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Daytona USA and two more games added to Xbox One backwards compatibility

22 Mar

Daytona USA is now backwards compatible on Xbox One.

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Microsoft has added three new games to the list of Xbox 360 games backwards compatible on Xbox One. Major Nelson revealed them to be Daytona USA, Stacking, and Tower Bloxx Deluxe.

As always, if you already own these games on Xbox 360, they will show up in the Ready-to-Install section of your library. If not, you can purchase them from either your console or the Xbox Store website.

Daytona USA is priced $10, Stacking will run you $15, and Tower Bloxx Deluxe is $10.

Xbox Live deals: Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Slender: the Arrival, more

21 Mar

It’s that time again, Xbox Live members: the Deals with Gold offerings for Xbox One have been announced. If you are a Resident Evil fan, you’ll definitely want to give the Spotlight Sale the once over.

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If you’ve been holding off on grabbing the latest in the Final Fantasy franchise, you can download the standard edition of the game for 40% off. With the discount, it will cost $34 instead of $60.

The Digital Premium Edition is 30% off, and it comes with the Season Pass along with some extra in-game content and a digital mini-soundtrack. With the XBLG discount, it will run you $59.50 instead of $85.

You can also save up to 60% off Resident Evil titles this week, that specific discount is for the Resident Evil Super Bundle. It comes with the following titles as well as a selection of add-on content: Resident Evil HD Remaster, Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition.

Resident Evil 7 is currently 25% off and the Deluxe Edition is marked down by 17%.

Below, you will find the entire list of Xbox One Deals with Gold.

As always, more information is available through Major Nelson’s blog, along with links to each discounted game. There, you will also find this week’s Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox 360 titles.

Xbox One Deals With Gold

  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Lizardmen – Add-On – 33% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Undead – Add-On – 33% off
  • Coffin Dodgers – 50% off
  • Dangerous Golf – 50% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 – 40% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 Digital Premium Edition – 30% off
  • Infinite Air with Mark McMorris – 50% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 60% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – Witch Hunters – 15% off
  • NBA 2K17 40% off
  • Slender: The Arrival – 60% off
  • Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax – 50% off
  • SteamWorld Dig – 50% off
  • The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure – 80% off
  • Valley Xbox One Game – 60% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • Beyond Eyes – 67% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 50% off
  • EVERSPACE (Game Preview) – 25% off
  • Fragments of Him – 50% off
  • FRU – 60% off
  • In Between – 50% off
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 200,000 VC – Add-On – 30% off
  • NBA 2K17 450,000 VC – Add-On – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 75,000 VC – Add-On – 10% off
  • NBA 2K17 All-Time College Bundle – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition – 45% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold – 50% off
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – 80% off
  • Perfect Woman – 50% off
  • Resident Evil – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 0 – 40% off
  • Resident Evil 0 Complete Costume Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 5 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 6 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 7 – 25% off
  • Resident Evil 7 Deluxe Edition – 17% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Season Pass – Add-On – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Super Bundle – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Triple Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle – 50% off
  • Silence – The Whispered World 2 – 25% off
  • SMITE Ultimate God Pack Bundle – Add-On – 50% off
  • SMITE – 1500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 200 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 2500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 3500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 400 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 800 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 8000 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • The Bunker – 50% off
  • The Little Acre – 40% off
  • The Magic Circle: Gold Edition – 50% off
  • Thomas Was Alone – 67% off
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition – 67% off
  • Wheels of Aurelia – 50% off

Discounts are valid from today through March 27.

Xbox Live deals: Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Slender: the Arrival, more

21 Mar

It’s that time again, Xbox Live members: the Deals with Gold offerings for Xbox One have been announced. If you are a Resident Evil fan, you’ll definitely want to give the Spotlight Sale the once over.

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If you’ve been holding off on grabbing the latest in the Final Fantasy franchise, you can download the standard edition of the game for 40% off. With the discount, it will cost $34 instead of $60.

The Digital Premium Edition is 30% off, and it comes with the Season Pass along with some extra in-game content and a digital mini-soundtrack. With the XBLG discount, it will run you $59.50 instead of $85.

You can also save up to 60% off Resident Evil titles this week, that specific discount is for the Resident Evil Super Bundle. It comes with the following titles as well as a selection of add-on content: Resident Evil HD Remaster, Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition.

Resident Evil 7 is currently 25% off and the Deluxe Edition is marked down by 17%.

Below, you will find the entire list of Xbox One Deals with Gold.

As always, more information is available through Major Nelson’s blog, along with links to each discounted game. There, you will also find this week’s Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox 360 titles.

Xbox One Deals With Gold

  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Lizardmen – Add-On – 33% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Undead – Add-On – 33% off
  • Coffin Dodgers – 50% off
  • Dangerous Golf – 50% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 – 40% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 Digital Premium Edition – 30% off
  • Infinite Air with Mark McMorris – 50% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 60% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – Witch Hunters – 15% off
  • NBA 2K17 40% off
  • Slender: The Arrival – 60% off
  • Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax – 50% off
  • SteamWorld Dig – 50% off
  • The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure – 80% off
  • Valley Xbox One Game – 60% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • Beyond Eyes – 67% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 50% off
  • EVERSPACE (Game Preview) – 25% off
  • Fragments of Him – 50% off
  • FRU – 60% off
  • In Between – 50% off
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 200,000 VC – Add-On – 30% off
  • NBA 2K17 450,000 VC – Add-On – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 75,000 VC – Add-On – 10% off
  • NBA 2K17 All-Time College Bundle – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition – 45% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold – 50% off
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – 80% off
  • Perfect Woman – 50% off
  • Resident Evil – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 0 – 40% off
  • Resident Evil 0 Complete Costume Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 5 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 6 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 7 – 25% off
  • Resident Evil 7 Deluxe Edition – 17% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Season Pass – Add-On – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Super Bundle – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Triple Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle – 50% off
  • Silence – The Whispered World 2 – 25% off
  • SMITE Ultimate God Pack Bundle – Add-On – 50% off
  • SMITE – 1500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 200 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 2500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 3500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 400 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 800 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 8000 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • The Bunker – 50% off
  • The Little Acre – 40% off
  • The Magic Circle: Gold Edition – 50% off
  • Thomas Was Alone – 67% off
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition – 67% off
  • Wheels of Aurelia – 50% off

Discounts are valid from today through March 27.

Has this Japanese job listing confirmed the existence of The Evil Within 2?

20 Mar

A sequel to 2014’s underrated The Evil Within hasn’t been officially confirmed, but this job ad may have just spilled the beans.

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If you cast your mind back a couple of years, you’ll recall Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within, a horror game that threw a big helping of action into the mix, and that got some pretty good reviews at the time.

Last year, Bethedsa said that the game sold well enough to warrant a sequel, and it looks like that may just be what we’re getting.

A job listing for Psycho Break 2 – the Japanese title for the game – was spotted and posted over on NeoGAF, calling for a translator and Q&A bug reporter.

The position runs from April 10 to October 31, suggesting that we could see a release at the end of the year.

If that is the case, keep your eyes on E3, as if this is legitimate, the sequel will most likely be announced this summer.

Are there any fans of the original game out there, waiting for another installment? Let us know what changes or improvements you’d like to see in a sequel in the comments below.

Xbox Live deals: Far Cry Primal, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Bioshock: The Collection, and more

14 Mar

This week’s Deals with Gold is heavy on Ubisoft titles.

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Major Nelson has revealed this week’s list of Deals with Gold titles, and it’s even bigger than usual thanks to the Ubisoft publisher Sale.

Some big Ubisoft titles are enjoying up to a 60% discount this week, including Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal, Rainbox Six Siege, and a bunch of Assassin’s Creed games.

The full list of Deals with Gold is below, and those marked with an asterisk are available only to Gold members. You can find more details and this week’s Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox 360 titles on Major Nelson’s blog.

Xbox One Deals With Gold

  • BioShock: The Collection* – 35% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection* – 67% off
  • Farming Simulator 15 – JCB* – 33% off
  • Farming Simulator 15 – Official Expansion (Gold)* – 33% off
  • Farming Simulator 15* – 67% off
  • Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition* – 40% off
  • Gears of War 4* Xbox One Game – 50% off
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – Day One Version* – 50% off
  • HITMAN Intro Pack* – 50% off
  • HITMAN – The Complete First Season* – 50% off
  • I, Zombie* – 33% off
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition* – 40% off
  • Kingdom: New Lands* – 50% off
  • Knee Deep* – 50% off
  • OlliOlli2: XL Edition* – 75% off
  • Quantum Break* – 60% off
  • ReCore* – 50% off
  • The Assembly* – 40% off
  • The Living Dungeon* – 50% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Ubisoft Publishers Sale

(Xbox Live Gold not required)

  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Season Pass – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition – 50% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack the Ripper – 50% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Season Pass – 67% off
  • Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection – 40% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate – 67% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity – 60% off
  • Far Cry 4 – 60% off
  • Far Cry 4 + Far Cry Primal Bundle – 50% off
  • Far Cry 4 Gold Edition – 60% off
  • Far Cry 4 Season pass – 60% off
  • Far Cry Primal – 60% off
  • Far Cry Primal – Apex Edition – 50% off
  • Just Dance 2017 – 50% off
  • Just Dance 2017 Gold Edition – 40% off
  • Just Dance Unlimited – 1 month pass – 10% off
  • Just Dance Unlimited – 24 hours pass – 20% off
  • Monopoly Family Fun Pack – 60% off
  • Rayman Legends – 60% off
  • STEEP – 50% off
  • STEEP GOLD EDITION – 40% off
  • The Crew Calling All Units – 30% off
  • The Crew Season Pass – 60% off
  • The Crew Ultimate Edition – 40% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – 50% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege + The Division Bundle – 40% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Complete Edition – 40% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Gold Edition – 40% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege: GEMSTONES BUNDLE – 50% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division – 60% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division Gold Edition – 60% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division Season Pass – 30% off
  • Trackmania Turbo – 60% off
  • Trials Fusion: The Awesome Max Edition – 60% off
  • Trials of The Blood Dragon – 50% off
  • Trials of the Blood Dragon + Trials Fusion Awesome Max Edition – 60% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 45% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – Gold Edition – 40% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 60% off
  • Watch_Dogs Complete Edition – 60% off
  • Watch_Dogs Season Pass – 60% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • Axiom Verge – 50% off
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition + Shipwrecked Expansion – 50% off
  • Gears of War 4 – Run The Jewels Airdrop – 50% off
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack – Super Edition – 50% off
  • Her Majesty’s SPIFFING – 25% off
  • I Am Bread – 25% off
  • Knight Squad – 50% off
  • Level 22 – 50% off
  • Manual Samuel – 50% off
  • Party Hard – 50% off
  • Reagan Gorbachev – 50% off
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – 25% off
  • Sky Force Anniversary – 25% off
  • Slain: Back from Hell – 50% off
  • The Final Station – 50% off
  • Westerado: Double Barreled – 50% off
  • Xenoraid – 33% off

Resident Evil Revelations is getting a digital and retail release on PS4 and Xbox One later this year

13 Mar

You can snap up Resident Evil Revelations this autumn.

Resident Evil Revelations was initially released back in 2012, and Capcom has just announced that it’ll be getting a PS4 and Xbox One release later this year.

Capcom posted the news on Twitter, saying that the game would be getting both a digital and physical release in Europe and North America this autumn.

Further details are scarce at the moment, but we’ll update you when we hear more.

Did you get a chance to play Resident Evil Revelations the first time around? Will you pick it up for the PS4 or Xbox One? Chime in below.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has you play as Star-Lord, no Hollywood cast onboard – new screens

10 Mar

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series gets new screens and details ahead of PAX East this weekend.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series has players in the role of Star-Lord, Telltale confirmed in a press release today.

The original story takes us “from Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond”, and is “set to the beat of awesome music”. Along the way, the Guardians of the Galaxy crew discover “an artifact of unspeakable power”.

“Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands,” Telltale said.

The cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty A-list for video game voice acting, although sadly none of the actors from the movie make appearances. That would cost so, so much, and for a dialogue-driven game, be very difficult to fit in with their schedules Here’s the list:

  • Star-Lord: Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series
  • Gamora: Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor)
  • Rocket: Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars, 47% of all video games)
  • Drax: Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs)
  • Groot: Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends)
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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series will release during northern spring. Platform details are not yet available but you can count on all the usual suspects, and a disc-and-season-pass dealio will be available from the get-go. We expect Guardians of the Galaxy to kick off in April thanks to a bit of a leak.

Expect Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series news this weekend, as there’ll be a panel at PAX East. It will also be one show at SXSW the week after, with a live Crowd Play session.

Xbox Live deals: The Witcher 3 Complete Edition, Ark: Survival Evolved, Unravel, more

7 Mar

This week’s Xbox One Deals with Gold are live and you can save up to 80% on select Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles.

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Along with The Witcher 3 Complete Edition and Unravel, the EA Publisher’s Sale is still going strong, so there are plenty of offerings from the company.

Ark: Scorched Earth, which in Game Preview on Xbox One, is 25% off and the base Ark game is 50% off. Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition is 35% off and Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is 50% off.

Below, you will find the entire list of Xbox One Deals with Gold.

As always, more information is available through Major Nelson’s blog. There, you will also find this week’s Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox 360 titles.

Deals marked with asterisks are available only to Gold members.

Xbox One Deals With Gold

  • Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition* – 35% off
  • Dead Rising 4 Season Pass* – Add-On -40% off
  • Dead Rising 4* – 35% off
  • Guns, Gore and Cannoli* – 50% off
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection* – 60% off
  • Prototype Biohazard Bundle* – 60% off
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass* – Add-On -75% off
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider* – 50% off
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration* – 50% off
  • Strider* – 75% off
  • The Bug Butcher* – 33% off
  • The Escapists* – 67% off
  • The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt – The Complete Edition* – 50% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass* – Add-On – 40% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine* – Add-On – 40% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone* – Add-On – 40% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • Pit People(Game Preview) – 15% off
  • ARK: Scorched Earth (Game Preview) – Add-On – 25% off
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview) – 50% off
  • ASTRONEER (Game Preview) – 20% off
  • Rivals of Aether (Game Preview) – 50% off
  • Slime Rancher (Game Preview) – 33% off
  • Subnautica (Game Preview) – 33% off
  • The Long Dark (Game Preview) – 30% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – EA Publishers Sale

(Xbox Live Gold not required)

  • Battlefield 1 – 50% off
  • Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Battlefield 1 Shortcut Kit: Ultimate Bundle- Add-On – 25% off
  • Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition – 40% off
  • Battlefield 1 – Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle – 67% off
  • Battlefield 4 – 75% off
  • Battlefield Hardline Standard Edition – 75% off
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – 67% off
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 17 – 67% off
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition – 30% off
  • EA SPORTS NHL 17 – 67% off
  • EA SPORTS NHL 17 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • EA SPORTS NHL 17 Super Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • EA SPORTS UFC 2 – 67% off
  • EA SPORTS UFC 2 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Madden NFL 17 – 67% off
  • Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Mirrors Edge Catalyst – 60% off
  • Need for Speed Deluxe Bundle – 70% off
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 – 80% off
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Deluxe Edition – 80% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: Scarif – Add-On – 35% off
  • STAR WARS Battlefront Season Pass – Add-On – 50% off
  • STAR WARS Battlefront Ultimate Edition – 50% off
  • Titanfall 2 – 60% off
  • Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Titanfall 2: Angel City’s Most Wanted Bundle – Add-On – 25% off
  • Unravel – 75% off

Discounts are valid now through March 13.

Xbox 360 titles Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, The King of Fighters 2002 now playable on Xbox One

23 Feb

More games have been added to the list of Xbox 360 backwards compatible games for Xbox One.

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As noted in the headline, three of these are Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2 and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match.

If you don’t already own Borderlands 2 for Xbox 360 and you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can play the game for free on your 360 or Xbox One console from March 1-15 via Games With Gold.

Those who already have the disc, can start playing it today for Xbox One.

Other titles added this week were Gyromancer, Moon Diver and Space Invaders Infinity Gene.

Xbox 360 titles Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, The King of Fighters 2002 now playable on Xbox One

23 Feb

More games have been added to the list of Xbox 360 backwards compatible games for Xbox One.

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As noted in the headline, three of these are Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2 and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match.

If you don’t already own Borderlands 2 for Xbox 360 and you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can play the game for free on your 360 or Xbox One console from March 1-15 via Games With Gold.

Those who already have the disc, can start playing it today for Xbox One.

Other titles added this week were Gyromancer, Moon Diver and Space Invaders Infinity Gene.

Borderlands 2, Evolve are two of your Xbox Games with Gold for March

22 Feb

Microsoft has announced the four freebies Xbox Live Gold members can download during March.

On Xbox One, Gold members can download Layers of Fear for free during the entire month of March. Evolve Ultimate Edition, will be available as a free download March 16-April 15.

Xbox 360 users can download Borderlands 2 starting March 1. It will be free until Heavy Weapon takes its place on March 16.

More information is available on Xbox Wire.

As usual, all four games are available for Xbox One users thanks due to backwards compatibility.

Terraria has sold 20.5 million copies since its release in 2011

18 Feb

Since its release in May 2011, Terraria has sold 20.5 million copies, according to developer Re-Logic.

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The milestone was reached by the end of 2016, meaning over 4.1 million copies of Terraria have been sold each year for the past five years. 8.3 million units were sold within the last 18 months on PC since update 1.3 launched in June 2015.

Along with unit sales figure, (thanks, PCgamesN) the studio also shared more stats on the 2D sandbox adventure since launch day:

Launch (May 2011)

  • PC only
  • Over 250 Items
  • Six NPCs (seven counting the old man)
  • 20 Enemies
  • Three Bosses
  • Ten Biomes
  • Game “ended” with the Dungeon, explorable upon defeating the final boss of the game at the time.

Present

  • Available on: PC/Mac/Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Amazon mobile.
  • Over 3,800 Items
  • 25 NPCs (26 if, again, you count the old man)
  • Over 350 Enemies
  • 16 Bosses (plus nine mini-bosses)
  • 27 Biomes (Plus a number of “mini-biomes” such as Pyramids or Living Trees)
  • Optional “Events” (The Moons, Invasions, etc)
  • Game “ends” with Moonlord, though optional content remains
  • Expert Mode
  • Numerous Quality of Life Improvements
  • More planned

The developers also promised there are more “tidbits” they aren’t quite ready to share yet, including and update on the status of Otherworld.

Also, update 1.3 for consoles is “just around the corner,” according to the studio with the mobile version releasing afterward.

Re-Logic also described Terraria as a franchise with “so much life left in it,” in the post, and said it “cannot wait to share those plans in the months and years to come.”

Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game of January 2017, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, other heavy-hitters play musical chairs

17 Feb

The NPD group has released hardware and software figures for January 2017 and it should come as no surprise that PlayStation 4 and Resident Evil 7 topped the respective sectors.

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January 2017 NPD at a glance

Resident Evil 7 tops software charts

PS4 was best-selling console

PC software spend declined 12% year-over-year

All categories – accessories, hardware, software – down 4% year-over-year

Compare month-on-month: December 2016

Compare year-over-year: January 2016

While hardware sales declined, software was up 14% to $313 million. NPD attributed the increase to Resident Evil 7’s release, especially when comparing the year-over-year (yoy) release slates.

It’s also worth noting Resident Evil 7 was only on the market for five days when the NPD reporting period ended.

“With only five days in the market, Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game in January,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.”

First-person shooters Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 were still two of the best-selling games for the month, and neither title has fallen off the chart since release in fall 2016.

Overwatch also returned after dropping off the NPD software list in October.

The rise in sales could possibly be attributed to various discount offers or the Overwatch Year of the Rooster event; however, that’s just conjecture on our part as NPD didn’t elaborate on why Overwatch was once again charting. It was, however, one of the best-selling games of 2016 per NPD’s yearly report in January.

Action titles Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2 also remained on the chart, while sports titles Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 remained popular with US consumers as well.

PC software came in at $16 million, a 12% decline yoy from $18 million.

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NPD Software Top Ten January 2017

You’ll notice not much changed on the chart since December 2016, as the heavy hitters played musical chairs and that’s about it.

The biggest changes were the entry of new releases Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the second best-selling PS4 title for the month.

Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy 15 fell off the chart, and again, Overwatch reentered it.

The full NPD software chart is below, but keep in mind not all digital stores report sales data. Some publishers who sell through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores report data, but others do not. For example: Microsoft, Sony and Blizzard (Battle.net) do not report first-party sales.

  1. Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  4. Battlefield 1 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  7. Madden NFL 17 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. FIFA 17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

This month, NPD also started reporting catalog sales of titles from the first six months of availability – starting with month seven (thanks, MCV). The winning publisher in the category for January 2017 was Take-Two and it was also the top publisher for 2016. NPD attributed this to continued sales of GTA 5.

NPD Hardware January 2017

Last week, the initial NPD report had PS4 topping hardware followed by Xbox One – which according to Microsoft enjoyed year-over-year (yoy) growth compared to January 2016.

PS4 sold the most units, with Xbox One coming in second place, and Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: NES in third.

“The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) during January 2017,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “And for the fourth consecutive month, PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the top-selling PS4 sku in terms of units sold.”

For the month of January 2017, hardware totaled $127 million, a decline of 19% yoy compared to $157 million in 2016.

Accessories declined 17% yoy to $155, with toys-to-life skus (ex: Skylanders, amiibo, Lego Dimensions) showing the biggest decline.

Total spent in the US on accessories, hardware and software for the month January hit $611 million. While that’s indeed as large figure, it’s 4% less compared to $637 million spent in 2016.

NPD said the lower figure was due to a decline in hardware sales and general lack of growth.

Play Rocket League, NBA 2K17 free and get online without an XBL Gold sub all weekend

16 Feb

Microsoft is hosting another free multiplayer weekend, and if that’s not enough for you, Rocket League and NBA 2K17 are also free to download a play for the duration.

The free weekend starts today and runs through Sunday, February 19. Starting today you can also download both NBA 2K17 and play as much as you like until the aforementioned date.

Plus, Rocket League is also on sale this week for 25% off at £12/$15, which is a good incentive to pick it up if you liked it during the free trial. NBA 2K17 is also on sale for $20 off, so it will run you $39.99/£35.74 instead of $59.99/£54.99.

If you are unfamiliar with the free multiplayer weekends, it’s exactly as it sounds. You can play online without an Xbox Live Gold subscription whether you own an Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

So, if you own a game with a multiplayer component, hop online with your friends and shoot things, solve puzzles, kill orcs or what have you all weekend long.

The ability to transfer GTA Online characters from old-gen to PS4 and Xbox One ends next month

15 Feb

If you still haven’t made the jump from Xbox 360 and PS3 with your GTA Online character, you’ll want to decide soon.

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Since the launch of the remastered GTA 5 on PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar has been offering players the ability to bring their GTA Online characters forward from PS3 and Xbox 360.

Well, soon this will be coming to an end. Rockstar confirmed in a blog post that after March 6, you won’t be able to transfer your GTA Online character from PS3 or Xbox 360 to PS4 and Xbox One.

Bringing your character forward only affects GTA Online progress, not the single-player save. Not everything is transferred over, too. If you want a step-by-step guide on how to make the move, and what is and isn’t coming along, our simple and detailed guide will get you sorted.

It’s surprising Rockstar didn’t end support for the feature sooner, considering the developer stopped releasing GTA Online updates on PS3 and Xbox 360 ages ago.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, GTA Online is offering double RP, discounts, and other bonuses. Of course, these type of events are only available on new consoles.

Hitman: Absolution now available on Xbox One as a backwards compatible title

14 Feb

It’s taken a while, but Hitman: Absolution is now available as a backwards compatible title on Xbox One.

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Released in 2012 on Xbox 360, IO Interactive said back in February 2016 Hitman: Absolution it would bring the title to Xbox One at some point.

Release timing wasn’t provided at the time, as “specifics were up to Microsoft,” but almost a year to the day of being announced as in the works, you can now get your hands on it.

When the game was released, it was riddled with issues on all three platforms, the main issue being corrupted file saves on consoles along with crashes, freezing and the like. It took a month or so for the studio to identify the caused and release a patch.

At any rate, if you missed it the first time around or still have your disc handy, you can give it a go from today.

Thanks, CJ.

Microsoft investigating frame-pacing issues for GTA 4 on Xbox One

14 Feb

There may not be much that can be done about certain technical issues with backwards compatible games on Xbox One, but Microsoft will continue to look into solutions.

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GTA 4 is the latest Xbox 360 game to join the growing list of backwards compatible titles on Xbox One.

Unfortunately, although the game benefits from increased performance on Xbox One, recent analysis revealed very concerning frame-pacing issues, resulting in a worse experience overall. The report suggested a possible solution to this in locking the frame-rate to 30fps.

But it’s not that simple, according to Microsoft engineer Bill Stillwell, who responded on Twitter earlier to confirm that the team is working within the limitations of the game’s engine. That said, Stillwell promised to look into it.

It’s not uncommon for backwards compatible games to get fixes after becoming available, such as in the case of Mass Effect and Halo: Reach, so let’s wait and see if anything will be done about the GTA 4 issues.

GTA 4 may have a better frame-rate on Xbox One, but you’re probably better off playing on Xbox 360

13 Feb

GTA 4 on Xbox One backwards compatibility is quite a peculiar thing.

Last week, the Xbox 360 version of GTA 4 became playable on Xbox One thanks to the console’s backwards compatibility.

As is usually the case with backwards compatible games, the transition doesn’t always result in a performance improvements. Thanks to outlets like Digital Foundry, though, we get to actually find out if Xbox One is the best way to play the game.

The case of GTA 4 is complicated, as the site’s recent analysis revealed. According to Digital Foundry, though raw frame-rate has improved, this may not be such a good thing.

You can expect up to a 5fps increase in some spots, but it’s the frame-pacing issue that sours the experience. Xbox One delivers new frames at a rate very different from the Xbox 360 version’s, and much later than the standard 16ms and 33ms intervals.

“It feels choppier and more uneven, while controller latency – hardly one of the game’s strongest points on original hardware – sometimes feels significantly laggier on Xbox One. In certain areas, frame-pacing seems to normalise but by and large, in-game performance seems less stable,” the site noted in the analysis.

Although these observations only apply to the main GTA 4 campaign for now, not including the Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned, something doesn’t feel quite right.

“As things stand, GTA4 is one of a small number of back-compat titles that we’d prefer to play on Xbox 360 instead, and we hope that the back-compat team goes back to take a closer look at the frame-pacing issues here,” the site concludes.

The DLC add-ons will be tested later, but for now, things don’t look promising.

Watch Dogs 2 sales have improved since “soft” release period thanks to word of mouth, says Ubisoft

10 Feb

Watch Dogs 2 is doing better than early reports indicated, which must be a relief to Ubisoft.

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Watch Dogs 2‘s release window sales were described as “soft” during Ubisoft’s post-financials release briefing today.

Despite this admission, Ubisoft remained bullish on the franchise, saying that strong sales followed release due to positive word-of-mouth buzz. The publisher is “happy” with Watch Dogs 2’s performance, CEO Yves Guillemot said, and commented that these healthy sales are important for the long term future of the Watch Dogs franchise.

Watch Dogs 2 UK release sales were well down on the first game’s performance, and it came in eighth on the NPD’s November charts – although it was a crowded month, mind.

At release, Ubisoft said it was “incredibly happy” with critical and player response to Watch Dogs 2 and expected the positive reception to lead to a good sales tail. Looks like it was right on the money, there.

Though Ubisoft did not give hard numbers on Watch Dogs 2’s sales to date, it did say it has already out-performed Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which came out a year earlier.

Syndicate was the last Assassin’s Creed game before Ubisoft suddenly put the franchise on hold after years of annual sequels. It’s a shame, really; although it suffered the same weaknesses as other series entries and multi-studio open world games in general, Syndicate had a lot of points in its favour and was an improvement on the notoriously broken Assassin’s Creed: Unity – the game likely responsible for Syndicate’s subdued sales and Assassin’s Creed going away until, perhaps, 2018.

Speaking of which, Ubisoft said it has just four triple-A releases coming between April 2017 and March 2018 – one of which is the delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole – and had in fact elected not to release a fifth planned triple-A game, but instead focus on supporting an existing title currently enjoying powerful engagement.

Ubisoft will be actively supporting six live games this year (I think it means For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, Steep and The Crew), which is a new record for the publisher – so it probably doesn’t need any extra triple-A releases to contend with on top of all that.

No idea what the three unaccounted for triple-A releases are. Assassin’s Creed might come back earlier than expected, and Far Cry probably has another release in it. It seems a little early for a sequel to The Division, but The Crew might be good for another go round.

Destiny rapper returns with a tongue-twisting rundown of every single Exotic armour piece

10 Feb

Destiny is all about dress-ups – don’t kid yourself – so let’s celebrate the best costumes in Bungie’s closet.

Destiny rapper Duba has put together a loving tribute to the shared-worlds shooter’s enormous array of Exotic armour – helmets, gauntlets, boots and all.

From Titan gauntlets ACD/0 Feedback Fence to the Warlock helmet Astrocyte Verse, the rap runs through the entire collection, showing off each piece in turn. A huge stack of Destiny players make appearances in this video; our good pal Arekkz is in there somewhere, almost certainly as one of the Hunters.

This is a sequel to the Destiny Exotic weapons rap from June 2016 – before Rise of Iron arrived to add a few new boomsticks to the arsenal.

Everyone’s feeling the Destiny love today, what with glorious rumours floating around and Activision reiterating its 2017 Destiny 2 release plans.

There’s a lot to criticise in Destiny (although it has improved a great deal as time went on, and I always loved it anyway) but the breadth and variety of its weird and wonderful weapon and armour names is something I sure hope Bungie retains for the sequel. I don’t think I’ll care if Bungie throws the whole lot out the window for Destiny 2; it just means there’ll be a new stack of Exotics to collect.