All posts by Adrian Garlike

Adrian is the old man of the TiX team but has the enthusiasm for gaming as someone half his age (So, mid 20's then). He has a strong passion for the gaming industry, hates fanboyism and holds a strong belief that you should treat your fellow gamers with respect!

Pure Farming 2018 Ploughing onto Xbox in 2018

Living in the midst of rural East Anglia I grew up in a farming family, with my Dad, Grandad and multiple Uncles all plying their trade as farmers. So, I am very excited to follow in their footsteps and play Pure Farming 2018!

Pure Farming 2018, which has been developed by Ice Flames and published by Techland Publishing, is the newly-named first installment in the Pure Farming franchise, slated for release in early 2018, and aims to bring the genre to greener pastures with a variety of fresh features, official brands, global settings, unique crops, and much more.

Featuring realistic models of licensed and crop-specialised machines from brands such as McCormick, Zetor, Landini and Mitsubishi, diverse regions within North America, Italy, Japan and Colombia, and unique crops including olives, rice and industrial hemp, the harvest is going global, and Pure Farming 2018 bets the farm on delivering the widest range of activities ever seen by the farming simulation genre.

“We have spent the last few months really stepping up our game – we listened to our fans, to farm sim players, and the farming community, and they gave us sage advice,” said Tomasz Gawlikowski, International PR & Marketing Director of Pure Farming 2018. “We took notes, learned a lot, and managed to get even more great brands involved. We know the exact direction we are taking, and plan on bringing the best ever farming experience simultaneously to PC and consoles.”

More details can be found on the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Fortnite from Epic Games arrives on Xbox One on July 25th

I have to admit i didn’t know an awful lot about Epic Games new IP “Fortnite”, but after watching the trailer and learning more about the game, this is now slap bang in the middle of my radar!  Fortnite launches on Xbox on July 25th in the early access Game Preview program.

In Fortnite, players team up to build massive forts and battle against hordes of monsters, all while crafting and looting within giant worlds where no two games are ever the same. With E3 looming, Epic Games debuted a new gameplay trailer highlighting Fortnite’s unique mix of exploration, building, defense, and combat.

“Bringing Fortnite to life has been a true labor of love by a talented and dedicated team over many years,” says Darren Sugg, Creative Director on Fortnite. “We’re excited to share the experience and start playing along with more gamers in Early Access this summer.”

Fortnite Founders Packs give players entry to the Early Access Season, access to exclusive in-game events in 2017, and offers a huge value on stuff like Heroes, loot, weapons, and in-game boosts. Players who pre-order a Founder’s Pack will get a four-day head start beginning on July 21, along with the exclusive Storm Master Weapon Pack. Additionally, Epic Games has partnered with Gearbox Publishing to distribute a boxed retail version of the game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

More info on Fortnite can be found at the official website and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

TiX E3 Predictions

The staff here at TiX just love E3. In fact we view it as our Christmas Days and Birthdays all rolled into one, with the promise of all the new shiny games that are coming in the next few months (and sometimes years).

But the week before E3 can bring leaks, and the rumour mill definitely moves into overdrive. So, I asked the team what they want, need and expect to find in Santa’s bulging sack of E3 announcements in 2017!

Just to point out that we are currently as clueless as an Elf as to the content of this years show, there’s no insider knowledge in what we are predicting, but if we get a few things right then its obviously because we are extremely clever! Oh, and one or two of us may possess a magical time machine!

Adrian Garlike

  • Microsoft to announce a new Fable game is in development – Obviously Fable Legends was canned in 2016, but can MS let this amazing IP die? My bet (hope) is that Rare is secretly working on it.
  • Scorpio will be called Xbox One X, which is a popular prediction here at Tix, and will be under £400 at launch.
  • At least one game from Xbox will be available NOW (Cuphead/Below maybe).

Rich Berry

  • There will be an announcement of a Halo game like Reach or ODST
  • Halo VR will come to Scorpio
  • Steam store comes to Xbox Scorpio to bring Vive support as the VR headset of choice

Damien Ashley

  • EA will have some Lucasfilm folk up on stage. After showing Battlefront 2, we get the big announcement that the Amy Hennig Star Wars story game is set in the current time line and will be a canon story.
  • No VR Microsoft device but Scorpio (probably renamed Xbox One X) will be fully compatible with Rift. There will be loads of UWP titles available on day one. Launch will be in mid October.
  • Ubisoft will announce new IP. An online multiplayer Pirate game, a cross between AC4 and GTA online. it won’t just be on boats. You’ll build a pirate empire.

Dave Moran

  • The Xbox Design labs (design your own controller) will be launched in the UK.
  • Microsoft will announce Forza 7.
  • Original Xbox games to become part of Backward Compatibility.

Max Powley

  • Sam Fisher is BACK in a new Splinter Cell game announced at Microsoft’s event. Open-world, lush graphics, and a Spies vs. Mercs mode developed by the Rainbow Six: Siege development team.
  • Rare announces a second project is in development alongside Sea of Thieves.
  • Xbox event ends with a video message from a new studio joining the Microsoft Studios family. It’s IO Interactive and they’re working on a BRAND NEW IP for Xbox.

Rob Tonge

  • Crackdown 3 will be announced as a Play Anywhere title but only on Scorpio as the Xbox One won’t run the physics engine. But it’ll only be a trailer but then inevitably get delayed and announced at E3 2018!
  • Peter Molyneux returns to announce Fable Legends because its no longer cancelled.

Cat Evans

  • Pie in the Sky would be Elder Scrolls 6… Especially now they’ve released Morrowind for ESO
  • I agree that we’ll see something new about the new Crackdown, but there still won’t be a release date anytime soon.
  • Bungie will announce the date for the Destiny 2 beta, but PS4 will have early access to it.

So, there we have it, our thoughts and feelings on what we hope to see.  Please let us know your thoughts before it all kicks off this weekend!

ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug 2 released on Xbox One

Metal Slug 2 is an action game originally released by SNK in 1998, and available NOW on the Xbox store for the low, low price of £6.39!

Players choose their character among Marco, Tarma, Eri and Fio, with the aim of defeating Morden’s Rebel Army which is plotting a coup once again. In addition to the Heavy Machine Gun and Shotgun from the previous games, new weapons such as laser guns have been added for even more varied battle strategies.

The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

Red Bull Racing RB6 revealed as next iconic car in F1 2017

Following the recent announcement by Codemasters® and Koch Media of F1™ 2017, the official videogame of the 2017 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, that the game will include the return of classic F1 cars to the series, as well as an even deeper career mode, numerous multiplayer enhancements, and a brand new ‘Championships’ game mode, Codemasters today unveiled the 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6 as the fourth classic F1 car that will feature in the game. F1 2017 will release onto Xbox One on August 25th 2017.

The Red Bull Racing RB6 was a dominant car in 2010, with nine wins, fifteen pole positions and six fastest laps. Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing said: “The RB6 is our first Championship winning car, and as such is very special to us. 2010 was a dream year for Red Bull Racing, to achieve our ambition and to do so in such a compelling and dominant fashion was a fitting testament to the car, the drivers and commitment of the team. We are delighted the RB6 is included in the new F1 game as a classic car, it’s certainly a classic to us and I’m sure gamers will love driving it and trying to recreate those golden moments on track.”

Consumers who pre-order or purchase ‘Day One’ copies of F1 2017 will have exclusive access to the iconic 1988 McLaren MP4/4, as part of the ‘F1 2017 Special Edition.’ Alternatively, the McLaren MP4/4 car will be available to be purchased at a later date. The eleven other classic cars are available in all editions of the game.


Hitman June content announced despite studio for sale

Despite the studio and the Hitman IP being put up for sale by Square Enix, developer IO Interactive have announced the June content coming for Hitman.  My game of the year in 2016 continues to be supported, which given the woes at the Danish studio, does come as a bit of a surprise.

The content includes two Escalation Contracts: The Spaggiari Subversion in Sapienza’s “Landslide” bonus mission and The Asya Attunement in Bangkok, along with another Elusive Target, which continue to be the most enjoyable and nerve-wracking missions in the game. IO have called this 25th target the penultimate one, which will be available in late June and set in Hokkaido, Japan. There will also be another 10 featured contracts added plus a mandatory game update which IO says “This update will be mandatory for all players and we’re very excited to talk about what it includes. Full release notes and exact timings for this update will also be shared as we get closer to its release date”.

Heres hoping that IO and the Hitman series can find a new owner very soon, giving that development is well under way for season 2, scheduled for release in 2018.  Phil Spencer?

Keep an eye out on the This Is Xbox YouTube page for my attempt of the elusive target once it becomes live!

Tekken 7 Celebrity Duel

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment UK and Tekken 7 has brought together two celebrity legends to take part in a superhuman contest to decide the long-standing rivalry that exists between these two massive household names!

So, I hear you asking, “Who are these celebs?”.  Is it Liam vs Noel, or maybe Kanye vs Taylor Swift?

Well, no.  Bigger than that.  Much bigger.  Massively bigger!

Yes, you guessed it, Keith “Cheggers” Chegwin vs Timmy Mallett.  Yessirree! Huge!

Catch the video and keep it locked to This Is Xbox for more news on your favourite 80’s TV Icons!

EA Play announces Battlefield Play-To-Give Weekend

For those of you who are still ankle deep in mud in the trenches of WW1 with EA’s awesome Battlefield 1, then have I got some news for you!

As EA head into E3 with their EA PLAY event, they have announced the fun activities and activations coming to Battlefield.

From Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4 – Play to Give in-game challenges are live in Battlefield 1.  There are 3 in-game activities consisting of:
· 2XP Event for BF1, BF4, & BFHL.
· Snag a Free Battlepack just by logging in between June 2 – 6.
· Get the new “Play To Give” Dog Tag by logging in between June 2 – 4.

There is also a Play To Give Personal Mission – Assist your comrades in battle, do any of the following to get the M1911 “Package from Home” Weapon Skin:
Revive 10 players, Re-supply 10 players, 10 Kill Assists, 10 Savior Kills

For more details of EA’s Play to Win campaign click here!

New IP “Extinction” Announced for Xbox

The dictionary defines being Extinct as died, no longer exists, destroyed or defunct, but that definition does not apply to new IP “Extinction” from Iron Galaxy Studios and Maximum Games as today’s announcement is the new beginning for this title!

If you’ve heard of a certain game called Destiny then you will be aware of the work of Iron Galaxy Studios.  They were put together in 2008, primarily to assist on other developers games in porting them to other platforms.  However they were the developers for the Xbox Kinect game “Wreckateer”.

“As far back as anyone can remember, humanity has been at war with itself. For generations, kingdoms have fought amongst themselves while the real threat loomed in the distance. Only those trained in the ways of the ancient order stand a chance at defeating the 150-foot-tall ogres and the armies that trail in their wake.”

You are one of the world’s last sentinels, a soldier named Avil, equipped with the skills to battle the endless wave of Ravenii.

In Extinction, you’ll fight massive ogres and their minions across a sprawling countryside, defending cities and rescuing native villagers torn from their homes. Swiftly define your strategy as hordes attack from the ground and air. Use the dynamic skill-based combat system to your advantage, tactically disarming and dismembering enemies before going in for the kill.

“Extinction is 100% power and adrenaline,” said Kraig Kujawa, Game Director at Iron Galaxy. “We’re really happy with the fast, fluid feel of the game and we’re looking forward to showing it behind closed doors at E3!”

“As the protagonist tasked with a huge undertaking – both in fighting enormous ogres and saving humans from disaster – each player’s experience will be varied, as the landscapes and battle situations are never identical,” said Derek Neal, Executive Producer at Maximum Games.

  • Features include:
    Deep Story Campaign. Protect the human population across an abundant story campaign, rescuing as many civilians as possible and taking down brutal opponents.
  • Dynamic Side Missions. Complete numerous side missions with various objectives, earning upgrades to aid you in your campaign.
  • Skill-Based Combat. Travel horizontally and vertically, perform wall runs, and use your whip as a vault to perform devastating air assaults. Master dynamic combat maneuvers to effectively traverse the giant beasts and expose their weak points, progressing along different skill trees to develop a path best suited to your playstyle.
  • Interactive Environment. Move freely around a fully destructible environment, and use objects throughout the world to your strategic advantage.
  • Innumerable Battle Scenarios. Every battlefield is different from the last, ensuring a unique combat situation each time you play.
  • Custom Battles. Create unique battlegrounds with varied objectives, and challenge players online to compete for the top score.
    Extinction Mode. Fight off a continuous horde of assailants as wave after wave of ogres and their minions attack without relent.

No release date has been announced yet but Extinction will be shown behind closed doors at E3 next week.

Deadcore comes to Xbox on 14th July

Publisher and developer Grip Digital have announced, that they will be bringing the award-winning first person platformer, DeadCore, to Xbox One on July 14th 2017.

After falling endlessly through powerful magnetic storms, players awaken in a desolate world. With no memory, they will explore an unforgiving futuristic environment. On the discovery of a gigantic Tower emerging from the dense fog, they must make their way to the top, deciphering cryptic messages en route as they search for answers.  Equipped with a ‘SwitchGun’, a special weapon allowing players to activate or deactivate the Tower elements, players will embark on a perilous journey full of traps, complex mechanisms, gaps to cross, and lethal foes, a journey that will eventually allow them to solve the mystery surrounding this strange and abstract world.

Features of Deadcore include:

  • Explore a mysterious world made of immense and staggering levels with a labyrinth of secret passages to discover.
  • Unlock new powers and upgrades in order to gain access to new areas of the Tower.
  • Reveal the secrets of the Tower by collecting fragments of memory from its former inhabitants as well as new levels and music for Speedrun mode.
  • Challenge your friends to see who can top our online leaderboards in Speedrun mode where every second counts!

Check out the website for Deadcore here!