Procedurally generated downhill mountain bike game, Descenders, will finally unleash upon Xbox Game Preview tomorrow – Tuesday May 15 – and boy is it fun.
Set across several locations, you must make your way downhill, over or around numerous obstacles and jumps without crashing. Crash and not only will you reset to the last checkpoint, but you will also lose a life. Lose all your lives and it’s game over. All is not lost though. Each time you choose a course from the map – that spiders out across each region – you are set a bonus objective. Complete the objective and you gain a life.
Nail tricks on your descent and get rewarded with rep. Gain enough rep and you will get a new crew member, which is essentially a buff to your career, lasting until you run out of lives. The objective of each area is to reach the boss jump – an intense leap of madness. Nail this and you move on to the next region. All this – and more – awaits you on the mountainside of Descenders.
Darwin Project is the latest in a line of Battle Royale style experiences, however this looks a bit more “Running Man” than previous attempts. If you’ve never seen the Arnold Schwarzenegger 80’s classic movie then stop reading and go and watch it right now!
Developed by Canadian developer Scavenger Studios, Darwin Project sees prisoners turned hunters thrown into a twisted reality show that has them fight to the death to earn their survival. Ten players must withstand extreme cold, track opponents, craft tools, and set traps to be the last one standing at sunrise.
There are three different ways to experience Darwin Project,
As a Contestant – When you join as a contestant, you’re one of ten players fighting in the arena in hopes of being the only one left alive. You’ll face off against the other inmates using a bow and axe, and if you’re lucky enough to score some electronics, you can also add tools like energy shields to your arsenal. But remember that everything you do, from building a fire to crafting items, leaves clues behind that can be used to track you to your current location.
As the Show Director – Entering the match as the Show Director allows to you oversee the entire arena aboard a drone and unleash special powers like nukes, zone closures, and gravity storms. As a kind of master of ceremonies, your goal in the Show Director seat is to spice up the match and provide extra entertainment for both players and spectators. We’re excited to see what types of Show Director styles the Xbox community comes up with!
As a Spectator – Tune in to streaming platforms like Mixer and support your favorite broadcasters who are playing as Show Director. Each time the Show Director uses a power, they can let their stream viewers vote on the target. The power is then automatically unleashed on the zone or player that obtained the most votes. Contestants will often compete for the favor of the audience as they try to survive both the cold and each other, and that’s where you come in!
Developer Flashbulb Games have announced that their vehicle-building adventure game Trailmakers is on the way to Xbox One Game Preview very soon. What is Trailmakers? Well, Flashbulb describe it as “part creative vehicle-building sandbox, and part open-world rally expedition. You begin your journey on a distant planet far from civilization, and must scavenge for resources to build a vehicle. Your goal is to reach the finish line at the far end of the world!”
To me, it looks like the video game equivalent of opening a massive box of mixed up Lego and creating a monstrosity of a car before driving that car over tables, sofas and the cat!
Trailmakers is about building very awesome vehicles and machines, but you don’t need an engineering degree to get started. The intuitive builder will get you going in no time. Everything you build is made from physical building blocks.Each block has unique features like shape, weight and functionality. They can be broken off, refitted and used to build something new. Individually the blocks are fairly simple, but combined the possibilities are endless.
Trailmakers is now available on Steam but is coming to Xbox One Game Preview as a console launch exclusive.
It’s great fun, and the TiX team have had many heart-in-mouth gameplay moments over the last week, but it’s also fair to say that PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds has its technical issues at this early stage of release. Let’s not forget that it is also an Xbox Game Preview title, so it’s not expected to be perfect at this stage.
However, today – December 19th – sees the first big update to PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds on the Xbox One. The developer has released the patch notes and was also quoted as saying “We are glad players are enjoying PUBG in Xbox Game Preview and we appreciate all of the great feedback we’ve received. We take listening and reacting to our player base seriously, and we will work with our community to find opportunity to continually improve the player experience while in “XGP” and beyond”
Great news for you PUBG fans out there! Take a look at the patch notes below and watch the TiX Mixer channel for our regular streams.
Gas can now be used while on bike or bike with sidecar
Equipment icons on HUD will now be visible
Player icon is now more clearly visible on the world map
UI prompts now appear when reload and enter a vehicle options are present
Tweaked hair color options
Cleaned up sidecar passenger animations in first person view
Fixed player camera issues while a passenger on the backseat of a Buggy
Addressed arm animations specific to holding some weapons
Character now correctly faces the proper direction when stopping while swimming
First pass visual and performance improvements
Slightly improved anti-aliasing on Xbox One and Xbox One S
Localization updates for Vietnamese, Spanish,(Spain/Mexico)
Controls on motorcycle no longer inverted
Keyboard functionality is disabled
Fixed instances of player nametags not properly displaying in the lobby during Squad and Duo play
Fixed minor animation while crouching and prone
Fixed issues where curtains on windows block line of sight of players in the TPP mode
Fixed an issue where when Squad leader left the party, voice chat ceased to function as intended
Fixed issue where players could lean out of vehicles even when obstructed
Fixed collision of cardboard boxes in Yasnaya city
So, 2017 is nearing a close, all the big titles have been released, played (nearly) and most people have their GOTY lists pretty much decided. But in just a few weeks 2018 will be here, and it will usher along a whole new list of games all vying for your well earned cash to be spent on them. We know some of the titles on the way, but what of those smaller, high quality, indie titles? Well, here at TiX we will be keeping you informed of the new shiny stuff heading your way!
First off, from developer Ghost Ship Games is Deep Rock Galactic. This is a Dwarven mining co-op shooter (I have never written those words together before), that takes up to 4 players through perilous procedurally generated caves in search of valuable minerals for corporate overlords Deep Rock Galactic. Players take up arms as one of four classes of badass dwarven miners, each with their own invaluable set of skills. Published by Coffee Stain Publishing this will be released on Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access in Q1 2018.
Following closely behind those Dwarves we have Steel Rats. This a visceral and ground-breaking evolution of the 2.5D action arcade genre, fusing destructive, octane-fuelled motorbike combat and death-defying stunt gameplay, set in a visually stylised diesel punk world. Become one with your bike as you master the realistic physics based controls of these powerful and deadly vehicles. Steel Rats is developed and published by Tate Multimedia and is planned for release in the summer on PS, PS4 and Xbox One.
Last for now is The Story Goes On which is a dynamic puzzle, hack ‘n’ slash adventure set in the unfinished storybook of a crazed author. The game is truly adaptive in that it allows you to complete each challenge at your own pace, and includes a soundtrack that changes based on how you play in its randomly generated environments, offering each player their own unique experience. Developed by Scarecrow Arts and published by Kiss Publishing, The Story Goes On will be available on Xbox and PC in Q1 2018.
We got a brief glimpse of Conan Exiles on Xbox at Microsoft’s E3 press briefing, but it was very brief and we didn’t get to hear from the developer and publisher, Norwegian based Funcom. Now, however we have had confirmation that the open world survival game, which is set in the world of Conan the Barbarian, will be coming to Game Preview on Xbox One on August 16th 2017.
Not only that, but launching on the same day will be a new, free expansion that introduces a huge new land to explore, bringing the game out of the desert and into the cold, frozen highlands in the north.
In Conan Exiles the game encourages the player to Survive, Build and Dominate.
Survive – Journey through a vast, seamless world. Explore crumbling ruins and uncover the history of ancient civilisations. Fend off hunger, thirst, and even insanity as you explore dark dungeons filled with monstrous creatures. Escape scouring sandstorms and bloodthirsty cannibals. Gain knowledge to craft new items and build stronger structures. Unleash your savage fury with brutal attacks that will see heads rolling and limbs flying.
Build – Harvest anything from rocks and wood to rare minerals and human flesh. Use forges, workbenches, tanneries, and more to craft tools, armor, and powerful weapons. Construct a home, a fortress, or an entire city using the incredibly powerful building system. Build on almost everything, from ancient ruins to towering mountainsides. Craft a wide variety of furniture and decorations to customize your home and settlement.
Dominate – Wage war on enemy players, blow up their city walls, and take control of the Exiled Lands. Capture thralls, break them on the Wheel of Pain, and put them to defend your settlement and craft rare items. Build an altar to your god and bring them offerings to earn their blessing and rewards. Summon and take control of towering avatars, and see your enemies driven before you as you crush their homes and their legacy.
The Culling has been announced as coming to Xbox Game Preview on June 2nd 2017. The game, by developer Xaviant, is part Running Man and part Hunger Games, with a nice “R Rated” sprinkling of Battle Royale thrown in.
In The Culling you’re dropped into a twisted game show inspired by the previously mentioned films. You and your fellow contestants have 25 minutes to scavenge, hunt, trap, and kill each other. There is a huge arsenal of tools at your disposal, from sledgehammers to sub-machine guns, from poison gas grenades to dynamite and chainsaws.
Unlike some competitive online games, you only get one shot at victory. There are no respawns. The Culling also offers a duo’s mode where you can team up with a friend to take down the enemies together.
The Culling contains customisable characters, items, player perks, personal airdrops, game show-themed match events, a robust crafting system, multiple maps, and much more. There are even modes for training and single player survivor! With so many tools at your disposal, there are a million ways to play and no match is the same.
The Culling is a Game Preview title, which means the developer will be closely monitoring your feedback and improving the game as it nears the official release date.
Pit People, the next awesome creation by The Behemoth is now available to all via the Xbox Preview Programme.
So what can we expect from the Preview Program release, well according to The Behemoth quite a lot.
Sizeable chunk of the Story Mission
Access to several world maps
Unfair Challenge against the AI (That’s a game mode, honest)
The game can be experienced as a single player or two-player cooperative mode. Additionally, versus can be played with up to 4 people in 2v2. All multiplayer modes can be played locally or online.
If you are a fan of The Behemoth games and own Castle Crashers Remastered you will get some free unlockable bonuses in the game as a thank you. As this game is an Xbox Preview Program, expect it to change over time with the development team promising to work on and add things like more quests, collectible items, story missions, world maps as well as polishing what they have already released along the way.
Early pioneers of Pit People can buy the game at a discounted price of £11.99 and these Preview Programme owners will receive permanent access to the full game. When the game is in full release people who already own the game will have their version automatically upgraded at no additional charge, whereas new comers will have to pay the full retail price which is still to be disclosed.
If you are a fan of The Behemoth games then you will love Pit People. I was lucky enough to play the Beta late last year and loved it and would recommend it. For those who have never heard about it, then definitely take the plunge and experience something that is guaranteed to make you smile.
They say that home is where your heart is, but according to Joel Bylos, Creative Director at Funcom, home is where you keep the hearts of your enemies and because of this you going to need to build something to keep all those lovely trophies safe. So this is where the latest video from Funcom, the developers of Conan Exiles is going to come in useful as it gives us a unique glimpse into the building, the crafting, and the many different ways players can protect their own or destroy their enemies’ settlements.
In the video Joel Bylos and Lead Designer Oscar Lopez Lacalle describe how the flexible build system can allow players to build virtually anywhere, but how it’s not an empty sandbox game and discoveries will be made of ancient civilisations leading to decisions to either to build on top of, around, or in-between the ancient ruins. They also go on to describe that anything made by the players can also be destroyed and help is at hand as players can summon giant avatars of the gods to assist and lay down destruction. It’s not only enemy players you will have to face as you will also need to protect yourself from the environment, monsters and even cannibals.
For those of you unfamiliar with the title, Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian, the world’s greatest fantasy hero. The game can be played on private and public servers, either in multiplayer or local single-player. In the world of Conan Exiles, survival is more than tracking down food and water. Journey through a vast, seamless world filled with the ruins of ancient civilizations, uncovering its dark history and buried secrets as you seek to conquer and dominate the exiled lands.
The good news is that if you are a PC player then you will be able to get your hands on the early access version of the game on January 31st. Unfortunately Xbox One players will have to wait till Spring, but it’s going to be worth it as the Funcom development team announced that they are purely focusing on PC and Xbox One for the time being and other named consoles will be considered at a later date.
For more information about Conan Exiles, keep your eyes peeled to the TiX website or check out the official Conan Exiles site.
Perfect World Entertainment and Motiga’s Gigantic is now in Open Beta as part of the Xbox Game Preview Program. The free-to-play competitive action MOBA is available on the Windows Store (Windows 10 PC’s and Xbox One) across North America and Western Europe and features cross-play between the two platforms.
Gigantic is a free-to-play competitive action MOBA developed by Motiga, offering a light-hearted and charming MOBA experience aimed at all types of gamers. players are pitted against each other in two teams of five heroes, and with the aid of their massive Guardians compete to dominate a variety of maps. The game combines combat with fast-paced teamwork, strategy, and skill, as players are required to work together and fight relentlessly to defeat opposing Guardians with spells, guns and swords.
Gigantic will always be free-to-play and its entire roster of heroes and creatures are unlockable through in-game currencies earned by completing matches and fulfilling Fortune Cards. Purchasing the Founder’s Pack grants players instant access to 16 Open Beta heroes (plus four future heroes) ready to battle for supremacy. Finally, Founders will receive two limited additional “Imperial” skins and two exclusive Founder’s profile icons. Gigantic and the Founder’s Pack is available now on Windows 10 and Xbox One via the Xbox Game Preview Program, but will follow on Arc (PC Windows) at a later date.
In its free-to-play version, Gigantic will feature weekly rotations of six heroes, from a roster of 16, and three maps: Siren’s Stand, Ghost Reef and Sanctum Falls. Each hero features a unique playstyle that can be further customized through skill trees during each match. You’ll need to work together as a teams to attack enemies while claiming points on the map to summon powerful Creatures. Players will power up their team’s Guardian by controlling the battlefield and defeating enemies. Victory is awarded to the team who can overpower their opponents’ Guardian.
Players looking to unlock more for their Gigantic experience can also purchase the Founder’s Pack ($39.99) to gain access to all 16 current heroes, four upcoming heroes and additional unique rewards. Valued at over $150, the Founder’s Pack offers a substantial savings to players looking to establish themselves right away.
Gigantic is an entirely new action MOBA experience that combines high twitch skills and deep strategic choices. Paired with innovated design that includes giant Guardians (to fight with and against), and creatures that you can summon, Gigantic is way beyond Overwatch or Paladins,
said Chris Chung, CEO of Motiga.
We’re carving our own destiny.
We’re certainly looking forward to checking it out. See you on the battlefield.