Showing posts with label Xbox Game Pass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox Game Pass. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Adds We Happy Few and More

More games like Middle-earth: Shadow of War and We Happy Few are coming to Xbox Game Pass in January 2019.

January 2019 has already been pretty much packed up for members of Xbox Game Pass and looks like more game are arriving on the pipeline to join the pre-existing catalogue of more than 100 great titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

So, while you probably are not yet done catching up with the lineup announced earlier this month that had Ark: Survival Evolved and Just Cause 3, Microsoft Studios have decided to jam down some more games at your disposal from January 17 to 24.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds We Happy Few and More

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Known as Netflix for video games among fans, the subscription service will also be adding the entire season of episodic graphic adventure game Life is Strange on December 20, followed by all three episodes of Life is Strange: Before the Storm on December 27.

Heading towards the subscribers are a slew of action-adventure games with one of them is set in open world and another one being Lego-themed with a single exception of a crossover fighting game from a beloved franchise.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on Xbox Game Pass

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Placed between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, Shadow of War is a non-canon story about a ranger named Talion, who decides to merge with the wraith of Elf Lord Celebrimbor to avenge their fallen loved ones.

Aside from employing in melee combat, the wraith abilities can be used for fighting or even manipulate enemies. The game was praised for introducing the unique Nemesis System and its excellence but heavily criticized for including loot boxes and predatory micro-transactions.

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Saints Row: The Third on Xbox Game Pass

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Saints Row: The Third
Although we are not sure when Saints Row: The Third is coming to Nintendo Switch but we are certain that the crazy mayhem if this open world action adventure is hitting Xbox Game Pass nearing the end of this month and that is the current good news.

The game picks up from the events of Saints Row 2 and 3rd Street Saints goes up against a global criminal Syndicate who wants them to pay attention and respect. Things are about to get heated up in Steelport as they all enter a turf war.

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The LEGO Movie on Xbox Game Pass

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The LEGO Movie Videogame
Then comes a Lego-themed game based on The Lego Movie chronicling the life and times of everyman construction worker Emmet Brickowski who is voiced by actor Chris Pratt and believes himself to be special but tries to being one anyway after finding out that he actually isn't.

Gameplay mechanics of the title follows the similar fashion of previous Lego titles from developer TT Fusion with a healthy amount of comedic dose and tons of fun. If you are into such genre of games, then you can find it decent and engaging enough.

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Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 on Xbox Game Pass

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Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
This one is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds that was originally planned to include as a downloadable content but was turned into a standalone release that comes with an expanded roster of fighters.

Despite of receiving positive feedback from fans and critics for overall improvement but was also criticized for not adding any new features or modes. Such complaints was sincerely taken into accounts during development of a sequel, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.

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We Happy Few on Xbox Game Pass

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We Happy Few
Set on a retro-futuristic alternate reality England of 1960, the game revolves around three citizens of island town of Wellington Wells who tries to fight their way out of an oppressive society that wants everyone to remain ignorant of the truth.

Authorities try to push people into a chemically induced euphoria by forcing a hallucinogenic drug called "Joy" on them. Arthur Hastings, Ollie Starkey and Sally Boyle eventually discovers the true history of their city and revolts against the system.

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Some of the hottest games out there right now like Ashen, Forza Horizon 4, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Mortal Kombat X, Ori and the Blind Forest, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Sea of Thieves, Sniper Elite 4 and State of Decay 2 are currently available on Xbox Game Pass.

Other titles that are also included in the library are DiRT 4, Doom, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Gears of War 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5: Guardians, Hitman, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Metro Saga Xbox One X Bundle Announced

A special edition Metro Saga Xbox One X Bundle is up for pre-order now that comes with Metro Redux as well.

Only a month away from releasing Metro Exodus, the latest installment from the first-person shooter survival horror series Metro by developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver will be getting a special Xbox One X bundle to help you survive the apocalypse.

Microsoft has recently announced to launch Metro Saga Xbox One X Bundle that comes with both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light as well as the upcoming title. After the game comes out on February 15, 2019, this special bundle will be available right from next day.

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Metro Saga Xbox One X Bundle Announced

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Players will discover themselves onto the midst of the ruins of a now-dead dead Moscow and take on a journey to survive the hostile surroundings under harsh conditions. Metro Saga allows you access to full-game downloads of the entire trilogy to start from the very beginning of the franchise.

Not only the bundle would be great for those who really want to play those first two titles and catch up to the series, people who have played them long ago will also appreciate the games as they are remastered to enjoy on modern day consoles.

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Deep Silver and Microsoft only plans on to pit players on the boots of Artyom who and his wife Anna are to face new threats like fight a Nazi-like fascist cult out of their underground shelter. We are not sure if there would be any more titles up next but Metro Exodus is going to be epic.

Just so that you can be a part of humanity’s survival in a world created by novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky, the console comes with 4K Ultra HD and with HDR support. The bundle includes a 1TB Xbox One X console and an Xbox Wireless Controller.

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Metro Redux Pack

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To make sure that you get more value for your money, there is 1 month worth of initial trials of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold services from Microsoft, where you can enjoy a catalog of over 100 select games and one of the best online multiplayer experiences.

You can start placing your pre-order of Metro Saga Xbox One X Bundle today for $499.99 only at Microsoft Store or your nearest retailer. As most powerful among the current-gen console, your quest to find salvation on Soviet surface couldn't be more exciting on any other platform.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Adds Ark, Life is Strange and More

New year 2019 is here to bring us games like Ark: Survival Evolved, Life is Strange and more on Xbox Game Pass.

2019 is here now and Xbox Game Pass has already brought in new titles for their members to play on the month of January. Some of the games added to the lineup would probably make you jump with joy and be thankful for your subscription.

A considerable amount of great games were added for their subscription service by Microsoft Studios to the existing catalog of over 100 others. The parade of titles we are going to talk about started marching from December 20, 2018 and will continue to the second week of this month.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Ark, Life is Strange and More

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To start a new month of a year, there is an array of games on different genre and taste for anyone who wants to stay engaged to the experience. First off, there is a martial arts-themed indie title that will be followed by co-op based multiplayer online first-person shooter.

Then there is an action-adventure survival game set in an open world followed by some good ol' farming business to take care of. Go back to blowing up stuffs up next or get into the critically-acclaimed series of episodic adventure to see the mysteries of life.

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Absolver on Xbox Game Pass

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Absolver
Developer studio Sloclap has banded with publisher Devolver Digital to let players assume the role of a martial arts expert in an action RPG title, where they fight other opponents to prove their worth of joining the ranks of Absolver peacekeepers.

Throughout the gameplay, players earn combat deck cards to customize fighting moves and gain weapons to progress further. The game has already saw release on PC and PlayStation 4 before finally coming to make Xbox One debut on January 7, 2019 through Xbox Game Pass.

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Aftercharge on Xbox Game Pass

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Aftercharge
Another new title that is headed for debut on January 10, 2019 for Xbox One is online multiplayer FPS Aftercharge by developer/publisher Chainsawesome Games. It basically centers on a 3v3 squad-based combat between two teams in space.

One party has three invisible robots that will try and sneak past another gang of invincible guard robots to destroy six cylinders as a main objective. The fast paced nature of this competitive shooter will keep players on their toes with excitement at all times.

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Ark: Survival Evolved on Xbox Game Pass

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Ark: Survival Evolved
Ever had the idea of getting stranded on a futuristic remote island where dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are wandering around? If you ever really did then Ark: Survival Evolved from developer/publisher Studio Wildcard is just the thing for you.

Despite what many criticizes about the down point of the game, there are quite a grind for survival through crafting and hunting in it but in overall, the title 2017 stands out simply because of a unique concept and sold very well.

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Farming Simulator 17 on Xbox Game Pass

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Farming Simulator 17
Not everyone dreams of becoming a farmer one day but even if you did and could never pursue that for other stuffs at hand, Farming Simulator 17 is the best solution to give you the near accurate feel for sure. So, roll up your sleeve and be ready to get in the dirt, or maybe not.

You can explore farming the variety of corps like oilseed, soybeans and sunflowers with many different equipment and tools while riding more than 250 vehicles on field that you have access to without having to do any physical labor at all. Ain't that nice, y'all?

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Just Cause 3 on Xbox Game Pass

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Just Cause 3
The second sequel and the third entry to action-adventure game series Just Cause takes players to a fictional Mediterranean island called Medici as secret agent Rico Rodriguez to overthrow an evil dictator and cause massive scale of mayhem upon reaching there.

With the recent release of Just Cause 4, this is an ideal time to go back to an earlier installment and let Rico do his thing in an open world environment including hijack cars, blow up stuff and even skydive with his wacky seriousness.

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Life is Strange on Xbox Game Pass

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Life is Strange: Complete Season
The first in the line of critically acclaimed episodic graphic adventure, this original title from developer Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Square Enix became a surprise hit out of nowhere for emotional depth, unique gameplay mechanics and exploring issues considered taboo.

The base plot of the game revolves around teenager Maxine Caulfield and Chloe Price from the town of Arcadia Bay. Max discovers that she can rewind time but this action requires a cost of unavoidable consequences that will last for a lifetime.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm on Xbox Game Pass

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The overwhelming success of the previous episodic adventure has spawned a prequel by developer Deck Nine, which was only three episodes long and featured a younger Chloe Price from the first game as the main character.

Before the Storm focuses on Chloe and her classmate Rachel Amber from Blackwell Academy of Arcadia Bay, where they got entangled into the personal struggles of the latter that would led to many events and leave the former with choices to make.

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Life is Strange 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
If it could be any stranger already, you would probably see the second game of the series, or are you? Yes, the first episode of Life is Strange 2 is hitting straight to Xbox Game Pass with new characters and a very different setting while keeping the mystery alive.

The sequel follows the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz, two brothers who had no choice but to run from home and head toward Mexico after a tragic incident. When the rest four episodes will eventually launch, they will also be added to the service soon.

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If you still think this is not a lineup that you have been looking for some ungodly reason and not even a single one of them interest you, we believe there are many other ones within the service that would be worth your monthly subscription.

You can browse up to 100 great games in Xbox Game Pass library aside from new ones added to the fray every now and then. So, if you haven't signed up for the ride yet, don't be shy to go ahead and try out your 14-Day Free Trial right now.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for January 2019

January 2019 will bring free games like Celeste and Far Cry 2 to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

In the entirety of 2018, Microsoft Studios did their best to treat the Xbox community who subscribed to their paid subscription service Xbox Live Gold with loads of good games from recent years to decade old titles and overall, they did a fine job.

A few days ahead of 2019, they now announces lineup of free games for next month and as usual, two of them are on Xbox One while the other two is made available on current consoles from Xbox 360 through backward compatibility.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for January 2019

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We could take a look at Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One on January 2019 before diving deep into more details.




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Celeste
The indie single-player platformer title that has astounded everyone by winning at The Game Awards 2018 on Best Independent Game category, Celeste from Matt Makes Games makes the first pick for January and that is ending the year on a high note.

It will take you on a personal quest of Madeline as she starts climbing the Celeste Mountain and numerous obstacles on her way. This narrative-driven game received critical acclaim for creatively exploring the inner conflict of the main character.

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Celeste on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship
Unlike every other popular racing game title where your car make a difference because you are on a track, WRC 6 sends you on a rally where your driving skills are the only thing that will stand out and make you a winner among the crowd.

If you think that is the only thing you have to deal with and you got it covered, then you will be wrong. Your skills will be put to test with fog, mud or even punctured tires in 11 different stages. It has a local split-screen multiplayer to maximize the competitive experience.

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WRC 6 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Despite bonging to the Tomb Raider series, the 2010 action-adventure game from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix doesn't carry the brand name but does live up to the mark. Guardian of Light was received well both commercially and critically upon release.

Though designed to play co-op alongside an ancient Mayan warrior named Totec to stop the evil spirit Xolotl by imprisoning the creature in the Mirror of Smoke, players can go solo with campaign mode as Lara without an assist as well.

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Far Cry 2
With the recent announcement of Far Cry: New Dawn, you can relive the magic of an early title and so, we are down with the first ever sequel of the award-winning franchise of open world first-person shooter from developer/publisher Ubisoft.

Experience how a game from a decade ago has an impressive visual and a system where every action you take as a mercenary on a mission to take down the mysterious arms dealer "The Jackal" in a war-torn Africa will affect the endgame of the title.

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Far Cry 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Xbox Live Gold is practically giving you $104.96 worth of free games up against your valued monthly membership. So, become a subscriber today to enjoy such exciting games on your Xbox consoles if you haven't already.

Also, don't miss out the ever expanding catalog of Xbox Game Pass, where you can find games like Ashen, Forza Horizon 4, Mortal Kombat X and Sea of Thieves with a 14-Day Free Trial. Recently, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Life is Strange and Shadow Warrior 2 has joined the fray as well.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adds Mortal Kombat X and More

In the aftermath of The Game Awards 2018, games like Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and Mortal Kombat X is added to Xbox Game Pass.

During the X018 Event, we had an announcement of what great titles are heading to Xbox Game Pass in near future and we got some excellent lineup. Apparently, Microsoft is about to drop a few more games for December, 2018 to keep you hooked.

Even though there are already over 100 great games for the members of the service, you can never have enough and can't say no to some more. The grand stage of The Game Awards 2018 has recently ushered some really good titles, so you can get the most out of your membership.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Mortal Kombat X and More

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The array of new games coming to subscribers has genres like adventure, fantasy, first-person shooter, platform, role-playing, side-scrolling and sports simulation covered. This is an almost complete package to keep you at home this winter.

A surprise entry from the legendary Mortal Kombat fighting game series joins the fray to keep up with the announcement of upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. The entire line of nine games will start arriving from December 7 and will continue till 20.

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Ashen on Xbox Game Pass

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Ashen
One of the Xbox-exclusive that comes on Xbox Game Pass right on the day of its release date and you won't want to miss it. This one is a co-op action RPG set in an open world that you can play solo or in a passive co-operative multiplayer.

Although based on a Dark Souls type of gameplay mechanics, it doesn't get that brutal in every corner but sure to astound you anyway. Players enter in a world where there is no sun and fights all sorts of in-world monsters to get to home.

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Below on Xbox Game Pass

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Below
Just like the namesake suggests, the game takes you to a journey into a series of subterranean mazes, where the player character encounters cunning enemies and death-traps while constantly on chase from an unknown shadowy entity.

Below is a perfect throwback to the playing from arcade days on a highly detailed retro-style background. Capybara Games did a fantastic job to cram down all of it into one and devised a mechanism that punishes you for foolishly reckless attitude and challenges you in almost every step as you progress.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on Xbox Game Pass

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Playing as Senua in this psychological horror title, you will realize why developer Ninja Theory has described it as an independent AAA game. The creative prowess of the development team has led it to become both commercial and critical success.

Take on the brutal journey of a Celtic warrior in the Viking age, looking for the soul of her dead lover and fight her way into the Viking Hell to get what she wants. While fighting all the otherworldly entities to get to Hela, she also deals with her own psychosis.

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Kingdom: Two Crowns on Xbox Game Pass

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Kingdom: Two Crowns
This indie title from Raw Fury is coming over to the service on December 11, with choices for players to go on solo or co-op campaign mode to build a kingdom and then defend it from all outside threats through a new gameplay system.

This return to the award-winning Kingdom series lets people to explore new technology, fight new enemies and discover secrets as they assume the role of a monarch. For a true ruler to inherit the kingdom, one must learn to overcome Greed at all cost.

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Mortal Kombat X on Xbox Game Pass

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Mortal Kombat X
Just like catching lightning in a bottle, NetherRealm Studios has packed 25 years worth of epikness from Mortal Kombat saga into one and came up with Mortal Kombat X for a new generation of fighting game fans and many newcomers.

Witness the brilliance of the game firsthand if you haven't before and learn the special attacks and finishing moves to achieve a flawless victory against your opponents! This one is best enjoyed with a bunch of friends who loves the franchise as much as you do.

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Ori and the Blind Forest on Xbox Game Pass

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Ori and the Blind Forest
If you ever wondered how a platform-adventure Metroidvania game developed by Moon Studios was picked up by Microsoft Studios and won more than 30 industry awards, you have the chance to find out the answer on December 20, on Xbox Game Pass.

Those who care for a great gameplay value with strong storytelling and surprising plot twists will find the game very appealing. The same had happened when it came out back in 2015 and critics couldn't shower it enough with praise for that.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 on Xbox Game Pass

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Have you ever wondered anyone other than Electronic Arts making sports game and doing a good job at the same time? Well, Konami has been doing that for nearly two decades with PES series and returns in 2018 with football simulation game Pro Evolution Soccer 2019.

If the game wasn't already good, a recent update made it even better with the inclusion of stadiums, team kits and a wide range of football boots and balls. Just about everything you will need to get the best player of PES 2019 award.

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Shadow Warrior 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Shadow Warrior 2
Another not-so-recent game joining the lineup, which is a first-person shooter title or to be more specific, an FPS melee combat experience that lets you wield guns and blades to go up against hordes of evil as Lo Wang, a ninja assassin protagonist.

You can either play it in a single-player mode if you are feeling lucky or badass and there is a 4 player co-op mode, allowing more people to join as other ninjas. When you take a task from Yakuza, you think you will be fighting mobs but in SW2, you end up with demonic enemies instead.

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Spintires: MudRunner on Xbox Game Pass

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Spintires: MudRunner
Even in the category of simulation games, off-roading is a less ventured section but this one is worth your time as it sends you to various extreme landscapes with 19 different sorts of formidable, all-terrain vehicles that actually don't defy physics like other games do in general.

Though sim games don't always excite a large number of audiences except for the fan-base of the genre, developer Saber Interactive actually made sure that you at least give the title a shot for what it is, or that is what we are led to believe.

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You can get your hands on a great deal of video games that you love on Xbox Game Pass library and even some of the highest-rated Xbox exclusive on release date for a reasonable monthly subscription, which now starts with $1 only for your first month.

Clearly, if you are new at this and never tried the service before, this is the right time to pick up your controller and join the wave, because looks like the month of December is going to be a long one in your couch with all these new drops.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sea of Thieves: Shrouded Spoils Release Date

Sea of Thieves is getting their next major expansion update Shrouded Spoils for free on November 28.

Although action-adventure game Sea of Thieves from Rare and Microsoft Studios was exclusive to PC and Xbox One, it didn't excite them for too long but kept everyone engaged anyway. This was possible because the developers kept adding more content to the game.

So far, three expansion packs are released, which added gameplay mechanics for you to access even today and was absolutely free. Their next and fourth free major content update Shrouded Spoils will focus more on re-invigorate the game when it will come out on November 28.

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Sea of Thieves: Shrouded Spoils Release Date

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Looks like the pirates at the sea are getting a treasure trove as new content and just like always, Rare Studios worked on stuff the community has been asking about and more improvements as well. Don't forget to look for new riches and spoils when it drops.

New mechanism of fog can arrive at any time and conceal all sorts of dangers at land and sea, leaving you exposed to them. Six new skeleton forts are included for players to take on and that just makes the total number of them to nine.

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New Megalodon Variants

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You have faced the Kraken and Megalodon before, right? Guess what? They are back again and now aside from terrorizing the sea and wrecking your ship like a twig, they decided to be generous enough to drop loots for you. Sounds crazy, right?

Kraken has been designed to spawn more frequently and will prove to be tougher than before to give you an epic boss battle. He has learned a nasty move called the Kraken slap but downing each of its tentacles will reward the crew. Meg on the other hand has gotten some cosmetic makeover.

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All-New Ship Customisations

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More ship customization options like adding cannons, wheels and cosmetic sets are coming. To get this free update, you either need a copy of the game or access through Xbox Game Pass and starts sailing towards the adventure that your inner pirate is calling you to.

For 2018, Shrouded Spoils will be the last expansion update for Sea of Thieves and Rare Studios is already working on a fifth to release on 2019. It will divide the game world into two parts where you can play PvP matches in mode called Arena and the standard experience will become Adventure mode.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thief of Thieves: Behind Audio & Art

Learn more about the Rival Games studio creative forces behind the making of Thief of Thieves: Season One.

Developer/publisher Rival Games took materials from original comic-book series Thief of Thieves by creator Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead) to create action-adventure game Thief of Thieves: Season One while keeping the vibe of the source intact.

The main plot centers around a female lead named Celia, who works as an apprentice for Conrad "Redmond" Paulson, the titular Thief of Thieves. The stealth and social elements of gameplay is blend nicely as the creative minds behind it worked so hard for it.

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Thief of Thieves: Behind Audio & Art

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The game is currently out on Steam, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass to play on your preferred platform. Director of art and audio teams decides to talk in-depth about how they collectively managed to do a pretty awesome job creating the game.

The very first unique challenge was designing the audio that well suits the feel of graphic novel. Creating sounds to generate the same level of atmosphere that is consistent and ample with the comic frame scenes required well-planned guidelines.

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Cohesive and Comprehensive Scape

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In overall, the mastermind behind many events, the character of Conrad "Redmond" Paulson is portrayed in a classic way. An extended vibe of that can be felt on Celia's home base and on other key part of the game to keep up the consistency in music influence.

You may notice the use of modern rock- influenced music in action sequences to maintain a dynamic and textural contrast. Whatever gap there was between classical music and rock, were overlapped with additional sound effects.

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Spotting music and sound effects during the graphic novel segments of the game was one of the technical parts of the game where the pacing was to be short ad accurately timed to the comic panels as a player controls the frames.

The creative team of audio department carefully picked up sound effects to either include them in places where they saw it fitting or to completely leave them out if not that necessary. All these efforts were to visually portray the storytelling format of the comic-books.

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High-Contrast-Storytelling

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In terms of designing background art, Thief of Thieves: Season One offered a lot of freedom and opportunity for the art team to think outside the box. This is the sole reason why the illustrations used in the game gives you a distinct vibe than many others.

In favor of using a heavy ink style to carve up every backdrop, character, object and fine details, the team ditched texture maps and result came out in vibrant art pieces. The biggest plus side of this move was that each level would look different and unique.

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Comic-Book Style Game World

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Since the game is an adaptation of a popular comic-book, people are inevitably going to compare the game world with the one they saw in colored pages. To create more in-depth feel, some of the objects had to be drawn from more than a few different angles.

There is a 25% off for Thief of Thieves: Season One on Steam to celebrate the launch of the game on Xbox One. Also, a membership to Xbox Game Pass will let you play the game for free as long as it is on their catalog that has more than 100 games for their subscribers.

Friday, November 16, 2018

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter Update Live Now

Developer Undead Labs has released new Zedhunter free update pack for State of Decay 2 with a ton of stuff.

Announced back at X018, post-apocalyptic open world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 from developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios is getting new difficulty setting, a new map and a brand-new free update Zedhunter.

Celebrating a strong SoD2 community of 4 million rugged survivors, the Zedhunter update has gone live today for PC and Xbox One. The pack is free for all the current players on these platforms as well as Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

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State of Decay 2 Zedhunter Update Live Now

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Before talking about what we are getting from it, be sure to take a look at the official trailer for the free update from X018 last weekend.




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A bunch of new content has been added to the game including new weapons and gameplay items to use. For starter, Zedhunter has introduced eight different types of crossbows, an iconic zombie-slaying weapon that is silent and deadly.

This could be a game changer as you don't need to get close to have a killshot at the Zeds and risk your health or even make noise using a firearm that would eventually bring more of them. So, you can easily score more headshots than before without breaking a sweat.

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One of the best things about these crossbow bolts are that players can also recover them after making a shot. So, you can become an eco-friendly zombie hunter and reduce noise pollution at the same time. Plus, they don't break or jam like traditional guns.

Aside from this long-range shooter, three new melee and three new close-combat weapons are added to your arsenal to give you a better fighting chance against a horde of zombies. Just pick up from a stash of swords and knives to chop off the deadmeats.

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Iconic Zombie-Slaying Weapon

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Zedhunter update also offer further customization options that allows one to reset the core skill specializations of a survivor.  For example, if you simply want to switch your Cardio from Marathon to Backpacking, you just read a new training manual and then just change the skill specialty.

However, the downside of this trade-off is that players will gain experience at a slower rate than usual for this new skill. Six new "quirk skills" are added to give you extra buff to favor your community and get these skill books from the local Skills Trader in town.

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In addition to gameplay, the SoD2 free update adds three new plague consumables to boost your survivor abilities. These are highly potent and increase your abilities to see in the dark or make you invisible to zeds and even attract them in some cases.

Since they are basically poison to human survivors, it is up to you whether the infection is worth swapping for some perks. Also, new achievements and missions are added for you to notice them labeled as "Mysterious" during a quest.

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Never Forget Your Crossbow

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If all of these excite you but unfortunately, you don't own a copy of State of Decay 2 yet then jumping on board right now is the perfect time as Xbox Black Friday Sale offers a 35% off on the Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition of SoD2 or sign up to Xbox Game Pass for just $1 only for the first month.

Undead Labs was downright committed to the State of Decay fan base to offer them the experience of ultimate zombie survival fantasy and Zedhunter free update is a step towards that direction. In 2019, the studio will bring back Trumbull Valley map and new difficulty settings.