Xbox Live’s Major Nelson » Sign up for the 2013 Xbox Live Update Xbox 360 Public Beta

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We’re inviting Xbox Live members worldwide to participate in the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.* It will include updates to improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.

Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console to streamline the experience. Space is limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public.

To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard.

You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons.
For more details on the beta :

Our open public betas allow you to help make Xbox even better.

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for participating!

* Xbox Live members in any of our 41 Xbox Live-enabled markets will be able to participate in the public beta for Xbox 360. Please note that members in Japan will have an opportunity to join at a later date.
I’ll update this post when we open it for Japan, and additional information about the program as it progresses.

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REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – March 5, 2013 – Trion Worlds has unveiled some details about the action packed Season Pass for the highly anticipated online open-world shooter Defiance™. Players who want to save big on the first 5 DLC packs rolling out after launch can now pre-purchase the Defiance Season Pass for $39.99USD, a 20% savings*. Gamers will get a massive amount of content including a new playable alien species, new weapons and vehicles, missions, and rewards, plus two bonus items, an exclusive digital Hellbug combat cap and a Lock Box. The Defiance Season Pass is the ultimate content package for the true Ark Hunter!

The Defiance Season Pass can be purchased for $39.99 (PlayStation®Network) / 3200 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE) / $39.99 (PC). Once purchased, the content packs will be automatically available as they go live.

Defiance, which delivers massive co-op boss battles and fierce multiplayer action in an evolving sci-fi universe, is scheduled to launch globally on April 2, 2013. It will be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

Defiance is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Defiance, please visit

*Based on five DLC Packs at a suggested retail price of $9.99 each and Season Pass at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
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** Terms and Conditions: Redeemable for five (5) Defiance™ DLC Packs. All DLC packs will be activated and applied to your account as they are made available during 2013 and 2014. Digital items will be activated and applied to your account upon your first login after the commercial release of the game. REDEMPTION AND GAMEPLAY REQUIRE: (1) INTERNET CONNECTION (SOLD SEPARATELY), (2) TRION WORLDS, PSN AND/OR XBOX LIVE ACCOUNTS (AS APPLICABLE), (3) A VALID COPY OF THE DEFIANCE GAME, AND (4) ACCEPTANCE OF LICENSE AND USAGE TERMS. Xbox 360 versions require 10 GB storage and Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately). Pricing and release dates may vary by territory and platform.


Mass Effect 3: Citadel Single Player DLC Pack Takes Players on an Emotional Ride with their Favorite Characters March 5. BioWare also Adds new Character Kits, Maps and Weapons with Mass Effect 3: Reckoning Multiplayer DLC on February 26

GUILDFORD, UK. – Feb. 21, 2013 The final chapter of Commander Shepard’s heroic saga draws near. BioWare, a studio of Electronic Arts announced two new downloadable content packs for Mass Effect™ 3; the single-player pack Mass Effect 3: Citadel and the multiplayer content Mass Effect 3: Reckoning. On February 26, Mass Effect 3: Reckoning will be free* to download, giving fans of the popular multiplayer mode in Mass Effect 3 access to new characters, weapons and upgrades. On March 5, Mass Effect 3: Citadel will be the last single player DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, giving fans one final, sentimental journey with Commander Shepard and their squad. Mass Effect 3: Citadel will be available for £11.99 or 1200 MS Points.

“The team has poured heart and soul into Mass Effect 3: Reckoning and Mass Effect 3: Citadel. As the launch of these chapters near, the feeling around the studio is bittersweet,” said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series. “We have always been humbled and driven by the passion of our fans for the Mass Effect trilogy. We hope fans will enjoy spending more time with some of their favorite characters — we have certainly enjoyed spending time creating them. We’re excited to release this final sendoff for the trilogy and move forward into the future of the Mass Effect universe.”

In Mass Effect 3: Citadel, players will explore and discover new locations across the vast, deep-space station while also having the opportunity to reconnect with some of their favorite characters from all three of the Mass Effect games. The multiplayer DLC pack, Mass Effect 3: Reckoning, offers players new firepower and character kits for the war against the Reapers. Fans will be able to get a sneak preview Mass Effect 3: Reckoning before it launches on BioWare’s official Twitch.TV channel at Developers from BioWare Edmonton will be streaming gameplay and taking questions from fans on February 25 at 5:30PM GMT.

Mass Effect 3 thrusts players into an all-out galactic war to save mankind from an ancient alien race known only as the Reapers. Players will assume the role of Commander Shepard, a war-torn veteran who’s willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate this nearly unstoppable foe. With a team of elite soldiers at their side, each player decides how they will take Earth back, from the weapons and abilities they utilize to the relationships they forge or break. The Mass Effect franchise is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, earning more than 300 international awards.

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The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dragonborn – Official Trailer

Watch the trailer for Dragonborn™, the next official game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®.

Dragonborn will be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE® on December 4.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Hearthfire DLC Trailer (HD)

Bethesda is giving you that option with the Hearthfire DLC, which will be available for download on Xbox LIVE on Sept. 4 for 400 Microsoft Points.

Build your own house !

With Skyrim’s newest game add-on, Hearthfire, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard – Official Trailer

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Watch the official trailer for Dawnguard, the first game add-on for Skyrim. Dawnguard will be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE  today !


Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party – Full Line-up and Details Revealed!

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The biggest bash of the season is headed to your living room: Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party! Beginning 15th February, a new downloadable hit title will launch on Xbox LIVE* Arcade every Wednesday, through to 7th March. We’re pleased to present the full release details for this season’s line-up below, including title launch dates, pricing and a special reward for joining in this year’s House Party on Xbox LIVE Arcade!

Xbox LIVE Arcade is home to a growing catalog of some of the most innovative and fun downloadable games at a great value on Xbox 360. Whether you’re sitting on the same couch, or on opposite sides of the globe, invite your friends because this is a party no one will want to miss.

To make the most of your blockbuster game bash, all party goers  will receive 800 Microsoft Points when you buy all four participating House Party games from 15th February – 13th March 13.** Even more reason to get your 2012 House Party started!

WARP** (Electronic Arts)
15th February | 800 Microsoft Points | PEGI 18
Play as Zero, a lovable-yet-lethal orange alien with a big score to settle in this puzzle-based stealth action game! Captured by the villainous Commander and imprisoned in his underwater facility, Zero must plan his ultimate escape using his arsenal of alien abilities — warp, frag, echo, swap and launch.

22nd February | 1200 Microsoft Points | PEGI 18
Can you survive until sunrise? In this brand-new stand-alone experience, Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch. A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations combined with a fun and challenging new game mode, make this a must for Alan Wake veterans and the perfect jumping-on point for new players.

29th February | 800 Microsoft Points | PEGI 16
For centuries, the Kavussari and the Forsellians have waged war. They have a fragile truce but, because of their seething disgust of each other, still pit warriors against each other in arenas rather than on the fields of war. These episodes of lethal combat are broadcast throughout the galaxy as entertainment – a spectacle known as The Nexuiz Competition – an arena-based first-person shooter where you can alter the rules of the match and the laws of physics while dominating opponents in ever-changing hostile environments.

I AM ALIVE (Ubisoft)
7th March | 1200 Microsoft Points | PEGI 18
One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event wiped out most of human civilisation, a man struggles for survival. Faced with an insecure, decaying and hazardous world, he scours a desolated city, searching for his long-lost wife and daughter. Survive the suffocating, murky streets covered in dust. Climb the teetering remains of last-standing skyscrapers to reach breathable air and find untouched resources. Explore the crumbling ruins of a once-thriving metropolis. Discover a changed human condition, punctuated by distrustful survivors, dangerous armed gangs and victims in need


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Champs-sur-Marne, France – January 11th, 2012 – Lexis Numérique today announced that the highly anticipated survival horror title AMY is available worldwide on Xbox® Live Arcade for 800 MS points. Amy is also now available on the PlayStation™ Network in Europe for €9.99, in the UK for £7.99, in Australia for AUD 15.95 and in New Zealand for NZD 18.90. AMY will be available on the PlayStation™ Network in the US on January 17th, 2012 for $9.99.

AMY takes place in December 2034 in the small town of Silver City (Midwest, USA) after a comet strikes, wreaking havoc on humanity and unleashing a deadly virus that has infected almost everyone. Players take on the role of Lana, who regains consciousness in the midst of all the mayhem.  The world she once identified with seems to have been torn to Hell, and most of the people she knew have now become part of a wild horde. Lana feels the virus beginning to infect her and knows she must run as far as possible to escape the nightmare. The presence of the titular Amy, a seemingly defenseless eight-year-old autistic girl who has curious powers, forces her to make choices that will affect both their lives. Together, they must fight or run from the infected humans, demons and the military, in the hope of not only saving each other, but also the future of humanity

AMY was developed by VectorCell studios under the supervision of Paul Cuisset – the French creator of legendary games such as Flashback and the series Moto Racers – and published by Lexis Numérique.

“AMY is an attempt to bring innovation in the horror genre and a way to reach a wider audience than the mere survival horror fans,” said Paul Cuisset.

“AMY might be one of most ambitious digital console games to date, and we are really happy with our partnership with Paul Cuisset and VectorCell,” said José Sanchis, CEO of Lexis Numérique.

For more information on the game, please visit the official Facebook page

Microsoft Store Online – Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle


Regular Price:  $594.94 You save: $200.00

Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle

Xbox 360 250 GB Console with Kinect
Xbox 360 250 GB Console with Kinect

Get the most exciting gaming experience yet with the Xbox 360 console and Kinect bundle. Included are the new Xbox 360 with a huge 250 GB hard drive, the revolutionary Kinect sensor, and the Kinect Adventures game. With its whisper-quiet, sleek new design, the new Xbox 360 console, paired with the Kinect sensor’s body-tracking technology, brings you hours of hands-free fun where you’re the controller.

Xbox LIVE 3-Month Gold Card
Xbox LIVE 3-Month Gold Card

An Xbox LIVE Gold membership lets you take your Xbox 360 online to play Kinect and controller games with friends, no matter where they are.

Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows, and sports, and, with the hands-free fun of Kinect, your voice is the remote control. Plus, friends and family are never far away when you can video chat face-to-face the biggest screen in the house.

Coming this holiday season, look for better navigation, voice search, and all new video partners like UFC and YouTube.

Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points
Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points

Want to take your Xbox 360 to the next level? Get going with Xbox LIVE, and take your gaming online. Once you’ve got an Xbox LIVE subscription, use points to download games, HD movies, and TV shows, or add-ons to keep your games fresh.

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller
Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller

The Razer Onza Tournament Edition gaming controller for Xbox 360 is designed to give professional gamers the competitive edge by bringing maximum customizability to the Xbox 360 controller.

Featuring adjustable resistance on both analog sticks and putting two fully programmable Multi-Function Buttons (MFB) at the fingertips, the Razer Onza TE allows every professional gamer to tweak the controller to their individual preferences.

Xbox 360 8 GB USB Flash Drive by SanDisk
Xbox 360 8 GB USB Flash Drive by SanDisk

Expand the memory of your Xbox 360 console with this pre-configured, Xbox 360-branded SanDisk USB flash drive. Just plug it in to experience all that Xbox LIVE has to offer and take your game saves, profiles, downloads, and gamertag with you wherever you go.

Game of your choice
Game of your choice

On the next page, select a game of your choice from a group of qualifying games to include with your bundle. Choose from some of the most popular and newest titles for Xbox 360 and Kinect.

* Total savings for bundle determined by game selected, total final price of $444.94. Limited time offer thru 1/8/2012 or while supplies last. Offer only available online. Only valid with purchase of all eligible products. Offer not valid on previous orders, cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with any other offer or promotion. Discount applies before taxes, shipping and other charges. Limit 3 per person.

BUY HERE —Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle.

Dungeon Defenders Available Today on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam

Join Forces with Up to Three Friends Local or Online to Strategically Block the Invading Waves of Ogres, Goblins and Orcs in this Addictive Tower Defense/Action-RPG Hybrid

Twain Harte, CA–October 19th– Trendy Entertainment, D3Publisher and Reverb Publishing today announced that Dungeon Defenders is now available for download on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® Network and Steam. Dungeon Defenders brings together the best elements of tower defense and action-RPG progression in a fully 3D environment; spreading the four-player co-op mayhem out across 15 unique maps –  30 challenges,  four difficulty settings –  in all its loot-raiding, spell-casting, level-up stacking glory.

Players control one of four distinct heroes – Squire, Apprentice, Huntress and Monk – in an epic bid to fight back an ancient evil. Each character comes with distinct functionalities, and players can create and customize an armory of weapons and equipment. The campaign, whether with friends or solo, has tons and tons of gameplay with hundreds of loot drops (all upgradeable and customizable) to make each character that much more distinct.

Character trailers can found here:

With drop-in/drop-out four-player co-op online or off, tons of gameplay modes and gorgeous visuals, this is one dungeon players will never want to leave. Tower defense fans and RPG nuts alike will find themselves enthralled by the depth of the character progression. Each class has a slew of towers and skills in their arsenal with 70 levels worth of stat building. All this makes for a chaotic, fun romp of a time in expertly crafted dungeons full of monsters attacking from every angle.

Additionally, the PlayStation Network version provides full 3D technology and PlayStation Move controller support.

Dungeon Defenders is rated E10+ by the Entertainment Software Review Board and is available for download now on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points, on PlayStation Network and Steam for $14.99. For more information on the game, visit, follow the game on Facebook or follow the Trendy team @TrendyEnt.

Deus Ex “Missing Link” DLC Gets Shiny New Release Date

The Missing Link, the new DLC stated to hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution make up for its apparently extremely disappointing ending and perhaps bring closure to its audiences, is now started to hit virtual game store shelves with a brand, spanking new release date of October 18th.

On its Twitter feed, Eidos revealed that the game is slated for $15.00 on the PSN or PC and 1200 Microsoft Points (So yeah, 15 bucks).

Whether this was decided to come out to suck all the money off of a game, or a strategic way to curb the heavy criticism the game received for its ending is unknown, but if any game where to benefit from extended play time, it would surely be Deus Ex.

New Release Rundown ~ Week of 9.18.2011

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David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff Teams Up with EA to Star in the Burnout CRASH! Hoff Video Series

Guildford, UK – September 20, 2011 – Check your airbags and brace for impact! Criterion Games, an Electronics Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced that Burnout™ CRASH! is now available on PlayStation®Network in North America. Burnout™ CRASH! will be available tomorrow on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network Europe. Gamers can download the title for £7.99 or 800 Microsoft Points. The game brings hours of I-just-can’t-stop-playing! fun to living rooms worldwide. Players who want even more Burnout CRASH! excitement can head over to tomorrow to check out the first hilarious video featuring international television superstar, David Hasselhoff. Stay tuned to the EA site for more videos over the next few weeks.

Burnout CRASH! reinvents Criterion’s fan-favorite crash mode, offering accessibility and compulsive fun for those new to the series and gameplay depth for franchise veterans. There are three exciting game modes available across six unique locations and 18 crash junctions, each requiring different skills and strategies to maximize damage, debris and points . Gamers can also express their road rage with their whole body using the optional Kinect controls. With Kinect Party Play, up to 14 players can split into teams in turn-based gameplay and use gestural controls on one television to crash and burn in an all-out battle!

Burnout CRASH! is a crazy mix of pinball arcades, TV game shows and 80s pop music. Featuring EA’s revolutionary Autolog technology, players connect, compare scores and face off against friends for endless competitive gameplay and challenging fun. In addition, the all-new Autolog Challenges feature lets players up the ante by sending direct head-to-head challenges to their friends.

For more information on Burnout CRASH!, please visit