Xbox Store Today: Minecraft Story Mode, Wasteland 2, Back to the Future, more

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Great Scott! This week’s Xbox Games Store update is taking a trip into the past while also giving us a glimpse at the future of gaming.

The original Wasteland is one of gaming’s watershed moments. Originally released in 1988, Wasteland billed itself as “the original post-apocalyptic strategy RPG” after it inspired the release of Fallout. Now, 27 years later, original developer Brian Fargo has returned to one of his signature creations with the release of Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut on the Xbox One.

But you can’t look back on the past without an assist from Doc Brown… and Telltale agrees. In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, they’ve re-released Back to the Future: The Game in a special 30th Anniversary Edition on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. And speaking of Telltale, the developer also partnered with Mojang to release Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this week. Minecraft has often been called “the future of video games,” and it’s hard to argue with that kind of statement. Who knows what the actual future of gaming will hold, but I do know one thing… where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

More information on all of these games, and a few other new releases, can be found after the break.

Xbox One Games

Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone ($4.99)
As Jesse, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut ($39.99)
From the Producer of the original Fallout comes Wasteland 2, the sequel to the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The Wasteland’s hellish landscape is waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying. With over 80 hours of gameplay, you will deck out your Desert Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone, test the limits of your strategy skills, and bring justice to the wasteland.

Back to the Future: 30th Anniversary Edition ($19.99)
Six months after Back to the Future Part III, the DeLorean time machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley – driverless! Marty McFly must once again go back in time, or else the space-time continuum will be forever unraveled! Featuring Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, Tom Wilson as Biff Tannen, and Claudia Wells as Jennifer Parker, with a special appearance by Michael J. Fox, and introducing A.J. LoCascio voicing Marty McFly.

Laserlife ($14.99)
Somewhere in the cosmos, the body of a long dead astronaut floats alone through space. A strange presence with the power to rebuild memories and relive lives attempts to stitch together a human’s past. Discover the experiences of a human life in this story of first contact. Navigate time and space through collecting memory molecules, merging the molecules to build memories, then energizing the astronaut with the completed memories to rebuild its past.

The Jackbox Party Pack 2 ($24.99)
The Jackbox Party Pack 2 features five fresh, rib-tickling party games! Players play using their phones, tablets, or even computers as controllers – making it the perfect easy-to-join party starter. Game includes:

  • The runaway hit bluffing game Fibbage 2 (2-8 players) with over 500 brand-new questions.
  • The sound-effects game Earwax (3-8 players).
  • The art auction game Bidiots (3-6 players), where you draw right there on your phone or tablet.
  • The say-anything Quiplash XL (3-8 players), which includes everything in Quiplash, Quip Pack 1, AND over 100 brand-new prompts.
  • The bomb-defusing nailbiter of a party game, Bomb Corp. (1-4 players).

WRC 5: FIA World Rally Championship ($59.99)
Find all the cars, all the drivers and all the official rallies of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship in the racing simulation standard. Feel the impact of the different road surfaces on how your vehicle handles thanks to a brand new physics engine that faithfully recreates the sensations of driving on gravel, snow, asphalt, dirt, ice and sand. Experience the spirit of the 13 rallies held around the world! Drive both night and day in sunshine, rain and snow.

Goosebumps ($14.99)
Your sleepy neighborhood’s been overrun by monsters! Werewolves prowl the woods, Gnomes roam underfoot, and scarecrows walk at midnight. But these aren’t ordinary monsters—they’re R.L. Stine’s famous Goosebumps monsters, released from their books and looking to wreak havoc! You’ll need to use your wits to investigate the surroundings, puzzle out clues, and outsmart the monsters before it’s too late!

Crimsonland ($13.99)
Crimsonland is a top-down dual stick shooter where the screen is filled with hundreds of enemies. Unlock dozens of weapons and perks in seventy intense missions, then unleash the arsenal and show your skills in six survival modes with highscore leaderboards. All game modes feature local cooperative game mode for up to four players. The Xbox One edition of Crimsonland features ten extra levels, a dangerous new enemy type and a new, exciting survival game mode.

Battle Islands (Free)
You’ll need to act quickly in this action-packed, WW2-themed battle strategy game – control air, sea, and land forces, build your garrison, battle against friends and create powerful allegiances! Control troops, jeeps, tanks, boats and warplanes over air, sea, and land as you vie for superiority deep in the South Pacific. Compete with similarly-ranked players to be top of your division. Create or join an Alliance, and chat with other Alliance members. Or choose to go it alone!

Xbox 360 Games

Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone ($4.99)
As Jesse, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

Back to the Future: 30th Anniversary Edition ($19.99)
Six months after Back to the Future Part III, the DeLorean time machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley – driverless! Marty McFly must once again go back in time, or else the space-time continuum will be forever unraveled! Featuring Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, Tom Wilson as Biff Tannen, and Claudia Wells as Jennifer Parker, with a special appearance by Michael J. Fox, and introducing A.J. LoCascio voicing Marty McFly.

WRC 5: FIA World Rally Championship ($34.99)
Find all the cars, all the drivers and all the official rallies of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship in the racing simulation standard. Feel the impact of the different road surfaces on how your vehicle handles thanks to a brand new physics engine that faithfully recreates the sensations of driving on gravel, snow, asphalt, dirt, ice and sand. Experience the spirit of the 13 rallies held around the world! Drive both night and day in sunshine, rain and snow.

Goosebumps ($14.99)
Your sleepy neighborhood’s been overrun by monsters! Werewolves prowl the woods, Gnomes roam underfoot, and scarecrows walk at midnight. But these aren’t ordinary monsters—they’re R.L. Stine’s famous Goosebumps monsters, released from their books and looking to wreak havoc! You’ll need to use your wits to investigate the surroundings, puzzle out clues, and outsmart the monsters before it’s too late!

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