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Xbox Game Pass favorites to fall in love with on Valentine’s Day

With Xbox Game Pass there’s no shortage of games for you to fall in love with this Valentine’s Day. From sailing to driving to jumping, even combine harvesting, there’s bound to be room in your heart for a few of these titles. We’ve highlighted some of our Xbox Game Pass favorites that we think you’ll fall in love with, too. We’d love to hear what Xbox Game Pass titles you love most by reaching out to us on Xbox Game Pass Twitter and Instagram.

Gears of War 4

There are countless reasons to love Gears of War 4: amazing characters, non-stop action, and awesome Lancers. But one of the reasons it really makes our heart skip a beat is the couch multiplayer you can experience with a loved one by your side. Whether it’s co-op or competitive multiplayer, you can have each other’s backs or go after each other for bragging rights. It’s also a great time to jump on board as we get ready to deepen our relationship with Gears 5 – which will launch with Xbox Game Pass the same day it’s available on Xbox One and Windows 10 later this year.

Human Fall Flat

Another couch co-op crowd-pleaser that’s best played with a group of friends as you wobble and tumble in physics-based puzzle mayhem. But what really makes us fall (pun intended) for Human: Fall Flat are its incredibly adorable character designs, which when seen tumbling, falling, splatting, flying through the air also cause us to break into gut-busting laugher at their expense. And laughter, they say, is the quickest way to someone’s heart.

Laser League

You know that squiggly feeling you get in your stomach at the sight of a certain special someone? Yeah, well, that’s the feeling you get after being shot by laser. And now you’re out of the match and your team is falling behind. You went ahead and got distracted by that attractive, neon-blue clad opponent and you let your guard down for a fraction of a second. And in a game where split-second decisions are key, you blew it. Where were we… oh, yes. Laser League is great. You should play it.

Portal Knights

There are few things we love more than joining friends to embark on an action RPG adventure full of crafting, epic enemies, and massive new worlds. Which is a big reason for our love for Portal Knights, which offers near endless adventure thanks to its randomly generated 3D sandbox worlds. Best of all, these adventures can be had with some couch co-op or online with up to four players. Perfect for a night out on the medieval town.

Mortal Kombat X

Get over here and warm up that sub-zero heart of yours with the epic Mortal Kombat X. As one of the longest-running fighting game franchises, this series continues to impress and innovate causing us to fall in love with it, time and time again. And with Mortal Kombat 11 on the horizon, now’s the best time to dust off those controllers and renew some of your deepest rivalries, er, we mean vows. Toasty!

Rocket League

If you and your special someone are looking for one of the best pick-up-and-play games available today, you can do little wrong  by booting up some Rocket League and letting those sparks fly. And by sparks we mean the giant soccer balls you’re “kicking” in net, and by flying we mean your sweet rides as they tumble through the air. Seriously, it’s great. Go play it together.

Spintires: Mudrunner

On the surface, this physics-based driving game has all the ingredients for one amazing off-road experience as you wrestle these epic vehicles across some of the harshest terrain. But underneath all of this is a trust exercise, with only your compass and map to help guide you to safety – something that will always have your back and support you if you happen to lose your way. Yeah, we might be overthinking the whole giant trucks in the mud bit, but it’s that simplicity that makes us appreciate the life lessons this game is teaching us.

Forza Horizon 4

One of the many reasons we love Forza Horizon 4 is that it lets us run free across a beautiful historic Britain. Perfect for those romances that let the two of you test your love at a brisk 200mph across winding roads all season(s) long. Or, if you’re still looking for someone special this Valentine’s Day, you never know who you’ll meet in the game’s massive, shared open world.

Sea of Thieves

Perhaps the perfect test of a relationship is a bold ocean voyage into the unknown. So, hop online with your loved one(s) and work in harmony, surviving storms, sharks and skeleton crews to forge your very own pirate legend. Or just take a ship built for two and seek out a secluded island getaway… with a shovel in hand and an unpatched eye trained to catch the gleam of half-buried treasure.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $2, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, download the Xbox Game Pass app for Android and iOS and keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire. And for a limited time only, new members can get two months of membership for $2.

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Feb. 14 Xbox Sessions: Terry Crews steps up his boom as Commander Jaxon in ‘Crackdown 3’

Terry Crews can do anything – he’s a talented actor, an activist, artist, and a former professional football player. He’s a man of many strengths (and muscles), but how are his gaming skills while playing as his in-game character, Commander Isaiah Jaxon, in the upcoming Crackdown 3? Tune-in to the next episode of Xbox Sessions, airing Thursday, February 14 at 4 p.m. PST on the Mixer Xbox Channel, Twitch Xbox Channel, and the Xbox YouTube Channel to find out!

Ahead of Crackdown 3’s February 15 worldwide launch with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC, get an exclusive look at Terry Crews taking on the cruel and corrupt TerraNova Corporation across the futuristic city of New Providence. Catch Terry exploring the heights of this comic-book inspired playground of mayhem and destruction, using Commander Jaxon’s powerful abilities to collect Orbs and bring down a ruthless criminal empire.

Will Terry be able to step up his boom and annihilate the crime in New Providence? There’s only one way to find out! Join host Kate Yeager on Wednesday, February 14 at 4 p.m. PST to cheer Terry on via Mixer Xbox Channel, the Twitch Xbox Channel, and the Xbox YouTube Channel.

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Xbox continues commitment to safe, welcoming and inclusive gaming

In honor of Safer Internet Day 2019, I’ll be joining students and leaders from Google and Facebook on today’s Youth & Tech Industry Issues in Perspective panel starting at 1:30 p.m. PST. Together, we will share our thoughts on the tough questions around technology, online engagement and living in a connected world.

At Xbox, positive online experiences are a key ingredient of a safe, welcoming and inclusive community for gamers worldwide, and Safer Internet Day provides a valuable reminder of the importance of these issues and the continued work that still needs to be done. Gamers are at the center of everything we do, and we believe everyone has the right to create, play and enjoy the games they want to play, with the people they want to play with, on the devices they choose, without the fear of being a target of harassment or threats. That is why over the past 15 years, we have worked to develop industry-leading controls and tools to support safe and fun gaming.

For families, Xbox One and Windows 10 both come equipped with family settings, which includes more than 20 easy to use, customizable tools across four categories to support safe and fun gaming for children of all ages across their devices.

  • Privacy: Parents and caregivers can set what people see about their child’s online profile, status and gaming history and who they can communicate with online. In December, we announced a new feature that enables or blocks both cross-network play and cross-network communication on Fortnite.
  • Content filters: Filter games, apps and websites based on the age of each child to ensure they are interacting with age-appropriate content.
  • Purchase limits: Avoid unexpected online purchases by choosing to pre-approve each purchase, receive alerts after each purchase, or set up an allowance to limit what children can buy on their own.
  • Screen time management: Set time limits and view activity reports to keep on top of children’s activity. Limits can be set for each day of the week to limit gaming on school nights or allow more time over the weekend.

The first step is to set up a child account at account.microsoft.com or via the console. Xbox Assist features tips on how to set up a child account and install family settings that are right for your family.

Furthermore, Xbox customers can also visit their local Microsoft Store in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico for free workshops and demonstrations of family settings.

In support of our ongoing commitment to our customers and listening to their concerns, we have added recent changes to help make gaming safer and more inclusive. It’s now easier than ever to set up a child account on Xbox One; parents or caregivers just need to add their e-signature to provide consent for their child to have a Microsoft account, no credit cards required for verification or a second device. We’ve also begun testing features which provide more transparency and information in our enforcement area, so people understand how to play together better. One of these allows a suspended player to see the specific behavior which led to a suspension, with the goal of improving understanding of what is appropriate when gaming. Additionally, we’re evaluating new features to help make gaming a safer, more welcoming place, and are working to make our Code of Conduct rules easier for people to understand. We’ll have more to share in the future, including how we plan to provide new tools to improve safe online gaming and reinforce our 24/7 enforcement coverage currently in place.

Today, more than 100 countries will celebrate Safer Internet Day 2019, which aims to create a safer and better internet where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. I am proud to join forces with everyone supporting today’s effort and continue to make safe, welcoming and inclusive gaming on Xbox a priority. It’s important that we all work together – both gamers and the industry – to achieve this goal, which will lead to a stronger and more diverse community that everyone can enjoy no matter what you’re playing, who you’re playing with, or where you’re playing.

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‘Inside Xbox’ returns Feb. 5 with new episode

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

Set your alarm for Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m PT / 5 p.m. ET. See you then!

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‘Resident Evil 2’ available now, enhanced for Xbox One X

Get ready, Xbox fans! The epic retelling of the survival horror classic has arrived today on Xbox One and is enhanced for Xbox One X. Resident Evil 2 has been rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the glorious RE Engine that brought Resident Evil 7 to life in 2017, featuring realistic visuals, frightening sound design, definitive over-the-should horror, and updated controls.

We’ve been eagerly awaiting this title since its announcement earlier this year, and now we’re formally accepting the invite back to Raccoon City to re-experience this immersive and terrifying survival horror game experience. Not only that, but we can also welcome back the return of two of the series’ most-beloved characters (in our opinion): Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield.

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2

As these two iconic heroes, we’ll investigate a deadly virus outbreak that has engulfed the residents of Raccoon City in September of 1998, plunging the city into chaos as flesh eating zombies roam the streets for survivors. Now it’s up to us to uncover the sinister actions of the Umbrella Corporation and put a stop to them if the city has any hope of survival. To get a taste for what’s in store, why not take the 1-Shot Demo for a spin on Xbox One. See how far you can get in 30 minutes as you dust off your survival horror skills to get ready for the full RE2 experience before the demo ends January 31, 2019.

In addition to the standard edition that’s available today on the Microsoft Store, the Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition includes the full game plus the downloadable Extra DLC pack, which includes five character costumes (two for Leon and three for Claire), the Albert Model: Samurai Edge weapon, and the retro soundtrack players can choose to enable as an option during gameplay.

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2

There’s also additional free content coming soon to Resident Evil 2. The Ghost Survivors will explore various “what if” scenarios centered around the victims of the outbreak.

So, load up on ammo and stockpile your herbal plants. It’s time to re-experience this classic all over again with Resident Evil 2 on Xbox One.

Resident Evil 2 is available now on the Microsoft Store for Xbox One and is an Xbox One X Enhanced title. Click here for purchase details.

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Be the Xbox G.O.A.T. with the Madden NFL 19 Sweepstakes

The Big Game is on the horizon and what better way to pre-game than to earn your bragging rights and take your fantasy team to Atlanta with Madden NFL 19? Starting today through February 12, one ultimate Madden fan will have the chance to win the official Xbox Madden NFL 19 G.O.A.T Prize Pack, valued at over $10,000. Click here for official details of how to enter (open to U.S. residents only).

You’ll be well on your way to building up your football team dynasty and becoming the “Greatest Of All Time” with the following:

  • Xbox G.O.A.T ring that features 10 carat premium gold (plated black) and weighs over 1.5 ounces, with 188 black diamonds and 46 green tsavorite stones
  • Custom G.O.A.T Xbox One X
  • G.O.A.T merchandise pack
  • Copy of Madden NFL 19 for Xbox One
  • Football jersey autographed by Antonio Brown

Madden NFL 19 gives you game-changing control on and off the field and enhanced by Real Player Motion (RPM) by delivering gameplay control with precision and intent. Create and share custom draft classes, design your game strategy, progress your players, and execute your game plan with all new positional archetypes in franchise mode. Explore all-new ways to train your favorite players to fit your roster and lead your team to glory.

Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for future news and details on Xbox sweepstakes.

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New to Xbox Game Pass: ‘We Happy Few,’ ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,’ ‘The LEGO Movie Videogame’ and more

Hi, Xbox Game Pass friends! Don’t want to freak you out, but we turned around today and suddenly there were even more games sitting on our desk. We’re going to need a bigger desk… and you’re going to need some free time, because there’s so many games on the way.

We’re dropping four awesome games in the next two weeks, and you can sign up to get your first month for just $1, so if your crew isn’t already on the Xbox Game Pass hype train, tell them to get on that ASAP.

Now let’s get to some details on our latest games:

We Happy Few (January 17) – Xbox One X Enhanced

A first-person action game set in a retro-futuristic alternate 1960s England. Conformity is key, and a drug called Joy makes everyone’s problems go away – unless, of course, you’re a rotten Downer. Play as a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. You’ll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

The LEGO Movie Videogame (January 17)

The LEGO Movie Videogame puts players in the role of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Based on the humorous and action-packed events from the film, players guide him as he is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.  With unexpected moments and twists at every level, gamers will build their way through a uniquely LEGO adventure on their ultimate mission to bring creativity to their LEGO world.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (January 24)

Slain at the Black Gate along with your friends, family, and sworn brothers, the ancient Elven Wraith, Celebrimbor, offered you a chance for revenge. Now you must battle powerful Warchiefs who will gloat over past victories and bear grudges – and scars – from past defeats. Find unlikely allies, battle ferocious creatures, and experience a Middle-earth adventure like no other. Your story will grow and become uniquely your own after each battle, until you stand before the ultimate architect of your downfall – the Black Hand of Sauron himself.

Saints Row: The Third (January 24)

The open world, crazy mayhem, action adventure series returns as you now find yourself trying to protect the Third Street Saints brand name (and its turf). Enter the Syndicate, a global criminal empire who doesn’t take kindly to someone else grabbing all the headlines and attention. Now they expect the Saints to pay tribute and fall in line; that ain’t gonna happen. Take back Steelport – and the Saints’ reputation — by any means necessary.

And, don’t forget that we also dropped Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 last week.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (January 10)

Take the epic battle to all new heights in 3v3 matches featuring fan-favorite characters from the Marvel and Capcom Universes. This definitive version includes all DLC and modes that made the original a staple in the fighting game genre.

You better get your game on with these gems before we hit you with our next game drop!  Crackdown 3 hits Xbox Game Pass on the day and date of its worldwide release on February 15, plus a bunch more are coming atcha in February and beyond.

Aaaaannnddd finally, ICYMI, the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain (D.I.C.E) Awards nominations include two Xbox Game Pass games: Forza Horizon 4 was nominated for Best Racing Game, and Sea of Thieves was nominated for Online Game of the Year. Congratulations to all D.I.C.E Award nominees, and fire up that console stat to experience Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves, if you haven’t already.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, download the Xbox Game Pass app for Android and iOS and keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

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Pre-orders begin for Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle coming Feb. 15

The post-apocalyptic saga that began with Metro 2033 and continued into Metro: Last Light returns to Xbox One this February in Metro Exodus. Debuting today, the story trailer for Metro Exodus teases what’s ahead as you flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey to shoot, sneak, and survive in a hostile world.

To equip players for an immersive experience as they trek across the ravaged Russian landscape, we’re announcing the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle, which includes full-game downloads of Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro Exodus, so you can jump into the haunting tale of humanity’s survival from the very beginning. Enhanced for Xbox One X in 4K Ultra HD and with HDR support, Metro Exodus will take players on a journey through vast sandbox levels packed with apocalyptic creatures across four beautiful but hostile seasons.

Along with full-game downloads of the entire Metro saga, the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle includes an Xbox One X console with a 1TB hard drive, an Xbox Wireless Controller and 1-month trials to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.

Embark on the ultimate post-apocalyptic gaming destination when the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle arrives on February 15, or pre-order today for $499.99 USD at Microsoft Store or participating retailers.

As part of the Xbox One family of devices, you’ll get access to the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present, and future with more than 1,300 games available today, including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. With the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle, you’ll also have features like a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, 4K streaming with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision, premium audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support and services unique to the Xbox platform like Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live and Xbox One Backward Compatibility at your fingertips, making Xbox One the best place to play.

For more information on Xbox One or the Metro saga, visit xbox.com or Microsoft Store, near you or online.

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Countdown Sale: Save on Xbox games, consoles, Xbox Game Pass and more

The Countdown sale officially starts today and now is the perfect opportunity to give thrills with great deals on all things Xbox. Microsoft Store online and Xbox have hundreds of deals for Xbox fans, including savings of up to 65% on select Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, discounts on select Xbox consoles and accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold each for $1 the first month, as well as deals on select Movies and TV shows, apps for Xbox, and PC games.

There is still time to give thrills with last minute deals on great gifts that you can either buy online and pick it up at a Microsoft Store location near you (US and AU only) or send the gift of digital games and apps from Microsoft Store.

Save on Xbox Digital Games

Xbox Countdown Sale Inline Image

Xbox Countdown Sale Inline Image

Now is the time to take advantage of great discounts and save up to 65% on more than 800 deals between Xbox One and Xbox 360 including new releases like Forza Horizon 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefield V, smash hit Tom Clancy’s The Division and the award winning Forza Motorsport 7. There also are first-time discounts on Just Cause 4, Hitman 2 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy as well as even deeper discounts on best-selling titles like Rainbow Six Siege. Additionally, there’s a wide selection of discounted family content games, game bundles, and add-on content, plus over 200 Xbox One deals priced at $10 or less.

Don’t forget that Xbox Live Gold members save up to 10 percent more on most deals during the Countdown sale.

Get Your First Month of Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold for $1

Xbox Game Pass Key Art

Xbox Game Pass Key Art

  • Get your first month of Xbox Game Pass for $1 and enjoy unlimited access to over 100+ games including new first party releases. Sign in to save. Promotional $1 offer not valid for existing members.*
  • Not Gold? Get your first month of Xbox Live Gold for $1 and take advantage of exclusive savings and join the best community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network. Sign in to save. Promotional $1 offer not valid for existing members.*

 Save on Xbox Consoles and accessories

  • For a limited time, save $100 on select Xbox One consoles including popular bundles like Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 76, Fortnite, Minecraft, and more, all starting at $199 (now through 12/25/2018).
  • Receive a digital code redeemable for Gears of War 4 for free ($39.99 MSRP value) with the purchase of any Xbox One S, Xbox One X or Xbox Wireless controller at participating retailers worldwide (digital code emailed 10 days post-purchase; available now through 1/31/2019).
  • Get free engraving when you personalize your Xbox Design Lab controller (now through 12/31/2018).

 Save on popular Movies & TV Shows, Apps, and PC Games

  • Save up to 50% on select hit movies and TV Shows including Avengers: Infinity War and Mission: Impossible Fallout, plus even bigger discounts on a different daily deal Dec. 21 – Dec. 31.
  • Save big top apps for Xbox including Dolby Access, Nitrado, Amazon Music, and more.
  • Save up to 50% on popular PC games including Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, Age of Empires Definitive Edition, Minecraft Starter Pack, ARK: Survival Evolved, and more.

All of these deals are available on console and online at Microsoft Store and Xbox.com starting today, so take advantage of the great deals before they end on January 3, 2019 (or as otherwise noted above).  Availability and pricing varies by location. May not be combinable with other offers. Other limitations may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. See webpage for each offer’s specific details.

* After promotional period, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions continue to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold offers not valid for existing subscribers; Game catalog varies over time.  Limit: 1 Gold offer and 1 Game Pass offer per account. Valid at Microsoft Store online or in-console in all Xbox Live markets excluding Quebec. Some Xbox Game Pass games also require Xbox Live Gold to play on Xbox (subscription sold separately).

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NFL running back Todd Gurley to play ‘Madden NFL 19’ on Dec. 21 Xbox Live Sessions

Have you ever wanted to see the Los Angeles Rams’ running back Todd Gurley play as himself in the newest Madden? If so, you are in luck! Todd will join the next episode of Xbox Live Sessions on Friday, December 21 at 4 p.m. PST to play Madden NFL 19 on Xbox’s Mixer and YouTube and Twitch channels.

Hosted by artist Trey Smith, Todd will play Madden NFL 19 on Xbox One X. Tune in to see him achieve gridiron greatness by training his favorite players to build his ultimate team dynasty. Who will he select to be on his team? What does he think of his in-game character? There’s only one way to find out! You might also pick up some tips and tricks on how to win against your friends or family over the holidays.

Madden NFL 19 gives you game-changing control on and off the field and enhanced by Real Player Motion by delivering you gameplay control with precision and intent. Create and share custom Draft Classes, design your game strategy, progress your players and execute your game plan with all new positional archetypes in Franchise. Explore all-new ways to train your favorite players to fit your roster and lead your team to glory.

Don’t miss your chance to see Todd Gurley and host Trey Smith play Madden NFL 19 on Friday, December 21 at 4 p.m. PST on Mixer and YouTube and Twitch.

Be sure to keep a look out for more episodes of Xbox Live Sessions via Xbox Wire!