XBL Content Roundup: Holiday Period 2014/2015

By Rebecca Smith, 1 year ago
As we took a bit of a break over the holiday season, this roundup is a summary of all of the Xbox LIVE content that was released / removed since our last content roundup on December 20th.

XBLA Delistings

The holiday season was not entirely filled with festive cheer. We already knew about the pending delisting of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins and the title disappeared on December 31st. Unfortunately, it was accompanied by five others that we didn't know about. Battle: Los Angeles, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, UNO (Xbox 360), UNO Rush and WRC Powerslide have all been removed from the Xbox LIVE Games Store. We're assuming that these delistings are all for licensing reasons, but we don't have confirmation of this as usual.

Xbox One Games

Grand Theft Auto V & Free Bull Shark Cash Card
Size: N/A
Price: US$69.99 / £58.74 / €77.49 / AU$109.20 / ¥8,186
Get Grand Theft Auto V and receive a free Bull Shark Cash Card worth $500,000 in-game GTA dollars to spend in GTA Online. ©2008 - 2014 Rockstar Games, Inc. Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto, the GTA Five, Grand Theft Auto Online 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. Software license terms in game and www.rockstargames.com/eula online account terms at www.rockstargames.com/socialclub. Non-transferable access to special features such as exclusive, unlockable, downloadable or online content, services, or functions may require single-use serial code, additional fee and/or online account registration (13+). Violation of EULA, Code of Conduct, or other policies may result in restriction or termination of access to game or online account. Access to special features may require internet connection, may not be available to all users, and may, upon 30 days notice, be terminated, modified, or offered under different terms. Unauthorized copying, reverse engineering, transmission, public performance, rental, pay for play, or circumvention of copy protection is strictly prohibited. Certain limits apply to purchase, use,& redemption of Shark Cards see EULA and Terms at www.rockstargames.com. For customer& tech support visit www.rockstargames.com/support.
The Telltale Games Collection
Size: N/A
Price: US$109.99 / £69.99 / €109.99 / AU$154.95
This bundle includes five critically acclaimed series by Telltale Games: - The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season - The Walking Dead: Season Two - The Wolf Among Us - Tales from the Borderlands (Episode 1 available now, Episodes 2-5 to be released periodically) - Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series (Episode 1 available now, Episodes 2-6 to be released periodically)
Windows Phone Games

All of the following "new" titles are actually older titles that received title updates to make them LIVE enabled.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne (WP)
Size: 878 MB
Price: FREE
LEAVE GRAVITY IN THE DUST
The best arcade racing game series reaches a new turning point! Perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience powered by a brand-new physics engine!

LUXURY DREAM CARS
• 47 high-performance cars (80% of them NEW!)
• Top licensed manufacturers like Lamborghini & Ferrari
• Newly recorded high-fidelity car motor sounds for realistic audio immersion

GET AIRBORNE
• Hit the ramps and take the race above
• Perform barrel rolls and wild 360º jumps
• Maneuver through the air, pulling stunts while racing

NEW EXOTIC LOCATIONS
• Race in 9 different settings like Venice, Guiana & the Nevada Desert!
• Discover plenty of hidden shortcuts

NEW FEATURES FOR SPEED FREAKS
• 8 seasons & 180 events in Career mode
• A detailed damage system
• Check out the new Infected and Drift Gate game modes

SIMULTANEOUS MULTIPLAYER & GHOST CHALLENGES
• Simultaneous multiplayer action for up to 8 real opponents!
• Dare friends to asynchronous races
• New leaderboards

MUSIC TO REV YOUR SOUL
• A heart-thumping mix of amazing licensed music for your game
• Featuring real tracks from Bloc Party, Mutemath & The Crystal Method!

A game for fans of extreme arcade racing, with real dream cars and phenomenal graphics that will also please racing simulation enthusiasts.
Asphalt Overdrive (WP)
Size: 268 MB
Price: FREE
ASPHALT SHIFTS INTO OVERDRIVE!

AN ORIGINAL MISSION-BASED ARCADE DRIVING GAME
- Unlock and drive 30 high-performance, fully licensed vehicles such as the iconic Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa!
- Improve and upgrade your car to dominate the California streets
- Challenge yourself with 7 different types of racing: Escape the police, defeat bosses, avoid obstacles, and perform impressive stunts while you race!

A UNIQUE RETRO STYLE
- Drive fast across the gorgeous highways of Southern California
- Enjoy a subtly retro “new '80s” atmosphere
- Stunning visuals thanks to real-time lighting and particle effects

CHALLENGE THE WORLD
- Connect to Facebook to play with or against your friends
- Join a gang to team up with friends and achieve weekly objectives full of speed and action!
- Track your progress and show off your skills as you advance in League championships
- Compete in limited-time, Gang, and League events as you battle your way to the top of the leaderboards!
Despicable Me: Minion Rush (WP)
Size: 83 MB
Price: FREE
Gru’s loyal yellow gibberish-speaking Minions are ready for their toughest challenge in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Play as a Minion and compete with others in hilarious, fast-paced challenges in order to impress your boss, (former?) super-villain Gru!

ALL THE HEART AND HUMOR OF DESPICABLE ME
• Enjoy unpredictably hilarious Minion moments
• Perform despicable acts through hundreds of missions
• Run through iconic locations, which are full of surprises, secrets and tricky obstacles: Gru’s Lab, Gru’s Residential Area, and El Macho’s Lair!
• Customize your Minion with unique costumes, weapons, and power-ups
• Battle Vector and an all-new villain exclusively created for the game

AN INNOVATIVE AND ORIGINAL GAME
• Encounter secret areas, unique boss fights and amazing power-ups
• Experience custom animation, voiceovers, and state-of-the-art 3D graphics
• Enjoy multiple dynamic camera angles
• Engage in various bonus gameplay modes:
? Destroy things as Mega Minion
? Collect bananas while riding the Fluffy Unicorn
? Hang on to Gru’s Rocket for the ride of your life
• Have fun with your friends! See their best scores during your run, and send them funny Minion taunts and challenges to show them who’s going to win Minion of the Year!
Total Conquest (WP)
Size: 144 MB
Price: FREE
Sound the call to battle and join legions of players online in a battle to control the Roman Empire! Total Conquest is an exciting and strategic social game where you are a Roman governor developing your own city-state and army. But with Caesar dead, there’s no more playing games: You’ll need to join a powerful Legion -- or forge your own -- to defeat your enemies, protect your lands, and reign supreme. Vae victis!

BUILD A MIGHTY ROMAN PROVINCE
v Build and manage your own unique city-state
v Defend your city with Towers, Traps, Walls, Gates and garrisoned units

FIGHT EPIC BATTLES
v Hire, train and upgrade 10 different unit types, each with a specific role
v Take on a challenging solo campaign to master the art of war games
v Battle players from around the world and lead your army to victory

FORGE AN UNSTOPPABLE LEGION
v Create or join a Legion of powerful players and get reinforcements from the other members
v Coordinate with your allies to win Legion Wars
v Fight to increase your Legion ranking and earn great rewards

Enter the battle, get ready for the war, and enjoy hours of fun!
Windows 8 Games

As above, the following two titles also get title updates that make them LIVE enabled. In addition to these, after a soft release in Trinidad & Tobago back in July, Microsoft Jackpot (Win 8) also gets a worldwide release. You can download it for FREE from here.

Asphalt Overdrive (Win 8)
Size: 397.0 MB
Price: FREE
ASPHALT SHIFTS INTO OVERDRIVE!

Discover the award-winning Asphalt series' first spinoff with Asphalt Overdrive, an intense arcade racing experience packed to go! Outrun the cops in an exciting game set in a “new '80s”-inspired version of California.

AN ORIGINAL MISSION-BASED ARCADE DRIVING GAME
- Unlock and drive 30 high-performance, fully licensed vehicles such as the iconic Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa!
- Improve and upgrade your car to dominate the California streets
- Challenge yourself with 7 different types of racing: Escape the police, defeat bosses, avoid obstacles, and perform impressive stunts while you race!

A UNIQUE RETRO STYLE
- Drive fast across the gorgeous highways of Southern California
- Enjoy a subtly retro “new '80s” atmosphere
- Stunning visuals thanks to real-time lighting and particle effects

CHALLENGE THE WORLD
- Connect to Facebook to play with or against your friends
- Join a gang to team up with friends and achieve weekly objectives full of speed and action!
- Track your progress and show off your skills as you advance in League championships
- Compete in limited-time, Gang, and League events as you battle your way to the top of the leaderboards!
Total Conquest (Win 8)
Size: 175.8 MB
Price: FREE
Sound the call to battle and join legions of players online in a battle to control the Roman Empire! Total Conquest is an exciting and strategic social game where you are a Roman governor developing your own city-state and army. But with Caesar dead, there’s no more playing games: You’ll need to join a powerful Legion -- or forge your own -- to defeat your enemies, protect your lands, and reign supreme. Vae victis!

BUILD A MIGHTY ROMAN PROVINCE
v Build and manage your own unique city-state
v Defend your city with Towers, Traps, Walls, Gates and garrisoned units

FIGHT EPIC BATTLES
v Hire, train and upgrade 10 different unit types, each with a specific role
v Take on a challenging solo campaign to master the art of war games
v Battle players from around the world and lead your army to victory

FORGE AN UNSTOPPABLE LEGION
v Create or join a Legion of powerful players and get reinforcements from the other members
v Coordinate with your allies to win Legion Wars
v Fight to increase your Legion ranking and earn great rewards

Enter the battle, get ready for the war, and enjoy hours of fun!
DLC without Achievements

Dance Central: Spotlight
• "One Direction Dance Pack 01" – US$5.49 / £4.39 / €5.49 / AU$7.35 / ¥626
Master new moves and build your track library by purchasing this song/dance: “One Direction Dance Pack 01” by One Direction. "What Makes You Beautiful"-One Direction, "Story Of My Life"-One Direction, "Ready To Run"-One Direction. For music credits, visit www.DanceCentral.com.
• ""Ready To Run" - One Direction" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• ""Story Of My Life" - One Direction" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• ""What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216

• ""I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• ""Raise Your Glass" - P!nk" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216


Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
• "“Counting Stars” - OneRepublic" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "“Edge Of Glory” - Lady Gaga" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "“Let It Go” - Demi Lovato" – US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65


Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox 360)
• "“Counting Stars” - OneRepublic" – US$1.99 / £1.29 / €1.89 / AU$1.99
• "“Edge Of Glory” - Lady Gaga" – US$1.99 / £1.29 / €1.89 / AU$1.995
• "“Let It Go” - Demi Lovato" – US$1.99 / £1.29 / €1.89 / AU$1.99

Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (JP)
• "Additional Accessory Set 1(JP)" – ¥216
Additional accessories will become available for selection in "Edit Mode." * Added Accessories · Male (11) · Female (13)
• "Additional Custom Equipment Set 11(JP)" – ¥108
The male custom equipment "Courageous Officer Set" will become available for selection during custom character creation in "Edit Mode." * Added Equipment ·Courageous Officer Set
• "Additional Custom Equipment Set 12(JP)" – ¥108
The female custom equipment "Battle Carapace Set" will become available for selection during custom character creation in "Edit Mode." * Added Equipment · Battle Carapace
• "New BGM Set 1(JP)" – ¥108
This set includes additional BGM for DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires. * How to use BGM can be selected from "Select Music" on the loading screen. You can enjoy listening to the BGM using the sound test option found in "Sound" under "Options." The battlefield song "RUN WITH TIGER (Fierce Attack)" can be selected from "Select Music" on the Pre-battle Loading Screen. * Added BGM ·Battle BGM: RUN WITH TIGER (Fierce Attack) The Romance of the Three Kingdoms contains many titles for characters that include tigers, such as the "Tiger of Jiangdong."I created the song with the image of heroes dashing about the battlefield with the fleetness of tigers.. (Ishiguro) ·Residence BGM: SERENE CITADEL (General Residence) This song embodies the feeling of the residence being one's home turf with security and nobility, while also a tense place where politics and military matters are also decided. (Yoshida)
Project Spark (Xbox One)
• "Project Spark: Champions Bundle" – US$14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 / AU$19.95 / ¥1,620
Spark’s CHAMPIONS are ready to tackle epic adventures that you play or create! With the CHAMPIONS BUNDLE you take control and level up mighty heroes like HAAKON THE KNIGHT, SEPH THE SORCERER, and AVALON THE DRUID! Each Champion has a unique identity, powers, abilities, and skill progression. Level up your Champions to unlock new content such as Clothing, Weapons, and Visual Effects. Play as Champions in the exciting Champions Quest, Crossroads, or in games you and others create! Bundle includes: - Playable CHAMPION – SEPH THE SORCERER - Playable CHAMPION - HAAKON THE KNIGHT - Playable CHAMPION - AVALON THE DRUID - 3 DAY SPARK PREMIUM Play: - Play as your favorite Champions in CHAMPIONS QUEST - Play and create CROSSROADS games that star your favorite Champion - Gain XP to unlock new skills and content for your Champions Create: - BUILD and SHARE games that star CHAMPIONS - Use Champions to play, create, and share CROSSROADS adventures - Level up Champions to unlock creation content such as CLOTHES, WEAPONS, and EFFECTS - Use Character Studio to mix-and-match CHAMPION CLOTHES and FACIAL FEATURES Spark Premium: - 2x Spark XP - 2x Credit gain - 2x Champion XP - Spark Premium also allows owners to purchase new Token-only offers for Credits. These benefits expire 3 days after purchase.
• "Project Spark: Champion: Seph the Sorcerer" – US$8.99 / £7.19 / €8.99 / AU$11.95 / ¥972
Unlock this content pack to acquire the CHAMPION – SEPH THE SORCERER! Features include: Create: - BUILD and SHARE games and Crossroads adventures that star SEPH - Create games that let players LEVEL UP as SEPH - Customize characters in the Character Studio with new OUTFITS Play: - As SEPH, perform powerful ARCANE MAGIC - Use BLINK spell to teleport around the battlefield - CROSSROADS: Defeat enemies and complete quests to LEVEL UP - COMMUNITY GAMES: Play and LEVEL UP in community created games that star SEPH - Unlock NEW SKILLS and GALLERY CONTENT as Seph’s level increases - Unlock CHARACTER STUDIO CONTENT as Seph’s level increases The story of Seph: SEPH was born in a small reclusive village on the edge of Kora to a family once believed to have been gifted powerful magical abilities by the ancient masters. These powers were rumored to be passed down from one generation to the next, but this gift became more and more rare over time and eventually died out completely. Despite being dozens of generations since the last known Sorcerer, the family and village Elders guarded the secrets of Sorcery in the hopes that the power would one day return. From a very young age, odd thing always seemed to happen around Seph (especially when Seph became excited or upset), but these incidents were kept secret until one fateful day. Whilst playing in the woods together, his friend fell into a sinkhole. With no training or indication of his powers, and without regard for his own safety, Seph jumped into the sinkhole. Unable to climb out, the young Seph gathered his courage and confidence and led his friend through a derelict cave filled with perils until they came upon a cave-in blocking their exit. Upset, out of options, and left to perish in the cavern, Seph’s emotions resulted in an unexpected blast of power crumbling the thick rock and creating a path to safety. Once the Elders had heard of this deed, they insisted Seph be trained in the ways of the Sorcerer. While the Elders were elated that a Sorcerer had returned to the bloodline, the rest of the village was fearful of Seph’s unexpected power. Frustrated by the discipline and methods the Elders insisted Seph adhere to, he rebelled against the Elder’s training and began to explore these powers on his own. As he grew stronger and more confident, the Elders leaned heavily on Seph’s family to force him back into training as they became as fearful as the rest of the village that Seph’s power was not under his control. As his powers grew, Seph eventually grew concerned for the burden he placed on his family for defying training. Alas, he yearned for adventures and challenges his village could not provide. Seph left a magical scroll saying goodbye, leaving under the shroud of the night, vowing to return one day after going on great adventures and returning the most powerful and heroic Sorcerer in all of Kora’s history.
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.