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Hitman and Ryse: Son of Rome get added to Xbox Game Pass

Game Pass continues to improve and is surely a must-have service for any Xbox owner right now. Seven new titles have just been added to the service for August, including the awesome Hitman: Season 1. Regular visitors to TiX will know that this was my Game of the Year for 2016 and just kept improving for all of 2017 as well! Also added to the service are Ryse: Son Of Rome, Ruiner, Dead Rising 2, Dandara, The Escapists: Walking Dead and Rush: A Disney/Pixar adventure. A recent update to the Xbox One Dashboard also now gives you easy access to the Game Pass service with a tab on your home screen to jump right into the library of games.

Click on the titles below to read the TiX reviews of the new games entering Game Pass.

Hitman Season 1 – Welcome to the World of Assassination. You are Agent 47, the world’s best assassin. As an agent of the International Contract Agency (ICA), you are tasked with taking out hard-to-reach, high-profile targets in exotic locations all around the world. You’ll need to use your wits and creativity to find ways in eliminating your targets in densely detailed and intricate sandbox levels with complete freedom of approach. Where to go, when to strike, what to use, and how to kill is all up to you.

Ruiner – It‘s the brutal world of 2091. Ruiner immerses you in a cyberpunk dystopia, where you take on the role of a wired sociopath out to uncover the truth about the corrupt system and to retrieve his kidnapped brother. This brutal action shooter immerses you in Rengkok City, from its shady back-alleys to its towering corporate titans. Get ready to experience a game carved from the mold of the best cyberpunk anime.

Ryse: Son of Rome – Ave! Join the legions of ancient Rome as Marius Titus, a centurion on the rise. Sword-and-sandals meets action combat as you battle with the unique flow system, allowing you to seamlessly weave your battle between enemies. Prepare to immerse yourself in this alternate history, where the battles you fight will determine the fate of an empire.

Dead Rising 2 – The sequel to the smash hit features Chuck Greene, a motorcycle stuntman truly racing against time as he fights through hordes of zombies to keep his daughter alive. With loads of customized and constructible weapons, 2-player co-op, 4-player gladiator battles, and all DLC costumes included, players can rip through the undead horde in gory-ous 1080p at 60fps.

Dandara – Dandara is an exciting evolution to the metroidvania platformer genre. Take control of the mystical heroine Dandara as she leaps from the floor to walls to the ceiling, unhindered by gravity. Discover allies and mysteries hidden throughout as she fights to free the land of Salt from the oppression of the Eldarian Army.

The Escapists: The Walking Dead – 8-bit pixels meet biting zombies in The Escapists: The Walking Dead. The pixel art style familiar to fans of The Escapists brings the world of “The Walking Dead” to glorious un-life as you take on the role of Rick Grimes as he fights an endless horde of walkers let loose upon the world. Lead characters to safety while avoiding (and destroying) the undead.

Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure – This Xbox 360 title, newly remastered for the Xbox One, now features controller support as well as support for the Kinect Sensor. Create your avatar and jump between the worlds of Pixar films like “Up,” “Cars,” “Ratatouille,” “Toy Story,” and “The Incredibles.” The remastered version features an all-new level based on “Finding Dory.” Unlock secret areas, new characters, and more as you master more than 15 fully-voice-acted levels!

Splinter Cell Blacklist and Splinter Cell Double Agent available on Xbox Backwards Compatibility

Fans of Sam Fisher rejoice! Last month saw Splinter Cell Conviction free on Xbox One via the magic of Games With Gold and Backwards Compatibility. This has now been followed by the news that the franchise companions of Blacklist and Double Agent are also now available to play on the Xbox One. We might still be a few years from a new Sam Fisher game, so for now we can revisit these classics.

Splinter Cell Blacklist was originally released in 2013 and received favourable reviews. Unleash the power or the most lethal agent to ever exist. You are Sam Fisher, and you’ve been given the ultimate freedom to protect innocents against a series of global terror attacks known as Blacklist – the freedom to use limitless force, to break every law, and to become the globe’s deadliest operative. If you succeed, the President of the United States will deny you exist. If you fail, millions will die. You can read the TiX review of Blacklist here!

Splinter Cell Double Agent hails back to 2006 and again was rated very highly upon release. Veteran agent Sam Fisher is back. But he’s never faced an enemy like this before. To stop a devastating terrorist attack, he must infiltrate a vicious terrorist group and destroy it from within. For the first time ever, experience the relentless tension and gut-wrenching dilemmas of life as a double agent. As you infiltrate a terrorist organization in its American headquarters, you must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions. Kill too many criminals and you’ll blow your cover. Hesitate too long and millions will die. Do whatever it takes to complete your mission, but get out alive. Dual objectives to fulfill: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time. Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today’s real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists’ plans. Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds. Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US. Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke – and even skydiving. Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons

Forza Horizon 2 and Dead Space 3 now available with August Games with Gold

Raiders of the Broken Planet goes free to play and re-names itself ‘Spacelords’

Raiders of the Broken Planet was launched in late 2017 and was given a good review from us here at TiX – Raiders of the Broken Planet review. It was released episodically at £9.99 per campaign and so far we have had three of those released (Alien Myths, Wardog Fury, and Hades Betrayal). It’s obviously not had the impact it desired as developer MercurySteam have now announced it will move to a free-to-play model and be rebranded as Spacelords as from August 23rd 2018. On the same day, a fourth campaign called Council Apocalypse will also be released.

Enric Álvarez, Spacelords Director commented – “When we launched Raiders September last year, we hoped its low price point of 9.99 per campaign would open it up to a large number of users, but it didn’t work as we planned. Our vision is to see our game enjoyed by millions of users for years to come and putting all of the game’s rich content into their hands for free is the way to realize it. We’ve answered our community and hope this removal of any payment barriers will build our devoted community further”

It’s a bold move to change both the payment model and the game name a whole year after release. Let’s hope it finds a place in gamer’s hearts for it to continue successfully.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands gets a Rainbow Six Siege special operation

No Mans Sky Next gets a new trailer ahead of July 24th release

I was one of the enthusiastic gamer’s who jumped on the original release of No Mans Sky, but who tailed off after a few weeks due to what I thought was an empty experience. However, Hello Games have continued to pour love into their development of the game and now we are on the cusp of the latest iteration of the space exploration game.

The No Mans Sky Next update will release on PS4 and will be free to all owners of the game. The Xbox One will get its debut release on the same day. The update includes the addition of multiplayer, improved graphics, and a third person mode. The new trailer shows off the multiplayer mode, with multiple explorers all on the same planet. No Mans Sky Next is now looking like the game we all wished for on its original release.

Hello Games have been quoted as saying “This is an incredibly important update for us, but it’s also just another step in a longer journey, and we’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.”

Vigor Beta available to all Xbox Insiders

If you are part of the Xbox One Insider program then the beta for Bohemia Interactive’s new survival game ‘Vigor’ is available for you to download through the Insider App on your Xbox One. Vigor takes place in Scandinavia, and players take on the role of an outlander, engaging in unique encounters, seeking shelter, gaining resources, and building up in experience to be able to fight off other players.

Bohemia Interactive are known for their previous titles Arma and DayZ, and Vigor looks like an iteration of these titles. It is an Xbox One exclusive game, powered by Unreal Engine 4. Vigor is hide-and-seek with guns where you take risks to progress in a brutal and unforgiving world. As an Outlander in post-war Norway, you have to improve a dilapidated shelter and turn it into a home – a haven amidst a fallen civilization. This requires you to head out into a number of map-based encounters for 8-16 players to scavenge for supplies and gather resources.

 

Onrush gets a free trial on Xbox One

Yes Xbox owners, it’s now your time to try out the amazing ONRUSH for free! PS4 owners had the privilege last weekend, but now it’s your turn! The free trial is now available, giving you a whole hour to see what you think of the game.

If you’re on the fence, this is a great way to finally realise that Onrush is a fantastic arcade racer, which I reviewed and gave a whopping 9/10. You can go and read that review right here!

Rocket League arrives on Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass just gets stronger and stronger and the latest game to join the scheme is TiX favourite Rocket League. It was announced on the latest edition of Inside Xbox and Game Director Scott Rudi said “We’re very excited to welcome all new players joining through their Xbox Game Pass membership and would love to hear from all of you as you play!”.

For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the last few years, Rocket League is an amazingly addictive crossover of driving and football. It is a nightly multiplayer event for us here at TiX, so its great to hear that the player base will be increasing! Existing owners of the game who have a Game Pass subscription will also be able to get all the DLC at a discounted price ongoing.

See you all in the arena!

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Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars releases on July 17th

Ubisoft have announced that Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars, the second post-launch adventure, will release on July 17th 2018 on available platforms. Lost on Mars continues the uncanny adventures in the Far Cry 5 Season Pass as players travel to Mars to eradicate an alien threat. Lost on Mars can be purchased as a stand-alone DLC, as part of the season pass or the Gold Edition. Check out our review of Far Cry 5 here!

Lost on Mars transports the franchise’s insanity from Hope County to the red planet as Nick Rye is teleported to a hostile planet to help his buddy Hurk thwart an alien invasion of Earth. This adventure gives players a new arsenal of alien weaponry, including the Blaster of Disaster, Hellfire and Morphinator, while also introducing a new transversal tool with Space Jets. Humankind’s future is in the hands of the game’s most notorious guns-for-hire. Time to squash some bugs!

In addition, all Far Cry 5 players will have access to new Mars-themed assets in Far Cry Arcade, which is available now. Map builders will be able to integrate these assets into their existing maps or create new sci-fi-themed maps. Future content will also include thematic assets that will be added to Far Cry Arcade for free. Those who download the Lost on Mars DLC will also gain access to new weapons – Obliteratorrrr, Taser Phazer Annihilazer, Nerve Reaper, Grape Popper and Hellfire – to use as they liberate Hope County from the Project at Eden’s Gate.

Far Cry 5 post-launch will continue with a final DLC adventure – Dead Living Zombies – which will be released in August. An additional asset drop will give map builders more tools to create unique Far Cry Arcade experiences. The adventures are available in the season pass or as stand-alone DLC purchases, while new asset releases for Far Cry Arcade will be available for free to all players in future title updates.

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Rocket League celebrates its Birthday with an Anniversary Event

Rocket League celebrates its Birthday with an Anniversary Event

Rocket League is three years old and Psyonix are throwing an in-game party for its player base. Starting on July 9th and running through to July 23, this anniversary event will work a bit differently to the usual in-game Events. For starters, there is a new 3v3 ‘Anniversary’ Playlist to the Casual Playlists page, featuring an inspired ‘Throwback Stadium’ that veteran SARPBC players may recognize! The goal layout, in particular, is a departure from the modern goal positions seen in the rest of Rocket League’s Arenas, but it does harken back to the old-school days of Battle-Cars, which should tickle the old nostalgia feels quite nicely.

There will be no Event Crates this time either, with all of the new items available by redeeming SARPBC 10th Anniversary-themed ‘Balloons,’ which are earned by playing matches online.

Along with new items up for grabs, you’ll also be able to redeem Balloons for a new type of Anniversary surprise! These ‘Golden Eggs’ do not require a Key or Decryptor to unlock, so just crack up to ten of ‘em open to find one of over 60 possible Customization Items from the retired Champions Series Crates.

 

 

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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