XBL Content Roundup: December 11th & 12th, 2014

By Rebecca Smith,
Xbox One Games

After being released on Xbox LIVE Arcade nearly two years ago, Giana Sisters gets some extra content and makes its debut on the Xbox One. In addition to this, we have a more complete edition of Rabbids and the Japanese version of Grand Theft Auto V.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Director's Cut
Size: 2.35 GB
Price: US$14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99
Dash through tricky levels and transform the whole world at will in this fast-paced award-winning platformer. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut combines graphics that pack a visual punch and tight controls with the challenge of retro era platforming. Fluidly morph between two dynamically different dream worlds to solve puzzles and combat grueling enemies and bosses. Key Features - Blaze through 33 levels including a brand new Rise of the Owlverlord adventure. - Each level transforms between two contrasting dreamworlds! - Easy and hard difficulty modes for all levels and bosses. - Intuitive controls and smooth game flow; master the tight controls and defeat the devious trials ahead. - Full HD 1080p with a smooth framerate: Giana’s dreamworlds leap off the screen with gorgeous 3D graphics that morph before your very eyes. - Experience a dual crossfading soundtrack by Chris Hülsbeck and Machinae Supremacy. - Rich extras: Halloween- and Christmas-themed levels accessible from the start. The downloadable version of this game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Japanese.

Grand Theft Auto V (JP)
Size: 42.97 GB
Price: ¥7,214
When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other. Features across-the-board graphical and technical enhancements for a deeper, more vibrant world. Transfer your existing Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to Xbox One.† Returning players get exclusive vehicles, weapons, collectibles and more.†† Includes all Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V free-to-access content updates. †Player data transfer subject to certain limits and requirements, see rockstargames.com/gtaonline/charactertransfer for details. ††Access to Exclusive Content requires Rockstar Games Social Club account. Visit rockstargames.com/v/bonuscontent for details. You must accept the software license terms available at rockstargames.com/eula; online account terms at rockstargames.com/socialclub. Non-transferable access to special features such as exclusive/unlockable/downloadable/online content, services, or functions, such as multiplayer services or bonus content, may require single-use serial code, additional fee, and/or online account registration (13+). Access to special features may require internet connection, may not be available to all users or at all times, and may, upon 30 days notice, be terminated, modified, or offered under different terms. Violation of EULA, Code of Conduct, or other policies may result in restriction or termination of access to game or online account. For customer & tech support visit rockstargames.com/support. For information about online services, fees, restrictions, or software license terms that may apply to this game, please visit www.rockstargames.com . Certain limits apply to purchase, use, and redemption. See EULA www.rockstargames.com/eula and Terms of Service www.rockstargames.com/legal for details. ©2008 - 2014 Rockstar Games, Inc. Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto, the GTA Five, and the Rockstar Games R* marks and logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. in the U.S.A. and/or foreign countries.
Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (Xbox One) Gold Edition
Size: N/A
Price: US$54.99 / £39.99 / €54.99 / AU$79.95
Includes Rabbids Invasion The Interactive TV Show + Season Pass ! RABBIDS® INVASION, the kids’ hit animated TV show, is now a video game! Kids can watch a selection of 20 episodes to play and interact with the Rabbids. Over 400 Wacky Full-Motion Activities to play with family and friends Have a virtual egg battle, try to match the Rabbids’ poses, scream out the iconic “bwaah”… Augmented Reality Interact and dance with the Rabbids in your own living room! + The Rabbids Invasion BEST VALUE Season Pass is now available and includes all 15 add-on episodes with crazy challenges! Get into a friendly competition with family and friends while watching the funniest scenes of "SUPER RABBID", "RABBID VAMPIRE", "RABBIDS WITH FLEAS", "ZOMBIE RABBID", "RABBID DREAMS" and 10 more interactive episodes... Make hilarious poses, find hidden objects, scream the iconic Bwaaah, beat the timer and earn additional Rabbids coins to become the champion of each episode!
Xbox LIVE Arcade Games

A second XBLA title arrives this week.

Battle Academy
Size: 249.45 MB
Price: US$29.99 / £23.99 / €29.99
The only true World War II turn-based strategy game playable on a console. Battle Academy is a real classic. Approachable, absorbing and with a unique visual approach, it’s a game that pulls you in with its intuitive design and its compelling gameplay. Firepower is only one of the key elements that will allow you to succeed: keeping the morale of your men high, planning on cunning tactics and a fine balance in the use of infantry and armoured units are also vital to win. You will select and take the lead of a number of units across a huge variety of campaigns and nearly 100 scenarios! The countless number of missions ranges from the invasion of France all the way to the what-if Sealion campaign where the German troops try the invasion of England. Gameplay is perfectly balanced being both approachable, realistic and challenging – 9/10 PC4War Battle Academy plays quickly, easily, and has tactical depth – 8/10 StrategyCore Battle Academy offers entertaining and exciting game play – 92% GamersHall Slitherine has succeeded in making a wargame that will please both the wargaming neophyte and grog – 8/10 Gamesquad Features • Includes all features and units from the original game and all 6 expansions! • Control British, US, Polish, Canadian, Italian & German forces in 9 epic campaigns covering more than 90 varied battles. • Select from a vast array of equipment with over 200 units from 7 nations - Shermans, Fireflys, Panthers, Tigers, Stukas, Hurricanes, P47s and much more! • Gameplay features include ambushes, line of sight, artillery barrages, airstrikes, scouts, morale, APCs, flame throwers, heavy bombers, snipers and suppression. • Your units gain experience as they fight. Get promoted to Veteran and Elite status and gain new skills.
Windows Phone Games

This title is only available for Windows Phone 8 users.

ExZeus 2 (WP)
Size: 122 MB
Price: US$5.99 / £3.99 / €5.99 / AU$5.99 / ¥600
The next Generation of Mobile 3D Shooting Game is here !!!
ExZeus2, sequel of the acclaimed fast paced 3D Shooting Game "ExZeus".

2217 CE. Over one century has passed since the battle against the alien war machines. Earth has returned to peace and the name of Diadora is now nothing more than a dim memory. Not many remember the ExZeus project and the robots who saved the planet from darkness. But a new menace from above was about to break the peace. There was only one way to counter this menace and restore hope: reopen the "ExZeus" project. The 3 former metal warriors who saved our planet were thus fused to give birth to a new powerful model of robot, Minos.

*Features :

* Amazing 3D graphics and Sound.
* Impressive super attacks.
* New elements of gameplay: shoot enemies in the air or fight them on the ground in close combat sequences.
* Earn experience points based on your skills.
* Upgrade and customize your own robot.
* Gyro, and Virtual Pad
* Online ranking.
* Leaderboard.
* XBox Live exclusive achievements
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DLC with Achievements

The Xbox One version catches up with the XBLA version, only this time the DLC comes bearing achievements.

• "Venom"
Achievements: 1 for a total of 10G
Price: US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
As Eddie Brock's journalism career spiraled downward, he always blamed Spider-Man for his own failure. A symbiotic organism from an alien world sensed his rage, and having itself been rejected by Spidey before, shared his hatred of the web-head. Thus, the Symbiote chose Brock as its next host, and together they are – Venom. Table features: • Also on the table is Carnage, an offspring of the Venom symbiote that bonded with a maniac and a common enemy of Spider-Man and Venom. Is an alliance between the two arch-foes possible? • Experience Carnage’s origins during Venom's jailbreak in an exciting mini-game! • Help Spidey teach Venom a lesson and exploit the Symbiote’s weaknesses! • Relive Spidey’s black suit exploits with the Symbiote during multiball! • Be wary of the sticky alien substance! Send that goo ball right back to Venom! • Learn about the alien’s other hosts and collect their hurry-ups!
DLC without Achievements

Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox 360)
• "International Camouflage Rifles Pack" – US$3.99 / £3.19 / €3.99 / AU$5.35
Expand your arsenal with 3 re-tuned and camouflaged sniper rifles for Sniper Elite 3: the Lee Enfield Mk. III, Karabiner 98k and SVT-40. Usable in all game modes.
• "U.S. Camouflage Rifles Pack" – US$3.99 / £3.19 / €3.99 / AU$5.35
Snipe your enemies with 3 adjusted and camouflaged fan favourite rifles for Sniper Elite 3, the Springfield M1903, M1917 Enfield and M1D Garand. Usable in all game modes.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.