Out This Week on Xbox One: Project Spark, Alien: Isolation, NBA 2K15, and More

This week of Xbox One games continues to bring something to almost every kind of gamer out there. There are a couple of indies coming this week, to appease the indie fans. For the creative minds we have Microsoft's "digital canvas" game Project Spark. As for you sci-fi lovers out there we finally get to feel how it feels to be hunted by Ridley Scott's Alien in Alien Isolation. Finally, for the sports fan we are treated with the last big sports game of the year with NBA 2K15 from 2K sports. This week on Xbox One brings the scary and the fun!

Project Spark

Release your inner creator

Project Spark from Microsoft Studios and Team Dakota is a game creator that allows you to use predetermined set pieces to create your own game or world. Just think of it as Microsoft's version of Disney Infinity, but instead of having existing characters, you create your own characters. The game also features a bunch of tools that allow you to tinker with settings such as gravity, terrain, and how smart AI can be.

Project Spark was first shown off at Microsoft's BUILD conference in 2013 demoing its ability for cross-platform play on the Xbox One and Windows 8. Shortly after E3 2013, Microsoft launched a public beta of the game that run just until last week. Project Spark will be available on October 8.

Project Spark – Xbox One – $39.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)

Alien Isolation

You can run but you can't hide

Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game based off of Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. In the game, you play as Amanda, who is transferred to Sevastapol in search of her mother. Upon arriving at the station, you come to the realization that it has been wrecked and abandoned. However, it's not long until you find out you are not alone.

In Alien: Isolation you are constantly being hunted by the Giger Alien. Instead of having a cliché AI with a predetermined pathway, the Alien learns from each encounter it has with you. The Alien mainly uses his sight, smell, and hearing to catch you, but will learn to look for you using clues such as an open door or locker. Alien Isolation will scare you to death starting tomorrow October 7.

  • Alien: Isolation – Xbox One – 24.41 GB – $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)Xbox.com Link (opens in new tab)

NBA 2K15

Rise against the competition

NBA 2K15 is bound to be the best basketball simulation game ever made to date. Just when you thought there was nothing else that the guys over at 2K Sports could add to the game, they obliterate that though in your mind. This year's version of 2K brings a completely new MYCareer experience to the table that easily outshines last years. This time around, instead of creating a player you can just scan yourself into the game using your Kinect. Not only can you put your face into Kinect, but you can make your player exactly who you want him to be from the way he shoots the way he taunts and even the way he walks.

Another huge addition to the 2K15 is the revamp of the MYPark. This year in MYPark, you have to pledge your loyalty to one of three basketball factions. Each faction gives you boosts on particular skills so that you can easily dominate on your home court. 2K sports have said that they've added over 1,000 new animations in the game as well as the new pre-game showcase. NBA 2K15 takes the court tomorrow October 7.

Styx: Master of Shadows

Become a master goblin assassin

This one came out of the shadows for me. I haven't heard of it until I started my research for the week. That being said Styx: Master of Shadows looks like it could be a winning formula for a stealth title. In the game, you take on the role of Styx, the first goblin, who wants to steal the heart of a World-Tree. However, this tree is hidden inside of a huge tower which is infested with guards that you must sneak past or kill along the way.

If Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell had a baby, Styx would be it. The game easily borrows some of Assassin's Creed free-running mechanics, while also paying homage to some of the stealth gameplay found in the Splinter Cell Series. Styx jumps on Xbox One on October 7.

Divekick Addition Edition

No need for button mashing here

Divekick is a parody fighting game that has you fighting with only two buttons, one for diving and one for kicking. The game originally started as a Kickstarter but was then canceled one Iron Galaxy announced they would help co-develop the game.

The game has instantly become a cult classic and is even a part of competitive fighting tournaments now. It comes with 14 characters including a guest appearance of Johnny Gat from the Saints Row series. Divekick will have you laughing and fighting your butt off on October 8.

What games are you thinking of getting this week?

  • Where is the October update?!!!
  • Awesome games....may God give all gamers money :-)
  • Amen!!! :)
  • :-)
  • Project Spark shedding the beta tag and going full release is the only October update you'll ever need. This covers all future Octobers, forever.
  • I would like the answer to that as well. Bob
  • I ordered Mordor, but it's taking forever to arrive. Slightly sad face.
  • That's one reason I go digital. Pre-order, pre-download, ready to go at midnight the day of release.
  • Certain games I do digital, some disc. I'm weird like that :P
  • I'll have to read reviews on isolation to decide whether id waste my time on it. Hoping for a cinematic masterpiece like Riddick
  • IGN has a 5.9/10 for it.
  • IGN isn't the be all end all http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/alien-isolation/critic-reviews
  • I know that, it's just the only review I've been told about so far.
  • Here's xbone reviews http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/alien-isolation/critic-reviews
  • Personally I'd recommend it it's kinda like outlast but with combat features and survival techniques but the story so far is amazing
  • So Project Spark isn't free to play? NBA 2k15 looks awesome. Will definitely pick that up.
  • it is free..... only the DLCs no, and you choose or not to buy it, they don't change the way you create or play. they are just visual stuff. you can create the same game with default assets than other guys because the programming part is the same. so yes, it's free, but if you want snow, or desert place, or an amazing castle, or zombies, you can always choose to buy them, and if you wait you can get them for free with credits. you only need to make dailys for some weeks and you are fine. the Project Spark you can get on Amazon it's only a Starter Pack, and "The Project Spark Starter Pack you an amazing bundle of additional cool Project Spark stuff to jump-start your fun". you don't need to buy it, you don't need to buy assets to play games with DLCs (before you had some time feature that allowed you to play for 20 mins daily or something but they took it off), you only buy it if you want your game to look nicer. that's all.   so again, yes, it's free as long as you want it free, and as long as you have patience.
  • Project Spark is completely free to play. The article is misleading by listing it as $40 as that's for the Starter Pack (which is a good value, by the way), but, in actuality, you can play the game and earn the DLC you want for free just by playing the game, or by buying smaller DLC packages. In other words, there is no reason why anybody should not download this game. So, yeah, every one should check out this game, especially if you've ever had an interest in game creation or programming, but even if you don't have that interest and just want to play other people's games--even Team Dakota's in-game creations are great, including Crossroad's and Champion's Quest. I think that Project Spark should be Game of the Year on ambition and concept alone, and it deserves to take off just like Minecraft did. It's so incredibly powerful and impressive.
  • Nice you mentioned Project Spark, I got the email few days ago, and let's hope the final version will be really nice. I like it but it sucks I can't buy premium with credits but only tokens. when I returned to PS I saw my premium was gone and I couldn't buy it. but anyway, hope it expands and give more nice dlc's. I have almost all them, but the last one. maybe someday Dakota team will give out a game engine like PS and let users create videogames with any assets easily and nice. that would be cool instead of using this only for fun. prototyping with this kind of engine would be nice for some designers. anyway! good luck to Dakota team and let's hope PS can be popular      
  • I believe you can buy Spark Premium with credits now too.
  • nope, when they entered open beta, they put it in tokens only (I didn't read that blog post if not I would have bought a 12month premium) but I wansn't playing PS in that time. now the only optiopn it's 10.000 tokens for a 12month premium. which is not cheap in real money. and I don't think they will go back to credits for premium, since they need to get money somehow. even if you can get most stuff slowly and with credits.
  • I just hope we get the actual NBA 2K15 on PC this time. For 2K14, they sent the new version to the XBOX One exclusively, and then just repackaged 2K12 for PC users (and still called it 2K14).
  • Cool but none are on me list.
  • Is alien on 360?
  • I wonder if I can pick up alien isolation today or if I have to wait for your 7th.