Xbox Live Gold Members Get Assassin’s Creed II Free


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Starting tomorrow (June 16 for our international readers) through until the end of the month, Assassin’s Creed II will be available as a free download for Xbox Live Gold members.

The freebie comes as part of Xbox’s new “Games with Gold” program which was announced at E3 back in June. Basically up until the time the Xbox One is released (November) all Xbox Live Gold subscribers will receive two free Xbox 360 games per month. It’s similar to the Playstation Plus model except these games are free to keep and play forever (not only as a long as you’re a Gold subscriber).

There’s also various pieces of Assassin’s Creed-related DLC and the season pass for Assassin’s Creed 3 on sale, so make sure you have a look around the Marketplace.

As for next steps what you need to do is: jump on Live, download the game, play it, and check out all our cheats, hints and tips. Enjoy!

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Xbox Live Update Beta Opens


Major Nelson has announced that Xbox 360 Public Beta sign ups for the 2013 Xbox Live Update have opened. The update is meant to “improve overall performance” and appears to also convert your Microsoft Points balance into local currency, which is then used to make purchases from the Marketplace (Microsoft previously flagged this change in the lead up to the Xbox One launch).

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Note that spots in the beta program are limited, so if you want to participate you need to register ASAP. This year sign up is directly through your Xbox 360 dashboard. Simply look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of your dashboard (if it isn’t there, restart your console or refresh the dashboard (hit the Guide button, then RT + Y).

You’ll also need to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in order to participate. Check out the full Beta FAQ here for more information (link to go live shortly).

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How to Watch X1 Kill the PS4 at E3 (Plus Some Memes)


Microsoft has been taking a beating in the media and on social networks over the Xbox One reveal event with many people believing there was too much focus on TV and sports and not enough focus on games.

That said, we are looking forward to E3 in just a few days time where Microsoft has promised it will show more of the gaming capabities of the Xbox One, and hopefully put an end to all the hilarious X1 memes floating around at the moment (a sample of which we have included below).

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Xbox One Revealed – All the Details


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The next generation Xbox is called Xbox One and was revealed by Microsoft just one hour ago at their #XboxReveal event in Redmond.  Technical specs are as follows:

  • 8 core AMD CPU
  • 8 GB system memory
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Blu-ray drive
  • 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
  • HDMI In/Out
  • USB 3.0

No details on the GPU contained in the Xbox One were given (it ill be combined with the CPU on the same chip though).  Microsoft said that the console will be released “later this year”.

Also on display were a brand new controller as well as Kinect 2.0.   As for backwards compatibility, given the new architecture of the Xbox One, that is a big no.  Your Xbox 360 games will not work on the Xbox One.

There will be a TON more coverage on this over the next few days and weeks, but what are your initial reactions?

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#XboxReveal Event for Next Xbox in Under 24 Hours


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Quick reminder that Microsoft will be unveiling the next generation Xbox at #XboxReveal in under 24 hours!

The event will be taking place at 1:00pm ET on May 21 at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington and will be streamed on Spike TV (for those in the US and Canada) as well as on Xbox Live and Xbox.com (for everyone else). You can see what time that will be for you in our #XboxReveal international timezone table below.
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Amazon Digital Games Mayhem Sale


Here at Xbox 360 Cheats we know that you’re Xbox 360 gamers (duh…). That said, we realize that there’s probably a good proportion of you who also play PC games, and that’s why we wanted to give you a heads up on the insane digital games sale that Amazon is currently running – Digital Games MAYHEM.

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The main sale page is here and you can check out the full list of games on sale below (with individual links). If you have a PC that’s capable of playing games, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something. So tell your PC gaming friends, and most importantly, enjoy!

16 Bit Arena – $4.99

18 Wheels of Steel American Long Haul – $2.99

18 Wheels of Steel Extreme Trucker – $2.99

18 Wheels of Steel Haulin – $2.99

18 Wheels of Steel Long Haul – $2.99

18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker 2 – $2.99

20,000 Leagues under the Sea – $Captain Nemo – $2.99

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GTA V Madness – Screenshots, Videos and New Info


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Just in case you’ve been living under a rock the last week or so, here’s a quick recap of all that’s gone down in the world of Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games’ upcoming and newest title in the record breaking GTA series.

First we had new character trailers for each of Trevor, Michael and Franklin revealed. A clip showing all three is below, and you can also view the others in the GTA5Cheats’ Youtube channel.

Next we’ve had two batches of a dozen GTA 5 screenshots released. Check them out here and here.

And finally, thanks to Rockstar giving some select publishers inside access to a preview version of the actual game itself, we have a bullet-point list of information that was previously unknown/unreleased.

Enjoy!

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Next CoD Title Revealed with Release Date


Promotional posters for the next title in the Call of Duty series have started popping up all over the place confirming two things:

  1. The name of the next CoD game is Call of Duty: Ghosts.
  2. The game will be released on November 5 2013.

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The game’s name was pretty much known prior to this leak, but getting an actual release date is a nice bonus. November has been the traditional “release window” for previous Call of Duty titles.

What’s not known though, is the consoles that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be released on. Could it be a next generation title? Time will tell, but expect some more official news from Activision shortly.  We’ll have all the cheats and codes you need for Call of Duty: Ghosts right here.

Update: We have the Xbox 360 boxart for you too!

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Battlefield 4 Coming Fall, Gameplay Trailer Revealed


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should now know that Battlefield 4 is officially coming to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the PC this fall. You’ve probably also seen the 17 minute debut gameplay trailer that has been literally smashing YouTube records left, right and center.

Battlefield 4 is being developed by DICE (as usual) and will be based on the latest version of their FrostBite engine. The game will be set in present times (just like other Battlefield games). If you bought last year’s title, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, then you’ll also get an automatic invitation to the BF4 beta, which is scheduled to begin some time this fall.

One thing we don’t know yet is whether Battlefield 4 will make it to the next generation Playstation 4 and Xbox (whatever the later is eventually called). DICE have already said that Battlefield 4 will NOT be coming to the Wii U…

PS: the gameplay trailer above show PC footage.

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GTA V Delayed, Conspiracy Theories Abound


By now you’ve probably heard the sad news and might also have just recovered from the fetal position – yes, Grand Theft Auto 5 has been officially delayed until September 17.

From an official standpoint, it’s not so bad, as the game wasn’t really expected until the summer anyway. That said though, Rockstar admits it’s about four months later than they had originally planned to have it shipped. However with rumors swirling recently that several outlets had official confirmation of March/April release dates for the game, the extra six month wait is a real kick in the cajones.

The announcement was of course accompanied by the usual panoply (not to be confused with Monopoly) of grandiose statements; that they have been working their butts off to release the game in time but couldn’t, that the game was being delayed to make it the best game in the history of the universe, blah blah blah.

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Was that the real reason for the delay though? Or is there something else afoot? Something more shady and conspiracy-theory-like? Well, with the announcement coming shortly after swarms of announcements and renewed speculation about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, some analysts have jumped on the idea that the delay (which has caused Rockstar parent company Take-Two’s stock to plummet like an unpilotable Dodo) is so that Rockstar can instead port the game to the next generation consoles.

Rockstar quickly shot down the new rumors in a post on the official delay announcement page (which has a few thousand comments from a few thousand disappointed gamers) stating:

Hey all, we understand many of you guys are disappointed with this news – unfortunately sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment, and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV. To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense – literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.

In this case, it seems more likely that Rockstar is being truthful on the matter and that there’s nothing else going on but slow-pokish work and a commitment to quality. To think they’d divert attention away from such a massive undertaking, which they’ve been working on for several years, so they can rush ports for the next-gen consoles, seems rather unlikely (and something only an analyst could dream up).

The reality is that Grand Theft Auto needs no sales help from next-gen consoles, and the idea that its sales and the sales of future DLC will be diminished by their release is a little absurd. This is going to be the game everyone wants to play come September 17, no matter what system it’s on. GTA V will sell 10 million copies long before the next-gen consoles are even released, and if the game lives up to expectations, its DLC will not be forgotten just because new consoles have launched.

Now let’s just hope for no more delays, and a monumental beast of a game for our PS3’s and Xbox 360’s come September!

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