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TiX E3 awards

We’ve had quite a busy couple of weeks at TiX towers, E3 is always a busy time of year but now the dust has settled and we have had time to reflect, we thought it was time to dish out some awards to the games, trailers and stand-out moments from last week. The TiX team got together and here are our results…


Fallout 4

Not a huge surprise really, we really can’t wait for November!


Gears of War 4

We all knew something Gears related was coming but we were not expecting this! We have a while to wait for its release, but we are really looking forward to seeing what The Coalition come up with.


Backwards Compatibility for Xbox One

It was predicted on the TiX Podcast, but it didn’t stop us squealing with delight when Phil Spencer announced the news. *Runs off to play Mass Effect again*


Halo 5

We’re huge Halo fans at TiX so it’s no surprise that Halo 5 featured in our list, the gameplay demo looked awesome and we’re all intrigued by Warzone.


Fallout 4

Well d’uh, we’re still excited!



Despite the EA conference doing its absolute best to put us to sleep, Unravel came along to charm us for 10 minutes. It grabbed everyone’s attention including ours and I’m sure there will be a fight as to who gets to review it!


Forza 6

The Forza series has a long way to go to win back its racing crown but from what we saw this year it’s heading in the right direction.



FIFA continues to improve year-on-year, with the introduction of the women’s game as well as a host of gameplay and graphical improvements, FIFA 16 is bound to impress football fans around the globe.


Just Dance

Just Dance has taken the world by storm and now you won’t even need Kinect, just a smartphone! The year’s biggest tracks will be there as well some of the best dance moves around!


Tomb Raider

Yet again, Tomb Raider has got our hearts racing. The game is looking stunning and if it plays as well as the last game we are surely in for a treat.


Ghost Recon Wildlands

This trailer had us all guessing, “new Far Cry!” we thought at first, and as it went on it was clear none of the team had a clue until the title rolled… it was perfect, and well deserving of our final award.

We had an amazing E3, we hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed producing it, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

TiX Podcast: E3 Round-up 2015 Part 2

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens, Neale Jarrett, Richard Berry and Derek McRoberts in another special show focusing on E3 2015. This is the second part of the round-up show, where the foursome discuss the remaining conferences from Ubisoft, Square Enix and EA, as well as touching on the news from the Nintendo, Sony and PC conferences.


If you want to send us a question or topic for the Email Q&A section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @BaronVonPleb

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

If you like the show and want to support it, please check out our Patreon page.

The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

TiX Podcast: E3 Round-up 2015 Part 1

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens, Neale Jarrett, Richard Berry and Derek McRoberts in another special show focusing on E3 2015. In this first of two parts the foursome discuss games they’ve been playing, such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Another World and Elite Dangerous, before discussing the conferences and their reveals from E3 2015. Plenty of the usual lively banter and jokes see the foursome through 3 hours of E3 talk, with plenty more still to discuss, so look out for part 2 in the coming days.


If you want to send us a question or topic for the Email Q&A section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @BaronVonPleb

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

If you like the show and want to support it, please check out our Patreon page.

The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

The backwards compatibility test video mentioned in the show:

Caffeine gets new 4K screenshots

Featured Image - Caffeine

Back in March I wrote about how during GDC 2015 it was announced Caffeine was coming to Xbox One. Now during the chaos that is E3 it seems Dylan Browne, the one man team behind this first person psychological horror, is ready to share some new 4K screenshots with us all.

Check out all the new 4K screenshots over on the games website here.

“Caffeine is a quirky horror adventure game with environmental puzzles. Set in the near future, the entire population of Earth is vigorously addicted to coffee. Massive space stations built by the biggest corporations roam the stars mining minerals to create a synthetic caffeine. You awaken aboard one of these caffeine mining stations alone. Before long you realize that you are a young boy with no memory of what has transpired on this seemingly empty space station. Naturally you set out to explore the depths of the huge structure to figure out what exactly is going on.”

Caffeine is currently in development using Unreal Engine 4 and has been set for a 2015 release.

And just in case you missed it here is the latest trailer promising to keep you awake at night…


E3 Square Enix Conference – round-up

The final conference we’re covering is Square Enix, and this is a first for them at E3 so let’s see how they do.

First up is Just Cause 3, showing off the destructible buildings, retractable grappling hook, and adrenaline fuelled action amongst explosion filled gun fights, wing suit flying, two-handed weapons firing from a stable parachute, and physics based carnage. It looks terrific and we can’t wait to play it when it releases on December 1st this year.

Next up Platinum games have something to tease. Concept art with subtle animation and a quick, animated character reveal is all they can show us before the title Nier New Project appears. More information is due in the fall, and for now all they’re saying is it’s coming to PS4, hopefully it’ll hit Xbox One as well; we’re big fans of the original.

Just Cause 3

Rise of the Tomb Raider makes an appearance next, showing the same gameplay footage seen at the Microsoft conference before a short behind the scenes look at developers, Crystal Dynamics, showing us the level of detail on Lara and her clothes, which get dirty and blood stained during combat, and collect snow in snowy environments. It’s certainly a superbly detailed looking game, and if it’s half as good as the first one then we’re in for a treat, and with the promise of far more tombs to explore we’re pretty excited to play it.

Square Enix aren’t done with Tomb Raider reveals yet, as Lara Croft Go is revealed, a turn based exploration games similar to the Hitman Go title. This is coming soon to mobile.

After a montage of game footage including a look at Final Fantasy 14, Life is Strange and Dragon Quest Heroes, a missing translator adds some confusion as to what’s being said on stage before the same Final Fantasy 7 remake trailer from the Sony conference is shown. More information on the remake is due in the Winter, but they were quick to point out it’s only just started development, so it’ll be a while off. As for the PS4 version of the PC port of the original FF7, that will released this Winter, and by the end of the Summer for iOS. Hopefully we’ll see it on Xbox One as well, same goes for the remake which is currently only being talked about on PS4.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Next up was footage of a new Kingdom Hearts game, Kingdom Hearts X Unchained, coming to mobile, before some gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts 3, looking as detailed, fast paced, and fantastic as we’d expect.

A new Final Fantasy game was revealed next, World of Final Fantasy, an incredibly cute looking title with a toy figurine aesthetic. You must defeat and then recruit Final Fantasy monsters to your party, and can shrink them and yourself to ride each other. Depending on how characters and monsters are stacked determines their strengths, abilities and weaknesses. It’s scheduled for release in 2016, and once again they’re talking about PS4 and PS Vita, but here’s hoping the Xbox One gets a release too.

World of Final Fantasy

Another montage shows off a bunch more titles, some of which we’ve already seen as well as some footage from the highly anticipated Final Fantasy 15.

Next up was more information on the new Hitman title. New content will be frequently created and released based on player feedback. Meanwhile, the player created contracts from the previous title return, as well as new persistent outcome mission where you get one chance to play it and whatever happens can’t be changed.

Square Enix next announced a partnership with Tri Ace on PS4 exclusive title, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, due for release in 2016.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was up next, showing off some gameplay footage and claiming multiple endings dependent on your actions throughout the game. Once again you play as Adam Jensen, and can play through the game with stealth, brute force, or a mixture of the two. It looks visually impressive, with large areas teeming with physics-based objects. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is scheduled for release early 2016.

The conference closes with the announcement of a new JRPG focused studio, Tokyo RPG Factory, who are working on a new game called Project Setsuna, due for release in 2016, but with only concept art to tease us, information in thin on the ground.

Marred by poor structure, dodgy translations and confusion, the Square Enix conference was certainly the weakest from this year’s E3. But amongst the awkward was some great footage of some great games, so there’s still plenty to be excited about coming from Square Enix this year and next. It was a shame to only see some titles in montages, though.

E3 Ubisoft Conference – round-up

The Ubisoft conference is the fourth press conference of this year’s E3 and expectations are for more information and footage of already announced games. However, will they have a few surprises up their sleeves? Aisha Tyler once again presents this year’s conference, with her genuine passion for the industry, charisma and skilful presenting helping to smooth over the sometimes awkward stage presence of developers. Mind you, our money’s on a “tall woman” joke hitting at some point during the show.

First up is a complete and wonderful surprise, a new South Park RPG is in the works, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Smashing title by the way. Showing in-game footage the reveal trailer hints at a hilarious continuation of the previous game’s story and characters, this time, however, the South Park lad are playing super heroes rather than high fantasy. No release date yet, but colour us excited.

South Park The Fractured but Whole

Next up is another surprise, and a new IP at that, For Honor, a medieval melee-combat action game where you choose to be the heroes Viking, Knight, or Samurai in a 4 vs. 4 fight amongst a bustling battlefield. They’ll be multiple modes with different objectives, but the focus is on short, team combat scenarios. Proclamations are made of this being a new genre, we hope they’re referring to a new genre for Ubisoft, because there’s some striking similarities with the likes of Chivalry going on.

Next a new expansion is revealed for The Crew, The Crew: Wildrun, where monster trucks and dirt track vehicles seem to be the focus. Then a new expansion for Trails Fusion is revealed, Trails Fusion: Awesome Level Max, where you are a cat riding a fire breathing unicorn. We’re sold.

For Honor

A game we’ve been itching to see in action again is up next, The Division, the openworld action RPG revealed two years ago. Gameplay footage was shown of a team planning a raid on NPCs only for another player controlled team to come along. All seems friendly as the two player teams work together to take the NPC crew down, before a brilliant bout of betrayals cascades through the group to leave a lone player with all the loot. It look terrific, and we’ll finally be able to play it next year, first with a Beta, then on March the 8th it sees release.

Annon 2205 is revealed next. The popular PC building management game is now expanded so you can build off-planet on the moon as well as on terra firma.

The latest Just Dance iteration is up next, Just Dance 2016, introduced by “singer” Jason Derule whilst dancers boogie on down behind him. For the first time in the series’ history you won’t need a camera or motion devices to track you, you can instead use your phone, opening the series up to a much large audience. Additionally, a new optional subscription based streaming service can provide new tracks frequently for you to dance to.

Next comes singleplayer reveal footage of Rainbow Six Siege, showing off a story-based campaign and the return of everyone’s favourite multiplayer mode Terrohunt (terrorist hunt), allowing up to four players to team up and take out terrorist with the same permadeath consequences for mistakes. It was also revealed that everything is destructible, adding new ways to breach buildings and kill unsuspecting enemies. You can play the Beta from September the 24th.

Trackmania Turbo

Another surprise next as Trackmania Turbo is revealed for consoles. The popular PC title where you can build, share and race your own crazy, gravity defying custom tracks will be bringing that same experience to Xbox One; super-fast pace, ghost cars, online leaderboards, four player split screen, and VR support included.

Next came a new CG trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, giving us all an idea of the trouble we can get up to when that’s released, as well as introducing the female protagonist, Evie Frye’s more psychotic, bloodthirsty side. She is indeed not to be trifled with.

Ghost Recond Wildlands

One last reveal remains and once again it is a total surprise. A huge openworld, beautiful visuals, violent military combat, multiple options on how a team can kill their targets: this is Ghost Recon Wildlands.

And that was the Ubisoft press conference. It was another great conference and it delivered far more surprises than we expected too, but no “tall woman” joke, disappointingly. Square Enix are next, like Bethesda this is their first E3 conference, can they reach the high bar set by everyone else so far? We’ll tell you all about it shortly.

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Test

We predicted it in our latest podcast and Microsoft revealed it in their E3 2015 press conference: backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

Initially the following games are supported, but more will follow:

A Kingdom for Keflings
A World of Keflings
Alien Hominid HD
BattleBlock Theater
Defense Grid
Geometry Wars Evolved
Hexic HD
Jetpac Refuelled
Mass Effect
Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark Zero
Super Meat Boy
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Viva Piñata
Viva Piñata: TIP

But how well does it work? Well, we take a look at it by loading up the original Mass Effect, with footage of the process including any problems we meet.


We’ve found the Backward Compatible digital titles. Rather than appearing in your download queue, these titles can be found in Games and Apps, Games, scroll all the way to the end to see what you can re-download, and boom there they all are – if you’ve previously downloaded them on the Xbox 360 of course.

E3 EA Conference – round-up

Bethesda kicked it off, Microsoft then wowed us, but it’s now time for veterans EA to show us what they have in store for us this year and next.

First off is a new teaser for Mass Effect 4, showing off a new lead character suited up in N7 armour, all in-engine footage – representative of gameplay but not actually gameplay footage of course – and then the reveal of a title change to Mass Effect Andromeda. Indeed then this latest entry in the series is set in a new galaxy and fills us with excitement and intrigue as questions such as: how they got to the Andromeda galaxy, if the Mass Effect drives from the Milky Way were repaired, and whether the Reapers will show up in Andromeda? We can’t wait to carry on the story, but we’ll have to wait until Holiday season 2016 to get our hands on it.

Next up was Need for Speed. After a short introduction, visual performance and quality that would blend seamlessly with live action footage was proclaimed, then came the footage that proved their claims correct. Firstly live action actors in a garage set the scene for customising your car, then the camera moved to your car and broke down the areas you can modify, revealing that the garage and car were CG. Expansive customisation options were promised as well as five over lapping stories and a release date of November 3rd this year. Then gameplay footage was shown off, looking as realistic and awe-inspiring as they claimed, with spectacular detail and lighting, certainly approaching photo realistic. Additionally a wonderfully intense chase camera was shown off that tilts as you speed round corners. It was a highly impressive showcase.

Need for Speed

Next came an announcement of continued support and content creation for Bioware’s Star Wars free to play PC MMO, Star Wars The Old Republic, along with a full expansion, free to subscribers, called Knights of the Fallen Empire, which promises the kind of story experience Bioware prides themselves on. A lengthy, and stunningly beautiful, CG trailer showed off the new expansion’s story threads and indeed looked intriguing. It will be available 27th of October this year.

Something a little unexpected was revealed next, a charming and cute physics puzzle adventure called Unravel, where you control an adorable character made of yarn through the perilous world as he unravels and uses his yarn to manipulate the environment, swing around obstacles, and solve puzzles. No release date yet, unfortunately, but it sure does look good.


Next was some more information about Plant vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, which was previously revealed in the Microsoft conference. Gameplay footage was shown this time, showing the same crisp, cartoon graphics as the original as well as the same wonderful sense of humour. The new zombie characters shown off were crazy and thrilling to witness, fighting equally crazy plant enemies. The new four player Grave Yard Ops was shown off as a squad of four zombies completed an objective whilst fighting off the plants before exfiltration. It was also revealed that there would be a singleplayer experience against the AI which can be played cooperatively split screen, and you can transfers unlocked characters from the first game. Finally a promise of support and free content updates was proposed.

PVZ Garden Warfare 2

The EA Sports titles were shown off next. Largely it’s the expected annual iterations, but tweaks and new features make them fresh each and every year and this year seems no exception.

NHL 16, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour 15, FIFA 16, Madden 16, and NBA Live 16 were all shown off, each featuring enhanced visuals and animations, women’s teams in FIFA, and precisely the kind of refinements you’d expect to improve each games realism and sense of control.

A new feature being rolled out to all titles is a new tutorial training system that hints which buttons to press and when during play to help you better understand the control system and the advanced moves and tactics available to you. Additionally a new Game Face app will be launched alongside NBA Live so you can create a character that looks just like you in-game. Its accuracy appears to be pretty good, but time will tell.

NBA Live will also feature a new physics based live motion system, which, through dynamic animation, achieves smoother, more responsive, and realistic movement and control of players. Ball handling has also been tweaked so you can release the ball when taking a shot when you want. Certainly these refinements and new features are the kind of things EA need to bring to the series to compete against NBA2K, and it’s looking like they have a winner on their hands.

NBA Live 16

Several CCGs (collectable card games) have appeared this E3, and EA has a new Star Wars one, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, hitting portable systems soon. Additionally Minions Paradise takes the adorable and hilarious Minions from the Despicable Me films and builds a management game around them getting stranded on an island. The humour appears spot on but it’s another from a long list of tapping management games on mobile.

Mirrors Edge Catalyst was shown off next, with a mix of pre-rendered and gameplay footage showing faith kicking butt and free running smoothly and impressively through the minimalistic, glass filled open city. There are no levels, no loading, it’s a free roaming experience, and it’s coming February 23rd 2016.


The final game in this conference is Star Wars Battlefront, and the highly anticipated gameplay reveal. The previous in-engine trailer whetted our appetite but we needed to see it in action to better judge the visuals and experience, and this gameplay footage did not disappoint. The visuals are absolutely stunning, achieving a close to photo realistic look, with all the authenticity of accurately modelled assets based from props, and all the superb sound effects from the films. The battle for Hoth was the setting for this gameplay reveal, showing off the ground combat between the rebels and the Empire, combat against AT-STs and AT-AT Walkers, as well as air combat with X-Wings and TIE fighters. It all looks superb, sounded astonishing, and seemingly played beautifully. We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves, and we won’t have to wait long: the release date is November the 17th this year.

EA pulled off a very impressive conference, showing us precisely what they needed to get us excited for releases later this year and in 2016. Ubisoft is next, let’s see what they can wow us with.

Destiny: The Taken King reveal trailer

destiny the taken kingFollowing the announcement of Destiny: The Taken King by Activision at E3, we can now share with everyone the trailer.

Destiny: The Taken King takes players on their next great adventure as Oryx, The Taken King arrives in our solar system, ready to exact revenge for the death of his son Crota. Arm yourself with new abilities, weapons and gear as you prepare to do battle with the Taken hordes and finally Oryx himself!

Destiny: The Taken King launches on September 15th.