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

Monday, September 16, 2019

Gears 5 Breaks Xbox Game Studios Launch Record

Days within release, Gears 5 breaks records as biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation.

Building up a lot of hype from E3 2018 announcement, developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios have released third-person shooter game Gears 5 this holiday season on PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Latest from fan-favorite Gears of War franchise, the game broke all previous sales records and now has become biggest launch title of current generation Xbox home consoles in its opening weekend without any sign of slowing down.

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Gears 5 Breaks Xbox Game Studios Launch Record

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It marks the biggest launch week for Xbox Game Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Studios) by drawing more than three million players, which is double in count from Gears of War 4 debut week and most played than Halo 4.

Players who purchased Gears 5 Ultimate Edition or subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service got four-day early access from September 6 even though many were not able to connect to due to issues with Xbox Live Gold service.

RELATED: Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

Not only are they making impressive sales on Xbox and Xbox Game Pass monthly service but numbers have almost tripled on PC compared to its predecessor title from 2016, making the game largest debut for its publisher till date.

Story of Gears 5 continues from where it left of in last game and follows protagonist Kait Diaz on a personal journey to Sera. Aside from open-world campaign, beloved Horde Mode makes a return alongside crossover with Halo: Reach and more.

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Hit With Critics and Fans

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When looking at these numbers, we must also keep in mind that numbers were increased on some level from subscription services, Xbox One X and Xbox One S console bundle most of which didn't exist when Gears of War 4 came out.

Since many number of Gears 5 players never purchased the game directly will complicate sales number and player count. Nevertheless, critics and fans are really enjoying their experience and it even got sixth best Metacritic user score for an Xbox title.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Xbox Game Pass to Add Dead Cells, Gears 5 and More

Newest lineup for September 2019 includes Dead Cells, Enter the Gungeon, Gears 5 and more to Xbox Game Pass library.

Now that Xbox Game Pass subscription service is available for both PC and Xbox One, more games are being included to their lineup frequently and lately, Microsoft Studios has been adding some fan-favorite titles for its members.

Some titles that are available on PC platform may not be for Xbox consoles but they all will be added to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for sure. So, it would be a great time to get a membership or upgrade to Ultimate if you already have one.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Dead Cells, Gears 5 and More

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Bad North: Jotuun Edition (PC, Ultimate)
When a group of Viking invaders raids your island kingdom and kills your father, you are left to assume command in a war. Bad North is a real-time strategy by developer Plausible Concept and publisher Raw Fury to test your leadership.

Players are tasked to defend their people from attacking Vikings and come up with tactics to protect their houses. If the invading army is successful in burning those houses, they will not generate any gold coins that are necessary for upgrades.

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Bad North on Xbox Game Pass

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Creature in the Well (Console, PC, Ultimate)
A hack-and-slash game from developer/publisher Flight School Studio that is a pinball-inspired title played from a top-down perspective. Throughout eight dungeons, you would come across many secrets, unlockables and upgradeable weapons.

Players embark a journey operating as a BOT-C unit, into a desert mountain trying to restore power of an ancient facility, for a dungeon crawler adventure full of challenges while being hunted at all times by an all-seeing creature.

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Creature in the Well on Xbox Game Pass

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Dead Cells (Console, PC, Ultimate)
An indie blockbuster by developer/publisher Motion Twin that follows a roguelike-metroidvania gameplay mechanics where you play as a reanimated corpse of a prisoner that explores within dungeons in order to escape from an unnamed island.

In your quest for salvation, you collect abilities, power-ups, skins and weapons that help you overcome obstacles. Levels are procedurally generated in random manner and even though a 2D game, it has a similar combat style to Souls series.

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Dead Cells on Xbox Game Pass

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Enter the Gungeon (Console, PC, Ultimate)
In an attempt to get their hands on a gun that can kill the past, a group of misfits decides to raid a legendary Gungeon. Enemies are armed to teeth and dreaded bosses are just as fearsome to make your survival seemingly impossible.

You can choose a hero for solo action or join in a co-op game to fight your way to ultimate prize in this award-winning bullet hell dungeon crawler title Enter the Gungeon by developer Dodge Roll and publisher Devolver Digital.

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Enter the Gungeon on Xbox Game Pass

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Gears 5 (Console, PC, Ultimate)
Iconic third-person shooter franchise Gears of War is returning to glory with Gears 5 from developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios, featuring five different game modes and ever so expansive story campaign.

Experience all-new multiplayer mode Escape or rally up with your friends online in playing Horde mode. Members of Game Pass Ultimate will have access to Ultimate Edition of the game four days earlier than everyone else though.

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Gears 5 on Xbox Game Pass

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GoNNER: Blüeberry Edition (Console, PC, Ultimate)
Another roguelike title from this lineup, GoNNER is a 2D platformer with challenging boss battles and several endings. Players take control of an altruistic Ikk who is on a journey to make his giant whale friend named Sally happy.

In a quest for finding trinkets, you may die too often but you will eventually be rewarded if you manage to keep up. Experiment with your abilities from start to find a suitable playstyle and don't forget to look for secret areas for items.

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GoNNER on Xbox Game Pass

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Metal Gear Solid HD Edition: 2 & 3 (Console, Ultimate)
Get back to the roots of Metal Gear Solid series in a HD Edition bundle of second and third installment by developer/publisher Konami. As rookie agent Raiden, you try to rescue U.S. President from a terrorist group called "Sons of Liberty".

Then protagonist Naked Snake is tasked with a mission during Cold War to eliminate his former mentor. Although MGS 3: Snake Eater follows similar gameplay of past games, new aspects like camouflage and close quarters combat was introduced.

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Metal Gear Solid HD Edition 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Shadow Warrior 2 (PC, Ultimate)
A sequel to 2013 first-person shooter game Shadow Warrior from developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital that has both single-player and four player co-op mode to play as protagonist Lo Wang alongside anonymous ninjas.

You take a job from Yakuza to retrieve an ancient trinket and then are sent to save their leader's daughter Kamiko from their rivals. However, she is injected with compound 61 and begins to mutate, for which a cure should be found.

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Shadow Warrior 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Notable titles like Joy Ride Turbo, Lego Batman 2, Lego Indiana Jones, Ninja Gaiden Black, Onrush, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Split/Second, 'Splosion Man, The Hunter: Call of The Wild and The Maw are leaving Game Pass by the end of September.

Xbox Game Pass is giving a promotional offer to their brand-new subscribers to get first two months for $2 only. Xbox Live Gold and regular members of Game Pass can also upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate package for just $2 right now.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dave Bautista Joins Gears 5

WWE superstar Dave Bautista will be joining as a multiplayer character for Gears 5 on September 15, 2019.

For long, fans have been petitioning for Hollywood megastar Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre) to be included in Gears of War live-action movie adaptation that has been under development for many years.

Now that the third-person shooter game series is returning with upcoming mainline title Gears 5, this former WWE superstar is joining as a playable character from September 15, 2019, after WWE pay-per-view event Clash of Champions.

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Dave Bautista Joins Gears 5

RELATED: Gears 5 Release Date

Bautista has taken his Twitter account to announce this exciting news through a teaser trailer of his appearance.


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Dave Bautista will be joining for multiplayer mode of Gears 5 as part of a promotion for WWE and game director Rod Fergusson was in charge of his overall performance and recording more than seven hundred lines for this role.

Although Universal Pictures still working on a Gears of War movie, developer studio The Coalition wanted to put Bautista in shoes of Marcus Fenix wearing his iconic COG armor, which has remained a dream role for him to play.

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Batista as Marcus

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Most of his lines were inspired from Marcus' script but his voice performance reflected largely on "The Animal" persona of his. His character will be wearing a pair of signature Hollywood shades when stomping into enemy Swarms.

Purchasing any version of Gears 5 including Xbox Game Pass membership will unlock Bautista on September 15. WWE has partnered up with Xbox for a special countdown for him to be available in-game and this promotion will run until October 28. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Blair Witch Out Now

First-person survival horror game Blair Witch from Bloober Team is now available on PC and Xbox One.

An official reveal for first-person survival horror game Blair Witch by developer/publisher Bloober Team came out in E3 2019, which is based on iconic cinematic legend of supernatural horror genre and is available now for PC and Xbox One.

The game focuses on legendary titular being and attempts to tell a brand-new story set in 1996 that is inspired by its lore. Players will be visiting Burkittsville, Maryland to witness a spine-chilling experience as a brand-new character.

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Blair Witch Out Now

RELATED: Blair Witch Gameplay Trailer

You play as Ellis, an ex-cop who has a troubled past and is currently looking for a missing kid in Black Hills Forest with his trusty canine companion Bullet but what started as an ordinary investigation has soon turned into a nightmare for them.

Apparently, there is some mystical force at work that is haunting these forest grounds and you are forced to face your fears as you continue until you eventually face the witch but then it is just your distorted sanity against her curse.

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Haunted Woods of Burkittsville

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Everything surround you will play out depending on your decisions and that even includes how you choose to treat your pet buddy. Whether you want to pet the dog and cheer him up with treats or try to discipline him is totally up to you.

There are a number of totems you come across that Bullet is afraid of but you need not to destroy them though. Players can also choose not to answer cell phone or walkie-talkie at times and contact others when deem necessary.

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Watch Out for Totems

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Although there are no decision wheels or dialogue options to be found within entire game, it has several alternative endings. This definitely is a different approach to how choices work in games and makes your journey more immersive.

The more you go deep into woods, situation will get intense and reaction to danger will determine where things will go next. Whatever you will act up on instinct will sum up your fate and shape a natural course of the story.

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Check out the official launch trailer of Blair Witch before entering the haunted woods of Black Hills Forest.




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Despite not being a combat oriented title, there are confrontations with monstrous creatures inside the forest and using flashlight would be a great way to drive them away or turn on your camcorder night vision to be sneaky.

Blair Witch easily is one of the best psychological horror game ever made and Bloober Team has really worked hard to make sure of that. Other than retail purchase, the game is also available on Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox One.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Elder Scrolls Online and Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox Free Play Days

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members are getting Elder Scrolls Online and Rainbow Six Siege for a week on Free Play Days.

With recent inclusion of fan-favorite games, Free Play Days event has been booming lately. Members of both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate services will be able to play these games for a whole week.

Starting from today, August 27, 7:00 AM PDT, Elder Scrolls Online will become available until September 3, 7:00 AM PDT. Rainbow Six Siege will kick-off from August 28, 12:01 AM PDT to run through September 3, 11:59 PM PDT.

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Elder Scrolls Online and Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox Free Play Days

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Elder Scrolls Online invites players into an award-winning fantasy role-playing game via Tamriel Unlimited that no longer require an active subscription and lets you choose from four character classes to go on adventures of epic proportions.

You can explore home of the Dark Elves, Morrowind to help Vivec restore his power or head on to Elsweyr for Season of the Dragon. Although it was part of Wrathstone DLC pack, players can still venture this story during Free Play Days.

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If MMORPG is not your cup of tea, then you can jump into some intense 5v5 PVP action with your squad in tactical shooter title Rainbow Six Siege from developer/publisher Ubisoft, which is currently on its fourth year of content.

Ambushing enemy teams by breaking through doors or breaching walls before engaging in fiery shootout is what Siege is all about. So, pick one of 20 operators of Rainbow team, specialized in attack or defense to build your team to go on rounds.

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Gold members have a great chance of getting attached to these titles while playing throughout a whole week and therefore, can purchase them in exclusively discounted price so all of your achievements and gamescore are going nowhere.

Originally priced $19.99, Elder Scrolls Online base game Tamriel Unlimited is up for $10.00 only at 50% off. Then you can enjoy 40% price cut on Elsweyr, Elsweyr Collector's Edition, Elsweyr Collector's Edition Upgrade and Elsweyr Upgrade.

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Also save big on Rainbow Six Siege when you set on your eyes on Deluxe Edition and save 70% off on a $39.99 price tag. Both Gold Edition and Ultimate Edition of R6S are coming at 60% and even 20% is discounted over Year 4 Pass.

Since Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers got two AAA-titles on their plate, Free Play Days event is giving players on Xbox One an entire week to have adequate time with these games, so that they don't miss out too much.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

The Coalition revealed campaign story and wave-based Horde mode for Gears 5 at opening night live of Gamescom 2019.

In a few weeks, upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 from developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios will see worldwide launch on September 10, 2019 for PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Back in at E3 2019, development team promised to reveal Horde mode during Gamescom 2019 and today, much more are coming. Since story of the game is focused on protagonist Kait Diaz, what better way to start without campaign trailer?

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Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

RELATED: Gears 5 Release Date

Gears 5 story campaign trailer shows Kait going through personal dark secret and a dangerous threat upon them.




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For long, Kait has been struggling to understand her mysterious connection with their enemy and so, she took on a personal journey to Sera. As she already is haunted by a dark vision, her squad struggles to fight oncoming Swarms.

Another terrifying enemy called Swarm Leeches shows up in full-appearance to display their ability to chew through metal armor. "Head like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails play in background score while Kait having flashback to dark past.

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As promised by developers earlier, Horde mode saw official reveal today during Gamescom 2019 event.




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Iconic multiplayer mode from Gears of War series, Horde is back and it has evolved for better by focusing onto a character-based gameplay mechanics that offers unique legacy, personality, play style and progression for each one.

This five-player mode features Ultimate abilities for each playable-character such as JD calling for air strikes, Kait can use a cloak to go beyond enemy lines and take them out or X-ray vision that lets Fahz see targets through walls.

RELATED: Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

Horde mode will require you to use all of these abilities to survive and even allows you play as flying support bot, Jack. Playing with him is unlike any other Gears heroes since he doesn't need any cover and can heal players nearby.

Also, he can make enemies fight each other by using his ability to hijack one of them and that makes him really useful in battle. Newly added Power Taps mechanic will let players to move around bases for power and rewards.

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Then in a surprise addition, Halo: Reach character pack is unveiled to debut valiant Spartans into world of Gears.




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From Xbox briefing event at E3 2019, we learned that Gears 5 will be having a crossover with upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate live-action movie but for Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson, that simply wasn't big enough for upcoming title.

So, he decided to call in for Halo: Reach from another fan-favorite game franchise of Microsoft Studios to join them in their upcoming Locust hunt. Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 from Noble Team are joining Gears heroes in battle soon.

Halo: Reach Comes to Gears 5

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Both Emile and Kat will have their very own Ultimate abilities in Horde mode just like any other playable characters. Players can also access them in other available modes of the upcoming cover-based shooter, including Escape.

Halo: Reach character pack comes exclusively with Ultimate Edition of the game or a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate. This might not be the exact crossover that Xbox players have asked for but are getting anyways.

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There are a wide range of Reach-themed cosmetics like skin, banner, blood Spray, mark and even weapon set for Jack. A recent collaboration with clothing line A Bathing Ape brings more exclusive items such as Red Camo banner and Moonface mark.

Dropping on September 6, Gears 5 x AAPE Customization pack will feature character skin for Kait Diaz that comes in Blue Camo hoodie, Black Camo weapon set and other cosmetics like AAPE banner, blood Spray and Moonface mark.

Gears 5 x AAPE Customization Pack

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Showing up on biggest gaming show in Europe, Rod Ferguson has received honorable "Best Xbox One Game" award on behalf of everyone from Coalition development team for Gears 5 at Gamescom 2019 opening night live.

Of course you can jump in four days earlier than global release on September 10 with a membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or just by purchasing a copy of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition to join your squad from September 6, 2019.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

The Coalition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to arrange Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway only for fans with U.S.

We are now less than a month away from debut of upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere but members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can start from September 6.

Ahead of its launch, developer The Coalition offers Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway for fans in association with Game Pass Ultimate. One lucky winner from U.S. will meet their development team in Vancouver for hands-on gameplay experience.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

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Then grand prize winner of the giveaway contest will receive Collector's Edition Jack Drone, Chips Ahoy cookies, Gears of War-themed merchandise, Rockstar energy drinks and limited-edition Gears 5 Xbox One X bundle worth $499.

This console package comes with Ultimate Edition download of the game, Kait Diaz limited edition Xbox wireless controller and more. If you are interested to try our luck to win those goodies, then join in for Gears Quest right now.

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All you have to do is complete any achievements from any Gears of War title from Xbox Game Pass library between August 14 and September 2 to enter and being a member of Game Pass Ultimate subscription service is a must to participate.

If you don't have membership to Game Pass Ultimate and want to catch up with your squad 4 days early before release, then sign up today for a monthly low price of just $1 now or just purchase Gears 5 Ultimate Edition for $79.99 only.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions on Xbox Free Play Days

Xbox Live Gold members to get Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions this weekend on Free Play Days event.

Back in March 2019, massively multiplayer online role-playing game Black Desert from developer/publisher Pearl Abyss saw release of its Xbox One version that includes an enhanced treatment for Xbox One X console as well.

This weekend, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members going to get into the sandbox open-world fantasy MMORPG experience on Free Play Days event from August 15, 12:01 AM PDT until August 18, 11:59 PM PDT.

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Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions on Xbox Free Play Days

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To take advantage of your membership to Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate, you can purchase Standard and Deluxe Edition at 30% off or Ultimate Edition for 50% less to keep up your in-game achievements even when the event is over.

You may or may not have heard much about puzzle action game Puyo Puyo Champions from developer Sonic Team and publisher Sega but now that it is available on Free Play Days, why not give it a shot if you have some spare time?

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Also, subscribers can enjoy saving a solid 50% off picking up the game to have some puzzle adventures that is suitable for some friendly competition in both local and online multiplayer mode among players of all ages.

So, get in front of your Xbox console and try out these free to play games throughout this weekend before Sunday. Pick either of Black Desert or Puyo Puyo Champions during the event and wait for more to come in Free Play Days soon.