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DC Universe Coming To Xbox One

The DC Universe streaming service is expanding as the app will be available on Xbox One as it gets rolled out starting this month.  Pricing is the same for all platforms on the growing roster, $7.99 per month (after a free seven-day trial) or $74.99 annually. DC Universe offers fans access to an unmatched lineup …

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance & Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Next-Gen Trailer

Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 are now available on next-gen consoles starting today.

Both games are now availabe on PS4 and Steam, and will be available for Xbox One owners via the Xbox Games Store on July 28th.

Each games costs $40 if purchases separtely, but but can be bundled for $60.

Check out the trailer below.


DC Universe Online Now Available For XBox One: Trailer, Info, Screenshots



Daybreak Game Company has officially released the massively multiplayer online game DC Universe Online (DCUO) on Xbox One. Players can download and experience the title for free directly via the Xbox Games Store. To celebrate the game’s launch, Daybreak Games has created three exclusive items free to download for Xbox One players: the Powered-Up Cape, Powered-Up Emblem and Vapor Aura.

“Xbox One players can finally channel their inner Super Hero – or Super-Villain. Whether they want to run fast like The Flash, fly like Superman or wield ice like Captain Cold, we have more than five years’ worth of content to adventure through in DC Universe Online,” said SJ Muller, DCUO Creative Director. “DCUO is the only MMO set in the DC Comics universe, and its physics-based combat allows players to really feel like they are part of this action-packed Super Hero world.” In DCUO, players create their own Super Heroes or Super-Villains and equip them with their favorite superpowers to protect or cause chaos in the sprawling comic worlds of Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond. Players can also fight as any of the 40 available iconic DC Comics characters in Legends PvP and PvE game modes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Flash, Green Arrow and more.

Beyond its core adventures, DCUO has continually rolled out new and ongoing events, stories and challenges through game updates and more than 20 original Episodes. 2016 has already seen the arrival of new content inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Warner Bros. television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, with Water powers and new content focused on Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Darkseid and Gotham Girls still on the way.

Episodes, as well as Legends characters and powers, are available to purchase individually or can be accessed through DCUO Membership. Xbox One users will be able to access all content currently available, and in the future, all game updates and marketplace additions are planned to release simultaneously across all platforms.

DC Universe Online is the first title from Daybreak Games to be published on Xbox One. It will be joined later this year by the official release of H1Z1: King of the Kill on Xbox One (as well as the PlayStation 4 system and Windows PC). DCUO recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, having originally launched in 2011 on Windows PC and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and, later, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information, please visit

About DC Universe Online
Lex Luthor has traveled back through time with news of a dire future: While the heroes and villains spent years battling amongst themselves, Brainiac has been feeding on their powers, building strength to return to Earth and destroy humanity. To change the future, Lex has come back to set off a device that bestows superpowers to thousands of everyday citizens and give humanity a fighting chance. Can Brainiac be stopped, or is this another nefarious Lex Luthor plot? For the first time, players and fans will be able to enter the DC Universe as an active force for good or evil. A massively multiplayer experience, DC Universe Online delivers unparalleled high-energy, physics-powered combat that brings the player’s extraordinary powers to life.

DC Universe Online was created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee, and set within a world created by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.

Rated T for Teen with Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Violence, DC Universe Online is now available for the PC, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. DCUO Legendary access is available for a $14.99 monthly fee.


Gears of War 4 “Tomorrow” Trailer

A new trailer for Gears Of War 4 was revealed during tonight’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead with “Tomorrow.”

Watch it above.

Gears of War 4 is due out October 11, 2016 for XBOX One.

25 Years after Gears of War 3, spurred by a series of strange disappearances, JD Fenix must embrace his father’s legacy and battle a terrifying new enemy. 

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy.


Machinima Busted For Fake Reviews


Can’t say I’m surprised by this news… More on that later.

The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges with the YouTube channel Machinima, which was accused of posting fake paid for reviews endorsing the XBox One without revealing they had been paid.

Machinima must stop similar “deceptive” video review practices immediately and must reveal when they are getting paid for posting videos.

Two of Machinima’s “influencers” were paid as much as $45,000 between the two for endorsing XBox One in their videos; however, none of these “influencers” revealed they had been paid. It’s also said additional “influencers” were getting paid as much as a dollar per 1,000 views on YouTube. Machinima currently has over 12.6 million subscribers.

“When people see a product touted online, they have a right to know whether they’re looking at an authentic opinion or a paid marketing pitch,” Jessica Rich, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a released statement. “That’s true whether the endorsement appears in a video or any other media.”

The fault looks to be on the side of a marketing agency that works with Microsoft, as Microsoft received no blame for the incidents.

Regarding my thoughts on not being surprised by this news, I’ve experienced this first hand in more than one way. I can recall an incident with an animated movie studio who offered to send advance review copies: We posted a slightly negative review about their latest animated movie, and then never received any review copies. I also know of comic publisher/s paying people to write comic reviews and interviews, and also have long suspected certain sites write positive reviews in exchange for exclusives. Well, here at Cosmic Book News, I can guarantee you are getting an honest opinion — even if it costs us “freebies,” “exclusives,” press material and party invites – as we aren’t spinning anything in favor of anyone (and that’s why we take a hard stance on a variety of topics).


Mad Max Gamescom 2015 Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios today released the Mad Max Stronghold Trailer, giving a glimpse into the various fortified garrisons, or strongholds, located throughout the open world of the post-apocalyptic Wasteland.

In the new trailer, Max visits some of the game’s diverse strongholds and encounters a number of intriguing characters, including Jeet, Gutgash, Pink Eye and Deep Friah. In a world where Max faces both his internal and external enemies, these strongholds hold the pieces essential to the puzzle he tries to solve as he prepares to take on merciless Wasteland tyrant, Scrotus.

Featuring deep car customisation, metal-grinding vehicular action, brutal melee combat and a vast desert landscape waiting to be explored, players will be fully immersed into the deadly Mad Max universe like never before.

Mad Max becomes available September 1st.


Watch: Halo 5 Gamescom Trailer

In addition to Halo Wars 2, Microsoft has released a new gameplay trailer for Halo 5 at Gamescom.

Halo 5 Multiplayer Trailer [Gamescom]. Xbox One Exclusive. Experience the most dramatic evoltion in Halo multiplayer. Challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes: Warzone, massive 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-vs-4 competitive combat.

A mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy, the Master Chief is missing and his loyalty questioned. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds. Challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes: Warzone, massive 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-vs-4 competitive combat.

Halo 5 will be available October 27th.


Watch: Halo Wars 2 Trailer

In addition to the new Halo 5 trailer, Microsoft released a trailer for Halo Wars 2 at Gamescom, which can be viewed above.

Halo Wars 2 is an exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles, and an all-new Halo story, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall of 2016.

The original Halo Wars is described as follows:

Halo Wars is the best selling real-time strategy game on any current generation console.

Set in the year 2525, “Halo Wars” takes players on a perilous journey through the famed “Halo” universe. As players take the command seat in the early, epic battles between the UNSC and Covenant, they will begin to unravel events 20 years before “Halo: Combat Evolved” that shaped the franchise into what it is today.

You are a member of the crew aboard the Spirit of Fire, a Phoenix-class colony ship converted for UNSC military use. Your ship has journeyed to the planet Harvest, where you’ve stumbled upon a mysterious ancient artifact. But what you are about to encounter will open the floodgates to conflict unlike anything you have ever seen. The sinister Covenant, an alien coalition set on obliterating humanity, has attacked Harvest, and an age of epic warfare is about to begin.

In this stunning prequel to the Halo series, you will have the opportunity to experience the early battles between the UNSC and the Covenant that set the stage for the far-reaching conflict that defines the Halo saga. Halo Wars exposes you to an all-new dimension of the legendary conflict with groundbreaking strategic gameplay that places you in command of an arsenal of UNSC units. Crush the Covenant forces with your tactical brilliance and superior command, and turn the tide of battle with incredible Leaders possessing elite skills. Join up to five friends for thrilling new gameplay via the New Xbox Experience as you command either the UNSC or Covenant forces, pitting Warthogs and Scorpions against Grunts, Elites, Ghosts and Scarabs in battles that will define an age.


Batman: Arkham Knight Pre-Order Exclusives Will Be Available For Premium and Season Pass Owners


With all the pre-order incentives and various exclusives surrounding Batman: Arkham Knight there has been some confusion as to what is and will be available for gamers.

Now we get an official update from the forums on as a moderator has let it be known that the pre-order retail exclusives will eventually be made available for Premium and Season pass owners.

Throughout the 6 months of additional Batman: Arkham Knight content, Premium and Season Pass owners will also receive the in-game content that is offered through various retail pre-order incentives. This includes the Harley Quinn and Red Hood Story Packs, and the Prototype Batmobile.  For those who did not receive the content with their game, these items will become available when their respective exclusivity windows expire in August/September.

The tl;dr version of this is: Premium Edition & Season Pass owners will receive all retail exclusive DLC after their respective early access periods expire.

Another question is answered regarding when the Season Pass will be on XBox One, with the moderator stating:

The Season Pass will likely be purchasable separately on release day or shortly after…

It’s also looking likely that exclusives available for other systems will eventually be made available for possibly all of them as the moderator states the PC exclusive Gotham’s Future Skin pack will likely be available down the line for both PS4 and XBox One users.

Right now you cannot get the Gotham’s Future Skin pack on PS4 or Xbox One, it is a PC exclusive. It will likely be available down the line though for PS4/XO users

Batman: Arkham Knight goes on sale Tuesday and can be ordered through Amazon.


Watch: Microsoft Announces Xbox One Backward Compatibility

At the E3, Microsoft announced the XBox One will be backwards compatible with XBox 360 titles.

Watch the video above for the announcement, which includes a demonstration with it mentioned both digital and retails disks will work.


Now you can play a growing number of your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. With over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more added every month, Xbox One is now the best place to play your Xbox 360 games. Experience the greatest games lineup in Xbox history—exclusively on Xbox One.


Rock Band 4 Announced For PS4 & XBox One


Mad Catz has teamed with Harmonix Music Systems to launch Rock Band 4 for PS4 and XBox One later this year.

The legendary music franchise returns with new features, new music and all-new music game controller hardware.

Mad Catz will develop and manufacture a new generation of wireless Rock Band 4 music game controllers.  The launch products include:

• Band-in-a-Box Bundle, which includes the  Rock Band 4 game, a Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar Controller, a Wireless Drum Kit Controller and a Microphone. 

• Guitar Bundle, which includes the   Rock Band 4 game and a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller.  

To celebrate the announcement of  Rock Band 4,  Harmonix are offering a special edition, Wireless Stratocaster Guitar Controller, featuring custom artwork of “Gabe” from the immensely popular Penny Arcade webcomic.  This limited-edition collectible is only available for on-site pre-orders at the Harmonix booth during the PAX East video game festival.

“We are very excited to bring the band back together, and re-team with Harmonix to deliver the next installment of the legendary  Rock Band™franchise to a new generation of consoles,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz“Harmonix understands music gaming better than anyone, and we are confident that the unrivalled music selection and next generation features will prove incredibly enticing to passionate gamers and music fans alike.”

Daniel Sussman, Product Manager for Harmonix commented, “The creative energy and excitement at the studio right now is at an all-time high. We’re thrilled to have Mad Catz as an important partner as we move the franchise to a new generation of consoles, and we can’t wait to show our fans how we’re evolving the gameplay they love.”

Rock Band 4 brings the critically-acclaimed franchise to a new generation of consoles, focusing on the features and gameplay that people love, and expanding the franchise in innovative ways informed by how fans play and what they want.  In addition to a killer on-disc soundtrack,  Rock Band 4 will support the over 2000 tracks released since the 2007 debut of the original  Rock Band, accounting for more than 500 of rock music’s most legendary artists.

In addition, players who have purchased or downloaded music on last-generation consoles will be able to download and play those tracks on their new platforms at no additional charge.  Hundreds of tracks will be available at launch, with more back catalog music – and new tracks – added regularly after launch.


PSN Still Down; XBox Live Back Up After Christmas DDoS Attack


If you woke up on Christmas morning and found Santa placed something XBox or Playstation under the tree, you also found that someone placed coal in your stocking as XBox Live and the Playstation Network were down.

As of today, XBox is back up, but PSN is still down.

The official XBox Live service status reads everything is up and running.

PSN status says it’s still down, and it appears the status page can’t handle all the regular traffic as at times it says there is an error – which isn’t directly related to the DDoS attack – it’s everyone checking to see if the PSN is back up, and ironically, the server can’t handle all the requests.

The good news is that early this morning the official AskPlaystation Twitter feed posted that the PSN is gradually coming back online. I just checked mine, and it’s still down; you may want to check to see if the PSN is up and running for you.

The group claiming to be responsible for the attack is the “Lizard Squad,” who have now moved on from attacking XBox Live and PSN to go after the TOR browser.

What the Lizard Squad did is basically gather a zombie army of computers and directed them all at the PSN and XBox Live. The Squad hacked into other computers, controlled them remotely without the users knowledge, and sent tons of requests aimed at the Playstation Network and XBox Live, which crashed the servers due too much bot traffic. Some of these botnet networks are actually millions of computers strong, and if they are repeatedly hitting the server over and over (in various ways), that’s when the server fails.

So why did the Lizard Squad do it?

Too much time on their hands? Maybe. Need of a girlfriend? Probably (comic book readers get this all the time, too, guys). One member claimed they did it to raise awareness due to the fact that Microsoft and Sony charge too much, and they don’t put anything back into their security. A member claimed that said DDoS attack could have easily been prevented, and the Lizard Squad did give at least a month’s notice. The bad news is that the Squad is stating the attacks won’t stop until Sony and Microsoft both learn from the attack and upgrade their security accordingly.


XBox: Destiny & Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare $29 Tomorrow

XBox One recently beat PS4 in sales for the first time ever for the month of November in part due to lowering the price fifty dollars on the console, and now the deals continue as tomorrow will see big savings on both Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Microsoft has launched a “12 Days Of Deals” promotion for the Holidays, with Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare available tomorrow for just $29 at Microsoft online and retail stores.

In addition, the first 50 customers that walk into a Microsoft physical store location will be able to get each title for $19. Other stores will carry the $19 promotion as well, but are limited to only 25 copies.

The deal kicks off at 8am ET online and in various stores.


XBox Live Down Possibly Due To Hackers


Attempting to sign on to XBox Live may result in a connection error.

Now it’s learned hackers may be responsible for taking down the XBox Live network, which affects XBox 360 and XBox One.

The Lizard Squad on Twitter are taking responsibility for the attack, who also were said to be behind a similar attack against Sony’s Playstation network earlier this year.

The group has also promised to take XBox Live down again this Christmas.

Microsoft has yet to comment.

Update: It’s said users in Canada and the United States were affected as a result of a denial-of-service attack. The XBox Live servers are now back online (3:04 am ET).