Xbox Live Gold members can now treat themselves to a few more free games, now that August's offerings have been made available. This rotation includes four new games to come available at some point this month, two of which are out already: Forza Horizon 2, and Dead Space 3 via backwards compatibility. For Honor will join Forza Horizon 2 mid-month, and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for Xbox 360 will replace Dead Space 3.Forza Horizon 2 is a part of Microsoft's lavish open-world racing series, and a nice way to catch the need for speed before Forza Horizon 4 launches this October. For Honor is Ubisoft's melee combat game that pits historical factions against one another. Ubisoft has embraced a live model for a lot of its games lately, so For Honor has enjoyed a long lifespan in the competitive community. It has a free update planned for the fall to add a new faction. Death Squared, from July's GWG, will be available until For Honor replaces it.Dead Space 3 closes out the … [Read more...] about Xbox One’s Free August 2018 Games With Gold Now Available
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Eleven new Xbox backwards compatibility games have now come to the Xbox One, allowing Xbox One players to revisit some classics from Microsoft’s first big console. If you live in Europe and have an Xbox One, you’ll also be getting an additional title. The games cover a wide range of genres. These games that recently came out are actually the third wave of games from the original Xbox that have come to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility service. Previous waves like the one in October included games like Psychonauts, Prince of Persia, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Last week other games were added that included The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Jade Empire, and Conker: Live and Reloaded. This week, the eleven new Xbox backwards compatibility games include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Destroy All Humans, the original Star Wars Battlefront games, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star … [Read more...] about Eleven New Xbox Backwards Compatibility Games Now On The Xbox One
We may be seeing the last days of the free games — Games With Gold, PlayStation Plus — as we’ve known them over the past eight years. Not immediately or imminently, but the seeming exhaustion of the PlayStation 3’s pool of worthy free games candidates this year is both understandable and a foreshadowing of what’s to come for Xbox, which got into this free games racket three full years after Sony. There is no question that Xbox One customers were better served this year. Of 74 games on PS Plus in 2017, six came from what I would consider major publishers other than Sony itself (Atlus, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix and Ubisoft — and Ubisoft’s contribution was a carved out DLC expansion to Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag). Xbox got 18 out of 48 (2K Games, Electronic Arts, Square Enix and Ubisoft). Leaving aside their MSRP or the Metacritic score, that is what players are thinking when they hear, “You get free games each month.” I … [Read more...] about Games With Gold and PlayStation Plus free games: Change is inevitably coming
On Wednesday, PlayStation announced the last batch of free games to PlayStation Plus subscribers for December, bringing to 74 the number of titles it offered in 2017. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this PlayStation Plus benefit? We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past two years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Sony publish it? What publisher did PlayStation Plus use the most? Did these appear earlier on Xbox Live Games With Gold? These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly as the previous console generation ages. What about Xbox Live Games With Gold? Getting Started In all, there were 74 games in PlayStation Plus’ free games offerings for 2017 (two were PlayStation VR bonuses, and counted among the averages and totals here), with an average Metacritic score of 71.3 and a combined … [Read more...] about PlayStation Plus gave out $1,287 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?
Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale. A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game console Transformer full of potential with a steady stream of software to back it up. To some, though, the system seems incomplete. From early reports of controllers that don't properly sync to a limited launch lineup, a lack of non-game apps like Netflix, a missing Virtual Console library and lingering questions about the online service, there's a simplicity to Switch's launch that recalls the '90s — Zelda is Mario 64, and if you don't want that or a few other games, you might not need the system right away. In time, Nintendo will address those issues. Yet more than most consoles, Switch remains a bit of a mystery at launch. Are motion controls going to be a big part of it? What type of player will Switch developers cater to? And will … [Read more...] about What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch