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 BladeStorm: Nightmare from Koei Tecmo. BladeStorm: Nightmare is a historical epic featuring large-scale battles and a fantasy campaign. We also gave out 20 codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam! Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.
Just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the YouTube replay video and contest winners.
BladeStorm: Nightmare is a sequel/remake of the original Xbox 360 BladeStorm that contains both the full first game and a whole new 'Nightmare' campaign. Players will create a custom mercenary and then join in the Hundred Years' War between England and France that lasted from 1337 to 1453 (yes, that's well over the hundred years that make a century).
This personalized warrior will then take on a huge array of missions that will support either the English or French side over the course of the Hundred Years' War. The actual combat resembles that of Warriors Orochi and Dynasty Warriors, only players issues commands to a full squad during each large-scale battle.
Bladestorm: Nightmare introduces a new 'Nightmare' mode that breaks away from historical events. Players can choose from over 32 additional characters, including Joan of Arc (who already appeared in Warriors Orochi 3), Edward the Black Prince, and a French military commander called La Hire.
The real excitement of Nightmare mode comes not just from the historical guest stars, but the fantasy elements the missions are built around. In the first Nightmare mode mission, players lead a group of mercenaries who have acquired a sword that can control monsters. The warriors arrive in Gascony to discover the English and France forces under siege by a gigantic monster army. You'll have to rescue the human forces from the demonic threat and begin a campaign to discover its nefarious source.
Although BladeStorm: Nightmare doesn't push graphics that are much more advanced over those of the original, it still features a truly impressive character creator. The level of detail players have over their custom mercenary nearly rivals that of games like WWE 2K16. And the blend of historical fiction and medieval fantasy is unlike any other game on consoles.
- See BladeStorm: Nightmare at Xbox.com
- See BladeStorm: Nightmare at Amazon
- See BladeStorm: Nightmare at Amazon UK
We streamed BladeStorm: Nightmare for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 20 game codes:
- 10 for Xbox One
- 5 for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
- 5 for Steam
See the contest winners at the end of this article.
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- Saturday, March 5: Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops from Wired Productions
- Saturday, March 12: Lifeless Planet from Stage 2 Studios
- Saturday, March 19: Tachyon Project from Eclipse Games
- Saturday, March 26: Dead or Alive 5 Last Round from Koei Tecmo – A $60 value!
- April 2, 9, 16, 23: To be announced
- Saturday, April 30: Arslan: The Warriors of Legend from Koei Tecmo – A $60 value!
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These viewers will be dreaming of BladeStorms in the near future...
Tonight's prizes provided by Koei Tecmo. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!