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Eight new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in May

Microsoft have announced the next batch of titles that are on the way to Xbox Game Pass for the month of May. Following Sea Of Thieves, and the second original first party title that debuts on the service, is State Of Decay 2, that launches on May 22nd. Other titles include the awesome co-op cooking game Overcooked and PES 2018. All the titles below (except State of Decay 2 and Laser League) will launch on May 1st. More details of Game Pass and a list of all the games in the service can be found here!

State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2 is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy that asks – how will you survive? A true sequel to the hugely successful first game, you take on the zombie apocalypse as you build a community with unique survivor characters who have their own backstories and motivations and develop a base that makes each experience completely different. In addition, State of Decay 2 features one of the most requested features from the community: cross-platform co-op multiplayer, where you and up to three of your friends can survive together on Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. State of Decay 2 is available for Xbox Game Pass members May 22.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
It’s time to take to the pitch and feel the match-day electricity as Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 comes to Xbox Game Pass from May 1 through August 31. Experience the award-winning series and play as iconic teams like F.C. Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, put on a gameplay masterclass with the striking prowess of Luis Suárez, or make Emirates stadium rumble with Arsenal’s Aubameyang. The authenticity of the beautiful game is presented with true-to-life visuals and animations of players like Philippe Coutinho, Marco Reus, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr. Team up with friends in online 3v3 co-op matches to become the next great e-sports team. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is where legends are made.

Laser League
On May 10, Laser League, a light-speed, arcade multiplayer shooter like no other, will be making its console debut on Xbox One and join Xbox Game Pass the same day. Roll7, known for the award-winning OlliOlli series and Not A Hero, bring their trademark addictive gameplay to an original vision of near-future competition. Jump into exhilarating 4v4 local matches or go online for 2v2 and 3v3 battles, face off in packed and vibrant international stadiums with intensely challenging laser maps to master, and party up with friends to find the perfect strategic blend of the six distinct player classes. Make use of their unique abilities to dominate the pitch and fry your opponents as the pitch lights up with deadly laser lights. Climb the leaderboards and make a name for yourself, gaining mastery ranks and XP. Unlock new player kits, emojis, and laser patterns to customize your characters to leave your mark on the pitch and in Laser League history!

Overcooked
If you can’t stand the heat, it’s because your kitchen is on fire! Overcooked, the award-winning chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting May 1. Chop, dice, and fry your way to victory in a race to serve your hungry customers before they storm out, taking their precious tips with them! Choose from a variety of quirky chefs and take part in an epic journey, tackling an increasingly challenging gauntlet of kitchens that will push your skills of co-operation and co-ordination to the limits. Have you ever wanted to boil soup while moving between two speeding trucks or bake pizza in a haunted house? Then Overcooked is the game for you! You can read Greg’s review of Overcooked here.

The Escapists
Award-winning prison break simulation The Escapists is coming to Xbox Game Pass on May 1. While the aim of the game is simply to escape, the beauty is in the execution. You’re free to explore the prison, grabbing every chance to plan your escape between the mandatory rollcalls and chores. Do favors for your inmates, build up your strength in the gym, or read books to increase your skills. Liberate items from your inmates to use for crafting weapons and tools (soap can do so much more than keep you clean). Whether you execute a stealthy breakout or go out all guns blazing, the goal is the same: escape! Rich reviewed The Escapists for TiX and you can read his review here!

Homefront: The Revolution
Rise up and lead the resistance in Homefront: The Revolution, an epic open-world shooter set in a dystopian near future, where the United States has been occupied by the overwhelming military might of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) — available for Xbox Game Pass members on May 1. As Ethan Brady, you must master the art of guerrilla warfare — ambush, sabotage, infiltration, and deception — and fight a running battle through the war-ravaged suburbs of Philadelphia. Homefront: The Revolution boasts a vast single-player campaign and the Resistance Mode, a fully featured co-op experience that lets you and your friends form a Resistance Cell and take the fight to the KPA in thrilling PvE combat. Click here to read Dave’s review.

Unmechanical: Extended
Unmechanical: Extended is a great puzzle adventure game that combines tricky puzzle solving, alluring exploration, and an engrossing atmosphere, and is available for Xbox Game Pass members on May 1. Players can look forward to losing themselves in a world of flesh, rock, and steel, solving a whole host of puzzling challenges, helping our little robot who is trapped in an underground complex find his way to freedom.

Sonic & Knuckles
Hedgehog and Echidna unite! Enjoy a different experience in the world of Sonic where adversaries work as one. Join Sonic and Knuckles from May 1, as they put aside their differences and combine forces to thwart the schemes of the conniving Dr. Eggman. Their goal is to acquire the priceless Master Emerald and save Angel Island—a goal they cannot reach on their own. You can play as Sonic with amazing new powers or play as Knuckles with your wall-climbing skills or bare-fisted fighting style to defeat Dr. Eggman. You have eight zones to explore and two adventures to conquer. And to enhance the excitement you can combine with Sonic 3 to blow out the experience—playing as Sonic, Knuckles, and even Tails to unlock the best secrets. Also, you can combine with Sonic 2 and all of Knuckles signature moves are now yours. Sometimes your enemy turns out to be your best friend!

 

FIFA 18 review

Alex Hunter returns in FIFA 18 as part of The Journey, but like many young players, his career takes a sudden turn and he finds himself looking for a new club. To add to that Alex’s Dad is back in his life with a revolution that rocks young Hunter.

I enjoyed EA’s first attempt at The Journey last year, and it’s good to see plenty of improvements have been made to bring me back in for another year. The story is fairly interesting, if a bit predictable but it mixes nicely with the football to make an enjoyable career mode. It was great to play as some different characters during the campaign also.

This years, Alex can be customised, outfits, hair, tattoos all allow you to create your own version of Hunter, while in game, some key decisions will define your future. The campaign took me around 14 in all, after each chapter your are rewards with special items that can be used in FIFA Ultimate team.

FIFA UT, is unsurprisingly the other main mode in FIFA 18, and if you have been hiding under a rock for the past few years this is the mode where you collect players to build your dream team. Although there aren’t masses of changes it’s still an entertaining mode if you are willing to put the time in. A new feature called Squad Battles allows you to to play against other players squads via AI to earn coins. It’s a bit like drivatars in Forza.

Manager mode has had some great improvements. Most noticeable is during the transfer window. You’ll now play a mini game where you will sit down with a players agent and make an offer. Once the two parties have agreed on a price, you’ll move to the next section where you negotiate with the player to secure their signature. It isn’t the most exciting of sections but it’s nice to see efforts being made to give you some more interaction when trying to sign players.

It’s great to see that the offline modes have been finally had some attention given to them, as it was much needed – I know enough people who don’t want to just play Ultimate Team as it takes up so much time!

Of course, having all these nice changes to the different game modes is great, but have things improved on the pitch? Last year with FIFA 17 things didn’t quite work on the pitch, which caused great frustrations for fans.

The good news is, FIFA 18 seems to have found its stride. It’s the second year of using the Frostbite engine but now it’s even more noticeable thanks to even more player animations, which creates a much more fluid game of football. Last year we were critical of losing out because players kept getting stuck in animations and therefore losing possession and conceding goals. Not this year.

Shielding the ball gives you greater options of slowing down play where needed, while players turn more sharply and dribble more intricately which makes losing the ball more difficult. EA have made some clever changes when crossing – depending on the wingers position, balance and how hard you hit the ball determines the height speed and direction allowing stronger attackers to get on the end of wicked crosses. Strikers now head the ball down for the first time which is a big improvement.

EA have always nailed the presentation and this year is no exception. Each stadium is more lifelike than ever. Depending on the time of day the lightning changes around the pitch, the crowd are more individual, players will run into the crowd to celebrate with the fans now, there is a great video around of a steward trying to climb over the advertising hoardings and falling over! It’s little changes but they make for a proper football experience.

The FIFA trainer has had some great updates for those who wish to practice playing without the assists. You can now tell the game how much you want to be told what to do. I try to turn the shooting assist off but my ability to shoot in the right direction was always off, with the FIFA trainer you can just have a subtle direction arrow at the players feet to help you line up shots much more easily.

The question on everyone’s lips is, which is better, FIFA or PES? After my PES review I was concerned that FIFA was going to be blown away this year. I saw very little gameplay and the demo arrived very late in the day, but actually I think FIFA takes this year’s crown, but only just.

Both games have their faults – Playing FIFA online can be tarnished by letting people with bad connections play, while PES can still feel a little lifeless at times.

Whichever way you choose to go, you’ll be lucky enough to play two fantastic games, I’ll just be playing more FIFA.

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PES 2018 gets its first data pack update

Konami have announced the first data pack for PES 2018 is now available across all platforms.

The free download add 100 updated faces, kits and cut scenes for Master League. Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director of Brand and Business at Konami said:

We are thrilled at the global reception we’ve seen for PES 2018 so far. It has been the most successful PES launch to date and we’re glad fans of the game are impressed with the quality of the in-game experience we’ve been able to deliver. Our promise to offer the most realistic and accurate experience for our PES 2018 players is evident in our Data Packs. Our continued determination to ensure every detail of the game reflects real life is clear in the detail in these packs which our dedicated team continues to improve on.

 

PES 2018 review

I’ve been reviewing PES and FIFA games for such a long time now, yet every year I find myself really excited for the next iteration in the series, could PES 2018 topple FIFA this year?.

This year, the team at Konami have got the jump on EA – They were quick to put out an online beta & demo, we’re still waiting for any sort of demo from EA. Clearly Konami are confident about tis years title and from what I have been playing, they are really onto a winner.

Let’s get my annoyances about the game out the way first, there aren’t that many. Normally, I would take a swipe about the lack of licenses in the game, it’s much better, but I’d still love to have proper names and kits for all teams. Only Liverpool and Arsenal seem to have had that treatment in the Premier League. There are still the three main competitors, Champions League, Europa League and Asian Champions League and a host of foreign leagues so you are likely to come across plenty of officially licensed teams as you play.

I’m also going to moan about the commentators, it feels like every game you play in is a cup final, or every chance you get is the most important moment in the match, it would be great to have seen a more realistic approach to what is actually going on, a bit like in the Madden titles.

On the pitch PES 2018 is something special. You can see the work that has gone into improving player animations and off the ball movement. Players are much more intelligent, attackers are always looking to move into space while defenders are much tougher to get around. Even if you have a player with blistering pace, you’ll still need to think about your next move otherwise a good defender will make sure you don’t get past. Tackling is satisfying, assuming you time it right, the referees seem pretty fair this year.

Each game flows well, and the natural movements of the players gives you a better sense of control, dribbling is tight and it really feels as though you can pressure a defender into a mistake thanks to the clever controls to performs tricks and flicks. More experienced players will take advantage of precision passing, and assists turned off, but if you are more of a casual player, you’ll still feel like you are able to ping the ball around with ease. Players are now able to control incoming passes with different parts of their bodies more naturally depending on the height and speed of the ball, which means we see less odd looking moves from them.

Goalkeepers unfortunately still seem to be a problem. They are great at shot stopping, but they have some terrible mistakes in them and it happens too often. Routine balls suddenly become a real problem, with the keepers reacting in odd ways leaving your defence in a mess. They spend too long on back passes and then distribute them terribly (which is realistic if you are Joe Hart). It happens enough to be noticeable but considering the rest of the on pitch improvements, it could be worse.

Set pieces have also been reworked to be simpler to execute, especially penalties, which is something for EA to take note off for FIFA 18.

Konami have always been keen to promote how realistic each player looks and some of this year’s likenesses are incredible, thanks to individual partnerships with clubs, you’ll even see tattoos on players, I’d still rather see fully licensed leagues though (I know I said I wouldn’t mention it again!). Presentation wise, the stadiums all look fantastic, thanks to the upgraded lighting, and the audio really adds to the atmosphere in matches, something I felt PES titles have suffered from. There have been a couple of times where I though a team had scored and the fans of that team had thought the same only to hear the collective groan when they realise it hadn’t gone in. It’s the small details that can really make a difference in sports games.

Master League makes a welcome return, with some great improvements such as Pre-Season tournaments, a transfer system that I can actually understand and the excellent pre-match interviews. I found the scouting to be a but hit and miss, but it feels like Konami are on the right track. Be a Legend is back for another year, which gives you a chance to create your own player and lead them to become a huge football store. I suspect it’s only in place because FIFA have the Be a Pro mode, It’s not a mode I particularly enjoyed playing.

Unfortunately, because the Live Servers aren’t available until launch we weren’t able to test the online features of the game, such as MyClub and the full 11vs11 – but we will update the review to let you know what we really think. You can however play local 2v2 and 3v3, it works better than I thought it would, I had a great time playing some games with the family.

PES 2018 is the best football title around and I’ll be surprised if FIFA is as good this year. The attention to detail with player animations and the realistic control of the ball make this a great title to play. If the online modes work well it will only add to how much you’ll have with this game. Based on how well the online beta went before the game’s release I can only be hopeful.

EA should be worried.

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PES 2018 announced, release date confirmed

Unsurprisingly, PES 2018 has been announced and is heading to consoles and PC on September 14.

In an attempt to better the anticipated FIFA 18 release, Konami have made huge amounts of changes including:

Gameplay Masterclass

The world renowned gameplay quality has been finely tuned and refined to recreate the authenticity of the beautiful game, including a more realistic game pace. Strategic dribbling gives the user significantly more control in possession, with the addition of contextual shielding to protect the ball, as well as simple stick controls triggering realistic, subtle movements, to wrong foot defenders. Real Touch+ adds a new dimension to ball control, with full body touch allowing various parts of the body to control the ball based on the unpredictability of the ball movement. Set pieces have been reworked with a new FK and PK system, alongside the option to choose the new one player kick off.

Enhanced Visual Reality

Realistic visuals recreate the authenticity of football, all the way down to the finer details thanks to Real Capture. The benefits include true-to-life stadium lighting for day and night matches, pitch turfs and player tunnels that were recreated from more than 20,000 intricate elements of genuine data collected at the Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park. Players have been motion captured in equally realistic environments, allowing for a complete rework of the animation system, starting with core movement such as walking, turning and body posture. Additionally, player models have been completely changed, with special attention paid to kit fitting and short size. Player’s photo scanned from partner teams will receive full body tattoos.

Online Co-Op

A new mode dedicated to 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play, with support for local guests. Play together with friends, take your team to the top or simply have some fun via one-off casual matches.

New Modes and Features

The fan favorite Random Selection Match returns with new presentation and features. Experience life as manager in Master League with pre-season tournaments, an improved transfer system and new presentation elements, including pre-match interviews and locker room scenes.

Presentation Overhaul

Brand new in-game redesign to the UI for all menus, as well as real player images added to the gameplan screen and myClub, give the game a new broadcast feel.

PES League Integration

Compete in PES League in new modes including myClub, Random Selection Match and Online co-op.

No doubt there will be plenty more gameplay videos and information coming our way this summer.