Farming Simulator 17 Platinum Edition releasing on November 14th

Farming Simulator 17 Platinum Edition will release on November 14 and promises to be the ultimate edition for Farming Simulator 17 players. In addition to the huge content of Farming Simulator 17, the Platinum Edition will offer a host of new features when it arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC/Mac, which are partly unveiled in the new Gamescom Trailer!

The new trailer introduces you to the new South American playground “Estancia Lapacho”, with its authentic landscape and unique vegetation, railway network, local cows and sugarcane fields offering a total change of scenery and more gameplay possibilities! Harvesting this brand new crop is the CASE IH A8800 MR sugarcane harvester, one of Farming Simulator 17 Platinum’s new vehicles!

Famous brands from South America, Poland and Australia have also been added, including Stara, TT, Bizon and Gessner Industries. In total, players will be able to drive and use over 275 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from more than 80 manufacturers!

PS4 and Xbox One players of Farming Simulator 17 will be able to download the Platinum Expansion from their consoles from November 14. Season Pass owners will be able to download the Platinum Expansion from their consoles, as part of the Season Pass content. If you’re a new PS4 or Xbox One player, you’ll be able to get the Farming Simulator 17 Platinum Edition game at retail, or as a bundle offer from their consoles by purchasing the Farming Simulator 17 Premium Edition.

Rainbow Six Siege – Operation Blood Orchid New Operators

If you read TiX on a semi-regular basis you will already know that Rainbow Six Siege is probably the most played game over here at TiX Towers. Any new writers will be blooded and trained up to play, so if real life gets in the way we can still get a 5v5 ranked match going.

Operation Blood Orchid is the latest update and is due for release on September 5th. With that update comes new operators, and they have been revealed and detailed over on the Ubiblog. So, without further ado, here they are, with the details of just how they will be killing me over the next few months!

The only attacker of the three is Ying from the Hong Kong CTU. She brings a trio of Candela devices—small spheres that shoot flash charges into the air and blind anyone nearby, with one exception. Ying herself wears special glasses that make her immune to her own flashes, so while your enemies are laying low or blindly firing until the flash wears off, you can rush in and clear them out.

Candelas can be thrown like grenades, but they have a few other deployment options that open up some intriguing strategies. Instead of simply tossing one, you can hold the button down to cook it before release. There are three lights on the Candela that will progressively light up; for each one lit, the Candela will roll along the ground for a little bit longer before firing off flashes. You can roll it under barricades or through drone holes, allowing you to flash the room before the enemy knows where you’re breaching from or to reach far corners where defenders are holed up.

Alternatively, you can “Fuze” the Candela by deploying it on a breachable surface so it fires the flashes into the room on the other side. Cooking your release here will set an increasingly long delay timer, allowing you to get in position to make your move. Candelas are vulnerable to destruction, so if you set off a breach charge too close or fire through the barricade prematurely, you might foil your own plan. But time it properly, and you’ll have a room full of flashed opponents waiting to be gunned down by Ying’s shotgun or LMG.

The second new operator, and first of the two defenders is Lesion, from the Hong Kong CTU, who packs throwable Gu mines that deploy on the floor and stick any attacker who steps on them with a poison needle. Getting stuck causes visual distortion—sort of a swampy, queasy filter—and does damage over time as the needle remains in your leg. Attackers can either fight through the disorientation and take the damage, or they can follow the on-screen prompt to remove the needle from their leg, lowering their gun and leaving themselves vulnerable in the process. Unless you’re using I.Q.’s electronics detector, you can forget about watching your step; Gu mines are cloaked and all-but-invisible to anyone but Lesion.

Lesion can see a small icon above each deployed trap, and keeping an eye on those icons can help you respond quickly when one is triggered. He can deploy a total of seven mines, but it takes a little while to do so. Lesion doesn’t start with a full complement of traps; he acquires them as time passes. The cooldown timer on-screen shows you how many you have available and how long until another one is ready. This means that Lesion can continue to mine new areas throughout the match, so the longer the enemy team takes, the more mines he can deploy. Whether you’re lying in wait to ambush poisoned enemies with his silenced shotgun or cackling with delight as an enemy succumbs to poison even after you’ve died, Lesion and his mines are a deadly nuisance.

The third new Operator is the first member of the Polish CTU, GROM, to take the field (the second will be released with the next Operation). Ela is a defender who packs Grzmot mines (“grzmot” means “thunder” in Polish), which are proximity concussion mines that can be thrown and stuck to walls, ceilings, and floors. These beauties will detonate when an enemy gets close, stunning them, disrupting their hearing, and shaking up their view but doing no damage. Fortunately, Ela is a speedy Operator who can close distance fast when one of her mines goes off in order to capitalize on the opportunity. She has an SMG or a shotgun to do the heavy lifting, as well as a Siege-first pistol with an integrated dot sight for mopping things up.

While her mines have obvious applications when defending on-site, Ela’s speed makes it possible to take a more aggressive anti-roamer approach. Laying a nest of mines where you predict enemies will infiltrate can be a great way to stymie their advance, forcing them to burn valuable clock time. Sneaking up on a roamer and throwing down a mine can lead to an easy kill. If decide to fall back to the objective site, consider leaving a mine along your retreat vector to discourage pursuers. And if she happens to get downed, Ela can manually detonate a concussion charge on her person (she always carries an extra just for this purpose), giving allies a better chance to clear the area and revive her.

All three Operators will be available for free to Season Pass holders on launch day, and available for all other players to purchase in-game one week later

Fortnite’s Survive The Storm update thunders in on August 29th!

A big storm is about to roll through the world of Fortnite. Your mission is to survive. The Survive The Storm update is coming on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and it includes the new Survive The Storm mode which has special mutant Storms that pose unique challenges and rewards, new weapons, new heroes, new defenders and more! The threat is only here for a limited time, so be sure to try out Survive The Storm and grab some exclusive loot. It’s time to save your bacon!

The Survive the Storm mode is a limited-time mode which will test even the most prepared Commander. Gather resources during the day while battling increasingly more difficult threats every night.
These limited-time Storms have modifiers like enraged husks or limited health. Survive these Storms and you can earn some special loot, including the new hydraulic weapon set!

Scavenged from the industrial yards of Plankerton, and rebuilt into husk-destroying machines, these nine high-impact weapons can only be acquired by earning tickets as you complete mutant storms.
There are also new heroes and defenders along with a host of performance enhancements and brand new art for the Canny Storm Shield Homebase.

Go Bowling with Tekken 7!

The strangest and funniest DLC is coming on August 31st for Tekken 7 on Xbox, PS4 and PC.

The return of Ultimate Tekken Bowl is finally upon us, so shine up your virtual bowling balls and get ready for one of the funniest bonus games in Tekken history. Along with Ultimate Tekken Bowl, Tekken 7’s DLC #1 will include a myriad of other notable items that are sure to add visual pop to any Tekken 7 match, including:

Blood Vengeance School Uniforms (for Xiaoyu & Alisa)
Swimsuits for all female fighters
Vintage 1920’s bathing suits
Idol Master themed outfits (All female fighters)
Traditional Japanese Fundoshi (All male fighters)

 

Destiny 2 pre-orders ready to download on Xbox One

It’s nearly here! Only a week and a bit until the official release date of Destiny 2, and there are a few of us here at TiX eagerly awaiting September 6th!

And, if you have pre-ordered digitally on Xbox One then the game is ready to be downloaded in preparation for the big day! Great news for people with really slow internet, just like me!

Keep watching TiX for Destiny 2 news over the next week!

 

The Xbox One X Is Fastest-Selling Xbox Pre-Order Ever

The Xbox One X is (mostly) sold out, and on its way there it decided to become the fastest-selling Xbox pre-order. Ever.

I say mostly as if you do search the internet with a fine tooth-comb, then you will find the odd site still accepting pre-ordering – Argos, in the UK, for example.

A quote from Guy List, who is the Retail COO states:

Our customers have been eagerly awaiting Xbox One X since the announce of Project Scorpio. This excitement has translated into the demand of pre-orders for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. We’re excited to see our loyal community of gamers get hands on with the console and to see everything that the most powerful console has to offer.”

Have you managed to secure your Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition pre-order? Are you even going to pre-order? Let us know below!

2XP weekend hits LawBreakers

The weekend is almost upon us and what better way to while away the hours than by playing your favourite game – but what to play? Call of Duty WWII’s private beta kicks off, but LawBreakers has a bonus 2XP weekend – it’s going to be tough to decide.

To sweeten the deal, Boss Key Productions are holding a special Stash Drop contest – show off your favourite stash drop with the tag #LBStashDrops and you’ll be entered into a contest to win a sweet ass Deadzo hat – a real hat I should add – not a digital accessory.

The 2XP weekend kicks off today at 12:00 PDT/15:00 EDT/21:00 CEST and runs until August 28 12:00 PDT/15:00 EDT/21:00 CEST.

September’s Games with Gold revealed

September’s Games with Gold have been revealed over at Xbox Wire.

On Xbox One we have Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition followed by the supernatural adventure of Oxenfree (which is awesome).

Then on Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, we have the arcade boat racer Hydro Thunder Hurricane as well as the iconic multiplayer shooter Battlefield 3.

Availability dates are below:

 

 

LawBreakers gets patched today

Patch 1.2 for Lawbreakers is due to go live today at 15:00 GMT, that’s 07:00 PDT/10:00 EDT/16:00 CEST.

The update brings in ‘quality of life fixes along with a few balance adjustments for roles and modes’.

“Greetings LawBreakers, welcome to Patch 1.2! In this patch we’re focusing on some minor gameplay tweaks and visual effects improvements while we prepare some more in depth changes for the future. For Harrier and Battle Medic we’ve improved the team colors on their weapon effects so that they’ll be more readable and consistent with the rest of the game. On the balance front, we’ve made a few adjustments to Assassin and gave a small buff to Juggernaut. Game modes are also seeing a few changes… Blitzball has a shorter game clock and a faster shield drop time to help end matches that are getting too drawn out. Occupy has a few more seconds in between zone spawns to help teams better prepare for the next fight.”

I’m pretty happy to see that LawBreakers is getting updates to the different game modes, often updates are reserved for character and weapon balances, so I’m happy to see Boss Key Productions addressing feedback from the fans. I’m still hoping for some more options other than quick match to be introduced and some form of tutorial mode so I can learn the intricacies of the other characters without being punished by skilled players.

You can check out the full patch notes of patch 1.2 over on the game’s official website, or read what we thought of LawBreakers in our first ever PS4 review on TiX.