What games are in the Xbox Games Pass preview?

What a great question! Well thanks to @reign_in_beard we can show you the full list of titles being tested on the Xbox Games Pass preview.


The Xbox Games Pass was revealed earlier today, a Netflix-style subscription service giving you access to over 100 Xbox titles for $9.99 a month.

The current offering isn’t the greatest of selection but for new Xbox owners this spring could be a great time to pick up the Pass. It also looks like they have had a new feature allowing you to browse through the games available.

What are you thoughts on Microsoft’s new idea? Will you be buying the Pass? Let us know in the comments.

Yooka-Laylee gets a brand new trailer

Team17 and Playtonic Games have released a new gameplay trailer exploring the beautiful Glitterglaze Glacier world that players will be able to delve into from 11th April when Yooka-Laylee launches.

Glitterglaze Glacier is one of five worlds that will feature within Yooka-Laylee. All five worlds are open to exploration and can even be expanded to uncover new areas to roam.

Yooka-Laylee launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux on the 11th April 2017 a

Phil Spencer announces Xbox Game Pass

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has just announced a brand new service, Xbox Game Pass.

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.

The pass will allow you to discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Pass members.

Select members in the Xbox Insiders Alpha group can begin to test the feature starting today. As soon as we get access we’ll let you know what we think.

Release date revealed for Thimbleweed Park

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Ron Gilbert is the undoubted king of the point and click adventure. The brains behind LucasArts’ The Secret of Monkey Island series and Manic Mansion has teamed up with Gary Winnick to form Terrible Toybox. After meeting all of their recent kickstarter goals, Ron and Gary are finally in a position to announce the release date for their latest point and click adventure, Thimbleweed Park.

Thimbleweed Park, what do we know? Population: 80 nutcases. It has a haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, toilets that run on vacuum tubes and a dead body pixelating under the bridge. It comes to something when a dead body is the least of your problems. Just what is Thimbleweed Park hiding?

Five people with nothing in common have been drawn into Thimbleweed Park. They don’t know it yet, but they are all deeply connected and in this run down, forgotten town, they’re being watched.

Set in 1987, what can this neo-noir mystery offer in the way of gameplay? The five main characters are all playable and can either work together or work to get on each other’s nerves. The game will offer satisfying puzzles intertwined with a story full of twists and turns. Thimbleweed Park is a vast, yet bizarre, open world that you’ll be able to explore at your own pace in either casual (for our very own Dave) or hard modes. This is no walking simulator.

By the end of a long, strange night in Thimbleweed Park, all questions will be answered and you’ll be faced wondering about everything you thought you knew, and how come nobody seems to care about that dead body? The deeper you go, the weirder it will get.

The game will feature English voice acting with subtitles plus several other european localisation subs upon release. It will follow the usual point and click format of collecting items in your inventory and using these items to solve puzzles. Talk to the locals, find out what you can and help the five characters answer the questions they have.

Thimbleweed Park is scheduled to open it’s gates to the Xbox One community on the 30th of March.

Latest Deals with Gold now available

Major Nelson has lifted the lid on this weeks Deals with Gold. There are some great bargains available including Titanfall 2 for just £22.

Discounts are valid now through 06 March 2016.

    

Xbox One Deals

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Peter Moore to leave EA for role at Liverpool

In a surprise announcement last night, it was revealed the Peter Moore, chief competition officer at Electronic Arts, will move to Liverpool to join the club in the summer as their new CEO. His nearly 10 years at EA have seen him in a number of leadership positions, including chief operating officer and president of EA SPORTS.

Moore has previously held senior roles with Microsoft, SEGA and Reebok. The announcement came after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester (LOL), EA also released a statement.

Peter will leave an incredible legacy.  Peter led our sports business to some of its biggest moments as President of EA SPORTS.  As our Chief Operating Officer, he helped us navigate the transformation of our company and the evolution of our business in a digital world.  In the past year as Chief Competition Officer, he has driven EA’s rapid expansion in competitive gaming.  Above all, through his time at EA, Microsoft and Sega, Peter has been a statesman and advocate for our industry.

TiX wishes Peter all the best in his new role, even though his choice of team is a bit pants.

Middle Earth to fall under the Shadow of War

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It’s hard to believe that the Peter Jackson-directed epic Lord of the Rings trilogy films were released as far back as 2001. The franchise has seen a spike in interest in the intervening 16 or so years, spawning multiple games across all platforms. One of those games was the Warner Brothers Interactive published action-adventure, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. A sequel to Talion’s epic journey was greatly anticipated.

The warrior developers at Monolith Productions have been industriously hammering in the undercrofts of their Kirklington base, waiting for the signs of portent to reveal themselves. Today is that day, for Middle Earth: Shadows of War sees Talion return.

In Shadow of War, a new Ring of Power has been forged by Talion and his bonded Wraith, Celebrimbor. Together, they must infiltrate enemy lines and forge an army to turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord Sauron.

Fight the Nazgul in a monumental battle for Middle Earth in this second open-world action-adventure to feature, and be brought to life by, the Nemesis System. The robust personalisation from the first title is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are shaped by player actions and decisions. This creates a personalised world unique to every gameplay experience.

The Nemesis System created unique personalised stories through procedurally generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Shadow of War expands on this experience by introducing Followers, who bring about new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. There will also be Nemesis Fortresses which allow players to strategise and conquer in dynamic strongholds and create more personalised worlds with their Orc army.

Shadow of War will also be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning you can play, save, and pick up where you left off on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

It also looks like there will be three definite versions of Middle Earth: Shadow of War, with a Standard, Silver and Gold Edition all teased over on Xbox UK’s Facebook page.

The other, maybe more exciting, prospect revelaed by Monolith, is that Shadow of War will also be a Project Scorpio title.

Look out for a gameplay reveal trailer coming on March the 8th with the game being fully released (it appears, in UK) on the 25th of August, with the US release coming on the 22nd.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition gets brand new trailer

People can fly and Gearbox Studios have released a brand new trailer for Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.

Experience the serious side of the over-the-top shooter through an epic new story trailer, which also provides a closer look at the remastered release’s stunning hi-res overhaul.

If you never got round to playing Bulletstorm the first time it came out then let us fill you in.

You step into the boots of Grayson Hunt after a crash landing on an abandoned resort planet forces him to make a hard choice: survival or revenge. An exiled member of the elite assassin group Dead Echo, Grayson’s blind desire for vengeance finds his crew stranded on Stygia where he can finally confront the commander behind his betrayal — or get his team off the planet alive.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will release on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam on April 7, 2017.