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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2018

September 2018 brings free games like Lego Star Wars III and Monster World to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

We are almost near the end of August and a new lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold is waving at the subscribers to welcome them on the month of September. Gold members can enjoy all of these new titles for a limited time while it lasts. Just like last month, two of these games are for Xbox One and the remaining two from Xbox 360 platform but can still be played on Microsoft's modern console using backward compatibility. Meanwhile, you can still grab July’s free Games With Gold.

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2018

RELATED: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to Xbox Game Pass

Before going in for more details, we want you to take a look at Games with Gold lineup on September 2018 for Xbox One.




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First off, we have a prison simulation game, Prison Architect where you are in the role of construction and management of a max-security private penitentiary. From laying out grand designs for the facility to hiring stuff members for running it, you gotta do it all. There will be riots, fire and even difficult hostage situation that needs to be taken care of wisely and this game tests if you are the right man for the job. This one will be available on Xbox One from September 1 to 30.

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Prison Architect on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Up next, Livelock takes you into a war of the machines where you pick one from three different class of Catalyst, Hex or Vanguard before going to battlefield to enjoy a 3 player co-op to save humanity. This top-down multiplayer shooter from developer Tuque Games may seem to resemble quite a lot like the Diablo series in terms of gameplay and is no less fun either. Starting from September 16, you will be able to access the game from September 16 on your Xbox One till October 15.

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Livelock on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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To give you a flavor of Star Wars love, LEGO brings you action-adventure title LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, based on the "The Clone Wars" animated show. Experience a tour around the galaxy to stop the Separatist army, engaging in boss fights and exploring space but amusingly in LEGO style, which is even more fun. There are around 20 story-based missions within this game that no other LEGO game could offer you and you can get it within September 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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LEGO Star Wars III on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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At last, a blast from the past comes in the form of an anthology that captures the magic of three classic RPG titles in Sega Vintage Collection: Monster Worlds. This is a great chance to revisit Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy in Monster World and Monster World IV, which was exclusive to Japan till now. Onwards September 16 to the end of the month, you can indulge yourself into some retro adventure of Wonder Boy franchise on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles.

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Considering all of these great titles mentioned above for free and an advanced multiplayer experience, an Xbox Live Gold membership deserves a shot. Don't forget the exclusive discount offers in Microsoft Store against your monthly subscription that comes along with it. This month alone offers you $69.96 worth of free games and while a few days of August still lasts, members still have access to For Honor, Forza Horizon 2 and Disney Epic Mickey 2 from last month's lineup.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass celebrates Gamescom 2018 with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a new mobile app.

For long, Microsoft Studios has been providing more than 100 great titles for a minimum monthly price on Xbox Game Pass, which also grants day one access to some of the Xbox One-exclusives from time to time. Since members of this service have been requesting them for adding more blockbuster games to their collection, they have decided to add Halo: The Master Chief Collection, first-person shooter compilation from Halo series, will be available from September 1.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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A long overdue downloadable game update will deliver you new visual enhancements of 4K UHD and HDR on your Xbox One X console. It comes with features like customizable options for installation, faster load times than usual, improved matchmaking system and offline LAN mode. We believe that, there is no better way to enjoy campaign or multiplayer of Halo franchise. So, have your gears ready and prepare for a journey with Master Chief to save humanity from Covenant fleet.

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Master Chief’s Epic Journey

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Just so you are clear about the details of all newly added aspects and fixes to The Master Chief Collection, here goes a new trailer of the anthology for Xbox One X.




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By October 2, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will gain access to games like Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2. More new games like Fallout 4 and Rocket League will join the list very soon as well. Plus, a brand-new tab is added on Xbox One Home, dedicated to browse the catalog more easily and way in to their games faster. These days, every other company is trying their best to create a Netflix-style subscription service for their own and Microsoft is not doing any different.

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New Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass on October

RELATED: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Xbox One S Bundle Announced

Though currently available on beta stage, a new app is announced at Gamescom 2018 for the service on Android and iOS. Members of Xbox Game Pass will find this app quite handy for exploring and downloading newly added games directly to your console by commanding from your mobile devices. So, when you are busy outside with work, your games are being readied to play when you return to your Xbox One back at home.

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Xbox Game Pass App

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Starting from August 21, you can simply sign up for an Xbox Game Pass subscription for a month by spending only $2 and enjoy the service on second month for free before August 31. Also, those who love great multiplayer experience can get two months worth of Xbox Live Gold membership for only $2. You should keep in mind that currently, the services are limited to some selected countries and regions only. So, unless you don't belong from there, you cannot take the offer.

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Amazon Xbox Game Pass Deal

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for August 2018

Although the deal is on Game Pass or Gold is restricted to new customers and not for existing subscribers. However, they can cash in other great offer while they last. For instance, Amazon Prime members have the opportunity to get extra three months of membership for free upon purchasing a six-month subscription for regular price of $59.99 only. Usually, Microsoft charges only $9.99 per month as subscription charge and therefore you will be saving $29.97. It's a great value for your money.

PUBG Leaving Xbox Game Preview Next Month

Spending over nine months in Xbox Game Preview program, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets full release for Xbox One.

Started as a last-man-standing shooter on Steam's Early Access program for PC in March 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become a massive global phenomenon of Battle Royale titles and one of the top-selling video games of all time. Recently at Gamescom 2018, developer PUBG Corp. has announced that the game is finally leaving Microsoft's Xbox Game Preview program on September 4, 2018 and going to see a full release of Version 1.0 for Xbox One consoles worldwide.

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PUBG Leaving Xbox Game Preview

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Check out the all-new video of behind the scenes journey of PUBG with Xbox Live's Larry Hryb and game director Brendan Greene.




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For all these months, the entire Xbox community has supported PUBG thorough and thorough while the developers were constantly focusing on upgrading the quality of the game. Some cool new feature that players on PC already enjoys coming to console and one of them are Sanhok map. Though small in size, this 4×4 battleground promises a lot of firefights between all participants of a Battle Royale. However, whether or not the map is fully released or just for testing is not yet revealed.

RELATED: Miramar Map Arrives for PUBG on Xbox One

Also, War Mode is heading to console in Version 1.0 after conquering PC with constant re-spawning mechanics. The vibe of deathmatch it offers with killing your opponents for points and sweet loots while reviving teammates in between takes the playing experience to next level. All of your achievements will be carried out to full console release. Purchasable in-game currency has been introduced to unlock cosmetic accessories, new levels, missions and rewards.

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Exclusive Hoodie and Sweatpants DLC

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Of course, this is an equivalent to the desired Chicken Dinner for PUBG Corp. after long-rough roads they took, which was full of relentlessly trying to fix the problems that were allegedly ruining the game for the past 9 months and finally it has came to stage where the title evolved into something that they can all be proud of. New and old owners of the game on Xbox One are welcome to download exclusive clothing collection in Xbox #1.0 DLC and look out for more future updates.

State of Decay 2 Daybreak Pack DLC Release Date

To celebrate three million players worldwide, State of Decay 2’s second DLC Daybreak Pack is coming in September.

Released as an exclusive title, open world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 from developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios did quite good upon launch. Initially the game picked up 1 million players in just two days and then amassed another million of survivors on PC and Xbox One within less than two weeks. The game's first DLC Independence Pack came out in July and now time for the second expansion, Daybreak Pack to arrive on September 12.

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State of Decay 2 Daybreak Pack DLC Release Date

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Independence Pack DLC

This news was recently revealed at Gamescom 2018 and new details regarding gameplay has arrived as well. This next chapter of your survival in a post-apocalyptic world presents you with new gameplay, loots, weapons and deadly zeds for exciting zombie-killing experience. A co-op "zombie siege" will pit you and your three teammates against waves of undead hordes. If you are willing to have a taste of that, be sure to visit Xbox booth this week at Gamescom to be a part of that action.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Crosses 2 Million Players

You might have crossed paths with the mighty undead Juggernaut more or less if you have been playing but now there is new type of it called the Blood Plague Juggernaut! Not only this one is a powerhouse but it transmits blood plague to players. To assure that you even stand a chance against him, the developers added several deployable explosives, couple of melee and ranged weapons at your disposal. Anyways, you can still fell victim to him if you are not careful enough during face off.

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Blood Plague Juggernaut

RELATED: State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

If you own the Standard Edition, then Daybreak Pack is going to cost you only $9.99 but you get it for free with Ultimate Edition. Xbox Game Pass members can enjoy a 10% at launch of the DLC. Xbox Play Anywhere allows you to play it on both PC and Xbox One. Although, State of Decay 2 became the best-selling game of May 2018, it lacked some depth and had some problem that annoyed the players. However, the engaging combat system has saved the sequel to State of Decay of 2013.

Friday, August 10, 2018

We Happy Few Secret Ending!

Survival horror title We Happy Few offers players a secret ending without forcing him to go through all the troubles.

Psychedelic horror game with action-adventure elements, We Happy Few from Compulsion Games and Gearbox Publishing is finally out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Although the game is slightly undermined after release despite much anticipation that was build around by player following its reveal, the game has a vivid interactive world and an engaging story. Recently, a shortcut is found to end the game very quickly without facing the twist and turn of events to reach conclusion.

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We Happy Few Secret Ending!

RELATED: We Happy Few Introduces Arthur Hastings

To get the secret ending, you will start with Arthur Hastings' story after the game begins and he will be running his Redactor device to check and remove reference sources of tragedies regarding mind-altering campaigns of Wellington Wells. He will come across an article that refers to a tragic past regarding his younger brother Percy. This presents a quick turn of events to players with a choice to take a hallucinogenic drug known as "Joy" to remove his sadness or try to think freely.

RELATED: We Happy Few Introduces Sally Boyle

To go ahead and see what challenges the world of WHF has in store for you; most players would refrain from taking the pill. On the contrary, if Arthur ends up taking the Joy pill, he will go back to his happy life without ever meeting other playable characters Sally and Ollie to dig deep about the dark secrets the city hides from everyone. In recent memory, similar hidden ending was found in Ubisoft's action-adventure FPS title Far Cry 5, where you could see the game end in 10 minutes.

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Finish We Happy Few in 2 Minutes!

RELATED: We Happy Few Introduces Ollie Starkey

If the idea of playing though the entire plot in a British dystopia of 60's doesn't seem that appealing to you at all then you can always take the low road and get away. Of course, any gamer under normal circumstances would generally want to go through the entire story of the game once they get their hands on it but for some unknown reason, Compulsion Games decided to let people take a quick exit. So, anyone is looking for a quick way out to end credits, you know now how to get there.

RELATED: We Happy Few is Delayed Again

Adding this secret ending was a fine nod to display how an indulged populace has become a social norm these days and how taking less aggressive actions can sometime get you out of situations. We Happy Few entered Steam's Early Access program after a successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign and upon being delayed back in January, they even offered a refund. Finally, things were sorted out when Microsoft Studios acquired the studio and helped them launch the game on 10 August 2018.

Xbox Game Pass Adds Doom and Rage

Celebrating QuakeCon 2018, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass offers Doom and Rage to catch up to their sequels.

To celebrate QuakeCon 2018 and the recent gameplay reveal of upcoming first-person shooter Doom Eternal, Xbox Game Pass have added two other classic shooter title from publisher Bethesda Softworks this Friday morning. So, if you had some sort of excuse on you for not trying out these games, shake that off and take the ride to either a post-apocalyptic future in Rage or get into a demon-hunting business in Doom to prepare yourself for the attack of shooter sequels in foreseeable future.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Doom and Rage

RELATED: Doom Eternal Gameplay Reveal

One thing these two titles have in common is that both of them have an upcoming sequel waiting for an official release date. Whereas Doom went on to become one of the greatest shooter that become a Game of the Year in 2016 according to many reviewer and definitely deserved another installment, the ending of Rage may have upset the players and many people were actually surprised knowing it is getting a sequel. Now they can probably get their answers or maybe not.

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Doom on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Rage 2 Official Gameplay Trailer

DOOM
In to draw energy from Hell, UAC facility have unwittingly unleashed the gates of a dimension that releases a swarm of demonic forces upon them and it is up to a veteran space marine known as Doom Slayer to mow down every enemy down his path. He is found imprisoned inside a sarcophagus by the demons for wrecking havoc on Hell and now he is back in action once again. This version of the game from 2016 is a re-imagination of the classic game that rebooted the franchise.

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Rage on Xbox Game Pass

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Rage
In a time when an asteroid has laid waste of Earth and game's lead character, a soldier named Nicholas Raine wakes up from a cryosleep to discover himself in a world of chaos, which no longer knew order. Players will go out in various quests, upgrade their vehicle to drive them in a Mad Max-esque wasteland and will often engage in gunfight with the oppressive gang of The Authority for survival. Since the game was a passion project for the developers, we believe it is worth your time to give it a shot.

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Under Microsoft’s subscription service of Xbox Game Pass, both Doom and Rage are available for its members! You have an active membership, you know that their library already contains more than 100 great games, which is always increasing but if you do not have one and was meaning to get one, then you can start your 14-day free trial right away and eventually get one to enjoy great title for one affordable monthly price.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

We Happy Few Introduces Ollie Starkey

Compulsion Games introduces We Happy Few’s final playable character Ollie Starkey.

Developer Compulsion Games along with publisher Gearbox Publishing and Microsoft Studios will take you to a tour of alternate reality 60's English town Wellington Wells in We Happy Few to assume different roles of an enlightened citizen, who is trying to escape the surroundings of drug-induced inhabitants after discovering deep dark secrets of it no one tells you about. Today, we are here with the final playable character of the game, Ollie Starkey as it is only days away from being released.

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We Happy Few Introduces Ollie Starkey

RELATED: We Happy Few Introduces Arthur Hastings

Just like Arthur and Sally, Ollie had an awakening about the fact that the retro-futuristic city they live in has some terrible dark past and a hallucinogenic drug known as "Joy" is doing that. Being a mad Scotsman and ex-soldier, he is not liked by everyone around him and he hates television celebrity Uncle Jack but he has an invisible friend though. Despite pitted against all odds, he did keep his Scottish heritage intact and even managed to survive in the Garden District nearing old train station.

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On their take on Ollie's character, art director Whitney Clayton wanted to go for someone who is a tough nut to crack. While he is still wearing his old military jacket and old army boots, he is more than a soldier who notices the anomaly of his society. Although he may not remember all of his past in entirety, he finds purpose in life upon discovering secrets of the Victory Memorial Camp. Like the other two playable figures, Ollie Starkey has his unique perks and abilities that will help him uncover the truth.

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More Than A Soldier

RELATED: We Happy Few Introduces Sally Boyle

The journey of the game begin with a Kickstarter campaign and then to Early Access on Steam, where it faced some delay that led the developers into removing the game entirely from Valve's digital distribution platform and offer refunds. Thankfully, everything is back on track again after the indie studio was acquired by Microsoft Studios and now scheduled to release on 10 August 2018, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

We Happy Few Introduces Sally Boyle

Compulsion Games introduces mysterious playable character Sally Boyle from We Happy Few.

Away from only little longer than a week, psychedelic horror game We Happy Few from Compulsion Games, Gearbox Publishing and Microsoft Studios is scheduled to launch on 10 August, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox One X. The developer and publishers have already unveiled first playable character Arthur Hastings from the game, who is an everyday common man. Now, another mysterious character of Sally Boyle is about to join the roster of players this week.

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We Happy Few Introduces Sally Boyle

RELATED: We Happy Few Introduces Arthur Hastings

One of the few people that see through the dark history of the city of Wellington Wells is Sally Boyle and she is in a race against time to run away from her terrible neighbors. While the artificially-enthused society around her constantly wants her to indulge in a hallucinogenic drug known as "Joy", she is looking for a way out of this forced madness upon them. For her grooviest fashion sense, Sally is deemed as a wonderful girl in this alternative reality, retro-futuristic city of 1960's England.

RELATED: We Happy Few is Delayed Again

Aside from being a chemist who assists one of the doctors in creating Joy, she is very dazzling and witty. During her character design process, art director Whitney Clayton wanted her to be both a clever chemist and an iconic social figure that everyone knows. However, her glamorous and smart outlook is just a front to hide her secret past that can get her killed if it ever comes out. Her unique appearance and stance is heavily inspired by 60's fashion models like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick.

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Sally Boyle Can Escape Detection

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Already met Arthur Hastings and Sally Boyle, two aware citizens of Wellington Wells, the introduction of Ollie Starkey is due up next. We Happy Few initially started from a Kickstarter campaign by developer studio Compulsion Games. Then Gearbox Publishing took charge of publishing the game and it entered Early Access on Steam. The game was pulled out from Valve's distribution platform because of delay and now Microsoft Studios has acquired the developers.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

We Happy Few Introduces Arthur Hastings

Compulsion Games introduces We Happy Few’s first playable character Arthur Hastings.

Psychedelic horror game We Happy Few was previously scheduled to release worldwide on April 13, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Featuring three different campaigns, protagonist Arthur’s story from the game needed more work to accomplish the desired look they were trying to achieve; therefore it was pushed back to summer 2018. Now that it is finally set to release on 10 August 2018, we are here to discuss about its first playable character Arthur Hastings.

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We Happy Few Introduces Arthur Hastings

RELATED: We Happy Few is Delayed Again

In a 60's English town Wellington Wells, Arthur is a common man working to censor newspaper archives off offending stories. When he came across old news about him and his younger brother, he refused to take a hallucinogenic drug known as "Joy", which everyone else in town has been indulged with. So, in an attempt to dug deep and discover the truth, he discovers a dark history of his retro-futuristic city that everyone else is cheerfully denying everyday with their Joy pills.

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He may be a man of plain appearance that wouldn't drive attention of the onlookers and very easy to miss in a crowd but like two other playable characters of the game, he has his unique ability perks. Art director Whitney Clayton designed Arthur's character based on typical awkward people pushed around by his peers. Sporting a nerdy look in glasses and a thin frame, he is good at running away and it is very crucial for survival. He is also pretty good with melee weapons like a club.

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Utterly Unremarkable Arthur Hastings

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Indie developer studio Compulsion Games was in charge of developing this psychic horror game, which they started with a Kickstarter campaign while Gearbox Publishing was initially going to publish it. We Happy Few then successfully entered Early Access on Steam and for Xbox One but the delay forced them to remove the game from Valve's distribution platform. Microsoft Studios have later acquired the studio in June 2018 and everything came back in right track.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for August 2018

August 2018 brings free games like Forza Horizon 2 and For Honor to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

August 2018 is nearly upon us and Xbox Live Gold is back again with a new lineup of free games for their subscribers. For a limited time, all of these titles will be exclusively available for Gold members. Among these selected titles by Microsoft, two are for Xbox One and the other two Xbox 360 releases are also playable on the former using backward compatibility. Since there is still some time left, you can grab some of July’s free Games With Gold using your membership access.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for August 2018

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

Before going in for more details, we want you to take a look at Games with Gold lineup on August 2018 for Xbox One.




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Our very first pick for August 2018 is open-world racing game Forza Horizon 2 Standard – 10th Anniversary Edition. The title offers you to choose from a variety of 200 exotic cars and you are all set to rush throughout the streets of northern Italy or southern France like there is no tomorrow, courtesy of the 10th Anniversary Edition. You can download it from August 1 to 31 and challenge your friends online for races and events while showing off your driving skills on day and night time.

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Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Next up, we have a medieval action hack and slash game, For Honor Standard Edition from developer/publisher studio Ubisoft. Players are open to choose to be Knights, Samurai or even Vikings as they enter for glory in a historical war. Mastering the Art of Battle combat system will allow our armies to win over enemies as you explore the game in some of its multiplayer modes. The game will be accessible from August 16 to September 15 on all Xbox One consoles with Gold.

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For Honor on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Then an unlikely hero and engineer Isaac Clarke returns to fight off more of these creatures in survival horror title Dead Space 3, which originally came out for Xbox 360. He has been battling Necromorphs all through Dead Space series from Visceral Games and Electronic Arts. This one will be great to play in online co-op mode to use some teamwork against the foes. Get this sci-fi horror game for Xbox One and Xbox 360 through your membership access within August 1 to 15.

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Dead Space 3 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Finally, we have platform magic title Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Blitz Games Studios and Disney Interactive Studios. Disney's classic character Mickey Mouse is back in action to save the Wasteland world with his magic paintbrush and aid from Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in a two-player co-op adventure against the Mad Doctor. Gold members are granted access to the title on Xbox One and Xbox 360 from August 16 to 31, so you better hurry up now.

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Epic Mickey 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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If you are thinking of getting a subscription for yourself, then you are in luck, because Microsoft is offering a great discount on it. You can enjoy a $20 off over the standard price for a 12-month subscription, which is currently going on for $39.99 only. A three-month subscription on the other hand is available for only $9.99 and it saves you up a $15 off on the regular price. Besides, the Gold offerings for August seem pretty tempting to be honest, so it might be a smart choice after all.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nintendo Open to All Third-Party Games Cross-Play

Nintendo has decided to be opened up and allow cross-play experience on all third-party games from now.

For the past few years, developer/publisher Nintendo has been doing quite well with their next-gen handheld console Nintendo Switch. Being a portable system, it immediately grabbed attention of players who want to play as they go, thus dominating video game market these days by selling the console as well as a number of popular third-party games. Lately, being very supportive towards cross-platform play than some of their competitors has made a good name for them as well.

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Nintendo Open to All Third-Party Games Cross-Play

RELATED: Nintendo Direct E3 2018

The concept of cross-play where players from different console or platform shares the same game servers is very popular now and Nintendo has been nothing but very supportive towards the idea. This progressive attitude towards their consumer has garnered great appreciation from fans. The company has teamed up with Microsoft to allow Switch to play sandbox survival game Minecraft with Xbox One players by releasing an engaging commercial to highlight the key features.

RELATED: Super Mario Odyssey Hacked With Porn

Heralding their upcoming agenda, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima and senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka has stated that they are very much eager and willing to make cross-play platform experience an option for gamers. Entire gaming industry has been in debate over whether or not cross-platform play should be supported by all and when Sony went salty over using the same account to play Fortnite on Switch, players and game studios started to take the issue seriously.

RELATED: Minecraft Nintendo Switch Cross-Play

Their plans to share multi-platform for third-party titles are confirmed at their 78th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Nintendo Switch fans should rejoice at this news as their multiplayer experience will be of next level in upcoming days. Fortnite and Minecraft have already paved the ways of unlimited possibilities and became a huge hit instantly. Compared to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Nintendo only sold 15 million units of Switch but those numbers are still rising.

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It was about time that Microsoft and Nintendo become real smart about it, rather than becoming a party-pooper like Sony. It helped them build reputation as well as making good business. However, they have just taken a decision and it may take some time to properly implement it for all because of all the parties involved.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bungie and Microsoft Considering Destiny 2 Cross-Play

Developer Bungie and Microsoft are interested to add cross-play feature to online-only multiplayer shooter Destiny 2.

Developer studio Bungie has made a name for them with the success of multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny franchise and Destiny 2 has been quite triumphant as well. However, the game is allegedly dying and the company is doing their best to bring their players back. Aside from announcing their third expansion Forsaken, they are considering offering cross-play with D2 and since Microsoft is interested as well, it seems like a good opportunity to play it throughout a wide variety of platforms if not all.

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Bungie and Microsoft Considering Destiny 2 Cross-Play

RELATED: Destiny 2: Forsaken Reveal

After initially debuting on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game shortly arrived on PC in 2017 only a month after. Players are all drawn into large, futuristic shared world where they play the role of a Guardian of good trying to protect The Last City from an invasion of alien warlord Dominus Ghaul and his Red Legion. Gamers have played the campaign over and over, while participating in many raids and timed community events in multiplayer mode, which is limited to respective platforms.

RELATED: Destiny 2: Forsaken Story Reveal

When asked about the possibility of introducing cross-play to their game, Steve Cotton and Scott Taylor from developer team stated that this is a concept they talk about frequently but currently there is nothing at works regarding this unique feature. Also, there is no chance of having this aspect added to the game before launch of Forsaken DLC. However, it seems that Bungie is very enthusiastic about introducing this feature to D2, we might not have to wait for too long to see it.

RELATED: Destiny 2 Escalation Protocol Details

Xbox President Mike Ybarra also created a poll on Twitter last month seeking fan response on whether they want to see Destiny 2 get a shared platform gaming experience or not and he got 87 percent of response positive.



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Destiny 2 cross-play is a long-cherished fanboy dream that needs to come true as soon as possible and Bungie has been very willing to come on board with that plan. However, things might take an interesting turn considering PlayStation is commonly regarded as the lead console for the series, who adds exclusive content for their platform in each expansion pack and their recent controversies of not willing to offer cross-play on PS4 has already put them in a sticky situation.

RELATED: Destiny 2 "Go Fast" Update Details

Sony faced major backlash regarding account restriction of Fortnite for other consoles and Bethesda has also called them out for not being friendly to make cross-play available on upcoming Fallout 76 game. They seem not to care if they lose players and keep the multiplayer to themselves as they have just sold over 80 million PlayStation 4 units till date. D2: Forsaken will debut on September 4 for all three major platforms and they all would be busy for some time enjoying the new DLC.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Assassin's Creed Series is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Thanks to Xbox One backward compatibility, every Assassin's Creed games are now available to play on Xbox One.

Although Microsoft Studios has been lacking exclusive first-party titles for a while and going through a tough time competing with Sony, they did make some smart moves like teaming up with Nintendo by sharing their platform for cross-play and another is introducing backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. After including a series of popular Star Wars games lately, Microsoft has made every Assassin's Creed video game released on Xbox 360 backwards compatible now.

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Assassin's Creed is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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With this new initiative of theirs, Microsoft is being more pro-consumer than their rival company to add an advantage over another. Players can now enjoy games like Crimson Skies and Dragon Age 2 without having jumped back at previous console from 2001. Without swapping to PC or changing platform, you can now have access to a massive library of classic games and players have spent more than 1 billion hours playing those titles on Xbox One already.

RELATED: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Confirmed

Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb has recently announced on Twitter that two more games have been added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list. One of them being Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD from 2012 and another is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter from 2006. Even though many are still trying to complete Assassin’s Creed Origins while eagerly waiting for the next title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, it is nice to have the ability to play the entire series on Xbox One.



RELATED: Assassin's Creed Origins Includes Loot Boxes

PlayStation Vita was the initial platform for Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, which was later re-released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As new generation of consoles made their debut, Ubisoft introduced Assassin's Creed Rogue and Assassin’s Creed Unity for old and new platforms. Back then, only newly released titles from the franchise could be played in modern consoles but now, Microsoft has made the whole fan-favorite series accessible by added all of them to backwards compatibility list.

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Generation of Assassin's Creed

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The extended catalog now includes Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, AC: Brotherhood, AC: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and AC Rogue. This is a great new move that allows players to move to a newer console and not leaving their favorite games behind but unfortunately, doesn't get enough credit for some unknown reason. New generation of gamers can now easily enjoy these awesome games and become a fan, which is good for business.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

State of Decay 2 Independence Pack DLC

To celebrate an immense success upon debut and amassing 3 million survivors, State of Decay 2’s first DLC Independence Pack is out now!

Ahead of 4th of July holiday, Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios are in a mood for celebrating a community that has 3 million players joined for their open world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 within a month of its release on May 22, 2018. Also, it became the best-selling game of May, which is a great accomplishment for sure. To celebrate, they decided to release the first DLC Independence Pack to extend your fun experience of zombie-killing in this post-apocalyptic world.

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State of Decay 2 Independence Pack DLC

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Now you can take on your neighboring undead hordes in new different styles and colorful ways, so that you can declare your independence from their tyrannical reign. Whether you are an expert in close combats or have a knack for blowing up stuffs, this expansion got you covered. So, you can go sneaky with close-ranged weapons or start blasting off those flesh eating bastards in fiery explosions if you like. In case you want to express your festive colors, you will find stacks of fireworks.

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Independence Day-Themed Vehicle

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Available for purchase right now on PC and Xbox One to get "patriotic" items and gear, Independence Pack will cost you only $4.99. Primary feature of this post-launch content is three Independence Day-themed vehicle; Burninator, Meatwagon and Pyrohawk. Two long-range weapons; Pyro Launcher and Starshank Launcher are added with three additional melee weapons; BBQ Fork, Grillmeister and The Freedom Ringer. These items of mass zombie horde destruction promise tons of fun.

We think, a short trailer clip featuring the combat in vehicles and use of those weapons will be something you won't want to miss. So, check out the video below.




RELATED: State of Decay 2 PAX-East 2018 Gameplay

Since the developers were in a fun vibe, they even dressed up the zeds from the pack for this occasion. A Revolutionary War-themed zombie is introduced, whom you might come across during your supply run and you are more than welcome to teach him a lesson of history with the fireworks at your disposal. I mean, what could be more patriotic in a world taken over by zombies, to fight for a small-town of America and regularly scavenge for a community where you belong?


RELATED: State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

You don't even need to buy Independence Pack DLC if you happen to have purchased the State of Decay 2 Ultimate Edition in the first place. Or if you have the Xbox Game Pass membership, you can receive a 10 percent discount on the expansion as well. Also, Update 2.0 brings you 20 new missions for free, 10 new weapons and improved gameplay in overall. Now, take your fireworks and hop on a ride to venture out to kill off more zeds until Daybreak Pack finally releases in September, 2018.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

PUBG Corp. Drops Lawsuit Against Epic Games

PUBG Corporation has just dropped their copyright violation lawsuit against Epic Games over Fortnite Battle Royale.

Ever since developers Epic Games have added a "Battle Royale" mode to their sandbox survival game Fortnite, it was obvious that where they took the inspiration from because it was quite on the nose. Then developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Corporation eventually called them out for straight out copying their idea. Then earlier this year, PUBG owners have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against their rival company, which is dropped after months of debacle over it.

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PUBG Corp. Drops Lawsuit Against Epic Games

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An injunction against Epic Games was filed by the accuser back in January for supposed copyright violation stating the game in question is creating a similar gaming experience for players like PUBG. Now, dropping the case can be for several reasons and both of these game developing companies are partially owned by Tencent Holdings might be one of them. Also, PUBG uses the same Unreal Engine made by Epic Games and that makes it even complicated than it already is.

RELATED: PUBG Gets ‘Event Pass’ Progression System

Initially, Fortnite was struggling with their "Save the World" mode until they decided to introduce a PvP mode that is very much akin to last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, published by Korea-based publisher Bluehole. Although no official statement on this sudden setback is not yet revealed but they might have reached over some settlement that caused the withdrawal of the copyright lawsuit over online battle royale game of their competitor.

RELATED: Miramar Map Arrives for PUBG on Xbox One

People like to play Battle Royale games and there is no denying of it but the way whole gaming industry has been on its tail, it seems a bit of stretch now when big-name titles like Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 announces of having the same mode to their game. Because of their practice of accuse similar games and taking legal action over them, followers trolled them on Twitter when it welcomed Battlefield series to the club by hinting another lawsuit filing maybe on its way.

RELATED: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Savage Map In Works

PUBG is already suffering from a loss of player count for some time despite recently crossing the milestone of selling 50 million units of the game. They completely screwed up the players who supported the game from a primitive stage by not fixing the glitches but heavily focusing on DLC and loot boxes. Whereas, for their free-to-play nature, Fortnite Battle Royale didn't just gained huge popularity but also made a good buck from selling cosmetic items through micro-transactions.