Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game

Right after launching on PC, Halo: The Master Chief Collection becomes top-selling game on Steam.

After recent change in business strategy of introducing first-party games on PC and Xbox consoles in recent years, Microsoft Studios have announced to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC via Steam earlier this year.

Five years after original release on Xbox One, players can finally enjoy Halo: MCC on a platform other than console and this definitive series compilation becomes top-selling game on Steam following recent inclusion of Halo: Reach.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game

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Master Chief Collection on PC comes with key-features like better optimization settings, 67 campaign missions, over 120 multiplayer maps, access to Halo Insiders program and more, which are clear improvements over Xbox release.

MCC bundle debuts with Reach and will continue to launch five more remaining titles by ending with Halo 4 in 2020. Those games will be adding more single-player and multiplayer content, which would possibly draw more players then.

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Before debuting on popular PC gaming platform Steam, players had to purchase through and play the game using Windows Live service. However, things have changed for better and Microsoft is even offering Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Launching in parts, you can purchase MCC at Steam for $39.99 only or get it on Game Pass for PC at just $5.99. Currently, they are offering a deal of only $1 for three months but fans are mostly heading over to Valve outlet.

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Right now, Master Chief Collection is outperforming other global top-selling and most played games like Monster Hunter: World and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, both of which are available at 50% discount on the platform.

Although Microsoft is more interested in garnering more members for Game Pass service, Xbox head Phil Spencer considers people buying the game on Steam or their subscription service a major win despite their main focus on the latter.

RELATED: Halo 3 Player Beats Game on Legendary Difficulty, Using Guitar Hero Controller

Military sci-fi first-person shooter series Halo undoubtedly is one of the most iconic video game franchises from Microsoft Studios but MCC topping PC sales chart was largely unexpected now that it is gotten old and was buggy at launch.

It has likely happened because Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been a console-exclusive that has debuted on largest community platform for PC players and Microsoft has fixed a lot of its issues for port over past few years.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Halo 3 Player Beats Game on Legendary Difficulty, Using Guitar Hero Controller

YouTuber ATwearkingYoshi took challenge to beat Halo 3 in "Legendary" difficulty playing with Guitar Hero controller.

Hardcore gamers often try out new and old popular games to complete on highest set difficulty level or for a simple speedrun, to either break records previously set by other players or just to beat their personal best play.

In one such valiant effort, YouTuber ATwearkingYoshi has finally managed to beat full game Halo 3 on hardest difficulty setting Legendary, after dying too many times for months and using nothing but a Guitar Hero controller.

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Halo 3 Player Beats Game on Legendary Difficulty, Using Guitar Hero Controller

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Contrary of traditional one, Guitar Hero and other controllers shaped in rock band related instruments are a challenge for players who are looking for beating a game in some of most non-conventional and ridiculous ways.

This particular method was used in past by players to complete hardcore games like Dark Souls and Dark Souls III. ATwerkingYoshi has beaten DS3 with guitar controller before and beat its final boss using just a dance pad.

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Earlier this year, he even took his turn on latest From Software game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice with Donkey Kong bongo controller, an action-adventure title that is known for being notoriously difficult for masses to complete.

It took him month-long attempts and dying 252 times in his entire gameplay walkthrough of Halo 3 campaign, which is quite understandable since he had to aiming, moving and almost all stuff with an unconventional control layout.

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He posted a highlight of his entire playthrough run as GIF on Reddit from his Twitch channel Super Louis 64.


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In anticipation of upcoming release of first-person shooter title Halo Infinite next year and Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC platform, many players are taking a trip back to memory lane and replaying older titles lately.

Hopefully, when all individual titles of MCC eventually comes to PC, there will be other takes by ATwerkingYoshi on its varied lineup of games and he will be able to come up with some insane new customization for his next Legendary run.

Friday, November 22, 2019

State of Decay 2 Coming to Steam

Undead Labs announced to release PC version of ultimate zombie survival fantasy State of Decay 2 via Steam in early 2020.

Last year, open-world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 from developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios came out for Windows PC and Xbox One, amassing an impressive number of over 6 million players so far.

A successful sequel to 2013 survival horror title State of Decay, the game is currently available for purchase on Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass. According to an official announcement, SoD2 will also arrive on Steam in early 2020.

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State of Decay 2 Coming to Steam

RELATED: State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

Following its release, Undead Labs has received a lot of fan-requests for bringing their ultimate zombie action-adventure to Steam. Even though it took them a year and so, they finally decided to bring the title to digital storefront of Valve.

SoD2 will come to Steam with Xbox Live cross-play support that lets you play with three of your other friends over Windows PC and Xbox One. After all, joining with group of friends will better your chances of survival in a post-apocalyptic.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

Initially, survivors could jump into action on any of two select platforms using Xbox Play Anywhere system. Then an accidental leak from PAX East 2018 hinted at possibility of future Steam release before only a month of its launch.

An error message popped up unexpectedly during a developer live-stream on Twitch regarding a login issue of Steam. Though all video evidence was deleted, people were skeptical when they found Valve's launcher listed in FAQ page as a topic.

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Original SoD found home in Early Access of Steam a few months after console launch, followed by remastered release of Year One: Survival Edition, most likely because there was no timed exclusivity period for Xbox console back then.

Since no definitive release date has been revealed for Steam launch yet, you can go ahead and add State of Decay 2 on wishlist to get instant notifications on any updates made to store page in future while you wait for its release next year.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Layers of Fear and Q.U.B.E. 2 Free on Epic Games Store Now

This week, Epic Games Store free game giveaway adds Layers of Fear and Q.U.B.E. 2 for PC platform.

Another week of free games giveaway madness returns as Epic Games invites players on PC platform to visit their online digital storefront Epic Games Store for a new batch and add these titles to their library of collection to own forever.

For this week, both Layers of Fear and Q.U.B.E. 2 have made it to their freebie games lineup and starting from today, claim them any time you wish before October 31, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT with a free EGS account.

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Layers of Fear and Q.U.B.E. 2 Free on Epic Games Store Now

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In more follow-up to past weeks, developer/publisher Bloober Team brings one of their much known psychological horror games that have a commendable reputation, which eventually lead to a sequel for Layers of Fear this year.

Then enjoy physics-based puzzle title Q.U.B.E. 2 from developer Toxic Games and publisher Ten Hut Games, where you take role of archaeologist Amelia Cross who is stranded on an alien land and must find her way back home solving its riddles.

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In addition to their first game picked for latest giveaway that was rated for mature players, Epic Store added an extra title that is suited for teens for cases where people will be locked out of one because of in-store Parental Controls feature.

Epic Games Store has announced to bring party-based role-playing game Costume Quest from Double Fine Productions and survival horror game SOMA by Frictional Games to their outlet as freebie PC title for next week.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Xbox Game Pass to Add Afterparty, LEGO Star Wars and More

Ahead of Halloween 2019, new titles like Afterparty, Secret Neighbor and more comes to Xbox Game Pass.

As we are nearing Halloween 2019 and end of October, few more exciting titles have made their way to Xbox Game Pass and members will likely to find some games from the list to engage with to keep busy until first week of November.

Xbox One players with a monthly membership to Game Pass are about to have their dosage of spooky titles that would have them getting chased by alien sharks, having a drink with the devil and more to make them want to scream.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Afterparty, LEGO Star Wars and More

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Afterparty | Console, Ultimate
When best buds Milo and Lola find themselves down in Hell for an eternity shortly after being deceased, they discovers a way to get back to Earth once again by only defeating Satan in a drinking game to avoid damnation.

Depending on every action, in-game story will change through an intelligent conversation system between them. Meanwhile, spend time playing beer pong, take dance-off challenge or get into chugging competitions to pass time.

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Afterparty on Xbox Game Pass

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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars | Console, Ultimate
For every interpretation of LEGO-themed franchises, players get an added dose of humor on top of their favorite series and LEGO Star Wars III is no different at that, featuring all-new stories from legendary era of "The Clone Wars".

Aside from inclusion of some real-time strategy elements, majority of gameplay mechanics is similar to past games from the series. You are also allowed to swap between characters during combat, solving puzzles or switch teams in boss battles.

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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars on Xbox Game Pass

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Secret Neighbor | Console, Ultimate
As a follow-up to 2017 survival horror stealth game Hello Neighbor from developer Dynamic Pixels and publisher TinyBuild Games, multiplayer social horror game Secret Neighbor is placed in between Act 1 and Act 2 of the first game.

Its main plot premise centers on a group of kids trying to break into a basement of their creepy neighbor, Mr. Peterson. What they don't even suspect is one of them is secretly Peterson in disguise as they try and rescue one of their own.

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Secret Neighbor on Xbox Game Pass

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Subnautica | Console, Ultimate
Delve deep into an aquatic alien world in underwater open-world survival action-adventure game Subnautica by developer/publisher Unknown Worlds Entertainment that encourage you to explore its vast territory filled with mysteries.

Players pick themselves up from a collapsed starship after crash-landing in a deep-sea and take on an adventure into unknown. From small threats to larger predators of ocean, there are many elements of terror that you have to survive against.

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Subnautica on Xbox Game Pass

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On a friendly reminder, all Game Pass members can get their hands on upcoming first-person sci-fi RPG title The Outer Worlds by developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division on PC and Xbox One console platform at launch.

Right now, signing up to Xbox Game Pass monthly subscription will cost you only $1 for first month if you haven't already. Also, players can use mobile app to browse through entire games collection and download them to your consoles.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer Free on Epic Games Store Now

On this week's game giveaway, Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer are available at Epic Games Store for free.

In due time to drop their latest freebie, Epic Games has some new titles at their digital storefront Epic Games Store this week and players on PC platform can grab two games for free to add to their online library.

Starting from now on, you can head over straight to Epic Store and sign in to your free account to claim both Alan Wake's American Nightmare and >observer_ within any given time until October 24, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer Free on Epic Games Store Now

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American Nightmare comes to fans of Alan Wake franchise as close to a follow-up release that is not a true sequel from developer Remedy Entertainment. Despite being an action-thriller, it has noticeable tones of psychological horror genre.

Observer hails from horror-centric development studio Bloober Team and is set on a dystopian futuristic era. Players take on the role of detective Daniel Lazarski, who employs hacking into people's brain as an interrogation technique.

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Though Alan Wake's American Nightmare have obvious horror vibes, it has a teen rating and >observer_ being suited for a mature audience is probably what caused Epic Games to offer players a dual choice, so that everyone can have fun.

EGS already announced to bring two more PC titles to their free games collection next week; psychedelic horror Layers of Fear from developer Bloober Team and first-person puzzle game Q.U.B.E.2 by Toxic Games on October 24.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Xbox Game Pass to Add Dishonored 2, World War Z and More

More games including Dishonored 2, Felix the Reaper and World War Z are coming on October 2019 for Xbox Game Pass.

Every new month brings in a fresh bunch of great titles into Xbox Game Pass service for both PC and Xbox console. October 2019 has already kicked-off and its initial lineup looks pretty promising for players with different game cravings.

Microsoft has rallied up a mixture of a few popular AAA-titles and upcoming indies in Game Pass library for members this month to make sure they all have a busy autumn schedule up ahead playing these and earn rewards points.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Dishonored 2, World War Z and More

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Dishonored 2
As a follow-up to critically-acclaimed stealth based game Dishonored by developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks, its action-adventure sequel Dishonored 2 puts Empress Emily Kaldwin in role of main protagonist.

Emily fights to reclaim her throne after being overthrown by Delilah Copperspoon, who claims to be the true ruler of Dunwall. As a successor of her mentor and supernatural assassin Corvo Attano, she attempts to find a way to defeat the wicked witch.

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Dishonored 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Fallout: New Vegas
Before hyping up gamers in recent years for their upcoming RPG title The Outer Worlds, developer Obsidian Entertainment made a reputation for themselves by delivering Fallout series spin-off title Fallout: New Vegas back in 2010.

A backward compatible game from Xbox 360, this post-apocalyptic action RPG lets player assume control of a character named Courier, who is on a mission to deliver a package to New Vegas fighting against many overwhelming odds.

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Fallout: New Vegas on Xbox Game Pass

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Felix the Reaper
Debuting through Game Pass on October 17, developer Kong Orange and publisher Daedalic Entertainment has created a quirky musical puzzle adventure for players where they make act as a reaper and dance around doing their job.

Felix the Reaper is about its titular character, a Ministry of Death employee to fall in love with Betty from Ministry of Life. Able to turn sun at will, he moves and works in shadow to create pathway to complete his objective of ensuring death.

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Felix the Reaper on Xbox Game Pass

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Panzer Dragoon Orta
Another Xbox 360 backward compatible title Panzer Dragoon Orta is an old-school rail shooter title by developer Smilebit and publisher Sega. Gameplay features aerial combat as you control a dragon and plays out in episodic manner.

In this fourth installment in mainline Panzer Dragoon series, lead character Orta is freed after lifelong imprisonment by a mysterious dragon that becomes her means for survival from a legion of imperial enemies on her pursuit.

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World War Z
An unexpectedly hit title from an over saturated genre of zombie games, third-person shooter World War Z from developer Saber Interactive and publisher Mad Dog Games is set on the same universe of 2013 movie of the same name.

You and a group of players can band together to put up a fight for survival and outlive the dead. Embracing many popular co-op gameplay aspects of past games in facing hordes of undead is what makes it a spiritual successor of Left 4 Dead.

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World War Z on Xbox Game Pass

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Yooka-Laylee
Heavily inspired by Banjo-Kazooie series, developer Playtonic Games and publisher Team17 came up with a platform game in 2017 titled Yooka-Laylee that features a chameleon named Yooka and his companion, a bat named Laylee.

Players would go out wandering collect items, fight enemies and solve puzzles while looking for golden book pages called "Pagies" that works as in-game currency to unlock new worlds to explore or expand the ones previously unlocked.

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Yooka-Laylee on Xbox Game Pass

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Also to remind everyone that The Outer Worlds is coming to Game Pass on October 25 for both PC and Xbox One. Plus, Xbox Studios Sale is going live soon from October 7 and you can enjoy up to 50% discount on some select games.

If you don't own a monthly membership to Xbox Game Pass yet, you can simply sign up right away by spending only $1 for your first month. It will surely be worth your bucks for a catalog of more than 100 great games to play at your will.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hunt: Showdown Out On Xbox One

First-person survival horror shooter game Hunt: Showdown from Crytek is now available on Xbox One.

Back in May 2019, developer/publisher Crytek teamed up with Microsoft Studios to bring their first-person survival horror shooter Hunt: Showdown to Xbox Game Preview program, which is currently available on Xbox One console.

This competitive first-person shooter game let players take the role of a bounty hunter to get rid of nightmarish creatures for hefty rewards. Fail at your job and die, both your character and gear is lost forever except for experience.

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Hunt: Showdown Out On Xbox One

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Players would enter in procedurally generated maps set in 1895 swamps of Louisiana and either play solo or team of two or three. You will be given clues to track down enemies and taking them down will earn you cash, traits, weapons and XP.

Since gameplay mechanics of Hunt is comprised of both PvP and PvE elements, you are always in a tensed situation. Completing a bounty will immediately make you an even bigger target for every remaining Hunter on the map.

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Even before it entered Xbox Game Preview, developers heavily depended on community feedback to improve experience. For instance, there was only scope for two people to party up and teams of three were added on request.

Despite a couple of delays and setbacks, FPS survival horror Hunt: Showdown is finally out for PC and Xbox One platforms. Crytek is also planning to launch a PlayStation 4 version later in fall 2019 and will reveal a release date soon.