Microsoft have kicked off the proceedings to celebrate their 1 year anniversary with a great personalised message with some of your stats and rankings of the year that’s gone. I’m proud of some of my stats, although realising 35 days of the past year have been spent JUST on my Xbox One!
As much as I like this….The rewards for Saturday, which is the actual 1 year anniversary of the Xbox One, are pretty lacking. I was hoping for a sale on the same scale as the PS store, where Kailios picked up Plants versus Zombies for £13 instead of £30+, or Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry for £5, like Thinkbad Monkey did. Instead, we get a free Halo 4:Forward Into Dawn rental, which I’m pretty sure is available on YouTube for free anyway….or in US/Canada, you also get Dragonball Z rental too. What shit is that? One absolutely crap rental in Dragonball Z, and a rental that’s not even really needed due to it being on YouTube fully anyway!
As well as this, Microsoft, through Major Nelson’s site (http://majornelson.com/2014/11/19/many-thanks-one-year-xbox-one/), states “fans will be selected at random to receive a special gift from us.”
Whether this means everyone will get one of the random prizes, or selected people will get one, I’m not 100% sure.
The list is quite long, but to be honest…I don’t look at any of them and think wow, that’s a prize that the majority could get that I want to celebrate 1 year. Obviously the bundles would be nice, but I can’t help but think i’ll no doubt end up with the Project Spark prize, like the majority will I think. The only one I think I could win that I’d like is the 12 month membership code!
Hopefully there’s also a store-wide sale with some actual worthwhile savings and games to pick up. If there’s not, then Microsoft have really disappointed me, I hoped to get something worthwile to celebrate a year which definitely isn’t the case as it stands, especially considering I’ve been there since the beginning, buying the console when it was a ridiculous price.
The full list is below.
- Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle
- Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle
- One month membership for Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service
- Tiger Shark cash card for Grand Theft Auto V, worth $200,000 in-game GTA Online dollars
- Forza gift pack with Forza RallyCross hat, Lamborghini Huracán 1/24 scale replica, and Xbox One Controller (launch team edition) signed by Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America, Global RallyCross champion and professional stunt driver
- Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men’s Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch
- Grand Theft Auto V gift pack with the Los Santos Sheriff Trucker cap, Michael, Franklin and Trevor Posters, and a Grand Theft Auto V sticker pack
- Xbox Live Gold 12-month membership digital code
- Killer Instinct Season 1 Combo Breaker Pack, the retail version of Killer Instinct Xbox One’s first season and includes all eight season one characters: Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Thunder, Sadira, Orchid, and Spinal. Also includes Fulgore DLC character.
- Special limited edition Nissan 370Z, featuring a custom Casio livery for Forza Horizon 2
- Air Vehicle shortcut for Battlefield 4 for immediate access to all available unlocks for helicopters and jets available in the main Battlefield 4 game
- Arno’s French Rapier for Assassin’s Creed Unity to improve your combat skills
- 75 Platinum in Warframe
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Costume Pack for Peggle 2
- Epic Quest Table in Pinball FX2
- Dance Central Spotlight (full game token)
- Project Spark Premium – 15 days: Grants 2x gain of Spark XP, credits, and champion XP, as well as the ability to purchase new token-only content for earned in-game credits