Showing posts with label Xbox One X. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox One X. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Vigor Season 3: Rivals Live Now

Ally with or stand against your Rivals in Outlands as Season 3 of free-to-play loot shooter game Vigor is live on Xbox One.

In a continued effort to add more of what was promised before launch, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive is regularly updating free-to-play multiplayer shooter game Vigor for all of their new and old players on Xbox One console.

Diving into third Battle Pass season, Outlanders of post-war Norway are finally getting some of their long-requested items, new seasonal game mode and of course, a bunch of improvements to make everyone's experience better than before.

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Vigor Season 3: Rivals Live Now

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Season 3: Rivals kicks-in a rising tension among faction of society if life was not hard enough in Outlands already. There are lawless hooligans that run amok like crazy and then there are a few organized groups that fights against them.

In this time of great distress, you can either show allegiance to gangs of bandits or thugs to roam freely as you please, pick up your civil dress and guns opposing this unbalanced chaos or just stand aside watching your own back.

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Rivals of Outlands

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Rivals is introducing brand-new seasonal game mode Shootout while keeping its common Encounters. However, more focus is put on fierce shooting among parties to score kill-points in a small area within Sawmill map instead of looting.

Shootout matches will determine your victory based on skills and this seems like a great opportunity for seasoned Outlanders. Either you can try out something new this time or try improving your gunplay in combat situations.

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Rivals Battle Pass

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An exclusive inclusion of Rivals season, these small rounds will reward players with food and XP for Battle Pass. New type of gunfight needs a few firearms to spice things up and therefore, three new silenced weapons are added for stealth.

MP5-K SD3 submachine gun are suited for close quarters battles, PSS sidearm pistol are nice for ambush and SVU rifles are for expert marksmen, all of these are available for silent assault in standard skins and customizable variants.

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Trio of Silenced Weapons

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Surviving in a harsh environment of post-war Norway can be hard for many but now is a time when real-world is in a tough spot due to recent worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus and Outlanders can do their part by staying indoors.

In order to help, Bohemia Interactive dev team has come up with a special Stay Safe Charity Pack featuring an exclusive surgical mask, which will be available for $1.99 only at Microsoft Store to help out local healthcare relief efforts.

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Stay Safe Charity Pack

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Finally, fans are getting their much requested facewear collection that ranges from beanie to fancy goalie mask. You can rely on a few consumables such as caffeine tablets to boost stamina following airdrop and iodine tablets to fight radiation.

You require a minimum amount of progress in Battle Pass season to get plans for these newest consumables. Activities like avenging a fallen partner, becoming a threat or eradicate all threat of Outlands can help you with that by awarding XP.

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New Handy Consumables

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Players can choose from a wide variety of character customizations, which would reflect their preference much clearly to public. Whether you are a fresher or a veteran, your choices and gameplay style will eventually matter in the end.

Battle Pass for Vigor Season 3: Rivals brings many new additions and developers are awaiting community feedback. Bohemia also announced a Nintendo Switch version of the game in latest episode of Nintendo Direct Mini back in March.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Gears 5 to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

Microsoft and The Coalition will be delivering free Xbox Series X upgrade for Gears 5 at launch this holiday.

Last month, Microsoft has revealed specs for upcoming Xbox Series X and highlighted its Smart Delivery feature that would allow players to enjoy right version of any and all of Xbox Game Studios releases on Xbox One or Series X.

Ahead of holiday 2020 launch, full specs of new Xbox hardware is revealed recently and it ends with an announcement from tech director of The Coalition developer studio, Mike Rayner of an optimized version of Gears 5 for Series X.

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Gears 5 to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

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Rayner and his team showcased in-game footage from latest installment of Gears of War series in ultra settings reserved for PC platform. They ran an improved version of Gears 5 opening cut-scene in 4K at 60 FPS, twice the rate of Xbox One X.

Series X version to feature higher texture resolutions and 50% high particle count compared to ultra specs for PC. Teaming up with Epic Games, they managed to upscale all quality presets of console version on equal level of PC ultra settings.

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Currently, Rayner and dev team is busy working on a version that can run at 120 frames per second in next-gen for multiplayer matches. According to Microsoft, it only took their studio two weeks to come up with such progress.

The Coalition has confirmed that Gears 5 will support Smart Delivery and will be fully optimized for Microsoft's next-gen console. Those who already own a copy will get Xbox Series X upgrade for free when it launches this holiday season.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Vigor Season 2: Hunters Live Now

Hunters arrive into Outlands as Season 2 of free-to-play loot shooter title Vigor goes live on Xbox One.

With arrival of a new season, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive is planning to make it easy for Outlanders to keep track of progress in free-to-play multiplayer shooter game Vigor as they released Update 2.0: Hunters on Xbox One.

Season 2 will be introducing some changes in Battle Pass system for better as in past, only most dedicated players would have unlocked all great rewards in Battle Pass but now they are made more accessible due to players' feedback.

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Vigor Season 2: Hunters Live Now

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After recent inclusion of Preppers in post-war Norway, a new deadly class of survivors known as Hunters is added. Some of them are expert at tracking their prey, few can aim for absolute accuracy and many are just good at looting.

Most common weapon that Hunters usually prefer carrying is a crossbow, which is designed for single shot kills. Also, legendary weapon Mosin–Nagant rifle from Xbox Game Preview period is making a return for this hunting season.

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Season 2 Tools & Weapons

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An expert tracker doesn't rely on any scopes and often times they fool others using fake glint tool to reflect sunlight for distraction. Even camping within bushes is no longer safe for any Outlanders when one carries a portable signal detector.

First blood Hunters can show their pride using themed full-body uniform, emote, headwear and weapon skins through latest customization options. Aside from Battle Pass season, changes were made to in-game store following Update 1.2.1.

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Hunters Battle Pass

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Bohemia Interactive is focusing more on gameplay stability and players can keep track of all changes on changelog from title screen directly. Price point for cosmetic items was reduced recently to make them easily obtainable for players.

Vigor Update 2.0: Hunters have worked out some shooting mechanism like bullet penetration, damage over distance etc. To keep tabs on Update Preview program, you can keep an eye on regular streams of associate partners.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Goat Simulator, Puyo Puyo Champions and Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Xbox Free Play Days

Goat Simulator, Puyo Puyo Champions and Valkyria Chronicles 4 joins Free Play Days event this weekend.

Another week of Free Play Days event arrives with fresh new bundle of games for members of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate services this weekend to download and keep playing for free on their Xbox One consoles.

Kick-starting from December 19, 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EDT, these three new titles Goat Simulator, Puyo Puyo Champions and Valkyria Chronicles 4 will become available to access until December 22, 11:59 PM PST/2:59 AM EDT.

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Goat Simulator, Puyo Puyo Champions and Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Xbox Free Play Days

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If you used to believe that goats are capable of doing no harm and are pretty innocent creatures, then Goat Simulator from developer/publisher Coffee Stain Studios will prove you wrong and see how much chaos they can really make.

Players who love to get into some fast-paced puzzle game experience can appreciate Puyo Puyo Champions, where you can have fun with its various modes, tactfully place formations for creating chains and send garbage in ways to your rivals.

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Following footsteps of past three games from developer/publisher Sega, tactical role-playing title Valkyria Chronicles 4 brings new soldier class Grenadier into its tensed battlefield for Squad E to fight against hostile enemy forces.

Join your troops and come up with strategies that help you secure victory against imperial soldiers and mighty Valkyria. Presented in anime-esque visual style, VC4 returns back to its series roots and adds new mechanics for newcomers.

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It is understandable if someone is unable to dip their toes into all three games in such brief window. Therefore, you can purchase them on sale as both Goat Simulator and Puyo Puyo Champions come at 75% and 60% price off respectively.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Standard Edition and Complete Edition drops down to 50% discount from their regular price tag. Then get your hands on all available add-on and bonus content in DLC bundle up for $19.99 only right now at 20% off.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Vigor Update 1.2: Preppers Live Now, Introduces Battle Pass

Bohemia Interactive brings out Update 1.2: Preppers for free-to-play survival game Vigor on Xbox One, includes Battle Pass.

After spending a year in Xbox Game Preview program, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive fully released free-to-play multiplayer shooter game Vigor on August 2019 for Xbox One and continues to roll frequent updates.

Following launch of Update 1.1: Bridges earlier, player community has conveyed their feedback to dev team as always and many of those concerns were addressed into latest Update 1.2: Preppers with added improvements.

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Vigor Update 1.2: Preppers Live Now, Introduces Battle Pass

RELATED: Vigor Update 1.1: Bridges Live Now

In post-war Norway, only very best of Outlanders have managed to get a hazmat suit for themselves and are known as Preppers. These folks are always prepared for almost any situations and very resourceful when it comes to survival.

Having a Prepper-like mentality will make you one of them and help you thrive in hazardous environments or widespread outbreak. Try to keep some homemade tools near you or at repertoire for any unexpected encounter.

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Full Hazmat Suits

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New handy tools such as alarm trap, contact bomb and transmitter are added in latest patch. Alarm trap will reveal nearby trespassers, contact bomb is there to take care of them and transmitter deceives radio signal detector.

Although these tools would require space and take up your scarce inventory slots, these are often come up as lifesavers. Players can either scavenge for them outdoors or craft them using blueprints included in Battle Pass.

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Preppers Battle Pass

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Preppers update has launched crafting boosters to craft your preferred loadout faster than usual and be ready before getting into a gunfight. All you need now are some proper plans and adequate materials to get what you want.

1.2 comes along with improvements like new guns, moving targets and variety of challenge options for shooting range. Those who donate more food to people in need via charity box will become eligible for better rewards in future.

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Introducing Crafting Boosters

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Vigor has finally introduced a Battle Pass for Outlanders to make it easy for everyone to keep track of their progression. Almost every actions of your playthrough will earn you XP now and there are many easy ways to get some.

You can start farming XP by doing something as simple as collecting resources, open crates, send food for people in need, try to polish your aiming skills at shooting range and a couple more things just to mention a few activities.

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Christmas in Outlands

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Earning more experience points helps you level up in Battle Pass and offer you cool rewards on your journey but if you want to reap better prizes, you can get a Premium Battle Pass anytime during the season to unlock all rewards.

In spirit of holiday season, Update 1.2: Preppers will bring a thematic change in Vigor by doing a Christmas makeover on all maps and your shelters to help Outlanders cheer up in post-war struggles and maybe even feel a bit festive.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Resident Evil 3 Release Date and Collector's Edition Announced

Capcom officially announces Resident Evil 3 Remake for 2020 at PlayStation's most recent State of Play episode.

After recent leak from PlayStation Network listing, a remake of 1999 survival horror classic title Resident Evil 3: Nemesis by developer/publisher Capcom was almost inevitable and it turns out, all these rumors were actually true.

In latest and final episode of PlayStation's State of Play livestream for this year, Capcom officially confirmed that Resident Evil 3 Remake coming on April 3, 2020 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

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Resident Evil 3 Release Date and Collector's Edition Announced

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Fan-favorite RE character Jill Valentine returns in a newly reimagined trailer for upcoming RE3 Remake.




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In a complete reimagining of Resident Evil 3, the trailer goes back to Raccoon City once again right before the events of Resident Evil 2, to explore former S.T.A.R.S. member and original series protagonist Jill Valentine trying to make an escape.

During her getaway attempts, she is met by surviving mercenaries Carlos Oliveira, Mikhail Victor and Nikolai Zinoviev. Carlos becomes an ally to her while she is constantly being pursued by a super-powered Tyrant named Nemesis.

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After her reports on Umbrella Corporation and Arklay Mansion incident, all investigation has been completely overlooked and Jill gets suspended. Even though willing to expose all lies, she has to get out first from the city of living dead.

Those who played recent remake version of Resident Evil 2 and was haunted by a menacing Mr. X will meet his new successor in RE3 Remake. Nemesis is a persistent bio-weapon who does a lot more than slamming doors or ramming through walls.

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Return to Raccoon City

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Upon finishing single-player campaign, you can dive into team-based multiplayer game Resident Evil: Resistance for an asymmetrical 4v1 online experience that is included with Resident Evil 3 and is also set in Raccoon City.

Revealed earlier as Project Resistance, players will work together to escape from clutches of a single mastermind. Two new kidnapped survivors Becca and Martin, new mastermind Annette Birkin and monster William Birkin are added to current roster.

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Resident Evil 3 Collector's Edition will come along with a physical copy of the base game, art book, digital soundtracks, Jill Valentine figurine and map of Raccoon City, exclusively offered at GameStop for players in North American region.

On any pre-order of Standard or Collector's Edition of RE3Make, players would receive a Classic Costume Pack that features original outfit and hairstyle for both Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira, just to let you get back into that 90's vibe.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake Collector's Edition

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RE3 would take back players to some familiar locations from RE2 in high-definition visuals and over the shoulder third-person perspective that are all brought back to life for a unique dodge mechanic using the ground-breaking RE Engine.

Pre-order for PS4 version of the game is already available right now on PlayStation Store for digital purchase or at Best Buy outlets for physical copies, with Steam and Xbox One version becoming available for everyone very soon.

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It was two decades ago, when Capcom came up with Resident Evil series of games and totally revolutionized a new genre. Though latter games have deviated from its roots, first three RE games are what truly defines what survival horror is.

Resident Evil 2 Remake was widely accepted by fans for staying true to its core, yet adding new elements to overall story. Resident Evil 3 Remake can see similar and maybe even greater level of success if Capcom can just repeat that same idea.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle Revealed

Recent listings at Microsoft Store reveals remaster version of Bayonetta and Vanquish for modern consoles.

Following a recent leak on ResetEra forum has lead to players finding out a remaster project for sci-fi action third-person shooter Vanquish is in works from Microsoft Store listing, another fan-favorite title is discovered shortly afterwards.

Then another listing for cult classic action-adventure hack and slash title Bayonetta from developer Platinum Games appeared with a February 18, 2020 release date for both alongside Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle.

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Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle Revealed

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Both of these fan-favorite titles were originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 that are now being considered for a re-release on Xbox One platform with 4K graphics support at 60 FPS and most likely for PlayStation 4 as well.

Product description reads that these games will run on 4K Ultra HD on Xbox One X aside from having achievements and cloud saves. If not exclusive to Microsoft consoles, then same features will hopefully be available on a PS4 Pro.

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There are no further details on what upgrades Platinum Games would be adding to these decade-old games since they are already backward compatible with Xbox One platform right now, apart from their graphical enhancements.

In 2017, a rumor surrounding Bayonetta and Vanquish got out when a box art for the bundle was leaked online. Looks like, developers were busy for past two years to finish their work before making an official announcement.

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On October 29, 2019, Bayonetta series has celebrated its 10th anniversary of release on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2009 with a special artwork from series director Hideki Kamiya and character designer Mari Shimazaki.

10th Anniversary Bundle will include remastered versions of Bayonetta and Vanquish but has yet to reveal a price point. Though publisher Sega didn't officially announced the titles but has re-released them both on Steam in past.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

NBA 2K20 on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event offers all Xbox Live Gold members basketball simulation title NBA 2K20 for free this weekend.

Many subscribers of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate services are getting their hands on more new games on Xbox One consoles than usual each week lately and all thanks to the return of Free Play Days event.

On peak of current NBA season, basketball simulation game NBA 2K20 from developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Games comes to Xbox Free Play Days for this weekend on October 24, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT.

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NBA 2K20 on Xbox Free Play Days

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Players will get full access to all gameplay features, various modes and customization options just like any free weekends. In local multiplayer play, you can bring up to four-players and go for a total of ten when in online matches.

Graphics improvement includes 4K Ultra HD visuals and added enhancement for Xbox One X consoles. Sports fans sure wouldn't want to miss this exciting, limited time opportunity of playing with their favorite NBA superstars.

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Getting heavily review-bombed on Metacritic and Steam for being riddled with micro-transactions and other issues last month, players on Xbox consoles with Live Gold membership can have a chance now to test the game for free.

Even when Xbox Free Play Days comes to a close on October 27, 11:59 PM PDT/2:59 AM EDT, you can still buy NBA 2K20 Standard Edition at only $40.19. Both Digital Deluxe and Legend Edition are available at some great discount as well.