Two more Xbox Free Games with Gold games for March 2022 are now live and available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
Instead of releasing all free games with Gold at once, Microsoft likes to release them in two batches each month. Xbox Live Gold subscribers are entitled to two of the four Games with Gold games at the start of the month, with two more added mid-month. As of Wednesday, March 16, Microsoft has added two more games to the free Games with Gold range for Xbox Live Gold subscribers to claim for their digital libraries.
Until April 15, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can snag the Xbox One game street power football. And by March 31, they can also claim the Xbox 360 game The truth or the square of spongebob. The truth or the square of spongebob replaces Sacred 2: Fallen Angelwhich was one of the free Xbox with Gold games of March 2022 from March 1 to March 15. The Flame in the Floodmeanwhile, will remain available until March 31.
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For those who may not be familiar with the March 2022 free Xbox with Gold games, street power football is an arcade soccer game that may remind some fans of the fifa street games that EA used to make. Unfortunately, those who hoped it would fill the void left by the lack of news fifa street games will probably be disappointed because street power football received overwhelmingly negative reviews upon its initial launch.
Xbox Free Games With Gold List For March 2022
The Flame in the Flood (March 1 – March 31)
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (March 1 – March 15)
Street Power Soccer (March 16 – April 15)
SpongeBob SquarePants (March 16 to March 31)
The truth or the square of spongebob received similarly negative reviews, although it was slightly better received than street power football. Spongebob Squarepants: Truth or Square is a 3D platform game based on Spongebob episode of the same name. It has a local co-op mode that allows the second player to take control of Plankton, and there are also some trivial questions for players to answer throughout the game as well. Spongebob diehards may find it enjoyable, but Xbox Live Gold subscribers have nothing to lose by claiming it while it’s free, whether they like it or not.
Later this month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers should find out what’s in store for them in April 2022. The Xbox Free Games with Gold program has come under heavy criticism lately as Microsoft focuses its attention on Xbox Game Pass, and fans So shouldn’t hold their breath for all the exciting things to hit the service next month, but again, there could be some surprises in store.
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Skiing has been used for thousands of years as a way for people in cold climates to get around. Preserved skis and cave paintings show that skis were used by hunters and trappers in prehistoric times in the Altai region of Asia. Slowly, the use of skis migrated to the Eurasian arctic regions and then to the Scandinavian regions.
In 1938, the Winter Olympics included skiing competitions for the first time. Later, during World War II, the Finns’ expertise in moving quickly on skis kept Soviet and Nazi invaders at bay. Today, skiing is mainly considered a sport, but ski enthusiasts are not always able to travel to the nearest ski resort for skiing recreation. If you’re a keen skier, or not for that matter, sit down with a nice cup of hot chocolate and log on via the Login to FairGo Casinoor open your game console and play a ski-themed video game.
Some classic ski-themed video games include
Skiing by Activision
Ski was one of Activision’s first games. It wasa video game cartridge for the Atari 2600 which also played on Xbox 360, PlayStation and on Microsoft Windows. Ski was released in 1980 as a single-player game in which the player controlled the skier’s speed and direction with a joystick. The skier didn’t actually move in-game – the background graphics scrolled up to give the illusion of movement.
The gameplay involved dodging obstacles as the player tried to get their skier to the bottom of the hill as quickly as possible. A stopwatch recorded the time the player needed to reach the bottom of the ski course without hitting trees, bumps or other skiers and the player would repeat the game trying to beat their own score. A slalom mode has also been included for advanced players.
Spur Waku Waku Ski Wonder
Spur Waku Waku Ski Wonder was released by Human Entertainment in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is a multiplayer simulation game that revolves around a great ski competition between eight of the best skiers in the world. Players compete on four different courses and accumulate points based on their performance as they progress through the course. Each level course awards a greater number of points with the player who collects the most points winning.
The game’s edit mode allows players to edit a course for later races and modify their character. A trial mode is available as well as a head-to-head racing mode.
Alpine Runner 2
Alpine Runner 2 was released by Namco in 1996 as 3D Alpine skiing arcade game that followed the popular alpine runner Gameplay. While in the original there was no multiplayer aspect to the game, Alpine Racer Two allows players to link two cabinets together and race against each other. It’s the sequel to Alpine Racer but unlike the original, two cabinets can be linked together so players can race against each other.
Other improvements over the original alpine runner include the ability to choose from different characters and new, bigger and better courses.
Soak is a 2016 sports video game released by Ubisoft as the first original game. . It was released worldwide on December 2, 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Developed by Ubisoft Annecy from 2013, it was their first original game and features an open-world simulation game.
The game was originally set in the Alps, but later expanded to include skiing in Japan, Korea, and Alaska. Soak invites players to participate in skiing alongside snowboarding, rocket-powered wingsuit flight, BASE jumping, sledding, speed riding and other Winter X Games at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In this online multiplayer, the player engages in winter sports challenges with other players through online play. The highlights of the game are the tasks, the vast open world, and the stunning graphic imagery.
Val d’Isere Skiing and Snowboarding
The 1994 Val d’Isere Skiing and Snowboarding The simulation game was released by Atari Corporation in 1994. It takes place in the authentic ski resort of Val d’Isere in France and offers training, freeride and competition modes for skiing and snowboarding. When released 25 years ago, it was known to give players the ability to do mid-air jumps to avoid obstacles if the player timed the jumps correctly.
The perspective of the game was a perspective behind the view as the character raced down the ski slopes with abilities that included acceleration, turn, stop, jump, deceleration, and sharp turns. Players can navigate from skiing to snowboarding with options to change default control schemes. The game can be played in multiplayer mode with 2 players competing simultaneously (taking turns).
Each mode has its own subset of rules – an arcade-style non-competitive event mode for freeriding, a practice mode for practice, and a competitive mode consisting of four championships for the competition mode.
Republic of Horsemen
Republic of Horsemen is a 2021 game that brings together skiing, mountain biking, wingsuit flying and snowboarding in a multiplayer sports game where up to 64 players can compete in racing competitions. Republic of Horsemen takes place in an open world that brings together Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park Zion National Park, Mammoth Mountain, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, and Canyonlands into a single map.
Players meet and interact with each other as they compete in freestyle biking, bike racing, freestyle skiing/snowboarding, ski/snowboard racing, wingsuit racing and more. Each sport has its own progression path and players aim to compete in bigger competitions like Red Bull Rampage, Red Bull Joyride, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and X Games. The main objective is to receive an invitation to participate in the Riders Ridge Invitational where all sports combine into one event and players can switch between sports activities as they wish.
New gear, cosmetics, and outfits are unlocked as the game progresses. In the Tricks Battle Arena, the different teams compete to score Trick points.
“Amazon Luna is a working cloud gaming service, but its lackluster library means it won’t be anyone’s first choice.”
Smooth on mobile and Amazon Fire TV
Excellent Luna Couch function
Single channel approach
Stuttering on web browser
Unimpressive range of games
No Amazon Game Studios titles
Amazon Luna has officially launched at the perfect time for me. A few months after moving to a new town for this job, I decided to visit my family in a rural part of Virginia. I would be without my PS5 and Xbox Series X, but a cloud gaming service would ensure that I wouldn’t be stuck on last-gen consoles and my Switch for console gaming.
Since I hadn’t checked out the platform since its late 2020 debut, I was excited to see what Amazon Luna was delivering now. The tech prowess was noticeable on the mobile and Amazon Fire TV versions of the service, but heavy PC service and a lackluster library meant it didn’t make a lasting impression this holiday.
Now, Amazon is up to the task with Luna as the new top game streaming service. The service quietly entered early access in 2020, but just released its full version this month. And while it feels more complete and stable than Stadia at launch, it repeated some of the same issues throughout my journey.
On mobile, PC, and Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Luna streams games at a relatively consistent 1080p resolution. In cases where the internet connection becomes spotty, it will drop to 720p before completely stopping the game if Luna determines the connection is really that bad.
My time with mobile experiences and Amazon Fire TV has been extremely smooth. Resolution remained high, stutters were very infrequent, and input lag was negligible. Players will need to ensure they have suitable third-party controllers (the Razer Kishi is my go-to mobile controller) or Luna’s gamepad if they don’t want to use shoddy touch controls.
Playback through the Google Chrome web browser was not as stable. Stuttering and severe input lag were more common even on less demanding games like Garfield Kart: Furious Race or the retro titles in Capcom arcade stadium.
My time with mobile experiences and Amazon Fire TV has been extremely smooth.
Of course, the experience relies on internet connection, and while I was lucky enough to have a good one on this trip, your experience may vary. Overall, I’d recommend sticking with the Amazon Fire TV or mobile versions of the service for the smoothest experience.
Luna lacks a few Stadia frills like State Share and Crowd Play, but it didn’t promise them either. Instead, Amazon Luna’s unique cloud gaming feature is called “Luna Couch”, which enables cooperative cloud gaming. Playing pigs with this feature worked surprisingly well as my brother and I seemed to be in sync almost perfectly, and it had no impact on performance. I just wish there were more co-op games that take advantage of this feature at launch.
Overall, Amazon Luna didn’t disappoint with its game streaming capabilities during my trip, but it also didn’t stand out significantly outside of Luna Couch. This put a lot of pressure on the game library to make the service worthwhile for casual gaming fans.
Amazon Luna has a unique approach to its game library compared to other cloud gaming services. It offers individual channels that players can subscribe to in order to access certain games. On all platforms, Amazon Luna’s user interface is very simple. Games are organized by channel and genre, and one can quickly jump into a game from its Luna store page, so Amazon has definitely lowered the barrier of entry for the tech.
The Family Channel ($6 per month starting April 1) has more accessible games kids might like, such as Garfield Kart: Furious Race and Spongebob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom. Meanwhile, the Retro channel ($5 per month) provides access to classics like dragon’s lair, Konami’s anniversary collections and all the games of Capcom arcade stadium.
While I like the channel-based approach of this service, the fact that no channel particularly appealed to me is a bad sign.
These channels will appeal to casual gamers, whether they’re kids trying to get into gaming or someone who hasn’t played a game since the 1990s. These are very specific demographics, however, and won’t necessarily fit hardcore gamers like me who are looking to subscribe to a cloud gaming service.
Ubisoft+ subscribers can stream many new games from Ubisoft directly from Luna. Although this channel provides the service with its most important and latest games, it requires another $18 per month subscription and is a strange outlier on Luna. The Jackbox Party Pack ($5 per month) channel, which gives subscribers access to all games from Jackbox Studios, is a standout and might be worth subscribing to if you host a lot of parties and don’t don’t already own many of these games. It made for a fun game night!
Finally, a small rotation of games streamed through Luna are available at all times on the Prime Gaming channel. These free Amazon Prime games are worth checking out for Amazon Prime members looking to play some games when no other system is around or for those who want to dip their toes into cloud gaming .
The channel system allows Amazon Luna to target people looking for particular gaming experiences. That said, it neglects to have a range that’s generally appealing, and the services can get quite pricey if you buy them all, which we don’t recommend.
Content is king
By logging into the service during my trip, I hoped to find a hidden gem I had never heard of or games that could take advantage of Amazon’s cloud technology. Instead, I received a random catalog of older games, few of which benefit from cloud gaming or Luna Couch. While I like the channel-based approach of this service, the fact that no channel particularly appealed to me is a bad sign.
Amazon Luna may stutter less than Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, at least on Android, but if a service offers fantastic new games like Halo Infinite, Back 4 Blood, Forza Horizon 5and nobody saves the world on day one I’m going to choose to play this over a service whose most notable AAA game outside of Ubisoft+ is Control (which is also on Game Pass).
This vacation is one of the times that Amazon Luna will be very useful to me. Although the service itself ran smoothly, I’m ultimately uninterested and don’t know when I’ll use it again unless some big changes happen.
Those looking for the best range of games on a cloud streaming service should subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. In addition to giving subscribers access to an extensive library of console and PC games, it includes Xbox Cloud Gaming for Android and web browsers, allowing users to play many of the included titles over an internet connection. For a cloud gaming platform with more unique features and exclusive games, Google Stadia is another option on par with Amazon Luna.
Should I buy it?
No. Unless one of the channels listed matches your specific interests, it’s not worth exploring Amazon Luna and paying for several subscriptions that you won’t engage with often and that you might possibly forget. Those still curious about the tech should get Amazon Prime and play all the Luna games currently available for free with that subscription.
Amazon Luna was tested on a Google Pixel 3a XL with a Razer Kishi, as well as a Lenovo laptop and Amazon Fire TV with an Xbox One Wireless Controller.
There are some fantastic games available at discounted prices in this week’s Xbox sales, so TA’s press team did their weekly dig to find, what they think, are a few bangers to consider. It’s been another week that has seen us pull off a varied selection of titles. From post-apocalyptic shooters and mutant-wrecking games to vibrant, uplifting stories that fill your heart with song, we’ve got five pickups that might be perfect for your library.
Heidi — Wandersong
I love Wandersong, which skillfully combines a brilliant, beautifully colored art style with a touching story about saving the world through music. Wandersong is a platform and puzzle game where we play as a bard, who interacts with the world through song – to the delight or extreme annoyance of the inhabitants of this world. Clearly we’re not a legendary hero, but we set out to save the world nonetheless by learning more about Earthsong. We meet a wide variety of characters and explore everything from loss to joy, and mermaids to coffee. It is accessible to all, even to those (me) who are not at all gifted for music. It’s truly a magical adventure, complete with a wonderful soundtrack that will stick with you after completing the game. is even better at a reduced price. Wait, I just double-checked – Wandersong is 75% off and less than £5! It’s just crazy. Seriously, if you’re looking for a brilliant adventure or a great story, you can’t go wrong with Wandersong.
A musical adventure where you use singing to save the world! Play as a silly bard who embarks on a journey around the world to learn about the mysterious Earthsong, believed to prevent the imminent end of the universe. It’s up to you to sing your songs, unlock the secrets of the world and make new friends!
Kes — Machinarium & Creaks Pack
Machinarium is really really good. I don’t know what Creaks is, but I’m sure it’s good too. In fact, I have so much faith in Czech studio Amanita Design from Machinarium that I know it does, I haven’t played it yet. That’s impressive, because Machinarium came out in 2012 (on PS3) and all that trust has been carried over to 2022. The game is about a little robot boy called Josef who gets dumped on a pile of junk. He must reassemble and return to the city. It’s a point-and-click adventure and puzzles are the name of the game. It’s pretty easy going – mostly object-interacting based stuff or small mini-games – but the real focus of your attention should be the amazing illustration. It’s a surreal and mind-blowing thing that would go very well in a Dalí gallery. Buildings bend and twist in and out of frame at oblique angles, clocks dominate the scenes, and mosaic patterns make crazy things happen to your eyes. Throw in a wonderfully touching story, a sublime soundtrack, and, of course, those easy Machinarium achievements and you’ve got a two-hour must-play.
Machinarium and squeaks set
machinarium Machinarium is the award-winning indie adventure game from the creators of Samorost and Botanicula.
Help Josef the robot save his girlfriend Berta kidnapped by the Black Cap Brotherhood gang.
Crunches The floor starts shaking, light bulbs break – and something quite unusual is happening just behind your bedroom walls. Equipped with nothing but wits and courage, you slowly descend into a world inhabited by birds and seemingly deadly furniture monsters.
From the makers of indie classics Machinarium and Samorost comes Creaks, a new puzzle adventure game that delights the senses with its hand-painted visuals, crisp animations, eerie sounds, and an eclectic original score by Hidden Orchestra. Proceed at your own pace to find the solutions to dozens of carefully crafted puzzles, explore the mansion in search of hidden paintings, and uncover the big secret.
Luke — Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
As a big fan of the Project Diva and Picross series, this was always going to be a day one purchase for me, and I’ve already browsed through all of the Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S when it released in January. . For those new to the world of nonogram puzzles, these absolute time vampires involve using numerical clues to color in sections of a grid and eventually reveal a hidden image. It might take a few puzzles to get the logic behind the system to click, but before long you’ll be speeding up even the biggest grids and solving tricky puzzles in no time. It’s hugely satisfying to watch everything start to fall into place, and even more so when you can solve the toughest problems without any hints or help. Luckily for newcomers (and/or folks who are only here for Miku), that kind of perfection isn’t necessary for solving puzzles, or even for achievements, and without a state of failure per se, you could theoretically just brute force every puzzle in the game by clicking on almost every box. A tedious and tedious road to completion, sure (and one that saps the fun of the game), but it would get the job done. At 40% off, this great little puzzle will make you Miku-Miku (for real).
Hatsune Miku Logic Painting S
“Hatsune Miku Logic Paint -MIKULOGI-” has evolved! Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S is now available on the Microsoft® Store!
Sean — Metro Saga Ensemble
If you haven’t played Metro games, first of all, shame on you. Second, do yourself a favor and pick up the Metro Saga Bundle, which is 70% off this week, bringing it down to just $17.99 / £14.99 / €17.99. Here you’ll find three of the best first-person shooters: Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux, and Metro Exodus, as well as the two DLC expansions for Exodus. The Metro series is set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow where humans are forced to live underground in the city’s metro tunnels as the outside world has become uninhabitable. You play as Artyom, a man who is asked to join a group known as the Rangers to hunt down mysterious creatures known as the Dark Ones, who have been attacking various settlements on the Underground network. The first two games are very linear first-person shooter experiences that let you smash your way through groups of mutated creatures in pitch-black subway tunnels before stumbling into a subway station – l he atmosphere in the tunnels is unlike any other FPS and it makes sure you’re always on your toes. Metro Exodus, the third game in the series, does away with the linear format and places you in several vast open sandboxes, although there are still a few linear moments every now and then. Exodus is probably my favorite of the three because it has a bit more gameplay variety compared to 2033 and Last Light. When it comes to achievements, all three games have pretty tough achievement lists, although Exodus will be the one that will put up the biggest fight.
Metro Saga Bundle
The Metro Saga Bundle includes all three games in the critically acclaimed Metro series – Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro Exodus Gold Edition (with all bonus DLCs)
Tom — Insurrection: Sandstorm
While Insurgency: Sandstorm doesn’t visually reach the same dizzying heights as other more notable titles in the FPS genre, it makes up for it with incredible sound design and intense tactile gunplay. I’ve always been a sucker for first-person shooters (or “shootybangs”, as our esteemed frontman Luke likes to call them), and the chaotic nature of large-scale firefights makes these some of my video game experiences. favourites. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to get stuck in something like Insurgency: Sandstorm, which does away with large-scale warfare in favor of smaller team-based, tactile gameplay – and I’ve never felt so anxious playing a shooter before. Bullet damage is increased enough to allow the game to straddle the line between arcade and simulation, so a few well-placed rounds will have you kissing the dirt. This knowledge, combined with some of the most impressive sound design elements I’ve encountered to date, makes Insurgency: Sandstorm a ridiculously intense game to play…and it makes for an incredibly satisfying experience.
If you just rushed to buy the game, you’ve already made your first mistake; to be successful, you need to know how to slow things down, check turns, use cover correctly to your advantage, and keep your ass out of open areas. If you can handle not running fast with everyone, you’ll really have fun with this. The current sale is 25% off the price, but to be honest Insurgency: Sandstorm is well worth its full price, so any discount is a bonus – Maximum Games recently released an update that fixes the unobtainable achievements in ‘Insurgency: Sandstorm, so now is a good time to play and finally complete the game.
Fight in the war-torn environments of contemporary conflict across a series of intense cooperative and PvP multiplayer modes. Feel every bullet and fear every impact in fierce close combat as your team battles for victory.
Does something here do that for you, or are you going to get a different slice of awesomeness from the sales? Let us know in the comments!
In its recent financial report, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch has achieved incredible milestones. Not only did the Switch surpass the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii, but it’s also the seventh video game console to cross 100 million units sold. It joins the illustrious group of the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo DS, and the aforementioned Nintendo Wii.
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As it approaches its fifth anniversary, the Switch’s monumental success is a reminder of Nintendo’s impact and reputation in the industry. For nearly 50 years, the company has been a leader in video gaming, and its consoles are mainstays in the lives of millions of gamers around the world.
ten GameCube – 21.74 million
In 2001, Nintendo launched the GameCube in two of its biggest markets: Japan in September and North America in November. Selling for $199.99, the Gamecube faced stiff competition from Sony’s Playstation 2 and Microsoft’s first console, the Xbox. By the time Nintendo discontinued the console in 2007, the GameCube had been overtaken by its two competitors.
Despite finishing the generation in last place, the GameCube still holds a special place in gaming history due to quirks such as the use of miniDVDs and its carrying handle. Audiences were first introduced to franchises like pikmine and animal crossing but remarkable is the output of Super Smash Bros. Meleea game that spawned a competitive fighting scene and is still popular today.
9 Nintendo 64 – 32.93 million
Nintendo entered the third dimension in 1996 with the release of the $199.99 Nintendo 64. This generation, Nintendo has overtaken its old rival Sega, selling more than three times as many units as the Sega Saturn. However, neither company could match the popularity of the market newcomer, Sony’s PlayStation.
The Nintendo 64 is beloved by 90s kids everywhere because of its library of party games. Unlike its competitors, the ability to play four players has made instant classics of Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros., GoldenEye 007, and Perfect black. Besides that, games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and the launch title Super Mario 64 stand as masterpieces whose influence is still felt in video games released today.
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8 SNES/Super Famicom – 49.1 million
Released in Japan as the Super Famicom, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System brought Nintendo into the 16-bit generation. The SNES is best known for the fiery competitive spirit of its generation of games. This time around, Nintendo faced a tough challenger in the Sega Genesis. Sega fought a tough fight but in the end Nintendo emerged as the winner.
The SNES has refined the grandeur of its predecessor to create masterpieces. Titles like Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid are consistently touted as some of the greatest and most popular games ever made and are often cited for their influences on the platforming, top-down action-adventure, and Metroidvania genres, respectively.
7 NES/Famicom – 61.91 million
After making a name for itself in arcade games, Nintendo entered the home gaming market in 1983 with the Family Computer aka the Famicom. Two years later, the console was redesigned and renamed for its US launch as the Nintendo Entertainment System. After the video game crash of 1983, the NES saved the home video game console market in the United States.
By reintroducing the world to video games, the NES established many familiar faces that define the art form. Iconic unique pieces like ice climbers, and duck huntingto the first entries in the mario, Legend of Zelda, Punch-Out, and metroid franchises, the NES set the bar for Nintendo’s high-quality software.
6 Nintendo 3DS family – 75.94 million
A hefty MSRP of $249.99 and the rise of mobile gaming gave the Nintendo 3DS a rocky launch. But after a price drop, the 3DS slowly built up to huge success. Stereoscopic 3D was initially Nintendo’s selling point, later releasing cheaper models without this feature. The 3DS family includes the 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS and New Nintendo 2DS XL.
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The Nintendo 3DS has won the success of iterations on Nintendo’s most beloved franchises. Highlights include Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, remakes of the two N64s Zelda Games, four pairs of main lines Pokemon Games,and renewed interest in fire emblem with Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates.
5 Game Boy Advanced Family – 81.51 million
The Game Boy Advanced evolved Nintendo’s handheld devices in 2001 by upgrading to a 32-bit system and switching to a landscape design. The console would receive two major redesigns. First, the Game Boy Advanced SP reverted to a portrait design and added a front-lit display and a flip-top. This was followed by the Game Boy Micro, a more compact version of the original GBA.
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The GBA has introduced many Nintendo sub-franchises to the world with WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgames!, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Also note the ports of NES and SNES games with titles like Super Mario Advance and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
4 Nintendo Wii – 101.63 million
As the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 upgraded video games to high definition, Nintendo marched to the beat of its own drum. In 2006, Nintendo introduced the world to motion gaming with the release of the Wii. With the flashy gimmick of motion controls and the cheaper price of $249.99, the Wii caused a stir like no other and eclipsed the success of its competitors.
The Nintendo Wii is best known for the phenomenon that is Sports Wii, the best-selling Nintendo game of all time. the Wii the casual game brand launched its own franchise, including Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play, Wii Party, and WifiFit. Both Mario and Zelda have received multiple mainline entries this generation and long-dormant franchises like Punch ! and donkey kong country have been restarted.
3 Nintendo Switch – 103.54 million
After decades of dividing its resources and audience, Nintendo has finally merged its home and handheld markets with the Nintendo Switch. Released in 2017 and delivering on its promise of console-level gaming on the go, the console reignited cultural passion for Nintendo. The Switch’s Herculean achievements include overselling all Nintendo home consoles and spending thirty-five non-consecutive months as the best-selling console in the United States (per GameInformer).
Many of Switch’s best-selling games are ports or repackages of the largely ignored Wii U catalog: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, breath of the wild, New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Franchises reached new heights of popularity in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Odyssey.
2 Game Boy Family – 118.69 million
In 1989, Nintendo released its follow-up to the handheld market. Unlike the Game & Watch, which was limited to one game per device, the Nintendo Game Boy allowed players to switch between games through its game cartridges. The console would release numerous revisions, including the Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light and the Game Boy Color.
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Game Boy owners can generally be categorized into two groups: those who were addicted to pack-in gaming Tetris in 1989, and those who were addicted to the first generation of pocket monsters in 1996 Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow. Nintendo regulars received their first handheld iterations in Super Mario Land, Land of Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Kirby’s Dreamland.
1 Nintendo DS family – 154.02 million
Released in 2004, the Nintendo DS broke new ground on the handheld system by adding several features now taken for granted, including the ability to wirelessly connect to multiple systems, a built-in microphone, and play with others via Wi-Fi But the console is best known for its dual screens preserved by its clamshell design. With two screens, including bottom touch capabilities, gamers were treated to a host of unique gaming experiences.
Early in the DS life cycle, Nintendo focused on the casual market with titles like Nintendogs and Brain Age: Train your brain in minutes a day!and Big Brain Academy. The usual suspects are all here, including Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing: Wild World, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, New Super Mario Bros., and four mainline sets Pokemon Games.
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For Xbox gamers, the 1st of every month is a chance to sample new games through the Xbox Live Games With Gold program, which offers four games (two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility). March 2022 is no exception, with four new games to check out. It may not be a star-studded line-up, but there’s sure to be something for everyone.
The first is The flame in the flood, a popular indie roguelike survival game that sees players travel down a procedurally generated river, gather supplies, and try to survive against waves of creatures that want your blood. The Flame In The Flood will be available from March 1-31, so you have plenty of time to download it.
The next step is Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, an Xbox 360 RPG that’s sure to consume hours upon hours of your life between its Light and Shadow campaigns. Each campaign has its own end goal in mind, but will intersect at different times, making it a unique experience. Sacred 2 will be available from March 1 through March 15.
The second Xbox One game is street power football which is an arcade version of the beautiful game. Players will travel across the world to various “playgrounds”, play a variety of modes and unleash outsized superpowers to win matches against their opponents. Street Power Soccer will be available through Games With Gold from March 16 to April 15.
Finally, the second Xbox 360 game will be The truth or the square of spongebob, a video game related to the episode of the same name. Spongebob has forgotten the location of Krabby Patty’s iconic recipe, so the only way to find out where it went is to use Plankton’s Memory Machine. Chaos ensues. You can claim SpongeBob from March 16 through March 31.
Before March’s games go live, however, today is the last day to claim some of February’s games with gold, including Broken Sword 5 and Bunch of insects. Meanwhile, The aerial knight never gives in will be available to claim until March 15.
Games With Gold is part of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions, and gives subscribers unlimited access to claimed titles as long as their subscription remains active. Once your subscription expires or is cancelled, you will lose access to these games.
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Companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Sega have dominated the home video game market for decades, and many gamers weren’t sure what to expect when Microsoft announced it would release its first game console in November 2001. he company was primarily a software company since its inception, but the brand immediately proved to be a huge success capable of competing with the biggest names in the market.
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As in any entertainment industry, rumors have been circulating everywhere Xbox’s twenty years of life. While many turned out to be true, even more turned out to be false. While some may seem like missed opportunities, others are better because they never materialized.
ten Xbox 720 console
Since Microsoft chose not to use a simple numbering system for naming its consoles (they would always be one number behind PlayStation, which might confuse casual consumers), gamers weren’t sure what to expect from the tracking of the Xbox 360. Some thought the system would double the number to be called 720.
This rumor was fueled by the 2011 film real steel, which featured an advertisement for the Xbox 720 during one of its robotic battles. This name turned out to be wrong when Microsoft announced that its new console would be the Xbox One.
9 Future Activision games will be exclusive to Xbox
Microsoft surprised the gaming world by revealing its acquisition of Zenimax, but that news was followed by an equally shocking purchase: Activision Blizard. In addition to Microsoft now owning several classic games through the acquisition, this also meant that popular titles such as those from the Call of Duty franchise could potentially become Xbox exclusives.
Microsoft put an end to rumors and speculation when it issued a statement update its game store policies. Among the information was the assurance that not only current contracts with Sony would be honored, but that games like Call of Duty would continue to release on other consoles even after those agreements expired.
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8 Xbox/Zune xYz
MP3 players may still exist, but like the Walkman or portable CD players before them, they have mostly been phased out due to advances in technology. Even in their heyday, however, Microsoft’s Zune never reached the popularity of Apple’s iPod line.
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Team Xbox published an article in 2009 claiming that Microsoft was planning a crossover device to connect their declining MP3 player with their Xbox gaming brand. The device, codenamed xYz, was meant to be a portable handheld capable of sharing movies, TV shows, music, and Xbox Live Arcade games with home Xbox consoles. This rumor ultimately turned out to be false.
seven Xbox series X | Release delay S until 2021
Although Microsoft originally announced a November 2020 release date for the Xbox Series X | S consoles, rumors started circulating ahead of launch via sites like Forbes that the global chip shortage and Covid-related shipping delays would force Microsoft to postpone this to 2021.
With how often gamers see popular games delayed for various reasons, it didn’t seem like a stretch that the same could happen to Microsoft’s new systems. This turned out to be wrong, even though supply still hasn’t caught up with demand and many gamers are still struggling to find Microsoft and Sony consoles.
6 Series X catches fire
There were several rumors in games that turned out to be false, but this hardware hoax almost caused serious damage to the Xbox brand. Gamers Were Already Wary of Consoles Launching After Xbox 360’s ‘Red Ring’ Issues, So Many Believed It a video posted on Twitter November 11, 2020 showing an Xbox Series X console going up in smoke and flames.
Microsoft quickly denied these allegations, and this video was indeed proven to be false. The most popular theory is that the poster simply blew smoke from a vape into the Series X vents.
5 The Xbox Surface tablet
Like the Zune before it, Microsoft’s Surface tablets failed to gain the brand recognition or popularity of Apple’s iPads. The original Surface was released in October 2012, and rumors started circulating in early 2012 that Microsoft was also working on a gaming-focused crossover release with its Xbox brand.
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This rumor gained momentum when The Verge claimed several sources confirmed the information. This information claimed that the Xbox Surface would have a 7-inch screen and be able to play less demanding Xbox games. The Surface tablet brand has enjoyed reasonable success, but Microsoft has so far stayed out of the mobile gaming device market.
4 Microsoft will sell the Xbox brand
With several popular games available on Xbox Game Pass and major studio acquisitions in quick succession, the Xbox name holds a very positive place with fans right now. However, that wasn’t always the case, and rumors swirled in the early 2010s that Microsoft was considering selling the Xbox brand to a company such as Amazon.
While this particular rumor was false, Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently open to ShackNews about Microsoft’s intention to drop or sell the Xbox brand altogether after poor Xbox One pre-launch marketing campaigns.
3 Microsoft will buy Sega
There were several Xbox rumors for 2022 that fans believed in, and one was that Microsoft was considering buying Sega. Following the tech giant’s acquisition of Zenimax, the parent company of old scrolls and Fall developer BioWare, in 2021, multiple sources said another big acquisition is coming soon.
Many believed that Sega was in a difficult enough position to seek a buyer, and the famous Japanese brand could give Xbox a boost in a country dominated by Sony and Nintendo. This rumor had no single source, but it was perpetrated by various media. However, it was quickly revealed that Microsoft’s next big buy was to be Activision Blizzard, and no further information was revealed on potential moves with Sega.
2 Hideo Kojima creates an Xbox exclusive game
The brain behind much of the metal gear franchise, Hideo Kojima went through a very public dispute with Konami as they restructured and refocused their game publishing methods and hierarchy. After Kojima’s infamous parting ways with his longtime publisher, the two parties’ enmity for each other has come out frequently and publicly.
After VentureBeat published an article in early 2021 about the deal, rumors swirled that the famous game maker was planning an exclusive collaboration with Microsoft in an effort to flex its newfound independence, but no further announcements or information have been revealed since. .
1 Microsoft is developing a competitor to Smash Bros.
the Super Smash Bros. The franchise has been a popular competitive and social series for decades, and so far no other entry in the genre has proven so popular. When Sony tried to emulate the formula with PlayStation All Stars Battle Royalerumors have speculated that Microsoft would try something similar.
Unfortunately for fans, Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed in an interview with Kotaku that Microsoft had no intention of creating their own smash clone. With brands like Halo and armament of war, many thought the franchise would be more mature and violent than its cartoon counterparts, but Phil argued that the Xbox team wanted to focus on new experiences. However, Microsoft’s recent and ongoing acquisitions of IPs Zenimax and Activision Blizard have rekindled fan desires for a platform brawler.
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Since the beginnings of Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold has become very outdated. Game Pass is more than a top tier of an Xbox Live subscription, giving access to a large library of games while Xbox Live Gold offers nothing like it. The benefits that gold offers seem very meager in comparison.
As gamers flock to Game Pass for the selection of games on offer, Xbox Live Gold has been criticized for offering less value. Of course, Xbox Live Gold arrived long before Xbox Game Pass, but it hasn’t evolved in a big way. Charging players to access multiplayer games may have been Xbox style a decade ago, but it feels offbeat now that Game Pass exists, and the low perks of Xbox’s Games With Gold offerings rarely justify the cost. a Live subscription.
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Xbox Live Gold has been part of the Xbox Series for a very long time, but Game Pass overtook it very quickly. If Xbox Live Gold were to upgrade and evolve, it might gain a better reputation. However, considering how behind his time, it may be too late for him to recover. There are a few specific points that may explain Gold’s failures, and why it now feels like a relic that Xbox should part with.
Xbox Live Gold – Why paying extra to play online seems outdated
One of the biggest original draws of Xbox Live and its paid subscription model was that it gave gamers the ability to play against and with other people online. It was a major boost for Xbox’s early multiplayer games such as Halo 2. At first, online gaming was a bit of a novelty, but it quickly caught on, eventually reaching the point where online multiplayer has become an industry staple and a major force in its own right. Nowadays there are entire games such as Monitoring and SMIT which consist entirely of online multiplayer matches, but not all platforms require a paid subscription to access them.
Over time, online gambling has become more and more common in games. Xbox Live Gold has become more appealing to many gamers as it has become more or less essential to getting the most out of several major titles, such as Halo and Call of Duty. Eventually it reached a point where online play felt like something that should be included by default rather than a feature locked behind additional payment. Almost every multiplayer game on Xbox needed it, so these games basically required an extra yearly charge to be fully enjoyed.
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With more platforms not requiring a subscription to access online multiplayer and co-op titles, and with Game Pass presenting better value for money overall, Xbox Live Gold feels like an unwanted extra payment that gamers must agree to participate. basic characteristics of certain titles. Free games on Xbox no longer requiring Live, Microsoft seems to realize this. The days when connecting a console to the internet was a novelty are long gone, and Xbox Live Gold feels like a relic of those less established days. Offering little more than a key to playing online games, what Gold brings should really be basic functionality rather than a paid extra.
Games with gold have been made obsolete by Xbox Game Pass
Games With Gold is a program that has been part of Xbox Live since July 2013. Twice a month, players are offered a game to download for free, with each offer remaining valid until the next game. A free-to-play game sounds amazing, and Microsoft has offered some great games in the past. When the Xbox One was released, Games With Gold began offering Xbox 360 and Xbox One games through the service. However, the service has earned a reputation for offering less than stellar titles in recent years, with the February 2022 Xbox Games With Gold deals proving particularly unattractive.
When Game Pass launched on Xbox One, it was priced higher than Xbox Live Gold, but quickly showed its worth with the Game Pass library, with a large collection of titles players can download and play for free as long as they are part of the service. Even some new releases and major titles are offered through Game Pass, which has become a major draw for subscribers. Games will occasionally be removed from Game Pass as new titles are added, but any title on Game Pass can be purchased at a discount while it is part of the service. It’s basically a way for gamers to try out games before they buy them, and it’s a lot like a video game version of Netflix.
Xbox Game Pass has added over $6,000 worth of games in 2021 and is great value for money. It also eclipsed Games With Gold. As one of Gold’s only standout features outside of online play, it makes Gold look outdated now that a vastly improved version is available on the same console. While they could be considered different tiers of the same online service, Game Pass trumps Gold to such a degree that even this comparison seems unfair.
What should happen to Xbox Live Gold now that Game Pass exists
With Xbox Live Gold looking more outdated over time, Microsoft should consider what it should do with the service. What Gold offers feels both underwhelming and vital for the console, given that it’s still needed for online play. Given the reviews, it might be time for Microsoft to change how Xbox Live Gold works. Even lowering the price of Xbox Live Gold may not be enough to change.
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One solution would be to expand free online gaming beyond free games to encompass all games with online functionality. While that would leave Gold’s only quirk as disappointing Games With Gold offerings, it would possibly lead to Gold being phased out, with Ultimate being the only additional tier. Considering Xbox Live Ultimate has the Game Pass library, that sounds like something worth the extra payment to access. Game Pass is one of the best online gaming services right now, and Microsoft was right to introduce it. However, it also highlighted why gold feels so weak in comparison.
As for whether Microsoft would actually phase out the gold, there are reports that the company is waiting for Xbox Game Pass to reach a milestone before considering dropping the gold. Xbox Live Gold has been a part of the service for a long time, and Microsoft probably wouldn’t let it go without a very good reason. However, the introduction of Xbox Live Ultimate and Game Pass has provided such an improved version of what Gold is already doing that it may be seriously considering making changes.
While Xbox Live Gold was once one of the leading online gaming services, it now sits in the shadow of Xbox Game Pass. Boasting a few perks in addition to online play, Gold feels like a relic from a previous console generation. After being overtaken by so many other platforms and services, Xbox Live Gold is obsolete.
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Let’s be honest: while they’re still technically making a new crazy game every year, these are usually not very exciting.
(Last entry got quite mixed reviewsif you’re curious.) But while fans might wait and hope that 2022’s game will bring the next-gen fire we’ve been waiting for – or maybe the recently delayed NFL arcade game that 2K has been working on for a while the real the big game is this weekend, and you’re probably looking forward to playing video football with your friends in the meantime.
We can’t promise that any of these games won’t live up to the joy of your aunt’s extra-thick Buffalo Chicken Dip, but there are still quite a few classic football titles worth watching. . Check these:
10 yard fight (NES, 1983)
If you really want to go back to the origins of the football video game, there’s nothing more rudimentary than 10 yard fight. One of the few NES launch games not developed by Nintendo, 10YF doesn’t even have named teams or game selection. Hope you enjoy running the triple option every game! Also, you only have two players to select in defense. While its icy pace certainly takes some getting used to, the game is somewhat fun on its own, and it’s a good reminder of how far football games have come over the past four decades.
Super Bowl Tecmo (NES, 1991)
This is perhaps the only name on this list that Everybody knows, and for good reason. Simply, Super Bowl Tecmo is undeniably the most influential gridiron football game of all time. It pioneered many of the core features you expect from modern sports games, including accurate rosters, full season simulation, stat tracking, injuries, variable player condition… the list goes on.
Although it cannot compete with the technically demanding simulation of later games like crazy, as a pure video game to play in 2022, it strikes an immaculate balance between playability and technical complexity. Eight games per team might not seem like a lot, but it’s just enough to keep your opponent guessing. Moreover, thanks to the TSB modding community makes it easy to play your favorite team from any era, from the ’72 Dolphins to the present day. If you like retro games, TSB is one of your best options here. Also, Bo Jackson isn’t exactly unstoppable – try playing the Bills or the Oilers if you really want to dominate.
NFL Blitz 2000 (N64, PS1, arcade machine…)
Midway Games may be dead and gone, but the legacy of NFL Blitz lives in arcade bars and impromptu parties all over the world. While the rest of the sports genre strove towards asymptotic realism, Blitz (and its basketball equivalent NBA Jam) took the arcade bombshell to a whole new level, with 60-yard hospital passes, wides bouncing ten feet in the air for perfect catches, and German linebackers suplexing their careers on the turf.
The NFL eventually stepped in to remove much of the game’s over-the-top violence (and, therefore, much of its personality), but early entries into the Blitz the series remains a high point for silly sports fun. The arcade version of Blitz ’99 is perhaps the most iconic, but when it comes to home platforms, the Dreamcast Blitz 2000 runs at 60 fps and offers slightly improved graphics. (But if you don’t mind the N64 version, you can also update the lists to modernity.)
Legend bowl (Steam, 2021)
Let’s present this one with a few caveats: it’s still under development and only available for PC at the moment. That said, if you’re looking for a modern football game with a retro aesthetic and deep gameplay, Legend bowl is probably the best out there. It combines many of the best ideas of modern sports games – especially time-based kicks and throws, plus plenty of backtracking motion options – and wraps it up in an easy-to-understand yet challenging package. to master.
While there are certainly still some improvements to be made to this single-player project, especially online play and a dynasty mode, it’s still advanced enough that we can recommend it to any curious football fan. Despite its quality, it didn’t sell as many copies as expected, so check it out if you’re interested.
ESPN NFL 2K5 (PS2, Xbox)
You may have forgotten this one, but 2K5 is still considered the pinnacle of sim-style video game football by a dedicated community of enthusiasts. The latest entry in the 2K football franchise before Madden’s exclusivity contract has made it the only game in town, it’s also the best.
While it’s certainly not the best looking game on this list, especially if you don’t have an old CRT lying around, there’s a lot to like. 2K5is a realistic action, and it is still impressive today. If your old PS2 is gathering dust in your closet, it might be worth revisiting – for our money, it certainly plays better than most sports games today.
NCAA Soccer 14 (PS3, Xbox 360)
You would be forgiven if the original version of NCAA Soccer 14 passed on to you, as it was just another yearly entry in the long-running series for most of us. However, due to the controversy surrounding college athlete compensation, this ended up being the last entered the series, and it’s now one of the most sought-after games for the PS3 and Xbox 360, fetching prices over $100 for bulk copies.
Considered by enthusiasts to be one of the last truly good modern football games, 14 has a dedicated community of modders who update their list every year until a new entry in the series comes out. If you can find a PS3 emulator – trust us, it’s not hard – and you like college football, that’s such a good experience as you will get it. They also have a Discord.
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If 8-bit graphics are too old-school for you, the best SNES entry in the Tecmo bowl the series could very well suit you. It also has 16 games instead of 8, for more “realism”. We still prefer the NES original, but it’s also a good option.
This is normally where you might find us trying to parody NFL Films-style storytelling. Apart from Donovan and a few other performances, you might have seen on the Shacknews Twitch channel that a part of us are not very good at this football. That won’t stop us from talking about our all-time favorite football game for this week’s Shack Chat question. We’ll give you a hint: this isn’t Madden NFL 22.
Shack Chat: What’s your favorite football video game?
NFL Blitz – Ozzie Mejia, Gridiron Editor
Even before Madden dived Pepsi off a cliff, I was never really into sim football. It was probably evident by my performance in the Madden Staff Tournament earlier this week. I’ve always had a passion for arcade football.
That said, NFL Blitz was the absolute best. Easy controls, fast pace, little downtime and hard hits for a fun afternoon with friends. Forget strategy, just go balls against the wall and see who could light up the scoreboard fastest. And, of course, I loved the late hits. Late hits were hilarious, in a more innocent time before we knew the long-term damage of repeated head trauma.
Madden NFL 10 – Donovan Erskine, John Madden Memorial Shack Staff Super Challenge Chapion 2022
When my dad bought me my own Xbox 360 in 2009, the two games I owned were Modern Warfare 2 and Madden 10. I played that game for hours, playing with rosters and creating silly teams, and playing against my siblings until the early hours of the morning, creating our own narratives and letting the drama unfold on the pitch.
I also spent a lot of time trying to get all the Madden 10 achievements. In particular, I remember the achievement that required you to stay in the pocket for 10 seconds, and another that required you to trigger a tackle gang with 7 or more players. They were actually really stimulating and creative. I also think this two-man cover looks great, despite my burning hatred for Hines Ward and the Steelers.
NFL Blitz (PS1) – Blake Morse, Co-EIC
I love the NFL Blitz franchise so much. It was just such a brutal, goofy take on arcade football. He took all the great little details from the NBA Jam series and injected them into a grill gaffe. I loved the arcade version, but starting my game with the PS1 version and my homies after school at my homie Mike’s was where it was in the late 90s. We were all screwing up and trying our best to enter as many cheat codes as possible before the game loaded. The winner would face the next opponent and it was probably the only time in my life where I had a chance to beat all my friends who played Madden regularly. The NFL basically killed this franchise because of all the corny late hits and such, but they can’t take my precious memories of after-school shenanigans with all my friends.
NFL Blitz – Morgan Shaver, newcomer to the block
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of football gaming experience, so that’s a tricky question for me to answer. After reading the reasons why Ozzie and Blake chose NFL Blitz and reviewing the game for myself, I’m going to go on and say that NFL Blitz is my favorite football game. There’s a distinct level of charm to NFL Blitz that I really appreciate, as well as its accessibility. You won’t spend too much time fumbling with the controls, NFL Blitz is a game you can jump into and have fun. The game also keeps you invested with its fast pace, as well as the thrill of getting knocked down in-game, which is more fun than frustrating. I love a game where you can channel your inner Tubthumping through Chumbawamba and get knocked down, but you get back up. And they can never hold you back.
ESPN NFL 2K5 – Sam Chandler, defending
ESPN NFL 2K5 marks a special moment for fans of NFL games. It was the last in the 2K series before the landscape changed to be essentially Madden only, courtesy of EA’s deal. And now look at the state of things. But when it came to NFL 2K5, it had another massive selling point – literally – its low price. Buying a new football game every year is a heavy burden on the wallet, so the fact that it was considerably cheaper than the norm made it much more accessible for many gamers.
ESPN NFL 2K5 – Chris Jarrard, thinks Derrick Brooks is the GOAT
It was the football game that was so fun, detailed, and dynamic that EA felt compelled to flex its muscles to strike an exclusive deal with the NFL to produce licensed video games. Building on the foundation started with NFL 2K for the Dreamcast, ESPN NFL 2K5 was unmatched in terms of presentation quality, graphical fidelity (especially with bumpy jersey textures on Xbox), and its ability to simulate NFL football on a home console. Even to this day, the game represents a high point for video game football and you could say that its innovative broadcast-style presentation has yet to be overshadowed by any sports title. Honorable mention goes to the Tecmo Bowl/Tecmo Super Bowl for the NES.
Mutant League Football – Bill Lavoy, Co-EIC
I don’t really follow football or enjoy the sport in the same way as my colleagues, but I did play a few football games in my time. It started in the 90s when I was just entering high school with Mutant League Football. My boyfriend and I used to hang out in his bedroom and listen to Metallica and White Zombie while playing Mutant League Football on Sega Genesis. We loved the game, and it easily remains my favorite football memory in terms of video games.
NFL 2K2 – TJ Denzer, News Editor
One of the last great swan songs of the Dreamcast games era, NFL 2K2 was one of the last times I remember having a really, really good time with an NFL-licensed game. In my opinion, the game was equal parts silly as it was good football without being NFL Blitz. For one, the Houston Texans had just become a franchise that year and were included in the game, but there was no actual roster, so the team is just filled with characters and placeholders for the place.
Then there was the creation of a player. I remember making the tallest, leanest guy possible and the shortest, fattest guy possible and maxing out their stats. Then my buddies and I would watch in absolute delight as these monsters of odd proportions fly across the field as I returned to my own end zone and threw 80-year-old passes at them, which they would catch. Real throw physics weren’t NFL 2K’s early strength. It was the most utterly stupid and hilarious wild west passage I’ve ever seen, but I’ll never forget what kind of ridiculous comedy and rivalry it created for my friends and I when we played.
(Huddled in the Mines Video) – Greg Burke, Video Editor
NFL2K/NFL Street – Steve Tyminski, host of Stevetendo, New York Jets fan!
The biggest football game of the year, the Super Bowl, takes place this weekend. The Bengals and Rams will play to determine the best of the best. That being said, does this make you think which football video game is the best? If I had to narrow it down to two video games, I would have to choose between NFL2K and NFL Street.
NFL2K games on Dreamcast were some of the best games the system had to offer. The Dreamcast was an underrated system, but the NFL and NHL2K franchises were great sports titles. They had the right amount of arcade and realism that makes a football game a good football game. NFL2K still has some of the best controls for a football game, and you can call games to the Dreamcast memory card so your opponent can’t see what you’re calling.
On the other hand, NFL Street was everything the National Football League doesn’t want to be now. It was like garden football where you could show off skill points and make huge fumble-causing shots. I remember playing at my friends house and after walking into the end zone after catching a throw behind my back I knew I had to get this game!
NFL 2K3 – Social Media Guru Dennis White
The nostalgia for this game is real. For me, I was just starting to really get into the Chicago football cult after leaning more towards basketball for most of my young life. Can you blame me, the Bulls were the stuff of legends back then.
But the hype for Bears football and especially Bears defensive football was loud in my house and apparently in the offices of 2K as Brian Urlacher covered the game. It was also the first football game I bought. Sure, I’ve played NFL Blitz and other titles, but most of the time it was at a friend’s house or borrowed from a cousin. This game hit a ton of high points with gameplay and player control. Yes, things could get a little ridiculous depending on the team ratings, but it was still a fun time. I always have a GameCube flashcard somewhere in a closet in case I need to show the kids how it’s done someday.
Tecmo Super Bowl – Shacknews Luminary/Lola Assistant Asif Khan
In my day, we didn’t need fancy 3D football video games. We had a 2D side-scrolling soccer game and it only had 8 games. What’s amazing about the minimalist design of the Tecmo Bowl and its much better successor, the Tecmo Super Bowl, is that the gameplay is far superior to current Madden NFL games. Franchise progression in Season mode is honestly more enjoyable than Madden’s stuffing of a franchise and DJ Khaled modes. Ultimately, Tecmo Super Bowl is fun, with an incredibly silly and detailed soundtrack, groundbreaking cutscenes, and a Cleveland Browns team that doesn’t make me want to cry when I pick them.
Those are our picks for this Super Bowl Sunday. What do you say, the Shacknews community? Join the conversation and weigh in with your all-time favorite football video game.
When we think of app stores, the ones that usually come to mind are Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android devices, and maybe Amazon’s Fire tablets. But Microsoft said Wednesday it wanted to stand out with a series of “principles” it publicly commits to that it says will promote competition in its app stores.
The tech giant’s Open App Store principles include privacy protections and transparent editorial policies, as well as a promise to hold Microsoft’s own apps to the same standards the company applies to others. Microsoft releases the principles in a bid to weigh in on new laws that are before the US Congress, as well as allay concerns about its own potentially monopolistic size amid its proposal Acquisition for 68.7 billion dollars of video game giant Activision Blizzard.
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“Ultimately, we believe this principled approach will foster a more open app market and better serve our users and creators,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
In addition to its principles for its app stores, Microsoft has promised that it will continue to offer the best-selling Call of Duty war simulation franchise, as well as other Activision Blizzard games, on competing devices, such as the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. “We think this is the right thing for the industry, for the players and for our business,” Smith said.
Microsoft’s efforts come at a time when lawmakers, regulators and ordinary citizens around the world are watching closely. The tech industry includes some of the biggest and most powerful companies on the planet. But in recent years, a series of controversies over the spread of misinformation and hate speech have intensified already heated debates over the industry’s approach to privacy, security and other sensitive issues.
Meta, Twitter, Google, Amazon and Apple have all found themselves answering questions before congressional committees that review a wide range of laws, including antitrust and advertising industry reforms, to curb corporate power and possibly punish perceived bad behavior.
Microsoft has largely stayed away, despite being declared a monopoly in a lawsuit two decades ago. But its plan to buy Activision Blizzard, among other major investments in its Xbox video game division, has already raised some concerns.
In many ways, Microsoft’s 11-point set of principles also serves as a critique of other tech industry giants, including Apple and Google, who have faced harsh words about how they control their respective app stores. Microsoft has said, for example, that it won’t require developers to use its payment system for in-app payments, something Apple and Google defendedincluding in lawsuits with fortnite manufacturer Epic Games.
While Microsoft didn’t name Apple or Google directly, it said its rules were written in reaction to the “friction” that exists between developers, gamers and app stores on the web today.
Eagerly awaited by fans of skateboarding games, OlliOlli World is the latest trick-packed title from Roll7, the developers behind 2014’s OlliOlli and 2015’s OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood. This time they really outdid themselves.
The first thing returning fans will notice is a significant change in the art style. While the previous two games in this franchise were 2D side-scrollers with very old-school graphics, OlliOlli World has character models that look like characters from Adventure Time or Rick & Morty dropouts, as well as ‘2.5D’ levels which are positively full of detail and charm.
In this case, 2.5D refers to the fact that, although players still almost always move from one side of the screen to the other, there are several different paths you can take through levels, and the depth of field has been significantly improved. For example, in some places you will be able to jump between two different routes, one of which is normally a “gnarly” option which is a bit more difficult.
To bring you this OlliOlli World review, RadioTimes.com we tried the PC version of the game (using an NVIDIA 3070 Ti graphics card), and we also tried the handheld version on Nintendo Switch OLED. Keep reading for our full thoughts!
First, let’s take a second to point out that OlliOlli World is utterly lovely. When these character models were first revealed, it was easy to worry that they would throw up too edgy dialogue and generally overstay their welcome. But we were very pleasantly surprised to find that they’re all pretty nice people, and you can skip most of their dialogue if you just want to skate. There’s also an impressively deep character creator, so you can make your own avatar as wacky or as normal as you want.
Another thing that impresses right off the bat is the level design and overall construction of the in-game world during each run of the game. cute stories stemming from this central idea (you can also skip all of that if you want). And each individual level has its own memorable moments, with an impressive amount of unique pastel color designs and plenty of interactive elements at every turn.
Playing OlliOlli World often feels like a Zen experience. Lo-Fi beats pound out to the game’s super cool soundtrack as each course unfolds before you. The gameplay is easy to pick up, so you’ll be grinding ramps and performing sick combos in no time. It might take you a while to master the art of getting really high scores, but even sticking to the basics can be very satisfying while creating a relaxing atmosphere.
You might get stuck once in a while, but there are regular checkpoints to make sure you never lose too much progress. And the gameplay is smooth, fluid, and welcoming, so you won’t regret those reboots when they happen. And when you really get into the zone, nailing a chain of combos and overcoming multiple obstacles without breaking a sweat, you’ll feel like a skate god yourself.
In our time with the game so far, we’ve mostly played OlliOlli World as a single-player experience, but it’s worth noting that there are also multiplayer elements – all of which are asynchronous, meaning you’ll be in indirect competition with other players. and at various times, in the “try to beat my high score” genre of a retro arcade.
We tried this a bit, but soon found ourselves unable to overcome some of the very impressive ranking numbers from other people on the review server. There will likely be a bit more range when the game launches to the public, with more players of varying abilities putting scores on the board.
As you progress through the game’s many levels, you’ll gradually move through five areas of the game’s cute world map – each area has its own unique look and quirks, with plenty of knowledge on offer for those who want to read it. Each area typically teaches you a new skill or pushes you in a new way, so the experience of playing through OlliOlli World never lets up. There is always something fun and exciting to try.
After playing the game on two platforms (PC and Switch), we’re happy to say that OlliOlli World is a game that we think a lot of gamers will love. There’s a real fluidity to the gameplay, and there’s nothing more satisfying than navigating a course without falling off your board, letting the surreal visuals and soothing music overwhelm you as you go.
You may even find yourself pleasantly intrigued by the story and all the goofy characters and creatures in this world. It’s certainly a unique skateboarding game, dripping with myths and even mystical elements, but it blends well in our opinion. It’s a very nice overall package.
OlliOlli World looks especially good on the Switch’s swanky new OLED screen, which really lets the colors pop, but we bet you’ll enjoy the cartoonish visuals no matter what kind of screen you have. It’s hard to imagine anyone not having fun with this one.
Here’s hoping OlliOlli World finds a now-launched audience, then. We would definitely welcome new levels and DLCs if the demand is there. Based on our experiences with the game, we’d definitely say that OlliOlli World lands well and never feels like a grind. We recommend jumping.
OlliOlli World is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Private Division and Roll7 are proud to announce that OlliOlli World is now available digitally on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and PC via Steam. OlliOlli World has already received significant critical acclaim:
“A huge amount of fun to play” – IGN, Editor’s Choice Award, 9 out of 10
“Roll7 has improved all aspects of the OlliOlli franchise” – GameSpot, 9 out of 10
“A must-have version that you just have to try-Nintendo Life, 9 out of 10
“A candy-coated dream” – Eurogamer, winner of the “Essential” ranking
“It’s terribly good” – Rock Paper Shotgun, winner of the RPS Bestest Bests award
“OlliOlli World has immaculate vibrations” – GamesRadar+, 4.5 out of 5
“Magnificent and clever” – Game Informer, 8 out of 10
“OlliOlli World just feels perfect” – Destructoid, 8.5 out of 10
The acclaimed skateboard action rig, developed by BAFTA and multi-award winning studio Roll7, marks a bold new direction for the beloved OlliOllifranchise. In OlliOlli Worldplayers return and traverse a vivid and colorful world of Radlandia as they seek out the mystical gods of skate in a quest for Gnarvana. OlliOlliWorldFlow-State’s signature gameplay represents that perfect balance of focus and relaxation, while ultra-precise controls ensure a silky-smooth ride. Lovely and eerie Radlandia welcomes new players with open arms, inviting them to hit the streets without fear of facing off and pull off epic tricks that are gradually taught on a journey through the game’s various bizarre areas.
“OlliOlli World lives and breathes the diversity, freedom and fun that is essential to skateboarding,” said Simon Bennett, Co-Studio Head at Roll7. “Because the notion of inclusiveness and expressiveness is so intimately linked to skateboarding, we wanted Radlandia to be a welcoming place for everyone.”
There are plenty of opportunities for player expression in OlliOlli World – the title comes with diverse and rich customization options, allowing players to be whoever they want to be. Players can also select and unlock a wide variety of poses, skate tricks, clothing, and gear to further emphasize their own unique style.
“OlliOlli World combines an inimitable art style, stream-state-based gameplay, and radiant soundtrack in a love letter to skateboard culture,” said Michael Worosz, Executive Vice President and Head of Private Division. “OlliOlli WorldThe release marks an exciting new start for Roll7, which recently joined the Private Division family.
In addition to the single-player campaign, OlliOlli World includes two asynchronous multiplayer modes: GnarvanaLeague and Gnarvana Portal. the Gnarvana League is designed for those who love daily challenges and want to prove their skate mastery. League Pit players against competitors with similar skills to compete for the highest score. As rivals progress through the ranks, they get their hands (and feet) on new character items, including boards, wheels, and more. In Portal, players can generate original levels based on a selection of parameters such as style, difficulty and length. Each creation comes with a unique 8-digit virtual zip code that can be shared with anyone in the world, allowing players to compete for the highest score against each other across multiple platforms.
Watch the OlliOlli World official launch trailer on YouTube now.
OlliOlli World is available now digitally on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4, Xbox Series XIS and Xbox One consoles, and PC via Steam for $29.99. Players can also buy OlliOlli World Rad Edition, a deluxe version of the game, available for $44.99. the Rad Edition includes thebase game, both OlliOlli of the world upcoming expansions and the “Close Encounter Skate Deck” digital cosmetic item.
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OlliOlli World marks the third entry into the beloved OlliOlliseries from Roll7, the London-based studio famous for redefining genres and creating remarkable games like OlliOlli, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, Laser League,and NOT A HERO. Roll7 is a 100% owned studio by Private Division and Take-Two Interactive Software.
Private Division is a publisher of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).
Now a private division studio, Roll7 is a BAFTA and multi-award winning video game developer based in London. Since 2008, the studio has redefined genres, creating award-winning games that engage players with remarkable worlds, elegant visuals, and deep, intuitive mechanics. The studio has been run as a distributed operation since 2015 and as such is a magnet for some of the UK’s and the world’s finest development talent. Roll7 is best known for the OlliOlli series, NOT A HERO, and Laser League. Roll7 is a 100% owned studio by Private Division and Take-Two Interactive Software.
About the Private Division
Private Division is a developer-focused publisher that partners with the best creative talent in the video game industry, enabling studios to develop the games they are passionate about creating, while providing the support they need. to make their titles a critical and commercial success on a global scale. The Label publishes the Kerbal Space Program franchise, Ancestors: Humankind’s Odyssey from Panache Digital Games, The Outer Worlds by Obsidian Entertainment Disintegration from V1 Interactive, and OlliOlli World from Roll7, with future unannounced projects in development with Moon Studios and other esteemed independent developers. The Private Division continues to build its in-house studio capability, with Roll7 joining Intercept Games as in-house developers for the label. Private Division is headquartered in New York with offices in Seattle, Las Vegas, Munich and Singapore. For more information, visit www.privatedivision.com.
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Based in New York, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive consumer entertainment worldwide. We develop and publish products primarily through Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division and T2 Mobile Games. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered via physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The common shares of the Company are listed on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more company and product information, please visit our website at www.take2games.com.
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Guitar Hero burst into our lives in the summer of 2005, quickly striking a chord with music fans and gamers alike. The idea for the game came about when two Japanese men, while working for an arcade rental company, recognized the popularity of the Japanese arcade game GuitarFreaks.
The duo saw the opportunity to create an affordable, home version of the controllers and bring them to the US market. The pair raised $1.75 million for their efforts, despite many investors turning down who thought the idea was “too weird”.
This article was originally published on November 16, 2015.
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Years later, the iconic controller was built. Many developers had abandoned the construction of the Guitar Hero game for the controller, until video game developers Harmonix were approached and decided to take on the challenge.
The game requires players to press buttons on a replica 3/4 scale guitar controller, in time with scrolling notes on the game screen that correspond to a song. Along with the games themselves, guitar hero controllers have changed and grown over the years, each time adding more functionality to the original design.
Guitar Hero 1 (2005)
Resembling a Gibson SG, the controller was originally designed with pressure-sensitive fret buttons to mimic the playing of a real guitar, but the idea was scrapped as it made playing too complex. The idea of using a whammy bar to increase Star Power was also introduced in addition to altering the pitch of sustained notes.
Many consider this original controller design to be the driving force behind the magic and popularity of the Guitar Hero series.
Guitar Hero 2 (2006)
GH2 was released with a cherry red Gibson SG guitar controller for the PS2 and a white Gibson Explorer for the Xbox 360. The SG design was largely a replica of the original guitar hero controller. The new X-plorer design introduced a four-shoulder button for navigating menus. The X-plorer also introduced an RJ-11 jack for adding effects pedals.
After heavy use, gamers found that the controller was subject to an unresponsive shock bar. The developers claimed that it was not a hardware issue and was actually a result of anti-cheat protection software. A patch was released to combat the issue, which was causing unintended side effects of system crashes and crashes.
Many users have also reported static shock, usually coming from the green fret of the X-plorer model. The developers never fixed the issues and refused to extend warranties.
Guitar Hero 3 (2007)
GH3 was the explosive game in the series. The edition came with a black Gibson Les Paul for Xbox 360 and PS3, and a white edition for the Wii. This controller was the first in the series to be wireless and to have interchangeable and customizable faceplates. The Wii version featured neck vibrations and required players to insert the Wii Controller into the guitar.
Reviewers criticized the dongle approach used for the PS3 controller, stating that it was an unnecessary feature. The Les Paul is considered by many to be the best controller in the series, with a much smoother and improved strikebar, nicer buttons, and overall better build quality than previous versions.
The controller was also the first to come with rad stickers, which we have to give bonus points for.
Guitar Hero 4 (2008)
GH4 took another route with a sunburst Fender Stratocaster. The controller was approximately 25% larger than its predecessors, bringing it closer to the size of a real guitar. The controller introduced a longer strummer and whammy bar as well as a touch pad just below the normal five fret buttons.
The introduction of “tap strumming” was not as successful as the developers had hoped, as many users found it difficult to adjust their hand position and simply ignored the added functionality. Issues were raised with the developers when many users found that the guitar’s strum bar didn’t work after just a few hours of play.
The controller admirably embraced a new feature, but sadly it sucked.
Guitar Hero Live (2015)
Again taking the shape of the old trusty Fender Stratocaster. This guitar takes a fresh approach with a 6-fret design arranged in two rows of three. The frets are represented by three scrolling lines on the screen, containing black or white notes representing the two lines.
Due to the new design, the controller cannot be used for backward compatibility with other guitar hero games. The developers designed the controller around something that “gamers wouldn’t mind having in their living room”, which is debatable.
Initial iterations of the controller shown both in the studio and at Activision were met with skepticism, but the developers found that gamers quickly adapted to the new schematic and found it to be an improvement over older controllers. Being a relatively new game, we’ll have to wait and see if this controller compares to the classics.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) released its highly anticipated annual simulated Super Bowl prediction with EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 22. Led by young superstar quarterback Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals pull off a hard-fought victory over the stacked LA Rams, 24-21, giving the city of Cincinnati its first-ever Super Bowl title. For his leadership and performances on the field, Burrow was awarded the coveted Super Bowl MVP title in only his second year in the league, making him the first quarterback to win the Heisman, the college football national championship and the Super Bowl. While the Rams are big favoriteswith a win-now strategy in their home stadium, the Bengals have momentum on their side.Discover the complete story according to Madden NFL 22 in this new video, featuring NFL legend Marshawn Lynch.
In the prediction, the Bengals enter halftime 14-7, after touchdowns by Rams running back Sony Michel and red wide receiver Cooper Kupp, with Ja’Marr Chase only providing the Bengals touchdown. Early in the second half, the Bengals locked down the defense with cornerback Eli Apple knocking out Matthew Stafford and taking him home to tie the game. Joe Burrow takes the lead early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass to Tee Higgins, but Los Angeles responds with a touchdown from Odell Beckham Jr. to tie the game. In the dying minutes, Burrow put his team within goal range, creating another opportunity for Evan McPherson to step in and kick in the game-winning goal to secure a historic win for the Bengals franchise.
the Madden NFL SThe Uper Bowl prediction is one of the most trusted predictions ahead of the Super Bowl game and is debated by Madden players, football pundits, and NFL fans. The video game has picked the winner correctly nearly a dozen times and had a near-perfect prediction for Super Bowl XLIX. The prediction comes together using the latest gameplay from Madden NFL 22 poweredthroughNFL Next Gen Stats Player Data.
Throughout the playoffs, EA SPORTS engaged with football fans in unique ways leading up to Super Bowl LVI – new diverse gaming experiences in Madden NFL 22to secure the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest projected video game screen for the Pro Bowl: Madden NFL 22 Edition just last week. Continuing this trend, through a new collaboration with Nike in North America, EA SPORTS has given Nike Members a special opportunity to earn rewards by linking their Nike Run Club (NRC) and Madden NFL accounts and move. Between February 7 and 14, fans can earn an achievement badge and unlock a +7 speed upgraded Aaron Donald Madden Ultimate Team™ item in Madden NFL 22 by logging five miles in the NRC app via a tracked run or an audio-guided run. Download the free NRC app here.
Ahead of Super Bowl LVI, fans can watch the world’s best two Madden NFL Championship Series competitors in the Madden Bowl Ultimate Final February 8 at 7 p.m. EST. With a majority share of $1 million in prize money at stake, watch the franchise’s premier esports event on the following sites: Watch ESPN, ESPN App, Twitch EA Madden NFL, Madden NFL Championship Series YouTube and NFL YouTube. More ways to tune in, including a first-ever special, will be announced February 8 at 10 a.m. ET.
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Since its debut in 1982, the action series Rambo with Sylvester Stallone, he marked an era and launched one of the most famous action icons of all time. The traumatized former Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam, created by writer David Morrell, in his first appearance sets a small town in Washington state on fire after an encounter/confrontation with a zealous local sheriff who arrests and harasses Rambo for no reason. Shortly after the novel was published in 1972, Columbia Pictures purchased the rights to a film at the request of producer Lawrence Turman for $75,000. Richard Brooks was originally assigned to direct. Brooks spent a year on the project researching it and writing an unfinished 115-page script that was to put more emphasis on the sheriff character and end up killing an unarmed Rambo. Brooks didn’t have an actor in mind for John Rambo, but he wanted Lee Marvin or Burt Lancaster to play the sheriff and Bette Davis a psychiatrist who takes care of Rambo. However, Brooks was unhappy with the script and unwilling to make the film when Columbia wanted it, and the project fell through.
Tomas Milian’s Rambo
A curiosity about Morrell’s book “Primo Sangue” sees the 1972-dated novel come into the hands of Tomas Milian who read it avidly on a flight that took the Cuban-American actor from the United States to Rome. Fallen in love with the story, Milian tries to convince the Italian producers to make a film of it, with him in the role of John Rambo. He didn’t do anything about it, but he was allowed to use Rambo’s nickname in his next cop, The executioner challenges the city from 1975. The film does not borrow elements from the novel, with Umberto Lenzi, cult director as Rome at gunpoint, The murderer and the cop And The Hunchback Band who claims to have been more influenced by Don Siegel’s detective films (Detective Callaghan: The Scorpion Case is Yours!) than by Morell’s book. “The Executioner Challenges the City” landed in the United States first under the title Syndicate Sadists and later after the success of Stallone’s Rambo retitled Rambo’s Revenge and in home videos like Final Payment.
The Rambo saga
After the great success of “Rambo,” whose script changed the tragic ending of the original novel in which the traumatized war veteran was killed, Stallone was able to shape his career as an action icon from the following. Rambo II – Revenge. In this first sequel, the veteran, now detained following the events of the first film, will become the legendary war machine we know when he is sent to Vietnam in search of prisoners of war whom, unfortunately for the American government, Rambo will find and snatch from the clutches of the Soviets. In Rambo III John goes to Afghanistan to rescue his commander Trautman held prisoner by the Soviets, but the support of the mujahideen guerrillas will be crucial to carry out his mission in enemy territory. In brutality John RambWhere a.k.a Rambo 5 the mission will be to free missionaries in Myanmar where the brutal Burmese military regime reigns. Rambo’s story will culminate in Rambo: Last Blood a.k.a Rambo 6 in which the beloved celluloid war hero must confront his past and hone his deadly combat skills for one final mission, which will see him face off against a ruthless Mexican drug cartel.
first blood also published as Rambo 1 And Rambo – First Blood written by David Morrell first published in 1972 Rambo II: Revenge by David Morrell, based on the film of the same name and released in 1985 Rambo III by David Morrell based on the film of the same name and released in 1988
Rambo: the force of freedom – 1986 animated series based on the Rambo franchise. The series was adapted for television by editor/head writer Michael Chain and also spawned a line of toys. Rambo: The Force of Freedom ran for 65 episodes and was produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises. It premiered on April 14, 1986 as a five-part miniseries and was not renewed for a second season.
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Rambo – Based on Rambo II – Revenge. Released in 1985 for ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 Rambo: First Blood Part II – Based on Rambo II – Revenge. Released in 1986 for Master System Rambo – Based on Rambo II – Revenge. Released in 1987 for the NES Rambo III – Based on Rambo III. Various games released in 1989 for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Sega Mega Drive, Master System, Arcade Rambo III – Based on Rambo III. Released in 1989 for arcades Rambo – Based on Rambo II – Revenge and Rambo III. Released in 2008 for Sega 2 player light gun game Rambo: the video game – Based on Rambo, Rambo II – Revenge and Rambo III. Released in 2014 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Remember that before Stallone in the running for the role of Rambo there was Al Pacinowhich he declined after his request for a crazier Rambo was denied; James Garner who turned down the role because as a Korean War veteran with two Purple Hearts he didn’t want to play a man who comes home from the war and starts fighting the police and at some point the studio wanted the former Airborne Ranger Kris Kristofferson like Rambo after the success of Convoy – Asphalt Trench (1978), with Gene Hackman as Sheriff Teasle, Lee Marvin as Colonel Trautman and Sam Peckinpah directing. Sydney Pollack considered making the film in late 1974 with Steve McQueen as Rambo and Burt Lancaster as Sheriff. Mike Nichols was initially interested in directing and wanted Dustin Hoffman played the lead role, but Hoffman was uninterested as he thought the film was too violent. Chuck Norris revealed in an interview that the creators of Rambo had at some point considered the possibility of him playing Rambo, as well as Terence Hill but he turned down the role for the same reason Dustin Hoffman did, too much violence. Other nominees for the role include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Paul Newman, Nick Nolte, Ryan O’Neal and John Travolta.
American cultural icon Rambo
John Rambo is considered a cultural icon in the United States. The character influenced many action heroes and films of the 80s and 90s. The character of John Rambo has become an important part of pop culture and “Rambo”, a word that can work as a name, an adjective or a verb, has become part of the English language. Perhaps more culturally crucial, Rambo is a word also found in various dictionaries including the Cambridge Dictionary which carries the definition: “Someone who uses, or threatens to use, strong and violent methods against his enemies and The Oxford English Dictionary, according to this source, Rambo is: “a Vietnam War veteran depicted as macho, self-sufficient and prone to violent punishment.” It is also very popular to use adjectives such as Ramboesque, Ramboid, or Ramboism, to denote an ideological stance that resembles Rambo’s attitude and behavior. In the legal profession, a “Rambo lawyer” is one who regularly engages in “all forms of adversarial excesses, including personal attacks on other lawyers, hostility, rude and abusive behavior, rudeness and obstructive conduct” or embrace “take no prisoners”. . Rambo has become the quintessential representation of Reagan America. President Ronald Reagan referenced Rambo in public speeches to illustrate his political ideology and aggressive foreign policy. Near the end of the Beirut hostage crisis in 1985, President Reagan said at a press conference, “Guys, after watching Rambo II – Revenge last night, I know what to do the next time it happens. .” Reagan often referred to Rambo II – Revenge as a model for his domestic and foreign policy. For example, in his 1985 Labor Day speech, Reagan said he would clean up the federal tax system “in the spirit of Rambo.” The Rambo film series also introduced and popularized the concept of “One Man Army” in films, in which a protagonist is a well-trained individual who can defeat countless enemies on his own, see Chuck Norris in Roar of thunder (1984), Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1986), Bruce Willis in crystal trap (1988) and so on. John Rambo’s weapons are also part of American pop culture. Weapons such as the M60 machine gun, bow, and survival knife have become synonymous with the character.
Son of Rambow – son of Rambo
Son of Rambow is a 2007 comedy film written and directed by Garth Jennings and based on the movie “Rambo.” “Son of Rambow” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Set one summer in early Thatcher England, the film is a coming-of-age story about two schoolboys played by Bill Milner and Will Poulter and their attempts to make a home movie inspired by “Rambo”.
“Son of Rambow” is a project that Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith, collectively known as Hammer & Tongs, have been working on for a few years. Its development was halted when they were asked to make The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The film was inspired by Jennings’ experiences as a child in the 1980s, when video equipment first became available to the public. The film was shot primarily in the English town of Berkhamsted and the nearby Ashridge Estate owned and operated by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty Hertfordshire: along with Ashlyns School and The Rex, a newly refurbished Art Deco cinema which had been abandoned. between 1989 and 2004. The film includes a cameo from director Edgar Wright (Last Night in Soho) as a lab professor. In addition, the minor role of Danny, a disciple of Didier, a charming French exchange student, is played by Sam Kubrick-Finney, grandson of director Stanley Kubrick. The film includes clips from the movie “Rambo” and has Sylvester Stallone’s seal of approval.
In 1995, Microsoft produced a really bizarre pitch video for the press and the gaming public. Opening with images of Lossid Software’s iconic first-person shooter, the camera pans away from the violence to reveal it’s not LossMicrosoft’s only Space Marine gunning down possessed soldiers, but instead Microsoft President Bill Gates who was digitally inserted into Loss through the magic of the blue screen. Dressed in an ill-fitting black trench coat and wielding a shotgun, Gates speaks in a monotonous, hesitant tone: “These games are getting really realistic. Next year I might even play in the big Loss tournament.” The video ends with an eerie laugh and the question, “Who do you want to execute today?”
The video was made to promote Windows 95 as a gaming platform, but Gates’ real message seems to be, “I can take control of the games you play.” It took on new resonance when Microsoft announced in 2020 that it was acquiring id Software and several other game studios owned by ZeniMax Media. Microsoft now owns Loss.
Microsoft has always been a very defensive player in the games industry, taking steps to avoid being dislodged from its monopoly position in the tech economy by upstart rivals. When Bill Gates entered Losshe was doing it at a time when Loss was installed on more personal computers than Windows 95. The original Xbox video game console was developed out of fear that Sony’s PlayStation would take over the living room and turn people away from Windows PCs. In both cases, Microsoft was able to secure a crucial channel of capital. Using Windows 95’s DirectX technology, Microsoft was able to create and enforce a set of practical technical standards for graphics and sound cards, cementing its hold on the majority of the computer game market. With the Xbox, Microsoft has given itself a foothold in the “console wars” and the future of online gaming through its Xbox Live subscription service.
Over the decades, Microsoft’s attempt to consolidate more of the games industry for itself has only intensified. On January 18, 2022, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This deal – struck for a record $68.7 billion – will give Microsoft control of some of the world’s most popular game franchises: StarCraft, Warcraft, Diablo, Call of Dutyand candy Crush.
This acquisition is good for Microsoft, which will now be the third largest gaming company behind Sony and Tencent. But it’s bad for game workers at Activision Blizzard, who are fighting for their rights at a company synonymous with workplace abuse in the games industry.
In its press release, Microsoft announces that it will “bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone, on every device”. Microsoft presents the deal as ushering in a new era of community and convenience, when in fact it represents control – control of technology, audience, market share and, above all, control of workers.
The acquisition comes at a time of significant turbulence for the games industry’s second largest publisher. Activision Blizzard is currently the subject of a lawsuit by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for presiding over a systemic culture of sexual harassment , abuse, discrimination and retaliation against employees. The range of abuse is truly monstrous in its scope. The DFEH lawsuit describes a disturbing “frat boy” culture where female employees of Activision Blizzard and its subsidiaries were routinely subjected to groping and unwanted sexual advances at work and at professional events by their male colleagues, often with encouragement from work supervisors. Complaints to HR were either ignored or resulted in significant retaliation against complainants.
Although Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick professes ignorance of these events, a the wall street journal A November report confirmed that Kotick was aware of Activision Blizzard’s widespread misconduct and did nothing. In fact, Kotick himself once threatened a female assistant with death in 2006. These events led to walkouts, strikes and the formation of a collective group of workers, the ABK Workers Alliance, and also saw the attempted unionization of quality assurance (QA) workers at the Raven Software subsidiary.
While current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella praises Kotick for its “commitment to real culture change”, Activision Blizzard continues to do everything in its power to halt the rise workers within the company. Activision Blizzard refuses to recognize Raven Software’s QA union, Game Workers Alliance, and also demanded that Raven’s 300 employees have a say in whether or not to unionize the studio, a clear union-busting tactic. Game workers at Activision Blizzard have already filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over the threats, intimidation and discipline employees have received for publicly discussing and organizing against the abusive corporate practices.
Recently, Activision Blizzard’s Vice President of Quality Assurance posted a message in the company’s Slack channel, criticizing ongoing organizing efforts, stating that “a union does nothing to produce world-class games, and the bargaining process is generally not fast, often reduces flexibility and can be contradictory and lead to negative publicity. Amazingly, Bobby Kotick was allowed to remain CEO of Activision Blizzard until the acquisition closes in 2023, despite being at the center of Activision Blizzard’s abusive work culture.
Microsoft’s history of poor labor practices should indicate that the tech giant won’t be receptive to organizing efforts at Activision Blizzard. In December, Microsoft launched Infinite Halo, the latest installment in its flagship first-person shooter franchise, but the development and launch of the game has been anything but smooth. A Bloomberg report on the game’s troubled development details problems created by an overreliance on contract labor and a Microsoft policy that bars contractors from working for more than eighteen months . Bug testers under contract with Microsoft had their jobs terminated after successfully unionizing in 2014.
Asked about ongoing organizing efforts at Activision, Microsoft games CEO Phil Spencer declined to comment specifically, saying he was not an expert on unions. It is maddening but unsurprising that amid some of the worst abuses in a notoriously abusive industry, workers’ efforts to establish genuine responsibility and protection for themselves continue to be undermined.
In an interview with the Washington Post‘s Gene Park, Spencer describes the real priorities of the Microsoft acquisition: “I was looking at the IP list, I mean let’s go!” He struck a very different tone last November, when he criticized “horrific events and actions” at Activision Blizzard and said Microsoft would re-evaluate its relationship with the company. Most people probably had no idea that reassessing her relationship meant completely absorbing the struggling editor. But as Activision Blizzard’s stock price plummeted amid multiple scandals, it seems Microsoft saw its biggest opportunity to claim the tech world’s latest fad – “the metaverse” – before its competitors.
The metaverse has become the tech industry’s buzzword for the next “iteration” of the Internet, a loosely defined conceptual space of avatars, virtual worlds, and virtual reality in which to work, play, and shop. Although sold as a utopian vision of freedom and social connection, it actually means redoubling efforts to create proprietary platforms with “value-added” services. One of the big promises of the Metaverse is “interoperability” – the idea being that if you buy a cool, customizable costume in one proprietary virtual space, your avatar can wear it in another. Microsoft’s recent series of acquisitions from Mojang Studios (creators of Minecraft) to ZeniMax at Activision Blizzard reveal what it will look like in practice. There may very well be some sort of “interoperability” of purchased game items, but only within the walled garden of your chosen video game monopoly.
The metaverse built by Facebook, Microsoft and other big tech companies should be seen as an intensification of what Nick Srnicek calls “platform capitalism”, a term highlighting how digital platforms and the users (and data) that they aggregate have become central players, and resources, in many high- and middle-income capitalist economies. Under platform capitalism, building and maintaining audiences that can be mined for future data and profit is of the utmost importance. Microsoft’s Game Pass, a “Netflix for games” subscription service that lets gamers download and play hundreds of games for a monthly fee, already has 25 million users, and Microsoft is looking to bolster those numbers before competitors like Sony start rolling out their own versions. The 400 million monthly users Activision Blizzard attracts to its most popular games are just as important to Microsoft as their intellectual property rights.
The emphasis on keeping the public engaged so they can be tempted to buy cosmetics and other micro-products puts additional pressure on workers. Games are no longer discrete experiences, but now “live services” that need to be continually updated. Issues like the “crunch,” which forces gaming workers to punish unpaid overtime, are exacerbated by the need to sustain the recursive consumption of free online games. That means 60+ hour work weeks, no sleep and burnout.
To win the game, the workers must defeat the bosses. The ABK Workers Alliance continues to organize and struggle. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) helped organize Raven Software’s QA union and called for further investigation into Activision Blizzard for misleading investors after it recently told the SEC it was not at the aware of any work problems. Raven Software’s QA union is also filing an application with the NLRB, even as Activision Blizzard attempts to stifle it by assigning QA team members to other studios. Only when gaming workers can fully exercise their collective power will the bosses of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard be truly doomed.
To say that Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon is perhaps the best way to describe the vastness of the franchise that Rockstar Games has in its hands. And today, via a community update, Rockstar finally confirmed what many gamers have long anticipated: that Grand Theft Auto 6 is indeed in “active development.” According to Rockstar, development of the game is “on track”. It might be hard to imagine, but it’s been eight years since the initial release of the previous entry.
Arguably the most significant open-world environment in gaming history, the Grand Theft Auto saga has told epic stories since 1997. Those stories, and Rockstar Games’ work to elevate them, have made the franchise the fifth place. of the most successful video game franchises of all time. In total, approximately 350 million copies of GTA franchise games have been sold worldwide, always accompanied by solid success with customers and critics. And on PC only, the game has been on Steam’s list of best-selling games of the year for six years already, including throughout 2021.
In its announcement, Rockstar reiterates the longevity and continued support of GTA 5. Additionally, in the same post that announced GTA 6, the developer confirmed that PS5 and Xbox Series S/X updates for GTA 5 will arrive on the 15th. March.
“Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S feature new graphics modes with up to 4K resolution, up to 60fps, texture and draw distance upgrades , HDR and ray tracing options, as well as offering the technical advancements of the latest console generation with faster loading times, immersive 3D audio, platform-specific features like advanced haptic feedback, and so much more,” Rockstar wrote.
Crucially, cross-saves will be supported, so players will just need to download the new, improved version of the game and jump right back into their version of San Andreas. This update should appease players while waiting for the real next episode.
Given its current 8-year development and Rockstar Game’s long enough development times, GTA 6 should land at a time when high-end tech and ray-tracing are everywhere. It would also be odd for Rockstar Games to revisit the online component that made GTA 5 so enduring, so long after release. We just hope we get an official first look at GTA 6 soon.
Shortly after being promoted to chief executive of Microsoft in 2014, Satya Nadella was called upon to abandon the technology group’s Xbox games division and focus its resources on cloud computing, to compete with rivals such as Microsoft. Amazon. But instead, Nadella saw an opportunity to build new customer bases through online gaming communities. His first contract as general manager was to buy Minecraftthe three-dimensional world-building game.
At the same time, it expanded Microsoft’s dominant position in personal and business software and expanded its cloud and server offerings. The group’s shares have increased eightfold under Nadella’s tenure, and it remains the largest software group in the world.
However, last month’s $75 billion deal to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard will also make Microsoft the world’s third-biggest games company by revenue, behind Tencent in China and Sony in the world. Japan.
Not only does this expand Microsoft’s vertical integration into games, giving it even more content for its Xbox console and PC game distribution systems, but it also shows how Nadella sees the future of online interactions – at work, in education and at home. He said the Activision purchase would also fuel the company’s move into the metaverse — the immersive, virtual and interactive worlds that Big Tech companies strive to build.
Here, in his first interview since the deal was announced, Nadella tells FT West Coast Editor Richard Waters how gaming will shape the next computing platform.
Richard Waters: When you arrived, most of Microsoft’s business was in enterprise technology, helping millions of workers do their jobs. And in the years that you’ve been there, the business has seen this incredible change with the move to the cloud. Now you’re buying a big game company, and I guess people are wondering, does it fit together? Is it all part of one story?
Satya Nadella: [In] the Microsoft I grew up in, I always think of three things, and we added a fourth. The three things we’ve always had are: we’ve built tools for people to write software; we’ve built tools for people to boost their personal and organizational productivity; and we made games. These are the three things Microsoft has been doing since time immemorial. The first game, I think, was built before Windows was around. existed under DOS. And so, for me, the tools for gaming, coding, productivity or knowledge work are at the core.
The thing we’ve successfully added – that most people thought we’d never be able to do – is become a business…well, really build business infrastructure…and business applications . And guess what? We do it now too.
I think these are the new things that we added, while [the other] three things have been there all my life… And the game, interestingly, is more integrated.
Even when Xbox came out 20 years ago it was sort of a side thing, whereas now… the future of gaming is [subscription service] Game Pass and xCloud and the console, of course, [and] a PC. One of my coolest features is that I can play the game instantly because I don’t even have to wait for it to download. I can just start playing in the cloud and then slowly stream it and use the local CPU.
So to me…it’s a lot more integrated than “oh, it’s a side bet”.
RW: How does helping people play games relate to the relationships with your customers and the communities you build? How do you help them live their life?
NS: Take what is happening with the metaverse. What is the Metaverse? Metaverse is basically about making games. It’s about being able to put people, places, things [in] a physics engine and then having all the people, all the places, all the things in the physics engine related to each other.
You and I will soon be sitting on a conference room table with our avatars or holograms or even 2D surfaces with surround sound. Guess what? The place where we’ve been doing this forever… is the game.
And so the way we’ll even approach the system side of what we’re going to build for the metaverse is, basically, to democratize game building… and bring it to anyone who wants to build any space and having essentially, people, places, [and] things digitized and connected to each other by their bodily presence.
RW: But the people who are playing these games, right now, they’re playing first-person shooters… It’s pretty clear why they’re into it and it has nothing to do with the metaverse – it’s just that they want a little fun. What do you see in the future? What are the people going to do inside this intellectual property that Microsoft is paying so much for?
NS: First of all, if you think about it, the genres we’re in are much broader than first-person shooters. I mean we love Flight simulator. We like Minecraft. We love first person shooters or [car-racing game] Forza. Think about how we are able to even tell the story of motor racing through a cultural lens. This brand new game we produced [Forza Horizon 5] is all about Mexico, and the Mexican setting and car racing… You’re thinking “my avatar in Forza is my car” and how I decorate it.
For me, just being great at building games gives us permission to build this next platform, which is essentially the next Internet: embodied presence. Today I’m playing a game, but I’m not in the game Now we can start dreaming [that] through these metaverses: I can literally be in the game, just like I can be in a conference room with you in a meeting. This metaphor and the technology…will manifest in different contexts.
Another would be in the context of a very different business process. If you look at retail or construction, it’s also like when you create a digital twin: you have a factory and you try to visualize how to simulate how it works. It’s also a game exercise, except you’re not playing. You are trying to simulate the operation of a factory.
Have you ever done a ton of work for someone to put it in the trash or, worse, lose it? Well, think about how game developers must feel after months, sometimes year, hard work and hard work, the end result being a canceled title and a big zero. Unfortunately, these things happen, and on that depressing note, here’s a look at the top 10 canceled video games (maybe “worst” would be the better word?). Yes, it’s nothing less than a eulogy to great but canceled games that died before they really had a chance to live. So relax, grab those tissues, and try not to cry too hard.
ten. Mega Man Universe
Mega Man Universe is a canceled video game that was intended to be a 3D side-scrolling platformer for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Modeled largely on Mega Man 2it billed itself as allowing Mega Man to be molded in the player’s image, giving them their own level creation and customization tools to play with.
Production began in March 2010 by Capcom, and although there were initial issues with controls and other technicalities, the project remained in progress. That is, until March 31, 2011, when Capcom announced that the game had been discontinued due to “various circumstances”. So nothing unlucky or tragic, just technical issues and mismanagement on Capcom’s part.
9. Crash Bandicoot Worlds
This next canceled title, however, is a bit more tragic. Back in 2001, Mark Cerny had his plans on an open, free-roaming version of everyone’s favorite marsupial. Unfortunately, a dispute with Universal Interactive forced Traveller’s Tales to abandon the project and start over. Mark Cerny was out, Crash Bandicoot Worlds was out, and we ended up with Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex. Yeah …
Elements of Crash Bandicoot Worlds may still be there, but in general it’s a completely different game than originally intended. Crash Twinsanity would meet with positive reviews in 2004, offering a kind of free roaming experience similar to what Worlds would have. If not for the aforementioned dispute, Crash fans might have had this three years earlier.
8. Star Wars: Battlefront 3
No, not just any DICE impostor; the real a. Another canceled video game that never saw the light of day, Star Wars: Battlefront 3 would have been the highly anticipated successor to the two original console releases. Work began by Free Radical in 2006, but the project was scrapped two years later due to a failing publisher-developer relationship with LucasArts. The game was about 97% complete.
The fight would have been based on the formula established in the two prequels, but with more emphasis on storyline and hinting at Obi-Wan’s dark side. A notable feature however was the introduction of seamless ground-space battles (Star Wars: Battlefront II kept them separate), which can be glimpsed in some of the very real footage of the game that is still floating around online.
seven. legends of fables
Ah yes, everyone’s favorite adventure RPG. Or, at least, every Xbox gamer’s favorite adventure RPG. Planned as a free-to-play title by Lionhead Studios, this incarnation of Fable was heavily multiplayer and would have seen cross-platform play between Windows and Xbox One, with the choice of playing as a hero or villain. With a budget of $75 million, it would also have been one of the most expensive games ever produced.
Unlike the traditional Fable story, there was to be no fairy tale ending to the game’s development cycle. After being in development for four years and with an expected release date of 2016, legends of fables was canceled in March of that year, and Lionhead Studios was shut down by Microsoft. Details remain unclear, but reasons include delayed release dates, high production costs, and lack of interest from potential gamers and Lionhead Studios staff themselves, who would have liked to work on it. Tale 4 rather.
6. Gotham by Gaslight
Those who love Batman for its dark elements would have licked their lips at the prospect of Gotham by Gaslightan Xbox 360 and PS3 game canceled by Day 1 Studios, the same team responsible for F.3.AR and Fracture. Based on the 1989 comic of the same name, Gotham by Gaslight was to feature Jack the Ripper as the main antagonist, but stalking the streets of Gotham City, not London.
Day 1 Studios showed footage of the game circa 2010, but it was canceled before it got the green light from defunct THQ, which didn’t get the rights from Warner Bros. The gameplay would have been quite similar to that of Batman: Arkham Asylum, with the same gadgets. However, a slow motion button would have been added for an extra advantage in fights.
5. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3
Like most other entries on this list, Knights of the Old Republic 3 was another canceled game that just didn’t take off due to bad circumstances, with its cancellation coinciding with LucasArts falling on hard times. What a pity, because it would have taken into account a few lingering questions left unanswered by its immediate predecessor, like where Darth Revan went after the first game and what he was doing in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Knights of the Old Republic 3 was not yet in full development when it was canceled, but according to designer John Stafford, the team had figured out most of the story, quests, and environments. Concept art exists for some characters, as well as Taloraan, a cloud city world similar to Bespin. On the bright side, the upcoming remake of the first game has sparked rumors of a potential third installment that will hit the market after all.
4. Time Separators 4
That canceled game remains an eternal thorn in the side of TimeSplitters and first-person shooter fans alike, one of gaming’s famous “what ifs.” Still a comedy-heavy series, says screenwriter Rob Yescombe Time Separators 4 would be “a big fat joke at the expense of the gaming world – us included.” Well, it was, but only because it was never released…
Time Separators 4 was in the very early stages of development when Free Radical entered administration and Crytek took over in 2009, canceling the project. There were warning signs even before that, however, with a lack of interest from publishers due to the poor reception of Free Radical’s previous shooter, Mist. While the upcoming fan remake of the original trilogy, Rewind time separatorsmight help make up for that, it will never replace what would have been the big fourth installment in the series.
3. Half-Life 2: Episode 3
The third episodic part of Half Life 2 in Valve’s unorthodox numbering system, the cancellation Half-Life 2: Episode Three was a big waste as it would have resolved the finely balanced cliffhanger left at the end of episode two. The plot was to be a direct sequel to this, having Gordon Freeman and co battle the alien-administered Combine in remote arctic environments.
It was supposed to come out around 2007/2008, but instead Valve gave us Left 4 Dead 2. Not bad, but not what many fans wanted. This is because Valve became unhappy with episodic sequencing and was forced to reconsider its development approach, episode two took two years to complete. Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw notedepisode three would have been the end of Half Life 2 arc, but that it would have simply ended on another cliffhanger. So maybe not a huge loss after all.
2. silent hills
Scheduled as the ninth main installment in the acclaimed horror series, silent hills was a canceled PlayStation 4 title believed to have been developed by Kojima Productions (led by Hideo Kojima) and published by Konami. The game was revealed via PT (short for ‘Playable Teaser’), an August 2014 game demo released as a free download on the Playstation Store. In a nutshell, a protagonist (based on actor Norman Reedus) wakes up in a spooky house and experiences supernatural events.
So far so good, but in March 2015 it was announced that Konami would drop Kojima by the end of the year due to “spillovers” and “power struggles”. Geoff Keighley even claimed that Konami locked Kojima in a separate room for the last few months of Metal Gear Solid Vwhich sounds terribly like a horror story in itself.
1. Star Wars: 1313
Yes, another Star Wars title, and one that could have been even better than the other two, if that’s possible. Uncovering a criminal plot in level 1313, an underground metropolis on the planet Coruscant, the player had to take control of an unnamed bounty hunter. This bounty hunter would then be killed by Boba Fett, with the player controlling Fett for the rest of the game. Sounds a bit like the 2002s Star Wars: Bounty Hunterwhich is worth checking out on its own.
Revealed in 2012, Star Wars: 1313 was being built through the Unreal Engine by various departments at LucasArts, allegedly with full-body performance capture added. Unfortunately, production was halted in April 2013 after The Walt Disney Company acquired the Star Wars brand. Although it didn’t get the green light, its potential appeal was such that Geek.com named it its 2016 Game of the Year.
January was a full sprint for video game industry mergers, with major players scrambling to have the best console that money can’t buy due to supply issues. The latest: Sony has announced its intention to buy Bungie, the studio responsible for the creation of the two Halo and destinyfor $3.6 billion.
The deal is not only notable for Bungie’s first-class IP offerings, but also for being another exciting entry in the studio’s bizarre saga. Bungie was first acquired by Microsoft in 2000, becoming a household name and helping put Xbox on the map with Halo. After parting ways with Microsoft in 2007, Bungie eventually entered into a 10-year publishing deal with Activision Blizzard (which it left in 2019). Microsoft announced plans to buy Activision Blizzard earlier in January for a whopping $68.7 billion.
Not to be forgotten at last month’s game acquisition athon, Take-Two Interactive agreed to buy farmville creator Zynga for $12.7 billion. Where is Nintendo in all this? Stuck in the Kingdom of Sands Super Mario Odyssey and yelling at each other.
What shall we do now?
Well, Xbox and PC destiny fans can breathe a sigh of relief – according to Sony, the Bungie acquisition isn’t about creating new exclusive content for Playstation (at least for now): Bungie will remain a cross-platform studio with the ability to self-publish his games. Microsoft made a similar announcement for its deal with Activision, confirming that it plans to continue supporting Activision Blizzard games on competing platforms (as it does with Minecraft).
While these cross-platform friendly moves can be seen as the dawning of a smooth new era in console wars, they more likely indicate the increased industry focus on the subscription model.
Xbox Game Pass offers over 400 games that users can download and play for a monthly fee. Microsoft says the service has 25 million subscribers.
Destiny 2, Bungie’s most popular title, is free to play but offers season passes and expansions. The game has attracted 20 million players since 2019.
In December, Bloomberg reported that Sony was planning a new subscription service to compete with Game Pass.
For now, subscription services and popular IP offer Sony and Microsoft a shield against the battered supply chain.—MK
Even though January 2022 ended up being a pretty slow month for new video game releases, February is anything but. This month contains some of the biggest and most anticipated titles of the entire year, and many of them are launching less than a week apart. Needless to say, the weeks are going to be busy. To make sure you’re up to date and informed with everything there is to know, here are the games to look out for in February 2022.
Life is Strange Remastered Collection – February 1
With the success of Life is Strange: True Colors now behind us, Square Enix has another Life is Strange title to ship in February. Serving as a remaster of the first two acclaimed titles in the series, Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm, this game sees both adventures re-released with improved visuals and animations, in an all-new package that includes both games in a single edition.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human – February 4
After a lengthy creative process that was for some time considered “development hell”, Techland’s long-awaited sequel is almost here. Picking up 20 years after the original, Dying Light 2 Stay Human sees remnants of humanity struggling to survive in a world that has been mostly overrun by the terrifying and evolved Infected. Boasting a massive open world and an improved and expanded parkour system to help you maneuver it, this game is designed to serve a long core story, which can even be played co-op with up to four players.
Sifu – February 8
Developer Absolver’s latest game will see players step into the shoes of a young Kung-Fu student as he embarks on a path of revenge to find and bring down the murderers of his family. Alone and against all odds, this title revolves around a deep melee combat system, designed to be fluid and so broad that you can even use items and the environment to your advantage in combat. To add to that, the game even includes an aging system, where falling in battle causes the protagonist to become older, weaker, but wiser about the world and the way it works. Needless to say, mastery is the goal of the game in Sifu.
OlliOlli World – February 8
In no time, the universe of OlliOlli expands even further, with the launch of the latest game in the series, OlliOlli World. Designed as a skateboarding action platformer, this title asks players to navigate their way through the dynamic and creative locations of Radlandia, all on a spiritual journey to find and meet the gods of skateboarding and reach Gnarvana.
CrossfireX – February 10
While there are a few different Crossfire projects in the works for 2022, the first of the bunch is set to land in February. Develop unique and exciting fast-paced modes.
Total War: Warhammer III – February 17
After beginning its foray into the world of Warhammer in 2016 with Total War: Warhammer, Creative Assembly is looking to wrap up a trilogy of titles this month when Total War: Warhammer III hits PC. Designed to further serve the iconic strategic action the series is known for, this title brings new factions and asks players to travel to the Realm of Chaos to lead an assault against the demonic forces lurking within. or rather to defend the fiery landscape from hostile invaders.
The King of Fighters XV – February 17
The fighting game genre contains some of the most well-known and beloved game franchises of all time, with Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken being three of the biggest. But the one that can be overlooked despite having been around since 1994 is SNK’s King of Fighters. This month, the latest installment in this long-running series, King of Fighters XV, releases and brings improved graphics, systems, online experiences, and even 39 total playable characters upon release in a few weeks.
Horizon Forbidden West – February 18
The next chapter of Aloy’s magnificent journey into the iconic post-apocalyptic world of Guerrilla Games is fast approaching, with the next PlayStation exclusive set to take the red-haired heroine to the American Pacific coast to uncover the secrets of the West prohibited. Serving as a direct sequel to 2017’s beloved title, this adventure promises all-new threats, allies, and biomes to explore, as Aloy takes aim where her people have feared to turn before.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen – February 22
After introducing Guardians to Savathûn years ago, Bungie is ready for this expanded storyline to unfold in Destiny 2’s next expansion: The Witch Queen. Designed to take your legendary Lightbringer into Sister of Shapes’ very own throne world, this expansion will feature a new campaign, a slew of new unlockable weapons and gear, and a fearsome new lineup of enemies protected by the ghosts. treat. Set to mark the next chapter in the Light and Darkness saga, The Witch Queen seeks to answer some of the longest and burning questions in this iconic sci-fi universe.
Grid Legends – February 25
While technically it won’t be the first title Codemasters has delivered since EA acquired the studio, Grid Legends will likely be the first time we’ve really seen EA’s influence on the racing game developer’s work. Intended to be an arcade racing experience, Grid Legends seeks to deliver a combination of the series’ iconic high-speed racing moments based on real-life locations, and expands further with an all-new dramatic single-player storyline, called Driven to Glory, which features real actors and the studio’s biggest career to date.
Elden Ring – February 25
Whether you’re a FromSoftware fan or not, there’s no denying that Elden Ring has become one of, if not the most anticipated game of 2022, which is remarkable considering it’s only February. From the acclaimed Japanese developer, this action-RPG is set in a vast fantasy world that was brought to life with the help of A Song of Fire and Ice author George RR Martin and is set to be the biggest and developer’s most ambitious. video game to date.
And there we have it. Be sure to check back next month, when we take a look at what the busy month of March 2022 has to offer, when it comes to new video games.
The most important button on the original Xbox wasn’t the power button: it was the button for ejecting the disc tray.
Conceptually, this does not make sense. Of course the power button has to be the most important button — it turns on (and off) the whole console. But that attitude is rooted in our understanding of modern devices, where our games and apps are far more self-contained than they were in the heyday of the original Xbox.
The design of the console reflects the priority of the eject button. The disc eject button is bigger, taller, and surrounded by an LED ring in the console’s signature green glow, drawing even more attention to it.
The reasoning here is simple: the original Xbox (like its contemporaries and predecessors) was useless without game discs, DVDs and CDs. Without the disc tray button, your Xbox was never more than a big chunk of green and black plastic. So Microsoft wanted to direct you to this button because it meant you had purchased a game and were ready to play or wanted to swap discs to play something else.
A powered-on Xbox with a broken disc tray was a useless thing; an Xbox with an open board was primed and ready to embark on your next video game adventure. Is it any wonder that Microsoft prioritized the disc eject button in its design?
It’s a legacy that exists elsewhere in the console universe. The original Playstation and PlayStation 2 both feature power buttons the same size as their disc tray buttons; The Nintendo GameCube also emphasizes its lid eject button with an additional physical dimple that the other power and reset buttons lacked. But the original Xbox wins out in its glorification of the eject button by making it the biggest and flashiest button on the entire console.
The Xbox successors, however, also tell the story of how discs have become less and less of an essential part of video games over the years. Take the original Xbox 360, for example. The tray eject button is still quite visible, located on the side of the drive itself, but it’s no longer in the spotlight. The power button eclipsed it, now huge and festooned with LED lights that could indicate connected controllers (or critical hardware failures).
This shift in focus away from the disc drive coincided with an increase in functionality in the console itself. Xbox 360 could work without game inserted; it had a hard drive you could download games to and internet connectivity to buy and rent movies and TV shows. This is a trend that continues over the history of the 360. The subsequent 360 Slim and 360 E iterations would continue to reduce the disc eject button while placing more emphasis on the power button, adding chrome details to further enhance it.
The Xbox One generation would go even further. For the first time, buying all-digital games was an achievable prospect with the new console, and the scale between the console’s Xbox logo-shaped illuminated power icon and tiny disc eject button capacitance reflects this. The Xbox One S would carry the trend to ultimate expression: the digital version of this console simply lacked a disc drive (and its corresponding button).
Which brings us to the modern generation of Xbox consoles. The Xbox Series S is completely disc-free – all games purchased and played must be done through Microsoft’s store. But even Xbox Series X shows a fundamental shift in how we interact with consoles. The power button is as big as ever, but the eject button has been reduced to a dot next to the drive itself. And even the discs are largely vestigial. Modern games all run on the console’s internal drive today. Buying a game on disc simply means avoiding an initial download so that the base game files can be copied to the Blu-ray instead, and usually this just precedes a long download of patches and updates from the internet. .
The story of the disc eject button is a story of the miniature video game ecosystem: a detail that shrinks over four generations of consoles that reflects a much bigger shift in the way we buy and play games. today.
Here we are again trying in vain to determine exactly what constitutes “a game”. You see, The Longest Road on Earth released on Xbox and Switch to deliver a collection of wordless tales, with minimal controls and a fail-safe state. If that’s your bag, it’s time to fill it.
Available now to purchase and download on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, The Longest Road on Earth was concocted by development collective Brainwash Gang, before seeing the Raw Fury editorial team on testify before the masses.
It is at the price of £8.39 on the Xbox Store (and you might find that the Nintendo eShop asking price varies slightly), but then it’s fully downloadable and playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.
Play, you say? Well yes, because it is a video game in the truest and most fragile sense of the word. You see, Brainwash Gang has basically adhered to a series of events that you attend, taking into account everyday stories and tales that cover some of the most mundane world events. How they unfold – and how determined they are – is then entirely in your hands as you slowly and surely progress through their ideas.
There’s not much here in The Longest Road on Earth that will ever test your gaming prowess, and there’s absolutely no way you won’t fail to complete it, but if it’s something you’re happy to handle in your gaming sessions, we highly recommend getting involved.
In fact, we strongly recommend check out our full review of The Longest Road on Earth on Xbox Series X | S. It’s pretty much spoiler-free, but it will be able to tell you everything good about the game.
If you’re looking for intense, high-intensity action, well, The Longest Road on Earth just won’t be what you’re looking for. However you swing, you’ll find The Longest Road on Earth available now on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Be sure to play, then hit the comments to let us know your thoughts. It was also released on PC before.
Description of the game:
The Longest Road on Earth is a deeply personal and meditative narrative title. Play through the songs of four short stories with stripped-down, wordless mechanics. Every story is subject to interpretation – what story lives inside you for each character and the world around them? Be swept away by the haunting and sentimental lyrics of over twenty-four emotionally charged original songs, sung by one of the developers. Walking the longest road in the world will only take you two hours, and every step is worth it.
“Halo” is one of the most iconic franchises in video gaming. Known for its gripping storyline and innovative graphics, it’s no surprise that ‘Halo Infinite’, the sixth mainline game in the series, is one of the most anticipated games of 2021, despite the franchise’s previous disappointing releases. . Thankfully, when it released in December, “Halo Infinite” excelled in both its story and multiplayer modes. Undoubtedly, this makes a strong case for Game of the Year: an irreplaceable addition to the exclusive Xbox lineup.
The first-person shooter franchise tells the recurring story of a super soldier, Master Chief, defending humanity against alien invaders in the 26th century. The series remained the main industry-exclusive title for Microsoft’s Xbox consoles throughout the 2000s, but its popularity waned when original developer Bungie parted ways with Microsoft in 2007 and handed over the reins to the new 343 Industries.
Under 343’s development, the series suffered. The franchise hit its lowest point in 2015 with “Halo 5: Guardians”, which was met with mixed reception from fans and critics. Longtime fans of the video game series have complained about misleading marketing and plot inconsistencies that left them disappointed with the fifth installment.
In a bid to redeem the franchise, “Halo Infinite” was originally slated for release in November 2020 to coincide with Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X console. However, it was delayed for a full year due to pandemic difficulties and fan reaction from its early footage.
Thankfully, the lackluster visuals that irritated and worried fans during the game’s development stages have been refined and rendered non-existent in the final product.
“Halo Infinite” captures the spirit of its forerunner “Halo: Combat Evolved,” particularly in its environmental design, which mimics taiga forests and windswept plains. A first for the series, “Halo Infinite” is structured in an open-world design rather than linear levels, which ends up pushing the series forward, while also feeling oddly nostalgic.
“Infinite” centers solely on Master Chief, ditching the multi-protagonist format of its predecessor, “Halo 5.” After a space battle with a new alien faction called Banished, Chief is forced to land on one of Halo’s titular rings – ancient superstructures in space that have the potential to wipe out all life in the galaxy with lethal energy pulses. With the help of his pilot and artificial intelligence (AI) assistant called the Weapon, the Leader must stop the Banished from activating the Halo Ring, while trying to uncover the fate of his fellow AI from origin, Cortana.
Despite the exciting plot setup, the story is relatively sparse and at times confusing, containing many bits of sci-fi jargon without much explanation. The open-world gameplay, however, is so enjoyable that the story’s narrative flaws take precedence over the user experience.
Master Chief can engage in a wide variety of tasks on the Halo Ring, ranging from searching for alien artifacts to rescuing human marines from banished captivity. Like in the original trilogy, rescued marines follow you around and attack enemies, bringing a sense of leadership back to the role of Chief that “Halo 5” lacked.
The gunplay remains as stellar as ever, and the connective interactivity of Chief’s personal shields and melee punches breathes new life into the super soldier fantasy game. Chief’s mobility is vastly improved over previous series entries, thanks to his new grappling hook that allows nearly unlimited traversal in-game.
Even if “Halo Infinite” only included its exceptional campaign mode, it would be an inter-galactic treat. However, “Infinite’s” multiplayer mode is available as a free download even for those who don’t own the game, giving all Xbox gamers the best online play in the series.
You can easily waste countless hours in multiplayer practicing your aim, improving your kill/death ratio, and generally becoming a better player overall.
The only flaw of the game’s multiplayer mode is its progression system. If you don’t purchase the “Battle Pass” add-on, obtaining armor skins and weapon decals through experience points can be extremely slow. Thankfully, 343 Industries recently improved the process for getting experience points, suggesting they are receptive to player feedback.
All in all, “Halo Infinite” is a welcome return to form for the franchise, and a pronounced sign that 343 Industries finally understands what makes a good Halo game. The future is bright again for one of the most recognizable gaming franchises.
Apple could be working on its own console with the help of ex-Xbox engineers.
Windows Central writer Jez Corden shared the intriguing possibility in the latest episode of The Xbox 2 podcast, which he co-hosts. Corden notes that his sourcing “isn’t great” on this particular rumor, as it’s only something he’s heard without any documentation to back it up. Still, the notion is interesting enough to entertain as long as we take it with a big grain of salt.
“I’ve heard for a while that Apple is hiring Xbox engineers to make their own console,” Corden says in the podcast. “I’ve heard for ages that Apple has been thinking about making a video game console, and I don’t know if it’s going to be a VR game or a metaverse or something like that, but some of the engineers that Apple poached from Microsoft were because they wanted to explore making their own console.”
Corden also mentions that Apple is notorious for canceling big projects before they even see the light of day. It’s possible that even though this console was really in the works at some point, it has already met the same fate as other unfinished R&D projects from Apple.
Either way, the company has already increased its gaming stake in recent years through Apple Arcade. Since all Apple Arcade games are already playable on Apple TV, the company already has a console-like experience – we’ll just have to wait and see if it delves deeper into that territory.
Speaking of which, our guide to best apple arcade games will prepare you to play on the platform you prefer.
So many controllers from different video game companies owe their credit to Nintendo, which revolutionized controller design as we know it.
The image of the modern video game controller is instantly familiar to even people who don’t play video games, even the most casual observers recognize the cross-shaped directional pad and the four face buttons with different colors and icons. Yet controllers didn’t always feature this user-friendly, easy-to-learn control scheme, with Nintendo’s influence being a big factor in how controllers are today. When Nintendo introduced the NES, its new controller featured a revolutionary cross-shaped directional pad and two buttons. It was a simple design that was incredibly versatile for a wide variety of games. Regardless of the type of game, the NES controller provided satisfying performance all around.
This controller design was so successful that other companies began copying its general layout. During this time, Nintendo realized that the additional graphical and technical capabilities of the 16-bit game meant it had to increase controller functionality without compromising familiarity and accessibility. In designing the Super Nintendo controller, Nintendo not only served its purpose, but unknowingly created what all modern controllers would model on their own.
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Featuring four face buttons and two shoulder buttons, the Super Nintendo controller has stepped up its game to match the growing complexity of its software library. It enabled arcade fighting games like street fighter be worn viably. For other games, this reduced the need for button combinations, such as secondary attacks in Castlevania use a shoulder button instead of top + B. Combined with rounded grips for added comfort, Nintendo created the perfect controller for its second generation of consoles and set the model for gaming companies to follow, with the most notable mimicry coming from Sony.
The PlayStation began life as a collaboration between Nintendo and Sony to create a disc add-on for the Super Nintendo similar to the Sega CD. When the deal fell through, Sony decided to create its own video game console, including several aspects of Nintendo’s original prototype in the design. Nowhere is Nintendo’s influence more evident than in the design of the console’s controller, which felt all too familiar to gamers even back then.
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Many have noted that the PlayStation controller bears a strong resemblance to the SNES controller in its layout, especially the first-gen model with its lack of joystick controls. The only addition is additional front handles and shoulder buttons. It features a segmented directional pad instead of a solid cross shape and four buttons, which use geometric shapes instead of letters. It was an inspired choice; in Japan, “circle” meant select and “cross” meant cancel, much like how “B” and “A” worked on a SNES controller. However, many US localized games had the “cross” button as their primary select button, leading to another rebooted layout on a rival console’s controller: the Xbox.
Microsoft’s Xbox controller clearly takes after the PlayStation DualShock controller upgrade with its dual analog stick placement and chunky grips, but borrows a bit more from Nintendo once again with both colored and lettered face buttons . Because so many gamers used the “cross” button so regularly on the PlayStation, Microsoft seemed to anticipate this by making the underside button the A button and a default select button as it was in many games. Nintendo. Since then, PlayStation and Xbox controllers have remained functionally identical to each other with similar features, with no significant revolutions to warrant a substantial change in overall design, and it’s all thanks to Nintendo’s controller revolution in the first place.
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The original Xbox was the start of something new – a mark of Microsoft’s first venture into the video game industry. Having already celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Xbox has been home to many famous titles, with Halo presumably being his breadwinner.
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However, that’s not to say that Xbox has seen any underrated titles in its time. There are a few titles that suffered from obscurity or poor sales, but ended up being great games regardless.
Kung Fu Chaos (2003)
Kung Fu Chaos is a fighting game like Super Smash Bros., but only more cartoonish and with lots and lots of kung fu. Players attempt to create a sort of King Fu movie using a cast of characters, with each character a parody of common martial arts tropes.
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Each movie set had its own unique style and dangers, including obstacles such as dinosaurs and aliens. After each level is completed, players can watch their martial arts movie and be absolutely amused by the absurdity of it all.
Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller (2002)
While the first two crazy cab games have been released for Dreamcast, the third game in the series, High-Roller, only appeared on the Xbox. High Roller basically took what was present in the previous two entries and then expanded on it.
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High-Roller still plays like a classic crazy cab game, where you have to take the passengers to their destination as quickly as possible. The only difference is that players can perform stunning stunts such as jumps and drifts to earn more money from passengers. These stunts can be performed in several combos, bringing in large sums of money.
Developed by Tim Schafer, Psychonauts follows the story of Rasputin, or Raz for short. He is a psychic spy who escaped from a circus and uses his psychic powers to uncover a plot taking place at a summer camp for psychics. To do that, he has to get into the minds of some really screwed up people.
Psychonauts is a platformer with a touch of psychic powers, with the player able to perform feats such as telekinesis and pyrokinesis to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Mix art style and humor, and you have a fun and engaging game. It’s really a shame that such a great game, Psychonauts did not sell well upon release.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (2005)
One look at the title, and you can tell this is a very Lovecraftian game. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a relatively unknown survival horror game that contains first-person shooter and stealth elements. It is set in 1922, where a private detective investigates a town cut off from the United States called Innsmouth.
Especially, The Dark Corners of the Earth does not have a HUD, which makes players more immersed in the gaming experience. Only the detective’s heartbeat and breathing can give players clues about his current status. The dark atmosphere and Lovecraftian themes that come with this game certainly don’t make things any better.
Voodoo Vince (2003)
Xbox hosted several original platforms, such as the aforementioned one Psychonauts and Blinx to name a few. One platformer that isn’t talked about as much is vince voodoo, where players take control of a voodoo doll named Vince.
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Like any other platform hero, Vince can jump, spin, and smash his way through numerous levels. But since he’s a voodoo doll, he also has access to voodoo powers, like inflicting pain on himself just to hurt his enemies. Voodoo stuff aside, vince voodoo comes with lots of puzzles, in which Vince has to hurt himself to get free. Ouch.
Phantom Dust (2004)
Phantom Dust is very different from most other action games. It combines third-person combat with card collecting, which is a key gameplay mechanic. Players must take control of an unnamed Esper and interact with other characters to figure out what happened to an Earth post-apocalyptic.
Overall, there are up to 300 power cards to form a deck. Each card comes with a different skill, such as an attack move or a defense move, and can be used against opponents. The more skills you collect, the bigger your arsenal will be in battle
Outrun 2 (2003)
To go past started on the arcade in 1986, and it would get a reboot on the Xbox several years later in the form of Exceed 2. Developed by Sega, Exceed 2 is an overlooked racing game with a simple premise. It’s about driving around town in a Ferrari, with the challenge of beating the clock.
Unlike most other racing games, Exceed 2 puts more emphasis on drifting. It’s terribly rewarding if you manage to pull off a drift. You can even drift for an infinite amount of time, which is kind of necessary if you want to clear the course as quickly as possible.
Jet Set Radio Future (2003)
A little like Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller, Jet Set Radio Future is a sequel to a Sega Dreamcast game. It’s a rollerblade action game, with rollerblades spraying graffiti on walls and squeaking on rails around futuristic Tokyo.
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Jet Set Radio Future has the same cel-shaded graphics as its prequel and features a free open world for everyone to explore. There is even a soundtrack made up of different genres such as rock, electronic and hip hop. Some multiplayer modes are available, and designing your own graffiti tag is also an option.
Oddworld: The Stranger’s Wrath (2005)
Oddworld: The Stranger’s Wrath is a weird game, to say the least (if the title isn’t highlighted enough). It’s an eclectic mix of first-person shooter and third-person platforming, and involves a bounty hunter named the Stranger who tracks down wanted criminals.
But here’s the catch – instead of using regular bullets, the Stranger uses small creatures such as insects and small mammals as ammunition – all of which can be fired from his trusty crossbow. Oddity aside, Stranger’s Wrath has more refined mechanics compared to previous entries in the Oddworld series, and the gameplay is very experimental.
The Punisher (2004)
Turns out Batman and Spiderman aren’t the only comic book superheroes with big games. The Punisher roughly coincided with the 2004 movie, but the game’s content is much more like Marvel Comics’ Punisher series.
This third-person shooter features the titular anti-hero who hunts down criminals, as he shoots any crook in his sight. There are also missions players can complete, many of which take place in well-known Marvel locations such as Stark Tower and Ryker’s Island. The Punisher also features several other Marvel characters, such as Iron Man, Nick Fury, and Kingpin.
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A new free game Yu Gi Oh! the game was released stealthily. Specifically, starting tonight, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X users can download Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel free. As you may know, the highly anticipated Yu-Gi-Oh game was announced last year but had no release date, that’s why today’s release is considered a release. furtive.
According to Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is the definitive version of the card game, which is why so many fans of the series rave about it after a saturation of variations and spin-offs from the core experience. The way Konami described the game, it will be the first Yu-Gi-Oh! video game in the future, which means gamers should expect tons of support, but for now, that’s just a guess.
“Finally, the Yu Gi Oh! digital card game you’ve been waiting for,” reads an official text about the game. “The definitive edition of the competitive card game that’s been in the game for over 20 years! Duel at the highest level against Duelists from all over the world.”
Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel is available now via Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. Below you can continue to learn more about the game, thanks to an official overview of its main features:
– Play duels at any level!
The entire Yu-Gi-Oh! experience is available to anyone at any skill level. Don’t worry if you’re a new player or haven’t dueled in a while, the in-game tutorials will teach you the basics of playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game. You’ll receive a Deck when you’re done to help you start your journey!
Collect new cards as you progress through the game to power up your Decks!
– Rotating tournament formats
Mix them up and put your dueling skills to the test! A wide variety of events and tournaments will be available to players.
Build and duel with different decks using over 10,000 individual cards and special rules unique to tournaments!
Choose the tournament YOU want to duel in and aim for first place!
– Discover the stories behind the cards
The single player mode guides you through the scenarios of Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game. Hone your dueling skills by completing stories.
Recommended for newbies, returning players, and anyone who wants to learn more about the lore of the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game.
– Other features
Link to Yu-Gi-Oh! Neuron.
Check out the decklists of duelists around the world and improve your own deck!
Try the sample draw feature to simulate the cards you might get in your first hand!
The game just had its “Disney buys Fox” moment. Microsoft has announced that it will spend nearly $69 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard, one of the video game industry’s largest third-party publishers. Or at least it was. Microsoft surprised us two years ago by acquiring Bethesda, but it turns out it was just a warm-up for Xbox’s biggest expansion yet.
The acquisition raises many important questions that go beyond video games. Will it trigger antitrust lawsuits? What will happen to the workers of Activision and their burgeoning organizing efforts? Will Microsoft do anything to clean up Activision’s notoriously toxic culture that has dominated headlines for the past few months? What will happen to CEO Bobby Kotick after the transition? And why do so many experts think this is all about the Metaverse?
Obviously, Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard will have ramifications for the games themselves. Call of Duty remains one of the biggest franchises in gaming on its own, and we have to imagine that the special partnership between PlayStation and CoD will soon come to an end. Will Sony make a game for Bungie? The company barely managed to avoid being ripped off by Microsoft by ending its Activision partnership after Destiny 2. Microsoft also highlighted some of the other huge and exclusive properties it scooped up in that coup. , including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Overwatch, Diablo and Candy Crush saga.
Beyond those big names, however, Activision also has a treasure trove of overlooked classics. On top of all the alleged harassment, one of our biggest issues with the company is its cruel willingness to leave awesome franchises dormant just because they aren’t consistent megahits. This could change with Microsoft in charge. Whether it’s a new game, old games brought to Game Pass, or an appearance in a Microsoft Super Smash Bros. clone, here are 10 classic Activision games we’d love to see return to Xbox.
1. Crash Bandicoot
When Crash Bandicoot debuted, he was Sony’s mascot Mario from PlayStation. Original Crash developer Naughty Dog is still the crown jewel of the PlayStation studio. So Microsoft now owning this character just has a delicious level of irony. Bringing back the semi-connected Skylanders toy series (featuring former Sony mascot Spyro the Dragon and featuring Crash as a guest star) would also help Xbox reach younger gamers.
2. Hero DJ
The plastic instrument boom of the 2000s boomed and burned like few other genres in gaming history. Guitar Hero took on the rhythm game concepts pioneered by Parappa the Rapper and Dance Dance Revolution, and the offered to the general public. The original Harmonix developers are now owned by Epic, but Activision retains the Hero brand. Best of the bunch was the eclectic, genre-hopping, turntable-twisting, mash-up masterpiece known as DJ Hero. It was so good that Daft Punk lent their robot likenesses to the game.
3. Geometry Wars
The first Geometry Wars was a groundbreaking Xbox 360 launch title. Bizarre Creations has combined an addictive, top-down arcade shooter with stunning HD visuals. It proved that small games could have a big impact on new consoles. Geometry Wars returning to Xbox would be a throwback to rival Halo Infinite. And while we’re talking about Bizarre Creations, can we get a new Blur racing game?
Raven Software made a name for itself as one of the most prolific developers of the 1990s era of first-person shooters. Games like Heretic and Hexen gave Doom and Quake a run for their money. . Eventually, Raven became another Call of Duty support studio, but Microsoft would be wise to respect that history. If nothing else, Raven and Id being under the same roof must be a real trip for PC gamers of a certain age.
Activision essentially invented the concept of “third party” by challenging Atari’s stranglehold on the 2600. The original Pitfall proved that other companies could make experiences even better than the ones that made the hardware. Forget Uncharted and Tomb Raider, it’s time for Pitfall Harry, the game’s first nimble treasure hunter, to claim his prize.
Browse Activision’s back catalog and you’ll see plenty of licensed games. Microsoft would have to make new deals if it wanted to bring back Activision’s published Marvel superhero games. But in 2010, Radical Entertainment used what it learned from making Hulk games to deliver an original adventure that lets you unleash superpowered mayhem in an open world. With Crackdown’s name fairly tarnished and Sony’s Infamous on hiatus, it’s now time for Prototype to reach its endgame.
7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Dark Souls and Elden Ring are cross-platform, but between Bloodborne and the Demon’s Souls Remake, PlayStation is the best platform for fans of FromSoftware’s distinct brand of punishment. At the time, Activision seemed like an odd choice for the ninja-tastic version of Sekiro on the Miyazaki formula, and we’re not sure who owns what, but Microsoft would be foolish not to continue its own exclusive Souls franchise.
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8. The Lost Vikings
Last year’s Blizzard Arcade collection brought a handful of retro hits to modern consoles, including Blackthorne, The Lost Vikings, and Rock N Roll Racing. It reminded us that Blizzard can make games in addition to Warcraft and Warcraft-themed card games. Activision has smothered what was once one of the most exciting and creative PC game studios around. Let’s bring back that magic and the side-scrolling, time-jumping Vikings.
9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
After years of running the skateboard simulation into the ground, Activision has put Tony Hawk games back on the rise with the recent and remarkable remake of Pro Skater 1 + 2. All Microsoft has to do is keep this good thing going with new levels, new games, and a new understanding that not everything has to be an annual release.
10. Transformers: War for Cybertron
Of all the horrible toy cartoons of the 1980s, Transformers is my favorite, if only because “robots that turn into cars” is a cool enough concept to overcome even the most cynical marketing. High Moon Studios Transformers: War for Cybertron is perhaps my favorite release of the material. On-command vehicle transformation adds fun possibilities to third-person gunfights, while the clockwork planet Cybertron itself is a compelling and doomed campaign setting. Activision doesn’t own Transformers, so Microsoft should strike a new licensing deal, but those games are too underrated to fall into digital oblivion. At the very least, put Optimus Prime in Warzone.
For more on Microsoft games, check out our list of the best Xbox Series X and Series S games, our Halo games ranking, and our favorite memories from Xbox’s last 20 years.
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With COVID-19 delays hitting the entire video game industry, predicting 2022 releases can be hit or miss. Of course, we all want every game slated for 2022 to hit the shelves, especially if it’s already been delayed once. Many of the great games we hope for are sequels to previously released hits. This list is full of hope. In part, it’s hoped that these sequels will live up to previous games. Also, hopefully COVID doesn’t force another delay.
10. A Plague Tale: Requiem
2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence garnered a variety of award nominations, particularly in recognition of its outstanding storytelling. Asobo Studio’s quality production has proven to the industry that they are ready for the next step. Gone are the days of developing games like the PS2 and Nintendo DS exclusive, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. A Plague Tale’s stealth adventure gameplay mixed with a survival-horror type atmosphere creates a game that will linger in the minds of gamers for a long time. Being only the second sequel they’ve done, A Plague Tale: Requiem has a chance to elevate Asobo to the level of a prestige developer.
9. Splatoon 3
Competitive multiplayer shooters probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Nintendo. Despite this, Nintendo continues to expand its portfolio with the Splatoon series. The runaway success of this franchise may have taken many gamers by surprise, but Nintendo continues to impress gamers and critics alike. Unfortunately, the odds of Splatoon 3 landing in 2022 aren’t perfect. Many things outside of a small reveal trailer have not been disclosed. However, given Nintendo’s tendency to keep their cards close to their chests, fans can have some reassurance about the planned release this year. It wouldn’t be uncommon for Nintendo to release a game with little to no notice, similar to its recent release Metroid: Dread.
8. Total War: Warhammer III
With Total War: Warhammer III following the massive success of its 2017 predecessor, the title is set to take the PC strategy scene by storm. SEGA’s formula of blending the talent of Creative Assembly, whose Total War franchise is over twenty years old, and the rich lore and setting of the Warhammer universe has attracted a massive fanbase. Not only have the developers merged these two concepts, but the quality of the games themselves should make any PC gamer jump into a general’s boots on February 3rd.
The original 2007 release STALKER was followed by two more releases in later years. These new entries in the series were somewhere between expansion and a true sequel, but they were apparently not advanced enough for GSC Game World to award the official title of STALKER 2. The developers officially announced the development in 2010 , but following a quick cancellation, the game went black for years.
In 2018, GSC Gameworld again announced the title. There was little information until 2 years later when it was revealed, almost surprisingly, on Xbox’s E3 stage. With a slow drip of information since then, the STALKER Series will make its way to consoles for the first time in the coming months.
6. Gran Turismo 7
Almost half a decade has passed since the last Gran Turismo game arrived on Sony consoles. In the meantime, Xbox’s Forza franchise has pretty much outpaced the competition and now holds pole position. However, with Forza Motorsports 7 reaching its end-of-life services, there is a void in AAA racing simulation experiences, as the critically acclaimed Forza Horizon series leans heavily on arcade influences.
Sony now has the opportunity to reinstate Gran Turismo as the premier racing simulator. If PlayStation has proven anything over the past decade, it’s that their first-party exclusives have almost certain quality. Many questions may remain about the all-new Gran Turismo, but PlayStation can rest assured that Sony plans to make Grant Turismo a technical showcase for the PS5.
Ubisoft is looking to improve its game streaming services – and may soon bring other platforms to Ubisoft Plus – through a new partnership with Gamestream.
This collaboration will see Gamestream’s video game streaming technology help Ubisoft advance its on-the-ground efforts – likely by improving its Ubisoft Plus subscription service – including improving “how players interact with in-game menus during streaming sessions”.
Ubisoft Plus already allows PC gamers to download and play games and DLC from a library of over 100 Ubisoft titles, with new games added the same day they are released, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Players on Google Stadia and Amazon Luna can access a streaming version of the service, and soon Ubsifot Plus will be coming to Xbox, according to another recent announcement. However, it is unclear if this release will allow players to stream games or just download and play games natively, like on PC.
Although Xbox isn’t mentioned in the new announcement, the press release gives us the impression that streaming will become a bigger part of Ubisoft’s business plan – and not just on Xbox consoles.
Is Ubisoft Plus coming to mobile and Switch?
Ubisoft didn’t mention Ubisoft Plus launching on other new platforms in this announcement, but we think Gamestream’s UI improvements will be exactly what the service needs to launch on smartphones, tablets and the Nintendo Switch.
For starters, this collaboration isn’t really necessary to bring Ubisoft Plus to Xbox. The service is already compatible with controllers and the menus can be navigated very well using controllers on PC, Google Stadia and Amazon Luna.
Navigation can always be improved, but it doesn’t make sense for Ubisoft to partner with a third-party team rather than using its own in-house UI developers unless it has bigger plans. for Ubisoft Plus – plans that require more expert knowledge.
Instead, we believe this partnership is aimed at bringing Ubisoft Plus to devices with different controller layouts and smaller screens – i.e. Nintendo Switch and mobile.
Both Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming are available on smartphones and tablets, and game streaming has already brought AAA hits like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Control to the underpowered console; Ubisoft could take inspiration from its rivals to follow suit.
This assumption is further supported by Gamestream’s own website; on the homepage, the company states that it can help “create an amazing cloud gaming experience for your customers, allowing them to play on any device.”
Gamestream is already competent to extend the coverage of a streaming platform, so why couldn’t it offer the same advantages to Ubisoft?
We’ll have to wait and see if our hunch is correct, but don’t be surprised when Ubisoft expands its streaming services to mobile and Switch in the near future – and we’re sure PS5 gamers will be able to get in on the action soon too.
Two more Xbox Free Games with Gold for January 2022 are available for subscribers to claim now, one day ahead of schedule.
While most of the attention seems to be on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service lately, Xbox Live Gold subscribers still enjoy the benefits of online multiplayer and new free games every month. As always, Microsoft is staggering Xbox Free Games with Gold for January 2022 so subscribers have a few games to claim at the start of the month and then a few more to snag in the second half of the month.
And while the second batch of Xbox Free Games with Gold for January 2022 aren’t technically supposed to be available until Sunday, January 16, they’re actually free to claim a day earlier. This isn’t uncommon for Xbox Free Games with Gold Games, with subscribers usually able to search and claim the free games a day ahead of schedule. With that in mind, there are now two more free Games with Gold games for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to check out.
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Until February 15, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can claim Failed free. Failed is an RPG where players collect resources to craft and build. It was first released in 2020 and didn’t get much attention at the time, but it might find a whole new audience now that it’s being offered as one of the free Games with Gold games. .
Xbox Free Games with Gold for January 2022
NeuroVoider (January 1 – January 31)
Radiant Silvergun (January 1 – January 15)
Failed (January 16 – February 15)
Space Invaders Infinity Gene (January 16 – January 31)
Failed is joined by Space Invaders Infinity Gene, which Xbox Live Gold subscribers can claim for free until January 31. One of the newer versions of the classic arcade game, Space Invaders Infinity Gene has over 100 levels to complete. It features a variety of different space invaders art styles as well, with the game becoming more graphically complex as players progress through its stages.
In the meantime, January 15 marks the last day Xbox Live Gold subscribers can claim Radiant Silvergun as good as Tropic 5, the latter being a leftover Xbox Free Games with Gold for December 2021. NeuroVoider, which has been up for grabs since January 1, will remain available until January 31. At that time, fans will know what the Xbox Free Games With Gold for February 2022 are, and it’ll sure be interesting to see how next month’s lineup compares to January’s offerings.
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One of the main reasons to subscribe to Microsoft Xbox Game Pass subscription service is to have access to day one game releases. Being able to play a brand new game without paying anything more than an Xbox Game Pass fee is huge, and if one tends to buy new games regularly, the service could practically pay for itself. Microsoft has already added several new Xbox Game Pass day one games in January, but there are even more coming next week.
Microsoft has yet to reveal all of the new Xbox Game Pass games coming in the second half of the month. The announcement will likely come early next week, but in the meantime, fans are aware of some games that will be coming to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of January 2022. Based on what has already been announced for Xbox Game Pass, it seems that subscribers have to less five first-day matches to look forward to next week.
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These new day one Xbox Game Pass games would join the already released day one Xbox Game Pass games that were already added in January, like The pedestrian, Spelunky 2, and cooperative shooter Anacrusis. All together, these games truly warrant an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both PC and Xbox users.
New Xbox Game Pass games for January 2022
Gorogoa – January 4
Olija – January 4
The Pedestrian – January 4
Embr – January 6
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate/PC Game Pass) – January 6
Outer Wilds – January 6
Spelunky 2 – January 13
The Anacrusis – January 13
No one saves the world – January 18
Hitman Trilogy – January 20
Pupperazzi – January 20
Rainbow Six Extraction – January 20
Windjammers 2 – 20 January
The five-day Xbox Game Pass games currently slated for release next week will kick off with nobody saves the world January 18. The latest game from Drinkbox Studios, the developer behind the critically acclaimed game Guacamelee Games, nobody saves the world is an action RPG with a quirky sense of humor and online co-op support. Drinkbox has a solid track record of consistently delivering high-quality games, so there’s a good chance that nobody saves the world will be another feather in the developer’s hat. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will find out once it becomes available on January 18.
Then, on January 20, Xbox Game Pass gets four days of release in a single day. This includes the recently revealed The Hitman Trilogy, a collection of Hitman 1, 2, and 3 which will launch on multiple platforms next week. The last three Hitman the games received positive reviews from critics and fans, with particular praise aimed at Hitman 3. Now, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to experience it all for the price of their subscription fee.
The Hitman Trilogy will be joined by Pupperazzi, a game with a very different tone, to say the least. While The Hitman Trilogy is an incredibly violent and dark game, Pupperazzi is an indie game about taking pictures of dogs. Pupperazzi it looks like it will be yet another solid indie game in the Xbox Game Pass lineup and should be a big hit with those who enjoy relaxing games.
Pupperazzi isn’t the only day one indie game coming to Xbox Game Pass on January 20. Windbreaker 2 Also set to launch for Xbox Game Pass next week, reviving the classic arcade sports franchise for modern consoles. the original windbreaker has seen a resurgence in popularity lately despite its initial release in the mid-90s, so Windbreaker 2 seeks to capitalize on this by offering an updated version of the concept. The jury is still out on whether or not Windbreaker 2 will enjoy the same success as its predecessor, but fans will find out next week.
And finally, the game that’s arguably headlining the upcoming Xbox Game Pass releases for next week is Rainbow Six Mining. While Rainbow Six Siege is a PvP multiplayer experience, Rainbow Six Mining focuses on cooperative PvE gameplay. Arguably the first major new game of the year, Rainbow Six Mining has players working together like rainbow six operators to complete the objectives and fight against a deadly alien threat.
All five of these games will be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers to play the same day they launch, so fans have a lot to look forward to next week. January 20 is a particularly important day for Xbox Game Pass, but fans shouldn’t sleep on January 18 either, because nobody saves the world certainly has a lot of potential. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see if there are even more Xbox Game Pass games coming next week; fans will just have to wait for Microsoft’s official announcement to be sure.
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When Avatar came out in 2009, the video game industry was quite different from what it is today. Loot boxes hadn’t caught on in Western games yet, and microtransactions hadn’t really caught on. We didn’t use the terms “live service” or “games as a service” as they would only apply to MMOs. There was no metaverse, no blockchain, no NFT. Pay to win hadn’t even been coined as a term yet. Even mobile developers had yet to discover the myriad ways to extort money from gamers. It was a simpler time – maybe even a better time in some ways. The only thing gamers had to worry about back then was a lazy, paid movie game like James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game on PS4 and Xbox 360 which, frankly, wasn’t even that bad.
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But 2009 was 13 years ago, and as we all know, things have changed a lot. Loot boxes, battle passes, xp boosters, challenge swaps, time-savers, and pay-to-win mechanics have infested nearly every corner of the industry, but no more so than mobile. With the first sequel hitting theaters in December, it’s finally time for Avatar to re-enter the video game landscape. While my hopes are pinned on Ubisoft’s open-world Frontiers of Pandora, I’m less keen on the recent Avatar: Reckoning – a mobile-exclusive MMORPG that’s already showing all signs of being another Marvel Future Revolution-style blot on the whole industry.
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There are many studios working hard to repair the reputation of mobile. Microtransaction-free Apple Arcade games, high-quality ports like Alien: Isolation, and modestly monetized games like League of Legends: Wild Rift are all worthwhile experiences that don’t rely on predatory design practices and high-pressure microtransactions. Unfortunately, many developers still use every dirty trick in the book to exploit players. Studios like Netmarble, developer of Marvel Future Revolution, create apps that can only be considered games using the loosest definition. These are digital storefronts with self-contained “games” designed to entice vulnerable people to spend as much money as possible. Netmarble games are a scourge on the industry and should be categorically avoided. And while we haven’t seen exactly what Avatar: Reckoning is, there are already enough hints to suggest it will be more or less the same.
Avatar: Reckoning is not developed by Netmarble, but the studio behind it, Archosaur Games, is clearly the same kind of studio. Its mobile games Dragon Raja and World of Kings all use the same aggressive microtransaction mechanics as Marvel Future Revolution. Reviews of Dragon Raja on Android suggest it’s “100% pay-to-win” and littered with so many ads for in-game purchases that it’s nearly impossible to play the game without accidentally clicking it. World of Kings uses autoplay – a telltale sign that a game isn’t actually designed to be played for fun – as well as nonsensical grinds that can be circumvented, you guessed it, by paying money .
We don’t know much about Avatar: Reckoning at the moment, but when I see a licensed mobile-exclusive MMORPG, all my red flags go up. It’s disappointing to see Disney farm Avatar into unbiased studios churning out soulless, lucrative apps like Marvel Future Revolution, but it’s no surprise. Not to stress this too much, but Avatar’s villainous megacorporation would absolutely have a game development arm that mass-produces low-effort, high-grossing mobile MMO games. If Avatar: Reckoning uses Unobtanium as premium currency, I will become the Joker.
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Hitman 3’s second year of content has been revealed, Xbox One has been quietly discontinued, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus has received a lengthy gameplay trailer.
News keeps coming in and today is no exception. Today’s stories include the reveal of Hitman 3’s second year of content, a new gameplay trailer for Pokemon Legends: Arceus chock-full of additional details, and the news that Microsoft has shut down the Xbox One in 2020 and didn’t tell anyone. Read on to find out more.
Hitman Trilogy brings all three games together in one package next week
IO Interactive has shared all the exciting new things coming to Hitman 3 in its second year. This includes a new mode called Elusive Target Arcade which allows players to assassinate multiple targets in a level in one go with zero attempts as well as VR support on PC. Additionally, IO announced a Hitman Trilogy Bundle that includes all three games in one convenient package for new players and will be free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
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Pokemon Legends: Arceus has a new 13-minute gameplay video
Nintendo shadow released a new gameplay trailer for Pokemon Legends: Arceus today, featuring a bunch of new information about the game. We took a closer look at how catching Pokemon works as well as what players should do to complete their Pokedex. The trailer also includes the different traversal methods you’ll use to explore Sinnoh, including riding Braviary to glide through the skies and riding Basculegion to swim up rivers.
While Sony continues to make PS4s, the Xbox One was quietly discontinued in 2020
Microsoft has confirmed that it has quietly discontinued Xbox One consoles in 2020 to focus on Xbox Series X/S production. According to Xbox Console Senior Product Marketing Manager Cindy Walker, the Xbox One X and all-digital Xbox One S were phased out before the Series X launch, with the original Xbox One S following shortly after. . This is in stark contrast to Sony, which recently confirmed that it will produce an additional 1 million PS4s in a bid to ease the pressure on PS5 shortages.
PS Now gift cards reportedly pulled from UK retailers, new streaming service could be on the way
Some exciting PlayStation news to round things out now, and a new streaming service to replace PlayStation Now could be announced soon as Sony reportedly withdrew gift cards from UK retailers. Sony is rumored to be working on a subscription-based service dubbed “Spartacus” to rival Xbox Game Pass, and today’s news may hint at an upcoming announcement.
PS5 and PS4 could be backward compatible, patent suggests
Finally, we have the discovery of a new patent filed by Mark Cerny, a longtime video game developer who usually collaborates with Sony. The patent suggests a method that would allow more powerful PlayStations to play older games without the syncing issues caused by the higher speeds of more high-tech consoles, essentially allowing all PlayStations to become backward compatible. There’s no indication of this happening as it’s just a patent, but if it were to manifest in any way it would be huge news for PlayStation fans.
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The popular High Score Pinball Arcade in Bay Shore is closing after opening at Westfield South Shore Mall last April. Gamers need not worry: the spot will soon return under a new name, selling video games and systems.
“With High Score, we had a limited number of options,” says Mike Burd, the current owner of the arcade, which closed Dec. 31. It is relaunched as Video Game Trading Post, the third store under the Burd brand. The other two stores are located in Levittown (52 E. Village Green; 516-849-6507) and Massapequa (1 Sunrise Mall; 516-666-0712).
“We only had an entry fee where you paid one price and all games were put into play for free,” Burd explains. “Now we’re going to have 15 newer pinball machines for $1 a game, and on top of that, having a pinball and arcade showroom where you can pay to get in and all of those games are set up to play for free.”
Burd says the entire right side of the store will be an old-school video game specialty store where classic systems like the PlayStations 1, 2, 3, the Nintendo NES, SNES, N64, GAMECUBE, Xbox original Wii, Xbox 360 and Atari can be bought, sold or traded. “Customers can redeem their unwanted or duplicate games for cash or store credit or credit to play,” he notes.
Burd says the reason for the change was that while High Score worked well on weekends, holidays, during the summer and other days when schools were closed, adding a retail aspect will better fill the business and boost weekday business.
When the revamped store opens at noon on February 26, the 6,400 square foot venue will have a new layout with 40 pinball machines and 30 arcade games, keeping its arcade feel intact.
“We’re maximizing our space,” Burd says, “It’s looking really good…it’ll be amazing for our old and new clients to see that the hard work really pays off.”
INFORMATION: Video Game Trading Post, 1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore; vgtp.com
The Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series S consoles are both priced at $ 299.99, making them cheaper than the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. However, while both consoles have cheaper prices, both have their advantages and disadvantages.
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For gamers looking for a great gaming experience without breaking the bank, choosing between the two can be tricky. Should they choose the next-gen Xbox Series S or the hugely popular Nintendo Switch?
Why the Xbox S is the best, cheaper console
More powerful games
As any die-hard gamer will tell you, the Nintendo Switch is hampered by its lack of power. While it’s true that the Switch has ported some first-person shooters, as a whole the console just can’t handle giant open-world games or fast-paced, graphically challenging gameplay. This is why games like Call of Duty, rainbow six, Far cry, and Red Dead Redemption are not on the Switch. The console just doesn’t have the power. For any gamer looking to play the latest cutting edge games, the Xbox S is the obvious choice.
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Xbox Game Pass
One of Microsoft’s biggest selling points right now is its exclusive game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass. Instead of having to buy every game, Game Pass allows players to pay a monthly subscription and have unlimited access to a large game library, made up of both new AAA titles and retro classics.
Popular games on offer right now include Halo: infinite, Back 4 Blood, Death by the light of day, Eternal destiny, and more. For gamers who are always thirsty for variety and want something new, this is a great option that revolutionizes the way people view the industry.
More powerful memory
Both the Xbox S and the Switch are notorious for their lack of memory. For Xbox S, additional memory can be added via an Xbox-specific Seagate memory card. Specialized memory cards are much larger than a regular SD card and fit into the back of the console.
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They come at a steep price (a 1T memory card will cost over $ 200) but are worth it for gamers who don’t want to see a decrease in their game’s performance. Xbox and Seagate say games saved on Seagate cards do not suffer from graphics, latency, load times or frame rates issues. They are designed to work seamlessly with new Xbox X / S features.
Standard on all new Xbox consoles is their cross-play capabilities with the Xbox One. If a player purchases an Xbox X / S but wants to play co-op Halo mission with their friend who owns an Xbox One, they can do it seamlessly through Microsoft’s cross-play. It’s a smart decision that Xbox made and part of their plan to keep the One an active part of the Xbox family.
This type of technology is not available for the Switch – for example, Mario kart 8 is not playable between Switch and Wii U. On some games, cross-play even works between Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles, like favorite games Apex Legends.
Another technological advancement that gives the X / S a head start is the new Smart Delivery feature. Since Microsoft has said the Xbox One will be an important part of the Xbox family for a few years to come, the company is offering gamers some peace of mind when purchasing new games.
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With Smart Delivery, players only need to purchase a game once. They will then be able to get that game on any new console, at the performance rate of that new console. For example, suppose an Xbox One player purchases Borderlands 3, but over the next year they switch to an X / S. They will be able to download the optimized X / S version of Borderlands 3 free. Conversely, if someone buys Borderlands 3 on an X / S, they can also connect to an older Xbox One and play for free on that console.
Why the Switch is the best, cheapest console
While the Switch may lack many of the biggest names in the game, it also has its own library of unique and highly regarded exclusives. Some of the most famous video game mascots are Nintendo exclusives, like Mario, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Samus, Kirby, and more. The Switch is the only console where gamers can play award-winning exclusives like Breath of the wild, Animal crossing: new horizons, and the Pokemon franchise. Moreover, with 2022 promising a Breath of the wild suite and an exclusivity Star wars game, it’s clear that the Switch is a real contender in the console war.
It’s true that the Xbox S is the smallest Xbox ever (and packs a significant amount of graphics and processing power for its size), but it looks huge compared to the extremely small Switch. Additionally, the Switch can be removed from its docking station and played in portable mode, making it the ultimate console in terms of versatility and portability. The Switch is ideal for frequent travelers, metro commuters, or any student who may have downtime between classes.
Influenced by the popular Wii console, the Switch retained the movement game aspect for which Nintendo became popular. This means that the console supports a wide range of fun and unique gaming experiences that cannot be found on other consoles. For example, Ring shaped adventure helps players to sweat by connecting the JoyCon to a ring-shaped resistance band.
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The game Arms allows players to revive their old Wii Boxing days fighting opponents using movement controls. And in Surgeon simulator, players can make a wildly hilarious (and bloody) attempt to perform surgery on various patients in need. The Switch variety has an original charm that other consoles simply cannot compete with.
One of the reasons the Xbox S is so cheap is that it’s a fully digital console, which means there is no disc drive and all games have to be. downloaded virtually. While this is great for the environment, some players feel like they are missing out on something.
For those who always like to have a physical copy of their game and who like being able to line their shelves with their treasures, the Switch is the best option thanks to its in-game cartridges. The cartridges themselves are technological marvels too, given that something only 1 inch long is able to contain the entire set of Breath of the wild. Using physical game cartridges also frees up the Switch’s limited memory.
Cheaper memory option
The Xbox S is built for performance, while the Switch is built for accessibility. Although the Seagate memory card for Xbox S is more powerful, it is also quite expensive. The Switch is known for its lack of internal memory, with only 32 GB, a small portion of which is used by the system.
Fortunately, the Switch’s external memory is nothing more than an SD slot. A gamer could buy a 256GB SD card for $ 50 and never have to worry about memory again. If a gamer decides to download virtual games for the console, an SD card will be a necessity.
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Developer Eden Games has been in the video game industry for decades, working on famous games such as the V-Rally and Test Drive Unlimited series. Well, more recently the developer created Gear.Club Unlimited 2 in 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Fast forward to the year 2022 and Gear.Club Unlimited 2 has now been ported to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles. We took a look at the PS5 version of the game over the holidays, and here are our thoughts on this new racing title.
When I first heard that Gear.Club Unlimited 2 was Nintendo exclusive, I didn’t expect the graphics to be this sophisticated on the PS5. To my amazement though, the game didn’t look too bad when playing it on the more powerful PS5 console.
Surprisingly, the game features real car models and the vehicles look realistic. The cars have bright reflections and generally precise details. The only thing sorely lacking in this game is an interior view of the steering wheel cockpit.
Unfortunately, the only realistic visuals in the entire game are the vehicles. It looks like the developer has cut corners when it comes to the details of the actual levels and environment. Background objects and landscapes look economical, and it’s like something you might see in a PS3 or Xbox 360 game.
That being said, this game doesn’t have any AAA production values, so don’t expect it to look like Forza Horizon 5 or the upcoming Gran Turismo 7. While the graphics are hit or miss, let us tell you. how the game is played.
When it comes to racing games, the most important thing developers need to master is driving physics. Some developers go for a more simulated feel like the Gran Turismo series. On the other hand, there is the more arcade style of play seen in games like the Forza Horizon and Need for Speed series.
While I enjoyed previously released Eden Games, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 is unfortunately not a great racing game. The main problem I have with the game is the fact that the physics of the races are excruciating.
There is a major issue with this game regarding how you can run your car. The cars in this game feel awkward and stiff most of the time. Not to mention that I usually skid whenever I want to turn left or right. It doesn’t matter how many times I choose a different car or use different tires. The end result always gives the car the impression of sliding on ice. It is also difficult to try and catch up with AI racers as you play the game. At the start of the game, AI racers are generally easy to beat and you can win races quite easily.
After playing the game for several hours, the difficulty skyrockets and you will have a hard time winning the races. The only way to win races later is to be able to tune your car. Tuning your car costs thousands of dollars, and you’ll have to win every race along the way if you want to stay competitive. If you can’t afford the much-needed upgrades, you’ll have to run the same races over and over to earn more money.
Fortunately, this game has no damage, so you don’t have to worry about crashing into walls all the time. I remember playing an old game called Street Racing Syndicate where you had to pay a lot money for repairs!
Apart from tuning your car’s specs, you can customize its appearance as well. There are many colors to choose from and you can even add unique designs to the exterior of the car. I can see a lot of car enthusiasts spending a lot of time making their cars extra special!
For a low budget title, it’s still impressive that this game still manages to include 50 real cars. This is an increase from the 32 cars that were only available in the 2018 version of the Nintendo Switch game. Cars can get expensive, so you’ll have to fight if you want to buy them all.
The only problem I have with the list of cars is that this game doesn’t organize them alphabetically by manufacturer. The cars are listed together as a random group for some odd reason. The game needed a suitable dealer to organize things better.
Apart from the long single player campaign, you can also experience the multiplayer mode. There is both online multiplayer and couch co-op. Overall, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 looks like a budget racing title with inconsistent visuals and terrible racing physics. If you own a PS5 or Xbox Series X / S, you better get something better like Forza or Gran Turismo.
that of Microsoft Xbox Game Pass The subscription service has been in tears, constantly adding new top-level games to the service and establishing itself as a must-have for Xbox console owners. There is some serious momentum behind Xbox Game Pass and it doesn’t look like things are slowing down any time soon.
Xbox Game Pass got off to a flying start in 2022, with many new games added to the subscription service in January. New Xbox Game Pass games for January 2022 have already included day one releases and the addition of old, critically-acclaimed games from all genres, giving everyone something to try.
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While Xbox Game Pass has already had an impressive January 2022, next week is shaping up to be the biggest for the subscription service in 2022 to date. Thursday, January 20 in particular is set to be a big day for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, and fans don’t even know everything that’s going on that day yet.
New Xbox Game Pass games January 2022
Gorogoa – January 4
Olija – January 4
The Pedestrian – January 4
Embr – January 6
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate / PC Game Pass) – January 6
Outer Wilds – January 6
Caving January 2 – 13
L’Anacrouse – January 13
Nobody Saves the World – January 18
Pupperazzi – January 20
Rainbow Six Extraction – January 20
Windjammers January 2 – 20
Microsoft has set a clear pattern for how it reveals new Xbox Game Pass games. He usually starts the month by highlighting the new Xbox Game Pass games coming in the next two weeks, and then in the middle of the month he reveals that the new Xbox Game Pass is coming in the second half. Because of this, fans know about all the new Xbox Game Pass games coming in the first half of January 2022, but don’t know as much about the new Game Pass coming in the second half.
But while Microsoft itself waits to reveal the full roster of new Xbox Game Pass games coming in the second half of January 2022, release date announcements by other companies are already giving fans an idea of what to expect. expect. And so even without knowing everything that might be coming to Xbox Game Pass on January 20, subscribers are already familiar with the day one Xbox Game Pass games that will be arriving on the service that day.
One of the main reasons to sign up for Xbox Game Pass is to get access to brand new day one releases, and January 20 will have three for subscribers to check out. On Day One, Xbox Game Pass games coming January 20 are titled by Rainbow Six: Extraction, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running first-person shooter franchise.
For the most part, rainbow six the games remained with PvP as the main focus, but Rainbow Six Extraction take things in a different direction. Rainbow Six Extraction Rather is a 4-player cooperative PvE experience, with players banding together to complete missions and take down hordes of alien creatures. It is quite the departure of the tone more realistic than the other rainbow six the games are going well, but it should be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Rainbow Six Extraction is risky due to its difference from other games in the series, but it really makes it the perfect type of game for Xbox Game Pass. This way Xbox Game Pass subscribers can try Rainbow Six Extraction without committing to paying a heavy price. Then if they decide they like the game, they can buy it at a 20% discount before it gets deleted to keep it forever.
Rainbow Six Extraction is arguably the first major video game release of 2022, so the first day of Xbox Game Pass gaming matters. However, this is not the only day that an Xbox Game Pass game will be confirmed for release on January 20, 2022. On the contrary, there are two other Xbox Game Pass games on this day as well, and although they certainly are on a smaller scale. compared to Rainbow Six Extraction, they could still prove to be valuable additions to the lineup.
The first is Pupperazzi, a new unusual indie game where the main objective is to take pictures of dogs. It has been compared to a version of Pokémon Snap where players take pictures of dogs instead of Pokemon, and so it may be of interest to fans of this game. Pupperazzi is meant to be a short but enjoyable experience, which is exactly the kind of game that looks perfect for Xbox Game Pass.
And finally, Windbreaker 2 is a Day 1 Xbox Game Pass game that will also launch on January 20. Windbreaker 2 is the sequel to a 90s arcade sports game that has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Windbreaker 2 seeks to retain what made the original so popular while adding modern bells and whistles. It remains to be seen if this spreads the same way, but Xbox Game Pass subscribers don’t have to wait too long to find out, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Pupperazzi all arrive on Thursday, January 20.
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Popular Serbian Twitch streamer and YouTuber Kristina ‘Kika’ Dukic, known for her high-profile CSGO game, dies aged 21.
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Sega has released many versions of the Genesis and Master System collections on various platforms while the Dreamcast games continue to be left on the shelves.
It seems like retro game collections are everywhere these days, whether it’s a single franchise or a selection of console-specific games. It’s a great way to bring back hard-to-find titles and present forgotten gems to the world. The problem is, many released collections tend to stick with some of the more popular consoles or franchises and leave others out. It leaves behind many other great games and consoles in the preservation world, and the Sega Dreamcast is just one of many who deserves a day in the sun.
The Sega Dreamcast was released in 1999 and featured superior hardware than other popular consoles of the time – the N64 and the original PlayStation. It also had a library with good arcade ports as well as its own exclusive titles and even some PC game console versions, thanks to its custom Windows operating system. However, it fell into obscurity until recent years due to Sega’s console slowdown and the release of the PlayStation 2 the following year, which also served as a cheap DVD player.
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With the Dreamcast’s lifespan only being three years, many of its games were discontinued while others, such as Radio Jet Set, continued to be part of the original Xbox library due to Sega’s relationship with Microsoft. Many titles have not received a reissue or have not been made available through backward compatibility. There aren’t even any solid Dreamcast emulators to hack said games, meaning the only way to play them is to find a working Dreamcast and the physical games or at least a working hacked version. The prices of consoles and games have increased like many retro games due to collector’s value – the rarest going into the hundreds of dollars regardless of their physical quality.
There are also some very good titles. Cannon tip is an arcade shmup from Capcom that has never been re-released or remade, it’s fun alone or with a friend. Elemental gadget gear, Where EGG, is a colorful, uniquely styled RPG that had fun adventure and mechanics. These two games more or less disappeared with the demise of Dreamcast. That’s why instead of releasing a Sega Genesis or Master System collection again, the Dreamcast should be the one that gets a collectible version. There are plenty of great games for first-time gamers to experience or for Dreamcast fans to enjoy again.
There is also a good variety of games for more than one type of collection. With all the arcade games, shooters love house of death and fighting games like Capcom vs. SNK 2, there’s more than enough for a Dreamcast arcade collection. Despite its short lifespan, it had a sturdy library that players would have access to. The Switch has already received an N64 library as part of the Nintendo Online subscription upgrade, so why not add the Dreamcast from a similar era or give it a standalone collectible version just like the many Sega Genesis collections?
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Skyrim: Anniversary Edition bundles in Skyrim: Special Edition with content from Creation Club. Some of the new mods are better than the others.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition bundles Skyrim: Special Edition with all Creation Club content, including a plethora of new mods for players to enjoy. Over 500 Creation Club content items are available for players to download from Skyrim: anniversary edition. When first loading the game, players may be overwhelmed by the amount of new content to discover in the Creation Club. In addition, 74 content packs have been released since the creation of the Creation Club.
Creation Club mods are either created by Bethesda themselves or approved for sale by outside creators. Over the years, gamers have enjoyed many of these mods, and some selections have become popular among mods. Skyrim players. Elements of Creation Club content range from new and improved bows to dwarf armor that can be applied to Mudcrabs. Not all Creation Club content is worth downloading, but some are essential for new and old alike. Skyrim players.
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Creative Club content available in Skyrim: anniversary edition occupies several different categories. The new content mainly involves new quests, armor, weapons, dungeons, and general gameplay changes. The best mods available in this edition of Skyrim improve the quality of life and add new weapons, ammo and abilities to the game. Some mods are better than others, and the following mods are recognized as some of the best mods in the game. Although the base game of Skyrim has a lot of rare items to collect, many mods introduce exceptionally unique content to Skyrim.
The best Creative Club mods in Skyrim: Anniversary Edition
Questline mods: “The ghosts of the court, “”The cause,” and “Saints & Seducers“are among the most popular pieces of Skyrim content since its release in 2011. “The ghosts of the court“is a series of quests that delves deep into the lore concerning the Dark Elves of the Living Gods Tribunal introduced in the previous one Old scrolls Games. “The cause“follows the activities of Mehrunes Dagon supporters after his death at the end of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Finally, “Saints & Seducers“involves fighting a mage attempting to merge Nirn with the realm of Sheogorath.
Armor and Weapon Pack Mods: Various armor and weapon sets are available in the Creation Club, with a few high level item packs dotted around. The Alternative Armor Pack Series changes many types of armor for more extravagant looks. However, Daedric Armor remains one of the coolest armor sets in video game history. Weapon packs like the Arcane Archer Pack allow players to craft new elemental arrows to use, especially tough enemies.
Game mods: Survival Mode and Arcane Accessories are two of the most popular game mods in Skyrim. Survival mode adds survival mechanics to Skyrim, which work the same as Fallout: New Vegas Where Red Dead Redemption 2. Hunger, body temperature, fatigue, and resource regeneration are new features included in Survival mode. Arcane Accessories introduces a host of new spells that players can use against vulnerable enemies across Tamriel.
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Mortal Kombat 11 director Ed Boon has revealed that a classic arcade skin pack, featuring the original cast members, has been discussed.
Ed Boon, the director of Mortal Kombat 11, revealed that a skin pack featuring the series’ classic arcade actors had been discussed. The relentlessly graphic fighting game series began in the arcade, where each character was actually portrayed by a live artist. While Mortal Kombat 11 revolutionized the series with in-depth character customization and photorealistic graphics, a petition to remaster Mortal Kombat Trilogyproves that fans are still interested in the retro roots of the series.
Mortal Kombat 11 brought the classic series into the modern era, while maintaining the fundamental pillars of the brutal violence and skill-based combat franchise. The modern entry has dramatically improved character customization, with each fighter having multiple skins as well as three different item slots to customize. Each Mortal Kombat 11 The character’s unique story and personality shine through with their unique items, skins, fatalities, and intro match dialogue. Developer NetherRealm Studios has extended the game even further with post-launch support, introducing all-new characters as well as additional cosmetics for the core roster. In November 2020, NetherRealm added 1995 movie skins to Mortal Kombat 11, with the cast from the franchise’s first live-action film lending their likenesses and voices to the expansion.
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Responding to a fan on Twitter, Mortal combat co-creator Ed boon revealed that the skins of the original actors of the arcade game in the series have been taken into account. Similar to MK11 Skins from 1995 films, this theory pack would swap modern versions of the franchise’s oldest characters with the actors who played them in the arcade. For example, the original actress from Sonya Blade Kerri ann hoskins would replace Mortal Kombat 11 version of the character, Hoskins even responding to Ed Boon on Twitter.
With fans demanding that Ed Boon bring back the classic cast of the series, the Mortal combat The community is clearly nostalgic for the franchise’s arcade roots. To pay homage to the brutal origins of the fighting game franchise, a Mortal combat Arcade machine with free online multiplayer was recently announced by Arcade1Up. Flashing back to the ’90s will help gamers celebrate 30 years of the series, with the machine containing Mortal Kombat, MKII, MK3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. The multiplayer feature will allow players to challenge each other online from the old-fashioned cabinet, breathing new life into the series’ very first installments.
While NetherRealm Studios has ended support for Mortal Kombat 11, there seem to be a lot of ideas that never made it into the game. A skin pack with Mortal Kombat the original arcade actors would be an incredible tribute to these classic games, and it would add even more customization options to the modern entries of the series. While MK11 never having received that coveted skin pack, it’s possible that the next entry in the bloody saga will see the concept become a reality.
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E3 press conferences can make or break a console. First impressions can go a long way, and the bad one can have disastrous results. Three metrics that make up a good console are hardware, software library, and third-party support. If a business can demonstrate that it has all three, it’s a good start.
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However, console launches don’t always go so well. Mixed messaging, following trends, or anti-consumer features can turn what was once supposed to be a hype-generating event into a laughing stock. Some E3s reveal either threw a console in style or gave them a bad name that would linger like a veil.
ten Released: Xbox 360 Brings Gaming to the HD Generation
The game was finally making the transition to the world of HD, and Microsoft was determined to be the first to the finish line. Enter Peter Moore, Former SOA COO. Embittered by the domination of the PlayStation 2 on the Dreamcast, he joined Microsoft to return to Sony. He called the 360 ”the ideal canvas to express [a developer’s] vision.“
While home entertainment and connectivity were huge selling points, Microsoft made it clear that the Xbox 360 is primarily a games console. The unveiling of the 360 avoided the pitfalls to which his successor would unfortunately succumb.
9 Broken: US $ 599.00 to fight enemy giant crabs on PlayStation 3
While Microsoft’s lead may not have helped, Sony’s presentation at E3 2006 was an absolute disaster. Fans weren’t impressed with the $ 599.00 price tag despite their ability to fight a “giant enemy crab” in Genji 2. While Blu-ray support may have swayed consumers, the format hadn’t quite overtaken DVDs yet.
When the memes arrived, the writing was on the wall: The 2006 holiday season was Xbox’s. While the 360’s Red Ring of Death and hits like Unexplored would eventually lead the console to surpass that of Microsoft, the damage caused by this E3 made them lose against the Wii.
8 Released: Miyamoto conducts a movement-controlled symphony
The Wii is a classic example of what a console should do. The motion control hardware has been expertly demonstrated with a mix of live actors and gameplay footage. In addition, many titles were presented, including the third Metroid Prime and the sublime Super mario galaxy.
The Wii has been heavily promoted as a push to make media more inclusive and social. While the console would prove difficult for third-party developers, it was a bold experiment that encouraged game makers to flout convention instead of just pushing for prettier graphics.
seven Broke: Microsoft asks gamers to “deal with it”
Ideally, a console ad should reveal what hardware can do, but the Xbox One is mostly remembered for what it couldn’t. It couldn’t play games offline, gamers couldn’t share games unless they had undergone a specific service, and they couldn’t play it without Kinect.
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While it was Adam Orth who made the misguided tweet, “Do withWas the message gamers seemed to be getting from Microsoft. Still having trouble getting a connection? Don’t want to have to pay to share games? Treat it. Those three little words almost destroyed the Xbox brand.
6 Released: Sony shows gamers how to share their games on PlayStation 4
Microsoft had really done all the hard work for Sony. The Xbox One reveal was so appalling that all Sony had to do was show a few games, a price, a release date and call it a day. However, they went for the jugular by bluntly mocking Microsoft.
A famous video shows SIE President Shuhei Yoshida and Vice President Adam Boyes how to share their games on PS4. Yoshida simply hands the game over to Boyes, who looks at the camera and says, “Thank you.” At no point in this generation has the Xbox One sold more than the PS4.
5 Broke: consumers didn’t know what to do with the Wii U
You’d think the announcement of Nintendo’s first HD console would be a slam dunk, but nothing could be further than the truth. Although graphically lagging behind its competition, the Wii U included a tablet that worked both as a controller and as a second screen.
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Nintendo’s messaging was confusing. The name was probably the biggest offender, as many consumers mistook it for an upgrade to the Wii rather than a brand new console. The tablet alienated developers and third-party publishers, prompting a figure from EA to announce that the console was “walking Dead. “
4 Released: Metal Gear and Tekken launch the PlayStation 2
While the ability to play DVDs could have been a great selling point, better material couldn’t be more. In the end, it’s the games that make the console, and two titles in particular have managed to sell the PlayStation 2 to the press and gamers.
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Metal Gear Solid 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament were excellent showcases for the power of the Sony console. It seemed like Kojima’s cinematic spy action series was finally on hardware that could do it justice, and the PS2 port of Tag Tournament completely beat the arcade version in the visuals department.
3 Broke: announcement of Virtual Boy so close to N64 was confusing
It was 1995, and while Sony and Sega were ready to show off their new 32-bit consoles, the Nintendo 64 wasn’t ready yet. It was on the Virtual Boy to wow consumers for the holiday season. So that was it Driving demo, a first-person game where gamers hit the road, was due to be shown at the Consumer Electronics Showcase and the very first E3.
The console will later prove to be a failure. On second thought, Shigeru Miyamoto said that the announcement of two different consoles whose selling point was their 3D capabilities sent a mixed message to consumers.
2 Launched: Mario jumped into the third dimension
In E3 1996, Nintendo of America producer Ken Lobb took the stage to present something special. Instead of just showing a simple pre-recorded video, some reps were going to take the controls and do a live demo of the next one. Mario title on the new Nintendo 64.
The audience booed and amazed at the sight of the eponymous plumber walking, running and jumping in a 3D world. While the player may have missed the landing on his first triple jump attempt, he did so when it came to demonstrating the power of the N64.
1 Broke: Sega announces surprise console
During the very first E3, Sega of America President Tom Kalinske announced that the Saturn is currently available for purchase in US stores. The surprise ad kept magazines from advertising on the console, and their limited inventory forced them to choose specific retailers.
This prompted other stores to refuse to sell the console in response. It was this decision that eliminated Sega as a credible threat to Nintendo or Sony. In an interview with KB Toys, they prophesied, “Saturn will not be in the ﬁ nal race, it will be a two way race.“
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Microsoft’s industry-leading Xbox Game Pass service has given the Xbox platform a huge advantage over the past two years, drawing countless fans into the Xbox ecosystem with its gargantuan buffet of all-you-can-eat games and an affordable monthly cost. As part of the company’s efforts to jump right into the PC gaming space, Microsoft has also released PC Game Pass, a PC version of Game Pass that offers the same benefits to people who prefer to play games on Windows. .
Unfortunately, unlike the Xbox Game Pass experience on console, the PC Game Pass experience was very disappointing for a while. PC Game Pass just wasn’t good enough as users were forced to deal with issues delivering UWP apps that broke game installations, addiction to the slow and faulty Windows 10 version of the Microsoft Store, an Xbox app that wasn’t much better, and exceptionally poor mod support.
The arrival of Windows 11 fixed many of these issues, and Microsoft also made the wise decision to move everything to the Xbox app on PC instead of dividing the PC Game Pass experience between it and Microsoft. Store. However, there is one glaring flaw that Microsoft has not fixed: the quality of the Xbox app on PC.
Source: Windows Central The data on each tab in the Xbox app often takes an extremely long time to load.
In my experience, the biggest problem with the Xbox app is that it can often be incredibly slow and buggy to use. It’s better than the Microsoft Store in Windows 10, but it’s still far from in an acceptable state. Often times, the install or update buttons on my games just don’t work, forcing me to relaunch the app. Sometimes the video game box art on the storefront won’t load at all making it impossible to see what games I’m watching. The app didn’t even show me an option to update my games despite a patch being released by the developer, preventing me from accessing official bug fixes (this prevents you from playing games completely. multiplayer games).
These are just my problems though. Other users have reported issues such as game libraries not displaying correctly, preloaded games not launching properly when released, and the application is hogging a significant amount of system resources. Overall, the state of the app is simply unacceptable.
The Xbox app is slow, unreliable, and lacks the utility PC gamers have come to expect.
The app organization filters either don’t make sense or work fine. For example, why are there tags for “Xbox One X Enhanced” and “Optimized for Xbox Series X | S” games on PC? Why does the storefront show me only one game when I select the “120 FPS” tag, despite the fact that a large portion of the PC Game Pass library supports this frame rate? Why doesn’t “Cloud Enabled” show me popular titles available through Xbox Cloud Gaming like Halo Infinite and Sea of Thieves? Compared to Steam’s reliable and precise filters, Xbox apps look awful.
Compared to other PC storefronts, the Xbox app also lacks quality of life. You cannot organize your installed games into custom collections or move your game installations to a different folder or drive, and there is no way to see your game time or check for the latest patch notes. for recent updates. The app’s Social tab is also lacking, as it only shows you your friends list and recent friends posts without giving you a way to create and interact with groups and communities like you. can on Xbox.
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Ultimately, there’s no getting around this: the Xbox app is slow, unreliable, and lacks the utility PC gamers have come to expect. This is disappointing, as the potential of PC Game Pass is huge, and shouldn’t be held back by frustrating stability issues and missing features. There is no doubt in my mind that PC Game Pass would be a lot more popular than it is now if the Xbox app user experience weren’t so flawed.
If Microsoft wants PC Game Pass and its global push into the PC gaming space to develop and succeed like Xbox Game Pass did, it must address the many shortcomings of the Xbox app in 2022 – the earliest. possible. It’s crucial that Microsoft offers robust software that makes playing and engaging with the best PC games easy and frustration-free, and at the moment the Xbox app is not enough.
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Halo has a long-standing relationship with Easter Eggs and has even turned the process of finding skulls into a hunt in itself. Halo: Infinite is no different and is what the series has made people expect.
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It contains a good collection of references to the Halo franchise, paying homage to many favorite aspects of the fan base. Halo: Infinite’s open world asks you to explore and seek every nook and cranny, as you might stumble upon something that might thrill, scare you, or just surprise you.
8 A giant sandwich
When looking for Easter Eggs in games, it is assumed that they will either have some attachment to the game they are in, that they will reference other games in the industry, or that they may be able to s ‘inspired by something famous in pop culture. Very rarely do you get an Easter egg that looks equally random and outrageous.
A giant sandwich can be found just south of the first Spire structure you take down as Master Chief. You will need to grab hold of a small hole in the rocks.
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seven Craig’s gang
During the original Halo: Infinite unveiling, internet critics became obsessed with a visually unappealing bully the community dubbed Craig. Well the devs ran with it, and besides giving the poor bully a facelift, they made him a rockstar who circled the Zeta Halo ring with his band.
The structure is simply known as The Tower – you meet her in one of the game’s first missions, and that’s where you’ll find her party setup. It sits at the top of the tower and requires you to resize it with your grappling hook.
6 Halo Arcade Cabinet
Like most modern video game franchises, Halo owes most of its existence to the popularity of arcade machines in the ’70s and’ 80s which made people want to play video games in their homes.
An Easter Egg in Halo: Infinite brings the past and present together with a Halo arcade machine. It can be found quite early in the game, shortly after entering the open world. Just outside the Outpost Tremonius exit is a Spartan Core collectible, down a cliff to the right of the exit. Next to this collector’s item is the arcade cabinet in all its glory.
5 Blood Gulch Hologram
When you talk to the veterans of the Halo series, very few word combinations resonate and spark nostalgia like the name Blood Gulch. This map has built its own legacy, and you’d be hard pressed to find a longtime Halo fan without their own Blood Gulch-related story.
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A hologram of this very location can be found in Halo: Infinite. Inside the Riven Gate outpost, in one of the banished underground tunnels, you’ll find the hologram in question.
4 Rick & Morty M. Meeseeks Box
These days, it seems like a video game isn’t complete without an Easter Egg that references one of the most popular cartoons currently in production, Rick & Morty. Mr. Meeseeks’ box can be found quite early in the game, in the tower where Craig’s Easter egg is previously discussed above.
That place is the tower, and inside one of the building’s metal gates is the box. It can be found in one of the circular rooms as you ascend to the top.
3 Invisible Scorpion Tank Cannon
This Easter egg is rather controversial within the community as to whether or not it should be saved for a second party. You can get your hands on an invisible pistol that shoots like the Scorpion tank and can easily take down anyone or anything in your path.
It sits above the crashed UNSC ship that you spot just as you enter the open world of the Zeta Halo Ring after exiting the Tremonius Outpost and returning to the surface.
2 Xbox game setup
At this point in the Halo series, it’s clear that the alien forces that Master Chief is tasked with destroying are complete degenerates. The fact that they are hiding from their superiors and the battle to get into the game should come as no surprise.
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During the second half of the game’s campaign, you will need to close the tags. An Xbox gaming setup can be found just southeast of the northwestern most beacon. It will take a bit of clever wrestling to navigate through a hole in the roof of a nearby cave to observe the Xbox Cave in all its glory.
1 Character Dolls
Halo generally does a good job of giving the iconic characters in the series a moment to shine and in Halo: Infinite, it goes the extra mile by giving them their merchandise in the world. Since there are so many of them, it would be impossible to list all of their locations, but for those who wanted to see the Master Chief plush, her doll isn’t hard to find.
After flying into the Pelican after the first open-world mission, players will land at a UNSC base. On the side of a nearby cliff, the warrior in green armor can be found huddled on a blanket.
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So it’s Christmas time now, and you or your loved ones have unwrapped a lot of cute video game consoles and gift cards. What to do now? Well, you’re going to need some fun games to play, and your favorite retailers like Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, and Target have some great deals going on. We’re talking Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, even PC – games and accessories galore are on sale right now, and we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites!
Still looking for a PlayStation 5? We’ve got a few tips for you here: Walmart is putting aside a few systems for Walmart + members and making them available only through a special sale. Membership costs just $ 13 per month, or $ 98 per year, and you get a two-week free trial when you sign up here. But note that in order to take advantage of the special sales from PS5 Walmart + members, you must be outside of the free trial period.
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The holidays are a time of family reunification, although this year you might want to do it from a distance. Jackbox Party Pack 7 allows you to have fun together while being apart. Anyone Can Play: All you need is a web browser on a phone to participate. For people who like to draw and / or answer quizzes, this pack is great fun. The games also go away pretty quickly, so it’s easy to try them all out and find your favorites. Jackbox Party Pack 7 is for download only, so the only wait involved is the time it takes to install. Right now, you can save $ 12 on this fun family experience – it’ll be perfect for New Years celebrations!
$ 18 $ 30 at Walmart
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Animal crossing: new horizons, $ 50 (instead of $ 60), walmart.com
Crysis remastered, $ 30 (instead of $ 40), amazon.com
Five nights at Freddy’s Basic Collection, $ 17 (was $ 40), gamestop.com
Just dance 2022, $ 25 (instead of $ 50), gamestop.com
Ring shaped adventure, $ 70 (instead of $ 80), target.com
Super Mario Odyssey, $ 35 (instead of $ 60), walmart.com
It is safe to say that the Mortal combat the franchise is a classic at this point, and the recent Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate contains everything gamers love about the series: crazy and imaginative characters, exciting moves, and even silly features like “Friendship” to finish off your enemies. This version raises the stakes by adding characters from other franchises, like the Joker, Robocop, and Rambo. It sounds crazy, but it’s also super fun and on sale for just $ 40!
Final Fantasy XII is not one of the most famous titles of the popular Final fantasy series, but maybe it should be. After all, it’s all there: a princess trying to reclaim her throne, ghosts, enchanted forests and even sky pirates. It’s so good that it got a brilliant remake a few years ago, a remake that pumped up the graphics and gameplay for modern audiences. And now it’s insanely cheap at Walmart: up to just $ 8; that’s a whopping 84 percent off one of my favorite FF deals. It might also be one of your favorites!
$ 8 $ 50 at Walmart
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Far Cry 6 Ultimate Steelbook Edition (Xbox One / Series X), $ 60 (was $ 130), gamestop.com
If you’re looking to keep your setup simple, you can’t go wrong with the G305 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse. It’s a gorgeous mouse that comes in a variety of brilliant shades like blue, purple, and teal. As pleasant as it is on the eyes, it is also pleasant on the hands, thanks to its elegant and ergonomic curves. It’s a great companion for other Lightspeed accessories from Logitech, so your gaming space can be just as stylish as the rest of your home. Normally this mouse costs $ 50, but at the moment you can hang it in black for only $ 40.
This mouse has received a ton of rave reviews on Amazon. One gamer said: “The build quality is great, looks sturdy, perfect weight for me (in fact I welcome the extra few grams of weight the G-Pro has, no need for those AAA – AA converters for me) have absolutely no rattles, and the buttons feel great. “
40 $ $ 50 on Amazon
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In the world of video games, 2021 will be forever remembered as the year of major COVID accounts. 2020 was already tough, but many of its biggest games were mostly completed in a normal development cycle. The projects planned for the following year were not so lucky.
So, this year’s game news was rife with delays, very hot launches, unfinished messes, and game publishers scrambling to fill their schedules with under-prepared backup plans. And that doesn’t say anything about gamers themselves, wondering if crucial chips and parts could one day be plentiful enough for them to buy the latest console and PC gear.
Yet against all odds, fantastic games have yet crossed the 2021 finish line, ranging from big-budget behemoths to surprising indies. This year, in an effort to reduce rating-based anger and celebrate every game on our list, we’re removing numbered ratings, except for crowning an official Ars Technica choice for the best video game of. 2021 at the very end of the list.
This alphabetically ordered list includes everything from jaw-dropping praise to cautionary-filled considerations, but each game’s ability to smash that list of 20 is, in our opinion, a sufficient indication that every game deserves a second. look.
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If you’re a regular Ars reader with a fairly powerful PC or gaming console and some hot opinions on Convergence from Ridley Scott, HR Giger, and Dan O’Bannon, you’ll likely find something to like in the first co- operation game in the Aliens universe. Elite firefighting team Keep it simple: you and two friends use gadgets and big cannons to take out waves of even bigger enemies, mostly in the form of xenos, but possibly with Working Joes in the mix.
How does such a simple pitch compete with dozens of other cooperative shooters on consoles and PCs? AFE lands on this year-end list not because of refreshing new ideas, but because of solid execution. Cold Iron Studios strikes a delicate balance between designing a curvy battle arena, compelling enemy models, interesting co-op strategy options, and variable combat pace, all while stringing together a long and varied campaign with growing stakes. more serious than (shocking) Weyland-Yutani made a mess. During each campaign mission, momentum rises and falls in a way that’s perfectly suited to leaving your mic on and catching up with your teammates between intense firefights, while class-specific perks and weapons require. teammates to monitor and interact in a meaningful way.
This last quality contrasts sharply with the feeling of loneliness that I experience Back 4 Blood, a 2021 co-op combat candidate who struggles to catalyze collaboration between his teammates. I need more reasons to interact with online gaming teammates in 2021, not less. AFE gets that right in a well-executed package, although its peaks in difficulty will likely take your team to extremes of dying and trying again.
—Sam Machkovech, Editor-in-Chief of Technological Culture
Many racing games have identity crises; they do not engage in realism or ridicule and get nowhere. This is not the case with Cruis’n Blast, which embraces as much as possible the noisy, garish and playful spirit of the arcade. It makes sense: The game was initially developed as an arcade exclusive in 2017 before being ported to Switch last September.
Cruis’n Blast is purely devoted to speed. You never have to take your finger off the accelerator once you’ve hit the gas. When you hit a wall, you don’t stop; your car simply rotates 360 degrees and keeps moving forward. There is no minimap in the lower corner, because even when you turn, the only direction you are going is forward. This is a game where you can still zoom straight ahead at 145 miles per hour while drifting and tilting your car to the side. This is all lovingly absurd: you can drive a tank or hammerhead shark and race through dinosaur infested jungles or UFO overrun cities. You can drift and do wheelies in a stealth helicopter (with accompanying car engine sounds). You can do a barrel roll.
There is no online multiplayer, although there is a split screen that can accommodate up to four players, which Ars appreciates, and many other racing games have more cars and tracks. (Forza Horizon 5, which almost made our 2021 list, is a better bet on that front.) Every race is more of a race than a competition: AI has a heavy elastic effect, and each track has scripted events that happen at just the right time. Winning means using your nitrous oxide at the right time and doing Mario kart drift-boost as often as possible, without taking over correctly. Still playing Cruis’n Blast is a rush, each race is an explosion of effects, colors and chaos for two minutes. You come in and go, and the game never pretends to be something it’s not. It’s a big, happy dose of honking unreality.
Browsing through this list, which is currently sorted alphabetically, you’ll find other games that arguably breathe more life into familiar gaming conventions than The door of death Is it that. After about 15 minutes of this top-down adventure game you will probably notice its merging of Zelda-like crossing and puzzles and Dark souls-as a mix of brutal battles, dodge and attack mechanics, and dead enemy spirits as bargaining chips.
But as 2021 drew to a close, we at Ars couldn’t let go The door of death like a first-rate gloss of the two concepts combined, much like the one from 2017 Hollow knight took our breath away as a familiar retread but brilliant of all things Metroidvanie. The door of death coaxes his players with a Tim Burton-caliber plot about pretending like the Reaper, but the real fun comes from the way studio Acid Nerve, which previously released Titan Quest, combines masterful combat controls with beautifully rendered stop-motion worlds and monsters. What if it was familiar, when the execution is so quick to play and beautiful to watch?
Better yet, after debuting earlier this year on PC and Xbox, The door of death has since spread to Nintendo Switch as a solid 30fps port – and we can’t say the same for other similar games on this year’s best list. So if a lot of your year-end game plans will be spent on Switch, maybe because you’re taking one on vacation, you’d better commit to The door of death than Nintendo’s 2021 Switch-exclusive re-release of Zelda: the heavenly sword.
—Sam Machkovech, Editor-in-Chief of Technological Culture
The Xbox brand has had a very eventful journey since it entered the gaming scene in November 2021. The original console was packed with powerful hardware and featured several games that took advantage of the new Xbox Live, and the Xbox 360 continued. most of what his predecessor did well.
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The Xbox One generation proved to be more controversial as the mandatory Kinect integration and the proposed always-online requirements damaged the brand’s reputation, but changes in the company’s leadership brought about a return to the times. better. Now, with the dawn of a new Xbox generation and the precipice of a new year, fans are busy guessing what the Xbox Series X | S has in reserve in 2022. While some theories seem far-fetched, others seem likely to be true.
ten 2022 will be the best year for Xbox exclusives
While there are several great Xbox One exclusives out there, Microsoft’s latest generation of consoles have been criticized for not having exclusives as powerful as the PlayStation 4. However, many gamers believe 2022 will finally see the release of more games. high-quality Xbox exclusives. That number will likely be bolstered by recent acquisitions such as ZeniMax, the parent company of developer Bethesda. DoctorTide Reddit post lists several exclusive games that fans should be excited about, including Red drop, Starfield, and Hellblade 2.
9 Console shortages will always be a problem
Many gamers have struggled to find Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles to purchase in the first year of their lifecycle. Although the duration of the shortage seems extreme, unfortunately it looks like this shortage may continue until 2022. In a thread on delays, Redditor Busy_Service_3924 predicts that it won’t be until 2023 that the X-Series will be readily available on the shelves, and several others agree. Unfortunately, the combination of worldwide shipping issues and coin scarcity makes this prediction more than possible.
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8 Microsoft will acquire SEGA
Microsoft has never shied away from buying smaller companies that can contribute to their ecosystem (Xbox or whatever), and it hasn’t surprised a lot of people that they’ve continued this trend by acquiring game developers. However, few expected to buy a band as large as ZeniMax. The move has earned them exclusive rights to top Bethesda games, and gamers expect Microsoft to continue with its acquisitions. A popular guess, which Usernametaken112 repetitions, is that Microsoft will buy SEGA in 2022. This decision would help the console to gain ground in Japan, where it has always had difficulties.
seven Starfield to release buggy but be a Game of the Year contestant
Skyrim is famous for having some hilarious bugs, and most of Bethesda’s games have been the same. While the company has created some of the best open world games of all time, there’s no doubt that sometimes the breadth of their games comes at the expense of the initial polish. Redditor MarvelMind agrees, although they also note that several of these games have become genre-defining hits. Because Starfield will be a whole new (space science fiction) setting for Bethesda, it wouldn’t be shocking if the game contained a lot of unexpected bugs. That being said, the game is likely to impress if it achieves the lofty gameplay goals it sets for itself.
6 Gears Of War 6 will be released in November 2022
While Halo and Forza have recently posted successful franchise entries, Reddit post by Newtonius235 discusses a GeForce Now leak that suggests Gear of war Will soon follow suit with a new release in November 2022. While some fans cite the lack of any official communication as a sign the leak is incorrect, it makes sense that Microsoft would want a new one. Gears title as soon as possible.
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In the absence of a true next-generation launch title, the Gears of War 5 expansion Hivebusters was widely regarded as the most impressive software in the X series | S.
5 The next Forza Motorsport will launch in the third quarter of 2022
Forza Horizon 5 is packed with memorable locations to drive and boasts some of the best arcade racing in recent memory, but the game’s success has done little to appeal to fans of the franchise’s more realistic base games. It has been four years since Forza Motorsport 7 was released, and Forza subreddit user DaddyElon cites data leaks from Nvidia to support the theory that the game will release on August 8, 2022. While the specific release date is only a rumor, fans know for sure that the game will sport a whole new engine and leave drop the title number just be called Forza Motorsport.
4 The Coalition will publish a new IP
Epic Games can now be famous for Fifteen days and their Epic Games Store, but the developer released several hits, including the Xbox exclusive Weaponry of war. After the first three main games in the series, the franchise rights were purchased by Microsoft, and the most recent titles were created by The Coalition. With the success of Gears of War 5 and its considerable expansion Hivebusters, fans such as Redditor cat_statue pieced together job offers to conclude that the studio is probably working on a new IP address for the first time.
3 Hogwarts legacy will be fun, but disappointing
In 2018, an impressive trailer was leaked for an unannounced Harry Potter video game at the time. The trailer only showed a brief clip of the use of magic, but what was shown was more realistic than any Wizarding World game released. Fans now know the leaked footage was for what was to become Hogwarts Legacy.
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Little is known about this game beyond what has been shown in a brief reveal trailer, and ArachnosBlack predicts that the game will be solid while disappointing those who have exaggerated it beyond what is realistic. While it’s too early to know if the game will live up to it, it may be impossible to accomplish what many franchise fans expect.
2 Microsoft will release a streaming console only
The Xbox Series X | S has different specs and disk capacities, but many fans believe Game Pass’s focus on mobile streaming may indicate that a third “console” is coming in 2022. James12641 predicts that this console will simply be a dongle capable of streaming games via the cloud to televisions connected to the Internet. While this would only work for people with particularly high internet speeds, the technology seems to be in place for Microsoft already. This third console hopes to avoid mistakes and replicate the positives of Stadia Pro to deliver the first premium gaming experience only in streaming.
1 Several announced games will be postponed until 2023
Covid-19 and its surrounding complications have caused delays in nearly every industry, and video games are not immune. Many titles originally slated for release in 2021 have been postponed to 2022, and NotFromMilkyWay predicts that a ripple effect will cause many scheduled games to be postponed until 2023. Even if the industry’s workflow returns to normal, delays may be necessary simply for scheduling reasons. Publishers prefer to space out similar games to maximize sales potential, and games already delayed from 2021 may cram the most desirable release windows.
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Halo Infinite was originally slated to launch alongside the release of the Xbox Series X, using the flagship franchise to push Microsoft’s new console. After repeatedly asking Xbox executives for more time, the team at 343 Industries finally convinced them to delay the game. Over a year into the console’s lifecycle, Halo Infinite has finally arrived. . The decision to delay the game for such a long time turned out to be the right one, as it is arguably the best Xbox Series X game of 2021.
Halo Infinite looks beautiful on the Xbox Series X. The world of Zeta Halo is vibrant and pretty, and the game delivers incredible performance using the latest generation of Xbox console technology. Additionally, the game is available at no additional cost to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Members can also play the game without wasting a single second waiting for downloads thanks to the implementation of Cloud Gaming on consoles.
Another brilliant aspect of Halo Infinite is its free multiplayer. Xbox Live was literally built on the back of Halo multiplayer, so it’s fair to say that there were some high expectations that had to be met with the latest entry. 343 Industries delivered by the shovel. Multiplayer feels like classic Halo, ditching some of the unnecessary elements of recent games and going back to the Halo 3 era. Combat is polished and the handful of maps available at launch feel like instant classics.
It’s fair to say that Halo Infinite had the most pressure on it than any other video game released this year. After all the memes, a turbulent development cycle and a full year delay, 343 Industries has done the impossible to deliver the best Halo game since taking over the series many years ago. The Xbox Series X has its killer app a year after its initial launch.
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Games based on movie properties have long since fallen into disuse. While they were nothing short of plentiful in the late 90s and early to mid-2000s, the rise of mobile games and ever-changing attention from gamers caused the popularity of adaptations to plummet. movie video games in the 2010s.
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This does not mean that the practice has been completely eliminated; toys with life titles like Disney infinity has seen many popular movie characters move through digital spaces and, although rare, some licensed movie games have managed to capture mainstream interest in recent years.
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GoldenEye 007: Reloaded (2010)
Local multiplayer had all but died out during the seventh generation of consoles, but Activision’s 2010 remake of the beloved N64 shooter, GoldenEye 007, based on the James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan, sought to bring competitive action back to the living room couch. Sadly, the surf was wrecked like a Call of Duty wannabe, and its Xbox 360 conversion, which debuted later that year, didn’t fare much better with reviews.
Yet it remains one of the most successful Bind games from the 2010s. Much more proficient than average Blood stone and vastly superior to universally panoramic 007 Legends, those looking for a modern James Bond game can’t get better than this.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy story 3 doesn’t look like it would make a great video game adaptation; Pixar gaming experiences have a pretty haphazard reputation and something as abstract as the third Toy story the movie just isn’t a solid foundation for a video game.
Quite surprisingly, Toy story 3 for Xbox 360 was a well-crafted and wonderfully engrossing action-adventure title. It forgoes much of the drama of the film, instead telling an imaginative story while also mixing all manner of gameplay mechanics to form something worthwhile.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Beginning as a series of graphic novels, the Scott pilgrim The franchise was adapted for the big screen in 2010, with a video game linked to its debut in the same year. A memorable beat-em-up featuring incredible pixel art, it was taken off the All Platforms list in 2014 due to licensing issues and was only recently resurrected in early 2021.
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Fans of the Scott pilgrim the franchise is bound to love it, but an interest in the series is not a prerequisite for playing. It’s a major player in the indie pixel art renaissance of the 2010s, and gamers can finally embrace it for modern consoles.
Captain America: Super Soldier (2011)
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum revolutionized hand-to-hand combat mechanics in video games and made the dismemberment of a group of marauders both effortless and undeniably suave. Sadly, while Christopher Nolan’s trilogy was on everyone’s mind at the time, Rocksteady Studio’s efforts weren’t tied to the movies in any way.
Captain America: Super Soldier, however, was released just before the 2011 film and is part of an exciting time for the then-booming MCU. It rips off Akrham’s combat system by and large and couldn’t escape the idea of being portrayed as a cheap copy, but those who enjoyed Batman’s releases on PS3 and PS4 will likely benefit as well.
Alien: Isolation (2014)
Easily one of the best survival horror games of the 2010s, Alien: isolation was an atmospheric and terribly tense race that felt like a dream come true for fans of the franchise, especially after the disaster that took place Aliens: Colonial Marines, which debuted a year earlier.
Alien: isolation is not related to 2012 Prometheus, but it fits into the franchise universe as a pseudo-sequel to the 1979 original. Players take on the role of Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, and board the mysterious Savastapol space station in finding a solution to Ripley’s fate in the original film. Borrow items from Survive to, System shock, and all the rest, Extraterrestrial:Isolation is one of the best survival horror video games and has become an eighth generation classic.
LEGO Jurassic World (2015)
Gaining popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Lego the franchise has become the Idem of the video game world; able to transform to fit the shape of almost anything. the Lego Games are nothing if they aren’t versatile, though upon closer inspection will reveal some striking similarities.
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In 2015, Lego moved to take advantage of the resurgence of jurassic park franchisee with LEGO Jurassic World. It was not one of the most notable Lego video game adventures, but those who adore platformer collect-a-thons can’t get better than this in the modern age.
Mad Max (2015)
While this is technically unrelated to the action epic of the mid-2010s, Mad Max: Fury Road, the release of Avalanche Studio Mad Max game in 2015 may not be a coincidence. It might lack the plot and depth of the film, but it certainly captured the rocky environments and visceral combat encounters.
2015 Mad Max is an open world title that mixes elements of vehicle combat with Arkham style melee combat to great effect. It might be a little too sprawling and barren, but it does a great job of depicting the tattered, shattered world seen in the film series it’s based on.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016)
By 2016, the unchanging formula of Lego games had started to wear out a lot, but LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an adaptation of the first film produced by Disney Star wars film, worked to reinvent the wheel by reimagining its cooperative mechanics and dubbing the series’ iconic humor.
The levels are varied and interesting, and the multitude of characters ensures that there is rarely a dull moment. the Lego games are still going strong in 2022, and that’s partly because of the success of this 2016 release.
Cars 3: Drive to Win (2017)
While Cars was just one of Pixar’s many successes in the 2000s, it wasn’t destined to be successful as a franchise. Cars 2 was considered one of the studio’s worst releases, and Cars 3 didn’t fare much better.
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Oddly enough, the games they were based on were surprisingly competent. Cart racers with decidedly deep and multifaceted mechanics, they are right after Mario kart 8 in terms of playability. Cars 2 and Cars 3: Drive to win are essentially the same game, and either one could easily fill fans’ itching for an arcade racing title not released by Nintendo.
Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)
With the exception of the NES adaptation of the mid-1980s, the Friday 13 the franchise has never received a proper video game adaptation despite its incredible legacy. That changed in 2017 when Gun Media released Friday the 13th: the game.
While that clearly meant paying homage to one of the greatest slasher series of all time, the title launched in a horribly unoptimized state and received criticism from critics and gamers alike. Thankfully, over the past four years, the developers have worked to fix the game and cultivate something worthwhile despite the issues.
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If you gift a new video game console during the holidays, update it first.
Initial setup on consoles like the PS5, Xbox Series X, or Nintendo Switch can take an hour or more.
Christmas morning is also a peak time for game downloads, so updating in advance is a smart move.
Tons of people will be unboxing new video game systems this Christmas, but you can help the gamer in your household get ahead of the game for the fun by doing the initial setup before gifting them with their console.
System updates and digital games on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch can take hours to download, forcing impatient gamers to wait before they can play. Gaming traffic also peaks during the holidays, making downloads even longer on Christmas morning.
If you’re a parent, setting up a new console before gifting it also lets you properly set up accounts, passwords, payment methods, and parental controls. Even if you give the console to an adult, connecting the system to the internet for an hour or two to complete the first setup will make it easier to unbox and start playing immediately.
How to update a new console before giving it away
Insider offers separate guides to help you create an account for Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Network, and Xbox. Below you can find links to the official setup process for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox systems. Instructions will also appear on the screen after you turn on each console.
If you’re worried about opening the box before gifting a console, you might not have to unbox the system at all. Both PlayStation and Xbox consoles allow you to install system updates from a USB drive, so you can download the files to a USB drive in advance and gift the USB drive with the console. This way your gift can always open the console for the first time.
While any gamer will be happy to receive a PS5, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox Series system for Christmas, you can do them even more service by updating the new machine in advance. It’s both thoughtful and time-saving!
During the Unbox pandemic, Forza Horizon and more have helped many people overcome stress
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Unpacking (Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox)
The words “I’m moving” can be stressful for parents, children, and pets, but every move makes us re-evaluate the meaning of attachments. What do you leave behind and what’s left – that old picture frame, that table lamp, that basketball, that box of marbles, or those books. Moving in a certain way has to do with what’s holding you back. It also provides an opportunity to downsize, like Marie Kondo does in her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which is all about reducing your possessions to the most valuable items. Imagine playing around this concept through a video game, this is what happens on Unpacking where you try to build a story by going through someone’s stuff.
Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox, Windows)
Left to the vagaries of the pandemic, we all want to escape with an unforgettable vacation and Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 5 has arrived to deliver just that. It’s not only the best open world racing game you can buy, the Xbox / Microsoft Windows version makes you feel alive once the rubber meets the road in Mexico. The Escape Fantasy celebrates the freedom to drive, letting you speed up over 500 cars that respond to the slightest touch on the controller, with a soundtrack that can only be described as breathtaking. Every vroom, every cry, every brush of trees is felt through a booming soundtrack.
You need two (Windows, PlayStation, Xbox)
A digital therapy session for couples, the cooperative play follows May and her husband Cody who have become dolls as they enter through the pillow fort built for their daughter Rose. But it’s a fort that looks like a labyrinth and it seems to go on forever. They disagree, but they have to find a happy medium to be able to join their daughter. Playable in pairs, online or together in the same room, the title was declared Game of the Year at the coveted The Game Awards. Love is a perfect vehicle for intrigue in a year of uncertainties.
Fantastic (Apple Arcade)
Hironobu Sakaguchi is a man known for his groundbreaking video game titles like Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon and Terra Battle series. Everything he creates is always equal parts art and cutting edge technology, which makes him deserve the word “legendary”. The latest addition to the Japanese RPG Godfather is the Apple Arcade Exclusive Fantasian (Apple Arcade Game of the Year), developed by Mistwalker, the studio he set up after leaving Square. Fantasian’s backgrounds and settings are real-world 3D dioramas, and the attention to detail is something we’ve never seen before.
Deathloop (Windows, PlayStation)
On an island named Blackreef, the space-time rift caused the same day’s continuous reset. Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day? The assassin Colt Vahn is again opposed to Julianna Blake, at the head of a secret organization. Colt wants to come full circle by assassinating all eight Blackreef leaders in one day, but Julianna wants to stop him. Excellent shooter and wild storytelling make this a top ten entry.
Hitman III (Windows, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox)
The latest game in the “World of Assassination” trilogy welcomes you as Agent 47 and once again infiltrates the hallowed halls to eliminate targets. The degree of freedom offered in navigating each assassination is excellent and there is meticulous planning involved. On each level, you are challenged to kill a specific target (sometimes more than one), in addition to collecting additional objectives, such as accessing a secret file. It is a game that James Bond will be proud of.
You play as Selene, who crashes on a hostile planet and as she crosses it slaughtering multi-tentacle monsters, she discovers old corpses of her own accord. Taking several hours for a single run, there are several innovations in the gameplay, like the click of the controller when the rain hits Selene’s helmet. The Challenge: Every time the player dies and starts over, the planet mysteriously rearranges the settings.
Metroid Dread (Nintendo Switch)
There is an oppressive environment, and Samus is stalked by artificially intelligent killer robots on the mysterious planet ZDR. She speeds up through the game with unique moves that have been replicated often and at the end of it all, she is characterized as the most dangerous being in the galaxy.
The iconic Formula 1 games have evolved steadily over the years, delighting all generations. Here is a closer look.
From arcade game consoles to E-Sports competitions, Formula 1 games have evolved dramatically over the years. Several of these games have managed to thrill enthusiasts and deserve a nostalgic look into the past. Here are some key points to note in this story.
Chronology of the evolution of the F1 game
The roots of the game go back to the 1970s.
The first version was reportedly published by Namco, the famous Japanese video game publisher, in 1976.
Namco went on to produce Pole position in 1982, which quickly grew into one of the world’s most iconic arcade games. Some of the main attractions include the CPU opposition function and the time trial qualifying lap mode, making it a very advanced proposition for the time. So it’s no surprise that IGN named it the most influential racing game of all time in 2015.
F1 has made the leap into other devices, with Monaco Super GP become a mega hit in 1989 on Sega Megadrive, while contributions were taken by legend Aryton Senna for the sequel in 1992. At the same time, grand prize was another game from 1992 that kicked off evolution in a significant way.
The biggest hit of all Formula 1 simulation games was the 1996 Grand Prize 2 which was made for the PC by Geoff Crammond. It was based on the 1994 German Grand Prix season, containing drivers and entire teams, as well as a championship feature and Grand Prix weekends.
The suites included the Grand Prize 3 and Grand Prize 4 in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
At the same time, Sony saw its PlayStation achieve huge success by releasing one of its best-selling games. Formula 1 in 1996. This had Murray Walker’s commentary with an unlockable Easter eggs, and a championship mode. Formula 1 97 also enjoyed major success with sequels in 1998 and 1999.
The license for F1 was shared between Sony and Electronic Arts (which continued to make annual editions of F1 games) during the period 2000-2003. EA also offered similar games like F1 Manager for PC which was another hot favorite.
Sony obtained the exclusive rights to the F1 game from 2003, limiting it to the PlayStation only. The following games received many additions, including career modes too. Online multiplayer gaming started with the PlayStation 3 and the F1 Championship Edition in 2007.
Codemasters later reclaimed the rights, venturing into space with F1 2009 on Nintendo Wii.
He has found success with F1 2010 which was the first to come out on Xbox 360 and PS3. The publisher has started making additions every year, offering new attributes like safety cars and more. There was a game named F1 racing stars which came out in 2012.
The first match was F1 2015 for 8e Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. F1 2017 was also a historic launch with the establishment of the official E-Sports series.
With F1 and Liberty Media striving to engage with the growing youth community, the Formula 1 Esports Series was a mega success and the top 20 riders were transported to Abu Dhabi in 2017 for the Grand Prix final. Brendon Leigh of the United Kingdom emerged as the champion after the online qualifiers and semi-finals were broadcast live.
2018 saw greater Esports competition, with Leigh becoming champion again, representing Mercedes. 2019 saw Ferrari’s membership with the price fund increase even further. Italian David Tonizza also became the Ferrari champion that year.
2020 saw a cohesive series unfold, under the production direction of Motorsport Games and Veloce Esports. Not the general practitioner events took place with several celebrities and real world pilots. This led to the introduction of the Virtual GP series.
What remains constant despite rapid development is the love that fans have for the sport!
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Xbox Game Pass received a flurry of exciting new downloads this week, but you should probably skip them over the weekend.
That’s because there are two more free games available for download this weekend that can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Microsoft has launched its latest Free Play Days event, available to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers, XGP included.
This weekend, fans can download and play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – The Official Video Game at no additional cost.
Both games have been around for a while, but if you haven’t tried them yet, now is your perfect chance.
They can be found on your console by clicking on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and entering the Gold member area.
The download should only take a short time depending on your internet access and offers hours of free entertainment with no content limitation.
The only thing to note is that this new offer is limited in time, which means you have to go to the Xbox Store and claim them now.
Microsoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – The Official Video Game, will be available until December 20, with access ending around 8:00 GMT.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a highly rated and revised installment of the popular franchise that made some big changes to the original formula.
Expanding into a more open format, the game pulled harder on the RPG elements, offering something different for those getting used to the larger worlds available in Origin.
The Express Review was published in 2018 and left Joseph Carey impressed with the narrative progress, explaining:
“Alexios’ story is in many ways reminiscent of the glory days of the Ezio Trilogy which delivered a gripping tale and kept players engaged.
“Players see him go from a somewhat unconscious young man living on the island of Kephallonia to an untouchable warrior who would make even Achilles think twice before challenging him to battle.
“The main quest of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has several story arcs that have constantly kept us invested and waiting for the next twist.
“But while the game excels at telling a remarkable story, it’s the cast of likable and often humorous characters that keeps you coming back for more.”
“Alexios is definitely the highlight, but he’s joined by a number of other main characters who make the events always entertaining.
“The voice acting is for the most part nailed down, although a few character performances end up being boring due to excessive hype.”
So it might be worth leaving these more recent versions in the Xbox Game Pass library for a few more days so that you can try out two games that are currently not available as part of the subscription service.
And if you want to play more of either game, you can download both of them for a reduced price. Current deals on both games this weekend include the following:
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Standard Edition (SRP $ 59.99) at 75% off: $ 15.00
Ultimate Edition ($ 119.99 SRP) at 70% off: $ 36.00
The Fate of Atlantis DLC ($ 24.99 SRP) at 50% off: $ 12.50
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – The Official Video Game
Standard Edition ($ 39.99 SRP) at 50% off: $ 20.00
The digital age has made game ownership somewhat fuzzy, and Xbox Game Pass continues to confuse it for better and for worse.
Infinite halograbbed the headlines last week because the physical edition of the game doesn’t have as much data on the disc itself. Things like the campaign and many aspects of multiplayer require an internet connection to download and access when using a physical copy, causing part of its community to disapprove. Part of the intentions behind this move by 343 Industries was likely to preserve the integrity of the game’s history until the studio was ready to go, but there are other logistical aspects as well.
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Although this “incomplete disk problem” is not a new practice introduced with Infinite halo, the game highlights a much bigger problem with the idea of ownership on the Xbox platform. Essentially, many Xbox owners haven’t purchased games thanks to the amazing Xbox Game Pass offer, which means actual title to titles is likely going down, and even those who own specific games might not. not have access to all of their content in the future. This begs the question of what ownership even means on Xbox.
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Digital ownership in the digital age
Microsoft has made it clear that above the other gaming giants in the industry, it wants to honor its players’ purchases over the years by giving the Xbox Series X backward compatibility options unheard of in any other modern console. For example, if someone has a game on the original Xbox or Xbox 360, it will most likely be able to run on the system if it is inserted into the disc drive. On that front, Xbox is leading the way in the preservation and ownership of the game as it relates to the company’s history so far.
It remains to be seen what the life cycle of Xbox Game Pass will be and how long it will last, but it seems almost certain that at some point in the future the service will eventually stop. That’s not to say that Game Pass’s day of death is coming anytime soon, just that as the game evolves it could be replaced or made redundant at some point. It’s been over a year since the X Series launched, but most game fans don’t buy their games, but instead choose to play Microsoft’s proprietary titles through Game Pass. Currently, this option works great for accessing a player’s favorite games. However, if that same person is looking to play a “classic 2020s” game in the future, they might be out of luck because the game might not be preserved and the player never actually owned it.
Even if they chose to physically buy a game for the same reason, Infinite halo, among other games, has shown that just owning a title may not be enough to actually play it. In the future, when the servers of Infinite halo sign out, players would not be able to download its campaign, making physical disk ownership almost meaningless in terms of retention and ownership.
To be clear: None of this is to say that there is something wrong with the way video game ownership is managed today. However, it takes a look at how PlayStation handled the attempt to close its PS3 and PSVita stores to see that there is a possibility that current consumer reliance on Xbox Game Pass and other services based on it exists. server to read titles could lead to countless titles. being inaccessible and without property in the future. It looks like Xbox is dedicated to making sure something like this doesn’t happen based on its current drive to maintain backward compatibility, but only time will tell if the company can sustain that for the long term.
Infinite halo is now available for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.
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NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Private Division and Roll7 announced today that World OlliOlli is available for pre-order and will launch digitally on February 8, 2022 for PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One consoles, PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch ™ console. Players who pre-order the game will receive bonus digital cosmetic items, including a bunny head, hero t-shirt, hero skate deck, hero tattoos, and a hero arm plaster.
The newly revealed OlliOlli World Rad Edition is available now for digital pre-order and includes:
World OlliOlli base game;
First expansion in the story “Void Riders” containing an all new biome, levels, characters, gameplay and customization unlocks. Coming in summer 2022;
Second story expansion containing another entirely new biome, levels, characters, gameplay, and customization unlocks. Coming in fall 2022;
“Farm meets Skate Deck” digital cosmetic item.
The multi-award-winning BAFTA and Roll7-developed skateboard action platform marks a bold new direction for the critically acclaimed game. OlliOllifranchise. World OlliOlliFlow State’s signature gameplay strikes that perfect balance of focus and relaxation, with super-tight controls for the smoothest experience. Players turn and walk through Radlandia, a living world full of colorful characters, as they seek out the mystical skate gods on a quest for Gnarvana. Radlandia and its inhabitants are delightfully eerie and artistically magnificent.
World OlliOlli comes with diverse and rich customization options, allowing players to be who they want to be; body type, skin tone and hair are all customizable. Players can also choose from a wide variety of poses, skate tricks, and clothing to further emphasize their own unique style.
World OlliOlli includes two asynchronous multiplayer modes: GnarvanaLeague and Gnarvana Portal. the Gnarvana League is designed for those who like a challenge and want to prove their skating skills. Leagues pit you against other players with similar skills to compete for the highest score. As suitors progress through the ranks, they get their hands (and feet) on new character items including boards, wheels, and more. In GnarvanaPortal, players can generate original levels based on a selection of parameters such as style, difficulty and duration. Each creation comes with a unique 8-digit virtual zip code that can be shared with anyone in the world, allowing players to compete against each other on multiple platforms.
“In OlliOlliWorld, you have to expect loads of really wacky places to explore and new characters to meet, ”said John Ribbins, Creative Director of Roll7. “World OlliOlli is a love letter to the bizarre and beautiful aspects of skateboarding culture. He embraces the weird and wonderful aspects of this street phenomenon and encourages you to express yourself freely. ”
“Roll7 is the master of flow-state gameplay,” said Mika Kurosawa, World OlliOlliSenior Producer at Private Division. “With World OlliOlliWith its sophisticated controls and highly refined gaming experience, the studio is raising the bar in this lush skateboarding utopia.
Watch the brand new World OlliOlli Official gameplay preview trailer on YouTube now.
World OlliOlli will launch digitally on February 8, 2022 on PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4, Xbox Series XIS and Xbox One consoles, PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch ™ console. World OlliOlli is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB. For more information on World OlliOlli, subscribe on YouTube, follow us on Twitter or TikTok, become a fan on Facebook and visit OlliOlliGame.com.
World OlliOlli marks the third entry into the beloved OlliOlliseries of Roll7, the London-based BAFTA and multiple award-winning studio, famous for redefining genres and creating remarkable games like OlliOlli, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, Laser League,and NOT A HERO.
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Now a private division studio, Roll7 is a BAFTA and multiple award winning video game developer based in London. Since 2008, the studio has redefined genres, creating award-winning games that engage gamers with remarkable worlds, sleek visuals, and deep, intuitive mechanics. The studio has been run as a distributed operation since 2015 and as such attracts some of the most outstanding development talent from across the UK and around the world. Roll7 is best known for the OlliOlli series, NOT A HERO, and Laser league.
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Private Division is a developer-driven publisher that partners with the best creative talent in the video game industry, empowering studios to develop the games they love, while providing the support they need to make their titles. critical and commercial success on a global scale. The Label publishes the Kerbal Space Program franchise, Ancestors: The Odyssey of Humanity by Panache Digital Games, The outer worlds by Obsidian Entertainment Disintegration by V1 Interactive, and World OlliOlli of Roll7, with unannounced future projects in development with Moon Studios and other esteemed independent developers. Private Division continues to develop its in-house studio capacity, with Roll7 joining Intercept Games as an in-house developer for the Label. Private Division is headquartered in New York with offices in Seattle, Las Vegas, Munich and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.privatedivision.com.
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If you’re having trouble accessing your favorite online platforms right now, you’re not alone. An Amazon Web Services outage caused a large portion of the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Twitch, Halo, Apex Legends, and EA servers to go down.
To me here in the UK both Xbox Live and Twitch seem to be doing fine, but PSN is definitely having issues – I can browse the store page and search for things, but I can’t download anything. The outages seem to be regional rather than global, but if you’re having trouble with anything, here’s why.
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If you’re wondering what Apex has to do with Amazon, you’re not alone. Internet infrastructure is actually quite delicate, as recent previous outages have proven. Many large websites and online platforms are hosted by a few companies. Amazon Web Services is a large provider of cloud computing services. Akamai, one of the world’s largest internet service providers, was responsible for the summer’s PSN and Steam outages.
Failure detector, a website that displays information about operational web services, experienced spikes in users reporting issues with Amazon Web Services around 3 p.m. GMT today. This is the second AWS outage in just a week, with the previous one occurring on December 9 and lasting seven hours. Apparently, in addition to video game platforms and services, Netflix, Doordash, and Hulu are also having issues right now.
Fortunately, even though many online services are down, it looks like you can still play downloaded PS + games and Game Pass titles even if the online feature isn’t working, so there’s no need to panic. for the moment.
Now would be a great time to jump into some awesome single player games that you might have put off. There are plenty of newbie-friendly action-adventure games that you could dive into on multiple evenings – but hopefully this outage doesn’t last that long. You can also revisit old classics from childhood like GTA San Andreas.
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Obviously the classics are the best, and that’s probably why Atari has seen fit to reload some of their best efforts from years past. The latest is the rework of Asteroids: Recharged.
Asteroids: Recharged follows Millipede: Reloaded and Black Widow: Recharged to address the triple threat of Atari classics as the iconic brand collaborates with Adamvision Studios and SneakyBox Studios to ensure modern gamers can enjoy games the old-fashioned way.
It’s priced at £ 7.99 and available for purchase and download on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC digital storefronts through Steam and the Epic Games Store.
If you decide that a purchase is right for you – perhaps because you’re looking to relive memories of yesteryear, or because you’ve found love with the other classics in Recharged – Asteroids: Recharged will provide quite an experience. close to the original from 1979. Obviously, it has been reworked to fit a modern audience and so, in and among the new visual look, wide screen optimization and high refresh rates, there will be a pumping soundtrack and two-player simultaneous playback – via Steam Remote Play or Share Play on PlayStation if you have to.
From there, the usual asteroid fare can be found and if you don’t know anything about any of the early video games, it’s about now when you need to sit down and take note. You see, Asteroids will have you pilot a small spaceship through space, hoping above all that you don’t crash into flying saucers and the multitude of asteroids that frequent the galaxies.
Standard shooting action comes to the fore, and Asteroids: Recharged will happily take care of a plethora of bonuses – Mega Lasers, Side Attack Shots, Orbiting Bullets and more are all in place. You’ll also be able to reach hyperspace like never before!
Add in the pursuit of high scores and a variety of challenge modes and asteroids: Recharged just might be the best of the Recharged Atari bunch. Stay tuned for a full review from us very soon.
“Asteroids helped revolutionize the arcade scene in the late 1970s with its incredible gameplay and innovative concept,” said Wade Rosen, CEO of Atari. “With a sleek new design, bonuses, challenges and leaderboard support, Asteroids: Recharged will be a great time for fans of the original and newer players looking for a modernized retro solution.”
You will find Asteroids: Recharged on the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. It’s also available on PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. Let us know if you decide to pick it up.
Description of the game:
The original space shooter twists into the modern age! Asteroids: Recharged has been redesigned for modern gameplay, featuring vibrant visuals, powerful new abilities, and yet another soundtrack from award-winning video game composer Megan McDuffee. Asteroids: Recharged creates a familiar, yet revitalized and modern challenge for both old-school and new high-score hunters. And 30 unique and creative challenge levels take the space shooter to new territory, with local and global leaderboards. A whole new collection of power-ups – including scatter fire, rail cannons, reflective shields, and more. – will help to avoid glowing asteroids and aggressive UFOs. Co-op play lets you play with a friend and increases the intensity as players do their best to coordinate and survive.
After a year that included the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series S | X consoles, the launch was always going to be tough, but there have been a lot of great new games to play over the past 12 months. Here are the best Dexerto games of 2021.
2021 brought new installments into iconic franchises, big-budget console exclusives from developers who cut their teeth on arcade-style titles, and the kind of platforms that give the best animated movies for their money. both in terms of visuals and storytelling. We’ve also hosted new hero adventures we haven’t seen in a while, MOBA spinoffs, and more.
We’re kicking off Dexerto’s celebration of the best of 2021 with our best games of the year. Stay tuned December 13-23 for our pick of the best streamers, YouTubers, and esports players. But first, check out our top 10 best games of 2021 below – how many have you played?
Dexerto’s best games of 2021
10. Ruined King: A League of Legends Story
Ruined King is a great way to experience Runeterra without playing League of Legends.
Developer: Airship Syndicate / Publisher: Riot Forge Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
If Arcane has interested you in the world and characters of League of Legends, Ruined King: A League of Legends story is a great place to dive into the history of the franchise and the charming world of Runeterra.
Not only is the turn-based RPG mechanically sound, offering an interesting combat system that makes the most of timing and resource management, but it also brings together a disparate group of characters into a sort of Suicide Squad. The way each member plays the next is a treat, and we can’t wait to see what more stories are on the way. (Lloyd Coombes)
Read our review of Ruined King.
9. Life is Strange: True Colors
Life is Strange: True Colors is a powerful experience from start to finish.
Developer: Deck Nine / Publisher: Square Enix Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S | X, PC
A wonder in storytelling and characterization, True Colors introduces a diverse group of personalities to be referred to in the melancholy world of Life of Strange.
Chief among them is Alex Chen, who must find out what happened to his brother on a fateful night in Haven Springs. What follows is a gripping tale of mystery and intrigue as she uses her empathic super power to explore the psyche of the city’s people. It’s another classic Life is Strange story packed with references for fans, but accessible enough for new players. (Ava Thompson-Powell)
Read our Life is Strange: True Colors review.
8. Ratchet and Clank: Rift apart
Rift Apart is a beautiful platform game packed with action.
Developer: Insomniac Games / Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platforms: PlayStation 5
When the blockbuster sequel Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart released in June, we called it “a technical marvel that looks amazing and pushes the PS5 to its limits.” The latest release from the iconic duo is a ridiculously fun platform shooter that’s packed with imagination and chaotic weapons to try out, moving at such blazing speed you’ll barely have a chance to stop and enjoy. how beautiful it is.
It’s worth trying it for hardware only; Rift Apart takes full advantage of the console’s blazing-fast SSD and DualSense controller, with every movement amplified by vibration and sound, and each gadget feeling different in the hand. It’s an incredible showcase of what the PS5 is capable of. (Daniel Mégarry)
Read our review of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.
7. It takes two
It Takes Two is constantly unpredictable.
Developer: Hazelight Studios / Publisher: EA Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S | X, PC
With charming graphics reminiscent of a Disney-Pixar movie, a storyline that involves a talking book guiding a couple through a difficult relationship, and co-op-only gameplay, It Takes Two isn’t your average platformer. It plays with the scale and offers incredible variety in its gameplay to ensure that each level is not only memorable, but entirely different from the last.
Whether you’re stepping back in time or battling military squirrels, the best thing about It Takes Two is that it never ceases to amaze you; as soon as you get used to one style of play or a stunning location, you quickly move on to the next.
In a world where battle royales and first-person shooters seem to reign supreme on the multiplayer perch, It Takes Two is proof that great co-op games aren’t dead – and that some of life’s best experiences can be. experienced with a few controllers and your best friend next to you. (Daniel Mégarry)
Read our It Takes Two review.
6. Metroid Dread
Metroid Dread brings Samus back and is one of his greatest adventures yet.
Developer: Mercury Steam / Publisher: Nintendo Platforms: Nintendo Switch
The game’s greatest bounty hunter, Samus Aran, has returned for one of his best adventures yet in Metroid Dread. This is a sprawling, highly atmospheric 2D platformer that successfully draws on the horror elements of the franchise to deliver a game that effortlessly switches between thoughtful puzzle solving and spooky encounters with the EMMI, deadly robots that will stop at nothing to hunt you down – and take you out with a quick hit.
Working in the different areas of the planet ZDR and unlocking all of Samus’ upgrades is like solving a huge puzzle, and it’s incredibly satisfying to see it all come together. With gorgeous locations, badass gameplay that refuses to hold your hand, and some of the best boss fights we’ve ever experienced, this is a must-have game for Nintendo Switch owners. (Daniel Mégarry)
Read our Metroid Dread review.
Returnal is hard as nails, but so satisfying.
Developer: Housemarque / Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platforms: PlayStation 5
The difficulty in the game is a hard line to walk. While Souls titles pride themselves on a methodical combat rhythm that punishes mistakes, Returnal is a fast-paced arcade shooter, all wrapped up in a magnificent rogue-lite on a spooky planet.
Upgrades roll out at a perfect pace, while the narrative mysteries, fantastic use of the Dualsense controller, and smooth, smooth combat make Returnal a joy to play, even when you’ve been dead to the same boss for the fifth time. right now. (Lloyd Coombes)
Read our feedback review.
4. Resident Evil Village
Lady Dimitrescu is the star of Resident Evil: Village.
Developer: Capcom / Publisher: Capcom Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S | X, PC
After Biohazard restored confidence in the longtime Resident Evil franchise, expectations were high for his follow-up, Village. Thankfully, Capcom has gone above and beyond, taking the series to new heights with a mix of thrilling action, classic survival horror, and a dash of scares for good measure.
Not to mention villains like the viral sensation Lady Dimitrescu and the beating heart of the gothic and grandiose European setting who is pretty much a character in itself. For horror fans, it doesn’t get better than this. (Daniel Mégarry)
Read our Resident Evil Village review.
3. Death loop
Deathloop is a murder puzzle box that we keep coming back to.
Developer: Arkane Studios / Publisher: Bethesda Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC
In Deathloop, you’re stuck in an endless time loop, where the only way out is to piece your memories back together and take out the eight eccentric visionaries who keep you trapped inside. Solving this puzzle is devilishly addicting, but it’s just as fun to wreak havoc with all the special powers and weapons you unlock, enjoy the sharp banter between rivals Colt and Julianna, and explore the Isle of Blackreef without effort.
Is this a first person shooter? Time-consuming murder puzzle? Or a face to face PvP assassination? The truth is, Arkane’s insanely ambitious Deathloop is all of this and more, mixing multiple genres and gameplay elements together for what is easily the most unique gaming experience of the year. The fact that it manages to pull it all off – and run it almost flawlessly – makes it more than worthy of a spot at the top of any year-end game list. (Daniel Mégarry)
Read our Deathloop review.
2. Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 is the best in the franchise yet.
Developer: Playground Games / Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S | X, PC
Forza Horizon 5 feels like the video game equivalent of a ride with the roof down and your favorite songs played as loud as it gets. Playground Games’ open-world racing formula has been honed and refined after four (excellent) participations, and roaming the Mexican desert in an off-roader or skidding around corners in one of the world’s most expensive hypercars looks like a perfect showcase for Xbox Series X.
Perhaps more importantly, Forza Horizon 5 respects player time – you can play your way and be rewarded, and it’s hard to let go. (Lloyd Coombes)
Read our Forza Horizon 5 review.
1. Infinite Halo
Halo Infinite’s multiplayer and single player mode combine to make it our game of the year.
Developer: 343 Industries / Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S | X, PC
A late addition to our list, and one that no doubt came with some skepticism, Halo Infinite has rejuvenated a franchise that has been dormant for six years. It stabilizes the ship, narratively speaking, after Halo 5, while also pivoting to a more open-world style structure that makes the most of Chief’s new mobility options. In fact, it’s hard to imagine Halo without the grappling hook now.
Add to that a free multiplayer sequel and set to grow over the next few months and Halo Infinite marks a confident return to form for the series and makes us want more Master Chief adventures. (Lloyd Coombes)
Read our Halo Infinite review.
That’s a rundown of the 2021 game releases, but there’s a lot to look forward to in the months ahead. Don’t forget to check out our post centers below:
The Elder Scrolls 6 | GTA 6 | Overwatch 2 | League of Legends Project L | Destiny 2 The Witch Queen | Rainbow Six Extraction | Ancient ring | Diablo 4 | Diablo Immortal | Knights of Gotham | Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League | Hogwarts Legacy | God of War Ragnarok
Sniper Elite 5 was recently announced for next year, and the game will be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers from day one.
Fans of the Sniper game franchise can look forward to another game in the series, because Sniper 5 was recently revealed. The game will be a direct sequel to Sniper 4, and it will be developed and published by Rebellion.
Sniper 5The reveal trailer showed some of the familiar sniper gameplay that players have come to expect from the Sniper series. The trailer also revealed that Sniper 5 will launch in 2022 and the game will be available to Xbox Game Pass users from day one.
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Sniper 5 will release on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, and the trailer shows gamers can download it from the Windows Store. According to a recent article on Xbox, there has been a good response from gamers to Sniper 4 Xbox Game Pass launch earlier this year, explaining the game’s release on day one. No specific release date for 2022 has been revealed.
The game is set in 1944 and will follow the story of a secret operation by the American Rangers to contact the French Resistance and weaken the Nazi fortifications of Atlantikwall on the Breton coast. However, a secret Nazi project named Operation Kraken threatens to end the war before the Allies can invade Europe on D-Day. Players will take on the role of iconic video game sniper, Lieutenant Karl Fairburne. , to eliminate high-ranking Nazi officers and thwart Operation Kraken.
According to the post, Sniper 5 will present places captured by photogrammetry. It will feature some of the largest, most interactive and immersive maps in the world. Sniper the history of the series. Areas in Sniper 5 are based on actual locations in France in 1994, and the game will feature a new course system that will give players a new “sandbox of options” for eliminating targets in the game.
The game will feature new weapon customization options with workbenches that will allow players to upgrade and customize certain aspects of their weapons to better suit their playstyle. barrel, loader, etc. Rifles, pistols, and secondary weapons will also have plenty of customization options. Players will be able to select the specific ammunition that best suits their target, whether it’s armor-piercing cartridges or non-lethal options.
Sniper 5 will also feature an invasion mode for PVP, where players can invade another’s campaign as an Axis sniper and engage with the other player in the sniper. Players can customize their character and gear in multiplayer and participate in 16-player battles or team up with 3 players for survival co-op. The game will also feature an improved kill cam that continues to show players the final x-rays, but in even more realistic detail.
Sniper 5 is slated for release in 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.
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Sniper Elite 4 gets free next-gen upgrades in latest update
Sniper Elite 4 receives a next-gen update, adding 4K resolutions and 60 FPS gameplay for players on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S.
In the blink of an eye, 2021 has essentially passed. As we look back on another fun filled year of games, we would like to remind all of you, it’s not too late to shop for some last minute stocking stuffers for your family and friends. After all, it is better to give than to receive. At least that’s what they say …
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda
Last year we had Mario, and this year Nintendo upped their game with The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo Game and Watch: The Legend of Zelda comes with The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening as well as a special version of the Game & Watch classic Vermin with Link as a playable character. This Christmas stocking is a great idea for both beginner and seasoned players and is sure to be a hit.
Funko Pop! The figures
Let’s face it, Funko Pop! the numbers are here to stay and could be the best way to honor your fandom for a particular series, movie, or video game. Whether it’s John Wick or Master Chief, there’s probably a number for that. These numbers are relatively easy to find, but some are definitely harder to grasp, which makes them a great idea for last minute stocking stuffers.
Midnight black PlayStation Dualsense controller
With the PS5 launching with only white controllers, it’s time for more colors to be released. Enter Midnight Black. Enjoy haptic feedback on the PlayStation 5 in style! Now all we need is an official black PlayStation 5 console …
Razer Kishi Mobile Gamepad
Not everyone plays the same, and that’s okay! the Razer Kishi Mobile Gamepad is perfect for the player who is on the go. Whether it’s for Apple Arcade, Google Stadia or even Xbox games via the cloud, the Razer Kishi will be the go-to controller for your mobile giveaway.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earphones
Razer was so sweet this year, he made our list twice. The second time in the form of audio accessories. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Headphones get the job done with style, comfort, and fantastic sound. We even reviewed this accessory here! The Hammerhead True wireless headphones are the perfect gift for the gamer on the go, pairing well with the Kishi controller above.
The gaming industry is one of the fastest growing when it comes to innovation, and one of the most eye-catching of recent years has been Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft’s downloadable Xbox One and Xbox Series X library has proven to be hugely popular with gamers, and while people are questioning profitability, it has become a huge boon for those deciding which new console to buy.
It is not known if this has an effect on Xbox Series X vs PS5 sales, but there is no doubt that it has become a major platform on Xbox and PC.
So, a surprise revelation about a new rival entering the market might not be all that shocking to those who have been following the video game market this decade.
Sony is working on its own version of Xbox Game Pass, which may merge multiple subscription services, according to a new report.
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that the PlayStation service has been named Spartacus and will combine the PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services.
The new service would see the end of PlayStation Now and be available on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
This would make sense because there is no reason that both markets cannot be supported, much like with Xbox Game Pass.
Three tiers would be available for those who sign up for the combo service, with the first retaining the regular benefits of PlayStation Plus.
The second would offer something more substantial, with a library of games to download.
The third level would add extensive demos and game streaming, much like what’s available through PlayStation Now.
This all sounds like a safe bet and reflects what’s currently on offer through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, minus the included PC catalog.
Much doubt has been cast on the durability of Xbox Game Pass and its price.
Here are some of the more recent Xbox Game Pass titles arriving in December 2021:
The Halo Infinite campaign experience combines a linear mission structure that will be familiar to longtime fans with an all-new exploration of Zeta Halo’s vast surface. Set in the vast world of the ring, the game sees the Master Chief traveling through menacing warships, expansive Forerunner interiors, and more, collectively creating the larger-scale campaign in franchise history.
Aliens: Fireteam Elite – December 14
Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative third-person survival shooter that launches your hardened squad of Marines in a desperate fight to contain the evolving Xenomorph threat.
Among us – December 14
Play with 4-15 players online or over local Wi-Fi as you try to get your spaceship ready for departure. But beware, because one or more random players among the crew are impostors determined to kill everyone.
The Game Awards are over. What do we do with ourselves for the rest of the year? – and left us a load of announcements and gameplay trailers full of goodies to look forward to. There should be a little something for everyone here, with games set to release in 2022 and beyond. We have all the juiciest titles listed here for your browsing pleasure, enjoy…
Tunic has finally received its release date, which means we can finally play the foxy adventure on March 16, when it releases on Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. With challenging combat and a Zelda-like style, Tunic takes us through a mysterious world in an isometric action-adventure.
Telltale Games has announced this video game adaptation based on the story of the popular TV show The Expanse. The game is co-developed by Life is Strange: True Colors dev, Deck Nine, and no release dates or platform details have been announced yet.
Ninja Theory gave us our first look at Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II gameplay during a 6-minute trailer, starring a giant monster. No release date has been announced during this one, which is no surprise, but I hope we get one soon.
Star Wars Eclipse
While no platform has been announced for Star Wars Eclipse, we’ve added it to our list because we really, really want it. The game is still in the early stages of development and the reveal trailer is a cutscene, but we hope Quantic Dream will honor our consoles with this new experience.
Yes, you heard that right, Alan Wake 2 is finally happening and will launch on Xbox Series X | S, PS5, and PC sometime in 2023. Remedy has forsaken the action-oriented gameplay of the original game for a more survival experience. – horror this time around – and we all agree!
The Witch Queen is Destiny 2’s next major expansion and features enemies attacking us with light – not fair. While the expansion was originally slated to launch earlier this year, Bungie pushed it back to 2022, and we’re still waiting for a release date.
PC Game Pass gets four games on day one
Formerly Xbox Game Pass for PC, the subscription service has undergone a name change, albeit still sporting the Xbox realm. The big news was that Sniper Elite 5, Trek to Yomi, Pigeon Simulator and an unannounced title from Huge Calf Studios will join the service from day one.
Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course DLC
The Delicious Last Course DLC has finally received a date with a trailer after many delays, and it will launch on June 30. The DLC will add new characters, new bosses, weapons and more. However, there hasn’t been a word on additional accomplishments yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady gave us our first look at the gameplay of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which is very different from what the team offered with the Arkham series.
We got our first look at the gameplay of Saints Row, and we’re happy to say that it offers the same over-the-top action we’ve come to expect from the series. You can wreak havoc on the streets of Santo Ileso in August.
A Plague Tale: Requiem was another title to receive a gameplay trailer, giving us a first look at Amicia’s next adventure. The game will launch directly in Xbox Game Pass when it releases in 2022.
Techland has released a new cinematic trailer for Dying Light 2: Stay Human, ahead of the game’s launch in February. It’s packed with a lot of zombie goodness, a cover song, and a lot of parkour action that we’ve come to expect from the sequel.
The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss both make an appearance in The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience, a tech demo, which is produced by Lana Wachowski. You can download it for free now from the Microsoft Store on Xbox Series X | S consoles.
Embark’s first title, Arc Raiders, received a revealing trailer, resembling a big budget Earth Defense Force. The studio is made up of former DICE employees and they’ve decided to make a free-to-play co-op sci-fi shooter that will launch in 2022 for the Xbox Series X | S.
Sega has released a trailer for Sonic Frontiers, which offers “open zone freedom” across the Starfall Islands. It’s a 3D adventure, and it will launch in Vacation 2022 on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Steelrising has received a new trailer, titled “Angel of Death”. We take a look at Marie-Antoinette’s historically accurate robotic bodyguard and some of the enemies we’ll fight when the game launches on Xbox Series X | S in June 2022.
Everyone’s favorite spooky Lord of the Rings character has got himself a new cinematic trailer, titled “Split Personality.” The trailer showcases his multiple personalities and how they influence his actions. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum launches next year on Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One.
After ten years, we finally have another outing with Captain Titus, revealed in a cinematic trailer with a hint of gameplay. This time around, we’re fighting the Tyranids, and everything looks more brutal than ever. There’s no release date yet, but we can expect it to launch on Xbox Series X | S, PS5, and PC.
The brief Wonder Woman trailer doesn’t reveal the game’s expected platforms or release date, but it is said to be a third-person open-world action-adventure game, offering a DC adventure. original.
Smilegate and Remedy Entertainment have released a launch date trailer for CrossfireX, announcing that we can play on February 10. Single and multiplayer portions of the game will launch on this date for Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One.
PUBG made an appearance with a trailer, revealing that the game will be free on January 12. There will be a base version for free users and a Battlegrounds Plus version for those paying the one-time fee of $ 12.99.
Metal: Hellsinger’s reveal trailer shows we can fight the forces of hell in yet another rhythm shooter style game. This one, however, stands out with bands like Trivium, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, and more.
Even with Luke and Sean working until 5 a.m. to cover the live show, and the rest of the crew picking up things they didn’t have access to today, we always couldn’t cover it all – that’s all there was to Xbox stuff! The following were also announced:
Slitterhead (Unconfirmed Platforms, 2023)
Star Trek: Resurgence (Xbox Series X | S / Xbox One / PC, tbc)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Unconfirmed rigs, tbc)
Thirst for suitors (unconfirmed platforms, to be confirmed)
… and probably even more that we missed!
Are you looking forward to one of these awesome games? Let us know in the comments!
PlayStation studios grew significantly in 2021 with the acquisition of new developers by Sony. Here’s what players can expect from them to move forward.
There is no denying that games can make or break a video game system. For a long time, Xbox struggled to compete with PlayStation in terms of console-exclusive titles. Fans often view PlayStation consoles as having a better range of proprietary exclusives thanks to favorites like Ratchet and Clank and God of the war. But while Xbox may have had the biggest acquisition of 2021 with its purchase of ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda Softworks), Sony has made plenty of news in this regard.
In 2021, Sony acquired four new studios, Bluepoint Games, Nixxes Software, Housemarque and Firesprite. On top of that, the Asobi team has been reorganized into its own studio. All of these have strengthened PlayStation Studios as a one-stop-shop for the best proprietary exclusives in the industry. Here’s what to expect from all of these developers for 2022 and beyond.
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Bluepoint Games is responsible for the revitalization of Demon souls on PlayStation 5. Demon souls was critically acclaimed as a launch day exclusive. Bluepoint is also responsible for its work on Shadow of the colossus and Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection on PlayStation 4. While the studio is best known for revamping popular games, it was mentioned at the time of acquisition that Bluepoint’s next project would be an original title.
It’s unclear whether that means a new IP or not, but if it’s about creating something entirely new to breathe new life into a classic franchise, what is clear is that it There are some talented people who work at Bluepoint, and PlayStation puts a lot of faith in this studio after years of working side by side in a different capacity.
Nixxes Software is a Netherlands-based studio known for porting franchises to PC, such as Grave robber. It also worked on other games such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Marvel’s Avengers. Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed that Nixxes Studios was acquired to help bring more of the PlayStation exclusively to PC. While that means Nixxes probably won’t be working on any new creations, it’s good news for PC gamers who will finally have access to other great PlayStation games.
Housemarque’s newest game is the critically acclaimed game Return, which launched last April. Housemarque has specialized in game development for PlayStation systems since 2013, so it makes sense that the studio is now officially under the Sony umbrella. The studio specializes in arcade-style action games with sci-fi settings such as Nex Machine and Falling material. Return was a smash hit for the studio, so it would make sense to continue supporting this game. In fact, some have performed a recent tweet from the studio like a match DLC is in the works.
Firesprite is a UK based studio whose most recent version of the game is Persistence, a game in which the protagonist must fight his way through a space station infested with failed genetically mutated clones. The game was originally developed in VR in 2018 and later ported to all current generation consoles, including Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch, in 2020.
The studio is currently working on Star Citizen: Theaters of War, an online multiplayer shooter set in the Citizen of the stars universe, in which Firesprite is working closely with Cloud Imperium to develop the PC game, although the release date has been announced. Beyond that, the studio was likely acquired to develop more VR-based games in the future that may help support the PlayStation VR 2 when it finally launches.
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The Asobi team has been developing games for Japan Studio since 2012, but it was recently reorganized into its own independent studio within PlayStation Studios in June 2021. It is best known for developing Astro’s playroom, a PS5 pack-in game designed to showcase the power of the new console and its DualSense controller. The studio is also responsible for ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION, a PlayStation VR 2018 title.
The Asobi team confirmed he’s working on a new title which he says will be his “most ambitious game yet”, although nothing else was known about the project at the time. Considering what the studio has already accomplished, gamers should expect Team Asobi’s next game to take advantage of everything the PS5 can do in a way few other games have so far. – whether or not it includes an appearance of the small robots of the studio.
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Cricket 22 is the latest take on the popular cricket video game franchise from Big Ant Studios. It will be the first game in the series to be released on next-gen consoles: PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / X. Cricket 22 will feature Australia’s men’s and women’s team captains Pat Cummins and Meg Lanning, respectively, on the cover. Even if it hasn’t always been the case. Ex-team captain Tim Paine has been replaced by Cummins on match coverage in light of his involvement in a recent scandal.
Big Ant Studios has described Cricket 22 as “the studio’s most detailed cricket simulation”. The game will be released in time for the next Ashes – a series of biennial tests played between Australia and England – which will take place in Australia this year. As such, it is officially titled Cricket 22: The Official Game of The Ashes.
In addition to the PS5 and the S / X series, Cricket 22 will also be available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Cricket franchise title.
Cricket 22 release date
Previously scheduled for November 25, Cricket 22 will now be released on December 2 at 12:01 a.m. depending on your local time zone. Speaking on the delay, Big Ant CEO Ross Symons said that “there was a critical Day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full Cricket 22 experience which consequently had to be revoked “. Symons further added that physical and digital copies will be delayed.
Cricket 22’s last minute delay was also due to a scandal involving Australian cricketer Tim Paine. Paine resigned as captain of the men’s cricket team after it was recently discovered that he had sent lewd messages to a colleague on the women’s cricket team in 2017. It was also featured on the cover art original of the game, but Big Ant Studios had to revamp “the cover art, other visuals and team rosters.
Cricket 22 is also releasing on Nintendo Switch, but it won’t be released until January 2022. This will make the famous cricket video game franchise one of the few major sports titles on the handheld console.
Is Cricket 22 on Steam? Big Ant Studios’ latest Cricket title is listed on Steam. At the time of writing, the early access game – a demo version, sort of – is available and comes with a note that it’s not finished yet. You can pre-order Cricket 22 at Rs. 2,999 on Steam to get early access.
Cricket 22 prize, pre-order
Cricket 22 is priced at Rs. 3,999 in India and AUD 99.95 (around Rs 5,350) on all platforms. Players who pre-order the game would receive Cricket 22 Nets training, batting and bowling mini-games and online leaderboards.
The game is also available for pre-order and can be purchased from the Cricket Australia online store for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox for AUD 99.95. It is listed as currently unavailable on the Microsoft Store, with a Rs. 3,999 price on the main page. There is also no listing for Cricket 22 on the Nintendo Store at this time.
Australia Women in Cricket 22 Photo credit: Big Ant Studios
Big Ant Studios also mentioned that Cricket 22 was available for pre-order through PlayStation Store but had to be removed due to the delay. In addition, the CEO of Big Ant Symons noted he is not sure whether it will return to Sony’s game store for pre-order, but said, “I have no doubts that it will be on sale at 12:01 am on December 2 in your local time zone.” However, the game is still listed on the PlayStation Store.
Players can pre-order the physical India edition through Game Loot, Games The Shop, and Prepaid Game Card.
How can I download Cricket 22?
Cricket 22 is released on December 2 and players can preload the game before that so they can enjoy the game as soon as it is released. However, for now, only Xbox has announced that the game is available for preloading on Xbox consoles. Players should note that pre-loading the game will not give them early access.
System requirements for Cricket 22
Steam mentions the minimum and recommended requirements for Cricket 22 for PC players.
Minimum PC Cricket 22 system requirements
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 / Intel Core i3
GPU: AMD Radeon R7 260 / Nvidia GTX 650Ti
RAM: 8 GB
VRAM: 2 GB
Recommended system requirements for Cricket 22
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 / Intel Core i5
GPU: AMD Radeon 5500 XT / Nvidia RTX 2060
RAM: 16 GB
VRAM: to be determined
Additionally, gamers would also need a minimum of 45GB of free onboard storage on their PCs running at least Windows 10.
Melbourne Cricket Ground at Cricket 22 Photo credit: Big Ant Studios
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As for the gameplay, Big Ant Studios has announced that it has been working on fan feedback to improve the franchise.
New bowling and pitch controls that will ‘refine’ what Cricket 19 fans were used to
Story-driven career mode, putting you in control on and off the pitch. You will have control over training, injuries, press conferences, etc.
New team of commentators, with Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, Alison Mitchell and David Gower. Jones and Mitchell will lead the all-female commentary for the female game which receives the same treatment as the male game, Big Ant claims.
Improved accessibility, with redesigned tutorials to make it easier for novice cricketers.
Being a handheld console, the gameplay on Nintendo Switch should be slightly different from that on PC, PlayStation, or Xbox. Since Cricket 22 was designed with next-gen consoles in mind, it’s safe to assume that it will come with better graphics on PS5 and Xbox Series S / X compared to other platforms.
There has been no embargo announcement on the Cricket 22 review. That said, early reviews should be available upon release.
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Xbox Game Pass for PC is a beautiful, goofy beast. It still manages to impress me with its ever-growing range of games, while confusing me with its obscure user experience.
Take the EA Play integration, for example, which gives you access to dozens of games from EA’s subscription service. Not only can you not search for specific EA games in Xbox Game Pass for PC, but I recently found out that there are actually over 20 EA Play games not listed in the Xbox app youcan play with an Xbox Game Pass PC subscription.
To play any of these games, you need to sign in to the EA Play or Origin app, then simply type the name of the game in the search box and download it (make sure your EA and Xbox accounts are related).
It’s a very good group too! The headliner has to be Crysis Remastered, released last year, but among them you’ll also find Worms WMD (in my eyes the silliest and most complete Worms game of all) as well as the biggest Battlefield game. , Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (complete with expansion to Vietnam).
There’s a solid selection of indie titles as well, including Superhot, Trine 2, The Sexy Brutale, and even something for video game historians in the form of Ultima Underworld 1 and 2.
After browsing the EA Play catalog, here are all of the EA Play games not listed in the Xbox app that Game Pass subscribers can play:
Bard’s Tale Trilogy
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Dungeons of Dredmor
The brutal sexy
This war of mine
Trine 2: full story
Ultima Underworld 1
Ultima Underworld 2
ADM from worms
This list can go on leisurely as well, so be sure to check in the EA Play app and then set the filter to only show EA Play subscription games to see if any new surprises appear.
Looking at this list, it’s tempting to humorously conclude that “Xbox Game Pass for PC is just the gift that keeps on giving” and to wish everyone a Happy Cyber Monday, but it’s yet another indicator of the strange and difficult experience. The Xbox app looks like one of those arcade claw machines full of really good giveaways that you have to force, kick, or try a few times before you get your prize. Or in this case, a clunky claw machine that drops your prize in another clumsy claw machine (EA Play) through which you can possibly get your goodies.
I want to love you Xbox Game Pass, but sometimes you make it so difficult …
Add your Xbox friends to your PC friends list so you can play Halo Infinite together.
Halo Infinite PC gamers are having difficulty adding Xbox friends. The reason is that Halo Infinite, at least on Steam, doesn’t seem to have a clear way for users to get their Xbox friends on their friends list. All hope is not lost, because with a little work, you can add your Xbox friends and get into a game.
How to add Xbox friends on PC
If you play Halo Infinite on Steam and want to add xbox friend to your friends list, you will need to use one of Microsoft’s Xbox apps for PC. Ideally, you will want to use the Xbox Game Bar. This is an overlay that provides quick access to things like the audio mixer, achievements, PC performance trackers, and most importantly, your Xbox friends list.
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If you haven’t already, activate Xbox Game Bar by opening Windows Settings and clicking Games. Use the slider at the top to activate the Xbox Game Bar. You can now open this overlay by pressing Win + G. From there, you’ll need to search for your friend to add them.
With the overlay open, use the Xbox Social Networks tab to view your friends list. You can either use the search bar or click the Find Friends button. Find Friends can search for users on Steam, Facebook, and Xbox. For the most part, you can just type your friend’s Xbox gamertag in the search bar and hit the plus button next to their name to add it.
Once you’ve sent a friend request to your Xbox friend, you should see them appear in the Halo Infinite social menu under “Friends.” Now you can party and start playing Arena.
If for some reason you can’t use the Xbox Game Bar, your other option is to use the Xbox app. This is available on the Microsoft Store. Download the app, sign in using your Xbox or Microsoft account, then use the Social tab at the top to add your friend. The Xbox app is where you can manage your friends list as well as your Xbox Game Pass PC game library.
Adding an Xbox friend to your PC friends list in Halo Infinite cannot be done through in-game menus (even if you are together in the Fireteam). You need to add them using Xbox’s friend list mechanism, just like you would need to use Steam to add someone. Halo Infinite may incorporate an in-game add friend button at some point, but for now, that’s how you’ll need to do it. For more helpful guides, head over to our Halo Infinite page.
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It’s been a pretty slow week for video game news, as the holiday season is in full swing. Today is also a very special day, as Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to come together and enjoy food, friends and family. For those who travel or digest, the latest episode of Game Rant Arcade is available now.
First of all, Chrono Croix could be remastered, if a recent rumor is to be believed. Fans of the franchise have been asking for the news, although it is still unconfirmed. However, there is a lot of evidence, including Chrono Cross Remaster appearing on the Nvidia database leak and a voice actor confirming that they had worked on the project.
Then a Mass Effect A television series is reportedly in the works. While there is hardly any information on the project, it looks like Amazon and EA are closing in on a deal to launch the series. However, fans have concerns about the cast and plot, which will be essential in bringing the games to life.
Additionally, Epic Games bought Harmonix, the studio behind rhythm games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero, among others. The studio will be supporting Fortnite’s live gigs, which is an interesting app for its talent. Some have expressed disappointment that the studio is not working on larger projects, although support for some of its current games continues.
Ultimately, Multiversus has been officially announced, with a few interesting characters on the roster. Additionally, Cameron and Anthony are browsing their Xbox careers on the Xbox Anniversary Museum website.
Game Rant Arcade is now available on various podcast services. Listen to the episode directly below or through one of the links listed.
Chrono Cross remake
Mass Effect TV series in preparation
Epic Games buys Harmonix
Multiversus officially announced
Xbox Museum Tour
Games of the week
Shiny Diamond Pokémon
Far Cry 6 DLC
How to play during the holidays
In which games have we been the most disappointed
The worst games in our favorite franchises
Game Rant Arcade records weekly, bringing the latest video game news, impressions of the latest games, and answers to players’ burning questions. To have a question read on Game Rant Arcade, email [email protected] or follow and tweet us on Twitter @RantArcade.
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Ah, the early 2000s. The lingering scent of the ’90s, 4: 3 TV shows, crazy hairstyles and a primordial internet. While it might not seem so far away, it was rather, given that we now seem to be sprinting into the mid-20s at an alarming rate.
Microsoft celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Xbox last month. Originally revealed by Bill Gates and The Rock (yes, this The Rock), Xbox changed the video game industry forever, presenting what an Internet’s first video game console would look like. You can argue that the Windows Dreamcast was there first with its built-in modem, but ultimately it’s the Xbox that will bring it to the mainstream.
An entirely new concept for console gaming, Xbox Live has proven to be a fully online service, with built-in voice communications and connected multiplayer gameplay. No platform had really attempted this on a large scale before, and Microsoft, being the tech giant that it is, was well positioned to take the lead.
Back then, Microsoft had a press outreach program similar to what we see today. Influencers and the media often received “press kits” filled with branded products as well as detailed information on upcoming products. Xbox Live was no different.
“An interconnected global community of game warriors”
Source: Jez Corden | Windows Central
Xbox Live as we know it has continued to evolve over the years, later adding an innovative achievement system, and now moving forward with Xbox Game Pass and cloud gaming, extending the platform’s reach. form far beyond the console that brought it to life. Even before Xbox Game Pass was conceptualized, Microsoft press teams were working hard to find the best way to explain the idea of Xbox Live to a post-90 press cohort.
Before I got into the press, I remember seeing an Xbox Live neon sign appearing in some YouTube videos, or, somewhere on the net, and immediately thinking “I want one”. I went straight to Ebay, where I found a mysterious Xbox Live neon sign, on sale from Italy. I dropped 200 of Her Royal Majesty’s Pounds Sterling on this bad boy, and several weeks later I found myself in possession of a wooden box similar to the Ark of the Covenant, in which a signage fully functional neon light was recessed.
To my amazement, there was also a mysterious disc in the box, along with the press release documentation. I had no idea that I appeared to be in possession of some sort of press kit. It was then that I realized that I didn’t really own a single device with CD playback capabilities, and the record went unreleased for many years. That is to say, until now. Or at least, until recently.
Thanks to the innovation of USB DVD drives, I was able to navigate the drive’s Flash-based automatic installer to experience this incredible piece of Xbox history, which serves as a kind of time portal to a weird and nostalgic past where things like global pandemics and, well gestures to everything felt like a scary dystopian nightmare. You can watch the video at the top of the article or here on YouTube.
We are greeted by two cool guys, “DarkMaster” and his lesser-named sidekick, Chuck, who present Xbox Live as “an interconnected global community of gaming warriors.” I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a better way to describe screaming teens on Call of Duty. Maybe this video is somewhat prophetic.
For only $ 4.95 per month, access to this global community of gaming warriors could be yours, with your own Gamertag. The self-deprecating video is actually quite hilarious, and describes concepts that we now take totally for granted. Things like skill-based matchmaking, pre-game lounges, voice communications, and custom matches, many of which just weren’t common in the console world at the time.
Source: Microsoft Microsoft is demonstrating its “Xbox Live exclusive” innovation in player muting, here to block out mean voice users like Oilslick.
Microsoft, of course, had PC platforms already serving some of these features, including Age of Empires’ MSN Game Zone, and even casual online games built right into MSN Messenger. Sony was also experimenting with it, with the PS2’s SOCOM, which came with its own dedicated voice communication headset. In general, however, all of this was largely unknown on consoles. Microsoft was trying to change that, however, with dedicated multiplayer APIs that would extend to all games, featuring cutting edge “Xbox Live only” capabilities like player muting.
Some of the ideas in this video were never embraced, of course, like the built-in Xbox Live voice communication modulator. Others simply died over time, like the Xbox Avatars. However, many of the main innovations of Xbox Live have become staple features of online platforms around the world, and I suspect that more recent innovations such as Xbox Game Pass will also become much more mainstream.
Xbox Live continues
Source: Jez Corden | Windows Central
As Microsoft’s strategy continues to evolve and change over time, much can be traced back to its innovations with Xbox Live. The systems for achievement, the persistent identities in games, and the content and connections that move with you across devices, all come from Microsoft’s work across its technology platform.
Microsoft will showcase the emergence of the Xbox in a new documentary next year, unveiled as part of Xbox’s 20th anniversary celebrations this week.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say Xbox has been a big part of my life, from the games I’ve played and the experiences I’ve shared, to the career I’ve built for myself, alongside of my friends here on Windows Central. I remember reading on WP Central in 2013 about this new gadget, Microsoft was working on cloud gaming, and now it’s here. The next generation will likely take all of this for granted in the same way that this Xbox Live video seems odd to us now. Long live the Xbox, and long let it continue.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is an all-you-can-eat game video game subscription service with exceptional value. It has evolved far beyond its Xbox origins to become a subscription that offers something to anyone who plays games, and now encompasses console and PC game downloads, access to online multiplayer services, a deal with gaming giant EA and a cloud-based service. which streams games to almost all devices. It also offers many Day One launch games from Microsoft’s own studios.
Finding the right version of Game Pass can be confusing. Microsoft offers multiple versions, but due to the division of features between them, only the $ 15 per month Ultimate plan, which we’ll shorten here to XGPU, with all of the perks detailed above, really makes sense.
It’s this collection of features, for less than the cost of a Netflix 4K subscription, that earns Game Pass Ultimate an Editors’ Choice Award for 2021.
Unique breadth of functionality
Ideal for console and PC games
Catalog of 400 games
Do not like
Available games change frequently
PC integration headache
Cloud gaming limited to 1080p at 60fps
Choose the right package
Plain old Game Pass costs $ 10 per month and includes just a library of famous to obscure games, which you can download and play on Xbox One or Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. As with all of these subscriptions, games move in and out of the library on a regular basis due to licensing agreements, but Microsoft’s core products such as Halo and Forza are generally permanent. Even when a game leaves the library, you can transfer your progress to another storefront like Steam – not easily, but you can.
If you want to play online multiplayer games, in most cases you will need a separate Xbox Live subscription of $ 10 per month to play online against other people. It’s included in the Ultimate package, so you can already see why this is the plan Microsoft is really pushing you towards.
Note that free games, like Fortnite, does not require an Xbox Live subscription for multiplayer.
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The $ 10 per month PC Game Pass plan uses an Xbox-only Windows-only app to download and install a subset of games from the full Game Pass library to run locally rather than stream. As these are full PC games, you will need a gaming laptop or desktop computer with a sufficiently powerful graphics card and processor, as well as plenty of hard drive space, to use it. . Game Pass for PC also includes EA Play, a subscription that alone costs $ 5 per month or $ 30 per year.
But the best bang for the buck is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. For $ 15 per month, you get both console and PC game libraries, perks and discounts from EA Play, as well as Xbox Gold – $ 10 per month alone – which focuses on online multiplayer games. . To top it off, you can play on phones, iPads, or even a Mac using Xbox cloud games. For all those who love the two console and PC games, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal, especially if cloud gaming continues to become a bigger part of the mix.
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Action-adventure games and shooter series like Battlefield, Destiny 2, Gears of War, and Halo make up the majority of the service’s catalog of around 400 games. By our calculations, action / adventure games accounted for 30% of titles on Game Pass, with shooters accounting for an additional 15%. Role-playing games and sports titles also performed well, but horror fans and puzzle enthusiasts will find a smaller selection (around 5% of the library). Still, Game Pass offers access to classic platform games like Banjo Kazooie, matching and puzzle games, RPGs, and unique indie games like Twelve minutes and Underworld.
The games are categorized so that you can easily find family-friendly, action-packed games, or even a last-ditch of games that are soon to expire on the platform. Game Pass is a comprehensive and intuitive service: once you’ve found a title that interests you, simply download the game to start playing.
The Game Pass Ultimate difference: width and depth
For its intended purpose, Microsoft has unmatched advantages over its competitors for several reasons. The company has a long history in video games – Microsoft Flight Simulator launched 40 years ago and the Xbox 20 years ago – and it has the DirectX graphical programming interface used by both Windows and its Xbox consoles. It has well-established game development studios and engulfs more and more independent studios every year, in addition to maintaining relationships with all major game developers. And it operates a vast network of state-of-the-art data centers optimized to serve cloud applications: Xbox Cloud Gaming is as much about Azure as it is fun.
The key here is “the intended goal”, as XGPU is just one of our two Editors’ Choice Awards for cloud gaming: the other is Nvidia GeForce Now. XGPU is great if you don’t already have a large library of games or want to play them on any device, making it a good choice for almost anyone. GeForce Now is ideal if you already have a large library of PC games and want to play them on any device with high quality and frame rates, making it a good choice for more experienced gamers.
The two complement each other more than they compete with each other, and they require the least amount of adaptation work for developers, ensuring rapid growth in the number of games supported. It probably takes longer to sign license agreements than it does to prepare a game for either service.
In contrast, most of XGPU’s competitors only deal with parts of the bundle; for example, Google Stadia and Amazon Luna have robust networks for streaming to multiple devices, but they have small game libraries because games are harder to import.
And a boring irony is that Sony had the biggest head start on cloud gaming and pretty much blew it up, leaving PSNow just a nice and relatively inexpensive choice as a game library for the PlayStation that doesn’t. not even offer the latest Sony exclusives like XGPU does.
Where it is missing
As a jack of all trades, XGPU does not master all aspects. For example, its cloud gaming stream is still limited to 1080p at 60 fps, while Stadia can do 4K and GeForce Now 1440p at 120 fps.
And there are few things more angry than settling down to play on your PC and finding out that the game won’t launch until you update Windows because the Xbox app is too tied to the game. Microsoft Store – a major buzzkill that has often pushed us to upgrade to other non-Game Pass games.
It has a noticeable number of new games and Day One launches, but the library also removes games on a regular basis. Like many subscription services, the game (or movie or TV series) you want always appears to be on the service you didn’t subscribe to.
While it’s great that EA Play is included in the price of the XGPU subscription, it isn’t integrated so tightly. For example, on the PC you still need to install another launcher and the family settings in XGPU do not apply to EA Play.
The value game
When it launched, Game Pass looked a lot like Netflix when it first started streaming: an interesting idea, but a slim catalog. It is now the default publishing platform for major games from Microsoft-associated publishers such as Bethesda and blockbuster series such as Halo and Forza.
As it has evolved into the multi-headed hydra that is Game Pass Ultimate, it’s hard to rationalize even buying an Xbox without also subscribing. A 12-month subscription costs the same as three major new games (or even less, now that a lot of new games have gone down to $ 70). And more importantly, it gives gamers a chance to sample a much wider range of games from developers of all sizes, solving one of the game’s biggest discovery challenges.
Microsoft has a long and fascinating relationship with video games. The company is associated with the PC, a platform on which more than a billion people play games. Meanwhile, for the past 20 years, the Xbox has reigned supreme as one of the best home video game consoles, although some consoles are better received than others.
Historically, PC games and console games existed as separate entities. The first favors customized high-power machines; the latter focuses on mass accessibility. Yet Microsoft, more than any other company, has the unique position and the driving passion to bridge this gap. Windows 11 may not completely merge all games into the long-awaited Singularity, but it is Microsoft’s most user-friendly operating system to date. Windows 11 essentially turns your PC into an Xbox, blurring the line between the two platforms.
Xbox inside the box
When you power on your PC, you can access a host of awesome gaming features. The previously standalone Xbox PC app from Microsoft is now preinstalled with Windows 11. With the Xbox app, all Windows 11 owners can sync their Xbox game IDs with their PCs, create groups and chat with friends, listen to music, edit avatars and track achievements. With Game Bar utility, you can capture funny screenshots and epic videos as well as monitor PC system performance. Beyond these extra features, the Xbox app offers some compelling reasons to make your PC your primary gaming platform.
With the Xbox app, you can browse a huge library of games to buy. Different categories make it easy to find what you’re looking for (but unfortunately no games for VR headsets). You can now download games to any folder you want, making it much easier to edit your favorite titles. The game selection in the Xbox app may not be as extensive as that of Steam, which remains by far the cheapest in PC games, but you can buy games for your PC as well as your console. Xbox. In fact, Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative allows a game purchase to work in both ecosystems. So if you buy Cuphead or Forza Horizon 5, you can play the titles on PC and console, with cross-platform achievements and cloud saves, at no additional cost. You don’t even have to pay for Xbox Live multiplayer on PC.
Game Pass is a game changer
Thanks to the Xbox app, all Windows 11 users have easy access to what is by far Microsoft’s most important new gaming platform: Xbox Game Pass. Other subscription services have tried to become the “Netflix for video games,” but Xbox Game Pass is the real deal. Starting at $ 10 per month, Xbox Game Pass lets you play a rotating library of great PC games. For $ 15 per month, you can also take advantage of the Game Pass on consoles. The library not only includes all major Microsoft games from Gears 5 to the upcoming Halo Infinite, but also many exciting recent third-party games, such as Dragon Ball FighterZ and The Forgotten City. Games don’t stay on the service forever, so play them while you have them.
Xbox Game Pass exemplifies Microsoft’s commitment to bringing games wherever you go. In order for the gaming audience to expand, we need to lower the barriers to entry. Can’t afford a premium Xbox Series X? Go for a cheaper Xbox Series S. Microsoft doesn’t care, as long as you get on board. Windows 11 is quite simply the newest and most convenient way to enter the ecosystem.
You don’t even need a powerful gaming PC to enjoy the benefits of Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass includes cloud streaming, so as long as your budget laptop (or latest generation Android or Xbox phone) has a strong enough internet connection, you can use it to play games. most graphically demanding games on the market. Apart from Game Pass, you can also use the Xbox app to stream games from your console to your PC if everything is on the same network.
Just note that this ecosystem is only as strong as its games. Microsoft has made recent, high-profile acquisitions (notably Bethesda), but rival companies Nintendo and Sony arguably still have more powerful games like The Legend of Zelda and God of War exclusive to their platforms. If you can’t get your hands on a scorching PlayStation 5, you can now also enjoy multiple older PlayStation 4s on PC, but not through the Xbox app.
Called at 11
Perhaps the most notable feature is the built-in Xbox app, but Windows 11 is gamer-friendly in other ways as well. Optional Auto HDR enhances colors and contrast to bring games to life. Faster load times are the big news for this console generation, and DirectStorage technology brings these advantages of the Xbox Velocity architecture to the PC. You can even expect better battery life and faster 6E Wi-Fi speeds.
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Microsoft has long wanted to increase the gaming profile of Windows. Remember the Games for Windows Branding? Fortunately, they found a successful vision for the game. Xbox controllers only work when you plug them into your PC and don’t want a mouse. It may have started as a code name, but Microsoft eventually named its Windows voice assistant, Cortana, after a character in Halo.
Between the Xbox app, Game Pass, and other gamer-focused enhancements, Windows 11 continues this trend and represents the next step towards the inevitable convergence of PC and console gaming. So whether you launch Forza on your Xbox console or dive into Minecraft on your Xbox PC, Microsoft has you covered. The correct way to play games however is and where you want to play them.
To learn more about Windows 11, check out our ongoing coverage. And if you’d rather stick with consoles, here are the best games to play on your new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
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We’re only days away from Black Friday, but regardless, sales have already started in the video game industry. And while Xbox Game Pass is great for subscribing, if you have an Xbox One, Series X, or Series S, there are still plenty of games you may need to purchase.
Microsoft is having widespread Black Friday sales on a number of games, mostly third-party, but a few of their own. Many of these listings and prices match the sales found on PlayStation, but there are a few unique offers here.
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Far Cry 6 – $ 40.19 – It’s all new and one of the most recent major AAA games to have a Black Friday discount here and on PlayStation, so there’s no better time to grab it.
Republic of the Cavaliers – $ 40.19
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Deluxe Edition – $ 8.99
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Deluxe Edition – $ 45.49 – I really hope this game will not be overlooked because it is much better than what the trailers suggest. Any Marvel fan or solo story player should pick it up.
FIFA 22 – $ 35.99
NHL 22 – $ 35. 99
Halo 5: Guardians – $ 7.99 – I know we have the Halo Infinite multiplayer to play with, but you might want to refresh the Halo 5 campaign before Infinite’s, which is a direct result of it.
Star Wars: Battlefront II – $ 7.99
Forza Horizon 4 – $ 19.79 – It was one of the top rated Xbox games of the last generation (if not the highest?)
Dark Souls Remastered – $ 19.99
Dark Souls II – $ 19.99
Dark Souls III – $ 29.99
Tekken 7 – $ 19.99
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – $ 19.99 – Although it had a rough launch, the support over the last period of time has been great, and 343 really made that into something special.
Jedi: Fallen Order – $ 15.99 – That award for one of the best Star Wars games ever made? It’s just a steal. Don’t miss it.
AC: Valhalla + Watch Dogs Legion Bundle – $ 36.29
ARK: Survival Evolved – $ 9.89
Resident Evil Village – $ 29.99
Fallout 4: GOTY – $ 13.19
The Witcher 3: GOTY – $ 9.99
Fall of the Titans 2 – $ 4.99 – If for some reason you missed Titanfall 2 at this point, this price is absurdly cheap for an insanely single player campaign. Just uh, don’t gamble online because it’s mostly full of hackers these days.
With Black Friday sales covering the video game market right now, it’s easy to miss the regular deals that can save you so much money.
Xbox Live Gold allows subscribers to play over 100 games at no additional cost and comes with an EA Play membership that provides exclusive access to select EA titles.
Another great thing about this membership is that it offers exclusive discounts on an entire library of games on the Microsoft store, some of which may not be included in Xbox Black Friday deals.
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This subscription can be purchased for as little as £ 6.99 per month and also allows Xbox gamers to play games online.
Gamers who have been excited about the release of the Grand Theft Auto: Definitive Edition trilogy can scratch their Rockstar games with this month’s Xbox Live Gold deals, as some of the studio’s more classic titles are included.
Among these games are the originals Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Bully.
If you can’t decide what to choose from the sales list this month, we’ve taken the liberty of breaking down some of the games while providing a full list of games on sale right now.
Games on sale with Xbox Live Gold now
Cuphead – 30 percent off
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Cuphead made a name for himself when it was released because of its old-fashioned 1930s cartoon and extreme difficulty.
This action game uses racing and gun mechanics with a special focus on creative boss fights.
Before you start this game, it is important to note that you will die very quickly and you will most likely be frustrated.
But Cuphead’s charm is that it rewards players who keep trying and there are few better feelings than finally beating that boss that’s been giving you a headache for an hour.
Cuphead can be picked up on sale for £ 11.71 here .
Duke Nukem Forever – 80% off
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Duke Nukem Forever is a 3D first person shooter game that focuses on the player fighting against large crowds of enemies.
With humor and somewhat raw dialogue, Duke Nukem Forever has an acquired taste.
But the certainty of fast and difficult combat makes up for it and is certainly a title players will enjoy if they are fans of the Doom series.
Duke Nukem Forever can be picked up on sale for £ 3.99 here .
Red Dead Redemption – 67% off
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Red Dead Redemption is a game that needs a little bit of introduction – arguably one of Rockstar’s most iconic games.
The western-themed action-adventure game lets players take on the role of John Marston, a former outlaw whose family has been kidnapped by the government.
Marston must return to his dark past to bring members of his former gang to justice.
With a free open world, players can get lost in exploring the western United States.
Red Dead Redemption can be picked up on sale for £ 8.24 here.
Mafia II – 75% off
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Mafia II is an action game that allows players to take a peek into the dark underworld of Italian mafia.
Located in the fictional city of Empire Bay, based in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other real-world Mafia hotspots.
Players will have the opportunity to move up the ranks of the Sicilian-American Mafia as they learn the trade.
Mafia II can be picked up on sale for £ 6.24 here .
Watch Dogs – 60% off
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Watch Dogs is an open world game that heavily focuses on using your hacking skills to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.
Players will take on the role of hacker and vigilante Aiden Pearce as he embarks on his journey of revenge after the death of his niece.
As a hacker, you can complete missions to advance the story while engaging in plenty of side activities to keep you entertained for hours.
Guard dogs can be picked up on sale for £ 6.29 here .
Complete list of games available for Xbox Live Gold sale
Alphadia Genesis 2 – 30 percent off
An evil existence – 75 percent off
bound by flame – 80 percent off
Brothers in arms: the highway to hell – 60 percent off
Bully scholarship edition – 60 percent off
Cup head – 30 percent off
Duke Nukem forever – 80 percent off
Escape from Tethys – 40 percent off
Faery: Legends of Avalon – 80 percent off
Fighter inside – 75 percent off
Grand Theft Auto IV – 65% reduction
To grow – 60 percent off
Gryphon Knight Epic: Definitive Edition – 50 percent off
20/20 Retrospective – Wrath of the Raakshasa – 50 percent off
Hunting: Confrontation – 55% reduction
I’m alive – 70 percent off
Lost Artifacts: The Golden Isle – 60 percent off
Mafia II – 75 percent off
Mask of the Mists – 40 percent off
Masters of the Anima – 75 percent off
The Mysteries of May: The Secret of Dragonville – 25 percent off
Chaos Metal Wolf XD – 50 percent off
Midnight Club: Los Angeles finished – 33 percent off
PB Winterbottom Misadventures – 80 percent off
Outbreak: The Eternal Collection – 50 percent off
Quern – Eternal Thoughts – 50 percent off
Red Dead Redemption – 67 percent off
Rockstar table tennis – 60 percent off
Seasons after fall – 80 percent off
Shines: Kingdom of Lightning – 80 percent off
Sid Meier’s Revolution of Civilization – 75 percent off
Traveler’s signs – 50 percent off
Skeletal avenger – 30 percent off
Streets of Rage 4 – 50 percent off
Teratopia – 60 percent off
The Office: XCOM declassified (Hangar 6 R&D ) – 80 percent off
Darkness – 80 percent off
Darkness II – 80 percent off
The Surge: Expanded Edition – 67 percent off
They are billions – 50 percent off
It is the Zodiac that speaks – 60 percent off
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: The Future Soldier – 60 percent off
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – 60 percent off
Tom Clancy’s Shattered Cell Chaos Theory – 60 percent off
Tom Clancy’s Division – 67 percent off
Tom Clancy’s The Division Gold Edition – 70 percent off
One of the most anticipated sales of the season is here: Black Friday.
It’s a time when almost all is on sale. You can find deals from home and kitchen to TVs and tools, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
But what makes this shopping extravaganza so awe-inspiring are the steep discounts on hot-priced items, such as cult favorite Theragun and beloved Always Pan.
But we also know that people are on the hunt for essential video game consoles, games, and accessories.
That’s why we scoured the internet and found the best Black Friday deals on the PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest 2 and more.
So read on and stay tuned for the latest updates when Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick on. And remember, act fast, because these gaming deals never last long.
Best Black Friday Gaming Console Deals
Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, special price of $ 299
It will surely be a race down Rainbow Road to get your hands on this Nintendo Switch deal. It is known to sell out in record time, so we recommend that you hang it up as soon as possible. However, if you don’t land it the first time around, we suggest you bookmark this article and check it regularly.
Xbox Series X Console, $ 499 (originally $ 958)
Start your game with the new Xbox Series X console. The pack includes the stellar gaming system plus a matching black controller. It’s all you need and more.
Microsoft Xbox Series S 512GB video game console, special price of $ 299
The smallest, sleekest Xbox console is here, and it’s yours for a special price this Black Friday. So what are you waiting for? Switch easily between games with the quick summary and start playing.
PlayStation 5 console, special price of $ 499
That’s right, even the famous PlayStation 5 console is on sale right now. For just $ 499, you can land the white game system and the corresponding controller. As always, run, don’t go to get this deal.
Oculus Quest 2, from $ 299
The essential Oculus gives us a Christmas present in advance. With the purchase of a helmet, the brand is currently offering a game credit of $ 50. So if you are thinking of buying this fan favorite, there has never been a better time.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition video game console, special price of $ 399
The PS5 Digital Edition is completely virtual and eliminates the need for a disc player. Just log into your PlayStation account and buy and download your games. It is that simple.
For desktop gamers, this laptop is one of the best and at an unbeatable price. The gaming laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor for super-fast speeds perfect for gamers.
MSI Optix G272 27 ″ Full HD LED Gaming LCD Monitor, $ 188 (originally $ 259)
This gaming monitor optimizes the screen’s brilliant colors, responds faster, eliminates screen tearing, and more. It’s not just a monitor. It is a portal for a better gaming and viewing experience.
Best Black Friday Video Game Deals
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla for Xbox One and Series X | S, $ 19.99 (originally $ 59.99)
In this invigorating game, you must lead Viking raids, use powerful weapons, shape your character growth, explore a dark age, and much more. So travel to the shores of Norway and start your adventure.
Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X and Xbox One, $ 14 (originally $ 59.99)
In this game you play as anyone from London while each character has a unique background story. Quests include hacking armed drones, exploring a huge open world, collaborating with friends, deploying spider robots and more.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PlayStation 4, $ 29.99 (originally $ 49.99)
Miles Morales tries to acclimate to his new home by relying on his new mentor, Peter Parker. But problems arise when a power struggle threatens to destroy his home. What will he do? There is only one way to find out.
Sonic Colors Ultimate, Sega for Nintendo Switch, $ 25.17 (originally $ 39.99)
If you like obstacles and skills this game is for you. In this fast-paced game, accelerate to lightning-fast speeds while traveling through various courses. And if you dare, perfectly time your attacks to go even faster.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch, $ 35 (originally $ 41.99)
Discover the mystical land of Hyrule as you create your own path, make your own choices, and face the consequences. With surprises around every corner and special technology at your fingertips, what will you do?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for PlayStation 5, $ 49.99
The cult Black Ops series features another amazing game, Black Ops Cold War. In this game, players will travel through the middle of the Cold War and come face to face with historical figures and intense battles.
Just Dance 2022 for Nintendo Switch, $ 25 (originally $ 49.99)
DJ, hit it! This game is fun for all ages and will get you moving. Dance to the best hits, team up with friends and create your own routine with the Just Dance Unlimited Sweat mode.
Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate Edition, for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, $ 25 (originally $ 59.99)
In this game, you take control of the two story campaigns of the protectors of Earthrealm. So not want to, but race to prevent Kronika from starting over the story as we know it. Your friendships will be tested, new alliances will form, and you will save or fail your entire existence. Will you be the hero the world has been waiting for?
Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition for PlayStation 4, $ 14 ($ 19.39)
A street con artist, a bank robber, and a psychopath have all crossed paths, and they must pull off the ultimate heists to survive in an infuriating city. When you can’t trust anyone, what are you going to do?
Super Mario Bros U: Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, $ 35 ($ 40.99 originally)
This super fun game makes action and adventure accessible to all ages. Play as a variety of characters, enjoy multiplayer sessions, and access a plethora of useful features like reference videos, a gallery of tips and more.
Marvel’s Avengers for PlayStation 4, $ 14.99 (originally $ 39.99)
If you are a Marvel fan then this one is for you. Take matters into your own hands and lead the Avengers to success as you wage battles and journey through heroic quests.
Best Gaming Accessory Deals For Black Friday
Xbox Wireless Controller, $ 49 (originally $ 64)
With a wireless controller, your gaming experience is limitless. Other features include refined geometry, a hybrid D-pad, textured grips on the triggers and more.
Razer Power Up Gaming Bundle, special price of $ 79
This Black Friday Game Pack features a Razer Cynosa Lite with gaming keys and 16.9 million color options to customize it. Overall, you will also find a Razer Black Shark V2 X which allows for exceptional sound, mic clarity, and incredible sound.
PlayStation PS5 DualSense wireless controller, special price of $ 69
With immersive haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone, it’s all right at your fingertips, literally. So don’t wait for this Black Friday special. Add it to your cart before it’s gone.
It’s tough when a beloved game isn’t available for purchase on digital storefronts. Old games can not only be hard to find, but they can also cost an arm and a leg. Preservation is something the gaming industry still grapples with, and this disregard for preservation could make some titles disappear for good.
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Case in point: classic works of art that were not properly preserved are now lost in time, like the film by Lon Cheney London after midnight or that of William Shakespeare The story ofCardenio. Fortunately, these classic games are still available for purchase and are well worth checking out.
ten Tetris can be played on almost any platform
Tetris has a timeless quality. Elegant in its simplicity and infinitely stimulating, Tetris is still as fun to play today as it was in 1984. This mechanic has seen many twists and turns and different approaches, and even they are worth trying. Capcom added Disney characters and “magical” pentomino pieces in Magic Tetris Challenge while Sega added a pinch of Puyo Puyo in the mix with Puyo PuyoTetris. It has been ported to almost every gaming platform imaginable such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. People can even play it on their phones.
9 Castlevania Symphony of the Night is on PS4 and backwards compatible with Xbox
Symphony of the night is the game that forever changed the way Castlevania would approach its 2D entrances. With the exception of Simon’s quest, previous entries followed the standard level-by-level structure of their contemporaries. Snight symphony moved away from it by offering players a huge, interconnected world that would gradually open up as they acquired new abilities. Depending on which part of the castle the player discovered, the game had four different endings. While it may be difficult to hang an original copy, Symphony has seen a re-release on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and in a PS4 collection called Castlevania Requiem.
8 Perfect Dark is available on Xbox Live
it golden 007 was a difficult act for Rare to follow. After seeing their license to kill revoked from EON Productions, the team were forced to return to the drawing board for their next FPS. Free from the most restrictive Bind property, Rare had the opportunity to tackle stranger settings with characters who were literally out of this world.
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Dark perfect refined the formula established in Golden eye with a much more fleshed out single player campaign and added multiplayer options. A stunning HD remaster has been released on Xbox Live Arcade and via Rare’s compilation disc, Rare proofreading.
7 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is on multiple platforms
Sonic the hedgehog 2 introduced many elements that would become lore in the series. It was the first game in the series to feature Tails, which was the second player by default. It’s also the entry that increased the number of Chaos Emeralds from six to seven, unlocking Sonic’s superform and getting the true ending.
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Sonic 2 Also sports some of the most iconic areas and songs from the series, such as the Chemical Factory and Casino areas. It all comes together to make what may be one of the most beautiful entries in the series.
6 Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time has been added to Nintendo Switch
The first fully 3D entry in the series, Ocarina of time the influence in the industry cannot be disputed. The third dimension offered players a level of interactivity and immersion that was lacking in the previous one. Zelda entries. Although it shows its age in the controls and visuals, the music and clever design of the dungeon still stand the test of time. The game has seen re-releases on multiple platforms such as GameCube, Wii, and 3DS. Ocarina was fortunately one of the Nintendo 64 titles to be confirmed on the Nintendo Switch Online service.
5 Chrono Trigger is available on Steam
With a unique cast of characters, an intriguing time travel plot, and multiple potential conclusions, Square’s the trigger of a stopwatch breathed new life into a genre that was finally starting to be recognized in Western territories. The game encourages multiple games with 12 different possible endings depending on the player’s choices and when they fight the final boss.
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The initial re-release on Steam was full of questionable artistic choices and groundbreaking bugs, but after several fixes from Square Enix, this may now be the definitive way to experience this classic.
4 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge has been remastered on many platforms
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge sprawled out across the world and gave players three different islands with puzzles that could be solved in any order. While darker, LeChuck’s Revenge always maintained the humor of the original. The game also offered a much more cinematic feel than the first entry thanks to the hand-scanned VGA art and dynamic music courtesy of iMUSE. A special edition of the game has been released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and iOS devices. The Special Edition is still currently available on Steam and players can switch between the new version and the old version with the push of a button.
3 Fallout 1 and 2 offer players a world to lose themselves in
The first two entries of the Publication date The series were developed by a division within Interplay known as Black Isle Studios. Publication date gave players a world they could truly get lost in thanks to its unique setting, dark humor, and distinct characters. Players could philosophize and debate with the interesting and talkative desert dwellers, or just tear them to pieces if they wanted to.
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The main features of the game that set the first game apart from its competition were the trait system that gave players both positive and negative effects, and the VATS combat system. The first two Publication date The titles are available for purchase on Steam for the low price of $ 9.99 each.
2 Half-Life is still available on Valve’s Steam
Valve has pushed the boundaries of video game storytelling and first-person shooters with its first title. Half-life boasted of a much more complex plot than other shooters on the market such as Earthquake – all without sacrificing player controlor break away from the first person perspective. The game was re-released on Steam and even remade as Mesa black. While the trial-and-error platform in Xen is much less palatable now than in 1998, the weapon puzzles and the seamless mix of story and gameplay make the original an experience that any fan. of FPS should find out.
1 Super Mario World is pure platform bliss
Super mario world is the ultimate refinement of the formula that Shigeru Miyamoto and his team started with the original super mario bros. It spans the map screen from Super Mario Bros 3, adds several quality of life features, new moves and bonuses, and even a new character that changes the way players approach a level. Where the secrets in PME3 allowed players to skip sections of the game, of the world secrets have given players even more content to enjoy. Add in the enhanced visuals and sound of SNES hardware and the end result is nothing short of sheer platforming bliss.
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There was a time when game consoles were mostly American. In the 1970s and early 1980s, console gaming seemed to be an almost exclusively North American pastime, with gamers enjoying Mattel’s Intellivision and the Atari 2600. Games such as Adventure, Centipede, Defender and Star Wars brought arcade fun and a sense of technological potential to Western. lounges. But in October 1985, things changed. The Nintendo Entertainment System, or Famicom, arrived in the United States, two years after its launch in its native Japan. Nothing would ever be the same again.
Atari would collapse, selling fewer and fewer consoles, until it gave up making consoles altogether in the mid-1990s after the failure of the “64-bit” Jaguar. Nintendo and Sega would take up the space, and market share, left vacant by American pioneers. Sony then joined these usurpers and console games became dominated by Japanese companies. It wasn’t until November 2001, when Microsoft’s Xbox was launched nearly two decades after the release of the seismic Atari 2600, that an American company again entered the console race. But very quickly, a problem arose. Xbox could not find an audience in Japan. In the new home of consoles, the American rival was failing.
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But is that starting to change? Have Japanese players found a space in their hearts for the underdog? Can Microsoft thrive in a market that is notoriously difficult for Western companies to succeed? The numbers show that Xbox is finally making inroads into the home of PlayStation and Nintendo. Microsoft has sold over 100,000 Xbox Series consoles in Japan, hitting that mark at a much faster rate than any previous Xbox.
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Japanese gamers are finally reacting to the Xbox as tastes seem to be subtly changing. While previous generations may have played mostly JRPGs and ignored Western-style shooters like Halo, younger Japanese gamers are starting to take more interest in these genres. “My friend owned it and wanted me [to get one] too, ”says Okada Yuki, an 18-year-old student from Fukuoka, explaining how he came to own an Xbox Series S. It’s the first Microsoft console Yuki has ever owned, and he mainly uses it to play games. The first person. shooters.
It’s ironic that after once trying so hard to woo Japanese console gamers, it’s only now that Microsoft is trying a little less hard that it seems to be doing better. Once upon a time, Bill Gates tried very, very hard.
At the Tokyo Game Show in 2001, famous Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stood out. He delivered a speech to an audience of 4,000 and spoke of his reverence for Isao Okawa, a recently deceased former president of Sega, and his great respect for the Japanese games industry. Executives from Capcom, Square, Sega, Namco, Konami and many more were in attendance. Yet despite the announcement of several Sega-made games like Panzer Dragoon, Jet Set Grind Radio Future, and Gun Valkyrie – and even the production of a special, smaller Xbox S controller – the Xbox was going to be a resounding failure in Japan.
In a long read On the failure of the Xbox in Japan, the former director of relations with third parties Kevin Bachus spoke at length about the challenges of Microsoft: “We were mainly going to play in the stadium of Sony, Sega and Nintendo. As a result, Seamus and I and other team members went to a disproportionate amount of effort trying to make Xbox attractive in Japan, but there was a bunch of things that were lined up against us, ”he said. declared. Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole.
Those things lined up against them included both reality and perception. The reality was that Japanese game developers weren’t used to making PC games, which the Xbox, with its PC game development tools and processes, relied heavily on, and the perception was that it s ‘was an American console designed primarily for Western gamers. Regardless, the console did not sell well, reaching 450,000 units while it was on the market between 2002 and 2005. To put it in perspective, the Dreamcast sold over. five times this number in Japan and is considered a failure.
The Xbox 360 would do a bit better, with 1.63 million units sold from 2005 to 2011, and has even managed to outperform the PlayStation 3 and Wii in weekend sales a few times, such as during the Infinite Undiscovery exclusives. and Star Ocean: The Last Hope was released in September 2008 and February 2009, respectively. While the Xbox 360 would transform the western world, bringing features like Xbox Live and Xbox Achievements that would influence its big rival Sony, the console still failed to gain much attention in Japan.
However, by accelerating through 2021, Microsoft is doing much better in the land of the rising sun. The Xbox Series X / S has sold over 100,000 units in Japan, according to local industry bible Famitsu. That’s at a much faster rate than its predecessor the Xbox One, which took four and a half years to reach that number. Breaking the numbers down, 62.6% bought an X Series and 37.3% bought an S Series in Japan, according to figures released last month.
Earlier this year, Jeremy Hinton, Xbox Manager for Asia, spoke with IGN Japan and said Japan is the “fastest growing market in the world”. Hinton also spoke about the growing interest of independent developers in the console and how some local consumers particularly like the S-Series’ smaller size.
The reasons for this relative success of the Xbox Series X / S are due to a combination of factors, says Piers Harding-Rolls, director of games research at Ampere Analysis. “Microsoft has done a better job of engaging the Japanese console gamer with their messaging, their activities at TGS [Tokyo Game Show] and promising a better selection of games made in Japan, ”he said.
The console design itself plays a role, says Harding-Rolls. “When the Xbox One first launched with the Kinect, it was a product designed largely for the Western market targeting homes with larger play areas,” he observes, while the Xbox Series X, and in particular the cute S, might suit smaller Japanese spaces. houses.
Dr Serkan Toto, German founder of Kantan Games, a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy, says the success of Microsoft’s latest console has a lot to do with Game Pass. The subscription service, which provides access to hundreds of games, was introduced in Japan in April 2020 and Microsoft gave it big discounts right after the launch of the next-gen console. “Since the prices for console games in Japan are generally very high, the Game Pass is an even bigger boon for local users than for their counterparts in the United States,” he said.
Harding-Rolls agrees that Game Pass has been the key to Xbox Series X / S’s success so far, and added that with more Japanese content – like Final Fantasy, NieR, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts – available at Game Pass, it had helped sales.
Tominaga Ryuta, a 19-year-old student from Osaka, says he bought an Xbox Series X after watching YouTube videos of streamers playing on the console. “I loved watching games live on YouTube and started to like it,” he tells me. He used an Xbox 360 first, and he says he plays more games on PC and Nintendo Switch. However, he loves Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Apex Legends on his Xbox.
Ryuta and Okada Yuki are two Japanese Xbox owners who are part of Ampere Analysis’s survey of Xbox gamers nationwide. “Xbox gamers in Japan are geared towards 16-24 year olds, around 66% male, and have been playing consoles most often for over a decade,” said Harding-Rolls. It helps that this demographic is young, but Microsoft still faces an uphill battle. Sony has sold over a million PS5s in Japan, and Microsoft has ten percent of that number and probably took advantage of the fact that the PS5s were so hard to come by, Toto suggests, which means Japanese consumers were getting the Xbox Series X / S as a way to enter the next generation.
“For foreign companies, Japan is generally a tough nut to crack. Microsoft has been trying for two decades to make this market work and they have heard all the advice in the book, ”he said. “They’re trying the S / X series again, but it’s still going to be very, very difficult – there is no silver bullet to turning Japanese users into Xbox customers.”
Piers Harding-Rolls says Japanese gamers just prefer their home Japanese consoles: “Xbox’s market share will increase this generation, but still lag far behind local console makers. I do not see this situation changing this generation regardless of the initiatives put in place by Microsoft.
While the Xbox may never see itself become the dominant console in the home of Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft’s gaming machines have pushed its Japanese rivals to step up their gaming and have shaken up the video game industry in the near future. global scale.
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Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can test out the new Xbox app through the Xbox Insider Hub app in the store.
US tech giant Microsoft is now giving testers access to a new Xbox app for Windows that dramatically improves the game’s installation process from the Windows Store. According to The Verge, as reported earlier this month, the updated app allows PC gamers to install titles in any folder they choose with unlimited access to in-game files. an option that helps solve many issues related to installing titles from Xbox Game Pass for PC, and it should also mean that you can back up game files and restore them as needed.
Previously, Microsoft would force games to install in a Windows Apps folder at the root of a drive, and it was locked so that you couldn’t edit files or move them around freely.
The updated Xbox app now lets you choose a location, and if you have existing games installed, you can move them to secondary drives.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can try out the new Xbox app through the Xbox Insider Hub app in the store. You will need to join the “Windows Gaming” preview in the Xbox Insider Hub app to get the updated Xbox app.
Microsoft does, however, list a number of known issues for this first release, including issues launching some games on external drives and a number of games that are not yet supported.
Users still cannot add games downloaded from the Windows Store to Steam, as there appears to be a permission issue preventing this. The Xbox app is still previewing, which could be a bug that will be fixed before it’s widely available.
Either way, Windows Store game installs are finally looking more like Steam after years of glitches and bugs for PC users. If you’ve avoided Xbox Game Pass for PC due to Windows Store, this new Xbox app should take away some of the headaches associated with it.
Xbox chief assesses console maker relationship with struggling Activision
(Reuters) – Xbox chief Phil Spencer assesses his relationship with Activision Blizzard Inc, the maker of Microsoft-owned game consoles confirmed Thursday amid allegations of sexual misconduct and equal pay violations against the video game publisher.
Bloomberg first reported the news on Thursday, citing an email sent to employees.
Spencer told staff that the Xbox games management team was “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions” of Activision, the report notes.
“The leaders of Xbox and Microsoft are supporting our teams and supporting them in creating a safer environment for all,” Spencer said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Activision said the company is engaging with its partners.
Allegations against the company, known for its video game titles such as “Call of Duty” and “Diablo,” have resulted in launch delays and the exit of senior executives.
Earlier this week, employees staged a walkout following a report that the company’s CEO was aware of allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault earlier than expected.
Happy 20th anniversary to the Xbox brand and its library of amazing software. Just twenty years ago this week, the first Xbox console hit stores, forever changing the course of video game history. To celebrate this milestone, we asked our employees to name their favorite Xbox games or franchises. From Halo and Crimson Skies to Forza and Fable, there are plenty to choose from.
Question: What is your favorite Xbox game or franchise?
1 on 100 – Ozzie Mejia, Senior Game Show Editor
So how’s that for an off the beaten track choice? That’s not to say that I haven’t gotten some joy from the Xbox. The Halo games have been good, for the most part. Heck, I’ve played Halo 5 multiplayer a lot. The Gears games were okay, Forza games are reliable, and Killer Instinct even turned into something pretty darn awesome in the end.
The thing about 1 to 100, however, is that there hasn’t been anything like it before and we haven’t had anything like it since. It was the only video game equivalent to TV by date. People came together and logged into Xbox Live to participate in this game, whether as an audience, as a member of the crowd (which I got to be part of once!), Or as a One. There were family home evenings built around it. And, in the end, people wanted more.
I understand that all good things come to an end, but what bothered me about the 1-100 shutdown was that no one has been able to replicate this phenomenon. It was a force in video games, one that I have never forgotten and hope to see again in the future. God knows Phil Spencer teased him enough times.
Halo – Donovan Erskine, Spartan
I don’t care if that’s the basic answer, Halo is by far my favorite Xbox franchise. Halo 2 was my first FPS, and that’s what set me on the path that got me where I am today. With Halo Infinite’s multiplayer now available, Halo proves he’s still a leading dog in the gaming world decades later. Not only is it my favorite Xbox franchise, but Halo is also one of my favorite franchises in all games.
Law Enforcement – Blake Morse, Co-EIC
Okay, so maybe the Crackdown franchise didn’t end on a high note with 3, but when I first got my Xbox 360 I was all about that collector’s life. green. I’ve probably spent more hours on the Crackdown series than any other Xbox exclusive for better or worse. Heck, I even liked jumping in 3 more than I probably should have. But hey, maybe I’m just basic. I can live with this.
Ninja Gaiden – David L. Craddock, Editor of Long Reads
I played the 8-bit Ninja Gaiden games, but my little boy thought they were too difficult. I thought restarting Team Ninja on OG Xbox was too hard and loved every second. Fighting a tank with arrows, mastering elaborate combos, fighting the last three bosses without a checkpoint… Yeah, that’s the thing. I never played the second or third games for whatever reason, but this first Ninja Gaiden was my favorite Xbox exclusive and holds up pretty well.
Forza – Chris Jarrard, Has the best staff reviews
When I think of my favorite Xbox franchises, a few choices come to mind, but none are as important as Forza. While it started out as an attempt to offer Xbox owners an alternative to Sony’s wonderful Gran Tourismo and Polyphony Digital titles, it has since evolved into a series that offers simulation and arcade fans some of the most popular games. more suitable than the genre has ever seen. The Horizon spinoff series, produced by Playground Games, has become one of the Xbox brand’s tentpole franchises over the last generation of consoles, and with the release of Forza Horizon 5, it looks like the hits will continue to come. Also shout at the OG Fusion Frenzy.
Sunset Overdrive – Bill Lavoy, Tank Commander
I know this one is weird, but when I was going through the list of games I’ve played on Xbox it really stood out to me. I played other Xbox / PC exclusive games on my PC which were awesome, but Sunset Overdrive is a game I played on my Xbox One at the time and absolutely loved it. As soon as it appeared, I was immediately inundated with good memories, so it was obvious to me.
Fable – TJ Denzer, editor of fantasy and fantasy news
I think the Xbox franchise that always gave me the most joy was the Fable series. It wasn’t without its flaws, but too bad if the adventure was just a series of incredible ups and downs and the occasional venereal disease from not using a condom during some of those ups and downs. Many adventures come and go, but the journey to become the hero or villain of Albion as I saw fit and the characters I influence or have been influenced by along the way will always stay with me as some. from my favorite memories of the early days of Xbox.
Jet Set Radio Future – Dennis White, Social Media / Community Manager
There are a lot of games I was about to choose, Fable, Sea of Thieves, Killer Instinct, and even some of the Dead or Alive franchise come to mind, but JSRF had such a hold on me that I must show him a little love. The game spanned everything from the Dreamcast original and had a killer soundtrack and visuals that blew me away at the time. I’m a little sad that this isn’t on the backward compatibility list that Xbox just rolled out, as it looks like it’s their last batch of upgrades. So this is it. An incredible sequel potentially locked to an original Xbox, which makes the experience of playing it more rare I guess. Hope things change so that more people can experience the game.
Well, there you go, guys. The Shacknews team took the floor. Do you agree with their choices? Hidden gems that deserve a little time in the spotlight? Let us know in the comments below.
You might be tempted to play the last AAA games there, but Microsoft just provided a compelling reason to revisit the most absurd shooter of 2009. The company just made over 70 classic games available on Xbox Series X | S through the backward compatibility program. One of them, in particular, is so over the top that it’s basically a must-have game. It features a famous rapper, a surprisingly solid third-person shooter, and one of the most ridiculous video game stories ever made. It’s no wonder at all, but given the subject matter and the main character, it’s sure to catch you off guard – even if it’s pretty deaf by today’s standards.
Based on a true story, probably
In 2009, THQ released a game called 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, which is the continuation (it’s true) of 50 cent: bulletproof. It’s a cover-based shooting game that looks a lot like Weaponry of war, but instead of putting yourself in the shoes of a badass agent, you take on the role of the titular hero: 50 Cent.
In it, Fiddy and his G-Unit team play a gig in a fictional Middle Eastern country, but when the promoter doesn’t pay them the $ 10 million he promised, he instead pays the band with a human skull encrusted with diamonds and pearls. . But when this is stolen, 50 Cent swears to get it back.
It’s not the most mind-boggling story, but really, you’re probably not here to experience a gripping tale with moving characters. You are here to destroy your enemies as 50 Cent which is exactly what this game offers.
While it’s easy to ironically recommend this game, the funny thing is that it’s Actually not bad. Maybe the bar is set so low, which makes it easy to get away from Blood on the sand Pleasantly surprised. Either way, you should try it on Xbox Series X | S now that it’s backward compatible.
It shouldn’t exist, but we’re glad it does.
This game came out at a time when cover-based third-person shooters were a dime a dozen, and many of them felt generic compared to Weaponry of war. The gameplay in Blood on the sand is really great, with satisfying shooting, a rewarding sense of exploration, and a fun progression system.
Various weapons such as assault rifles and snipers can be upgraded using the money you collect at each stage. There is also a scoring mechanism that grades your performance, giving it a more arcade feel which adds to the replay value.
But arguably the best thing about this game is the taunt system, which allows you to speak loudly to your enemies. At first the taunts are light, but you can improve them! Fiddy is getting more and more vulgar, which fits in well when you take down the bad guys. The combination of shooting terrorists like 50 Cent while he yells at the top of his lungs is so silly it’s hard not to like (especially since there are no animations to go along with it). the jokes, which is even funnier).
IGN put together a fun montage of the best taunts of Blood on the sand, which you can consult below:
Looking to enjoy it with a buddy? Fortunately, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand supports co-op, allowing one person to take on the role of Fiddy, while the other can play as a G-Unit member to double the fun (does playing co-op make it One dollar: blood on the sand?).
It’s not a perfect game, but Blood on the sand is easy to like, especially if you like shooters. Laugh, laugh and treat it like a brainless summer action movie.
Get your hands on an Xbox 360 physical copy of Blood on the sand will cost you much more than 50 cents. On eBay, copies are listed for at least $ 60, and some fetch as much as $ 150.
You can no longer buy the game from the Xbox Store (Licensed Games Woes), which means you can only download it on Xbox if you owned it on your profile on a previous console. Or if you have a physical copy lying around, you can put the disc directly into your Xbox Series X.