McDonald’s One Hot Holiday Xbox One Giveaway Review December 10, 2013Posted by Maniac in Reviews.
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During the Xbox One launch event, Microsoft announced they were partnering with McDonald’s to do a major Xbox One promotion during the month of December. Well, the promotion has launched, and as I write this McDonald’s restaurants across the country are giving away Xbox prizes in celebration of the One Hot Holiday promotion and boy, have I got a lot to say about it. So, lets take a look and see how it stacks up, shall we?
First off, the rules to enter the promotion are pretty simple to understand, and McDonald’s had signs all over my local branch to inform me what I needed to do to play. If you order any Quarter Pounder sandwich, Medium French Fry, or Premium McWrap you will be given an entry piece eligible to win a prize in the promotion. The contest pieces are affixed to the item wrapper and can be pulled off as easily as the contest pieces from McDonald’s yearly Monopoly promotion can. Pull the game piece off the wrapper and it will inform you what you won.
Immediately this promotion scored points with me as my local McDonald’s was participating in it starting exactly when their website promised they would. This is in complete contrast to the Every2Minutes Mountain Dew promotion where nearly none of my local retailers offered marked Mountain Dew or Doritos products on shelves at a time when I needed to bank points early to be competitive in an auction system. The fact my local retailers sat on their hands twiddling their thumbs as the promotion went on was a huge detriment to the odds of me winning a prize. McDonald’s on the other hand wasted no time starting their promotion and marked promotional wrappers were readily available to interested players on time. All I needed to do was purchase a participating food item at my local McDonald’s and pull a game piece off the wrapper. It couldn’t be more convenient.
To redeem your winnings, you will need to go to McDonald’s One Hot Holiday official website from either your PC or portable device and submit to them your name, e-mail address and mailing information along with the unique code written on the game piece. Once McDonald’s verifies your contest entry is genuine, they will send you the download codes for whatever you won via e-mail. The website worked really well on my smartphone, and while I felt it asked for a bit too much personal information (for some reason it needed my entire mailing address), this only made the form longer to fill out and I was still able to submit my entry without issue. Collecting your winnings on the other hand can be an exercise in patience. McDonald’s does say it can take anywhere from 72 hours to ten days to verify a contest entry. It took about four days for me to receive my winnings via e-mail, but when they did eventually arrive they worked perfectly.
While McDonald’s and Microsoft has said they are giving away Xbox One consoles as a grand prize, that isn’t all you can win. McDonald’s is also giving away downloads for Xbox Live games, movies, and TV shows. In fact, McDonald’s promises that anyone who participates will win something. Typical lower tier prizes for the contest can include download codes for Xbox Live Arcade games like Ms. Splosion Man or The Maw. This also will score them some points with me, as I haven’t seen a promotion like that offer giveaways to everyone who played since the Subway Uncharted 3 contest a few years ago where everyone who played got access to the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta. By offering free Xbox Live Games as a potential prize, this could end up being one of the most generous video game promotions in video game history!
If you’re interested in playing, head on down to McDonald’s right now! This is a fantastic promotion that offers Xbox players the chance to win an entirely new next-generation gaming console and some great downloadable titles. Check it out!
Nintendo 3DS Miiverse Update Released December 10, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Without a doubt one of the best features of the Nintendo Wii U is its Social Networking client, Miiverse. With it, you can post drawings or tweets about all the different Nintendo Wii U games or major properties, and connect with other like-minded Nintendo fans. Today, Nintendo has brought that service to the Nintendo 3DS for free to all 3DS owners.
Starting today, you can run the Software Update feature on your Nintendo portable device and it will automatically install the Nintendo Miiverse client. If you already have a Nintendo Network account, you can carry your Miiverse profile over to the Nintendo 3DS
Just be aware, you only have ONE chance to link your Nintendo Network account to your Nintendo 3DS. If you already own a Wii U, make sure that you link the same account to your 3DS to share funds between the two platforms. Once you lock a Nintendo Network account to a device it cannot be brought to a different one unless you perform a complete system transfer. Once you install the new firmware, you may need to perform an update to your StreetPass Mii Plaza as well.
The update is required to access the Nintendo eShop.
Halo: Spartan Assault Xbox One Release Date December 9, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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In anticipation of their 343 Day festivities, 343 Industries has announced the release date for the Xbox One version of Halo: Spartan Assault, a downloadable twin sticks action game originally released for Windows 8 PCs and portable devices. The new downloadable console game takes place between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4 and includes all the content originally released for the Windows 8 version, including its expansion, but will also feature an entirely new cooperative campaign exclusive to the console versions.
The Xbox One version of the game will cost $14.99 US. Anyone who already purchased the game on their Windows 8 PC or portable device will be able to buy the console version at a discounted price of $4.99 US. 343 Industries will be streaming new content about the game on their Twitch.TV Channel starting at 1PM PST, along with other Halo content.
Halo: Spartan Assault is coming December 24th, 2013 to the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 version is expected to come in January 2014. It is out now for Windows 8 devices.
343 Day Announced December 8, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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343 Industries, who now control the Halo franchise, has announced that Monday, December 9th, 2013 will be 343 Day! To celebrate, they will be doing a live stream on their Twitch.TV channel between 1pm and 4pm PST. They’re going to kick off the broadcast with the latest information on Halo: Spartan Assault for the Xbox One, which is expected to launch on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this month. There are also going to be developer interviews, giveaways, and live gameplay from Halo 4 matches.
Because they’re streaming through Twitch.TV, you should be able to watch it on a wide array of devices including your Smartphone, PC, or Xbox. You can read all the details about the event here.
Halo: Spartan Assault is coming this month to Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is out now for Windows 8 PCs and portable devices.
Destiny Release Date December 7, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Bungie has announced the release date of one of next year’s largest profile multiplatform titles, Destiny. Very little is known about the game’s larger story, but we do know it will take place in a persistent multiplayer world and you will receive game notifications through the Bungie mobile app.
Anyone who has preordered the game, regardless of the platform they chose to play on, will be granted access to the Destiny beta test next year. The PS3 and PS4 versions of the beta will launch first in Spring 2014, with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions to follow afterwards. If you preordered the game, make sure to check your preorder receipt for your beta access code.
Destiny is coming September 9th, 2014 to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo Announces 3DS StreetPass Weekend December 6, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Nintendo has just announced that December 14th and 15th (next weekend) will officially be StreetPass Weekend! Any user with a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system can bring their handheld to any Nintendo Zone location (usually located in Starbucks, McDonald’s, Barnes and Noble, or AT&T retail stores) and trade StreetPass data with players from other Nintendo Zone locations across North America. Take a look at the video below to see all the details.
This may be a great opportunity for people who haven’t had the chance to take their portable systems where they could StreetPass with players from other regions. The 3DS actually keeps track and issues achievements based upon how many players you StreetPass with, and what regions the other players come from.
Nintendo also promises something special may be coming at New Year’s, but didn’t elaborate further on that. If you’re interested to learn more about our thoughts on Nintendo’s StreetPass feature, you can check out this video.
Playstation 3 Firmware 4.53 Released December 5, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Fire up your PS3 system update, the latest firmware for the Playstation 3 has been released. Version 4.53 adds a closed-captioning feature for all Blu-Ray Discs which should help out the hard of hearing. The new update also includes a way to modify the font of the closed captioning text, which could help people having an issue reading the printed text when on the screen.
You can download the firmware update right now through the PS3 System Update feature. The firmware is currently not required to access the Playstation Network.
Everything You Need to Prepare for Ryse: Son of Rome December 4, 2013Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Greetings to all the Sons of Rome out there. The game, Ryse: Son of Rome launched alongside the Xbox One last week, but there was a lot of content that Microsoft released before the game’s launch that I never had the chance to post up on this site. So, for anyone who is currently working on completing the game or starting on their later playthroughs, here’s some interesting content which should provide further information on the game’s universe and set up the game’s story.
First off, there is a four part live action series, Ryse: Son of Rome – The Fall.
The second thing is a three part comic series which details a history of the game’s mythology. The cool part about this is that by checking out these comics you can get the chance to unlock free gold for use in the game, as long as you tie it to your Xbox Live GamerTag as you read. You can check out the comic and earn yourself some free multiplayer gold here.
Ryse: Son of Rome is out now exclusive to the Xbox One.
Xbox One Review Part 5 December 3, 2013Posted by Maniac in Reviews, Site Videos.
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In the fifth and final part of GameXcess.net’s Xbox One review, Maniac gives his final conclusions on the system and determines if it is worth the price tag.
Xbox One Review Part 4 December 2, 2013Posted by Maniac in Reviews, Site Videos.
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After taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, Maniac is back with his review of the Xbox One. In the fourth part of our Xbox One review series, Maniac talks about the system’s hardware.
The fifth and final part of the review will be posted later this week. Stay tuned to this site!