Xbox Store Today: Forza Horizon 3, FIFA 17, XCOM 2, more

The Xbox Games Store is heading down under this week as Forza Horizon 3 is now available to download. Developed by Playground Games, Forza Horizon 3 brings the series to Australia for some coastal racing in more than 350 of the world’s snazziest cars. And players who purchase it through the Xbox Games Store will receive a digital copy of the game for the Xbox One and the PC.

Also available this week is FIFA 17, the latest soccer sim from EA Sports, for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. EA Sports has upgraded the game engine for FIFA 17, while also adding a story-focused career mode known as “The Journey.” Do you have what it takes to make it in the Premier League? Now’s your chance to find out.

Professional soccer players might seem like a completely separate species, but Xbox One owners will also be able to battle it out with actual extraterrestrials this week in XCOM 2, a tactical alien invasion simulation from 2K and Firaxis. XCOM 2 was previously released for the PC earlier this year, and this time around, players will fight to take back the Earth, which is under alien rule.

Elsewhere on the Xbox Games Store this week, Sierra Games will continue their rebooted King’s Quest adventure on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 with a brand new chapter, Snow Place Like Home. King Graham is still telling stories, and this time he spins a yarn about the time he rescued Prince Alexander from Queen Icebella’s Frozen Castle.

Finally this week, the Xbox Game Preview program grows by one with the release of Everspace, a space shooter with roguelike elements, from Rocketfish.

As usual, more information on all of these games can be found after the break.

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Daily Scoop: September 28, 2016 – Hyper Light Drifter still on sale

I’ve been working my butt off to get enough work done so I can finally dive into some Destiny, and I think tonight might be that moment! We’ll see if I actually succeed or not.

There are a few games you can pick up right now on sale at the Humble Store! Overfall is $8.99, Furi is $19.99, Space Hulk: Deathwing is $33.99, and Lichtspeer is $8.99.

There are lots of specials over at Steam right now. Get Hyper Light Drifter for $13.39, Call of Duty: Black Ops II for $29.99, Prototype 2 for $9.99, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine for $7.49, and Deadpool for $19.99, among many others.

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Super Mega Baseball 2 slides home on PC, PS4, Xbox One in 2017

Metalhead Software has announced plans to bring Super Mega Baseball 2 to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2017. In building the sequel to their well-received baseball sim, the developer has pledged to make Super Mega Baseball 2 even more realistic with new features:

  • Revamped Graphics: Complete with enhanced character models, new and updated stadiums, and a modernized interface, Super Mega Baseball 2 has a fully rebuilt look that carries forward the personality and spirit of the original.
  • Player and League Customization: Build the ultimate fantasy baseball league with full customization of your league, teams and players. Choose the number of teams in your league and customize each team’s logos and uniforms. Then dig deeper by customizing individual player stats and appearance.
  • Online Co-Op and PvP Play: Play cooperatively or head-to-head with online multiplayer. Or take it offline and play couch co-op or solo. In cooperative modes, teammates alternate batting/running each time at-bat and alternate pitching/fielding each inning, challenging ballplayers to stay on their toes in every play.
  • Refined Gameplay: Just like its predecessor, Super Mega Baseball 2 features solid controls, but this time around features more refined gameplay and a more realistic scale.

And don’t forget to turn your attention to the scoreboard out in center field for a look at Super Mega Baseball 2’s debut trailer.

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PlayStation Experience 2016 will invade Anaheim on December 3rd and 4th

For the third year in a row, Sony will host a PlayStation Experience event for fans in December. This year, the platform-specific game show will travel to Anaheim, California on December 3rd and 4th.

According to the PlayStation Blog, the 2016 PlayStation Experience will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets are available to purchase now through PlayStation.com. Fans who purchase a Two-Day ticket before October 16 will be able to lock in their spot for $60. But all Two-Day tickets sold after that date will be priced at $75. Saturday-Only and Sunday-Only tickets are also available.

It’s unknown what Sony and their third-party partners will bring to this year’s event, but a teaser video included quick glimpses of Horizon: Zero Dawn, The London Heist, Shadow of the Colossus, and Gran Turismo Sport. Fans will also be able to check out the PS4 Pro on the show floor, as well as PlayStation VR, developer panels, a merchandise booth, and the PlayStation Showcase keynote.

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FIFA 17, XCOM 2, Contra, more added to PS Store

Soccer stars and a double dose of aliens lead the way for this week’s PlayStation Store update…

We start things off with FIFA 17 for the PS4 and PS3, the latest soccer simulation from EA Sports. This time around, the publisher has added a new story-focused career mode known as “The Journey,” where players take control a teenager trying to make it in the Premier League.

But if you’d prefer to battle an alien invasion, you’ve got two choices on the PlayStation Store this week. Firaxis and 2K will bring the tactical fighting of XCOM 2 to the PS4, while Konami will launch the original arcade version of Contra on Sony’s console.

Finally, players who’ve been following the King’s Quest saga will be able to check out Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home on the PS4 and PS3 this week. In this episode, King Graham recounts the time he had to rescue Prince Alexander from Queen Icebella’s Frozen Castle.

More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog.

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Kickstart This! Ultra Captain & The Great Piratey Space Escape

We continue our crowdfunding adventure with the latest Kickstart This! title, the highly-addictive Ultra Captain & The Great Piratey Space Escape. It is the first title from brand new developer Killed Soda, another Canadian outfit based in the lovely sounding Iroquois Falls. Led by their own intrepid captain, Jesse Cybolsky, their five year mission is to create fun, challenging games that are filled with interesting and hilarious moments to really pull players into the experience. So let’s see what makes this project so promising.

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Daily Scoop: September 27, 2016 – Hyper Light Drifter on sale at Steam

I got a lot of work done already this week, and my goal is to get enough done that I can finally start Destiny, which I installed last week. I’m not quite up to Rise of Iron but I’ll get there! For now, I’ll start with Taken King and see if I like it or not. Though with the friends I have who want to play it, I can’t see how I wouldn’t love it!

There’s a new Humble Bundle available now – the Clickteam Fusion Bundle. Pay $1 or more for Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Standard (with $50 Developer upgrade credit), Oniken, Plantera, Tick Tock Isle, and the source code for Necromonads and Rock Rock Rocket. Pay $7 or more to unlock the Universal Windows Program Exporter, The Yawhg, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, and the source code for Quadle and room13, which is in early access. Pay $15 or more to unlock Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Mac Editor, Concrete Jungle, HTML5 Exporter, the source code for Saucer Squad and Fusion Shapes, Environmental Station Alpha, Install Creator Pro, and iOS Exporter.

The Midweek Madness at Steam is one of my favorite games right now, the beautiful Hyper Light Drifter. It’s $13.39 for the game, or $16.74 for the game and the soundtrack. The Daily Deal is early access to Space Pirates And Zombies 2 for $13.39.

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EA releases single-player trailer and PC system requirements for Battlefield 1

EA and DICE have unveiled a brand new trailer highlighting the single-player campaign for Battlefield 1. The trailer looks to hit plenty of the high points of the game including an aerial dogfight, a desert skirmish on horseback, and even a tank battle. Not only that, but the publisher and developer have also revealed the World War I shooter’s system requirements on the PC:

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Graphics Card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible Video Card or Equivalent
  • Online Connection: 512 KBPS or Faster
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

Recommended Specifications

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • Graphics Card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible Video Card or Equivalent
  • Online Connection: 512 KBPS or Faster
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

Battlefield 1 will be released on October 21 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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