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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

Xbox Live Gold members will get free games like Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Destroy All Humans! on June 2020.

Before heading into next month, latest lineup of titles joining Games with Gold for members of Xbox Live Gold service are revealed. These new games are coming soon on June 1 and will be available to play throughout entire month.

One of classic Xbox title alongside three indie favorite will arrive soon for players on Xbox One and Xbox 360 with Live Gold membership. Meanwhile, you can still download and play both V-Rally 4 and Overlord II up until May 31, 2020.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
A third entry into Shantae platform game series, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse takes place right after Risky's Revenge and shortly before Half-Genie Hero, that sees return of everyone's favorite belly-dancing, hair-whipping genie.

Pirate's Curse by developer/publisher WayForward Technologies changes up its common gameplay mechanics in terms of exploration and uses pirate-themed gears for traversing but doesn't move far away from core elements.

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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Coffee Talk
A pixel art visual novel from developer/publisher Toge Productions that is set on 90's styled alternate reality Seattle , Washington, Coffee Talk puts you in charge of a coffee shop where you listen to your patrons as you serve them drinks.

Your small outlet gets regular visitors like Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, Warewolves and such to enjoy a variety of hot beverage. Being a sincere barista owner, you lend them an ear to hear their stories and make progress through serving drinks.

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Coffee Talk on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Destroy All Humans!
Although a moder-day remake is already on its way, players who already enjoyed 2005 classic action-adventure Xbox 360 title Destroy All Humans! from developer Pandemic Studios and publisher THQ can't surely resist its appeal.

When on a brink of extinction from continued cloning process, an alien race came to Earth and starts blasting humans to collect their DNA. There is not much of a story premise other than black comedy, inspired from alien invasion films.

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Destroy All Humans! on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Sine Mora
An uncommon horizontal shoot 'em up game wrapped around in two parallel stories, Sine Mora is a single-player experience from developer/publisher Digital Reality that lets you control an aircraft to raise hell against an evil Empire.

Instead of relying on a health bar or limited lives like many regular arcade shooters, you have to keep an eye on time. Whenever you take any hit, your time reduces and you only increase them by frequently taking down enemy threats.

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Sine Mora on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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When it comes to backward compatible titles, Destroy All Humans! and Sine Mora has pretty impressive track records on Xbox 360 consoles. Players with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription can enjoy all perks of Games with Gold and more.

Xbox Live Gold has been failing to connect with its members when it comes to Games with Gold selection of titles for some time. With only one heavy hitter game this month, there is really not much to look forward to for many out there.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dead Island 2 Job Listing Suggests Next-Gen Release

Recent job posting on official site of developer Dambuster Studios clearly hints at Dead Island 2 being a cross-gen title.

After being green-lit back in 2014, upcoming survival horror action role-playing game Dead Island 2 was expected to release on 2015 but it went through a difficult development phase and handed over to several studios for past few years.

Last year, publisher Deep Silver has assigned internal developer Dambuster Studios to pick it up once again and recently, a job listing on official website for an art director has hints of its possible release for current and next-gen consoles.

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Dead Island 2 Job Listing Suggests Next-Gen Release

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Available job listing on Dambuster website suggests that aside from current-gen release, renowned AAA sequel of Dead Island is currently planned to launch on future platforms and an art director is required to lead their team.

Regardless of its past delays, next installment of Dead Island series is a top-priority for publisher Deep Silver. Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz has assured earlier that the game is still in works and is going to be a kick-ass zombie game.

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Originally survival horror game series Dead Island was created by Polish studio Techland and made its debut back in 2011, which was followed up by a stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide and spin-off title Escape Dead Island.

Techland eventually came up with a brand-new IP titled Dying Light in 2015 that would became even bigger success and development of Dead Island 2 is handed over to Yager Development, who previously worked on Spec Ops: The Line.

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Soon after, Yager parted ways over creative differences with Deep Silver and British developer Sumo Digital became its new project in-charge. After a while, all progress is revealed to have been handed over to Dambuster Studios in 2019.

Dambuster is likely to re-reveal for Dead Island 2 soon with a release window of next year for players to anticipate its arrival. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be out on market in the mean time if not delayed by Coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event offers Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this week.

This weekend, Free Play Days event has returned as usual to serve all Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A bunch of new titles have arrived that members can enjoy on Xbox One consoles for free through Sunday.

Hitting off the steam from January 23, 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EDT, both Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip are going to be available for download and play until January 26, 11:59 PM PST/2:59 AM EDT.

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Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

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Devoid of typical racing game formula, developer Bugbear Entertainment and publisher THQ Nordic goes with a vehicle ramming contest in Wreckfest where you see real-life physics taking toll for breaking rules on a range of combative cars.

Taking motorsport games to an extreme level, you can have fun smashing steel in career, multiplayer and custom events mode. Winning is not everything here but surviving after epic crashes on dirt track in a combative race is.

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Riding back off a successful sequel of 2009 zombie comedy, Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip is a co-op shooter title from developer High Voltage Software and publisher GameMill Entertainment that is played in a top-down perspective.

Hop in with Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahassee, Wichita and more in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by an undead army. All you have to do to survive this global outbreak is to follow rules and use your arsenal of weapons wisely.

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Nearing closer to this weekly event, you can still keep playing these games to keep up all your in-game achievements and earned gamescores by simply purchasing them at a hefty discounted price using your membership.

Pick any of Standard and Deluxe Edition of Wreckfest up at 20% off or get Zombieland for a 40% lesser price. Whether you eventually decide to purchase them or not, at least give them a try when they are here for free before this Monday.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Darksiders, Darksiders 2 and Steep Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is giving away free copy of Darksiders, Darksiders 2 and Steep for PC platform until January 9.

Continuing twelve days of non-stop free games giveaway at the end of 2019 and more that started during annual Holiday Sale, Epic Games has welcomed New Year of 2020 by bringing more titles for PC platform on Epic Games Store.

Joining today on Epic Store are three great titles; Darksiders, Darksiders II and Steep that would be accessible to claim for another nine days. So, be sure to check all of them out as soon as you can and add to your ever-growing online library.

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Darksiders, Darksiders 2 and Steep Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Play as first Horseman of the Apocalypse, War and cancel end of the world in Darksiders Warmastered Edition. Appointed by Charred Council, he arrives at kingdom of man upon sensing of end times only to find it as a ruse.

Then continue from where War left off as his brother Death and clear his name in Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition. Riding on his horse Despair, the most feared among all Horsemen embarks a journey to uncover a grand conspiracy.

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Also don't forget to pick up standard edition of open-world extreme sports game Steep from developer/publisher Ubisoft. Grab your skis and snowboards to steer through mountain Alps this winter season for an unforgettable experience.

Epic Store has previously given up two games bundle consists of six titles with Batman Games Collection in September 2019. This time, they have tripled down on freebies and are available to claim before January 9, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Darksiders: Genesis is Overpriced on Google Stadia

Google Stadia would charge $10 extra on regular price of Darksiders: Genesis and THQ deny commenting.

Latest installment of Darksiders series is a top-down hack and slash action role-playing game from developer Airship Syndicate and publisher THQ Nordic titled Darksiders: Genesis just came out on December 5, 2019 for PC and Google Stadia.

If suffering from a rocky launch last month was not bad enough for Stadia due to lack of promised features and latency issue, Genesis would cost people $10 extra on Google's cloud gaming service than it would for PC version.

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Darksiders: Genesis is Overpriced on Google Stadia

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Stadia Pro subscribers received an exclusive offer from Google of up to 50% discount on select games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Tomb Raider reboot from 2013 but members got no price off on Genesis purchase or pre-order.

It would cost you $39.99 to buy Darksiders: Genesis on Stadia whereas you can get a copy of at Steam for only $14.99 right now to save $25 right off the bat or get it from outlets like GOG or Humble Store at a standard price of just $29.99.

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A price difference with PC version is a very absurd idea for a service that just had a rough launch period earlier and very less to offer in terms of their game catalog, with major titles like Borderlands 3 to arrive later this year.

When reached out to THQ Nordic for comments on price variation between platforms, their representative chose not to speak on their price policy and there is clearly no indication of why Stadia would charge more for a game than other stores.

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Some players are trying to point out that console versions of games often cost more than PC release and Google is likely taking an additional $10 to follow similar pricing model but then again, Stadia is not a console at all.

Set before events from previous titles, Darksiders: Genesis is a spin-off prequel that awaits a console release on February 2020. Its plot explores a war between Heaven and Hell, featuring both Strife and War as two playable lead characters.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Darksiders: Genesis Introduces War

THQ Nordic introduces War, youngest of Horseman for upcoming top-down shooter Darksiders: Genesis.

Merely days before E3 2019 kick-started, developer Airship Syndicate and publisher THQ Nordic has announced their upcoming top-down hack and slash action role-playing game Darksiders: Genesis featuring fourth Horseman, Strife.

Also showed up alongside him in action for the latest Darksiders series spin-off prequel game was his brother, War but for some reason it seemed that he never really had a proper introduction in the first place, so here it goes.

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Darksiders: Genesis Introduces War

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Below is an official introduction trailer for War that shows brief gameplay moments from Darksiders: Genesis.




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War will be playable character in Genesis as well as his brother Strife and even allowed to switch between them anytime in-game, thus they can leverage melee combat prowess of the former and long-range attacks of the latter.

You can also choose to play them separately in two player co-operative mode according to your playstyle preference. Known as Rider of the Red Horse, the youngest Horseman will be accompanied by his graceful phantom steed, Ruin.

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Clearly a Diablo-inspired title, the game also has some RPG elements like abilities and weapon augmentations. War will be picking up his iconic blade Chaoseater once again to slay enemy hordes and unleash his fury on battlegrounds.

Up until now, Darksiders series never had a co-op mode and same thing goes for their attempt with top-down perspective. This probably had been an idea they kept for long and now that more than two Horsemen has debuted, it is finally possible.

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War Will Rage On

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Even though all three mainstream Darksiders games were set around a same time period, Genesis took place thousand years early based on a plot that is mostly focused on Strife, the gun-slinging fourth Horseman of Apocalypse.

Neither of both Airship Syndicate and THQ Nordic has revealed a definitive release date for Darksiders: Genesis yet but it is currently aiming to launch on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

PlayStation Plus Free Games for September 2019

PlayStation Plus free games lineup is featuring Batman: Arkham Knight and Darksiders III for the month of September 2019.

Up until now, Sony Entertainment has been giving away fairly good free PlayStation 4 games in their monthly lineup for PlayStation Plus subscribers, except for July 2019 but they made a change on last minute due to member request.

Those free titles from August are still up for PS Plus members to download before next batch of game arrives on September 3, 2019. So, take time to enjoy WipEout Omega Collection or Sniper Elite 4 if you have somehow missed them.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for September 2019

Become a creature of night to serve justice on streets of Arkham City and experience the thrill of neo-noir action of an iconic DC Comics superhero in Batman: Arkham Knight by developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive.

In a finale to acclaimed Arkham series, Gotham City looks upon a crime-fighting caped crusader to stand against maniacal villains like Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Riddler, Scarecrow and more to free it from their malicious threat forever.

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Batman: Arkham Knight on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Then step into the boots of Fury, an enigmatic Horseman of Apocalypse for a hack and slash action-adventure in Darksiders III, third installment of Darksiders series by developer Gunfire Games and publisher THQ Nordic.

Set around a dark fantasy setting, Fury arrives on a scorched Earth in order to find out and destroy Seven Deadly Sins on behalf of Charred Council. Guided by a Watcher, she sets out to hunt down each one of them with ruthless efficiency.

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Darksiders III on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Earlier this year, Sony's decision not to continue adding games for PlayStation 3 consoles have been a bit unpleasant for fans since they had a lineup of four to six games back then and now their option to choose has become limited.

Given that PlayStation Plus free games lineup has slightly improved from a downwards trend, Sony has probably listened to fan complaints and therefore, replaced Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 at last minute with Detroit: Become Human.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dead Island 2 Back in Development by Dambuster Studios

Dead Island 2 is not dead yet as developer Dambuster Studios will continue working on the long-delayed zombie game.

Although 2011 survival horror game Dead Island was successful enough to release a stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide and spin-off Escape Dead Island, it never saw release of its officially announced sequel, Dead Island 2.

After it was confirmed back in 2014, it has been five years in development and contrary to what many believes, the game is not cancelled yet. In fact, publisher Deep Silver has now handed over the project to internal developer Dambuster Studios.

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Dead Island 2 Back in Development by Dambuster Studios

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In a recent investment report shared by THQ Nordic, it was finally revealed that long-delayed 2011 zombie game sequel is now handed over to new studios Dambuster after Sumo Digital has wrapped up their part on the project.

However, it was not clear how much progress they made so far throughout 2016 to 2019 but they assured not to act as a support studio for current developer since they have already concluded work on it before a planned transition.

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Polish video game developer/publisher Techland came on board at first but then they shift focus to Dying Light franchise. German based Yager Development was put in charge when they made a pitch to Deep Silver in 2012.

With a targeted Q2 2015 release window, Dead Island 2 was revealed at E3 2014 and a gameplay video was dropped on Gamescom 2014. Then UK-based Sumo Digital has taken over when Yager backed out from the game in 2015.

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Those who almost forgot the announce trailer of Dead Island 2 at E3 2014 briefing event can check it out below.




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Dambuster has previously worked on first-person shooter title Homefront: The Revolution under publisher Deep Silver. Their current zombie-killing action will be launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with no set release date.

THQ Nordic is reportedly working on a new Saints Row game alongside Volition in parallel to a brand-new IP by developer Fishlabs. Also, TimeSplitters series co-creator Steve Ellis is making a return to make plans for its upcoming future.

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As of July 2018, official Twitter account for Dead Island still insisted that their long-anticipated sequel is still in development and most recently, THQ Nordic has backed that claim after assigning Dambuster Studios as its newest developer.

Following unfortunate departure of Sumo Digital and Yager Development, the game has now found its third developer. We only hope that Dead Island 2 find its charm the third time and become a worthy sequel to its 2011 predecessor.