XBL Content Roundup: December 18th, 2015

By Rebecca Smith, 1 year ago
Xbox One

Xbox One Delists

We'll get the bad news out of the way first. At the end of last month, publisher Mastertronic went into administration after a failed investment deal. Now, all of their published games have been removed from the Xbox Games Store. This includes Spectra, which is no longer available for purchase.

Pre-Orders

Unravel
Size: 113.26 MB
Price: US$19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AU$29.95 / ¥1,944
Release date: February 9th, 2016 worldwide
Pre-order now to get the exclusive Yarny Avatar item.
The code for this item will be delivered to your Xbox message center in 7-10 days. You can redeem the code on your Xbox One console or at xbox.com/redeemcode.

Unravel introduces Yarny, a new, lovable and endearing character made from a single thread of yarn, that slowly unravels as you move. Inspired by the unique and breath-taking environments of Northern Scandinavia, Unravel is a visually stunning, physics-based puzzle platformer. Using yarn to Swing from tree branch to tree branch or hitch a ride on a flying kite, no feat is too big. Yarny is brought to life as the representation of the ties that bind loved-ones together. Embark with Yarny on a seemingly larger than life adventure to reconnect the long-lost memories of a family. Told completely without words, experience an exciting and heartfelt story about love, hope and the journey of life.
Game Preview

ARK: Survival Evolved
Size: 24.94 GB
Price: US$34.99 / £27.99 / €34.99 / AU$44.95
Note: This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time and may not release as a final product. Please purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game. Full details on the latest status of the game, how you can give feedback and report issues can be found at http://survivetheark.com/.

ARK: Survival Evolved on Xbox One includes an exclusive bionic “Tek” T-Rex and Safari Hat, free access to Xbox-specific ARK official servers, and a steady delivery of exclusive content prior to full game launch in June 2016.

Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate... and escape!

TAME, TRAIN, BREED & RIDE DINOSAURS, IN A LIVING ECOSYSTEM
Over 50 creatures can be tamed using a challenging subdue-&-protect process. Weaken a feral creature to knock it out, and then nursing it to health. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your Pet, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Pets continue to level-up and consume food, and carry Inventory and Equipment. Fly a Pteranodon over the mountains, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, or chase down prey on a T-Rex! Experience a dynamic ecosystem with its own predator & prey hierarchies. Breed Pets through successive generations to generate the best traits. Or put more simply, breed & raise Dino Babies!

FOOD, WATER, TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER
Eat and drink to survive, with different foods having different nutritional values (including human meat!). All actions drain food and water, and long-distance travel is draining. Inventory weight slows you down, and the day/night cycle and weather alter the environment. Craft clothing, build shelter, and use fire to protect yourself against damage & the elements.

HARVEST, CRAFT, AND PAINT ITEMS
Harvest trees, ore, and more to become a master crafter. Use your hands, a Smithy, or a Fabricator to craft increasingly complex and powerful gear. Build a massive base using modular pieces--ranging from Thatch, to Wood, to Stone, to Metal. Customize your base by painting it and placing signs that you can actually draw on. Weapons, clothing, & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.

SUMMON THE ULTIMATE LIFE FORMS
Bring rare items to special Summon locations to awaken the ARK’s mythical creatures, who arrive ready for battle. These monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced Tribes and their Pets, and yield valuable items if they are defeated.

RPG STATISTICS
Level-Up your survivor by gaining experience through in-game actions to learn new crafting Engrams, or find higher level item Blueprints in the most dangerous parts of the ARK. Customize the look of your character with a complex character creation system.

HARDCORE MECHANICS
Items have durability and wear out with use if not repaired. When you leave the game, your character remains “sleeping” in the persistent world. Your inventory also exists in the persistent world, vulnerable to theft. Death means permanent loss, and you can even enslave other players for your own purposes.

LARGE WORLD PERSISTENCE
On the 64+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your pets stay in-game even when you leave. Special themed events will occur in the world with corresponding limited-run items!
New Games

Battle High 2 A+
Size: 656.46 MB
Price: US$4.99
The fast-paced fighting action of the Battle High series comes to Xbox One with improved graphics, balancing, and "enlightening" newcomer, Lucio Marmo, in Battle High 2 A+!

Face-off in the tough halls of San Bruno High for the Elementally Advanced and as 13 students (and 1 insidious faculty member) and discover the secret behind the mysterious illness stripping students of their powers!


Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle
Size: N/A
Price: US$159.99 / £104.99 / €144.99 / AU$219.45 / ¥17,474
Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card worth $8,000,000 in-game GTA dollars to spend in GTA Online.
Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle
Size: N/A
Price: US$109.99 / £74.24 / €107.99 / AU$163.95 / ¥12,182
Grand Theft Auto V and Whale Shark Cash Card worth $3,500,000 in-game GTA dollars to spend in GTA Online.
DLC with Achievements

Assassin's Creed Syndicate
• "Jack the Ripper"
Achievements: 7 for a total of 300G
Price: US$14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 / AU$22.75 / ¥1,944
Whitechapel, 1888, the ‘Autumn of Terror’. Twenty years after Evie and Jacob Frye have taken London from Templar control, the city is plagued by a series of the most horrific crimes Scotland Yard has ever seen. The graphic coverage in the newspapers has fed mass hysteria and the authorities are overwhelmed. The killer, whose abominable acts of murder and mutilation came to shock the world, was known as Jack the Ripper, the world’s first and most infamous serial killer. There is fear in the air...

- Play a Master Assassin who returns to London after almost two decades working alongside the Indian Brotherhood, developing new combat skills which will be crucial to survive this dangerous mission.

- Experience the chilling persona of Jack the Ripper, a killer who knows no boundaries while embarking on a campaign of fear and murder that threatens the very existence of the Brotherhood.


King's Quest
• "King's Quest - Chapter 2: Rubble Without A Cause"
Achievements: 9 for a total of 200G
Price: US$9.99 / £7.99 / €9.99 / AU$12.65
If you already own King’s Quest: The Complete Collection or Season Pass, DO NOT repurchase this content here or you will be charged again. Please download new chapters from within the game. King’s Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember is required to play this content & is sold separately.

King’s Quest - Rubble Without A Cause is the second of five chapters in the new, critically acclaimed reimagining of the classic King’s Quest game series. In this latest adventure, King Graham takes players back to his first test as ruler of Daventry. When a mischievous horde of goblins takes his kingdom hostage, a newly crowned & woefully unprepared Graham must rise up to free his people & prove himself the leader he was destined to become.

Will Graham & his friends unearth a way to escape their rock-brained captors? Will he take for granite everything he learned as an adventurer? Does he have the stones to reclaim his mantle & lead his kingdom to safety? Will the hat make it out ok? It’s time to tell your story.


DLC without Achievements

Battlefield 4 - store link
• "Legacy Operations" - FREE

https://www.trueachievements.com/Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops....htm - store link
• "200 Call of Duty Points" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "1,000 (+100 Bonus) Call of Duty Points" - US$9.99 / £7.99 / €9.99 / AU$13.45
• "2,000 (+400 Bonus) Call of Duty Points" - US$19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99 / AU$26.25
• "4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) Call of Duty Points" - US$39.99 / £31.99 / €39.99 / AU$52.45

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round - store link
• "DOA5LR Costume Catalog LR21" - FREE
• "DOA5LR Costume Catalog LR22" - FREE
• "Marie Rose Red Bull 5G Costume: B" - FREE
• "New Costume Pass 3 + Character" - US$92.99 / £61.49 / €92.99 / AU$129.45 / ¥10,044
• "Design Award Costumes 2015 Set" - US$18.99 / £15.19 / €18.99 / AU$25.55 / ¥2,052
• "Design Award 2015 - Ayane" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Bass" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Bayman" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Christie" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Eliot" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Helena" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Hitomi" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Honoka" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Jann Lee" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Kasumi" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Kokoro" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Leifang" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Marie Rose" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Momiji" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Nyotengu" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216
• "Design Award 2015 - Tina" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65 / ¥216


Evolve - store link
• "Emet" - £3.99 / €4.99 / ¥540

Halo 5: Guardians - store link
• "3 Gold REQ Packs" - US$8.99 / £7.19 / €8.99 / AU$11.95 / ¥972
• "5 Gold REQ Packs" - US$14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 / AU$19.95 / ¥1,620
• "7 Gold REQ Packs + 2 Free" - US$19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99 / AU$26.95 / ¥2,160
• "10 Gold REQ Packs + 3 Free" - US$29.99 / £23.99 / €29.99 / AU$39.95 / ¥3,240
• "15 Gold REQ Packs + 5 Free" - US$44.99 / £35.99 / €44.99 / AU$59.95 / ¥4,860
• "34 Gold REQ Packs + 13 Free" - US$99.99 / £64.99 / €99.99 / AU$139.95 / ¥10,800

Rock Band 4 - store link
• "Off The Charts 02" - US$8.49 / £6.99 / €8.49 / AU$11.35
• "‘Can’t Feel My Face’– The Weekend" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "‘Different Colors’ – Walk the Moon" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ – Elle King" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "‘Irresistible’ – Fall Out Boy" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65
• "‘Stitches’ – Shawn Mendes" - US$1.99 / £1.59 / €1.99 / AU$2.65


Rocksmith 2014 Edition - store link
• "Mötley Crüe Song Pack" - US$11.99 / £9.59 / €11.99 / AU$15.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Home Sweet Home" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Kickstart My Heart" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95


WRC 5 - store link
• "eSports WRC Pack 1" - US$7.99 / £6.39 / €7.99 / AU$10.65

Demos

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - download here
The latest opus in the acclaimed STORM series is taking you on a colourful and breathtaking ride. Take advantage of the totally revamped battle system and prepare to dive into the most epic fights you’ve ever seen in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM series!

In NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4, a broad set of Ninja Skills will be yours to use against the fiercest foes you’ll ever encounter. Massive attacks in the form of “Ultimate Jutsus”, energetic evolutions with the “Awakening”, the inimitable shurikens & kunais and a unique playstyle for each ninja!

Prepare for most awaited STORM game ever created!

Xbox 360

Xbox LIVE Arcade Delists

Like the Xbox One title above, all of Mastertronic's XBLA titles have also been delisted. This means that we have lost four more XBLA titles: Foul Play, Pool Nation, Serious Sam: Double D XXL and Serious Sam 3: BFE.

Games on Demand

The Escapists (Xbox 360)
Size: 222.42 MB
Price: US$19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AU$19.95
The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian. Experience a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the award winning indie hit, The Escapists. Master the routine, plan your strategy then execute your Escape in the break simulation sensation of 2015. Whilst the aim of the game is simply to escape, the detail is in the execution where in between attending roll calls, mealtimes and doing your allocated jobs, you should grab every chance to plan your escape.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (Xbox 360)
Size: 1.84 GB
Price: US$29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 / AU$49.95
The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish. A New Era of Skating Begins! Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater™ 5 combines an epic mix of classic THPS action with combo-driven skateboarding and a state-of-the-art skatepark builder. Ride, build, and repeat! CLASSIC TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER GAMEPLAY • Pull off infamous Pro Skater moves and extended trick combinations. PLAY AS A PRO OR CREATE-A-SKATER • Play as one of 10 pros, including Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, each with their own tricks, or personalize a skater unique to your style. ENDLESS SHRED SESSIONS • Jump in and out of over 80 unique missions across 8 environments. IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL SKATE • Create the sickest skateparks using over 250 obstacles.
DLC with Achievements

King's Quest (Xbox 360)
• "King's Quest - Chapter 2: Rubble Without A Cause"
Achievements: 9 for a total of 200G
Price: US$9.99 / £7.99 / €9.99 / AU$12.65
If you already own King’s Quest: The Complete Collection or Season Pass, DO NOT repurchase this content here or you will be charged again. Please download new chapters from within the game. King’s Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember is required to play this content & is sold separately. King’s Quest - Rubble Without A Cause is the second of five chapters in the new, critically acclaimed reimagining of the classic King’s Quest game series. In this latest adventure, King Graham takes players back to his first test as ruler of Daventry. When a mischievous horde of goblins takes his kingdom hostage, a newly crowned & woefully unprepared Graham must rise up to free his people & prove himself the leader he was destined to become. Will Graham & his friends unearth a way to escape their rock-brained captors? Will he take for granite everything he learned as an adventurer? Does he have the stones to reclaim his mantle & lead his kingdom to safety? Will the hat make it out ok?
King's Quest: The Complete Collection
• "King's Quest - Chapter 2: Rubble Without A Cause"
Achievements: 9 for a total of 200G
Price: FREE
If you already own King’s Quest: The Complete Collection or Season Pass, DO NOT repurchase this content here or you will be charged again. Please download new chapters from within the game. King’s Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember is required to play this content & is sold separately. King’s Quest - Rubble Without A Cause is the second of five chapters in the new, critically acclaimed reimagining of the classic King’s Quest game series. In this latest adventure, King Graham takes players back to his first test as ruler of Daventry. When a mischievous horde of goblins takes his kingdom hostage, a newly crowned & woefully unprepared Graham must rise up to free his people & prove himself the leader he was destined to become. Will Graham & his friends unearth a way to escape their rock-brained captors? Will he take for granite everything he learned as an adventurer? Does he have the stones to reclaim his mantle & lead his kingdom to safety? Will the hat make it out ok?
DLC without Achievements

Destiny (Xbox 360) - store link
• "Level 25 Hunter Pack" - US$29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 / AU$44.95
• "Level 25 Titan Pack" - US$29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 / AU$44.95
• "Level 25 Warlock Pack" - US$29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 / AU$44.95

King's Quest (Xbox 360) - store link
• "King’s Quest Compatibility Pack 1" - FREE
• "King’s Quest Compatibility Pack 2" - FREE

King's Quest: The Complete Collection - store link
• "KQ Complete Collection Compatibility Pack 1" - FREE
• "KQ Complete Collection Compatibility Pack 2" - FREE

Rocksmith 2014 Edition (Xbox 360) - store link
• "Mötley Crüe Song Pack" - US$11.99 / £9.59 / €11.99 / AU$15.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Home Sweet Home" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Kickstart My Heart" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95
• "Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil" - US$2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.95

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (Xbox 360) - store link
• "THPS5 Xbox Exclusive Pack" - FREE


Windows 10


Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series (Win 10)
Size: 647.81 MB
Price: US$4.99 / £3.89 / €4.99 / AU$6.09 / ¥500
THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME IN THE WORLD OF MINECRAFT

In this five part episodic series, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.
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.