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Which of this week’s Xbox Live Deals With Gold bargains should you pick up? : 30th Jan – 5th Feb 2018

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Last week may have given us our first really exciting deals of 2018, but this week’s Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight offers will be competing for our money against the likes of exciting releases such as Monster Hunter World, Dragon Ball FighterZ and more. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight Sale for 30th Jan – 5th Feb 2018 and see what you should and shouldn’t be looking to add to your collection.

Grab – Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered – 70% off – £2.40

Legions of monsters, ghosts and evil bunnies stand in your path, and as grim reapers Grimm and Rose, you’ll need to utilise the power of words to pack the devastating punch that will send these monsters on their way in Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered.

With each word spelt, players will battle monsters, earn gems to purchase upgrades, books and special items, and progress through each of the increasingly difficult levels. Gameplay takes the form of a turn-based RPG adventure, and this is one of the finest linguistic adventures available. Not to mention an absolute blast to play.

For just £2.40 this is certainly one of the best deals this week and one of the most unique adventures on Xbox One.

Grab – The Sun and Moon – 67% off – £2.64

Looking for a new platforming adventure? Like a bit of a challenge? Chances are you’ll love what The Sun and Moon has to offer, and for under three pounds, you’ll love the price too. With a unique mechanic that sees players able to dive into the ground before being flinging themselves high into the sky in a gravitational platform challenge.

Whilst it may not be the most expansive platform adventure out there, The Sun and Moon is certainly unique in both art style and play style and those wanting a different experience to the usual platformers filling the store will find a great experience – and all for the price of a coffee.

Grab – Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – 50% off – £8.00

Although Shante: Half-Genie Hero is by far the best Shantae adventure you can play on Xbox One, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is still a fantastic title. In this adventure, Shantae must once more save her homeland of Scuttle Town thanks to the latest attacks of Ammo Baron. Thanks to having her powers destroyed in the previous adventure Risky’s Revenge, Shantae is adjusting to life without her Half-Genie powers and must use all of her human skills and along with her iconic hair whip attack to fend off the encroaching attakers to her beloved town.

If you’re looking for the next title to sink hours into then this is certainly one to consider. Whilst eight pounds may not be the cheapest deal available, the quality found in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse truly represents a game that we all need in our gaming libraries. With a booming soundtrack that edges you along, fluid movement and a classic villain to take down, this is a hero adventure everyone should be getting behind.

Leave – FIFA 18 – 50% off – £30.00

It may certainly be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sporting release of the year however the unfortunate reality is that £30 for FIFA 18, a game that’s edging closer to its next release, is a big ask especially when that game will be appearing on the EA Access vault for free in the next couple of months.

If you’re a big fan of football, or watching players utilise Ronaldo and Messi as an unbreakable one man army, then chances are you’ve already got on board with this year’s iteration of the FIFA series, so if you’re looking to get involved at this late stage, then you’ll be better off waiting it out a little longer until the game inevitably arrives on the EA Access vault. After all, a yearly membership for that is only £19.99 which means money saved that could go towards the other fine offers available this week.

So, there we have it, our thoughts on this week’s best and worst offers from the Xbox Live Deals With Gold bargains. Will you be picking up any of this week’s deals? 

Before you go, don’t forget to head on over to CDkeys to pick up some super cheap Xbox Live credit to stretch those gaming funds a little further this week.

For a full list of this week Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight sales for 30th January – 5th February 2018, make sure to check out our article, and let us know which deals catch your eye in the comments below.

Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight Sale Details 30th Jan – 5th Feb 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm takes aim with its Xbox One, PS4 and PC teaser trailer

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The original Insurgency formula has seen millions of sales. Now though it’s ready to expand and Insurgency: Sandstorm will take the series into a new era – an era that includes Xbox One and PS4.

Revealed today with the teaser trailer that you can see below, Insurgency: Sandstorm will take everything that gamers know and love, before enhancing and expanding the FPS with UnrealEngine 4, upgraded visuals, extended gameplay options, improved immersion and new co-op and versus objective modes. You can be sure that it will retain all the tactical action that has made Insurgency the worldwide hit that it is!

Placing you in the middle of large scale 16 v 16 skimirshes with artillery barrages, helicopter gunships, repurposed commercial drones, air strikes, and drivable land transport vehicles, Sandstorm will blur the lines between reality and shooter as split second decisions will mean life or death for you and your team.

There will be weapons too – quite obviously – and each will have unique ballistic calculations that take into account things like bullet drop and penetration power. Choose whether to drop magazines for faster reloads in dangerous situations, carefully open doors to keep quiet, or bash doors down with a shoulder charge, and much more.

Expansive maps, interiors to breach and objectives to hit are just the start of the action and with play areas adjusting for each game mode, a co-op option for when you want to battle bots, and the rewards that teamwork bring allowing for personal success, rankings and more, Insurgency: Sandstorm should be one to keep an eye on.

Sandstorm will be hitting Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year, but for now, make sure you follow a wounded fighter as he stumbles through an assault while images of combat flash through his head. Yep, that means hit up the trailer pronto!

Two free DLC packs announced for Real Farm – release date confirmed!

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Back in October 2017, Real Farm arrived on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, threatening to shake up the farming simulation market like never before. After delivering some great visuals and a career mode that let you get on with farming glory, if you were in the market for a farming sim, then it was worth checking out. Now though, after being hit with updates and fixes over the last couple of months, Real Farm is getting itself some DLC – and it’ll be free!

SOEDESCO have today announced that the first two pieces of DLC for Real Farm on Xbox One, PS4 and PC – the Potato pack and the Grünes Tal map – will arrive at launch for free. With them introducing one of the most popular crops in the world, and a free map to grow them in, it could well be the boost needed for us gamers to head back down to the farm.

Edit: It has now been confirmed that these packs will be arriving come March 2nd 2018. 

Full details of each pack are below. As is a trailer. Make sure you hit it up.

Potato Pack DLC:

The Potato pack offers everything players need to grow one of the most popular crops in the world: potatoes. The pack contains two new harvesters: the Rival PH-4 and the Rival PH-4X. Next to that there’s five new attachments, to help players sow, level and cultivate their fields and three new jobs in career mode for players to complete. To top it off, this permanently free pack also brings three fun vehicles to the game: The Ebon Q-Bike, the Hercules Sports GT and the Ebon Sports UV. All these additions are the result of conversations held between SOEDESCO and the community.

Grünes Tal map DLC:

This map DLC takes players to a Western European inspired valley called Grünes Tal. Players get to experience its lush forests, verdant hills and picturesque towns all free of charge for those who own Real Farm before the DLC launches. After that, the DLC costs €9,99/$9.99. On Steam, Real Farm players automatically receive the Grünes Tal map DLC once it launches. It will become a paid DLC for players who buy Real Farm after the DLC’s launch. On PlayStation4 and Xbox One, the map is free to download for 7 days after launch and becomes a paid DLC after that period.

If you wish to know more about Real Farm and haven’t yet had a read of our review of the Xbox One version of the game, then you should get to it right away.

Jethro Tull takes us back to the 70s with the latest Rocksmith DLC

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We’ve had multiple opportunities to head back to the madness of the 1970s with Rocksmith on Xbox One, PS4 and PC – and today we find ourselves going back there again as three 70s anthems have hit home.

Available right now for all Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC players to purchase, download, learn and, eventually, master are three tunes plucked straight from the 1970s music scene to create the 1970s Song Pack III. With Jethro Tull leading the way, and then the Grand Funk Railroad and Golden Earring following up, it’s a rather decent little pack of tunes.

Should you wish to splash the £6.39 required, will get access to the following:

  • Jethro Tull – Aqualung
  • Grand Funk Railroad – We’re An American Band
  • Golden Earring – Radar Love.

As always, you’ll find that the Microsoft Store will sort out the Xbox rockers, whilst those on PS3 and PS4 will need to hunt down the latest content on their own digital store. Whether you’re learning the ways of the axe with Rocksmith 2014 Edition or Rocksmith Remastered matters little – new content is always great and should you not fancy the entire pack, then you should at least be considering a single £2.39 option.

Don’t forget to let us know what you’re be picking up by posting in that comments section down below too.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – The Hidden Ones DLC Review

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I’ve put more than 60 hours in to Assassin’s Creed Origins. That stat alone made me depressed, questioned my life choices and left me wondering how I could have used those hours for the good and betterment of mankind. But here I am once more, heading back to Egypt, forgetting the depressive mood and understanding why I loved spending so much time in Origins. It’s like when you go back to your favourite holiday destination, or bookshop or bar or park… it just feels like home. But now I have a new chapter to take in with The Hidden Ones – the first of three story-driven DLC add-ons to come to Assassin’s Creed Origins in the next few months – I’ve had to cancel my life once more as I’ve been drawn back to Egypt.

The Hidden Ones is set four years after the main events of Assassin’s Creed Origins and takes you to a new region called Sinai, which is under the influence of those pesky Romans. Sinai is a rocky mountainous region consisting of around three main areas pieced together, with villages, and hidden locations to explore, including one of the biggest forts to grace Origins, which is almost the size of a city. Then there is an actual city ready to be ripped apart for relics and treasures. That place in itself is amazing in both its ambition and design.

The story follows Bayek as he helps a small group of Assassins try and get control back from the Romans, all while stopping some of their heinous leaders doing some terrible things. If you loved the base game of Assassin’s Creed Origins and want more of the same, then this the DLC for you. There’s nothing majorly new in the gameplay, except the area is different and the missions are new, and if you’re looking for a whole new major shake-up, then this isn’t the content you’re looking for. There are around eight or nine main missions to follow and these normally end with you taking out a captain or leader. The main story is good (as you would fully expect with anything linked to Origins) and questions the whole divide between the Assassins and the Templars, and how each group is really fighting for the same ideals. There are some hard battles to partake in, and some of the forts are filled to the brim with nasty Romans baying for your blood. The actual side missions are of a extremely high quality once again and really worth spending some time with, especially the final one that delivers a satisfying story arc that relates well to the main game villain.

The level cap that Assassin’s Creed Origins originally came with has now been upped to 45 with the addition of The Hidden Ones, so the race is on once more. There are also a whole bunch of new weapons to feast your eyes upon, including some nice bits of gear and some lovely looking new mounts. There are places of interest, papyrus secrets, tombs and lots of things to do once again. With everything that is on offer, you’ll find that there’s about four hours of extra gameplay here, which I think is great for a piece of DLC. The only slight downside is that it would be nice if there was one surprise to make us stand back in awe, turning everything on its head. But hey, maybe that’s to come with future content drops.

Visually and Origins is still one of the prettiest games you will find on this generation of consoles. The night and day cycles are stunning and the level design, landscapes and cities look beautiful. I’ve liked the way The Hidden Ones has provided a great mixture of rugged mountain landscapes, sprinkled with lush oasis’ and a really interesting new city design. It’s all the little details that you can spend hours getting lost in as you discover many different hidden stories just from the visuals alone. There is a great location under a pyramid that really showcases the lighting effects to the max.

The sounds are still excellent as well, from the deepest growl of a lion to the rumble when the game landscape changes after an assassination is completed. The music is beautiful too, unchanged, but beautiful – whilst the voice acting is an excellent standard indeed. I feel that with this little piece of DLC and the length of script, that things are much more focused for the actors and this helps them deliver a great narrative arc.

Overall, as I said at the start of this piece it’s great to be back in Assassin’s Creed Origins. The Hidden Ones carries on the excellent standards from the main game and provides a thought-provoking story with an excellent selection of side missions. I wanted a big surprise and I hope that will be coming later, but overall I’m a very happy Assassin indeed.

I’ve put more than 60 hours in to Assassin’s Creed Origins. That stat alone made me depressed, questioned my life choices and left me wondering how I could have used those hours for the good and betterment of mankind. But here I am once more, heading back to Egypt, forgetting the depressive mood and understanding why I loved spending so much time in Origins. It’s like when you go back to your favourite holiday destination, or bookshop or bar or park… it just feels like home. But now I have a new chapter to take in with The Hidden Ones…

Pros:

  • Excellent story and design
  • Brilliant missions
  • Same high standards as before

Cons:

  • Needs a surprise

Info:

  • Massive thanks to - Ubisoft
  • Formats - Xbox One (Review), PS4, PC
  • Release date - January 2018
  • Price - £7.99
TXH Score

4.5/5

Pros:

  • Excellent story and design
  • Brilliant missions
  • Same high standards as before

Cons:

  • Needs a surprise

Info:

  • Massive thanks to - Ubisoft
  • Formats - Xbox One (Review), PS4, PC
  • Release date - January 2018
  • Price - £7.99

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Beholder Complete Edition Review

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I’ll be honest… when I sat down to Beholder: Complete Edition, I had no idea what to expect. It’s not a game I’d ever heard of, and I wasn’t sure what it was even about. Ten minutes in however, and I soon realised this was no simple adventure to be taken lightly.

In fact, what I had now taken charge of was a borderline inhumane role to enforce the views of a totalitarian state on the unfortunate tenants of the lonely apartment complex I was now the new landlord of. Due to my failure to maintain a positive cashflow, ten minutes was all it took for the Ministry of Association to warrant my arrest and my family’s execution. So, after being booted back to the main menu, I went in for another shot – this time with a much more serious eye for the job.

Go on, admit it, you’re intrigued now right. I certainly was, so let me tell you a bit more about the Complete Edition of Beholder.

So, after getting back into the swing of things, I took on the role of protagonist Carl Stein, a family man who’s just been appointed the new landlord of a Class D apartment block by the Ministry of Allocation. Being landlord of this apartment means you are now an elite official rank and given the importance of the job, must start work immediately – at least according to your boss Mr. Bruno Hempf, the Senior Public Servant for the Ministry of Order who is waiting for you at your new home. Fortunately, your family will be coming with you, so you at least have some familiar faces to cry to at the end of each day, as you’ll all be living in the basement apartment below the complex.

Upon arrival you see the previous landlord being whisked away by police. My initial thoughts on this were that he was simply a bad man who’d warranted being dragged away, although a little while into my stint as landlord, I wasn’t so sure that my pre-judgement was accurate.

Being a landlord in a Ministry of Allocation apartment block isn’t quite the same as the typical landlord roles you would expect. You see, being a landlord is a public servant job that requires that you follow the directives of your government at all times. The directives set out from the start are to essentially spy on your tenants and report any misdemeanours to the Ministry. To become the perfect landlord, you will need to document the hobbies, interests and even conversations of each of the tenants in the apartment building – or as impressed upon as I started my new role, observe and record.

This isn’t a nine-to-five job however and with a constant watch over the tenants expected at all times, my new employers were quick to administer an experimental drug during the medical exam that suppressed the need for sleep, meaning more time, or all my time rather, could be spent serving the Ministry.

In basic terms, you are essentially the building spy in private, whilst putting on the face of the friendly landlord in conversation. You will need to spy on all tenants, which is done by placing surveillance cameras in their homes when they are out – all of which must be bought from your own pocket via money earnt – to searching through their personal belongings to check for further information and potential contraband. At times you may well even need to take rather underhanded measures against a seemingly innocent individual just because the Ministry wants them gone.

Whilst that may sound harsh, it was the Ministry’s directives that really impressed the severity of control I needed to have over my tenants, with new directives/law changes coming almost daily to make things such as books, apples, theatre, music, and even jeans all made illegal. This means that when the lonely doctor who had recently moved in to apartment 3 was found to have an interest in music, I was forced to report my suspicions to the ministry before watching the police arrive to beat the poor man senseless and whisk him away. Did I feel bad? Terribly, especially when my payment came to increase my money and reputation points, all as I realised a part of that was down to my grassing on a lonely man’s interests. But that’s part of the job, and I was doing what needed to be done.

Of course, you don’t always have to follow the rules, and with many different outcomes available, there are plenty of reasons to stray from the righteous path every now and again. For example, there is one part that pulls on your morals and brings about a hard choice in which a stubborn man, Mr Klaus Schimmer who is residing in apartment 1 with his wife, starts to become someone who should probably be reported. He’s not a criminal in the true meaning of the word, but due to the overbearing directives forced upon the community, he’s someone who isn’t following the rules. Here is where an opportunity arrives to either confront him, call the authorities, or even try to help him escape. There’s a chance of course that it could go well, but there’s an even higher chance that it could all collapse miserably and you’ll either end up dead or on your way to prison whilst your family are killed to ‘compensate’ your efforts. Nevertheless, these people aren’t bad people, so Beholder constantly asks you which decisions you are willing to make.

Beholder: Complete Edition is full of little challenges like these – there was even one which saw my family require immediate care as my daughter Martha was taken ill and needed medicine that was extortionate in price, and as I couldn’t afford it, she then died, causing my wife to kill herself in grief. By this point my son had already gone too, so before I knew it, I had lost my whole family all thanks to paying too much attention to finding out what a young lady was whispering about. Not long after that I had spent too much money again and ended up being carted off by the police for running out of money – not to mention I was regretting my early judgement on the poor chap being dragged away at the start of the game.

It’s probably a good time to point out there are two difficulty levels to the game, Government Elite and Trainee. However, after consistently making terrible mistakes on the Trainee difficulty in which things are already much cheaper to buy, and the gameplay in general is apparently easier, you will probably understand why becoming a Government Elite wasn’t for me.

Even without the moral provoking choices that appeared along the way, Beholder already has set objectives that will prove challenging enough, with the Ministry often ringing you up to give out new orders, which then come with their own time limit should you wish to succeed for the day.

Fortunately, gathering all the information you need is a rather simple process that is done by use of a journal that sits nicely in a menu on the side of the screen, and is accessed with a simple tap of the RB button. In here you can find all the information gathered on your current tenants, as well as who lives in each apartment, any tasks that are currently set, all the government directives, bills paid, and any messages or enquiries you have received, meaning you’ll be able to go about your rather busy schedule without needing to faff around on multiple menu screens.

As mentioned before, all your efforts are rewarded via the means of money and reputation points; two things which are vitally important to the game. Money is used for things such as buying surveillance equipment, electrical and furniture repair kits for the moments in which you’ll need to open up a vacant flat, paying the bills and on the odd occasion paying people by whatever means necessary. Reputation points on the other hand are important as these represent your standing within the building and can be used for personal gain when trying to persuade people around you to do as you want them to do. Of course that may not be the most morally rewarding option, but by now you’ll probably be used to that. Especially given that blackmail is an option if you don’t choose to utilise your reputational powers.

Despite this already being quite a bit to contend with, this is the Complete Edition of Beholder, and that means should you wish to try something a bit different, then the option to jump into the included Blissful Sleep DLC is an option.

In Blissful Sleep, players are taken away from the busy life of Carl Stein and instead get put in to the shoes of Hector Medina – the poor soul/ex-landlord you originally take over from in the base game. You know, the one that I had prematurely judged as he was dragged away by police.

And it is here where you get to see just how unlucky the poor man is. The DLC begins as a bit of a prequel to the main game with players starting out in the familiar apartment complex before receiving a phone call from the ministry congratulating him on his 85th birthday. Due to a new directive enforced upon the land, anyone who reaches the grand age of 85 must make their way to the newly opened Euthanasia Centre within two weeks in order to be put down for a ‘blissful sleep’.

The issue for Hector however is that he isn’t 85, he isn’t even close to 85, and instead the government have recorded his age incorrectly. But despite his pleas, government paperwork is government paperwork and he too is expected to arrive to the centre to be euthanised… it was at this point where I began to feel terrible for my early assumptions.

Throughout the DLC, your main objective is to find a way to help Hector escape from the harsh and upcoming life ending event. Sure, you’ll still have to put time in to helping people and solving issues within the apartment complex, and, much like in the main game, there will still be times you’ll still find yourself unable to please everyone, but with a much larger issue on the horizon, it doesn’t feel quite so morally bankrupt to be selfish this time around. And it’s a lot easier too.

Beholder: Complete Edition is a surprisingly challenging experience, but is still a fantastic game. With new challenges arriving each in-game day, plenty of characters, tough choices and the perfect dark and grubby environment to match the general moral breaking tone of the game, Beholder: Complete Edition provides a rather unique experience and is certainly one that’s worthy of your time and attention.

I’ll be honest... when I sat down to Beholder: Complete Edition, I had no idea what to expect. It’s not a game I’d ever heard of, and I wasn’t sure what it was even about. Ten minutes in however, and I soon realised this was no simple adventure to be taken lightly. In fact, what I had now taken charge of was a borderline inhumane role to enforce the views of a totalitarian state on the unfortunate tenants of the lonely apartment complex I was now the new landlord of. Due to my failure to maintain a positive cashflow, ten…

Pros:

  • Unique gameplay with humorous directives
  • Morale breaking choices, with plenty of replayability
  • Dark and grubby location sets the tone perfectly
  • Included Blissful Sleep DLC

Cons:

  • Run out of money and it's game over time!
  • Base game is rock hard

Info:

  • Massive thanks to - Curve Digital
  • Formats - Xbox One (Review), PS4
  • Release date - January 2018
  • Price - £19.99
TXH Score

4/5

Pros:

  • Unique gameplay with humorous directives
  • Morale breaking choices, with plenty of replayability
  • Dark and grubby location sets the tone perfectly
  • Included Blissful Sleep DLC

Cons:

  • Run out of money and it's game over time!
  • Base game is rock hard

Info:

  • Massive thanks to - Curve Digital
  • Formats - Xbox One (Review), PS4
  • Release date - January 2018
  • Price - £19.99

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Part 2 of The Freedom Chronicles DLC brings Agent Silent Death to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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The rather exciting Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus proved to be another fine addition to the exquisite Wolfenstein series when it arrived at the end of October last year, but if you’ve already bested everything on offer within the campaign and find yourself looking for something a little more from the action packed shooter, then fear not – the latest DLC is here to give you a new reason to jump back in to the adventure once more.

Arriving as the second of the three part DLC to The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass is The Diaries of Agent Silent Death. In this DLC content, players will take on the role of ex American Secret Service agent and assassin, Jessica Valiant.

In this new role, you will be sent to infiltrate Nazi bunkers throughout California in the hope of discovering the secrets and inner details of Operation San Andreas. Unlike the previous DLC – Gunslinger Joe – Jessica is one who prefers to work from the shadows, taking a stealthy approach to each mission and eliminating enemies quietly. As a lady who likes to pack a punch, Jessica likes to travel light with just a silenced pistol and a sniper rifle making up her deadly arsenal.

Much like the previous DLC, The Diaries of Agent Silent Death will see players travelling to multiple locations whilst fighting many different enemies from the Nazi forces along the way.

Those interested in getting involved in the latest content can do so now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC for the price of £7.99, alternatively, holders of the Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass can find The Diaries of Agent Silent Death included as part of the Season Pass content.

Furthermore, a free update which fixes the following has arrived too:

  • Various optimizations and bug fixes
  • Updated difficulty balancing
  • More prominent damage direction indicators

Will you be heading into the adventure of Agent Silent Death? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

Yet to jump into Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus? Why not check out our full review for a full rundown on one of the finest shooters on Xbox.

EA SPORTS UFC 3 Champions Edition arrives on Xbox One and PS4

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Whilst it may have been some time since we last saw cover star Conor McGregor step into the Octogon to defend his Lightweight UFC title, EA’s yearly release means fans of the sport won’t have to wait any longer to take the Notorious into the cage to bounce heads off the canvas once more.

EA SPORTS UFC 3 Champions Edition is now available on Xbox One and PS4 and if you’ve been keen to get in on this year’s UFC experience and have bought into the premium experience, then the EA SPORTS UFC 3 Champions Edition will be available to play from today. 

Those jumping in to the Champions Edition will find the game comes with a choice of a permanent Champion Edition Fighter and Move Item for use with the UFC 3 Ultimate Team mode, as well as 5 Premium Packs that are instantly available and a further 20 Premium Packs that will be arrive over the course of 10 weeks. Finally, you will receive 500 UFC Points to help build towards that Ultimate Team roster.

EA SPORTS UFC 3 brings a fully fleshed out Career Mode once more for players to set out on their way towards the ultimate career goal of becoming the G.O.A.T., whilst familiar modes such as Ultimate Team return alongside the popular online modes in which the best fighters are found battling it out for titles.

If you’ve yet to buy into the EA SPORTS UFC 3 Champions Edition experience, then you can do so now on Xbox One and PS4 for the price of £79.99 (£71.99 with EA Access). Meanwhile the EA SPORTS UFC 3 Standard Edition will be available on February 2nd 2018 for £59.99 (£53.99 with EA Access)

Do you have what it takes to step in to the Octagon and become the Greatest of All Time? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels, and don’t forget to stay tuned for our full review coming soon.

Asemblance brings more psychological thrill to Xbox One

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If you are a fan of the mind-bending TV series’ The X-Files, The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, then Asemblance might just be the gaming equivalent you have been yearning for.

In Asemblance you awake trapped inside an experimental machine which was designed to stimulate memories. To escape, you must delve into a deep dark past: something you may not want to do. But alas, you must, and the first person perspective makes everything that bit more creepy. A mysterious AI voice will guide you, but there are so many things you just don’t know.

But I suppose that’s the way with psychological thrillers, and it is up to you to break the cycle by reliving the memories – are they even your own memories? What we do know however, is that you will be exploring some absolutely outstanding, highly realistic environments throughout the course of Asemblance.

You will have to find out more by picking up Asemblance from the Microsoft Store – something that can be done from today with £6.39 and an Xbox One. Just ensure you are mentally stable first though…

If you’re hesitant, then it may well be an idea to hold out for our full review. It’s on its way!

Game Description:

Asemblance is a single-player, first-person, psychological thriller. You wake to find yourself trapped inside an experimental machine. A machine built to simulate memories. You have no idea how you got here… But to break the cycle, you must look into a past that you may not want to remember. An AI voice guides you. But can this voice be trusted? Are you sure these simulated memories are your own? Asemblance is the first episode of an expansive franchise inspired by The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, and the Black Mirror television series.

Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight Sale Details 30th Jan – 5th Feb 2018

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We’ve recently been treated to all manner of decent sales, with the Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight sale playing host to the biggest and best discounts. But now, with a new week upon us, it is time to check out a ton of new Xbox One and Xbox 360 bargains. Want to check out the full list of game sales available via the Xbox Live Deals With Gold and Spotlight Sale for 30th Jan – 5th Feb 2018? We’ve got the lot!

Should you like the look of the discounts below and fancy grabbing a new game, then make sure you check out CDKeys and pick up some of their cheap Xbox Live Credit prior to hitting the purchase button of your desired game. Saving money has never been easier!

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We’d love to hear what games tickle your fancy. Let us know in the comments below.

What new Xbox One and Xbox 360 games are ‘In Stores This Week’? – 29th January- 4th February 2018

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The month of February is fast approaching and it kicks off with a knockout title arriving on the shelves for the Xbox One. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s ‘In Stores This Week’ for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

UFC 3 – 2nd February – Xbox One

The UFC series returns for a third iteration, featuring all the top athletes such as Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes and Georges St-Pierre. Prepare for the most fluid and responsive UFC game to date, with every kick, punch and block manoeuvre looking better than ever due to the use of Real Player Motion tech, which has recaptured a ton of gameplay animations. Players can experience it across all modes, especially in the G.O.A.T. Career Mode, where every choice outside of the ring means just as much as the performance inside the Octagon.

Those who find one particular aspect of the action more exciting can venture into the multiplayer side of proceedings, with Stand & Bang and Submission Showdown being the standout modes for some fast fun. Other modes available include EA’s usual Ultimate Team offering, and a Tournament mode which sees fatigue and stamina come into play, so there’s plenty to choose from. Who will you knock out first?

Where can I buy it? Amazon for £49.00

Of course, if you don’t want to buy your games in disc format, you could always get involved with a digital download. Buy your points from here and save money on each digital download you make!

Ewin Flash Gaming Chair Review

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If we were able to, us gamers would quite probably be happy to sit with a controller in hand for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Eating would be pushed to one side, and drinking to the other, as real life gave way to the virtual world and the joys that it brings.

But we’ve all been there and day long sessions need more than just a TV screen, console and controller. There needs to be comfort, and no matter how much you think your bed is the best place to lay whilst gaming, or the sofa is for lounging whilst you take the fight to the hardest Dark Souls boss, for the most intense gaming sessions you need a chair. A chair that has been designed with gaming in mind. The Ewin Flash Series Gaming chair in fact.

Ewin are relatively new kids on the block – only having decided to specialise in gaming chairs since 2016 – but they’ve already got a reputation for delivering cheap but quality products. And that is pretty much what they’ve done with the Ewin Flash Series of gaming chair.

Gaming is an expensive enough hobby as it is, with games and consoles quite happily taking up the bulk of any take home pay should you wish them to, but things get even more expensive when we take a look at the accessories that make our gaming sessions all the better. Headsets can roll into the hundreds and gaming chairs can go even higher. But Ewin are here to prove that not everything has to be super expensive to be good – and even though the white Flash gaming chair that Ewin have kindly provided looks great, it only comes in at £300. In a world motivated by squeezing every last drop from every loyal gamer, that must be commended.

Yes, I know that isn’t the cheapest price on the market, and you could quite easily pop down to your local games store and grab a considerably cheaper product. But would it be as comfortable as the Flash? I’d guess not and as far as bang for your buck goes, the Flash is right up there.

So what do we have? Well, visually Ewin have pulled one out of the bag with the white and black Flash. It comes with a durable steel frame which sees a high density memory foam base dropped onto it. This is then covered in a glorious wipe-clean PU surface to create a firm but comfortable seat that is good for many an hour of gaming.

As you would expect, the seat is fully height adjustable thanks to an easy to use lever on the underside of the seat, delivering a multitude of heights to suit your body type. My 6ft 2in 85kg frame fits in nicely and there is just enough hug from the sides of the seat to allow for comfort. That said, if I was any larger then things may well be a bit different and a little more room either side of the hips would be required.

The 4D armrests that pretty much come as standard now on many decent gaming chairs are present, and these can be raised, lowered, swivelled, rotated and placed in all manner of directions and positions. They are fairly soft too and even after sitting in the chair for a few hours at a time I have yet to find any indents where the arms are resting. I’m not sure why these armrests never seem to come covered in luxurious padding though. That would be an optimum setup in anyone’s eyes.

The Flash also allows for reclining and a swift pull of the lever on the right side of the base will see you being able to position the back rest at any adjustment between 85-155 degree angles. Why anyone would seriously consider dropping the back as far as it goes, unless you’re planning on sleeping in it, is beyond me, but the range in movement is great and it’s a cinch to set things how you like. There is also a degree of tilt to the seat base and whilst this has been troublesome to operate once you find your desired tilt it sits in place very nicely indeed.

And all that’s left to talk about after that is the five-pronged aluminium base and the casters that it sits on. But honestly, what is there to mention about those? Lovely black coated alu and large castered wheels are pretty much the norm nowadays. They work well on both carpet and hard flooring, with the slightly over-sized nature of the wheels allowing for plenty of movement.

Sat here today, does the Flash take pride of place in my gaming sessions? Well, no, but that’s because it is going up against a considerably more expensive product in the SecretLab Titan Stealth chair – something which is a bit more spongy and just a tad more comfortable in the long term gaming stakes. But that also comes in at a different price point and shouldn’t be seen as a direct comparison. It’s pretty much like comparing a Ford to a Jaguar – they both do the same thing very well, but one is just a little more luxurious.  

I have to point out that Ewin have created a brilliant product in the Flash gaming chair. However, other than for styling purposes, I can’t work out any reasoning for placing the huge lumbar support cushion anywhere near the thing. With it attached, it makes the seat near on unusable and it took just a matter of minutes before I had to feed the straps through the racing loops and throw it to one side. With that removed, comfort is hugely increased and allows for any gamer to spend a good few hours pounding away with their favourite games, making it a more than attractive option for anyone wishing to get in on the gaming chair bandwagon.

It’s also fairly tricky to put together out of the box. The instruction booklet, although clear, features a set of images that are initially tricky to follow, and actually connecting the seat back to the base with the included screws isn’t as easy as it should be. You’ll most definitely require a second pair of hands in order to put this chair together – if only because holding the back rest and hunting down screw holes alone is no easy task. Other than that though, it all goes together with ease.

But at the end of the day, the Ewin Flash does exactly what Ewin have set out to do – bringing a quality gaming chair at an affordable price. It looks great, it’s comfortable to sit in, and it should help enhance any long gaming sessions. The lumbar pillow issue aside, and for the price it comes at, you should be sticking this on your shortlist right now.

 

If you want to pick up the Ewin Flash Gaming chair (or any of their chairs for that matter), and wish to save a little money, then head over to Ewin right now and use the code ‘XboxHub’ to nab 15% off the price.

Bazalt Joe and new weapon unveiled for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

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A key component of any role playing shooter are the characters and weapons included and today Bandai Namco have revealed a couple of new additions for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.

The action role player that mixes in shooting mechanics will be hitting Xbox One, PS4 and PC in February, but before the release rolls round, we now have confirmation that Bazalt Joe and a Gun and Sword Special will be included.

Bazalt Joe, is a top GGO (Gun Gale Online) rank player who likes the protagonist’s ArFa-sys (Artificial Financial Adviser System). This humanoid is equipped with a particularly rare “Type-X” artificial intelligence and can think, take action and provide a variety of support. Joe is also cheerful and popular among the squadron members. He is persistent and never complains about the result of the game. When victorious he provides valuable information and gives good items.

The Gun and Sword Special equipment will be available when players clear a certain event with Kirito. This equipment will be able to deal with any situation from short to long range! Furthermore exclusive skills for this Gun and Sword Special equipment will also delight the fans!

You’ll find that Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will be hitting Xbox One, PS4 and PC from the 23rd Feb 2018. Not long to wait!

The Gaming Hub Podcast Episode 80 – How Fun is Sea of Thieves?

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A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to write for this amazing website and contribute to its great community. I did, and still do, really appreciate the kind things readers had to say about the writing contributions I made to the site. Due to work demands, I had to step away in 2016, but I always wanted to come back. In that time away, I started up a podcast with some friends, and we are now at episode #80. I am proud and excited to announce that our podcast will now be called The Gaming Hub Podcast and be the official podcast of TheXboxHub!

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We believe that gaming is fun and that it should be a positive experience. While we’ll always give an honest opinion on each topic, we don’t think there should be a ton of negativity surrounding this great hobby that we all have in common. Our goal is to build an equally great community of passionate Xbox players that want to chat and play with others that love gaming as much as we do.

We produce a podcast every week that is recorded on Friday evenings, along with a lot of streaming on Twitch and Mixer. There’s a lot of ways for you to become involved in our awesome community – we have a forums page on Facebook, a channel on Discord, and you can follow our channels on Twitch and Mixer. We give away prizes to people in the community just for taking part and making the community stronger! There will be links to all those venues at the end of this article.

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To kick off our new relationship with TheXboxHub, we spend episode 80 focusing on Sea of Thieves, Xbox Game Pass, and we give our top 10 predictions for what Xbox will bring us in 2018. We’d really appreciate it if you listen and subscribe, and we’d love to have you join the community via the venues mentioned above.

In future weeks, this article will detail that week’s episode, but for now I just wanted to say hello again and convey how excited I am to be part of this superb site again. I can’t wait to get started, and engage in some amazing conversation about Xbox again.

Here’s the show and all the links for you to easily become part of our fun and growing community!

 

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Discord: https://discord.gg/TgjEmdf

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/txhgaminghub

Mixer: www.mixer.com/gamingcultureradio

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Two fresh faces appear for Xbox Backwards Compatibility – Are they worth the return?

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Last week brought us six new Xbox One backwards compatible additions and this week we get to welcome another two. However, even though the number of available games is certainly impressive, there are still many highly requested Xbox 360 titles yet to join the roster of games playable on Xbox One. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look and see if this week’s latest additions will be something we should all be happy to dive back in to once more.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues – Play

Chances are, if you like one of the LEGO adventures, then you’ll like the majority of them.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2 rings true to that statement, with typical LEGO gameplay right from the off that brings the adventures of one of the big screens’ most beloved treasure hunting adventures to life – all with the usual LEGO fashion.

Whilst LEGO Indiana Jones 2 may well be one of the more ageing LEGO titles in the series, there’s no denying it still has that classic charm. There are plenty of coins, tons of comedy, and a good deal of creation included to keep things interesting throughout and with LEGO holding its own unique visual style, things hardly feel dated.

All four cinematic adventures are available to play through in the adapted LEGO fashion, and so LEGO Indiana Jones 2 is perfect for fans of the film franchise, or those wanting an enjoyable and lengthy LEGO adventure.

Given that it was also one of the first games in the franchise to include a fully enabled online co-op, as well as an integrated split screen mode that no longer tied players to the staying in the same area, LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues was really a strong title in the franchise.

With both the first and second titles now backwards compatible, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t look to play through the entire series from start to finish.

Split/Second – Play

It’s rare that you’ll find a game published by Disney that doesn’t have the Disney magic covering all corners of the screen and iconic characters plastered everywhere. But back in 2010 racing fans were given a rare treat, as they were given the chance to put pedal to the metal with one of the finest racers to grace the Xbox 360 – Split/Second.

Given the content involved, it was quite unexpected to see Disney Interactive Studios step in for publishing duties, but with the fine creation from Black Rock Studio shining through from day one, we can see why they did.

In Split/Second, players take part in a fictional reality TV program where participants race for money and glory. Throughout a race, players can build up their power play meter to trigger shortcuts as well as course alterting events such as causing bridges to buckle and buildings to fall, or you can go all out and attack your race opponents in attempt to recreate the Death Race film experience.

Whilst gameplay was pushed towards an arcade style and setting, rather than any of reality, the game was a blast to play and despite having its online multiplayer shut down not so long ago, Split/Second is still well worth the time of any racing fan. Not to mention we’ll all be getting it for free with February’s Xbox Live Games With Gold, so there’s really no excuse to miss out on this classic.

 

If you’re looking to embrace the past and fancy getting involved in a couple of decent playthroughs, then the latest Xbox One backwards compatible titles allow for that. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of these additions by posting in the comments below.

Tales from the Metal Gear Survive Beta

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When it comes to the Metal Gear franchise, it’s hard to think of it without the great mind of Hideo Kojima sitting and constructing it all. Unfortunately, after the massive breakdown between Kojima and Konami just over a year ago, Konami have moved on and Metal Gear Survive looks to be their answer on how to take the series forward.

With a public beta recently appearing on Xbox One, and my intrigue pushing me to take a gander at the future of the Metal Gear franchise, I decided to jump in and see just what we can look to expect when Metal Gear Survive arrives on Xbox One, PS4 and PC come February 22nd 2018.

For those still unsure about what exactly Metal Gear Survive is even supposed to be, it is a spinoff story set between the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zero and Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, with players taking on the role of soldiers who have been sucked through a wormhole and into a nightmare as chrystalline zombie-like creatures run riot.

Now I wouldn’t blame you for thinking I’ve got the wrong game here, especially given how unlike Metal Gear that sounds, but you best believe it, as this is the game taking the Metal Gear franchise forward. Before you completely write Konami off on this one though, let me tell you a little more about just what it is I was getting up to as whilst it’s not the Metal Gear experience we are used too, or have wanted, it wasn’t entirely terrible either.

There are a multitude of different genres that have been mixed together to create the Metal Gear Survive experience, all of which sit on top of the RPG-style base that’s seen in Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain. Throughout the three missions I was able to play in the beta, my main tasks consisted of scavenging, crafting, building and defending, all of which makes the game feel very similar to Fortnite, albeit with a Metal Gear Solid V skin over the top.

After creating my character, I was whisked in to what can only be described as the testing area. Here you are able to take any materials and put them to use, testing out the different tools and equipment that can be crafted within the game – from weapons to clothes and even defensive items such as fences. After finishing a mission, players return here and can also utilise any materials they have collected, to create weapons for use in the next mission.

This is also the place in which new missions are started, and the place you’ll be inviting your co-op partners from – something I highly recommend if you want to complete each mission and have fun doing it, as playing alone can become rather overbearing if you don’t have any decent equipment.

After choosing a mission, you’ll arrive in a rather sizeable mission area – all of which looks identical to Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, and are given free reign over where to go and how you go about it. The initial goal however was to go over to a marked defence area and start-up the wormhole digger, a large mining machine that must be protected against waves of the zombie-like enemies.

Upon reaching the large drill, timed waves of enemies will begin to attack and it’s your job to craft items from the various choices available that can be used to defend your base. These include guns, ammo, blockades – such as walls and fences – and many other types of defensive constructions, all of which can be crafted with resources scavenged between waves from around the area.

Whilst things such as wooden fences don’t require much in the way of resources to build, they are easily flattened by a large horde of enemies, so choosing your defences requires some clever thinking if you are to succeed in defending your objective.

The enemies themselves – officially referred to as creatures – clearly resemble zombies, and came in three different types within the beta. The first are your typical ‘shuffling zombies’ which can be easily taken down one on one, but can pose a real threat in a large group. The next type was practically a Left 4 Dead style Boomer that explodes when it gets too close, causing a large amount of damage, whilst the final type was an armoured enemy that proved to be quite the challenge without any substantial firepower.

As I mentioned previously, there is the option to play the game in co-op, which is quite obviously the intention, given how quickly and easily I was running out of ammo on my own. That said, all missions were also available for single-player.

Other than that, the beta was rather limited. Even though I believe I wasn’t able to utilise it to its full effect, I did notice there was a levelling system that, over time, increased stats such as strength, dexterity, endurance and vitality, as well as a number of different skills that can be improved upon too. Unfortunately I was tied to improving my character within only the Survivor class, however with more available in the full game, there is sure to be plenty for players to grind towards when more classes are available.

For now though, I’d have to say I’m quite disappointed in Metal Gear Survive. The guys over at Konami are clearly trying to steer things in a new direction, but it’s hard to be excited when that direction takes things away from the serious nature of the long-standing series and provides a rather lacklustre experience when compared to recent options. With assets of Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain being re-used, and such a strong similarity to Fortnite, there’s very little at present that leads us to expect anything majorly special when Metal Gear Survive arrives on February 22nd.

So, there we have it, my tales from the beta of the latest Metal Gear entry. Have you been spending any time with in the beta? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

Ultimate Edition of puzzling platformer Grave Danger launches on PC, coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Switch later

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Some say three is the magic number, and in Grave Danger that appears to be true as there’s a trio of heroes ready to be utilized in order to uncover an evil plot and defeat a mean baddie. Essentially, it’s a 2D platforming game with puzzle elements, but what does the Ultimate Edition bring to the table?

Well, there are 10 new levels, boosting the total number of levels to 30, featuring lots of new game mechanics such as firewalls, tippy platforms, and a ride-able robot bird capable of running and jumping over hazards. Other new features include turrets which fire harmful purple projectiles, turrets firing green projects that players can use as a bounce pad, and platforms that rotate depending on the end at which the player stands.

The Grave Danger adventure takes you across three unique worlds, each containing different enemies and different kinds of puzzles. To solve these puzzles you’ll need to switch between Dante the cowboy who climbs vertical walls, Malice the reaper who can float horizontally across chasms and through dangerous areas, and lastly Elliot the wizard who has magical elevation and can jump in mid-air.

Teamwork is a crucial part of Grave Danger: Ultimate Edition, whether you’re on your own and juggling between the characters or have enlisted a couple of friends locally to control them. Should a player die, they’ll return as a ghost, needing to return to their graveyard to revive. Solving puzzles and navigating the dangerous zones aren’t your only focus though, with collectible wanted posters dotted around each level for you to find too.

Contrary to its name, you won’t be in Grave Danger if you already own the game on PC and think you’ll be missing out on the Ultimate Edition, because those who purchased it on Steam previously will instantly receive it as an update. Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 gamers however must wait until Grave Danger: Ultimate Edition arrives in Q3 of 2018.

Are you looking forward to Grave Danger’s launch on Xbox One in its ultimate form? Let us know via all the usual social media channels, in the comments below, or on the forum!

ARK: Survival Evolved inspired PixARK will arrive on Xbox Game Preview in March

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We all love a good dinosaur adventure, especially one that lets us bring out our creative ideas and splash them onto the world as if it were our own Jurassic Park.

Proof of this can be seen in just how much of a success ARK: Survival Evolved has proven to be since allowing us to hunt, tame and control a world of dinosaurs as we fight for our survival in the infested lands we have become so accustomed to. But whilst many of us have been off taming the wild beasts, another developer has been hard at work to bring us an all new adventure that looks to bring an all new take on the dinosaur survival genre – we can call it a genre now, right?

The game in question is PixARK, the rather exciting Minecraft-esque/ARK hybrid that’s set to arrive on Xbox Game Preview this March.

After being unveiled late last year by developer Snail Games, PixARK has now got an a trailer to showcase what players can expect from the upcoming ARK: Survival Evolved and Minecraft inspired adventure. With a licensing deal already in place with original ARK developer Studio Wildcard, you can bet that this is sure to be an experience that will maintain all the bells and whistles we’ve grown fond of within ARK.

PixARK is set to bring us an open-world sandbox to explore, with ARK’s main core elements included such as survival, scavenging, crafting, base-building, dinosaur taming and survival, as well as co-operative tribes, whilst providing the visual aesthetics akin to that of Minecraft.

With a robust character creation and progression system set to feature, complete with skill trees and customisable stats, a voxel block building system, procedurally generated quests to complete and an infinite number of voxel-based maps – many of which will be rife with arid desserts, luscious jungles, caves and more – there is plenty to be excited about.

Most exciting of all however is the fact that each map will contain many of the 100 voxel-created dinosaurs from ARK, all of which can be tamed, trained and saddled up to ride.

More information has now being released about the upcoming open-world survival adventure, PixARK developer Snail Games had this to say – “Spend your time building a towering fortress or go on a quest in a sprawling cavern” – which to us sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening. However those wanting a little more action will be happy about the next statement with players said to be able to – “Fly on the back of a dragon and smite your enemies with a magic wand, or ride a mighty T-Rex and blast your foes with a rocket launcher. In the world of PixARK, how you play is up to you – as long as you survive!”

With PixARK due to launch in March on the Xbox Game Preview program, it’s fair to say we are excited for the adventure, and with local and online multiplayer also said to be included, there are plenty of reasons to round up your friends and join in on the excitement for the upcoming open-world survival adventure.

Are you looking forward to PixARK? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels, and for a better look at what to expect, why not check out the trailer below.

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human Review

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When you think of cities under the sea, your first thoughts – at least if you’re a man-child like me – are of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, memories of playing football with sharks or even Ariel the little mermaid and that lobster chap with the singing voice. What we don’t think of is the total annihilation of the human race, crumbling traces of humankind under water and giant sea monsters out to kill you. The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human tells the latter story and I can promise you that there isn’t any underwater singing to be had from any cute lobsters.

Set in the year 2971, humans have been forced to live underwater, harvesting energy and growing food under the waves due to climate change, the rise of water levels and the Earth’s surface freezing over. Aquatic spaceships were then sent through a wormhole to look for other possible home planets. But as that didn’t go to plan, they are back to enter the Earth’s underwater depths to explore the tombs of humankind and find out where everything went so wrong.

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human is one of the smallest downloads I have ever had on Xbox One, but that doesn’t mean what’s in the package is substandard. In fact, it is far from it.

The game is set in a pixel world of under the sea glory, in the style of a Metroidvania game, and heavy on exploration and finding secrets. You start life in a normal submarine, but eventually gain more weapons like a harpoon, a saw, and a thrust ability, as well as hull upgrades to ensure you survive a bit longer. A basic set up sees you shooting and thrusting with the trigger buttons and initially this does take a bit of getting used to. But getting used to controls you have to do because there are some tough battles ahead.

Early on in your adventure, you come across a giant worm that will kill you instantly if you don’t use some nifty moves and get those harpoon skills going. You see, The Aquatic Adventure is essentially a series of big boss battles amid an exploration game that sees you trying to work out bits of a story from within some crumbling ruins. There are things to avoid – like plants spewing missiles and horrible sewage pipes – but in essence it’s all about the boss battles. But you’ll need to be careful because they are rock hard and you’ll die. A lot.

You’ll die so much in fact that The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human reminds me of the Dark Souls series, delivering hard battles with giant creatures while you’re left trying to work out their patterns. Whether you like this game will therefore all depend on whether you like a challenge or not, and if you don’t mind dying every two minutes. The good news is that the save points are plentiful and you won’t find yourself tracking back a lot. But, as an example, it has taken me more than fifty attempts to defeat the second boss, although it does get easier later on when you get used to the controls and access to all the tasty upgrades which make you much more powerful in your attacks. It is because of this initial difficulty that I did start to get frustrated with the boss levels and as I’m much more of a linear person, the lack of direction in the game didn’t agree with me at all. I hate wandering around aimlessly, even though this is one title that will provide you with some awesome secrets.

The story is told through a number of information stations dotted around the world. It gives hints of what has happened to the humans and it’s up to you to gather up the threads to put together a kind of narrative of the events. Also, it’s great to see the wreckage of old the cities lying around that provides a bit of story as well, with old robots, buildings and a broken McDonalds left desolate on the seabed.

The world is beautifully created in pixel design with some amazing effects – especially when you take in to account how small the download is. I love the bosses and the atmospheric plant and sea life, but the darker levels, the Pipe Centre especially, can get too dark and murky for the pixel definition, making progress a bit of a slog. In the sound department, we have a lovely, floaty soundtrack that is relaxing and stunning, whilst all the effects are work well within the context.

If you love this style of game and really like a tough challenge then I highly recommend The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human. I loved the world but found the repetitive nature of the boss battles not rewarding enough, whilst becoming frustrated at the lack of guidance. I must however applaud the developers at Y/CJ/Y for an amazing design to a game that is so small in its package, but achieves so much in its ambition.

When you think of cities under the sea, your first thoughts - at least if you’re a man-child like me - are of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, memories of playing football with sharks or even Ariel the little mermaid and that lobster chap with the singing voice. What we don’t think of is the total annihilation of the human race, crumbling traces of humankind under water and giant sea monsters out to kill you. The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human tells the latter story and I can promise you that there isn’t any underwater singing to be had from any…

Pros:

  • Amazing design
  • Innovative storytelling
  • Upgrades

Cons:

  • Lots of death
  • Some levels are very dark and murky
  • Lack of guidance

Info:

  • Massive thanks to - Digerati
  • Formats - Xbox One (Review), PS4
  • Release date - January 2018
  • Price - £11.99
TXH Score

3.5/5

Pros:

  • Amazing design
  • Innovative storytelling
  • Upgrades

Cons:

  • Lots of death
  • Some levels are very dark and murky
  • Lack of guidance

Info:

  • Massive thanks to - Digerati
  • Formats - Xbox One (Review), PS4
  • Release date - January 2018
  • Price - £11.99

User Rating: 3.5 ( 1 votes)

Huge amount of Monster Hunter: World DLC accompanies game launch

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There is no debating that Monster Hunter: World is the biggest release of the year so far. Even dropping on the same day as the latest Dragon Ball title quite easily sees it arrive with aplomb. But whilst owning the base game is an essential part of any gamer’s life, accompanying the full release are a number of content additions – and they may well be worth checking out.

So, Monster Hunter: World already comes in Standard Format (£49.99), plus an awesome Ultimate Edition (£57.99) which delivers a Sticker Set: Sir Loin Set, Gesture: Ninja Star, Face Paint: Wyvern, Gesture: Zen, Samurai Set, Sticker Set: MH All-Stars Set, Hairstyle: Topknot, Gesture: Sumo Slap. Now, all of these are also available in the Deluxe Kit for £11.99. It’s quite obvious that should you wish to feel the full force of monster hunting, then the Ultimate Edition is the way to go.

But, alongside all of this are even more downloadable content offerings, with all of the following now available as extra purchases…

  • Additional Gesture Bundle 1 – Free
  • Face Paint: Heart Shape – £0.79
  • Additional Gesture Bundle 2 – £3.99
  • Gesture: Sleep – £1.59
  • Gesture: Kowtow – £1.59
  • Hairstyle: Field Team Leader – Free
  • Face Paint: Shade Pattern – £0.79
  • The Handler’s Guildmam Costume – £2.39
  • Additional Face Paint Bundle – £1.59
  • Gesture: Kneel – £1.59
  • Sticker Set: Guild Lasses Set – £1.59
  • Additional Sticker Set Bundle 1 – £2.39
  • Gesture: Play Possum – £1.59
  • Sticker Set: Poogie Set – £1.59
  • Face Paint: Eye Shadow – £0.79

If you’re interested in any of the above then make sure you pay the Microsoft Store a little visit. As individual items, they are cheap enough to warrant the odd purchase, but unless you plan on going monster hunting for many months ahead (which should really be the plan for most of us), it could well be a cosmetic price that isn’t quite worth paying.

Only the individual can decide on that though and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the further cosmetic additions available for Monster Hunter: World in the comments below.

Season Five of For Honor sees players enter the Age of Wolves

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For Honor may not have proven as popular as expected, however that doesn’t mean there aren’t those out there still keen to prove themselves in battle and today’s announcement from Ubisoft will be sure to please those still wading into the fight. A number of new changes are set to arrive to make the experience even more enjoyable alongside Season Five, Age of Wolves.

The first of the new changes is one fans have been calling for since the game released back in February 2017 – the implementation of Dedicated Servers. This is sure to please many who have been subject to the constant resyncing, session migrations and NAT requirement issues with players now able to find a stable connection through the new servers. This will be implemented at some point during Season Five.

The next new addition comes in the form of three new training modes to help players hone their skills. This means newcomers will now have a place to learn the basics of the game, as well as more advanced techniques in the new Apprentice Trials and the Warriors Trials modes, whilst The Arena mode will allow advanced players to practice against specific heroes or moves to help prepare for any potential opponent or combination they might come up against in battle.

On top of both of the new additions, players can expect to find some major updates to five of the current Heroes, with Kensei, Conqueror, Highlander, Berserker and Nobushi all set to receive major gameplay balancing updates. There are also new move sets, animations and kit changes coming for Kensei and Conqueror.

Although the new changes are sure to please players, they aren’t the only thing to be excited about, as Season Five will also bring a multitude of quality of life improvements, including a new item that will boost XP gain in exchange for salvage, the shift of 4v4 Ranked Mode from Dominion to Tribute, a new reputation level cap, new gear progression and much more.

Season Five, Age of Wolves is just the first of an entire year of new content set to arrive in For Honor, so stay tuned to hear more on future updates.

So, there we have it. Everything you can expect to find when Season Five, Age of Wolves arrives on February 15th. Will you be heading back in to the battle? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

Outthink the competition and create the biggest Railway Empire known to man

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Forget about all those cars – back in the 1830s when ‘The New World’ was on the rise, it was all about the railways. And now we get to experience those railways like never before as the chance arises to establish the most dominant rail empire in North America!

Dropping back a few centuries may be nothing new in gaming terms, but getting our hands on a full railway system most definitely is. Set in the United States, Railway Empire pretty much delivers what is on the tin – it’ll be up to you to exploit every single economic opportunity and create a rail system that sees your empire expand from coast to coast.

With historically accurate locos to enjoy, and more than 30 wagons to pull, you’ll be left to compete against rival companies in an attempt to establish yourself as the railway king. Challenges and objectives will push you along the right tracks, whilst a full ‘ride-on’ system will bring the chance to explore the entire network and beautiful surroundings.

The Microsoft Store will be able to let you create the railway system of your dreams. All you need to do is stump up the £44.99 required.

We’ll have a full review for you very soon, but in the meantime make sure you head down to the comments section below and let us know your thoughts on everything Railway Empire!

Game Description:

United States, 1830: ‘The New World’ is in its ascendancy. Industry is booming, and the race is on to establish the most dominant and powerful rail empire in all of North America. It’s time to outthink and outmaneuver your competitors as you lead your company into the 20th century! Secure an exclusive custom paint job of the ‘Super Hudson‘ with your pre-order. – Exploit the economic opportunities of the United States in an extensive campaign, working your way step by step from coast to coast across this great continent. – Lead your Railway Empire to success by establishing a comprehensive rail network and optimizing transportation of passengers and goods. – Master challenges and objectives through a range of scenarios, or create your perfect railway network in construction mode without any financial pressure. – Over 40 historically accurate locomotives and more than 30 different wagons can be acquired over the course of the game, and must be put to use in the best way in order to take advantage of their strengths and weaknesses. – Compete with up to three rival companies, and even sabotage their efforts with the use of bandits and spies. – ‘Ride Along’ feature allows you to explore your rail network and beautiful scenery from the driver’s cab in a first person perspective.

The first big release of the year – Monster Hunter World – is now available on Xbox One and PS4

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The Monster Hunter series is making its first foray onto current generation consoles, with MH: World becoming the first to be released simultaneously across the world. And today is the day in fact!

You’d be forgiven for not knowing all that much about Monster Hunter, given the sporadic releases in the West, but the developers Capcom have been keen to change that perception with their latest release into the series, Monster Hunter World.

Whilst changing a whole raft of features to make this the most accessible MH game for newcomers, the basic premise remains the same; you are a hunter tasked with taking down huge, hulking monsters to claim the loot and craft new materials to then take down even bigger hulking monsters.

MH: World can be played in both single-player and multiplayer with up to four friends with a scale-able difficulty. However, even in single player you are not alone as you can bring along your AI companion, a Palico – essentially a cat with excellent fighting skills!

“Sufferers” of Destiny 2 and The Division and people patiently waiting for Anthem should well see this loot-heavy game certainly help fill the void.

Still not sold? Then check out our preview piece from the recent PS4-exclusive betas.

Monster Hunter World launches worldwide today and comes in two versions: The Standard Edition priced at £49.99 includes the Fair Wind Charm and Origin Set. The Digital Deluxe Edition priced at £57.99 includes the Samurai Set, Additional Gesture 1: Zen, 2: Ninja Star and 3: Sumo Slap, Additional Sticker Set 1: MH All-Stars Set and 2: Sir Loin Set, Additional Face Paint: Wyvern and Additional Hairstyle: Topknot, as well as the Fair Wind Charm and Origin Set.

Will you be picking up a copy? Let us know in the comments below, or over on our forums and let’s arrange TheXboxHub Hunting Party!

Game description:

Welcome to a new world! Take on the role of a hunter and slay ferocious monsters in a living, breathing ecosystem where you can use the landscape and its diverse inhabitants to get the upper hand. Hunt alone or in co-op with up to three other players, and use materials collected from fallen foes to craft new gear and take on even bigger, badder beasts!

It’s time to put your car through its paces as Drift Zone slides its way on to Xbox One

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We may have an abundance of racers on Xbox One, but there aren’t many that allow you the pleasure of throwing your cars sideways, whilst filling the air with the scent of burning rubber. If that sounds like the kind of action you’ve been looking for then Drift Zone will be the place to get it.

In this world of drifting, players can put the wheels of some of the finest 500 bhp machines to work in style unlike any other. With multiple competitions that see you compete for high cash prizes and the valuable reputation points, you’ll need to climb up the career ladder to become the best drifter out there.

There are plenty of new cars to buy, upgrades to install, customisation options to play with and tyres to burn, as well as some diverse tracks to let rip on. In fact, there is no better way to showcase the Japanese art and if you can master the basics, there are several additional tasks just waiting to test your true skills.

Drift Zone is available to buy and download now on Xbox One and PC for the price of £10.39 from the Microsoft Store

Will you be taking to the track to prove yourself? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

Game Description:

Welcome to the world of drifting! The smell of burned rubber, the roar of 500 bhp engines and the style you have never seen before. Take part in two types of competition and win high cash prizes and reputation points needed to climb up the career ladder. Buy new cars, upgrade them and drive the wheels off them in diverse tracks. And when you already get it all, take part in a series of additional tasks.

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