With a new console comes a whole host of new third party hardware to tempt us into cheaper controllers, charging stations or cooling systems. Nyko have jumped on the peripheral wagon and have released a rather funky looking docking system that bolts directly onto the left side of your Xbox One.
Taking design cues from the console itself, the ‘Modular Power Station’ is home to two battery packs that charge while the console is switched on. Two LED charge icons at the front of the docking station indicate the status of each battery while the compartment is easily accessed by ‘one touch’.
The Power Station is designed with marathon-session gamers in mind,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “It allows players to hot-swap their controllers’ batteries without breaking momentum, so running out of power will never again force an undesired gaming break.
With less wires to contend with and a back up battery pack, is this something gamers would be interested in? Check out the image gallery and let us know what you think.
Techland has today unveiled their opening cinematic for their upcoming open-world action survival game; Dying Light. Last week they released the Story Trailer (embedded at the bottom of this story), but now we have a look into the events that set up the story line. Dying Light is based in the City of Harran, a remote ill fated city caught up in the middle of a mysterious outbreak and political tug-of-war between Harran’s Ministry of Defense and the Global Relief Effort. See more in this opening cinematic:
More about Dying Light: – Dying Light is an action survival game presented in first-person perspective. The game is set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, you roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has created. At night, the hunter becomes the prey as the infected grow in strength and aggression – but even more lethal are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that leave their hives to feed. You will need to make use of all your skills and any available means to survive till dawn.
Dying Light is coming to Xbox One in 2015 on January 27th in the Americas, January 28th in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and January 30th in Europe. Keep looking to ThisisXbox for more news and coverage in the build up to release.
Independent game developers Stoic and indie publisher Versus Evil yesterday officially confirmed that The Banner Saga 2, the sequel to The Banner Saga, is coming to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program in 2015.
The announcement comes after the official first reveal of The Banner Saga 2 at last Friday’s Game Awards held in Las Vegas. Trailer below:
There’s a seismic shift in the video game industry as consumers embrace the contributions and creations of independent game-makers such as Stoic, the incredibly passionate creators of The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2. We are very proud to be leading the way with The Banner Saga 2 announcement at what is traditionally a AAA game’s event. It’s a great time to be an ‘indie’ and we couldn’t be more proud to continue working with the Stoic team and our partners at Fearless Media who helped make this happen.
said Steve Escalante, general manager at Versus Evil.
For The Banner Saga 2, Stoic will continue the legacy and story of The Banner Saga. Featuring 2D animation and art, a tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, the original game earned several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, finalist for “Excellence in Visual Arts” and two honourable mentions for “Excellence in Design” and “Excellence in Audio” at the 2014 Independent Game Festival.
The critical reception and widespread fan appreciation for The Banner Saga is overwhelming and humbling, and has the team at Stoic dedicated to delivering a fantastic sequel with The Banner Saga 2. Here we are announcing our next game, our way, on a world-wide stage. We have surrounded our development efforts with quality people like Austin Wintory, Malukah, Taylor » Continue Reading.
Assassins Creed games come round once a year, sometimes more depending on the consoles you own. If like me you’ve been playing them since the initial release back in 2007 you’ve probably also loved and hated some previous titles in the series. If you haven’t read our Assassins Creed: Black Flag review back during the Xbox One launch, now would be the time.
Assassins Creed has become a power house for Ubisoft with each new release bringing in the revenue as fans seem to be as strongly devoted to the series now as they were back in 2008/9. Assassins Creed: Black Flag was developed for both (at the time) current and next gen consoles whereas Unity has been developed purely for new current gen cycle of consoles. Black Flag looked great, Unity looks stunning. Let’s take a dive (from a high view point), and delve into the French Revolution.
Our protagonist is Arno Dorian, a young native Frenchman born in Versailles to an Assassin and his wife. The story begins at the end of Assassins Creed Rogue where Arno’s father is murdered and he himself is adopted, unbeknown to him by The Templar Grandmaster and his family including Elise De LaSerre who from the outset is clearly introduced as Arno’s love interest. During the opening tutorial missions, Arno’s adopted father is murdered and Arno accused of the act and imprisoned. Whilst incarcerated and blaming himself Arno meets an Assassin who eventually helps him escape. Setting out on a quest of redemption, Arno is eventually brought before the Brother of Assassins and like in previous titles, he rise through the ranks is swift.
Characters of note you’ll meet include the famous French military and political leader » Continue Reading.
With just a few days left to go, there is a new trailer our show casing some of the games features. Featuring four-player co-op, Lara Croft joins forces with rival archaeologist Carter Bell and imprisoned Egyptian gods Horus and Isis, to defeat the evil god Set. Players must work together to defeat hordes of enemies, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps, all the while competing for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is released on the 9th December 2015 for Xbox One.
As the rules that govern our civilization crumble, a new order of things is bound to emerge. In the latest trailer for Dying Light, Techland for the first time ever give a sneak peek into the storyline of their open-world, action survival game.
Looking for inspirations for Dying Light, we delved into classics of international literature, such as Albert Camus’s The Plague and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. With our game, we wanted to evoke similar emotions and offer players an insight into how people react to the extreme.
Explains Rafał Orkan, a novelist and co-author of Dying Light’s story.
Roaming a city devastated by a mysterious epidemic that turns people into zombies, players will assume the role of Kyle Crane, an undercover operative sent to infiltrate the quarantine zone. Sheer chaos, warring factions and a suspicious mission all tug at Crane’s decisions for what he has been told is “the greater good”. Yet who decides when greater good turns into necessary evil?
Going into Dying Light, I was blown away by the visuals of the game and was surprised by such a mature, intense script. I’m honored Techland let me be a small part of this gritty tale of survival. Can’t wait to see people’s reactions when they find out what’s really going on in the story and I can’t wait to play the game myself!
says Roger Craig Smith.
Dying Light is released for Xbox One in 2015 on January 27th in the Americas, January 28th in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and January 30th in Europe.
Capcom has finally revealed that the HD remake of the original PSone classic Resident Evil will be releasing this January for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as a dozen other platforms.
Resident Evil HD will be available in full 1080p for the next-gen platforms and 720p on previous generation, glorious new 5.1 surround sound support, the ability to switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio and a ‘very easy mode’ if you find the game a tad tough.
As well as these new additions, it contains a revamped control scheme which lets the player walk in the direction the stick is pointing or the classic, painfully frustrating controls, if you fancy a 1996 real challenge.
It has a planned release date of 20th January 2015 and will set you back $19.99/€19.99/£15.99. Excited? Let us know!
A new video from Square Enix. This time round showcasing a turbulent war of nations threatening to tear the land apart. Fuelled with propaganda, this show of power from the Militesi ruling incumbent, Marshal Cid, attempts to justify the Empire’s actions and discredit Class Zero, Rubrum and the other states.
Earlier today we received word that the self proclaimed, notorious street thugs Curve Digital and Roll7 have announced a new collaboration ; OlliOlli. OlliOlli is a finger-skate-em-up aiming to kick-flip itself over your couches and grind all up on your Xbox One in 2015. Seriously – I’ll be claiming for any damages!
For the seriously out-of-touch, OlliOlli is a 2D side-scrolling skateboard game crafted by Roll7 from a solid block of pure raditude. This ain’t your grandpa’s skating game – OlliOlli throws you feet first into high-risk, high-reward skate lines where ‘just one more trick’ can mean the difference between pulling off a gnarly combo and becoming just a smear on the concrete.
Players will be tearing up over 250 challenges across 100 levels, utilizing the 120+ tricks at their disposal as they compete for the highest score amongst their peers and other skater strangers.
Previously released for Sony consoles, all of the wild features return in full for the new versions, such as all four game modes, including the nails-hard RAD mode and the Daily Grind, which sees players worldwide competing on the same line for the highest score possible.
The game’s release is scheduled for early 2015, when you can finally pop shove-it into your Xbox One. As always, keep an eye on ThisisXbox for new details as we get them.
Tencent Games and Epic’s, iOS Infinity Blade titles are heading to the Xbox One console as Infinity Blade Saga. Development is underway from Tencent who are mulling over releasing it as a Free-to-Play title sometime before February 2015, and although it could also be released on the PS4, the Xbox One is their main priority!
If you have never heard of the Infinity Blade titles, the first was the fastest-grossing app in the history of iOS upon its release late 2010 and sales grossed US$23 million by the end of 2011. The game uses an “on-rails” play style that leads the player down a linear path with one on one sword combat against a variety of Gods and Monsters. All three titles have scored rather favourably with many gaming sites (that review mobile games) scoring them 9’s and in some instances a full 10/10.
Check out the iOS trailer for Infinity Blade 3 below to get a feel for the game before the Infinity Blade Saga is relased on the Xbox Marketplace next year.