Written just after we did our news piece on Friday, was some very big news regarding the Halo: Master Chief Collection. 343 obviously understands the frustrations players have had trying to connect to matches, and the continuing addition of playlists that were meant to be present at launch. As a bonus for anyone who has purchased and played the game from its launch date to Friday December the 19th, you will get the following items:
1 month free Xbox Live Gold
Exclusive in-game nameplate
Exclusive in-game avatar
If that doesn't sound like enough, then how about the just announced Halo 3: ODST campaign for free? This however is only free for the players who have played the game through the 19th. Though with no formal release date, this is sure to be a big bonus to everyone. If you are receiving the game this Christmas or buying it later, there will be something for those who missed out on the game at launch. Halo 2 fan-favorite map "Relic" will be given the anniversary treatment, being remastered and re-imagined for multiplayer. While some may not think this is enough to excuse the rough launch of Halo: MCC, it is certainly a start to make it up to players.
Just in time for Boxing Day in Canada is a PS4 bundle that includes NHL 15 and Little Big Planet 3. It's no secret Canada is home to a lot of superstars in the game of hockey, so including NHL 15 in this bundle is appropriate. Available on December 26, this bundle will retail for $449.99.
Speaking of bundles, Best Buy has quite a deal if you are interested in an Xbox One. The Assassin's Creed Unity bundle is being offered with a free $50 Best Buy gift card and a copy of Destiny. For the price of $349.99, this is a steal. Three games and a $50 gift card, if you have been waiting for the right bundle, this could be the one for you.
With December coming to a close, the Games With Gold program will be adding new games for the month of January. Today we got the list of games to look forward to next month. Available all month for Xbox One will be D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die. Xbox 360 owners get two games just as they did last month. Available from January 1st to the 15th will be racer MX vs ATV Alive. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be free from January 16th through the 31st. With a sequel on the way next year, The Witcher 2 makes total sense as a free game for next month.