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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed Stick it to the Man and dished out codes to ten lucky viewers.

Tonight we'll be gearing up for Halloween by playing Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition from Exor Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition, plus two Steam codes! Even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren are welcome. Just follow me on, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. You can also watch the event right here live or after the fact.

Update: We had some technical issues but the show went on and prizes were awarded. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us!

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One of our initiatives at Windows Central is to bring you guys as many quality Xbox One Twitch streams as we can. We're talking about previewing big retail games and catching up on downloadable titles you might have missed. It's fun for everybody. We get to know you, you get to know us and each other, and everybody can watch a game being played.

One of those games will be Halo: the Master Chief Collection, which we'll be streaming not once but twice next week! We also have streams coming up for Sunset Overdrive and Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition that you won't want to miss. Some of these will involve the chance to play with the Windows Central staff and/or win great prizes. Keep reading for our streaming schedule, prize details, and word on our new Twitch channel!

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Earlier this week, Microsoft unleashed a trailer for the upcoming Halo 2 remake documentary "Remaking the Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary." The documentary will reveal the tremendous work that went into recreating the classic original Xbox game Halo 2 on the new Xbox One console. Some of the most interesting things about Halo in general are its art, technology, and character designs, and we should get plenty of glimpses of those things in the documentary.

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Earlier this summer, UK-based developer VooFoo Studios and Ripstone (who also published Stick it to the Man) announced That Pure Pool would be coming to Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox program. Pure Pool is set to be the first pool game (and I don't mean the kind of pools that The Sims 4 lacks) on Microsoft's latest console. The Playstation 4 and PC versions landed in July, but the Xbox One version has seemingly been stuck outside of the pool hall, waiting for the bouncer to let it in.

It looks like the line has been moving for Pure Pool after all, because we just got some fresh Xbox One screenshots in today. The creators even promise that a release date will be announced within the coming weeks. I'm betting mid-late November. That's prime pool game season, if you ask me. Especially because it'll be too cold to hop in the pool outside by then. Keep reading to check out the new screens and details!

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Every weekend, WPCentral streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed 3D puzzle platformer Contrast and dished out codes to eight lucky viewers.

This evening, we'll be playing the hilarious 2D platformer Stick it to the Man from Zoink! and Ripstone. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for Stick it to the Man, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes! Even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren are welcome. Just follow me on, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. (You can also watch the event live or after the fact, right here.)

Update: The contest has ended but you can still watch the replay of our stream!

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It has been a while since we saw a new mobile Windows game from European publisher Game Insight. Their last release was city builder Big Business Deluxe. After that, Game Insight has mostly concentrated on updating Cloud Raiders (now available on Windows 8) and working on other phone and tablet games behind the scenes.

Today Game Insight has just unleashed a new Windows 8 and RT game, and in a fresh genre to boot! Mirrors of Albion is a free to play hidden object game. Taking place within a fantasy version of Victorian England, players investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. This involves lots of traveling to new locations and searching for hidden objects. If you like hidden object games, you'll probably dig it. Stay with us to check out our first impressions and hands on video!

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WWE 2K15 DLC and Season Pass details announced

Yesterday, 2K Games announced the soundtrack and song list for their upcoming wrestling game WWE 2K15. Not that the music matters all that much when everybody comes for the wrasslers and the wrasslin', but some cool tunes certainly don't hurt. I'm looking forward to hearing Flo Rida and Rise Against in the game, myself.

It turns out yesterday's news was just the turnbuckle climb before the elbow drop, because today we learn about 2K's huge plans for WWE 2K15 downloadable content. Both the Xbox One and 360 versions will receive multiple post-release DLC packs as well as a Season Pass that bundles four content packs. Three of those are story-based packs focused on the Ultimate Warrior, Mark Henry, and Randy Orton vs. Christian. Keep reading for full details!

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Sure October is the month for scary games, but plenty of non-spooky stuff comes out this month as well. You could just as easily call it the month for sports games, with NBA 2K15 already released (review coming tomorrow!) and EA Sports NBA Live 15 on the way. WWE 2K15 will arrive on Xbox 360 on the 28th (followed by Xbox One next month), so we can add sports entertainment to the list as well.

To help get wrestling fans excited for WWE 2K15, 2K Sports has just revealed the track list of the game's soundtrack. You'll find 12 licensed songs in-game to set the mood for punches and suplexes. The official WWE 2K15 soundtrack album features 8 of those songs, plus two exclusive tracks from John Cena and Wiz Khalifa, which is apparently a name and not a urinary disorder. The whole soundtrack was curated by our man John Cena, who happens to be a successful rap artist when he's not busting heads.

Read on for our full game preview and the song list!

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This week sees the release of a very scary game for Xbox One and Xbox 360: The Evil Within. But October is the month of scares, so more horror-themed games are called for. It looks like we'll be getting a couple of those closer to Halloween. The lighthearted Costume Quest 2 is due out near the end of the month (possibly on the 31st), and now 505 Games' How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One has a firm Halloween release date.

How to Survive is an action-RPG set on a zombie-infested island. Besides including a ton of DLC previously released on PC, the new How to Survive also boasts 2-player local and online co-op for optimal zombie killing. In celebration of the game's spooky release date, 505 Games has just released a new teaser trailer that highlights a variety of zombie kills. Keep reading to check out our impressions and the very short trailer.

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Last week we announced our plans for improved Xbox One coverage. A big part of that involves hosting contests during our Twitch streaming sessions. Our first session (CastleStorm and KickBeat) went off without a hitch, with ten Xbox One codes given away. Now it's time for the second session!

During tonight's Twitch stream, we'll be playing the gorgeous puzzle platformer Contrast from Compulsion Games. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for Contrast, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes! That's right, even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren can win this time. Just follow me on, watch along, and be there in chat for your chance to win. (You can also watch the event live or after the fact, right here.)

Update: The stream went down great! Continue reading to see the whole video stream and the list of contest winners.

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This week, the Xbox One and 360 got their most frightening game since Outlast. That would be Alien: Isolation. And you might think that after getting chased around by an Alien, that horror fans would literally be frightened to death and no longer able to consume future horror games.

That would be silly, though!

October is the month of scares, so every horror fan owes it to him or herself to stay alive at least until Halloween. You might as well play all the scary games you can until then, or your heart gives out. Next week will bring us just the perfect follow-up game – The Evil Within from Bethesda. Read on for the creepy details and a look at the game's last trailer before launch.

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As our longtime readers know, here at WPCentral we've been covering a lot more than Windows Phone for the last few years. We recognize that a majority of our readership are Microsoft fans in general, so we've stretched our focus to include Microsoft platforms like the Xbox One. In fact, we've been covering the Xbox One since well before its launch last year.

You might also know that we're headed towards a name change to the site that reflects our broader focus. That's good, because we've also been ramping up our Xbox One coverage as of late. On top of best-in-class Windows Phone and reporting, we want this site to become one of your major destinations for Xbox One stories. Towards that end, we have big plans revolving around the Xbox One. That includes giving out free games and prizes every week, starting tonight! Keep reading for the full story.

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The Xbox One is the new kid on the block as gaming consoles go, so it's still building up a library of quality accessories. Headsets are one area with a fair degree of choice, though I'm still waiting on Microsoft to create an Xbox One wireless headset standard. But we have looked at several headsets in a buyer's guide, and you can sometimes find deals on the official Stereo Headset.

We'll soon have a new quality wired headset to look forward to thanks to popular gaming accessory manufacturer SteelSeries. The company just announced the SteelSeries Siberia headset family. This new product line consists of four distinctive gaming headsets that range in price from $60-$200. Besides sharp looks and the promise of equally sharp sound, at least one Siberia headset model looks like it will come packaged with an Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

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You know, the Xbox One controller is pretty great. It features a much superior d-pad to that of the Xbox 360's, and unparalleled rumble in the trigger buttons to boot. On the other hand, the bumper buttons are a step back from the 360's, and will never be as responsive as you'd want in a game like Killer Instinct.

A company called Console Tuner is on the case. They have engineered a USB peripheral called the Titan One that lets you use Playstation 4 controllers with the Xbox One, and vice versa. In fact, you can even use Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and pretty much any USB controller on your modern consoles. You have to admit, that sounds like an especially useful accessory.

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Last week, we broke the news that Gameloft's Asphalt Overdrive would soon be launching, which it did just a few days larer. Asphalt Overdrive is a new take on the Asphalt series, with simplified controls and endless races. It's still just as fast and beautiful as you'd expect from an Asphalt game though, with plenty of familiar series touches.

Overdrive is free to play like Asphalt 8, and a much smaller download (though it downloads more data after you launch it). It works on all Windows Phone 8 devices, but it does require a constant internet connection. Read on for some quick impressions and our hands-on video, and then be sure to try it for yourself and join the WPCentral gang!

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The Xbox One launched with three exclusive retail titles last year: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome. Did you buy the system at launch or shortly thereafter, but miss out on some of those games? Or maybe you're planning to jump in with one of this fall's bundles, such as the Madden, Sunset Overdrive, and Call of Duty bundles.

If you still want any of the big launch games, you're in luck. GameStop has outed the October release of "Game of the Year" Editions (GOTY) for all three launch exclusives. These new editions will bundle the main games with some or all of their downloadable content (DLC), making them quite a bargain if you haven't got those games already. Even luckier for our awesome readers, we're here to share impressions of each game and what their new editions will offer.

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Clash of Clans-style games are all the rage on mobile these days. In the last couple of weeks we've seen Age of Empires: Castle Siege and Star Wars: Commander arrive on both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 and RT. Both games have the obvious appeal of their franchises behind them, but for my money Cloud Raiders from Game Insight has long been the Windows Phone Clash-like to beat.

One of Cloud Raiders' big draws is its truly cross-platform cloud save and multiplayer support. You can start playing on Windows Phone and pick up the same game on Android, iOS, or Facebook. Only one platform has been missing from that equation: Windows 8. Until now, that is. Cloud Raiders has finally arrived on Windows 8 and RT, and is fully compatible with the Windows Phone and other versions of the game. Read on to learn why you'll want to play Cloud Raiders on your tablet or PC.

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Today Windows Phone Central looked at a software tool called Automagical that allows developers to translate iOS and Mac source code to the language used by Windows Phone and Windows 8. Automagical developer Dawn of Play used that same tool to bring gorgeous reverse Tetris puzzle game Dream of Pixels to Windows Phone.

Now that we've gotten the word out about Automagical and Dream of Pixels, it's time for a contest! Dawn of Play has provided five $5 gift card codes for US Microsoft Accounts (including Xbox Live) for us to give away. All you have to do to enter is follow some Twitter and Twitch accounts and drop a comment on this article. The contest ends at midnight CST (-0600) tonight, so hurry to enter!

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