Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game 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 on Beam, we played Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the latest blockbuster FPS from Activision and Infinity Ward. We delved into the campaign and then battled against Zombies in Space in co-op. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay of our livestream.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
The latest Call of Duty from Activision's Infinity Ward studio takes the fight into the future. Humanity has extended its reach beyond the earth, always looking for new resources and places to live. Unfortunately, a group known as the Settlement Defense Front has broken off from the United Nations Space Alliance, starting a war that will span the galaxy. The campaign is easily one of the series' best.
Multiplayer fans will find lots to enjoy with the competitive multiplayer mode, which also takes place in the futuristic setting. Players will customize combat rigs that give them special abilities like wall running, double jumping, and much more, and battle on a variety of plants, space stations, and more. It's fast paced and packed with variety.
Rounding out the package is Zombies in Space, which takes place not in the future but way back in the 1980s. A group of aspiring actors finds themselves caught in an actual zombie movie set within a theme park. Up to four players must cooperate to survive hordes of zombies, explore the theme park, and discover its many secrets. Again, this is one of the best Zombies modes yet.
Watch us play the futuristic campaign and then team up to take on the lighthearted Zombies in Space mode. And stay tuned for our full review of Call of Duty: infinite Warfare!
We streamed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 7 prize codes:
- 1 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Digital Legacy Edition for Xbox One - Includes Modern Warfare Remastered!
- 3 $10 Xbox Gift Cards (US accounts only)
- 3 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare full game for Steam
See the contest winners at the end of this story.
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Beam does not offer Xbox One or Windows Phone apps yet, so watching from the browser is the only option on Microsoft platforms. But Beam does offer apps on Android and iOS. Yes, that's a strange inequity. Native Xbox and Windows 10 support is coming though, so stick with us!
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- Saturday, November 19: Dishonored 2 – Win an Xbox gift card as we play Bethesda's amazing first-person action/stealth game.
- Saturday, November 26: Little Acre, the beautiful adventure game coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on November 22. Win a copy of your own!
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.
These winners answered the call of duty.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Digital Legacy Edition Xbox One
$10 Xbox Gift Card
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Steam
Tonight's prizes provided by Activision and Mobile Nations. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!