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Super Lucky’s Tale and Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to Game Pass

The March additions to the Xbox One Game Pass have been revealed. We knew that Rise of the Tomb Raider was in there, and that Sea Of Thieves was also joining on March 20th as the first Xbox One exclusive game to launch on release day straight to the service. Super Lucky’s Tale is also coming on March 1st, making that £7.99 a month looking extremely good value for money!

Also arriving on March 1st are Oxenfree, Resident Evil Revelations 2, The Final Station, Sonic CD and Euro Fishing.

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautifully hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition. Explore Awe-Inspiring Deadly Tombs – Huge ancient spaces littered with deadly traps, solve dramatic environmental puzzles, and decipher ancient texts to reveal crypts as you take on a world filled with secrets to discover. Woman vs. Wild – Conquer a world fiercely protecting its secrets, endure perilous conditions and unstable landscapes, face dangerous wildlife that act as guardians to ancient tombs, and explore huge interactive environments. Guerrilla Combat – Use the environment to your advantage, scale trees and dive underwater to avoid or takedown enemies, configure Lara’s gear, weapons, and ammo to suit your play style, craft explosives on the fly to sow chaos, and wield Lara’s signature combat bows and climbing axe.

Super Lucky’s Tale – A delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx. Jinx is the scheming and mysterious villain trying to reshape the world, but for what reason? Along the way, encounter a hilarious supporting cast of friends and adversaries. Lucky must confront the nefarious Kitty Litter, Jinx’s mischievous kids – self-taught villains who might not be getting Jinx’s plans quite right. Lucky meets friends and allies along the way too. He meets misplaced Yetis, Kookie Spookies, a village of farming worms, and other colorful friends inhabiting the Book of Ages. Test your skills with puzzles and nerve-wracking obstacle courses. Explore hidden secrets of new worlds with Lucky’s signature burrow move. Dive into unpredictable foxholes, or try devilish side scrolling challenge levels to unlock additional rewards. Check out Greg’s review of Super Lucky’s Tale!

Oxenfree – A supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you. YOU determine every aspect of Alex’s story while exploring Edwards Island, uncovering the base’s dark past, and changing the course of your friends’ lives. You can read our Oxenfree review here!

A full list of all games in Game Pass can be found here.

 

Oxenfree review

Oxenfree had me intrigued at the beginning, hooked after an hour and left me with a big smile on face as the credits began to roll.

The game is a relatively short one, my first playthrough was around 6 hours, but I’ll be going back to play again as I have some unfinished business. Oxenfree is essentially a ‘Walking Simulator’ with puzzles for you to solve as you go through the game, these are never particularly challenging but it’s the conversations that are that consume this game.

Oxenfree

You play Alex, a blue-haired teenager travelling with her best friend Ren and her new step-brother, Jonas to Edwards Island to meet some school friends for a beach party. Seems like ordinary things teenagers do, but as they arrive it turns out the ‘party’ is more of a gathering, at this point we meet Nona, Ren’s latest crush, and Clarissa, the local queen bee. After attempting to play a game of ‘Truth or Slap’ everyone decides it’s a bit rubbish, so Jonas, Ren and Alex decide to go and explore the caves instead, what could go wrong?

It’s at this point where things begin to get weird, Alex inadvertently opens a rift in the caves using a radio signal and all of sudden things aren’t what they seem. The next 4-5 hours will see you walking and talking your way around the island, trying your best to find out what is actually happening as well as awkwardly trying to get to know your Step-Brother. Oxenfree’s strength is in its conversations, the voice acting is superb despite the fact it’s adults trying their best to sound like teenagers. Each conversation has multiple branches for you to select, with only have a small amount of time to respond, before your options fade away. Sometimes you make a choice and Alex cuts whoever is talking off. Thankfully this isn’t something that happens too often and you are able to have some great conversation. Depending on how you react to certain conversations can determine which characters you’ll spend time with, I spent most of time with Jonas, as I was intrigued by the relationship between Alex and Jonas, but I also spent time with Nona, based on my reaction to one section of the game, where Jonas just annoyed me.

Oxenfree (4)

As you move around the island, the different characters all suffer thanks to the rift and it’s up to Alex to make things better with her trusty radio, by moving through the frequencies on the radio she is able to regain control of the situation, temporarily at least. The are lots of moments where time resets and you see to get stuck, but there are subtle little changes to the environment each time it resets, again its the radio that comes to your rescue. It’s interesting watching your characters react to each situation, it might not feel like it but it does make a difference to how your friends react to you. No game is complete with out collectables, but Oxenfree manages to the hit the middle ground with how many there are. If I had spent more time exploring I would have found everything first time round, but I’m not one for collectables these days.

The game has a wonderful art style to it, with great use of colour and beautifully drawn environments and characters, topped off with an epic soundtrack that seems to be perfect in every situation during the game. Oxenfree does suffer from some weird crashes, mainly as you enter a new section of the game just after a save, so at least you never lose any progress.

Oxenfree (2)

Oxenfree is already my favourite title of 2016, it had me hooked within the first 30 minutes, but it won’t be for everyone. Below is the first 30 minutes of the game, to see what you think if you aren’t sure.

Thanks to Xbox for their support

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