Everyone knows that Windows Central loves to stream games via Twitch, and you probably even know that we give out prizes during a lot of our streams. Sometimes we get the special opportunity to stream big games before they have been released, including Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, and Halo: the Master Chief Collection.
This is one of those times! Tonight, we'll be streaming the full Xbox One version of ScreamRide from Microsoft Studios and Frontier. Not the demo, mind you, but the full game! ScreamRide is an Xbox One and 360 exclusive that doesn't come out until March. This is the perfect chance to see exactly what the real game will be like and decide whether to preorder.
Update: The stream has ended. Read on for my impressions, the full video replay, and our contest winners!
ScreamRide is a spiritual successor to both Roller Coaster Tycoon and Thrillville. Players will build a theme park filled with gigantic rollercoasters and then ride along to see how well they do!
The campaign consists of three modes:
- ScreamRider: Ride a futuristic rollercoaster and try to score as well as you can. Players control acceleration and brakes, as well as the direction the riders lean in the car (which can help it to stay on track). Correctly timing a button press in Turbo zones fills up your Turbo meter, which you can then unleash for a big speed bonus.
- Demolition Expert: Instead of roller coasters, this mode involves aiming rider-filled projectiles at buildings and screens and trying to destroy them all. Sort of a 3D physics puzzle with impressive environmental destruction.
- Engineer: Each level presents an unfinished coaster for you to complete. Simply lay pieces down and add to them as you like. You can autocomplete pieces to speed things along. Once the track is done, finish it off by watching riders test it out.
ScreamRide also boasts a full Sandbox mode in which players design the coaster of their dreams. Levels are shareable online, so this is going to be a dream game for roller coaster and simulation fans!
Tonight we'll be streaming as much of the following content as we can squeeze in:
- ScreamRider: Series 1 (Populous Labs, levels 1-4), Series 2 (Falls Research, levels 5-7), Series 3 (Beldurrean Laku, levels 8-10)
- Demolition Expert: Series 1 (Populous Labs, levels 1-4), Series 2 (Falls Research, levels 5-7), Series 3 (Beldurrean Laku, levels 8-10)
- Engineer: Series 1 (Populous Labs, levels 1-4), Series 2 (Falls Research, levels 5-7), Series 3 (Beldurrean Laku, levels 8-10)
Watch along for the ride of your life, complete with narration from your Windows Central hosts and the always entertaining chat of our excellent Twitch crowd. ScreamRide launches on March 3, but you can preorder now from Amazon and Xbox.com.
- ScreamRide – Xbox One – 4.5 GB – $39.99 – Xbox Link – Amazon Link
- ScreamRide – Xbox 360 – $39.99 – Xbox Link – Amazon Link
We'll be streaming ScreamRide for at least two hours tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 8 prize codes:
- 6 Xbox/Microsoft gift cards (can be spent on Xbox or mobile Windows content)
- 2 Xbox Live Gold 3-month subscriptions
To enter, just follow me at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch (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!
I'll be available for a few minutes 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
What's the best way to experience Twitch? The Twitch website on your PC or Mac web browser. If you don't have or prefer not to use a computer, you can get the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Xbox 360 Twitch apps and watch from the comfort of your couch. Android and iOS both have official and unofficial Twitch apps to choose from as well.
On Windows Phone, you'll have to grab an unofficial app. My recommendation is Unstream. It has far more features than competing apps, such as the ability to see a list of users participating in the stream chat. You can even add our channel directly from within the app! Just search for Eastxtwitch, select the channel to view our profile, and then select Follow from the pop-up menu at the bottom.
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekly Twitch streaming contests? Here's our upcoming schedule. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific).
- Saturday, February 28: Asphalt 8 (Windows 8) from Gameloft. Guest cohost: "Gameloft" Ryan!
- Saturday, March 7: Order & Chaos Online (Windows 8) from Gameloft. Guest cohost: "Gameloft" Ryan!
In addition to our Saturday contest streams, we also livestream a variety of different games throughout the week. These streams don't have contests, but they still offer a great chance to see more exciting games while enjoying our live commentary and stream chat.
- Mondays: PlayStation Vita games! See what the other side gets to play.
- Tuesdays: The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360. Catch up on The Witcher saga before The Witcher 3 launches in May!
- Wednesdays: Xbox One games. We'll announce these games on the site every Wednesday.
- Thursdays: Dragon Age: Inquisition for Xbox One. Chosen by our loyal viewers!
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.
The following people had a scream when they won some prizes!
Xbox Live Gold 3-month subscriptions
Xbox gift cards
Thanks to Mobile Nations for providing tonight's prizes. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!