Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to Xbox Game Pass

In a not so cryptic tweet yesterday, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson hinted that eight new games are winging their way to the Xbox Game Pass service. However, in the accompanying picture its quite clear that one of these eight will be Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was originally released in November 2017 and follows Lara Croft as she ventures into Siberia in search of the legendary city of Kitezh, whilst battling a paramilitary organization called “the Trinity” that intends on beating her to the city’s promise of immortality. As of November 2017, the game has sold nearly 7 million copies. In 2017 the game was updated to be Xbox One X Enhanced so X owners amongst us can now play in glorious 4K!

A smart move by Microsoft as the new Tomb Raider film is getting it’s theatrical release in March also, so interest in the franchise will be heightened, and I guess they hope that movie goers will head home to their console and maybe pick up a Game Pass subscription in order to continue their time with Lara.

Rise of The Tomb Raider review

 

Sea Of Thieves ‘Skeleton Fort’ Encounters detailed

One of the main criticisms aimed at Sea Of Thieves over the past few months is if there will be enough to do in the beautiful game world. As we now edge towards the March 20th release date, Rare are releasing more and more information on what the end-game will contain. First up are the Skeleton Forts.

In the latest ‘Inn-Side story’ Senior Designer Andrew Preston and Senior Software Engineer Tom Berry detail just how players will have to work together to defeat the Skeleton enemies, but then (probably) have to battle each other for the final loot.

The Skeleton Forts can be found within the current Scale Test but are bereft of enemies, but in the full release, when cursed Skeleton Fort events begin, an enormous skull will appear above the island, luring in players from all over the map. On arrival, you will encounter large, aggressive hordes of skeleton pirates who will spawn in waves both inside and outside the fort, encouraging players to work together in order to defeat them. Eventually, a skeleton captain will spawn for the final boss fight. When defeated it will drop a key which only one pirate can pick up in order to open the treasure trove. However, at this point it’s every crew for themself as the untold treasure can be fought over, even though there is plenty to go around.

I am so looking forward to more info coming out of Rare, as the more I hear, the more excited I am getting!

Another Sea Of Thieves Scale Test for 23rd to 25th February

Rejoice, drink grog, fire yourself out of a cannon! Yes, there is yet another chance to play Sea Of Thieves before its release on March 20th, as Rare have announced a second Scale Test happening this weekend from 10am GMT on February 23rd to 10am on 25th. The astute amongst you will realise that it’s available NOW, so get sailing Pirates!

This test will be very similar to last weekend, with no new features planned, just a continuation of the testing so expect a few bugs and server issues if you do decide to jump in. More details on the Sea of Thieves blog.

This next scale test comes after the news earlier this week detailing one of the world events that will be in the full release, the Skeleton Forts.

 

A ‘rad’ new game hits Xbox One and PlayStation 4 today

The kickstarter backed Rad Rodgers is out now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Harking back to the 90s, the platforming antics of Rad takes inspiration from Commander Keen, Conker, Ruff’n’Tumble & Jazz Jackrabbit.

Check out the launch trailer below – which I think you will agree, looks awesome – and pop over to your console’s store to grab a slice of nostalgic inspired platform goodness.

 

Get stranded with PSVR title Island Time

This spring you can have your very own ‘Robinson Crusoe’ VR experience when Flight School Studio’s latest title, Island Time, hits PSVR.

The VR survival game of Island Time is a far stretch from the strenuous, instead favouring a more humorous and fun twist on what it would be like to be stranded on a desert island. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to survive, then Carl the Crab is on-hand – there must be some hallucinogens on the island – to offer advice and tips on how to keep yourself alive.

The game includes the following features:

  • Survive… until you die
  • Play standing in a room-scale VR experience
  • Craft tools, like a spear, from the island’s resources
  • Use your tools to catch fish, defend yourself… and do stuff, like, not die

DC Super Heroes DLC Pack coming to Rocket League on March 5

Psyonix, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, have announced the DC Super Heroes DLC Pack for Rocket League. The pack includes two premium Battle-Cars and a bevy of cosmetic items inspired by the greatest heroes that inhabit the DC universe.

The content included in the DC Super Heroes DLC Pack is:

  • 2 Premium Batman Battle-Cars
    • The Dark Knight Rises Tumbler from Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises
    • The ’89 Batmobile from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman
  • DC Super Hero Themed Items
    • Aquaman – Breakout Decal and Player Banner
    • Batman – Paladin Decal and Player Banner
    • Cyborg – Roadhog Decal and Player Banner
    • DC – Player Banner (previously released in Collector’s Edition)
    • Flash – Wheels, Venom Decal, Player Banner, and Speed Force Boost (Wheels and Player Banner previously released in Collector’s Edition)
    • Green Arrow – Hotshot Decal and Player Banner
    • Green Lantern – Merc Decal and Player Banner
    • Superman – Octane Decal and Player Banner
    • Wonder Woman – Wheels, X-Devil Decal, and Player Banner

More details on the DLC can be found on the Rocket League website.

Games with Gold for March 2018 revealed

Xbox Lives Game with Gold for March 2018 has been announced and there is a cracker of a game for members.

First up, On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Trials of the Blood Dragon for free during the month of March, while the fantastic SUPERHOT will be available as a free download from March 16th to April 15th. If you want to know why we loved SUPERHOT so much, just check out our review.

On Xbox 360, starting March 1st, Brave: The Video Game will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through March 15th. Then on March 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Quantum Conundrum for free through March 31st.

More Deals with Gold now available and there is an EA Publisher sale too

Major Nelson has given us the low down on Deals with Gold this week and there is plenty on offer:

    

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

Looks like we’re all going to visit Paradise City again

We’ve all been asking for it and Criterion have delivered, Burnout Paradise is getting remastered and we’ll have it in March!

On March 16th, Burnout Paradise Remastered returns and includes the original base game and the eight add-on game packs released during the Year of Paradise, including the extension to the drivable world with Big Surf Island. Burnout Paradise Remastered also features a range of technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity, including high resolution textures for players to explore Paradise City in 4K with supporting 60FPS on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.

EA Access members however will get their hands on the game on March 9th via the Play First trial.

Burnout Paradise Remastered is rated PEGI 7 and is available digitally and in stores for £34.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Moss adventures onto PSVR next week

Moss will give you bags of adorable feels – just look at his little face – and the new title from Polyarc Games will be arriving on PSVR next week. Launching February 27, I’m predicting that the action-adventure puzzler will be sure to turn heads and convince the naysayers out there that PSVR is much more than a gimmick with a catalogue of arena based shooters.

Moss is launching at a superb time for the platform, joining recent titles like Sprint Vector and Apex Construct, which have been well received by owners.

From the beginning we wanted to take the core of what makes a game great and bring it to life with the magic of VR. We’re so excited to finally share Moss with the world. — Tam Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of Polyarc