PlayStation Store 12 Deals of Christmas starts with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

It’s that time again when Sony starts their countdown to Christmas day with 12 deals every 48 hours each week. The first deal is Activision’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which features all three original PlayStation games remastered for PlayStation 4.

You can purchase Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy with 37% off from today until December 2nd. It costs 24,99/ £21,99.

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Earth Defense Force 2017 and Sonic Adventure 2 are now Playable on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility Team has released today to the program two Xbox 360 titles playable on the Xbox One consoles.

Earth Defense Force 2017 from D3 Publisher and Sonic Adventure 2 from SEGA are now playable on the Xbox One.

Hand of Fate 2 Coming to Xbox One this Friday

Defiant Development has announced today the sequel to the critically acclaimed Hand of Fate game, Hand of Fate 2 is coming to Xbox One this Friday, December 1st. The game has been released already for PC and PlayStation 4 platforms, but the Xbox One version has been delayed because it required a bit more time to be ready.

The Xbox One version of Hand of Fate 2 is coming with enhancements for the Xbox One X consoles which will offer 4K Ultra HD visual support.

Hand of Fate 2 is an RPG and Card game. It’s set one hundred years after the climactic showdown in the original game. Hand of Fate 2 sees the Dealer return to seek vengeance and train a new apprentice in the Game of Life and Death.

Once again, players face a series of trials built from magical collectible cards. Shuffled and laid out into dungeons, each draw presents a new scenario that may help or hinder their journey including valuable items, essential supplies, pitfalls, or combat encounters that bring the cards to life with combo-driven hack-and-slash battles.

The Dealer has made a number of additions to the game in his decades of exile, including new companion characters who can assist players both at the table and in battle, a character creator, more table-top minigames, an overhauled combat system, and an overworld map that frames a more engaging story with a variety of mission objectives.

Morgan Jaffit, Director Defiant Development said:

“The reception to Hand of Fate 2 thus far has been incredible. It’s been extremely gratifying to see so many people enjoy what we’ve been working on these past years and we are excited to share this experience with the Xbox One community this December.”

Hand of Fate 2 is currently available on PlayStation 4 and PC for $29,99 / 24,99€ / £23,99 and it will launch for the same price on Xbox One.

You can watch the Launch Trailer of Hand of Fate 2 below:

Peggle 2 and Marlow Briggs and the Mask of the Death are now Playable on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility Team has released today to the program two Xbox 360 titles playable on the Xbox One consoles.

Peggle 2 from Pop-Cap Games and Marlow Briggs and the Mask of the Death from 505 Games are now playable on the Xbox One. Marlow Briggs is one of the games which is going to be available to Xbox Live Gold members for free next month.

Destiny 2 Free Trial is Coming Tomorrow on all Platforms

Bungie and Activision have announced today that a Free Trial for Destiny 2 is coming tomorrow November 28th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (via Battle.net).

Players can enjoy the first few Campaign missions and events of Destiny 2 by playing Solo or with friends online. If players choose to upgrade to the full game then their progress will carry over.

You can watch the Official Trailer for the Free Trial of Destiny 2 below:

Xbox Live Games with Gold December 2017

Microsoft has announced the games that will be given to Xbox Live Gold members for the month of December on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Xbox One users will be able to download Warhammer: The End of Times – Vermintide from Fatshark during the month of December.

On December 16th to January 15th, the Gold members will be able to download Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition from Telltale Games.

The Xbox 360 users (and Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility) will be able to download Child of Eden from Ubisoft on December 1st to December 15th and it will be replaced by Marlow Briggs and the Mask of the Death from 505 Games on December 16th to December 31st.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Free Trial Available Now

Bethesda and Machine Games have released a Free Trial for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Players can download the free trial on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One and play through the first level of the game. If players choose to upgrade to the full game, then their progress will carry over.

Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Players will fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, quarantined New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Armed with an impressive arsenal of fully upgradeable retro sci-fi weaponry, including the all-new Dieselkraftwerk, players can unleash new abilities to blast through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launched on October 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, to widespread praise from the critics and community.

Codemasters has unveiled today a Vlog Series for Onrush

Codemasters has unveiled a new vlog series that will bring players closer to what is happening behind the scenes for Onrush. Players can see how Onrush is made and meet the people who are working behind the racer to bring it on your collection.

This week Codemasters Social Manager for Onrush, Aaron Rook chats with the Game Director of Onrush, Paul Rustchynsky about how the trailer for Onrush was made and his thoughts before its reveal on PlayStation Paris Week.

You can watch the Vlog below:

Onrush is set to release in Summer 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PC release will follow later.

 

Xbox Game Pass Additions for December 2017

Microsoft has announced today the games that will be added to the Xbox Game Pass Subscription Service for the month of December on Xbox One. The service gives players access to hundreds of games for $9,99 a month.

The games that will be added to the Xbox Game Pass service starting on December 1st are:

  • Gears of War 4
  • Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
  • The War of Mine: The Little Ones
  • Casey Powell Lacrosse 16
  • Mega Man 10
  • Mass Effect

Microsoft is running a limited time offer on Xbox Game Pass. You can subscribe for 1 month for 1€/1£/1$.

Spintires: MudRunner Game Review

Every gamer has their own dream games, something that they have never thought they will be playing because it never was available. That’s what Spintires: MudRunner is to me, a game dream coming true. Spintires is an off-road simulation game which let players drive all kinds of heavy machinery and complete challenges to extreme terrains and different weather conditions. The game has been developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive.

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Spintires: Mudrunner is a unique simulation game. Some players may recognize its name as the game was originally released on PC back in 2014, but there were some issues between the creator, Pavel Zagrebelnyj and the publisher for that release, Oovee. Pavel Zagrebelnyj didn’t sit with his hands crossed and he created the game from the ground with his colleagues at Saber Interactive and with a new publisher Focus Home Interactive who were interested to help the team, so here we have Spintires: MudRunner on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Spintires: Mudrunner players will be able to drive different off-road vehicles such as jeeps, cars, trucks, fuel trucks, pickup trucks, trucks with cranes, maintenance vehicles, and so much more.

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You will start Spintires by playing the tutorial which shows you how to drive and handle your vehicles in those hard conditions. After you finish the tutorial, you will be playing the challenges which are basically the second part of the tutorial, you will learn how to pull other vehicles from water or mud if stuck, you will learn how to collect and deliver logs, you will learn how to fuel and fix your vehicles and so much more which can prove useful later on. If you finish the challenges with three stars each (that’s not mandatory) that means that you are a master of the Off-Road and you are ready for the next part.

If you finish the challenges, then you are ready for the meat of the game. You can play the single-player mode where you will put everything you have learned into practice. The main objective of the game is always to collect and deliver logs to a location. You will be able to drive some vehicles and equip them in the garage with what you feel is important to the scenario. For example, you can equip your jeeps with a spare wheel and a trunk which includes repair points and fuel for your other vehicles. In addition, you can equip your trucks with fuel tanks, utility carriages, garages, log carriages, cranes to carry logs and so much more useful equipment.  The single-player mode offers six different locations which will put your mind to test and make you think what’s the better strategy to capture the logs. I won’t spoil the locations, but they sure offer lots of mud and water to go through with your vehicles.

Finally, the game includes a Multiplayer mode where you can play your friends or random people online and drive together and collect and deliver logs.

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Spintires: MudRunner gameplay is pretty straightforward, but it can be kind of hard to master for some people. Players will drive through tons of mud and water which means pretty hard handling of the vehicles and plus you can get stuck pretty easily in there. You can use the gearbox of your vehicle manually and automatically, all choices are available in the game thanks to a press of a button. You will be also able to switch each vehicle thanks to a few button presses no matter the location you left the vehicle. Finally, you will drive on every weather condition night and day except snow.

The gameplay is very great, fun and enjoyable if you are into this kind of games, Even if you aren’t interested, you may like it. It’s something very unique.

Saber Interactive has made a great work with the graphics of the game. The physics where you can see your tires into the mud and water is so great. It’s definitely not an easy task to design great physics in a game like this, but Saber managed to pull it off successfully. The only negatives are that the interiors of the vehicles are really lacking, plus the camera modes can be kind of clunky. The graphics of the game are spectacular overall.

The sound of Spintires: MudRunner is alright. The vehicles and the movements of the physics sound exactly like they are supposed to. However, you will need to set your own music tracks, as the game doesn’t include any music except the menus and the sound of nature.

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I give Spintires: Mudrunner a solid 9/10 as it’s a beautiful and an amazing simulation game which is done completely right. If you are into driving heavy machinery and making a strategy on how to collect and deliver logs then you will have a very fun time and it will keep you occupied for many hours. If you aren’t into all this, then you can learn and have a great time too. If you love simulation games then it’s a must-have for the collection.

***Reviewer’s note: A game copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review.