Brazilian developers Garage227 shine up for an October launch

The Wall-E meets Oddworld action adventure will finally land on Xbox One on October 11. Developed by Brazilian outfit, Garage227, SHINY pits you as a tiny robot trying to flee a dying planet.

While jumping, flying and sliding away from danger, the platforming mechanics also throw in friendly NPCs that need rescuing as you run for your tiny little robot life – the challenge – your energy depletes as you move, collecting batteries or using generators keeps you alive and your capacitors charged.

Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer released by Rockstar

Rockstar know how to tease us. Earlier this year they started by changing their social media background to a solid red image, before announcing Red Dead Redemption 2 existed and would be released late 2017. After then announcing an inevitable delay to 2018, they promised more details this summer.

So, with only a few hours of summer left (officially) they released the following tweet.

Nice work Rockstar! So, at the time and date mentioned they officially released a new trailer, and it’s just what this fan had hoped for. And, if they nail the online multiplayer just as they have with GTA Online, then this gamer is pretty much sorted for 2018!

Danger Zone crashes onto Xbox One in October

Developer and publisher Three Fields Entertainment have announced that their PS4 game “Danger Zone” will be coming to Xbox on October 5th.

The game involves driving vehicles at high speeds into various traffic situations to cause as much damage as possible. It is directly inspired by the Crash mode in the various Burnout games developed by Criterion Games, which the founders of Three Fields had been a part of prior to founding their own studio.

The player takes control of a car situated in a virtual crash test facility, where one of about twenty scenarios are available, featuring parked or moving vehicles and other obstacles. The player’s goal is to score as many points by driving their car into the scenarios (the “First Impact”), creating chain reactions of collisions. If the First Impact causes enough damage, they can then trigger a “SmashBreaker” (similarly to Burnout’s “CrashBreaker”) that causes their vehicle to explode, creating additional chain reactions for damage. Points are awarded based on the degree of damage done, including special points for unique targets and other scenario-specific goals. Players compete through online leaderboards to obtain the best score.

Expect to see a TiX thursday night stream coming to you soon!

Games with Gold announced for October

Xbox have announced that the free Games with Gold for October will be…………(Drum Roll)…………Gone Home and The Turing Test for the Xbox One, and for the Xbox 360 – and of course Backwards Compatible – are Rayman 3 HD and Medal of Honor Airborne.

Gone Home – June 7, 1995. 1:15 AM. You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here? Find out for yourself as you explore the house on Arbor Hill in the award-winning game that’s been called “a remarkable achievement” (IGN) and “the greatest video game love story ever told” (The New York Times).

The Turing Test – This is a first person puzzler that explores the phenomena of consciousness and challenges the meaning of human intuition. Take control of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA), and progress through a narrated story of introspection and morality whilst uncovering the hidden mysteries of Europa. Delve into The Turing Test’s human interaction puzzles and arm yourself with logical and methodical thinking. Take on tests designed in such a way that only a human could solve them. In an evolving story based on mankind’s inherent need to explore, protect and survive; players search deeper into Europa’s ice crusted core and transcend the line between man and machine.

Rayman 3 HD – Embark on a fantastic and humorous journey with Rayman and Globox to save the Crossroad of Dreams.Masterfully enhanced with eye-popping High Definition visuals and sounds, Rayman 3 HD is the definitive version of the Rayman classics “Rayman 3 Hoodlum’s Havoc”,and a must-play for all Rayman fans and platform adventure game enthusiasts.Run, Jump and punch your way through the 2 first levels of the game battling the mysterious Hoodlums and their minions.

Medal of Honor Airborne – Take to the skies in Medal of Honor Airborne, where your choices will turn the tide of WWII. Starting with your jump from a C-47, every choice you make can seal your fate. In the air, control your parachute to select the landing spot that brings you the greatest strategic advantage. On the ground, explore the open, vertical environment for positions that will provide you a tactical edge against your enemies. Then, head onto Xbox LIVE for furious multiplayer battles in three different modes, including all-new Airborne modes! You decide where to drop, you decide how to fight. It’s a different war every time.

Seven New Games entering Xbox Game Pass in October

The latest plethora of games entering Xbox Game Pass service on October 1st have been announced. Costume Quest 2 arrives to the Netflix-esq service, just in time for Halloween. Also added are; Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, State of Decay: Year One), Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castle, The Bug Butcher, and the roguelike-style shooter Tower of Guns. variety. Last but not least is Street Fighter IV, which is playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

This take the number of games to well over 100, and is great value for gamers new to the Xbox.

 

Ghost War arrives in early October

Lock and load Ghosts, Wildlands’ PvP launches on October 10 as a free update. The 4 vs. 4 tactical mode was briefly trialled as a stand-alone beta download that was available to anyone who downloaded it.

Built from Assault, Marksman and Support roles there are twelve classes to select from. Teams engage in pure deathmatch modes, where the key to success is working together as a tactical team – something that Ubisoft have had great success with in Rainbow Six Siege. The difference in Wildlands is that the maps take place on large open maps instead of confined CQB environments.

At launch there will be eight different maps, new PvP mechanics to master and a whole host of gadgets and weapons to equip your soldier with – the team even plan to provide continual support for Ghost War with updates, hot fixes and new content.

 

Dan Romer scores with Far Cry 5

The musical score of a video game is as powerful as the action that unfolds on screen and Ubisoft have shown their appreciation and understanding of this by selecting Dan Romer as the composer for their upcoming Montana romp – Far Cry 5.

The award-winning music producer, songwriter and film composer has a whole host of accolades under his belt – including topping the music charts and being nominated four times for an Oscar – stepping into the digital world of games will see him take on a very different challenge that will place him at the centre of the game’s musical score, including the production of original hymns for the violent cult that is depicted at the centre of Far Cry 5.

Best of luck Dan, we look forward to hearing what you can bring to the awesome medium of video games.

Thrustmaster Unveils 1st Official Flight Stick for the Xbox One

Thrustmaster is at it again! Not content on delivering a premium experience for the racing community on Xbox and Windows, they are now taking to the skies and beyond with the Hotas One.

Members of the Flight Sim community rejoice, Thrustmaster® has heard your pleas loud and clear. To meet the demands of this growing audience on Xbox One, Thrustmaster decided that there’s never been a better time to release a joystick that will allow the many, many gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7 to experience Thrustmaster’s extensive flight simulation expertise. The T.Flight Hotas One will allow gamers on both platforms to fully immerse themselves in the feeling of flight offered by today’s cutting-edge Flight Sim titles and become part of these amazing aerial worlds in a way that hasn’t been possible until now. Based on the T.Flight Hotas concept, one of their all-time bestsellers, Thrustmaster has developed a comprehensive solution officially licensed for Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7.
How exciting does that sound? Well, if that little tease hasn’t made you dig out your flight suit, then here is a whole lot more information provided to us here at TiX!

  • Official Thrustmaster Flight Stick for Xbox One… (And they aren’t working alone!)
    • Thrustmaster is thrilled to be the first to develop a product that the Xbox One community has been dreaming about since launch.
      Eager to deliver on the growing demand from members of this community, the team at Thrustmaster joined forces with Microsoft to create a joystick specially designed for use on Xbox One, with the T.Flight Hotas One being the end result.
      Thrustmaster has worked with Frontier to fully support the T.Flight Hotas One in Elite Dangerous for Xbox One. Frontier has been keen to deliver an even deeper level of immersion for the Elite Dangerous community on Xbox One and recommends the T.Flight Hotas One, supporting it with an upcoming patch for Elite Dangerous adding T.Flight Hotas One compatibility on September 26th!
  • Complete & Accessible Hotas Flight Stick system for Instant Immersion
    • The ergonomic T.Flight Hotas design (combined with the development of next-generation electronics officially licensed for both Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7, including an “ecosystem-ready” port allowing users to add the TFRP rudder system – Which will be sold separately) allows for instant playability and the ability to adapt to all types of flight simulation (space adventure, modern combat, warplanes, civilian flight etc.) This creates an unrivalled degree of practicality which has become the gold standard set by Thrustmaster over the years.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: Realistic & Ergonomic Flight Control System
    • In the real world, flight controls used by pilots include both a stick and a throttle: this combination is the most effective in terms of performance and precision. The T.Flight Hotas One provides the same level of realism.
      The joystick’s realistic, ergonomic design has been lauded right from its earliest designs. The wide hand rest helps gamers keep their hand in a very stable and relaxed position, allowing the stick to respond to even the most subtle movements, and maintain total comfort throughout long combat missions.
      Gamers can adjust the stick’s resistance according to their needs and preferences. The base is weighted, for enhanced stability during gaming sessions.

  • T.Flight Hotas One: Detachable Throttle
    • Another key feature which has helped to establish the reputation of Thrustmaster’s Hotas system is the fact that it includes a full-size throttle, which gamers can use to easily control the acceleration of their aircraft or spaceship.
      The throttle is detachable, and can be used in either of two different ways:
      – Detached and separated from the joystick, to recreate authentic piloting conditions; or
      – Attached to the joystick, for better stability and to take up less space.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: Dual Rudder System
    • What’s more, the joystick includes an extremely precise rudder function: this corresponds to the pedals used by pilots to turn the steering, allowing the plane to pivot around its vertical axis (therefore making the plane turn left or right, without impacting its elevation). This rudder function is accessible by rotating the joystick’s handle (with an integrated locking system), or via the progressive tilting lever located at the front of the throttle.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: part of Thrustmaster’s Flight Sim ecosystem
    • The T.Flight Hotas One joystick is part of Thrustmaster’s flight simulation ecosystem. It is therefore compatible with the T.Flight Rudder Pedals (sold separately) – the first rudder ever to feature the S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Tracks) slide rail system, for incredibly smooth turns.

If after that info-drop, you are still unsure about the T.Flight Hotas One then make sure you keep your eyes on TiX for a detailed review in the near future. In the meantime, stay safe whilst making your cardboard / wooden cockpits to go with your new Hotas One!

John Boyega reveals locations and modes in Star Wars Battlefront II

In the latest trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II, John Boyega tells us exactly what to expect from the upcoming release.

Whether it’s dominating as your favorite iconic hero in epic multiplayer battles with up to 40 players, piloting a starfighter through thrilling dogfights in space, or stepping into the boots of commander Iden Versio in the campaign’s all new untold Star Wars story, there’s something for everyone in Star Wars Battlefront II. Along with 5 unique multiplayer modes to suit any play style and 18 locations set across all three cinematic Star Wars eras, the new class based system, Battle Points and reworked Star Card system offer greater depth and progression than ever before.

https://youtu.be/SNGWh_-R1VE

Head to the Star Wars Battlefront II blog here to get a closer look at all the Galactic Assault locations that will be available at launch, and website here to learn more about the game’s multiplayer modes.

Forza 7, Cuphead and more heading to Xbox this week

It’s an exciting week of releases on the Xbox this week, Including Forza 7 and Cuphead. That’s not all though…

Pinball FX3

  • Windows 10 / Xbox One

Pinball FX3 is the biggest, most community focused pinball game ever created. Multiplayer matchups, user generated tournaments and league play create endless opportunity for pinball competition and its tables are backwards compatible with previous versions of the game!

Ruiner

  • Xbox Play Anywhere Title

Set in the year 2091, a wired sociopath lashes out against a corrupt system to retrieve his kidnapped brother and uncover the truth under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend. Acquire deadly supplies, enhancing your tactical senses, and master other skills and gadgets that will leave your foes confused and powerless as you seek revenge in Ruiner.

Lightfield

Lightfield is a hyper-futuristic racing game with a parkour twist. Drive on any surface including walls, tunnels and sci-fi architecture to piece together the fastest racing line. Only by mastering your anti-gravity spaceship and finding the best omni-directional route can you race to the top.

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2: The Pact

Continue the story of Bruce Wayne and Batman as the Riddler returns to terrorize Gotham City. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions.

FIFA 18

FIFA 18 brings to life the players, teams, and atmospheres that immerse you in the emotion of soccer. Play with the most iconic legends in FIFA Ultimate Team, continue the story of Alex Hunter in his second year in the Premier League, or build your very own Ultimate Team Squad from thousands of players in the game’s most popular mode. EA Access members can start playing today, only on Xbox One.

Syndrome

You awaken from a deep slumber to discover most of the ship’s crew are dead. To survive the horror of what remains, arm yourself with weapons and scare ammunition to deal with the monstrosities lurking in the shadows who react to every movement and noise.

Lilith-M

Play as Lilith-M, a robot who embarks on a difficult journey in a steampunk-inspired cyberspace. With a unique design of controlling two characters at the same time with one controller, can you solve these puzzles for Lilith and find the answers she’s looking for.

Splasher

Armed with a splatter cannon, our young hero launches an attack in order to save the Splashers and stand up to the dictator. Splasher is a 2D platformer with unique arcade-style action gameplay. It offers gamers challenges that require agility, speed and fast reflexes, all set in a crazy cartoon universe.

Battle Garegga Rev.2016

The legendary arcade shoot ’em up from 1996 is back in this meticulously crafted release that’s sure to please both devoted fans and a new generation of shmup maniacs. In addition to a perfect recreation of the original, experience all new game modes and gadgets to help you conquer Battle Garegga‘s notorious difficulty!

Cuphead

  • Xbox Play Anywhere Title / Console Exclusive

Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, Cuphead is a classic run-and-gun action game with painstakingly created handrawn visuals and an original jazz soundtrack to help set the scene. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single-player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil!

Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

  • Xbox Play Anywhere Title / Console Exclusive

Experience the thrill of motorsport with the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. In Forza Motorsport 7, players will experience racing at silky smooth 60 frames per second, HDR (Xbox One S and Windows 10 PC), and 4K (Windows 10 PCs) and collect over 700 cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis in any racing game. With over 30 world-famous environments and tracks featuring dynamic weather and race conditions, no two races are the same. And with Xbox One X coming November 7, players will experience racing in native 4K, at 60fps and HDR. Pre-order the Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition today and receive early access starting on September 29.

Source: Xbox Wire