Is Metal Gear Survive’s matchmaking broken?

If like us, you’ve become rather addicted to the wave-based defense building multiplayer mode of Salvage, then you may also be as frustrated as us too. It’s pretty clear that there is something wrong with Metal Gear Survive’s matchmaking.

Unless you have a ready-made team of four, then you are at the mercy of sitting in a lobby for up to 5 minutes as the game attempts to pair you with other players. In the beginning this wasn’t too much hassle, because despite the waiting time, we always got a game. Not any more.

After wading through easy and normal mode, Greg and myself needed a new challenge and hard mode not only gives us that challenge, but also rewards with the best loot – trouble is, we can’t beat the levels with just the two of us. The cost in materials and the juggling of enemies eventually overwhelms us, but with matchmaking taking so long and usually coming up blank with pairing us with other players, what is left to do? Surely the community hasn’t given up on the game already?

Thankfully, we have found the solution – Xbox’s Looking for Group feature. Accessed quickly through the blade, I was able to post a message to the board and specify who we were looking for, what we planned to do and a start time, within minutes I had two messages replying to my advert. I read their comments – which were perfect – and easily invited them into our party and the game. Problem solved. Thanks Xbox!

Playstation Plus Free Games for April announced

Hot on the heels of the Xbox announcement for April’s Games with Gold comes Sony’s announcement of it’s free Playstation Plus games for the same month.

Mad Max, Trackmania Turbo are the PS4 offerings, whilst PS3 owners get In Space We Brawl and Toy Home. Vita owners will get 99 VIDAS, and owners of all three will get Q*Bert Rebooted. All these games will be available for PS Plus members to download from the PlayStation Store on 3rd April. Between then and now, there are a still a few days left to pick up any titles you missed from March, including Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank.

 

 

Sony PSVR gets a permanent price reduction to £260

Sony Interactive Entertainment have announced that the PlayStation VR (PSVR) and PlayStation Camera Bundle will be available from March 29th 2018 at a much lower price of £259.99, which is a whopping saving of £90 from the current price point of £349.99.

Since its launch in October 2016, approximately 300 PSVR software titles and experiences from third-party developers and publishers as well as from SIE Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS) have released globally. PS VR will continue to expand with highly anticipated launches on their way including Blood & Truth, WipEout Omega Collection and Firewall Zero Hour (SIE WWS), The Persistence (Firesprite Ltd), Star Child (Playful Corp), Eden Tomorrow (Soul Pix), Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (Adult Swim Games) and Smash Hit Plunder (Triangular Pixels) in addition to VR experiences such as Virry Safari: Wild Encounters (Fountain Digital) and CoolpaintrVR (Sngular).

With Moss currently the TiX top rated game of 2018 so far, maybe now is the time for those of you on the fence about PSVR to take the plunge?

The Witness and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate are April’s Games With Gold

Yes, you read that correctly, The Witness and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate are your Xbox One Games With Gold for April 2018. Both games were released in 2016, and were both reviewed extremely well here on TiX, with The Witness getting a stonking score of 9.9, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate getting an 8.8! With those scores on the doors surely this is the best month ever for the Games With Gold program!

The Witness is available from 1st April through to the 30th, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate from April 15th to May 15th. For the Xbox 360 owners amongst us, and available on the Xbox One via the magic of Backwards Compatibility are Cars 2 (April 1st to 15th) and Dead Space 2 (April 16th to 30th).

The Witness – You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you. You don’t remember who you are, and you don’t remember how you got here, but there’s one thing you can do: explore the island in hope of discovering clues, regaining your memory, and somehow finding your way home. The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There’s no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

Download from the Xbox store here.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – London, 1868. In the heart of the Industrial Revolution, lead your underworld organization and grow your influence to fight those who exploit the less privileged in the name of progress.

Download Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate from the Xbox Store here.

 

Get stranded with Island Time VR on April 3

How long would you survive if you were stranded on your own desert island? Through the wonders of modern technology and the power of PSVR you can put your Robinson Crusoe skills to the test.

“Flight School is focused on pushing technology to entertain those wanting new virtual experiences, especially for VR and AR,” said Adam Volker, Creative Director at Flight School Studio. “Island Time VR provides players with fun survival challenges that push players to think creatively about ways to stay alive. We’re excited to see what solutions people come up with to survive in the game, and we’ll fold all the things we learn into our next VR experience.”

This comical survival VR title releases on April 3 priced at a very reasonable $14.99.

“I have no business being a voice actor, so I was blown away when Flight School reached out to have me voice Carl,” said Greg Miller, Co-Founder of Kinda Funny Games. “Then, imagine my surprise when the game turned out to actually be great! It’s been an honor to be part of a game that’s engaging, funny, and a great example of what VR can be.”

In the newest Island Time VR trailer, the team highlight some of the ways you will die on the island.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice headed to Xbox One on April 11

We’ve already reviewed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on the PS4 and Rich loved it, and now Xbox fans can see what all the fuss is about on April 11.

Hellblade supports HDR and the game is enhanced for Xbox One X, with players having the choice of three enhanced modes to select from: Enhanced Visuals mode offers extra FX and visual quality throughout the experience, High Framerate mode runs the game at 60fps, and High-Resolution mode runs the game with dynamic resolutions up to 4K.

Hellblade tells the story of Senua, a Celtic warrior on a vision quest into savage Viking heartland to save the soul of her lover. Senua’s journey is a physical battle, but a mental one too. As someone who experiences psychosis, Senua’s journey is one that will take you into the fantasies of her own mind.

Will you be picking this up on Xbox One?

Sea of Thieves tops the charts in the UK

Sea of Thieves really has people divided, some love it, some hate it. However, people are buying it as it has entered the UK chart at number one.

The full top 10 lies below:

  1. Sea of Thieves
  2. A Way Out
  3. Ni No Kuni 2
  4. Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered
  5. FIFA 18
  6. Burnout Paradise Remastered
  7. Grand Theft Auto 5
  8. EA Sports UFC 3
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

It’s a great achievement for Rare and even more so considering this doesn’t include those who have signed up to play via the Xbox Games Pass.

 

 

Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition launches onto console

Space Hulk: Deathwing has been out on PC for quite a while now, with the developers insisting that they would be bringing the first person adaption of the awesome board game to console as well. That time is now. An enhanced edition of the game will arrive on May 22. The only thing that’s missing from the announcement is the Xbox One launch date. While many retailers have listed the game as launching on Xbox One, it seems that for now Space Hulk: Deathwing will have some exclusive play time on PlayStation 4.

Over the years I have enjoyed playing the digitised versions of the board game, but have to say that I am super excited to see the turn based board game make its first-person debut on console. The campaign can be played in single player and co-op with up to four players.

Finally… It’s time, brothers!

  • • Class Customization – deep progression system lets players unlock armor and weapon skins, attachments, perks and more for aesthetic and gameplay customization.
  • • Chaplain Class – the Chaplain brings a host of abilities to increase the squad’s survivability, and is more than capable of killing hordes of Xenos in melee combat.
  • • New Weapons – more melee and ranged weapons give players even more options to load out their squad in battle.
  • • New Enemy Types – new, unique Genestealer types offer greater challenge to those who dare enter the depths of the Space Hulk.
  • • Special Missions – randomized objectives and enemy spawns bring a new level of replayability.

Lots to win on tonight’s Sea of Thieves livestream

If you are still on the fence about Sea of Thieves, then tonights 10 hour livestream may convinve you to make that purchase.

There will be prizes to be won throughout the stream, including some limited-edition Sea of Thieves pirate booty. Anyone watching on Mixer with their Xbox Live account linked will get a free Flintlock pistol skin. There will also be chances to win a NVIDIA 1070 graphics card, Xbox Game Pass subscription codes and a copy of Sea of Thieves.

The stream will be setting sail tonight at 6 p.m. GMT.

Some of Xbox’s favourite content creators will be taking the helm, including:

  • Hat Films and Mark Hulmes, setting sail between 18:00 – 20:00
  • Manning the deck and patching up the hull as we sail into the evening will be our next crew: Yammyxox, SmallishBeans, SeaPeeKay, and The Orion Sound, between 20:00 – 22:00
  • Pirate pros Leahviathan, Sacriel, and Stodeh hit the decks straight after, with our very own Xbox On Team, Lydia and Benny, between 22:00 – 00:00
  • Finally leading the crew back to the safety of the outpost will be US Pirates VernNotice and Actabunnifoofoo, between 00:00 – 02:00

There will be plenty of action away from the game, including a number of challenges, there will be an infamous “Banana Eating Challenge” (chowing down on a banana with the skin on!) Plus, those watching on Mixer will be able to vote and banish content creators to an actual brig throughout the stream.

You can follow the action live throughout the day on Mixer, as well as Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter @seaofthieves and @XboxUK.

Sea of Thieves hits a million unique players in 48 hours

Sea of Thieves has set sail in a storm of players, which has resulted in people not being able to play.

In the Developers update below, Studio Head Craig and Executive Producer Joe have explained why there have been issues and what they are doing to get everyone sailing.

They reveal in the video that at one point they reached a million unique players!

Did you have problems last night? Or have you managed to set sail and find some treasure?

Our review of the game will be out soon, Ady is loving it so far, so we’re expecting big scores!