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Red Dead Redemption now available on Xbox One

It’s the game many of us have been waiting for and as of this morning Read Dead Redemption is now available to play, via Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One.

The Xbox 360 version will be in your download list if you owned its Games on Demand version, or will download automatically when you insert the Xbox 360 game disc.

You can also buy a digital copy now from the Xbox Store for £6.24 if you’re a Xbox Live Gold subscriber, or £8.74 if you’re not. You’ll also need 7.5 gig free on your hard drive. All the DLC is free currently, except for Undead Nightmare which you can get for £6.75.

Coming soon to an EA Access Vault near you

The last 12 months have been exciting for EA Access members with 20+ additions to the vault in their unlimited play section, several Play First Trials and the 10% on top savings on EA Digital titles on Xbox One. Well the next few months won’t dissappoint you either as EA have just announced the latest set of titles that will join this incredible deal.

Joining the EA Access Vault –

  • Need for Speed (July 12) – Tear up the streets of Ventura Bay as you go back to the underground in the latest game in the franchise.
  • Unravel (July 12) – Join Yarny on an adventure in this physics-based puzzle platformer. Using ingenuity and yarn strategy, you’ll traverse through 12 unique levels, aiding Yarny in a quest to mend a broken bond. If you want to know what we thought about this great game check out our review here.
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (August 30) – Take the fight once again against the Zombies in the sequel to the fantastic Plants vs Zombies. Battle on 12 new maps from the Great White North to Moon Base Z in a game packed with fun, laughs and humor. Check out our review here to find out what we thought of the game.

Play First Trials –

  • EA SPORTS Madden 17 (August 18) – Are you ready to take your team all the way with the most balanced gameplay, deeper Franchise and an all new commentary team.
  • EA SPORTS NHL 17  (September 8) – Hit in the ice with all-new game modes, new and deeper experiences in fan-favorite modes, and the best on-ice gameplay ever to date. Live out your hockey fantasy in all-new Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey game modes, own every zone with authentic goaltenders, new Net Battles on offense and defense, and bone-crushing Collision Physics.
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 17  (September 22) – Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 delivers authentic, true-to-life action, that takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, EA Access members on Xbox One and Origin members on PC will also get a chance to play the epic Battlefield 1 via Play First Trials on October 13, ahead of its worldwide release on October 21.

For further information on how to join and a complete list of Vault games and Play First Trials, check out the official EA Access website.

Does gun blueprint reveal next character coming to Overwatch?

Overwatch is a game like Marmite, you either love it or hate it and this goes true for us at TiX. I personally love the game and therefore was excited to see a post by Blizzard yesterday on their twitter feed giving us potentially the most reliable clue to date on the next playable character for the game.

Overwatch Gun Blueprint

As you can see from the blueprint above there is a discussion around a Biotic Rifle that has Mercy’s Caduceus Staff and Soldier: 76’s Biotic Field healing ability incorporated in to it. This leads to the assumption that the weapon above will be used for healing at range but also poisoning perhaps if Mercy’s comments are anything to go by. So is this the infamous character called Sombra who is referenced by Reaper in one of his voice lines, “Where’s Sombra when you need her?” and who has also been discovered in hints that have been hidden in the Mexican Map Dorado.

So watch this space and let’s hope that Blizzard keep to their word when they stated that all new characters coming to Overwatch would be free.

Time is running out for Evolve #StageUp

What lies in Evolve’s future? The answer to that could be unveiled later today as the timer that recently appeared on the game’s official website expires at 17:00 BST.

Evolve launched to quite the mixed reception – In Greg’s review he felt that:

Evolve is quite the Marmite game, personally I love it but I know many people who really don’t. It looks amazing, the level designs are superb, although you could argue that there isn’t enough colour in the game’s level palette. The sound design is awesome and I highly recommend you have a surround sound headset to get the most from it. Some of the modes need tweaking slightly as do some of the weapon power – I’m looking at you Rich – that Rail gun is devastating in the right hands.

Dave and I had a blast stalking the monster but ultimately it failed to hold our attention after the honeymoon period – that said – I have high hopes that if Evolve 2 is announced, Turtle Rock will implement enough nips and tucks to make the ultimate online monster stalking game.

So what do you want? Co-op monsters versus a larger team? A story mode? How about build-a-monster? We will know soon enough…

Astro A40’s get Red vs Blue mod kits

Owners of the Astro A40 TR headset can now mod their headsets.

The Mod Kits for your A40 TR Headset, feature synthetic leather Noise-Cancelling Ear Cushions, Voice-Isolating Mic, Closed-Back Speaker Tags and a Padded Headband. All TR products are used by top professional teams like Counter Logic Gaming. The biggest decision? Choosing which side to be on!

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You can purchase the kits here.

Ultimate Game Sale is now live

Starting today (well, last night actually), saw the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale go live. Below, thanks to Major Nelson you can see details on every game available.

Xbox One Deals

These offers are valid for all Xbox Live members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Xbox 360 Deals

UK see’s competitive play as a growing market and creates British eSports Association

Following authority from the UK Government, the UK have established the British eSports Association. The sole purpose of this organisation is to represent competitive video gaming at all levels under a nonprofit organsation. This is great news as eSports is finally being recognised in the UK as a serious competitive market.

Located at Pinewood Studios, British eSports, acting as the National Governing Body for eSports in the United Kingdom, will work in conjunction with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help and represent players at all levels; develop a grassroots competitive video game scene that will nurture future talent; support existing professionals and provide the infrastructure to create future British global champions. The activities for British eSports will be easily accessible at www.BritisheSports.org, a portal providing the latest news on events, teams and leagues, alongside impartial advice for both players and parents.

Before you all think this is just another scheme for raising money then think again as the British eSports is a nonprofit organisation and will be chaired by Andy Payne OBE, with Chester King in the role of acting CEO. The next three months will see a consultation period, during which British eSports will be gathering feedback from the UK eSports sector to ensure it fully represents the interests of individuals, teams, game publishers and broadcasters alike. This is great news for eSports in the UK and finally we have recognition in the growing competitive market of eSports gaming throughout the world.

When asked about his involvement in the esports Association Andy Payne, chair of British eSports, added, “I am an admirer of the work of other sports associations such as British Cycling, and I am very confident that if we welcome and embrace all parties in the UK eSports scene, we can deliver a range of benefits to all players, from professional to amateur in the UK over time. These are exciting times in eSports and the time is right to build this organisation from the grassroots up.”

At the moment we are early doors in this process but the eSports Association is open to ideas and opinions so don’t hold back and let them know your thoughts and ideas at the following address – info@britishesports.org

Third Black Ops III DLC incoming

Treyarch and Activision have recently announced the next DLC coming to Black Ops 3. Named Descent the dlc like previous content updates, will introduce 4 new maps into the game and also extend the already awesome Zombie experience. So expect the unexpected as you traverse and fight you way through a cryogenic prison, a Viking village frozen in time, a giant robot combat arena and a modern day reconstruction of an ancient Roman villa. What more could you ask for?

Details of the new maps are below;

  • Empire: Treyarch adapts its Black Ops III movement system to the Call of Duty: Black Ops II fan favourite map Raid.  The re-imagining of this classic, medium-sized map features an authentic Roman villa that has been “recreated by a modern-day eccentric billionaire,” where a classic map structure mixes with the new gameplay mechanics of Black Ops III.
  • Cryogen : Located far off the coast in the Dead Sea, an isolated compound holds some of the world’s most dangerous criminals in frozen isolation.  Sentry towers keep watch over the small map’s circular design as frenetic combat is funneled around the prison’s cryogenic tubes, where opportunities for wall running attacks abound.
  • Berserk: Ancient sentinels from a lost civilisation guard the entrance to Berserk, a Viking village frozen in time.  Players will fight through blizzards and control the centre bridge as they navigate this medium-sized map’s wooden buildings, deadly rocky outcroppings and tight chokepoints.
  • Rumble: Gamers battle amongst larger-than-life mechanised warriors in Rumble, a stadium where giant robots battle to the roar of the crowd.  This medium-sized map funnels high-speed combat to the central arena, where players battle their way through fallen mechs and pyrotechnics.

As always with any update the Zombie experience gets expanded and again you won’t be disappointed. Descent thrusts players in to an alternate universe of Nikolai’s motherland, the 1940s Soviet Union, in the next highly-anticipated chapter of the Origins Zombies saga, Gorod Krovi.  Players face-off against a swarm of mechanised zombie infantry and dodge hell-fire from aerial dragon assaults, all in the middle of a raging battle within the remnants of Stalingrad.  Gorod Krovi delivers the most exciting Zombies experience yet, filled with horrifying new enemies, exciting new gameplay mechanics and an epic set of Zombie annihilating weapons.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Descent will land on the PlayStation 4 on July 12th so expect it to be released for the Xbox One around the 9th August.

Competitive Play mode coming to Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment has annouced that Overwatch is getting a new game mode: Competitive Play. It’s available right now on PC, and will be arriving soon on the Xbox One.

Competitive Play is designed for those who truly want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than Quick Play or Weekly Brawl! modes and because it’s for the serious gamers and to ensure that every player has a solid understanding of the game, the new mode, heroes and maps wont be unlocked until you reach level 25.

Before you start your competitive career, every new player will have to complete 10 placement matches in order to obtain their initial skill rating. This rating will be a number between 1 and 100, with higher values indicating a greater skill level. Skill ratings will be visible at the beginning of every match and as you compete, your rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players.

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Like other Competitive Play setups you will compete in four seasons, each lasting two and a half months. During that time, you can increase your skill rating and battle up the ranks before the stats are reset at the end of the season. This is followed by a two-week offseason, after which a new season will commence, beginning with a new set of placement matches.

In addition to the thrill of victory, players can earn new rewards that are only available through Competitive Play. At the end of a season, anyone who has completed the 10 placement matches will receive a special spray and player icon, with a new set of designs being released every season. On top of that as you win matches, you’ll earn Competitive Points. These points are based on your performance, and you’ll also receive a number of points at the end of each season. These Competitive Points can be exchanged for cosmetic Golden Weapons for your heroes.

Because of the more serious nature of the game mode, strict penalties will be in place to catch people leaving the game early or even stepping away from their console during the match, so ensure you make that all important toilet break. Players that continually suffer penalties due to inactive play or game infringements will see the Competitive Play mode locked for an increasing amount of time and could eventually be banned from the current season.

For more information on the new Competitve Play mode, check out the official site and while you are at it why dont you check out what we thought of the game in our review.

Going Underground in The Divisions first expansion

Unless you have been living in a hole for the last couple of days you would have noticed that Underground, the first expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division is out. In this expansion you can either battle it out below the streets of New York with up to three friends in randomly generated dungeons or in the latest Incursion the Dragon’s Nest, take the fight to the cleaners in the biggest challenge to date. Both offer the chance of large rewards if you’re successful but it will take teamwork and skill to survive.

In addition to this, Expansion I: Underground also brings new gear sets to the game;

  • B.L.I.N.D. – Control the battlefield with an improved Pulse skill and flashbangs with this hybrid gear set.
  • DeadEYE – Dictate long-range engagements with powerful critical strikes or accurate headshots.
  • FireCrest – Set enemies ablaze with this offensive gear set.
  • Reclaimer – Boost the entire group with this ultimate support set.

Game update 1.3 has also been deployed at the sametime bringing new free content for all players of the game. The main features of update 1.3 can be seen below.

  • Find and equip nine new weapon types
  • Experience Hudson Refugee Camp and Queens Tunnel in Challenge mode for better rewards
  • Play the new Heroic difficulty to unlock top-tier rewards in incursions and select missions
  • Get the all new Alpha Bridge gear set
  •  Discover the Terminal, a new shared social space inside the Base of Operation

For further information on the latest expansion and update check out the Official Site. Expansion I: Underground is available with the Season Pass or can be purchased separately for £11.99.