Xbox Live Gold free games for August 2019 announced

In August on Xbox One, fight the monstrous Swarm in Gears of War 4 and then experience the thrill of racing in Forza Motorsport 6. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, explore treacherous dungeons in Torchlight, then prepare to do battle with fearsome beasts in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

Gears of War 4

Get ready for the upcoming Gears 5 by playing as JD, Kait, and Del in their first adventure. In Gears of War 4, the squad must discover the source of a terrifying new enemy and rescue their loved ones after escaping an attack on their village. After defeating the Swarm in the campaign, don’t forget to check out Horde and Versus multiplayer. As part of the Road to Gears 5, completing achievements and challenges in all three modes can earn you rewards and character skins that you can take with you into Gears 5. Once you’ve mastered the Swarm, you’ll be ready to continue Kait’s story when Gears 5 launches on September 10 with Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Forza Motorsport 6

One of the most comprehensive racing games of this generation comes your way in Forza Motorsport 6. Start your engines and compete against 24-players, day or night in all weather conditions. Customize and race over 450 Forzavista cars at realistic simulation speeds across 26 world-famous locales, and with the included Ten Year Anniversary Pack enjoy an additional 10 exotic cars all tuned to the top of their class. With unrelenting action and breathtaking visuals, master the road and race your way to victory.

Torchlight

Can you uncover the secrets buried beneath Torchlight? Developed by the creators of Diablo and Fate, choose among three separate character classes: Destroyer, Alchemist, or Vanquisher and seek adventure through randomized dungeon levels. Slay hordes of monsters, learn devastating skills, and loot endless treasure in this thrilling action-roleplaying title. Play Torchlight now before its sequel Torchlight II makes its way onto Xbox One September 3!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Play the role of Gabriel in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Raised by the Brotherhood of Light, begin your quest across a destroyed world to defeat the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule. With your devastating Combat Cross, take revenge on those who took your fallen beloved and attempt to bring balance back to the world.

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Xbox Live Gold free games for July 2019 announced

Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In July on Xbox One, survive against all manner of threats in the mysterious Inside and then enjoy frenzied action against friends in Big Crown: Showdown. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, play the side-scrolling adventure classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and then go save the future in Meet the Robinsons.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

Inside

Play the critically acclaimed and award-winning puzzle-platformer, Inside. Hunted and alone, take control of a young boy through creepy atmospheric environments, survive all forms of deadly traps and enemies and journey your way to the heart of a covert institute. What mysterious horror await?

Big Crown: Showdown

Your friends become your foes in Big Crown: Showdown. Compete for the crown in 4-player local or online multiplayer in three wacky worlds full of medieval shenanigans. Engage in frenzied fights and avoid perilous hazards in a fun and entertaining title for all ages.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Dracula’s castle has risen again and it’s up to you to save the world from the nocturnal threat in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. In this 2-D adventure/RPG platformer, battle the forces of evil, upgrade your armor and stats, and solve the mystery of what became of the previous hero, Richter Belmont. Solid non-linear gameplay and multiple endings make this cult classic a must-play.

Meet the Robinsons

Save the future by traveling to the past in Meet the Robinsons. Based on the animated movie, help Wilbur Robinson pursue the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy and his robotic hat, Doris, through time and thwart their evil plans. Armed with a collection of scientific gadgets, solve puzzles and battle your enemies to fix the time stream!

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Microsoft’s Disc-less Xbox One S Launching in May

It’s been known for a while that Microsoft has been working on a disc-less version of the Xbox One S. Codenamed Maverick, the new console will launch on 7th May, almost three weeks from now. The device is expected to be announced an upcoming Microsoft Inside Xbox event on 16th April.

The “All Digital” Xbox One S is the first console based on Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s next-gen iteration for Xbox. The expected price point is around $299 in the US. Considering the price of the current Xbox One S in India, which starts at INR 21,490, this should translate to under 20,000.

We don’t know the exact specifications, but rumours suggest that the upcoming Xbox One S will be powered by AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 based 8 core CPUs and next gen Navi GPUs. As shown in the image, it is expected to have 1TB of storage. As with the current Xbox One S, the new one will also have 4K and HDR support and its own bundles. Microsoft is also expected to announce a premium tier of their Game Pass service, which includes the benefits of both Xbox Live Service and the base Game Pass.

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PS5 and Next Xbox Looking To Beat Google Stadia, Will Release in 2020 (Rumour)

We don’t know a lot about the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, apart from the fact that they’ve been under works for a while. There’s a lot of speculation going on about the release dates, but the general consensus seems to be that we’ll get to see some news about the new devices towards the end of this year, and a launch sometime in 2020.

As posted by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier on ResetEra, it seems like very few people in the industry have any actual knowledge about these consoles. Interestingly enough, he also says that both Microsoft and Sony are looking to beat the 10.7 TFLOPs performance touted by Google Stadia at the announcement event. Here’s his post from the thread:

“Look, as I’ve been saying since roughly March 2018 (in this very thread), next-gen is coming in 2020. That Semiaccurate article saying 2018 (lol) got people’s hopes up for 2019, but by now I hope it’s clear that the PS5 ain’t coming out this fall.
And, despite all the rumors about devkits being out (usually from rumormongers who are wrong more often than not), the number of people briefed on next-gen is still very limited. Even within companies like, say, DICE, there’ll be a small team of engineers who now have a rough idea of specs, and everyone else will know when they need to know. Not a lot of devs are disclosed on next-gen right now.
In other words, don’t expect much in the way of substantial leakage just yet. The only thing to know for sure is that both Sony and Microsoft are aiming higher than that “10.7 teraflops” number that Google threw out last week. (And, as has been reported, Microsoft’s got a few things in the works.)”

This goes in tandem with our discussion on Google Stadia where we talk about how Google is competing with current-gen consoles when it says it is more powerful than both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X combined. Things are sure to get interesting in the gaming spectrum going forward as we see dedicated gaming hardware platforms compete with aggressive digital services like Stadia and XCloud. Do you think Google Stadia will be able to compete with next-gen consoles? Let us know in the comments!

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Assassin’s Creed 3 Remaster Announced for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

After a lot of rumours and leaks we finally have an official announcement for Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered.

This new remastered edition of the game seems to only be a visual overhaul of the title with 4K resolution support and HDR. There’s also a lot of changes to the lighting of the game with a really warm tone throughout the game now as seen in the trailer.

The game comes with all single-player DLC and also with Assassin’s Creed Liberation which is a game that takes place around the same time and ties in with the events of the Assassin’s Creed 3.

While we only have a little bit of information regarding what seems to be changed in this remaster, the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any gameplay changes is a bit of a step back because the Assassin’s Creed series gameplay has changed a lot over the past few years with Assassin’s Creed Unity arguably having the most fluid movement yet in the series.

Assassin’s Creed 3 is also a title that has the fanbase split about the fact that whether it is a good game or not. While most people tend to dislike the game because of how boring the felt the protagonist was, many praise it for how interesting the story was.

Assassin’s Creed 3 takes place during the American Revolution and you play as
 Ratonhnhaké:ton a half-English, half-Mohawk who also goes by the name of Connor who is fighting to get revenge on those who destroyed his village and to gain freedom for his people.

Assassin’s Creed 3 will be out on March 29th for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Microsoft to extend Xbox live to Nintendo Switch and Smartphones, a step towards unified gaming platform

Microsoft is quite ambitious about Xbox’s future. Project xCloud, which the company launched in 2018, stated company’s clear goal to make Xbox games available on all platforms.

The latest reveal by Game Developers Conference says that Microsoft is planning to support cross-platform multiplayer gaming. This means that iOS, Android, Switch, PC and Xbox players would be able to play together. This move brings a lot to the table. Introducing all social and interactive tools including leaderboards, means that Microsoft would be able to tap into currently untouched 2 billion devices and integrate them into mainstream gaming, becoming the most ‘expansive’ platform.

Having a unified gaming platform means a win-win for everyone. But, disappointing, Microsoft has restricted the purchase of games to Microsoft’s own store only.
We’ll surely get more details and information when Microsoft does its presentation at GDC 2019. Stay tuned.

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Microsoft Studios Changes Name to Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft Studios has been rebranded as Xbox Games Studios to signal the change that the Xbox brand is aiming to achieve.

Microsoft Studios was formerly known as Microsoft Game Studios until around the launch of the current generation of console. They rebranded to Microsoft Studios because they had planned on bringing TV studios as well as Movie Studios under this banner.

That might have not worked out as they had intended but with Phil Spencer spear-heading the Xbox division to improve it and bring it to other platforms, the name change to Xbox Game Studios makes sense. They’re expanding the Xbox service to PC slowly and steadily, especially with the Play Anywhere feature and Xbox Game Pass.

Besides PC, they’re also planning on expanding to mobile and consoles as seen from the Xbox Live SDK announcement for the Nintendo Switch and Mobile platforms. They’re also planning on a Game Streaming service which could fall under the Xbox branding.

In March at the Game Developer’s Conference, Microsoft plan to discuss the changes that will come to Xbox Live going forward as it is going to be a much bigger platform and with this, we could also see a better Store Front for PC users.

From this we can speculate that in the coming few years, the PC platform is going to get a lot of love from Xbox and maybe even get a lot of Xbox exclusive titles on PC especially since all the studious previously under Microsoft Studios are now part of Xbox Game Studios.

The current developer studios lineup includes 343 Industries(Halo), Turn 10 Studios(Forza), Obsidian Entertainment(Fallout New Vegas, The Outer Worlds), Playground Games(Forza), Ninja Theory(Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), The Coalition(Gears of War), inXile Entertainment(Wasteland 2) and many more studios, including new ones that they have been acquiring to bring more exclusive titles to their platform.

The future looks exciting for Xbox Game Studios and I’m excited to see how they expand the Xbox platform and what games they come out with. Maybe we’ll get Halo MCC or an official Xbox Emulator on PC in the future.

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Apex Legends a Free Titanfall Battle Royale Game To Release on 4th Feb

Titanfall never really got the limelight it should have with its incredible movement and shooting but that might change thanks to Apex Legends.

Apex Legends is an upcoming free to play Battle Royale game set in the Titanfall universe and uses the same mechanics as it. While not much is known about Apex Legends at this point, we know that they’re going to reveal it tonight at 9:30PM IST/
4PM GMT on the official Apex Legends Twitch channel.

The fact that it is a Battle Royale Shooter has been confirmed by Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards. What is surprising is that the game will not only be announced today, it is also set to release today itself after the official reveal according to sources.

The game will have loot boxes and microtransactions present but those will only be for cosmetic items. The game will also have up to 3 players in a team with a total of 60 players on a single server.

Former CSGO professional and famous Twitch streamer Shroud has already had a chance to play the game along with other streamers and content creators as seen above from the tweet by Myth, a professional Fortnite Battle Royale Player and Twitch Streamer.

The Titanfall games have always had mediocre sales and not a lot of activity in the multiplayer front even though the core gameplay and mechanics are really solid and offers fluidity like no other shooter out there. Not to mention the fact that you can also use powered up Titans to fight other Titans while other Pilots duke it out around them.

Maybe the free to play model will help the game have a stable player base and in the future include even more game modes. If they manage to improve on the mechanics of the previous two games for this title, this game could really match Blackout in terms of chaos and fun but I doubt they’ll change much besides ajdusting for the Battle ROyale game mode.

The Live stream will begin at 9:30PM IST/ 4PM GMT on the official Apex Legends Twitch Channel. Apex Legends is set to release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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February 2019 Games with Gold Revealed

Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In February on Xbox One, play the retro-action platformer Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, then play your friends in Super Bomberman R. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, hunt down members of the Brotherhood as a member of the Templar’s in Assassin’s Creed Rogue, and learn the ways of the Force in the final chapter of the Jedi Knight series in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

• Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon ($9.99): Available February 1 to 28 on Xbox One

• Super Bomberman R ($39.99): Available February 16 to March 15 on Xbox One

• Assassin’s Creed Rogue ($29.99): Available February 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

• Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy ($9.99): Available February 16 to 28 on Xbox One

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Jump into retro-style gaming with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. With the involvement of the legendary Koji Igarashi, this action-adventure title harkens back to some of the classic side-scrolling games of the past. Switch your play among several different characters, each with their own unique abilities, as you travel perilous lands to defeat the evil demon lurking in the forbidden castle.

Super Bomberman R
Step into the fun, because Super Bomberman R is back and better than ever! Eight Bomberman heroes journey to space to fight the Evil Emperor Buggler, but now with the help of the Master Chief — exclusive to the Xbox One version — use your state-of-the-art combat armor to help win the day. Play alone or with a friend because this is the biggest Bomberman game ever.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue
Continue the adventures of your ancestors in Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Set in the chaotic moments of the French and Indian War, relive the days of Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young outcast assassin who slowly morphs into a deadly assassin hunter due to tragedy. The dark transformation your character goes through will shape the future of the Brotherhood forever.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. In this classic title from the original Xbox, begin your journey as a student eager to learn as you interact with famous Star Wars characters and locations. In the end, you’ll face the ultimate choice: the good and freedom of the light or the tantalizing power of the dark side.

Read more about our Games with Gold program here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest news on Xbox. Also, check out more than 100 great games in Xbox Game Pass included in its monthly membership that you can try free for 14 days.

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Dragon Ball- Project Z Announcement Trailer Analysis

The announcement trailer for Dragon Ball Game– Project Z, an all-new Action RPG for PS4, XB1 and PC is out now and we’re going to analyze it and talk more about this upcmoing title.

In this epic retelling, you will be able to play through the legendary adventures of the Saiyan named Kakarot…better known as Goku – recounting the beloved story of DRAGON BALL Z like never before.
Developed in partnership with CyberConnect2, the game (with full title to be announced) will launch in 2019 featuring both Japanese and English voiceovers.

We don’t have a lot of information about the game but we do have enough to make a decent guess at what the game will be like. For most parts it seems like a remaster of or heavily inspired by Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku, a game for the GameBoy Advanced developed by Webfoot Technologies.

Legacy of Goku came out in 2002 and since this game only went up till the end of the Frieza saga, Webfoot made two more sequels named, The Legacy of Goku 2 and Buu’s Fury. In 2016, they did announce that they were making a sequel to those games as they started an Indie-GoGo campaign for it but it seems to have died down because there’s been no recent updates. We’ve reached out to them and will update this post if we hear back from them.

From the trailer though, it seems to be focused on the story of Son Goku and only shows moments till the Frieza saga with the last most scene from the show/manga being Goku turning SSJ for the first time. This is one of the main reasons why we think it is a Legacy of Goku inspired title, more-so with the fact that it is an Action-RPG title.

The visuals look similar to almost all mainstream Dragon Ball games with cell-shaded 3D models and environments. It also looks like this will be a 3D fighting game like Xenoverse 2 and not like FighterZ. Most of what we saw seemed to be footage from the game engine with only the last shots of Goku walking being actual gameplay.

In terms of locations, we have West City, Kame House, Namek, The forest near Goku’s house and a forest near West City. It will be interesting to see if it’ll be an open-world game or if we’ll be locked to small hubs which we can travel between from a menu. I’m hoping for an open-world game with side-missions and such.

Join Goku and fellow warriors in the neverending search for the ultimate fight — COMING 2019!

What’s interesting to note is that the game will release in 2019. We’re in the first month of 2019 with 11 more months left but it still seems like a really quick release date. This could probably be the reason why we’ve only seen Pre-Android saga footage because maybe it just isn’t ready or maybe they’ll be added later on to the game.

However, in this day and age it doesn’t make sense to release the game in episodic parts because even if they go the Hitman 2016 route with it, it really doesn’t make sense unless they’re trying to release the game ASAP to stay on the hype that the Broly movie has created and the inevitable announcement of the continuation of the Dragon Ball Super anime.

Another worrying aspect is that will this game also not be distributed in India due to a licensing issue. India has a huge Dragon Ball fan following and a lot of them would happily buy Xenoverse and FighterZ if they’d be available on the official marketplace but sadly have to get the games through re-sellers which sucks.

It is a great time to be a Dragon Ball fan and with so much Dragon Ball content coming our way, I can’t wait to see more about Project Z.

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