Category Archives: Xbox One

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

Things get hot for Descenders in the latest content update

While Descenders is still in Xbox One’s Preview program, it doesn’t mean that RageSquid are content with just tweaking the experience when bugs and feedback are submitted. Launching August 7, the world of Descenders is going to get hot, hot, hot – a bit like the heatwave the UK has been ‘enjoying’.

The Ring of Fire update brings a brand new location to whip, jump and scrub your way through and brings the total area number to five. Aptly named Volcano, stunts are omitted in favour of “tectonics” – which means a bumpy ride that is accompanied by the immediate danger of flowing lava!

Unlike the other areas, The volcano region is only accessible by completing special requirements during your Descender runs. The area also contains a new – third – secret area so keep your head on a swivel. To top the update off, new freeride options, kits and bikes have also been added.

Now… queue Jonny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider shows off its ‘stunning world’

The newest Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer shows off its ‘stunning world’ and they aren’t wrong… the world looks incredible and makes me giddy with excitement to see this running on an Xbox One X. Not to get ahead of myself, I got serious Tomb Raider chills from watching this – I’m talking the original game from the days of the first PlayStation console.

Vast vistas, lush environments and Lara standing at the base of an imposing piece of ancient machinery makes for all the ingredients that made the original game so damn good. I hope that this third title in the new look series can finally hold a torch to what made Tomb Raider so good.

Let the excitement continue…

Victory is Life Now Available for Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online’s console players can now embark on a mission to save Deep Space Nine with the release of Victory is Life, available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game’s fourth official expansion celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine by sending Captains to Gamma Quadrant, where they will team up with some of their favourite crew members.

Victory is Life also features Deep Space Nine-inspired content that is brand new to consoles, including seven featured episodes, a new Jem’Hadar playable faction, an expansive Gamma Quadrant Battlezone and a total revamp of the original DS9 space station’s interior. In addition, the game also includes a new level cap of 65, a five-player co-op space queue and the new Gamma Task Force Reputation.

For additional details about Victory is Life on consoles, please visit Star Trek Online’s blog. Also keep an eye on our Twitter feed and site tomorrow, as there might be a special giveaway!

Vampyr gets an easier and harder mode

If you’ve yet to sink your teeth into the juicy neck of Vampyr, then you may want to hang fire until later this summer when two new difficulty modes are unleashed upon DONTNOD’s narrative driven vampire adventure. The update also addresses feedback since the game launched. But the best news is that a story mode is launching, so if you couldn’t get on with the combat – or were put off by it – then you can tackle the game in a mode that “de-emphasizes combat”.

For those that revelled in the combat, a “cranked-up” hard mode is also launching. This adds in more challenging combat scenarios, which rewards less XP from fights, making the choices of who to embrace that much more vital as this will be the only real way to get XP.

DONTNOD are quite clearly offering something for everyone – well done!

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics releases later this year

We last reported on Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics when it was launched on Kickstarter. A few months have passed, funding was successful, and indeed, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics will hit consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch) and PC in Q4 this year. You can check out the announcement trailer below:

Developed by Bristol-based Auroch Digital and to be published by Ripstone Games, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics challenges you to save the world from Nazis. But not just Nazis, also the other-worldly monstrosities they’ve uncovered through the occult.

Based on the wildly successful tabletop RPG from Modiphius Entertainment, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is set in an alternate World War II where the Nazis have gained a considerable advantage by summoning Lovecraftian monsters that could enable them to destroy the allies. Players take control of Charlie Company, an elite band of allied forces, sent in to do the impossible: foil the Nazi plans and turn the tide of war.

“We loved Modiphius’ pulp mash-up of World War II Nazis and the Cthulhu Mythos. It’s an incredibly evocative and exciting alternative history which makes for a unique tabletop experience”

said Nina Adams, Producer at Auroch Digital.

“We’re taking that nigh-on faultless foundation and transporting it into the video game medium, via our favourite genre, the turn-based tactics game. With the genre experiencing something of a comeback in recent years, we feel Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics will not only deliver an incredibly compelling theme and world to play in but also offer innovative gameplay possibilities.”

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics utilizes a mix of turn-based strategy and RPG mechanics as players embark on a globe-trotting campaign against the forces of evil. Each hero character features their own backstory, weapon specialisations, and combat abilities to give players an edge in the battlefield. Captain Eric “Badger” Harris is a British Intelligence operative who specializes in experimental weaponry and guerrilla warfare; Ariane Dubois is a French Resistance member who’s bonded with a demonic spirit creature that she can command on the battlefield; Corporal Akhee “The Eye” Singh wields a sentient amulet that can transform him into a whirling cloud of blades; and Sergeant Brandon Carter is a loud-mouthed American soldier with a medallion that imbues his signature Thompson submachine gun, with Mythos-fuelled bullets that can tear through the Nazi’s horrifying creations.

Beyond these four main heroes, Charlie Company is joined by the covert ops of Badger’s Commando Unit, and the Native American tribe The Keijn – or “Pathfinder Demon Hunters” as they’re often known.

In the world of Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics, all Allied forces fight better in the light. Step into the dark, however, and the forces of evil will grow ever more powerful.

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

Ghost Recon: Wildlands gets a Rainbow Six Siege special operation

Ghost Recon: Wildlands has teamed up with Rainbow SIx Siege to bring you a Special Operation to take part in.

When Caveira, an elite Brazilian Operator, goes missing, Rainbow fears she’s up to her old criminal ways. Intelligence agent Valkyrie has tracked her to Bolivia, and enlists the help of the Ghosts, along with nearby Operator Twitch, to find Caveira and discover out what’s really going on.

The operation came out yesterday and is free to all owners of the game. Will this get you back into Ghost Recon?

Fortnite celebrates its 1st birthday with patch v5.10

This week, Fortnite is 1 year old, how time flies!

To celebrate, Epic Games have released patch v5.10, below you can see all the changes that have been made to the Battle Royale mode. Save the World has lots of new features too, those can be found on the Epic Games Website.

BIRTHDAY EVENT

  • You can now find birthday cakes placed around the map with consumable slices next to them. Enjoy those tasty treats!
  • Cake slices give +5 health and +5 shield instantly when consumed.
  • Complete three birthday even challenges to unlock a new emote, spray, and Backbling.
  • The Battlebus and Supply Drops have been decorated to celebrate #Fortnite1st.
Epic Games

LIMITED TIME MODE: PLAYGROUND

Summary: Playground is a low-pressure environment where friends can let their creativity run wild. Build massive structures. Practice with the weapons and items. Fight against your friends. This mode returns with improvements for a limited time on Wednesday, July 25. Have fun!

What’s New?

  • Players can now switch teams in-game. Join the same team to work together creatively, join separate teams to practice fighting each other!
  • Note: Voice chat will remain on across all teams, future iterations of the mode will offer more customization.
  • Aim assist will work when using a gamepad against players on an opposing team.
  • Matches will no longer end if one player leaves the server.
  • Golf carts have been added and spawn 100% of the time.
  • Ammo cans spawn 10x the amount of ammo.
  • Removed grey vending machines, increased the chances of higher-tier machines spawning.
  • Increased launch & bounce pads spawn likelihood.
  • Lowered forced glider deploy height, so players can get back into the action more quickly.
  • Increased max rocket ammo cap to 60.
  • Increased rocket ammo drop rates.
  • Added 100 Supply Drops.
  • Chests now spawn 3 weapons and more ammo & consumables than normal.
  • Floor loot now spawns 3 items.
  • Increased Chug Jug and Slurp Juice spawn chances, decreased Bandages.
  • Added Chug Jugs to floor loot.
  • Respawn timer lowered from 10s to 3s.

Mode Details

  • Drop into the Battle Royale map alone or with up to a full squad for an hour.
  • Players respawn immediately unless eliminated by the Storm.
  • The Storm doesn’t start closing in for 55 minutes and takes 5 minutes to close in.
  • Resources gained from harvesting increased by ten times the normal amount.
  • 100 Llamas will be spawned on the map.
  • Chests & ammo boxes spawn 100% of the time.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Compact SMG added.
  • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
  • 23-24 base damage.
  • Uses Light Ammo.
  • 50 round capacity.
  • Can be found from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops and Vending Machines.
  • Slurp Juice now grants 1 health every 0.5 seconds, up to a total of 75. If health is full, shield will be granted instead.
  • Supply Drop loot rates adjusted.
  • Weapons (drops 1)
  • Assault Rifles to 25% from 14.2%.
  • Explosives to 25% from 28.5%.
  • Compact SMG 14.58%.
  • Sniper Rifles to 14.58% from 28.5%.
  • Heavy Shotgun to 10.42% from 7.1%.
  • Minigun to 10.42% from 14.2%.
  • Removed Hand Cannon, Dual Pistols, and Silenced Pistol.
  • Traps (drops 2)
  • Launch Pad to 44.44% from 9.6%.
  • Cozy Campfire to 33.33% from 7.5%.
  • Bouncer to 22.22% from 15%.
  • Removed Damage Traps.
  • Consumables (drops 2)
  • Shield Potion to 20% from 19.1%
  • Small Shield Potion to 17.50% from 12.7%
  • Med Kit to 13.75% from 6.3%
  • Slurp Juice to 11.25% from 5.11%
  • Clinger to 10% from 6.3%
  • Remote Explosives to 10% from 3.3%
  • Impulse Grenade to 10% from 4%
  • Chug Jug to 7.5% from 2.1%
  • Removed Boogie Bombs, Grenades, Bandages, Stink Bombs, Port-a-Forts, and Bush.
  • Materials (drops 2)
  • Wood to 33% from 47.6%.
  • Stone to 33% from 35.7%.
  • Metal to 33% from 16.6%.

GAMEPLAY

  • Changes to building materials.
  • Wood wall starting health to 80 from 100.
  • Stone wall starting health to 80 from 90.
  • Wood wall max health to 150 from 200.
  • Metal wall max health to 500 from 400.
  • Metal build time to 25s from 20s.
  • Storm Circle changes.
  • Safezone 2 wait time to 120 from 150.
  • Safezone 2 shrink time to 120 from 90.
  • Safezone 4 wait time to 90 from 120.
  • Safezone 6 wait time to 60 from 90.
  • Safezone 7 wait time to 45 from 60.
  • Safezone 8 wait time to 30 from 60.
  • Safezone 9 wait time to 30 from 45.
  • Added moving circle to Safezone 6.
  • Added “Sprint By Default” option, when enabled this makes sprint the default movement. The sprint key will now be used to transition into walking.
  • Newly-placed building pieces will now appear in a different color while players are still overlapping the structure.
  • Improved handling of collision when building pieces are placed right on top of a player. It’s much more likely for players to be moved outside of newly-placed structures.
  • Pickaxe damage against enemy and ally player built structures increased to 75 base damage and 150 critical damage.
  • The slow motion and confetti effects for a Victory Royale will now play for the winner regardless of how they win the game.
  • Changing the gyro motion of the Nintendo Switch to rotate around the roll instead of the yaw.
  • This is intended to allow for the users to be able to hold the device in any situation and always have the motion react according to the screen direction instead of being in the Switch’s world space.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing bullets and projectiles to be blocked by invisible collision.
  • This was being caused by player placed map markers
  • Autorun can now be used while in vehicles. Fixed a logic issue in the autorun canceling code.
  • This should also fix autorun canceling when releasing the stick while using a gamepad.
  • Changed the button layout for Old School and Quick Builder configs so that the “change seat” action button is not the same as the “powerslide” button.
  • Sniper rifle bullets no longer incorrectly stop when passing through certain trigger volumes.
  • Eliminating players will now properly grant challenge progress.
  • If the same player knocks out and eliminates an enemy with two different weapons, they will get elimination quest progress for both weapons.
  • Players will no longer get stuck in the coasting state if they change seats while in a vehicle.
  • Pickaxes will no longer stretch and appear incorrectly if the slow-motion effect plays while players are riding in a vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue where a player would not have a weapon out if hitting a bounce pad into a jump pad under certain network conditions.
  • Players will no longer hold weapons while emoting if they’re riding in an All Terrain Kart.
  • Players will no longer fall through floor or pushed through walls when placing or editing structures.
  • Remote Explosives will now only show damage numbers when damage is done to players.
  • Vehicles can no longer be flipped while standing on top of them.
  • This fixes the issue where players would sometimes become stuck or teleported if standing on a vehicle that flipped.
  • Crouching is no longer allowed while emoting.
  • The Wave emote, emoticons, and sprays will now continue to play even if you’re moving.

PERFORMANCE

  • Various server performance improvements focused on the 50v50 LTM.
  • Server performance improvements were made to the custom matches used during competitive events.
  • Significant All Terrain Kart (ATK) performance improvements.

AUDIO

  • Added spatialization to the sound played when a marker is placed on the map. Now you will hear it coming from where the in-world marker was placed.
  • All Terrain Kart (ATK) audio improvements
  • Improved All Terrain Kart (ATK) audio attenuation fall-off.
  • Added a unique sound when the All Terrain Kart (ATK) is destroyed.
  • Added sounds for when the All Terrain Kart (ATK) is in water.
  • Improvements have been made to grenade bounce audio so they don’t sound as spammy under certain conditions.
  • Lowered the volume of the AC/DC pickaxe.
  • Added a unique sound for bouncing off a diving board.
  • Added a unique sound for destroying cacti.
  • Audio panning logic for Switch has been changed. Sources panning from one side to another will be more dramatic.

Bug Fixes

  • Conquest glider’s open and close sounds no longer stack when spamming the action.
  • Twist emote music no longer overlaps with other emote music.
  • Re-added metal impact sounds when shooting or pickaxing Shopping Carts.
  • Weapon fire audio no longer cuts out when low on ammo for some weapons.

UI

  • Adjusted lobby nameplate arrangement to better account for long player names.
  • Added the ability to combine stackable items in player inventory if the stack sizes aren’t already capped.
  • The Game Mode Select screen now sorts in the following order from left to right:
  • Solo, Duo, Squads

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue preventing players to select nothing as an Outfit and Backbling.
  • Removed the ‘Save and Exit’ option for items without variants.
  • Double tap the accept hotkey/button to confirm your selection.
  • Fixed an issue in the locker where the shuffle icon for randomized outfits was drawn slightly differently to other shuffle icons.
  • Removed an error message when trying to purchase the Battle Bundle while at tier 76 or above.
  • The correct actions are now shown on the HUD when you get into a Shopping Cart for the first time after being in an All Terrain Kart (ATK).

ART + ANIMATION

Bug Fixes

  • Prevented sprays from affecting the eyes of the Rainbow Smash pickaxe.
  • The Toilet Paper contrail animations now appear correctly.

REPLAY SYSTEM

  • Changed the icon when a player has been downed to an exclamation mark.

Bug Fixes

  • Battle Bus positioning now appears correctly in replays.
  • Fixed an issue with focus distance when changing cameras in replays.
  • Fixed issues with drone cameras when viewing players in vehicles during replays.
  • Fixed an issue where the camera controls would not display when toggling the HUD visibility.

MOBILE

  • Downloading patches will now continue when you switch to a different app. When the download has completed, you’ll receive a notification.
  • Fire mode selection now has preview videos to better illustrate the functionality.
  • Added new placeable individual quick bar buttons to the HUD layout tool. Can be set to either locked Combat, locked Build, or Automatic mode to switch based on the player’s currently selected mode.
  • Tapping a currently selected build item from the quick bar will now build the item.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed texture streaming issues with the battle bus.
  • Audible pops will no longer occur on iOS during loading screens and gameplay.