Nine new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in July

Xbox Game Pass keeps improving its roster of games with the addition of nine new titles being added in July. Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited were just added, and joining them are Warhammer: Vermintide 2, DiRT 4, Zombie Army Trilogy, Human Fall Flat, Bomber Crew, Abzu, Shadow Complex Remastered and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

No one can deny the value of Game Pass at the present time, and with all future Xbox exclusives launching day and date on the service, it’s just going to get better!

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Atari’s classic Tempest gets new lease of life

“Just one more go” was a true statement of the arcade classic Tempest, so it’s apt that Tempest 4000 gets “one more go” with a new lease of life on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Releasing this summer – July 17 – for $29.99, the classic vector based arcade game is getting an overall of bright neon retro vibes.

“Modern home consoles are the descendants of arcade gaming,” said Jeff Minter, Executive Producer of Tempest 4000 and founder of Llamasoft. “We wanted to bring the classic arcade experience into players’ homes, so both franchise legacy fans and new gamers can test their mettle.”

With over 100 levels to beat, Tempest 4000 includes Classic, Pure and Survival game modes set against a ‘retro techno soundtrack’.

July’s Games with Gold confirmed as Assault Android Cactus and Death Squared

Its that wonderful time of the month where we get to see what our free Xbox Games with Gold are. For the month of July we are getting Assault Android Cactus and Death Squared for the Xbox One, and for you 360 owners (and available on the Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility) are Splinter Cell Conviction and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown.

Assault Android Cactus is an arcade style twin stick shooter set in a vivid sci fi universe. Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she responds to a distress call and ends up stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by its own robot workers. Utilising a draining battery mechanic in place of lives, Assault Android Cactus challenges you to think fast and keep the bullets flying, blending the gameplay of western styled arena shooters with aspects of Japanese style bullet hell as you charge head first through transforming stages, massive boss battles and an eclectic cast of characters on the way to saving the day.

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players, best enjoyed with loved ones who don’t mind a little arguing for the greater good. Prove your teamwork skills in Death Squared as you solve puzzles together or die trying! Each player needs to guide a robot to a colour-coded goal, but the path is beset with deadly traps and hazards. Teams of players will need close observation and communication to keep each other alive and discover a solution together. Complete the main campaign in single player or with two players, then take a group into four-player Party Mode for the ultimate teamwork trial! For those that can’t get enough, head to the ‘Vault’ to find extra experiments recommended only for the brave.

 

Get fruity with All-Star Fruit Racing

Launching on July 13, All-Star Fruit Racing will race on to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While the name may sound a bit silly – childlike even – the game looks like it will be a ton of fun, just check out the trailer below.

Including split-screen for up to four players, the karting racer is set within lush vibrant environments that could have been plucked straight from Wreck-It Ralph’s Sugar Rush world. As you progress through the career mode, which is set across the four seasons of the year and in ‘Special Islands’, the action unfolds over 21 tracks. As you progress, kart parts are unlocked so you can really pimp up your fruity vehicles with over 32,000 possible kart combinations.

And no kart racer would be complete without the obligator weapons arsenal. Once powered up, the juicer can unleash a wave of fruit-based attacks to cripple your foes with individual shots as you gain juice or with an almighty attack once it is full to bursting.

With Dragster races, Hill Climbs, Elimination races, Time Attacks and modifier modes, there seems to be plenty of juicy content in All-Star Fruit Racing.

Esper puzzles onto PSVR next week

I do love a good puzzle game, more so when it’s in VR and Coastsink Software are bringing their popular mobile VR puzzler, Esper, to PSVR next week and it looks like great fun.

Like something from the minds of Aperture Science Laboratories – it seems that you are cast into a whole sequence of testing on account of an unusual telekinetic ability to move objects – there’s the point of reason of context for PSVR. Essentially it’s a cool set of puzzles in VR.

“Esper is where the VR journey began for Coatsink and it holds a dear place in our hearts. Having Oculus approach us in the early days of modern day VR and trust our then small team to build and create an acclaimed VR game for Gear VR was nothing short of incredible.” Tom Beardsmore, CEO of Coastsink Software

Esper launches on June 29th, 2018.

Assassins Creed Odyssey gets publishing line-up

Ubisoft have announced the publishing line-up for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, including a novel, an art book and an official guide – all of which will be published worldwide starting this autumn. Through these books, fans will be able to step even further into the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as they deepen their knowledge of the game and its lore.

The broadening Ubisoft publishing collection aspires to provide fans with a wide variety of exclusive insights into their many worlds. The vast universe of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be expanded beyond the game to explore the main story from Kassandra’s point of view, the artwork behind the beautiful and unique regions of the Golden Age of ancient Greece, and an official strategy guide.

Published by Ubisoft and Penguin Random House, the novelisation of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will tell the main story of the game from Kassandra’s point of view. Kassandra, a descendant of Leonidas, is caught in the turmoil of the Peloponnesian War. Following the prophecy of an oracle, she is left for dead by her family and escapes from Sparta. 17 years later, now a mercenary in Kephallonia, an unexpected turn of events causes her to set sail across war-torn Greece on an Odyssey to reunite her family and confront the ones who tore it apart. The author, Gordon Doherty, is a Scottish historical fiction writer who previously wrote the Legionary series, set in the Eastern Roman Empire in the late 4th century AD, and the Strategos Trilogy, set in 11th century Anatolia.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, an art book published by Titan Books, will take readers on an epic voyage into the Golden Age of ancient Greece, a pivotal period that shaped the world and still influences today’s societies. Readers will explore the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as they discover its regions and secrets, and learn more about Kassandra and Alexios, their armor, their styles and the weapons they use to ply their deadly trade. Concept sketches, texture studies, character art and fully rendered paintings are accompanied by insightful comments and notes from the artists and developers.

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Official Collector’s Edition Guide, a guidebook published by Prima Games, is an indispensable tool for dedicated players. The guide contains a poster of the map, a special message to the fans, a general weapons and equipment guide, and a 100% completion walkthrough including the different branching stories, along with detailed maps flagged with all locations, collectibles and targets.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an ambitious role-playing game that places choice at the center of the experience. The action takes place in Ancient Greece, a world rich with myths and legend, in fifth century BC during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. Embodying Alexios or Kassandra, a mercenary of Spartan blood sentenced to death by their family, players will embark on an epic journey from a young outcast to a legendary hero and uncover the truth about their mysterious first civilization lineage.

Three Fields Entertainment announce Danger Zone 2 and Dangerous Driving

Three Fields Entertainment are the brains behind Dangerous Golf and the Burnout inspired Danger Zone. Fans of the Burnout franchise keep a keen eye on what this studio are up to, as a lot of the talent working there are ex-Criterion, who of course were responsible for the Burnout games.

So, those fans would have been overjoyed to hear the announcement made this week of not one, but two new driving games coming from Three Fields. The first is Danger Zone 2 which promises more action and mayhem but this time on real public roads.

The second is a new IP called Dangerous Driving which is a closed track, competitive racing game featuring boost, takedowns and destruction. Both of these new titles offer a huge amount of appeal to those Burnout fans out there keenly awaiting a spiritual successor!

We wont have long to wait either, with Danger Zone 2 out in July and Dangerous Driving out this winter, all on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Life Is Strange 2 releasing on September 27th

Darwin Project moving to F2P on July 4th

Life Is Strange 2 releasing on September 27th

DONTNOD Entertainment have announced that Episode 1 of Life Is Strange 2 will release on September 27th 2018. We don’t know much about the story or the setting of the sequel to the smash indie hit given the events of the previous game, but the developers have promised us more info will be released in August.

I was a huge fan of the original, and the 2017 prequel, so I am incredibly hyped for the proper sequel, and hopefully follow Max and Chloe on their next adventure.

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Darwin Project moving to F2P on July 4th

Scavenger Studios have announced that their Battle Royale style game Darwin Project is moving to a free to play model on July 4th. Creative Director Simon Darveau updated the official website by saying “We are super excited to release the game free to play on Xbox. We made sure you guys can have a great social experience. We optimized the game and added the friend system. Can’t wait to have your feedback! See you in the arena !‘

The Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. It’s called the “Darwin Project” and it challenges participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena. The Darwin Project offers a competitive multiplayer third person survival experience featuring at its core a new gameplay innovation: the manhunt. In his or her path to victory, a player must survive extreme environmental conditions, track opponents, and set traps in order to win.

The current version of the game will disappear from the Xbox store on June 22nd and gamers who have already purchased will receive a founders pack in recognition of their purchase. Anyone who wishes instead to get a refund of the original purchase can contact Xbox Support.

Bridge Constructor builds a Portal package of titles

 

Bridge Constructor builds a Portal package of titles

The Portal adaptation of the addictive Bridge Constructor is one of the best game mash-ups I’ve played – you really can’t go wrong with Portal – and now a physical release of the game is headed to stores. If this wasn’t reason enough to pick up the bridge building puzzler, there’s two more reasons why you should buy this – Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Stunts are also included!

“We love seeing the highly creative and unique approaches players take in the Bridge Constructor series,” said Gregor Ebert, PR Manager of Headup Games. “You can really innovate and create your own victory path in each of these games, so we’re excited to share each of these challenging experiences in a single bundle.”

Coming late Summer, 2018 the trio of titles will cost a measly $29.99 – that’s a whole lot of puzzling for your dollar. Check out the launch trailers for all three titles below.