201329th October 2010£39.99
€49,99

Games with Gold

Games with Gold is an initiative from Microsoft to reward Xbox Live Gold subscribers with free games. The service currently offers two free games per month, released on the 1st and 16th of the month and all you have to do to receive them is be an active Xbox Live Gold member.

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Here are the key features:

  • Requires Xbox Live Gold membership
  • Two free games released per month (no additional charge or Xbox Gift Cards required).
  • Only one free game available at any given time
  • Free games available on the 1st and 16th of each month
  • Free game must be downloaded during the offer period
  • Games can be kept forever, even if your Xbox Live Gold membership expires
  • Once downloaded for free, games can be redownloaded at any point in the future at no charge
  • Games with Gold will run on Xbox 360 and Xbox One indefinitely

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GamePointsNow E3 Predictions – Microsoft

So it’s that time of year again where gamers the world over get excited for all the big announcements coming out of gaming’s biggest trade show – E3.

With the usual bout of leaks & rumours doing the rounds, we at GamePointsNow thought it’d be fun to speculate on the things we expect from the big names this year.

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To say Microsoft has had a tough year would be an understatement. It seems that they can’t do right for doing wrong lately, with the collective fingers of the internet going for their throat at every opportunity. After last year’s infamous ‘reversals’ there have been quite a few changes over at the Redmond campus, now headed up by the no-nonsense Phil Spencer.

Already Spencer has made sweeping changes, principally by making Kinect an optional purchase and lifting some of the Xbox Live barriers. Xbox is promising that this year is all about the games, so hopefully there will be less of the US centric TV apps that met much centre stage derision last year.

Here’s what we’d like to see from Microsoft’s E3 conference.
Black Tusk’s Gears of War – CGI

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Ever since Microsoft announced it was putting together a studio of top talent, an awful lot of expectation has been placed upon Black Tusk’s shoulders. At last year’s E3 the Vancouver based studio got to showcase their “Shangheist” tech demo, but this year they should have a lot more to show.

When Microsoft picked up the rights to the Gears of War series earlier this year, they quickly announced that development duties had been passed onto Black Tusk. While it’s probably too early to see actual gameplay, we expect to at least see some form of CGI trailer with a sneak peek at a potential setting; fingers crossed for a prequel set in the Pendulum Wars.
Halo,Halo,Halo,Halo

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It wouldn’t be a Microsoft event without some mention of Halo, but this year could feature more of the Chief than you can handle. Strangely, they decided to announce possibly the biggest Halo of them all (Halo 5: Guardians) before the big event, leaving us to wonder what other Halo related goodies they have held back.

It’s likely we’ll finally see the worst kept secret in gaming officially announced in the form of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It was initially rumoured that we would see just Halo 2 given the next-gen treatment, but now it seems that we’ll be getting Halo 1-4 for the Xbox One later this year along with a Beta for Halo 5 at some point next year.

Release Dates

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At last year’s presser, Microsoft showed teases for a number of games like Quantum Break, Fable Legends and Sunset Overdrive. This year we can expect to see a lot more of them, so expect extensive gameplay demos and some release dates.

Happily, we predict that the vast majority will probably be released this year; with the likes of Below and D4 between now and September, and Sunset Overdrive not long after. Quantum Break is likely to fill the late October prime slot while Fable Legends will probably appear in 2015

New, Old Stuff

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Microsoft have promised that this E3 is all about the games and so you can expect a slew of new game announcements. We expect to see the return of Crackdown, as well as a follow up to racer Forza Horizon. Crackdown 3 would likely be developed by Ruffian Games and release sometime next year, while we could see the much rumoured Forza Horizon 2 from Playground Games announced for September this year.

Third Party Blowout

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As with every Microsoft event, we can expect to see a whole host of third party publishers showing their wares. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has publicly stated that there will be a range of third party stuff on show. We expect that most of this will be stuff already announced or expected like Call of Duty: Advance Warfare and Fifa 15, but there could still be a few surprises.

In 2012 Square-Enix showed off Tomb Raider at the Microsoft gig, so it wouldn’t be that surprising for them reveal the follow up they’ve admitted that Crystal Dynamics are working on – or maybe even the next Deus Ex. Epic RPG The Witcher 3 was shown last year so maybe we could a deeper look at that. Talking of epic, we can only hope that we’ll finally get to see something on Fallout 4 – even if it’s just a logo and someone admitting it’s in development.

EA

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Despite holding their own event not long after Microsoft, Electronic Arts always have a big presence at Microsoft’s event. The big game from them this year is expected to be Star Wars: Battlefront III so expect to see an on stage demo of that along with some gameplay of Mirror’s Edge 2.

However, it remains to be seen if EA will be able to resist the temptation to roll out former Uncharted director Amy Hennig onto the stage to reveal the as yet unannounced Star Wars title she’s currently helming at Visceral.

Titanfall DLC & More

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This one’s a given, surely. The Xbox One’s killer app at present still has two lots of unannounced DLC. With the first Expedition pack sized at a disappointingly small three maps, we’re hoping that something more significant will be revealed for the future content. Maybe even the much talked about extra modes.

Talking of DLC, E3 could be the perfect place for Microsoft to reveal details of the planned Killer Instinct Season Two. After original developer Double Helix was purchased by Amazon for their new games division, development duties have passed to Divekick developer Iron Galaxy Studios, so it’d be good to see what’s coming next for the free to play fighter.

The Rest

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While it’s ‘all about the games’, there’s still bound to be a few mentions of things like Smartglass and the upcoming Xbox TV programming. The Xbox 360 is sure to get some love too, so expect to see a few games showcased for the last generation such as Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and Tales From The Borderlands.

Also, it’s probable that we’ll see Microsoft’s world building tool/game Project Spark shown in some capacity too, probably highlighting all the cool things the community has been doing with the beta.


So that’s how we think/hope the Microsoft showcase will go down. What would you like to see announced? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gamings Longest Running Series

Despite gamers constantly demanding new IPs and bemoaning publishers’ conservative sequel-laden schedules, it’s actually usually existing franchises that consistently top the sales charts.

With the recent announcement of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8, we decided to take a look at the longest running videogame series that have had consistent entries.

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

First released in arcades back in 1978, the classic Space Invaders has largely remained identical throughout it’s numerous iterations throughout the years. Although the majority of the game’s re-releases has been as part of retro compilations, 2008 WiiWare title ‘Space Invaders Get Even’ switched up the gameplay entirely and allowed you to play as the Invaders themselves. The series’ most recent release was the 2009 iOS version – a full 31 years after its debut.

Length of series: 31 years
Number of games: 20+

Flight Simulator

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A bit of a surprise entry, but Microsoft Flight Simulator has been around in various forms since 1980. The well known PC series was discontinued in 2009 when Microsoft closed down the studio responsible for making it. However, just a few short years later in 2012, it was relaunched as Microsoft Flight; a full 32 years from first release to last.

Length of series: 32 years
Number of games: 13

Ultima

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Richard Garriot’s iconic RPG series is still considered by many as one of the very best RPGs ever made and is without doubt the granddaddy of open world fantasy titles such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3. So far, there have been nine instalments of the main Ultima series as well as dozens of spin offs, including a hugely successful MMO (Ultima Online) which launched in 1997. The latest release in the series was 2013′s Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a free to play online RPG.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 25 +

Final Fantasy

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Squaresoft, poised on the precipice of bankruptcy, originally chose their game name to represent the studio’s dying swansong. However, Final Fantasy was a breakout success and 27 years from its first release in 1987, the series is still going strong. Although FF has somewhat changed over the multiple console generations, its core ideas have largely remained. As well as fourteen main instalments, the series has also spawned multiple direct sequels and spin-offs including the popular Kingdom Hearts collaboration with Disney.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 45+

Castlevania

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Castlevania made its debut way back in 1986 and is still going strong today. The series even holds Guinness World records for ‘Most games in an action series’ with 40 titles (including Japanese only spin offs) and ‘Largest number of platforms for one series’. Again, it’s a series that has adapted throughout the generations with its most recent releases breaking from the series’ side scrolling roots, now morphing into an action RPG.

Length of series: 28 years
Number of titles: 30+

Super Mario Bros

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Good old Mario has appeared in over 200 different titles since he first appeared as Jumpman in Donkey Kong back in 1981. Nowadays, the portly plumber is now adept at everything from kart racing to golf, but it all spawned from the iconic platformer ‘Super Mario Bros’ for the NES in 1983.

Length of series: 31 years
Number of titles: 200+

Pac-Man

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Pac-Man is one of the true iconic classics in gaming. The instantly recognisable pill muncher has been synonymous with videogames since he first appeared in arcades back in 1980. Barely a year goes by without some form of Pac-Man release and despite multiple forays into other genres, it’s still the classic top down gameplay that remains the most popular.

Length of series: 34 years
Number of Titles: 20+

Civilisation

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Sid Meier’s empire building series may only be on its fifth full release, but it’s been around since the days of DOS. The turn based strategy series has been consistently popular with fans for over 20 years now, since its first release in 1991.

Length of series: 23 years
Number of titles: 5 (+ numerous expansions & spin offs)

Metal Gear

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While most fans of the Metal Gear series will have joined the party in 1998 with the release of the brilliant PS1 title Metal Gear Solid, the series has actually been around since 1987. Originally appearing on the MSX in Japan as a top down stealth action title, it was also reworked and released on the NES. Interestingly the original game actually got two separate sequels. First up was unofficial sequel ‘Snake’s Revenge’, which came out on the NES; original creator Hideo Kojima then released Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake on the MSX2. Since then the series has gone from strength to strength with a number of spin offs and overly long cut scenes.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 20

Sonic The Hedgehog

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Like his one time rival Mario, Sonic has appeared in dozens of games since his debut. He’s featured in everything from 2D & 3D platformers to racing and educational games. Not to mention that the original Sonic game has been re-released on pretty much every platform known to man (even Nintendo hardware)

Length of series: 23 years
Number of games: 70+


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The 10 Downloadable games we’re most excited about in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be an awesome year for gaming, with so many triple A titles set to flex their muscles on shiny next-gen machines.

But with all the focus on the Titanfalls and Destinies of the world, it’s easy to forget about the little guys, who without doubt will offer some of the best gaming experiences available this year. At GamePointsNow, we thought we’d showcase some of the best games that will be competing for your bandwidth this year.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth – PS4/Vita/PC

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The Binding of Isaac : Rebirth sees the top down Zelda inspired rogue bestseller from Super Meat Boy co -creator Edmund McMillen finally make its way to consoles. Featuring all the creepy randomly generated dungeons of the original flash game (along with some extras bells and whistles), it’s certainly shaping up to unlike anything else you’ll play this year.

Everybody’s gone to the Rapture – PS4

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This spiritual successor to Dear Esther centres around six characters in a Shropshire village during the apocalypse. Developer The Chinese Room is promising a story driven experience with more interaction than their previous work when this Playstation 4 exclusive releases sometime this year.

Tales From the Borderlands

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An episodic game from Telltale based on the hit Borderlands series already sounds like a winner to us. The opportunity to spend more time with some of the craziest characters in gaming is incredibly appealing, and that’s without Telltale’s trademark writing behind it. Although not much is known at this point (including the release platforms), a Game of Thrones series also lined up – so 2014 could be a very good year for Telltale Games (and gamers).

Hohokum – PS3/PS4/Vita

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Hohokum is a strange one. It’s a game with very few objectives or restrictions, instead choosing to focus on providing a calm and relaxing experience for the player to enjoy at their leisure. If you just like to get lost in game and explore at your leisure then maybe Hohokum is for you.

Project Spark – Xbox One/360/Windows 8

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Project Spark is Microsoft’s latest attempt at encouraging user generated content on its platforms. You will be able to use everything from a controller to a tablet device or even your PC to create your very own game worlds, and share them with your friends across platforms. Whether or not gamers will actually embrace the tools at their disposal is another thing, but you can’t deny it has huge potential.

Super Time Force – Xbox One/360

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At its heart, Super Time Force is a bullet hell shooter with a twist. Playing as members of The Super Time Force you are sent back through time to prevent the dinosaurs becoming extinct. The twist being that after each death, your previous selves remain in the game to assist you leading to an element of strategy. Plus you get to fire rockets at giant mech dinosaurs!

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – PS4/Vita/PC

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Uber violent 2D action game Hotline Miami returns this year with its much anticipated sequel. Set both before and after the original game, Wrong Number is set to wrap up the series once and for all. Featuring the same colourful art style and awesome soundtrack, Hotline Miami 2 is set to earn as many plaudits are the original did (and then some).

The Witness – PS4/PC

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Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to indie hit Braid is a first person exploration puzzle game set on a deserted island. While initial footage has only shown off a selection of line based puzzles alongside the gorgeous looking environment, you can be sure the often lampooned Blow has much more up his sleeve.

D4 (Dark Dreams Don’t Die) – Xbox One

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As you’d expect from the developer behind Deadly Premonition, D4 is shaping up to be a pretty unique experience for the Xbox One. The cell shaded episodic title sees you playing as a time travelling private investigator trying to prevent his wife’s murder. The game is also set to be one of the first titles to really embrace Kinect as a serious control option. While its use is optional you will be able to start conversations by talking or even inspect your surroundings by leaning forward and looking around.

Below – Xbox One

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Not much is known about Capybara’s second Xbox One exclusive (Super Time Force being the other) but Head of Microsoft Studio’s Phil Spencer describes the randomly generated game as “ a creative take on roguelike gameplay in a mysterious world”. Jim Guthrie once again teams up with the developer. after their work together on the excellent Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – so expect a gorgeous soundtrack.


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Can I Still Redeem Microsoft Points Cards?

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On the 27th August 2013, Microsoft rolled out its scheme that replaces Microsoft Points with cash. Every previous use of Microsoft Points will now be replaced by your local currency. For the UK that means prices in British Pounds (£), the US will have prices in US Dollars ($) and much of Europe will have prices in Euros (€).

Microsoft Points cards (and codes) can still be purchased and redeemed until the end of 2014, but instead of crediting your account with Microsoft Points you’ll receive an amount in your local currency. We’ve put together a table showing you how much credit each amount of Microsoft Points will give you when redeemed on Xbox Live:

Currency
240 Microsoft Points
480 Microsoft Points
800 Microsoft Points
1200 Microsoft Points
2100 Microsoft Points
4200 Microsoft Points
British Pounds2.044.086.8010.2017.8535.70
Euros2.885.769.614.4025.2050.40
Norweigan Krone19.6839.3665.6098.40172.20344.40
Swedish Krone24.8049.6082.67124.00217.00434.00

Interestingly, this means European gamers can buy points codes from the UK and get far more credit than they would get when buying in their home country. For example, a 4200 points code from GamePointsNow costs €41,95 but gives the user €50,40 of credit. That’s a return of 20%!

European gamers can save money

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The 100% Unofficial Xbox Live FAQ

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The Basics

What is Xbox Live?

Xbox Live is a service that has allowed for online gaming and content delivery on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles since 2002. It began as an online gaming network, and evolved into a game downloading service towards the end of the original Xbox’s lifespan.

With the launch of the Xbox 360 in November of 2005, that aspect became more integral to the service, and video content became available to download and stream. On both the original Xbox and Xbox 360, a broadband internet connection has been required to make use of the service.

What does Xbox Live allow you to do?

It enables you to:

  • Play video games online
  • Download games via a variety of services
  • Download movies and TV shows with Xbox Video.
  • Access streaming video services such as Netflix, iPlayer and 4OD (with the appropriate accounts).

Is Xbox Live free?

There are two tiers of Xbox Live service – one is free. Xbox Live Free membership costs absolutely nothing and allows you to keep a friends list, voice chat, download game demos, full Games on Demand titles, Xbox Live Arcade games and Indie Games. However, with the exception of occasional promotional weekends, Xbox Live Free members are unable to play multiplayer games online.

What about Xbox Live Gold?

Xbox Live Gold membership is the premium subscription that includes the Free memberships features, but also allows gamers to play online against other Gold members, get two free games per month, make use of additional video streaming apps such as Netflix, as well as other additional perks.

How much does Xbox Live Gold cost?

The official RRPs for different regions of Xbox Live subscriptions are below:

UK Europe USA Canada
1 Month £5.99 € 7,99 $9.99 $9.99 CAD
3 Month £14.99 € 19,99 $24.99 $24.99 CAD
12 month £39.99 € 59,99 $59.99 $59.99 CAD

You can purchase the service on either your region’s official Xbox website or on the Xbox 360 itself. A cheaper, safer option is to buy prepaid cards from shop or online stores like ours.

Can I stack my subscriptions?

Yes. Any prepaid codes you purchase will add on top of your existing remaining Gold time, so you won’t lose out.

What is the main reason gamers pay for Xbox Live Gold?

The main reason people pay is the ability to play multiplayer games online. In some cases such as FIFA and Call of Duty games, it’s the primary reason people play the games.

Is it difficult to play games online with Xbox Live?

That varies on a game-by-game basis due to each game having its own menu structure, but generally, it is very easy to play online with friends or random players.

If I’m new, will I be beaten quickly in a game?

Unless the game uses Trueskill, that is quite likely.

What is TrueSkill?

TrueSkill is a matchmaking system devised by Microsoft that uses an algorithm to determine who you would be best-suited to face.

How many friends can you have on your Xbox Live friends list?

The maximum number of friends you can on your list on Xbox 360 is 100. This will increase to 1000 with the Xbox One.

Can I use voice chat?

Voice chat is available to free and Gold members.

What about Party chat?

Party chat, which enables multiple players to form a party and chat even when in different games, is only available to Xbox Gold members. Kinect video chat requires the Kinect and is also only available to Gold members.

Can I use Xbox Live over a Wi-Fi connection?

If you have an Xbox 360 S (released June 2010) or E model (released June 2013) system, wireless adapters are built into the console so a wi-fi connection can be used.

All of the ‘fat’ original design white or black Xbox 360s require either an ethernet cable, or the purchase of an additional wireless network adapter that plugs into one of the system’s USB ports

Can I use my Xbox Live Gold account on multiple systems?

Yes, you can. This can be done by signing into your Xbox Live account on another system, or downloading the profile from Xbox Live on one 360, then saving it to a USB flash drive and loading it on the other one.

Does that mean I can sign into my profile on multiple systems at once?

Unfortunately, you cannot use one profile on more than one system simultaneously.

 

 

Achievements

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What are achievements and what do they do?

Achievements are a sign that you accomplished something in a game. Point values and names are given to each one. Generally speaking, the lower the amount of points earned for an achievement, the easier it is to obtain. They don’t “do” anything, but can be a source of pride and provide players with bragging rights against friends.

Do achievements update in real-time?

Yes – your gamerscore will increase in real-time as you earn more achievements.

What is the maximum number of points in a game?

Generally speaking, retail and Games on Demand titles have 1,000 Achievement Points while Xbox Live Arcade games have 200. Xbox Live Indie Games have none. Some retail and GoD games are able to exceed the 1,000 limit with additional DLC.

 

 

The Games

Xbox Games on Demand

What downloadable game services are available on Xbox Live?

Games on Demand offers the ability to download the same games as full retail releases, just without a physical disc, box, or manual. The games will need to download in full onto your hard drive before playing. Some games have manuals that can be viewed on the official Xbox site as PDF. Games on Demand titles are rarely discounted and so are usually more expensive than buying the boxed version.

Xbox Live Arcade games are exclusively downloadable titles with no physical counterpart. They tend to be smaller games than full-fledged Games on Demand offerings. They also have a much lower maximum cost, with many games costing between 800-1600 MS Points. Xbox Live Arcade titles are frequently discounted.

Xbox Live Indie Games are the least-expensive and smallest games offered on the Xbox Live service and are created by small, independent, often amateur developers. Many are available at only 80 MS Points, which allows you to amass a large library of playable games on the system without spending a lot of money.

What games are available on Games on Demand?

Not every game is available on the GoD service, and many aren’t available on day one of a game’s release.

I love older games, what is available for me beyond Xbox Live Arcade/Indie titles?

The Game Room app allows you to play older games from Konami, Atari, and Intellivion. These games are available to buy in a variety of packs, or you can try every game for free for ten minutes.

 

 

Games with Gold

Games With Gold

What is Games with Gold?

The Games with Gold program is only available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The service launched in June 2013, and gives gamers 2 free games per month.

What type of games are on the GWG service?

Games with Gold includes both Games on Demand and Xbox Live Arcade titles.

What games have been available so far?

A full list of games that have been made available on the service is available here.

Can I download the backlog of free games that have been released?

No. A new GWG game is release on the 1st and 16th of each month, and only the latest game is available to download at any given time.

How long will Games with Gold run and is only for existing Gold members?

Presently, the program is slated to run through December of 2013. It’s available for existing and new members.

If I have a code for a trial 48 Gold membership, can I grab the free GWG game?

Unfortunately not. Xbox Live Gold members must be using at least a 1 month subcription in order to access the latest GWG game.

When I download a game, is it mine to keep forever?

As long as your Xbox Live account isn’t banned, you’ll be able to play the games forever. If your Gold membership expires, you’ll still be able to play the games. Unlike PS+, the game is yours to keep regardless of whether you’re an active paid member or not.

Can I redownload previous GWG games after I have already downloaded them for free?

Anything you need to delete due to storage space concerns can be re-downloaded by checking your download history on either the console or on the official Xbox site. You can only re-download games you have already downloaded whilst you were making use of the GWG service.

Were any games free to download prior to this service?

Before this promotion launched, only a select few Xbox Live Arcade games were made available for free – and those were usually branded products put out to promote a company. Examples would include Yaris and the two Doritos Crash Course game.

 

 

Beyond Gaming

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What kind of video services does Xbox Live offer?

Depending on the region you live, Sky, 4OD, Iplayer, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Youtube, Crackle, Redbox Instant, Nickelodeon, UFC, ESPN, Blip, Vudu, MSN, MLB, TMZ, Crunchyroll, the CW, Vimeo, and Twitch are just a few of the apps available for free on the Xbox Live marketplace.

Is all content on these services free?

Most require paid-for additional subscriptions. Video content that is usually free such as iPlayer and 4OD remain so. Anything that requires payment is clearly marked. In the case of Hulu Plus and Netflix, these services come with 30 day free trial offers.

Do I need to be an Xbox Gold Member to access these video services?

Most will require an Xbox Gold membership. A notable exception is the BBC iPlayer.

Is content the same for all services in all regions?

No, the applications will only stream the content that’s normally available in your region.

Outside of gaming and video services, what does Xbox Live offer?

You can execute simple searches with Bing or makes use of the Internet Explorer app to browse the web. You’re also able to customize your avatar with free or paid items. Music and social networking tools are also available.

Is Internet Explorer a fully featured web browser?

Other than the lack of Flash support, it works reasonably well for most tasks. If you need to check your e-mail quickly or keep up with some news in-between extended gaming sessions, it’s very useful. The lack of Flash means you’re unable to view any video content that uses it though.

What is an avatar?

An avatar is a 3D character model that you can customize to look like yourself, or nearly anything else you can imagine.

Are avatars free?

Yes. An avatar costs nothing to create, but some optional items for them do cost money.

What kind of items are available for free?

Generally, you can create a realistic, but basic-looking avatar with free items. Some game purchases will entitle you to otherwise paid items.

What kind of avatar items are included with a game purchase?

You’ll usually get a T-shirt or hat with that game’s logo or name on it. Sometimes, you’ll get multiple items through one game purchase. Some titles even allow you to unlock avatar items after accomplishing something within the game itself.

 

 

Music

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How can I listen to music on Xbox Live?

Youtube is a popular way to view music videos on the system, as is Vevo. Last.fm allows for streaming music, while Xbox Music allows you to stream and download music.

Is music streaming free?

Xbox Music has a free streaming service supported by advertisements. If you have an Xbox Music Pass, you will be able to bypass the ads on the service. Xbox Music Pass gives you offline and online access to songs for a paid subscription.

The Xbox Music Store doesn’t require a monthy fee and allows you to pay to download a song or album of your choosing.

Last.fm is free and ad-supported. Last.fm tailors your own customized radio station based on your listening habits.

What kind of social networking functionality is available on Xbox Live?

Xbox Live has had Facebook and Twitter apps in the past, but they were removed in late 2012. You can still access those services on the system through the Internet Explorer app.

Is Skype available on the Xbox 360?

No, but it is coming to the Xbox One.

What other functionality is available through Xbox Live?

SkyDrive is supported for cloud storage. While any kind of file can be put on your SkyDrive, the 360 app focuses on allowing you to view pictures and videos. You’re given 7GB of free Skydrive storage space, and additional space can be purchased.

You’re able to view photos in a slideshow, or go through them individually with either the d-pad or bumper buttons. You can also view file information and find out when a photo was taken, or even which camera was used to take it. Videos can be paused whenever you like.

How many devices is my Xbox Live account good for?

If you have any Games For Windows games, your Xbox Live account can be used for that. If you have a Windows phone, your Xbox Live account can be used there to keep track of your account. Both Windows Phones and Games For Windows allow you to boost your gamerscore with in-game achievements.

Xbox SmartGlass is a mobile phone and tablet app that gives you a second screen experience with some Xbox 360 games. In the case of Forza Horizon, it allows you to view a map whenever you want, while Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge lets you view your achievements and statistics.

 

 

The Future

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Will an Xbox Live Gold membership carry over to the Xbox One?

Due to the lack of backwards compatibility, Xbox Live Arcade, Games on Demand, and Indie Game purchases will not carry over to the Xbox One. Your Xbox Live Gold account, Gamertag, achievements and Avatar will carry over.

As far as media purchases go, video, and music purchases made on the 360 will carry over.

Will there be a price increase for Xbox Live Gold on the Xbox One?

No. Xbox Live Gold is set to cost the exact same on Xbox One as it does on the Xbox 360. Those who eventually have both systems will be able to use the same account on both consoles, and get more use out of a single membership.

Will Xbox One’s friends list be capped at 100?

No. The Xbox One will have a maximum friend list of 1000.

What new services will be available on Xbox Live with the Xbox One?

The system will have on-board video editing software that allows you to upload clips to Twitch, and the mandatory Kinect will enable Skype video chat.

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Xbox Live Arcade Game Release Schedule

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It’s not always obvious when the XBLA arcade games will be released, so we’ve created a handy XBLA release schedule which contains all upcoming dated games.

In addition to release dates, you can find the trailers, screenshots, early previews, reviews (if available), as well as our thoughts on the games. We’ll be updating it every week, so be sure to bookmark and share the page as it will become a useful resource.

The XBLA release calendar for future releases can be found here (and is also linked at the top of the blog). You can see previous releases here.

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