Titanfall and Dark Souls 2 have landed on Xbox consoles

The Xbox One didn’t get any new games last week, but that was just the calm before the storm. This week, the highly anticipated Titanfall has finally landed in North America (the European release will follow on Friday). Possibly the most advanced first-person shooter to date, Titanfall has the potential to move Xbox One consoles like no game before it. Check out our “Everything you need to know for the Titanfall launch” article for more details.

The Xbox 360 still has to wait two weeks for Titanfall, which is exclusive to Xbox consoles and PC. But the 360 gets a heavy hitter of its own this week: Dark Souls II from Namco Bandai. Players who crave a challenge will be busy with Dark Souls II for a very long time. Head past the break for screenshots, trailers, and Store links for both games!

Titanfall (Xbox One)

The first game from ReSpawn Entertainment (the studio founded by the creators of the Call of Duty series) is finally upon us! This online-only first-person shooter allows players to take part in large-scale matches against both other players and CPU-controlled bots. The result is a multiplayer experience that also feels like a single-player game, complete with story sequences during the multiplayer campaign.

Titanfall jumping (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

Besides great graphics (regardless of the 792p native resolution) and the development team’s pedigree, Titanfall also offers compelling and unique features like gigantic player-controlled robots called Titans. Even outside of the Titans, players still have tons of freedom thanks to jetpacks, ziplines, and a wall-jumping ability.

Titanfall is also available in an Xbox One console bundle, with a Titanfall-themed controller available separately. The Xbox 360 version will follow on March 25 in the US and March 28 in Europe. Will the Xbox 360 version live up to its next-gen brother? We’ll find out in two weeks.

  • Titanfall – Xbox One – 16.4 GB – $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)Xbox.com Link (opens in new tab)
  • Titanfall Xbox One Console Bundle – $499.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)
  • Titanfall Controller – Xbox One – $64.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)

Dark Souls II (Xbox 360)

Spiritual successors to Demon’s Souls on Playstation 3, the Dark Souls games from From Software and Namco Bandai are some of the most challenging action-RPGs on the market. Early word from reviews is that Dark Souls II is just as difficult and rigorous as its predecessors, with deadly enemies and traps aplenty and precious little guidance compared to most modern games. That’s all part of the fun, series fans would say.

Death proves even more punishing in part II, as each death reduces your maximum HP until it reaches 50 percent of the original total. Only a rare item will restore a player’s humanity and maximum HP limit. Other changes include a new leveling up system, the ability to fast travel between bonfires at will, and an improved lock-on ability during combat.

To be honest, the Dark Souls series is way too hardcore for me. But I can see why people with more free time and/or masochistic tendencies are drawn to the series’ beautiful universe and deep gameplay.

  • Dark Souls II – Xbox 360 – 5.75 GB –  $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)Xbox.com Link (opens in new tab)

Xbox Live Arcade

Rayman Fiesta Run for Windows Phone Windows 8

Rayman Fiesta Run for Windows Phone and Windows 8

It doesn’t look like we get a new downloadable Xbox Live Arcade game this week, but I’m sure another will come along soon. At least Rayman Fiesta Run just launched (for real this time) on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, so none of us should go through downloadable Xbox game withdrawal.

Coming up next week

Most game publishers have wisely chosen to avoid launching titles this week that would drown in the Titanfall and Dark Souls II hype. But another big game does loom on the horizon! Next week, Konami will release Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for Xbox One, 360, and Playstation consoles. Yes, that is a stupid subtitle.

Ground Zeroes serves as a value-priced prequel for the true Metal Gear Solid V that remains in development. Players once again take on the role of Snake, who must infiltrate a prison camp in order to perform a daring rescue. The game's environments are now much more open than before, allowing Snake to solve problems and handle enemy encounters with a variety of solutions. He can even drive vehicles.

The Xbox One and 360 versions of Ground Zeroes feature an exclusive mission called "Jamais Vu." The bad news is you play as Raiden during the mission. As for the Playstation versions, they get a different mission starring the Metal Gear Solid 1 version of Solid Snake. Do any of you guys want the extra missions badly enough to pick the game up on both Microsoft and Sony platforms?

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Xbox One –  $39.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Xbox 360 –  $29.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)
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  • Although I bought the digital copy of Titanfall for X1, there is a Gamestop right across the street and I saw about a hundred people lining up for the midnight release. Also, for anyone who hasn't tried it yet, Project Spark (beta) on X1 and Windows 8 is really great. Can't wait for the final version.
  • Yeah, I need to hurry up and write an impressions piece about Project Spark. BTW, we officially decided to stop covering Red Stripe Deals because nobody was reading them.
  • I liked that you covered them, meant I didn't have to click on the store button from the games app.
  • Oh well, thank god WMPU still covers them :/
  • Please don't!
  • I did the same thing, but it sucks in some ways as they were running a promotion for a $10 card with preorder. There should have been the equivalent for digital download. It would also be nice if the 360 and One versions of Titanfall could play together in multiplayer.
  • Great day for Xbox! Group hug!
  • Waiting for it on my WP8
  • Does anyone know how titanfall on Xbox 360 is like.
  • Microsoft and EA haven't done any public previews of the 360 version, so nobody knows yet. EA handled Plants vs. Zombies the same way though, and the Xbox 360 version of that one turned out fine.
  • I didn't know the 360's version of pvz was hidden like Titanfalls.
  • Has anyone here downloaded titanfall as a digital copy? How long did it take?
  • Its about 16gb... Will depend on your network connection like downloading anything else :/. Mine took a little over an hour
  • I'm around 5% at 2hrs downloading. Why no pre-order on the Xbox store?? Why didn't the game download yesterday and unlock at midnight. They need to fix things. Next round.
  • *this!!!
  • Mine was over 3 hrs with Verizon FiOS Quantum 50 mbps connection. But the first 1.75 hrs it didn't look like it was downloading at all. It may have been congestion at midnight launch.
  • Took about 4 hrs for me.
  • What about pc
  • Xbox 360 720p
    Xbox One 1080p
    PC 1440p on my GTX 780Ti :)
  • Nope. 792 on Xbox one. Might be 1080p later. Seriously. Why 792. That's one article I read. Maybe he meant 720p
  • No. It's really 792.
  • Since its exclusive for XB1, it would be super awesome to release it @ 1080p resolution, so guys having big screens could get ultimate experience. The general misconception about XB1 is that it doesn't support 1080p. This kind of release doesn't help fixing it.
  • I disagree that such a misconception exists. The truth is that the console struggles to render games at 1080p at a steady frame rate, hence, many developers turn down the resolution in order to keep the games running smoothly. But Forza 5 and some other games do run at native 1080p.
  • Titanfall what???? Dark souls just awesome!!!
  • Its Titanfall day!!!
  • When will titanfall come to windowsphone?? :P
  • The same day forza 6 will. ;D
  • And Gears 4!
  • And Halo 5
  • Not to mention COD :D
  • I am so freaking stoked for Dark Souls 2, I cannot wait to buy it.
  • Might want to hold off unless you're getting the PC version. Despite the 360 version having an average of 10fps higher, the game rubs terribly nonetheless.
  • So what you're saying is: it rubs you the wrong way? :D The first Dark Souls had technical problems too. That's just the way it is for non-PC gamers unless they decide to bring it to Xbox One and Playstation 4 as well.
  • The first Dark Souls and by extension Demons Souls were relatively fluid barring certain areas. Blighttown cones to mind. Dark Souls 2 abuses LOD ruining the illusion of a world the first was able to provide with enemies fading in everywhere. Furthermore Dark Souls never dropped into single digit fps on consoles. Mid teens? Sure. Souls is probably my favorite IP of last Gen. Unfortunately I will be forgoing it until a current Gen release or I build a new PC as my current one is literally upgraded as far as it can go.
  • Hope this does really well and helps boost XBox sales but having played the beta on PC, think its a little over hyped. Plays like COD with robots , (poor ai bots) and wall jumping. Despite its buggyness much prefer BF4 at this point.
  • I have to agree. I played for about 30 minutes tonight and I have to say I am already bored. It's just your typical shooter with some new features. The "campaign" is just multiplayer with narrated intros. There really isn't a "game". They should have just called it Titanfall Multiplayer. Graphics? Xbox 360 quality honestly, so who cares about no 1080p. Man I am truly disappointed. And I have to say I am a massive Microsoft and Xbox One fan. Bought the Xbox One on launch day. But this, this Titanfall, is meh. Ryse showed what can be done graphically. Titanfall shows what can be done if you take Call of Duty and throw in some futuristic stuff. I am bummed actually. I was hoping for so much more.
  • We've known it was online multiplayer only since June last year. If you don't enjoy the online modes in shooters, that's your fault for making a bad call. And you should avoid misuse of hyperbole. Maybe invest in an Xbox 360 so you can make a better comparison. :P
  • You must have confused this post for our forums, where you can post random posts unrelated to windows phones.
  • Browsing the site must be a real downer for you if you don't want to see news from the rest of Microsoft's ecosystem.
  • Paragon we're glad to have you as a reader, but you're already aware that we cover general Microsoft news and topics like the Xbox consoles. Don't make comments like this again. Just skip reading articles that you're not interested in.
  • Glad to see MS related news.
  • Yes... It is all about ecosystems and windows phone needs more from the current ecosystem than it provides them... So test, keep it going WPC. Besides I am pretty much fully invested financial and with hardware/software with windows and Microsoft. Really dogging it so far and the future looks good :)
  • Nvm i seen the article saying it wont be 900p after allI thought titanfall was suppose to be 900p at launch and 792 was for the beta
  • Respawn couldn't get it running at a higher resolution in time. Check out Eurogamer's story for more info.
  • Went to the Microsoft Store in the Mall of Millenia in Orlando and won Titanfall Headset 15 Dollar Xbox gift card 10 dollar Microsoft Gift card an Xbox stereo adaptor and my roommate won a Titanfall headset as well.....not including the free pizza drinks and shirts!!! Night well spent!!!
  • That's awesome. I should start preordering major XO games from my MS story for stuff like this. Hopefully it'll be worth the gas! Gamestop is 5minsbdown the st vs. 20 mins to the mall.
  • I apologize in advance for the language but:
  • This is coming from Portugal btw.
  • I hope they release it there soon! I guess importing from another European country isn't a viable option?
  • Sorry to hear that :-\ Have you tried importing? Xbox One is region free.
  • I've been waiting forever for one too. PS4 is available but you can't play Titanfall on that ;)
  • Lol, most advanced FPS...
  • Titanfall is fun as ever. Unfortunately Dark Souls II is plagued by performance issues on last Gen consoles. I suppose I will be waiting for a current Gen version or until I build a new PC for Dark Souls II.
  • Im waiting for dark souls 2 on next Gen. It pisses me off they won't confirm it. Same with GTA 5.
  • Definitely. I have said since before launch that all I need is a Xbone version of Diablo III, GTAV, Halo 2 Anniversary, and Dark Souls II and I'd be set. Both Diablo III and GTAV I already own on 360 and I would be more than happy to buy again in the Xbone.
  • I keep flip flopping. I tell myself I'll wait but admittedly I might not be able to resist purchasing Dark Souls 2 ;P
  • Titanfall port to wp8...... Tell him his dreaming
  • Reviews of Titanfall are looking great. Played the Beta and it was a lot of fun. I'm going all digital going forward and will be downloading it ASAP.
  • I want to go all digital, but the disc still offers financial benefits on not only the purchase, but the sell.. Granted I rarely sell or trade in my games... But still an issue. Not a cheapskate as I sound... Just hate that original Xbox one idea of digital content was lost to the complainers ans now we suffer... He games still install from the disc, yet we still need to use the game disc to play. I love the convenience my other digital games offer... If I would have kept my games I traded in and not have joined the Best Buy gamers club, I would nw digital all the way... just have to make me those little investments work as I originally vowed to stop gaming this generation... Yet I have spent more time/money supporting the Xbox one than the past generation.
  • Yeah, the in-store deals and preorder bonuses on retail Xbox One games just stomp all over the downloadable equivalents so far. Hopefully Microsoft adds more digital incentives and deals in the future.
  • This is the only reason I did the retail preorder from MS store although I would have preferred digital. I just couldn't justify passing up the $10 gift card from retail, and there were no perks from digital.
  • I pulled the trigger too late to preorder. I rarely trade in games and like the convenience of digital only. I still can't understand why digital costs as much as a disc copy? If publishers want to push digital more why don't they offer discounts for digital purchases?
  • Im so torn on whether to pick up Dark Souls 2. I want it but I know it will be out on Xbox One soon enough... Anyone else?
  • Game on!
  • Glad to hear that the launch went smoothly.
  • Why is it 792p? Why the hell? It should have been at least 900p as it's an exclusive... However there is hope that the resolution can be bumped in future update.
  • I will pick up my copy of Titanfall today. I really wanted to download it last night, but I finally chose not too as the best buy promo trading I my current u played XB1 games was too good. Still, I am considering the download option... I want to download the game ao I do not have to get up put the disc in... Now, not lazy... Just hate that the game installs from the disc, yet still needs the disc to play. I wish I had the Xbox as Microsoft intended before people complained too much. I would also like Microsoft to have some type of disc to download service. Game downloads are not only convenient, but green. Yet, there are not financial incentives to the player on the Microsoft store... Seeing that... I guess at lease I sold my Xbox one games for around the price or more I originally paid for them with other promotions... Maybe one day will just buy a retail box with a game code or something so the tangible object can get the discount ans we still can download it...
  • I'll wait for PC for both. Also probably wait until they hit a sale. So backlogged on PC games right now anyway. Yeah being behind the times!