Showing posts with label Xbox Live Gold. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox Live Gold. 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.

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.

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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Vigor Comes to Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days

Free Play Days event on Xbox Live Gold offers free-to-play loot shooter game Vigor for free to their members.

Back in July 2019, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive rolled out Update 0.9: Aid for their free-to-play loot shooter survival game Vigor on Xbox One console, which is currently available through Xbox Game Preview program.

Today, members of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate online services can take part in action for free on Free Play Days event that will begin on August 8, 12:01 AM PDT and will run until August 11, 11:59 PM PDT.

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Vigor Comes to Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days

RELATED: Vigor Update 0.9: Aid Comes to Xbox One

Now that the game just received a major content update, this is a better time than any to start building in a post-war Norway. Newest update has improved experience for gunplay and movement with dozens of more changes.

Also added are achievements, customizations, daily challenges, spectator mode, weapons skins and an in-game lobby. Don't forget to work on your Outlander savior rank by donating food to Charity Box for those who are less fortunate.

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When your time in Free Weekend is finally up, you can purchase Founder's Pack and continue playing. It will grant you advantage on progression, crates, extra rewards and all Crowns currency that you have bought previously.

Vigor is coming to see full-release on summer 2019 for Xbox One platform and is enhanced for Xbox One X as well. Those who wish to test out their hands on the title can get started with a two hour-long free trail anytime.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for August 2019

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get their hands on free games like Gears of War 4 and Torchlight on August 2019.

Latest lineup of August 2019 free games that are coming to members of Xbox Live Gold monthly subscription service has just been revealed. Four new titles will be available to download and play over Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.

For a minimum sign up amount of just $1 only, you can also sink your teeth into more than 100 great games over console or PC platform with a membership of Game Pass Ultimate, where new games are added to library every now and then.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for August 2019

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Gears of War 4
Since third-person shooter title Gears 5 is currently inbound to launch on September 10, what better time would be best for going back and enjoy Gears of War 4 once again or maybe newcomers can even start fresh.

Play as squad-mates Del, JD and Kait in their first adventure of fighting Swarm that would set up premise for a sequel. Also try out "Horde" and "Versus" game modes to complete challenges and carry your rewards to Gears 5.

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Gears of War 4 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Forza Motorsport 6
Rev up your engines to compete against up to 24-players, regardless of day or night, under any weather condition and throughout 26 well-known locations around the world in Forza Motorsport 6 by developer Turn 10 Studios.

Offering most complete title in racing game genre of this generation, players can drive more than 450 models of Forzavista cars within a realistic simulation to become a master of road and enjoy realistically breathtaking visuals.

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Forza Motorsport 6 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Torchlight
Pick a character class from Destroyer, Alchemist or Vanquisher to dip your toes into a Diablo-esque dungeon crawling experience in 2009 action role-playing game Torchlight by developer Runic Games and publisher Perfect World.

With mix of hack and slash elements included, the game lets you play as a solo hero who would explore random dungeons to fight monsters and take loots for reward when they are not busy completing quests obtained from NPC vendors.

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Torchlight on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
One of 90's smash-hit series Castlevania saw a franchise reboot by its creator Konami in 2010 action-adventure title Lords of Shadow. Gameplay mechanics for combat is changed significantly but remained the same in terms of core theme.

Players assume the role of Gabriel Belmont to defeat a nefarious order and then resurrect his beloved wife. As a member representing Brotherhood of Light, exact revenge on Lords of Shadow for their attempt to do such.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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For upcoming month of August, above-mentioned titles will become exclusively available on Games with Gold and an active subscription to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate would grant you access to enjoy them for free.

Players are offered a combined value of $94.96 for their membership and most of these titles are considered as fan-favorites. During their limited time stay on Games with Gold, get some exclusive discount on them upon purchase.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Adds Mercenaries Mode

Get to the choppa from nearest extraction point as Ghost Recon: Wildlands deploys new Mercenaries game mode for all.

Last time developer/publisher Ubisoft released a free content update "Operation Oracle" for their tactical shooter title Ghost Recon: Wildlands, it ended up laying the foundation for upcoming Tom Clancy shooter Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

Before the sequel eventually releases worldwide on October 4, 2019, one last free update will make it to Wildlands and it intends to feature a brand-new PvPvE mode titled Mercenaries for everyone on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands Adds Mercenaries Mode

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An official trailer is dropped lately to briefly showcase key-aspects of Mercenaries mode for players of GRW.




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Newest Ghost Recon experience will have eight players competing in a challenge to call for a rescue chopper and then race to an extraction point to get to the choppa, so you can escape Unidad territory first before others.

When you will drop, there will be no gears, items or weapons other than a knife to defend yourself against any attacks but you can always look up for loot on-site to get an upper hand over your rivals and enemy troops of course.

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Phase 1: Recon

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Every match in Mercenaries mode will go through three phases and the first thing to do is Recon. You go look for useful intel to pass via radio transmitters for the chopper narrowing down your position for an extraction zone.

It can also lead you to loot cache nearby and even locations of fellow players for a short time. It is up to you to decide whether or not going after items or taking care of other problems at hand will strategically be your best bet for winning.

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Phase 2: Helicopter Deployment

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Once someone activates three transmitters, extraction zone will be discovered and players move to second phase, Helicopter Deployment. It will start flying towards their location and player who sent the call will know where it will land.

However, everyone else will be aware of the site of your chopper when your rescue finally arrives and you can't just expect to hop right in as it does. Extraction can only begin once a gauge is fulfilled and you need to secure landing zone.

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Phase 3: Extraction

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Expect some hostile confrontation because others will try to get out but there are checkpoints for extraction gauge to respawn so that you don't need to start over each time someone takes you down and start everything from scratch.

Additionally, there are new armor and health system in place that helps you get back to your feet or patch you up when you start bleeding. Loot gear and weapons are hid behind destructible doors that will give away position of your opponents.

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New Destructible Mechanics

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As soon as you complete your first Mercenaries match, you will unlock Lone Wolf costume that belonged to Ghost team leader, Cole D. Walker. Your first win also earns you a Mercenary Patch with more to follow for scoring winning matches.

Players who own a copy of Ghost Recon: Wildlands can jump in with major free update Mercenaries right now. Some bug fixes and required improvements for PvE, PvP and guerilla mode are also inbound within its content.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Release Date

Versus Multiplayer tech test weekend sessions for upcoming shooter title Gears 5 will kick off on July 19.

After a spectacular showcase at E3 2019 press event, developer The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios announced upcoming third-person shooter Gears 5 will be arriving on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One.

Following Xbox press briefing, we had our first look at gameplay of new three player co-op mode Escape. To give players a taste of Versus Multiplayer mode before launch, weekly tech test is scheduled to start from July 19, 2019.

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Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Release Date

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During these weekend test sessions, players get to take part in Arcade, competitive game mode Escalation and King of the Hill. Those who are interested in sharpening their playing chops and learn new in-game mechanics can try out Bootcamp.

A brief Tour of Duty experience is featured in tech test to get new content and earn exclusive Tech Test Banner upon completing given Medals. Going further to unlock three Versus Weapon skins will require you to complete more challenges.

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If you have already placed a pre-order for Gears 5 or are a subscriber of Xbox Game Pass service, on July 17, 10 AM PDT, pre-download will be made available for you on PC and Xbox One to let you participate in tech test.

Console owners need Xbox Live Gold membership for online multiplayer but to help improve the experience for everyone, there might be some queuing. Also, recommended hardware specs for tech test on PC platform are detailed below.

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Official Tech Test PC Specs

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Online play will begin from July 19, 10 AM PDT to run till July 21, only to go live once again same time on July 26 and continue through July 29. In between test period, servers are to remain offline but tech test will be available to download.

Although Gears 5 will see Steam release for PC platform but The Coalition were quite specific about Windows Store pre-order for accessing test phase on their official announcement, which clearly indicates test sessions will not be available there. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2019

Members of Xbox Live Gold service will get their hands on free games like Castlevania: SOTN and Inside on July 2019.

Another free games lineup of Xbox Live Gold monthly subscription service is revealed days ahead of July 2019 for valued members within Xbox community to enjoy four new titles from different genre over Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.

Powered by an advanced multiplayer service, two of these games are somewhat relatively new title and the other two are included via backward compatibility to infuse pure dose of nostalgia from golden age of gaming into our minds.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2019

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Inside
Wandering around in a dark dystopian world on his own, Inside is a puzzle-platformer adventure game by developer/publisher Playdead that focuses on the journey of a young boy amidst a mind-controlled populace.

A critically-acclaimed title for a unique story setup that is complimented by a simplified gameplay, this one is a vast improvement of its predecessor game Limbo and developers have outdone themselves in overall aspects as an Indie studio.

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Inside on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Big Crown: Showdown
In a medieval-era setup full of trouble, four friends embark a quest to compete for crown through three weird worlds that would eventually led them to become enemies to each other and pit into a royal battle situation.

Up to 4-player multiplayer mode in both local and online, you can go crazy with easy to learn combat system into classic platforming. When you are engaged in non-stop action fest, keep an eye out for various environmental hazards.

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Big Crown: Showdown on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
When Dracula's castle reappears, his dhampir son Alucard seeks to destroy it and face his father to stop him from eradicating humankind. Fight monstrous enemies and explore hidden rooms to prevent a medieval evil from taking over all.

A platform-adventure cult classic with elements of action RPG genre and side-scrolling gameplay, Castlevania: SOTN is a direct sequel to Rondo of Blood that focuses on Richter Belmont after his encounter with lord of shadows.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Meet the Robinsons
Based on a 2007 Disney animated comedy movie of same name; players follow Wilbur Robinson in a quest of time-traveling to his past to set things in order for future. He will be using a Transmogrifier machine to build cheats and extras.

Wilbur follows up a total of 40 missions in six different locations from his own home basement to Ancient Egypt. Original actors like Wesley Singerman and Adam West reprised their respected roles from the film for in-game plotline.

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Meet the Robinsons on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Games with Gold lined up for July are worth $62.96 in total and are looking quite promising to keep you entertained. Also, signing up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can allow you to play from a collection of over 100 great games on console and PC.

Active members of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions can start enjoying these titles on Xbox One for free from July 1, 2019. Though they are only available for only a month, you can purchase them for some exclusive discount to keep into your library forever.