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Xbox Drops ‘Coming Soon to Game Pass’ Trailer At ‘The Game Awards’

I have long considered Xbox Game Pass to be the best value in gaming and in my mind it’s not particularly close – and that was BEFORE Xbox dropped this Game Pass trailer at The Game Awards showcasing what’s coming soon to the service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj5JBytPij4

Morkredd, Cyber Shadow, Neoverse, Killer Queen Black, Medium, Among Us (PC only), Yakuza 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Oh, and a little game called Skyrim.

Game Pass is currently available on promo with three months for $1 for new subscribers. No better time to jump in than now.

Dragon Quest XI S Coming to Xbox One, PC, PS4

Phil Spencer has been working on expanding the Xbox One’s library of titles to include more Japanese studios and it’s hard to argue with his results – the latest addition being Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, which arrives on Game Pass later this year.

The game, also releasing on PS4 and PC, features a slew of new content over the original PS4 release, including new side stories and a 2D mode that should be totally familiar to older gamers, and I’m definitely one of those. My first experience with this franchise was on NES, when it was called Dragon Warrior over here in North America.

Dragon Quest XI S hits shelves December 4th.

Here’s the press release:


START YOUR GRAND ADVENTURE IN DRAGON QUEST XI S: ECHOES OF AN ELUSIVE AGE – DEFINITIVE EDITION

The Definitive Edition Comes to PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC Later This Year

LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2020) – DRAGON QUEST® fans around the world will rejoice as SQUARE ENIX®  announced DRAGON QUEST®XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition will make its way on to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Windows 10 and PC (STEAM®) on December 4, 2020. This marks the debut of the beloved series on Xbox and the game will be available at launch on Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass for PC, bringing its unique art style and rich storytelling to a whole new audience.

To celebrate the announcement, DRAGON QUEST series creator, Yuji Horii said, ‘it’s great to finally bring the series to Xbox fans….’. To watch the announcement trailer visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57er96VGGE.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition promises to be an enthralling and unmissable adventure for RPG fans. The perfect first step into the world of DRAGON QUEST for the uninitiated, players will follow the perilous journey of the Luminary, a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. Embarking on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans, they will learn of an ominous threat facing the world. Packed with over 100 hours of content from the critically acclaimed 2017 release of DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, this definitive version also brings with it an array of upgrades and enhancements including:

  • New character side stories – Get to know your fascinating cast of companions more than ever with individual side stories and adventures
  • Retro 2D mode – In addition to stunning 3D, you can also choose to play in 2D with retro inspired graphics of classic 16-bit RPGs
  • 16-bit World of Tickington – Journey to past DRAGON QUEST worlds full of additional side-quests reimagined in the retro styleJapanese audio – Choice to play the entire game with all-new Japanese voice-over or the original English
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack – Ability to switch between the symphonic soundtrack or the original synthesized soundtrack as you travel the world of Erdrea
  • Photo mode – Immortalize your adventure with the perfect image. Rearrange characters, set different poses, change angles etc. are just some of the features available in Photo Mode 

Pre-orders are now live on Microsoft Store and STEAM®. PlayStation®Store pre-orders will be available at a later date.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is not yet rated and will be available for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Windows 10 and PC (STEAM®) on December 4, 2020. For more information visit: www.dragonquest-game.com.

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About Square Enix Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 154 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com.

Review – Minecraft: Dungeons

Despite Microsoft’s efforts to expand the Minecraft brand since they purchased it in 2014 for $2.5 billion, I don’t think anyone expected the late 2018 announcement of a new loot driven action-RPG – or that the game would hit Nintendo Switch and PS4 as well as the Xbox One and PC (available for both via Xbox Game Pass)…but 2020 has been kind of weird so far, so here we are with Minecraft Dungeons out this week on every platform under the sun.

Dungeons has been described as ‘Baby’s First Diablo’ which is a bit unkind even if it’s not entirely untrue. This is a streamlined experience, to be sure, without the extreme level of min-max number crunching necessary for high-level Diablo or Path of Exile builds. Path of Exile, for example, has a skill tree that’s more of a web with 1,325 skills on it. Calling it ‘daunting’ for new players would be an understatement. Dungeons, on the other hand, has no personal skill tree, instead tying player power advancement to the somewhat basic stats on your gear and the enchantments available for it.

Every time you level up, you’ll gain an enchantment point to spend unlocking gear enchantments. Gear pieces have up to three slots that can hold up to three enchantment options. Lower end gear might only have one slot with two enchantments to choose from, while high end gear has three slots and three enchantment options in each. My current favourite bow, for example, is a level 42 Unique called the Red Snake. The only stats are that it does 90-271 damage, has strong Charged Attacks, and a chance for arrows to explode. It has two enchantment slots, which I used for a damage boost and an attack speed boost.

If you find better gear, you salvage the outdated weapon or armour to get your enchantment points back to use on the new gear. It’s a slick system that helps minimize the ‘let me just set up my gear’ downtime that plagues other ARPG titles.

Combat is similarly inspired by Diablo-style games but made more approachable. You have a single button for melee combat and a trigger to access ranged abilities, then the X/Y/B (on the Xbox controller) buttons activate temporary buffs provided by gear – heals, attack speed increases, making your arrows move slowly but able to pass through walls…there’s a huge variety of options for these slots.

There’s no shortage of combat as you pass through the story’s nine chapters, each set in a unique biome, and three difficulty levels: Default, Adventure, and Apocalypse, each with sub difficulty levels from I to VI help tune your gameplay experience. Finish the game on Default and you unlock Adventure, then beat it on Adventure to unlock Apocalypse and the true high-level grind for gear. There are also several secret levels to find and beat, including a tribute to Diablo’s infamous Cow Level. For $26 Canadian, there’s a whole lot more here than I expected.

What I loved:

  • Surprising graphics that turn Minecraft’s blockiness into a charming look
  • Fun gameplay
  • Tons of gear to find
  • Great bang for your buck
  • I could watch enemies ragdoll over cliffs after TNT explosions all day long

What I didn’t like:

  • No crossplay at launch, but apparently coming
  • A Minecraft game with no mining or crafting?
  • Packs of enchanted mobs don’t drop good loot?

'A Plague Tale: Innocence' Now Available on Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass has been a remarkable value for gamers since it launched, first on Xbox One and then on PC, and that value expands with the addition of A Plague Tale: Innocence – an award-winning action-adventure title that I really loved.
If you have Xbox Game Pass, be sure to give this one a chance.
Here’s the press release:


THE AWARD-WINNING A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON XBOX GAME PASS FOR CONSOLE & PC

PARIS — Jan. 23, 2020 — Focus Home Interactive and developer Asobo Studio are delighted to announce that A Plague Tale: Innocence is now available on Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC. The acclaimed action adventure hit, nominated at The Game Awards for Best Narrative and featured prominently in many critics’ “Best of 2019” lists, is ready to play now on Xbox One and PC for all players with an active Xbox Game Pass subscription.
A Plague Tale: Innocence tells a grim, emotional story with enticing gameplay and darkly dramatic presentation. Follow young Amicia and her brother, Hugo, as they attempt to survive a harsh, brutal world scarred by war and the Black Death. On the run from the Inquisition and surrounded by unnatural swarms of rats, the siblings’ harrowing journey will not leave them unscathed.
A Plague Tale: Innocence is available on PlayStation®4, Steam and GOG.com, as well. For more information, check out http://aplaguetale.com/en. Fans can also find a range of apparel, artwork, and home and lifestyle items on the A Plague Tale: Innocence online store: https://store.aplaguetale.com.

Square Enix Bringing Classic Final Fantasy Titles to Xbox Game Pass in 2020

It’s been quite a day for Game Pass owners already, with news of games like Rage 2 and Remnant: From the Ashes coming to the service, but Square Enix dropped the biggest bombshell of the day with news that a slew of Final Fantasy games will be arriving in 2020.
Here’s the list of games included:

  • FINAL FANTASY VII
  • FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
  • FINAL FANTASY IX
  • FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII-2
  • LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII
  • FINAL FANTASY XV

I’ve played most of them, but I’m still willing to give them another shot when they hit Game Pass.
Here’s the press release:


CLASSIC FINAL FANTASY TITLES LAUNCH WITH XBOX GAME PASS STARTING IN 2020

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 14, 2019) – At the Microsoft X019 event in London today, SQUARE ENIX® announced a number of beloved FINAL FANTASY® titles will be available with Xbox Game Pass starting in 2020 for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and for Windows 10.
Shinji Hashimoto, FINAL FANTASY Brand Manager, took to the stage at the event to announce that starting in 2020 the following critically acclaimed titles from the FINAL FANTASY series will become available for all players with a current membership to Xbox Game Pass, bringing exciting worlds of fantasy and adventure to new players around the globe:

  • FINAL FANTASY VII
  • FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
  • FINAL FANTASY IX
  • FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE™
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII-2
  • LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY XIII
  • FINAL FANTASY XV

For more information about Xbox Game Pass, visit https://www.xbox.com/xbox-game-pass

Remnant: From the Ashes Coming To Xbox GamePass

Remnant: From the Ashes is one of those ‘you should really play this to see if you like it’ games – I loved it – and that’s been made easier for Xbox owners with the news that it’s arriving on Xbox Game Pass!

Absolutely check this one out when it’s live on Game Pass – it should be live now, but your mileage my vary.

The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut Now Available

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bard’s Tale games, loving the sense of humour they bring to the often far-too-serious RPG (roleplaying game) genre, so I’m psyched to see The Bard’s Tale IV get an update that adds hours of content, new enemies, items, weapons, and thousands of fixes alongside an update to Unreal Engine that makes it even better looking.

If you have the game on PC already, this is a free update. It’s also included with Xbox Game Pass, so check it out if you’re a subscriber.
Bard, Fighter, Practitioner, or Rogue – what character do you want to start with? With dozens of skills and 21 unique classes to unlock, you’re going to have an army of characters to choose from…
Here’s the press release:


inXile entertainment’s The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut Now Available

 The Definitive Edition of the 2018 Game Features New Content and Controller Support
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – August 27, 2019 – inXile Entertainment, the studio acquired by Microsoft and founded by Brian Fargo, is proud to announce The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut is now available on Xbox Game Pass, the PlayStation Store, and digital PC stores such as Steam and GOG for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The Director’s Cut is loaded with new features, fixes, and content, making it the truly definitive edition of The Bard’s Tale IV. Along with an Unreal Engine update that has the game looking, playing, and sounding better than ever, The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut directly addresses feedback received from the game’s initial launch with thousands of fixes and tweaks included. Those who already own the PC game will receive the Director’s Cut content and improvements as a free update.
New features of The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut include:

  • A new end-game chapter that adds hours of additional content
  • New enemies, items, and weapons, including dwarven master-crafted weapons
  • Thousands of fixes and improvements across the game
  • Refined and more feature-rich UI
  • More class/gender character creation options
  • Rebalanced combat and encounters
  • Additional difficulty settings
  • Full gamepad support across all platforms

Each version of The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut includes bonus in-game items, with the Deluxe Edition on PC offering a wide range of art, music, and the original (and remastered) The Bard’s Tale Trilogy series of games.
(PC) Digital Standard Edition – $34.99

  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut
  • Digital Code Wheel
  • Digital Guidebook
  • Digital Manual
  • In-game items:
    • Fire Horn

(PC) Digital Deluxe Edition – $49.99

  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • Hi-res Map
  • Hi-res Wallpaper
  • Digital Code Wheel
  • Digital Guidebook
  • Digital Manual
  • Digital Novellas
  • Digital Art Book
  • Digital Songbook
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • In-game items:
    • Fire Horn
    • Kael’s Axe
    • Red Boots
    • Bardic Brian Skin & Booty

Digital Xbox One and PlayStation®4 – $39.99

  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut
  • In-game items:
    • Fire Horn

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