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It looks like Microsoft will challenge Sony’s PlayStation Now subscription service in a big way with the Spring, because the consolemaker announced their own Xbox Game Pass this morning.
Unlike Sony’s service, the Xbox Game Pass does not stream games to your console. Instead, subscribers will gain access to full-game downloads of more than 100 titles for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. But like Netflix, new games will be cycled into the service every month, while older titles will be cycled out.
However, subscribers interested in purchasing any game offered through the Xbox Game Pass will be able to do so at a hefty discount.
Naturally, Microsoft themselves will supply many of the games available to download through the Xbox Game Pass. But the consolemaker has also recruited a huge number of third-party publishers to participate including 2K Games, 505 Games, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Sega, SNK, THQ Nordic, and WB Games. And the first wave of available titles will include Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16, and Soul Calibur II.
The Xbox Game Pass will be available later this Spring and Xbox One owners will be able to subscribe to the service for $9.99 a month.
This week’s Xbox Games Store update is a big one for Microsoft as the consolemaker has begun offering “Xbox Game Preview” titles for download on the Xbox One. This Steam-like service gives Xbox One owners the chance to support developers by purchasing in-development games. In return, gamers get to play these games before anyone else. Two Xbox Game Preview titles were added to the Xbox storefront earlier this week… Elite: Dangerous and The Long Dark.
Elite: Dangerous, the fourth game in the very influential Elite franchise, is in the works at Frontier Developments. After acquiring a small starship, players will make their way across a “futuristic cutthroat galaxy” in a deep spacefaring simulation. Meanwhile, The Long Dark is bit more earthbound as players will attempt to survive in the frozen wilderness.
Outside of the Xbox Game Preview program, Overkill released Payday 2: Crimewave Edition for the Xbox One this week. Overkill’s cooperative heist simulation was originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2013, but the Crimewave Edition comes bundled with all previously-released downloadable content and an enhanced graphics engine.
More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)
We interrupt your regularly scheduled E3 extravaganza to bring you this week’s PlayStation Store update.
Just two games were added to Sony’s digital storefront today. First up is Overkill’s Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, an enhanced PS4 port of their heist simulator sequel, which was originally released for the PS3 in 2013. Also available this week is Nova 2001, an arcade shooter from 1983, and the latest addition to the Arcade Archives series.
Look below for more information on both games and don’t forget to visit the PlayStation Blog for a rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition ($49.99)
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter where you rob banks and get paid. The Crimewave Edition includes an enhanced graphic engine. Up to four friends cooperate on the hits and as the crew progresses the jobs become bigger, better, and more rewarding. Rebuilt visuals bring heisting into 1080p resolution. See every bank note fly & feel every bullet blast past your head in full HD.
Nova 2001 ($7.99)
Nova 2001 is a shooting game that was released from the UPL in 1983.
Players control a fighter which can shoots in all directions. Its main purpose is to continue to defeat a variety of enemies that appear in each stage.
The 2015 E3 Expo will unofficially open its doors in just a few hours with Bethesda’s Press Conference (their first ever), so the big publishers are mostly taking this week off. But that won’t stop 505 Games and Overkill from releasing Payday 2: Crimewave Edition on the PS4 and Xbox One. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will come packaged with improved graphics and a wide variety of downloadable content that Overkill previously made available for the cooperative heist simulator on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
If you haven’t upgraded to an Xbox One yet, this week might be the perfect time as Microsoft will release a new Xbox One 1 TB + Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle. In addition to a bigger hard drive, the console comes with an improved controller that Microsoft will also sell separately as the Xbox One “Covert Forces” Controller.
In other new release news, the upcoming Tour De France has inspired Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studio to release Pro Cycling Manager 2015 for the PC (Download Only). Insert your own “performance enhancing drug” joke here.
Enjoy this week’s E3 Expo folks, it looks to be a good one!
OK, try not to get confused… Starbreeze and Overkill have announced that they have partnered with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Interactive to create a new co-op shooter based on Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic. Rather than mess around with a subtitle, the three teams have decided to use Overkill’s The Walking Dead as the title.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead is a co-op first person shooter with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror and stealth, that invites players to explore the hugely popular The Walking Dead universe, where they will play the role of survivors fending for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating walkers. In 2016 Washington will fall – what will you do?
To celebrate their new partnership, Overkill has also announced that “Lucille,” the barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat beloved by The Walking Dead‘s Negan, will be added to Payday 2 as a new melee weapon.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be released sometime in 2016. You can check out the teaser trailer after the break. (more…)
The NPD Group has released their monthly report on the financial health of the video game industry and, good news, retail game sales in August 2013 increased 21% over the same period last year. The entire retail game industry (games, consoles, and accessories) raked in $521 million, an increase of 1% over August 2012. Though the report estimates this number accounts for only half of all video game spending in August when you factor in used games, rentals, digital sales, add-on content, subscriptions, mobile apps, and social network microtransactions that the NPD doesn’t track.
Most of the increase in game sales was due to a stronger than usual slate of August releases. In fact, only two games in the August top ten are holdovers from previous months (Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at #5 and NCAA Football 14 at #7).
The remainder of the top ten is populated entirely by new titles: Madden NFL 25 (#1), Saints Row IV (#2), Disney Infinity (#3), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (#4), Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (#6), Payday 2 (#8), Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (#9), and Pikmin 3 (#10).
If you’d prefer the top ten in list format, you can find it right here:
Bestselling Games in August 2013
1. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Saints Row IV (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
3. Disney Infinity (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS )
4. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
5. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Xbox 360)
6. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
7. NCAA Football 14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
8. Payday 2 (Xbox 360, PS3)
9. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
10. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Life is like a hurricane in this week’s PlayStation Store update… WayForward’s DuckTales Remastered is now available to download. If the remade and redesigned further adventures of Scrooge McDuck don’t interest you (and if not, are you sure you have a soul?), there’s also the absolutely insane heist simulator, Payday 2. Also available this for the PS3 is the action RPG, Mars: War Logs, and the helicopter shooter, Thunder Wolves. Keep an eye out for the latter game as it stars “elite helicopter pilots who fight evil and defend law and order.” Yeah.
Over on the PS Vita side of the Store, four new games are now available: A Vita version of Fruit Ninja, an updated version of the Breakout-like BreakQuest: Extra Evolution, the miitary strategy game A-Men, and the augmented reality puzzler Open Me!.
The brothers Mario are venturing back into the RPG world with today’s release of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for the 3DS.
Tuesday will see the release of a few titles on the complete opposite end of the gaming spectrum including the multiplayer heistfest Payday 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and the latest strategy game in the Europa Universalis series, Europa Universalis IV (PC).
The rest of this week’s new releases all star anthropomorphized animals…
- There’s the PC version of WayForward’s DuckTales Remastered. Downloadable console versions will also be available this week and special retail editions will be available next week.
- There’s the Wii and Wii U port of Angry Birds Trilogy.
- And there’s Phineas and Ferb: Quest For Cool Stuff, which will be available for the 3DS, DS, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360.
I guess, technically, Phineas and Ferb aren’t animals. But they sure are weird looking.