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Games with Gold – November 2016

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November is almost here and the new games are on the horizon for Xbox Live Gold members. As is custom, every month Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

For this November, On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Super Dungeon Bros for free during the entire month of November. Murdered: Soul Suspect will also be free from November 16th to December 15th.

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If you are a fan of still playing Xbox 360 games, starting Tuesday, November 1st, Monkey Island: SE will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th. Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon will be free from the 16 through the end of the month.

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See last’s month’s Games With Gold here.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

Watch the First Trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2

It feels like fans have been waiting ages for this announcement and when the announcement trailer hit, it showed us almost nothing. Rockstar Games confirmed earlier this week that fans would get “Red Dead Redemption 2” with the above announcement trailer but the teaser shows us very little about what to expect for the game.

The only piece of dialogue we hear—”Listen to me, when the time comes, you have to run and don’t look back. This is over” We don’t know who these ominous words come from but it is speculated that it could be at least said to John Marston as he leaves the gang of outlaws he ran with in his early days pre-Redemption.

Unfortunately we have pretty much forever to wait. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases in fall of 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. (There’s no Nintendo Switch version… yet.)

Rockstar will continue to slowly release information about the game over the next year so this teaser is just the beginning.

Games With Gold – September 2016

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The Games with Gold for September has officially been announced for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The four free games, Xbox Live members get will be “Earthlock: Festival of Magic,” “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China,” Forza Horizon,” and “Mirror’s Edge” for free.

For Xbox One, players get Earthlock: Festival of Magic for the entire month and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China from September 16th to October 15th.

On Xbox 360, starting Thursday, September 1st, Forza Horizon will be free through September 15th. Then on September 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Mirror’s Edge for free through September 30th.

You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

Final Fantasy XV Has Been Delayed to Avoid “Substantial” Day-One Patch

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Much to the disappointment of everyone who preordered “Final Fantasy XV,” (this family included), Square Enix has officially confirmed that they have delayed the release until the end of November.

“Final Fantasy XV” was supposed to release in early September but developers have decided to push the release until November 29.

In a video released on the official Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel, the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, assured gamers that the “master version” of the game was ready, but that the team wanted to make the “highest quality version” of the game available to everyone, including those who didn’t have their consoles connected to the internet.

According to the video, the main reason to delay release was to prevent players from having to download a huge patch immediately as it releases. Tabata said he’s opting to delay the game entirely and include the patch with the base game at release.

If there is one thing that gamers hate, its a huge day one patch. They are frustrating and often feel avoidable.So in the end, hopefully this delay is for the better.

You can watch Tabata’s whole announcement below.

Games with Gold – August 2016

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August is almost here which means its almost time for the new Games with Gold releases and Playstation Plus free games releases!

If you an Xbox Live Gold member, you will be able to download the hack-and-slash adventure game WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate for free the entire month of August. From August 16th through September 15th, you will be able to download the wrestling game WWE 2K16. For the Xbox 360 (with backwards compatibility on Xbox One) you get the indie-platformer Spelunky from August 1st through August 15th and Beyond Good & Evil HD for free from August 16th to August 31st.

You can subscribe to Xbox Live Gold via this link

If you have Playstation Plus, you will be able to download the tower-building physics game Tricky Towers and the space-trading and combat simulator Rebel Galaxy for PlayStation 4, the open-world action adventure title Yakuza 5 and the rhythm-shooter Retro/Grade for PlayStation 3, with the rhythm game Patapon 3 for PS Vita, and the old-school arcade game Ultratron for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita.

You can subscribe to PlayStation Plus via this link.

Have fun this month!

Remastered BioShock: The Collection Officially Revealed

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In the best news I have gotten in months, Irrational Games, 2K, and Blind Squirrel Games have officially announced BioShock: The Collection, a remastered compilation of all three games in the series. And if youre like me, you can finally get rid of that 360 you were holding on to just to play the BioShock series.

The collection will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13. The bundled content for BioShock: The Collection includes:

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  • The video series, “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” featuring Ken Levine, creative director on BioShock and BioShock Infinite and Shawn Robertson, animation lead on BioShock and animation director on BioShock Infinite.
  • Museum of Orphaned Concepts: Walk through a Rapture-inspired virtual museum that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at discarded concepts that never made it into the original game.
  • Challenge Rooms: Outside the story of BioShock, tackle puzzles, splicers and Big Daddies. And achievements, of course.

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  • Minerva’s Den: A self-contained BioShock story, presenting a side of Rapture you’ve never seen before. Use expanded combat abilities with the experimental Ion Laser and chaotic Gravity Well Plasmid, unique to Minerva’s Den, as you face off against the Lancer Big Daddy.
  • Protector Trials: Take control of an Alpha Series Big Daddy woken out of hibernation just before the events of BioShock 2.

BioShock Infinite

  • Burial at Sea – Episode 1 & 2 Add-On Packs: This major two-part DLC pack completes the BioShock trilogy by taking the series back to where it all began. Return to Rapture just before the events of the original BioShock!
  • Clash in the Clouds Add-On Pack: Face 60 waves of challenges across four additional maps for leaderboard glory and unlock areas to explore in The Columbian Archaeological Society hub museum.
  • Columbia’s Finest Pack: Combines the contents of the Industrial Revolution Pack and the Upgrade Pack and includes 500 Silver Eagles, five Lock Picks, six unique Gear items, and two weapon upgrades: Comstock’s China Broom Shotgun and Comstock’s Eagle Eye Sniper Rifle.

In short, BioShock: The Collection offers more than $100 of content remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and digital PC for only $59.99. Pick it up on September 13 and watch the reveal trailer below:

Games with Gold – July 2016

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The free games for Xbox Live members and PlayStation Plus members have been announced for July 2016.

Xbox Live Gold Members will get The Banner Saga 2 for free during the month of July and the action-puzzle game Tumblestone from July 16th to August 15th for Xbox One. . On the Xbox 360 side of things (with Xbox One Backward Compatibility), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 will be free from July 1 to July 15 and the third-person action game TRON: Evolution from July 16 to July 31.

In case you also have PlayStation Plus, you can download Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and the stylized action title Furi for PlayStation 4, the western shooter Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood and the action real-time strategy game Fat Princess for PlayStation 3, and the RPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and the action-adventure game Prince of Persia: Revelation for PS Vita.

Watch the New The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Trailer

The first trailer for the highly anticipated next “Zelda” game as finally released and it looks beautiful. Nintendo released the trailer at this year’s E3 conference. You can watch the first trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild above!

 In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.

According to series Producer Eiji Aonuma, this new installment is going to be boundary breaking for the franchise. He has said that the new game will be a clean break from the conventions of previous games, removing boundaries that forced players to follow a set path and introducing new gameplay that has not been experienced in previous games in the series.

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will launch in 2017 for the console, and the game will also debut as a title for Nintendo’s next console, currently codenamed Nintendo NX.

Kit Harrington to be Main Villain in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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Sexy walking deadman, Kit Harington, is moving from the fantasy world to the one of our past. Activision has officially announced that the “Game of Thrones” star will be featured in the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, scheduled for release November 4th.

Taylor Kurosaki, narrative director, Infinity Ward, the developer behind the upcoming game, said,

“Kit is an amazing talent, and the consummate pro. Our story is about an epic showdown of opposing forces, and Kit immersed himself into the role and truly became the embodiment of the enemy, the Settlement Defense Front. We can’t wait for fans to see Kit play an entirely different kind of character.”

Activision and Infinity Ward also worked closely with film director Guy Ritchie, who is familiar with the Call of Duty franchise, having helmed the acclaimed live-action trailer “Surprise” for “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”

“Guy Ritchie is a friend of the franchise, so it was great to have him back to work with us, assisting in bringing Kit Harington’s character to life in Infinite Warfare,” added Dave Stohl, studio head, Infinity Ward. “It meant a lot to us to develop the role into everything it could be. We’re excited about the performance Kit delivered and can’t wait to get it out to the public. We’re committed to delivering a compelling story with rich character depth, and this was a special opportunity to add to our fantastic cast.”

Tim Ellis, chief marketing office, Activision, added,

“Gathering this level of talent together for this role speaks to our studio partner’s drive to deliver a powerful narrative in Call of Duty. We challenge ourselves to constantly be fresh and expansive in creating gripping, immersive experiences that are exciting to play for our fans every year.”

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, scheduled for release November 4th.

PS4 Neo Confirmed by Sony

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Even though the Sony E3 press conference didn’t start until today, the company confirmed the plans for their long-rumored PS4 Neo a few days ago! The press release said,

“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president and global CEO Andrew House told the Financial Times. “We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”

The PS4 Neo will feature ultra-high definition 4K resolution and richer graphics, and as a result will be more expensive than the regular PlayStation 4 system, which is currently priced at $350.

“The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs. We want to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety.”

No pricing or release window was given and they won’t be revealing the new version of the console at E3 citing a desire to showcase “the best experiences on the new system” in their entirety.