Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight we played a mix of new and upcoming Xbox One releases: The Banner Saga, Unepic, and Hyper Void! Which game did we love the most? You'll have to watch our replay videos to find out. Read on for quick descriptions, contest winners, and video replays.

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Critically aimed strategy game The Banner Saga started its life as an early Kickstarter success story. At long last, console gamers will finally get to experience it this month!

Official description:

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization.

Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.

The Banner Saga comes to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday, January 12. It will probably cost $19.99.

Get The Banner Saga on Steam ($19.99)

Hyper Void

Hyper Void

A fast-paced shoot 'em up with an amazing variety of colorful locations and play styles, Hyper Void from IN|Framez Technology Corp. hearkens back to classic games like Galaxy Force II and HyperZone.

Official description:

Punch your way through waves and waves of enemies from all races in the universe as you travel through volatile and crazy wormholes, all rendered in high-quality 3D with a heart-pumping progressive soundtrack!

Over 25 levels are awaiting you, filled with challenge and dangerous big boss encounters. And if that wasn't enough, three EPIC boss showdowns will test every space combat skill you have!

Buy Hyper Void at Xbox.com ($9.99)

Unepic

Unepic

Official description:

Unepic is a mixture of platform game, role-playing game, and jokes that takes place in a huge castle of medieval fantasy.

  • 2D RPG with 200 rooms to explore
  • 7 bosses, 70 spells and 100 weapons
  • Funny story and dialogs with references to other films, comic...
  • Quests, challenges, achievements and pets.
  • Craft your own potions
  • 4 levels of difficulty with 3 different ends

Unepic (from EnjoyUp Games) has a ton of good buzz already. Watch us play it to learn what the fuss is about!

Buy Unepic at Xbox.com ($9.99) Buy Unepic on Steam ($12.99)

The Contest

Hyper Void

Hyper Void

We'll be streaming extra-long tonight. Tune in 30 minutes early for a bonus stream. The main stream with contest starts at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT) and will run for 2.5 hours. During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 15 game codes:

Xbox One

  • Beatsplosion (Kinect)
  • Clash
  • Crimsonland
  • Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition
  • Hyper Void
  • Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition (Grand prize near end of stream!)
  • Lovely Planet
  • Orbit (Local Multiplayer only)
  • Overruled (Multiplayer only)
  • Rock Zombie

Steam

  • DeadCore
  • How to Survive
  • Life is Strange - Episode 1
  • Punch Club
  • Solar Flux

To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

How to watch Twitch livestreams

Unepic

Unepic

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On Windows Phone, you'll have to grab an unofficial app. There are several to choose from, each with different strengths and weaknesses. Only one app lets you search directly for our channel, though. If you use the others you'll have to find and follow us from a web browser first. Read the roundup to learn more!

Future streams

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • Saturday, January 16: TBA. Read our Worst Xbox One Games of 2015 story while you wait for the announcement!
  • Saturday, January 23: Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires from Koei Tecmo. See our full Koei Tecmo stream schedule!
  • Saturday, January 30: Paul will be out of town at PAX South, so we'll have a substitute host play a TBA game.

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Everybody who watches out streams is a winner, but especially these guys and gals:

Xbox One

  • Beatsplosion: Pure_pretzel
  • Clash: Oblivion_275
  • Crimsonland: outlawoftorn
  • Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition: Halobanger
  • Hyper Void: Oxagarh
  • Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition: Masterfoureyes
  • Lovely Planet: Lightspeedhalo
  • Orbit: Dakrkplayer2
  • Overruled: Tlitd31
  • Rock Zombie: Shawnsig

Steam

  • DeadCore: Tonesim
  • How to Survive: Ziplobthud
  • Life is Strange - Episode 1: Socalledgamer
  • Punch Club: Brownmeister2
  • Solar Flux: Mtaraylz

Tonight's prizes provided by the individual developers and Paul Acevedo. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!