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TodayThu, 27th Jan 2022

  • News Call Of Duty Will Reportedly Ditch Xbox One Versions In 2023

    "COD 23 is current-gen only"

    As the Activision Blizzard deal continues to unfold, we keep getting nuggets of information on the future of Call of Duty. One significant bit of news is that the next few CoDs will still launch on PlayStation. We're now hearing reports that most of those releases will be current-gen only. Prominent leaker Tom Henderson...

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    • Call of Duty
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • News Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Gets Free Demo For Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One

    Tutorial and Edit modes featured

    If you've been eagerly awaiting Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires and its return to a smaller-stage format, there's now a free demo out for the upcoming release! The demo, which is live now across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, features two of the game's modes. The tutorial is here, which contains a Castle Siege, along with...

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    • Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • News Forget Crash Bandicoot For Now, Here's The Return Of Kao

    Remember this one?

    Kao the Kangaroo is back! We'll admit that not all of us here at Pure Xbox remember this fella, but Kao made his debut back in the Sega Dreamcast era, before getting 3 sequels across PC, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance. Kao the Kangaroo is your typical 3D mascot platformer. That means plenty of...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
    • Kao the Kangaroo
  • Poll Are You Happy With February 2022's Xbox Games With Gold?

    What do you make of the selection?

    Microsoft has officially announced February 2022's Xbox Games with Gold, giving us a look at four more games we'll be able to play at no extra charge with our Gold memberships next month. In case you missed it, the games are Xbox One titles Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse and Aerial_Knight's Never Yield, along...

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    • Games With Gold
    • Polls
    • Features
    • Xbox One
  • News Xbox Games With Gold For February 2022 Announced

    The latest batch of titles

    Microsoft has officially announced all four Xbox Games With Gold titles for February 2022! These games are available to download for free for Xbox Live Gold members (including subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate). Here's the complete list of titles you can look forward to in February: Xbox Series X|S / Xbox One:...

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    • Games With Gold
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News SEGA's Two Point Campus Launches With Xbox Game Pass This May

    From the creators of Two Point Hospital

    We've got more exciting Game Pass news to share today, as it's been confirmed that the follow-up to the excellent Two Point Hospital, this time titled "Two Point Campus", will launch with Xbox Game Pass for console and PC on May 17th. As you can probably tell from the title, this game is focused around...

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    • Two Point Campus
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News This $375 Xbox Series X|S Carry Case Is Fit For Wilderness Survival

    Xbox vs. Wild

    Ever fancied taking your Xbox on an adventure but don't know how to protect it? Well, Nanuk has you covered. The manufacturer, which specialises in super sturdy case designs, has created a product for the well travelled Xbox player. The 'Nanuk 938 for Xbox Series X or S' is a gargantuan case that'll protect everything you need for a...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Random
  • Guide Taiko No Tatsujin: The Drum Master - The Complete List Of Songs

    All the tracks included with Xbox Game Pass

    In case you missed the news, Taiko No Tatsujin: The Drum Master is now available on Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, and it marks the first time the popular Japanese rhythm series has ever made an appearance on Xbox. But what about the list of songs for the Xbox version? Well, it's an eclectic list to...

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    • Taiko No Tatsujin
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
  • News Forza Fans Won't Give Up On Japan As The Next Horizon Location

    Is this the place?

    It's been a few short months since Forza Horizon 5 launched, and debate is already raging on various platforms as to where the next game should be set. Fans are bringing up all sorts of requests, including Chile, Germany and even somewhere in Africa. However, you guessed it, Japan is right up there as a top request. In a Reddit...

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    • Forza Horizon
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (January 27-30)

    Included with Xbox Live Gold & Game Pass Ultimate

    It's time for another batch of Free Play Days titles! More games are available to play for free this weekend for Xbox Live Gold members, and they're ready to download right now. Update: Microsoft has confirmed there are only two games instead of three this week, and they are as follows: For...

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    • Free Play Days
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Unseen Star Wars: 1313 Footage Features Boba Fett, City Exploration

    Rest in peace

    When it was announced, Star Wars: 1313 had an incredible amount of hype behind it. Dubbed 'Uncharted in the Star Wars universe', 1313 looked a hell of a lot of fun, from preview footage anyway. Sadly, the game was canned many years ago. While we've had some similar Star Wars stuff since, namely Jedi: Fallen Order, a level of fan...

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    • Star Wars: 1313
    • LucasArts
    • Boba Fett
  • News Taiko No Tatsujin: The Drum Master Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass

    "Light your drumming spirit on fire!"

    Just the one Xbox Game Pass addition today, but it's an exciting one! Taiko no Tatsujin has finally made its debut on Xbox, with a new release now available on the service called "The Drum Master" for consoles and PC. If you've never heard of this series, think of it as a mix of Rock Band, Donkey Konga, Rhythm...

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    • Taiko No Tatsujin
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
  • News Rainbow Six Extraction Surpasses Three Million Players In Its First Week

    A positive reaction

    Rainbow Six Extraction made its debut across multiple platforms last week. This included a release on Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service, and it seems to be paying off. According to the game's official Twitter account, the title has already surpassed three million players within its first week. Ubisoft is set to expand on this -...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Ubisoft

YesterdayWed, 26th Jan 2022

  • News Xbox Exec Responds To Being Criticised For 'Trolling' PlayStation Fans On Twitter

    "This was about celebrating a fan creation"

    Xbox GM of Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg often likes to have a bit of fun on social media, and his latest move has drummed up a lot of attention — his profile pic now features him and Crash Bandicoot doing the Xbox symbol! It certainly hasn't gone unnoticed, with countless people taking to Twitter...

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    • Aaron Greenberg
    • Crash Bandicoot
    • Random
  • News Microsoft Is Making Changes To Refunds And Auto-Renewals On Xbox

    After the CMA "identified concerns"

    Have you ever been caught out by auto-renewing subscriptions on Xbox? We know the pain, sometimes things can be a little more complicated to cancel than they should be. Well, it looks like the UK's Competition and Markets Authority agrees, as it "identified concerns" relating to some Xbox policies. As a result,...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Live
    • Microsoft
  • News Crysis 4 Officially Revealed By Developer Crytek

    Update: A teaser trailer is here!

    Update: Crytek has officially followed up the Crytek China post by dropping a teaser trailer, which confirms Crysis 4's existence (you can watch it above). Crytek CEO Avni Yerli also had the following to say on the official website: "Right now the game is in the early stages of development so it will be a while...

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    • Crysis 4
    • Crytek
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Activision Has 'Existing Agreements' To Release Next Three Call Of Duty Games On PlayStation

    Including a new iteration of Warzone

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently indicated that he had a "desire" for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and now a report from Bloomberg is suggesting that'll definitely be the case for at least the next two years due to "existing agreements" on the...

    • Xbox
    • Call of Duty
    • PlayStation
  • News Shredders Xbox Game Pass Release Date Leaked On MS Store

    Let's get snowboarding!

    We've known for a while that Shredders, the snowboarding game by FoamPunch, is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. Well, after a bit of a delay (where it was initially pushed to Feb), the game is almost ready to go on Xbox. Shredders will seemingly now launch on March 17th, according to its UK Microsoft Store page (as...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Shredders
  • Deals The Best Bargains In The Xbox Lunar New Year Sale 2022

    Great games at ultra-low prices

    Xbox dropped a massive Lunar Sale on us this past Tuesday featuring over 500 games, and many of those titles have been heavily discounted, so we thought we'd put together a little guide of some of the best bargains. There's no hard and fast rule for this guide, but we're generally trying to limit the selection to...

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    • Deals
    • Lunar New Year Sale
    • Bargains
    • Xbox One
  • News Battlefield 2042 Drops Out Of Top 50 Most-Played Xbox Games

    DICE's latest is in the trenches

    Battlefield 2042 hasn't been with us for particularly long, having just released back in November of last year, and it should really be riding high on the current official Microsoft list of

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    • Battlefield 2042
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Crusader Kings 3 Makes Console Debut On Xbox Game Pass This March

    Next-gen strats

    Medieval strategy game Crusader Kings 3 came to PC in 2020, where it was also a part of Game Pass for PC. In the time since, the developer has been hard at work translating the game to console, which isn't always easy for the genre. Well, we're happy to report they've been successful! Crusader Kings 3 comes to Xbox Game Pass on March...

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    • Crusader Kings 3
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • Soapbox Bring Back Guitar Hero On Xbox Game Pass For The Emo Teen Parties

    We need it!

    Since the Activision Blizzard deal announcement a week ago, I've thought a lot about the publisher's backlog. I've said my piece on Call of Duty, and there's been much talk about where Crash and Spyro belong with Xbox. However, Guitar Hero sticks out as perhaps Activision's most unique IP, and I think it could bring a lot of value to...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Guitar Hero
    • Soapbox
    • Features
  • News Blizzard Is Working On A Brand-New Survival Game For Console & PC

    "We're going on a journey to a whole new universe"

    Blizzard is currently in the process of being acquired by Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios, and it's just announced that it's working on a brand-new survival game for console and PC, with the hiring process already in full force. The game is untitled for now, but Blizzard says it's "going on a...

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    • Blizzard
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Halo Infinite Is Officially The 'Biggest Launch' In Franchise History

    More than 20 million Spartans have joined the fight

    Alongside Microsoft's latest earnings report, 343 Industries has revealed more than 20 million Spartans (aka players) have now joined the fight in the latest Halo entry, Halo Infinite. This makes Halo Infinite "the biggest launch in Halo's franchise history - we'll let that sink in for a moment...

    • Xbox
    • Halo Infinite
    • Halo
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Blizzard To Share More About Warcraft, Overwatch And Diablo In The 'Coming Weeks'

    "Stay tuned!"

    Following on from Microsoft's announcement that it would be acquiring Activision Blizzard for close to $70 billion, Blizzard has now shared its own surprise — with the reveal of a brand-new survival game for consoles and PC. While details are still limited, the latest announcement has seemingly raised some concerns about the...

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    • Blizzard
    • Overwatch
    • Warcraft
    • Diablo
  • News Xbox Gaming Revenue Up 8% YoY In Latest Earnings Report

    Driven by Game Pass, first-party releases and hardware

    Microsoft's latest earnings results have been published for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 (FY22 Q2), revealing Xbox gaming revenue has increased by 8% year-over-year. Xbox's content and services revenue grew by 10% and was driven by growth in first-party titles and Xbox Game Pass...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Microsoft
  • News Techland Reveals Post-Launch Roadmap For Dying Light 2

    Five years of content support are in the works

    Techland has revealed the post-launch roadmap for its upcoming open world zombiefest, Dying Light 2, which finally arrives on Xbox next week. The game's predecessor was well known for its strong content support in the years after it first released, with the excellent The Following update doing so much...

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    • Dying Light 2
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Aliens-Inspired 2D Shooter Hidden Deep Is Coming To Xbox

    "Fear the horrors that lurk below..."

    Hidden Deep has just launched into Steam Early Access this month. It's a spooky-looking 2D shooter from indie developer Cogwheel Software, who says the game is inspired by Aliens, The Thing, and Half-life. Well, the good news is it's also coming to Xbox. We're not exactly sure how far along things are, but rest...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • PC
    • Hidden Deep
  • News 'A Memoir Blue' Launches With Xbox Game Pass This March

    Was originally scheduled for February

    Cloister Interactive's hand-drawn magical realist adventure, A Memoir Blue, has seen its February release date pushed back to March 24th. However, there's some good news — it's also releasing with Xbox Game Pass on day one! The game, which sees players explore the memories of Miriam, a superstar athlete who...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • A Memoir Blue
  • Video Here's Six Minutes Of Life Is Strange Remastered Footage, Out Next Week On Xbox

    Before the storm

    Life is Strange: Remastered Collection is out February 1st, and Square Enix has finally treated us to a good chunk of gameplay from the first title in the series. The six minutes of footage show a segment from early in the Life is Strange campaign, during Episode 1: Chrysalis. The collection will also include the first game's...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
    • Life Is Strange
  • News The New Halo TV Show Is Getting Its 'Official' Trailer This Sunday

    Suit up

    Well, it's been a long time coming! Finally, we'll get another proper look at the Paramount Halo TV show this Sunday, January 30th. The official trailer will land during halftime at the AFC Championship Game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. We don't know how long the trailer will be, or what it'll consist of, but...

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    • Halo
    • Paramount
    • Halo TV Show

Tuesday25th Jan 2022

  • Guide How To Complete All Xbox Game Pass Quests In 2022

    January 25th Quests now live

    Have you heard of Xbox Game Pass Quests? For subscribers to the service, they're a great way of earning extra money while trying out some different games. In this article, you'll find guides for completing the game-specific Xbox Game Pass Quests every single week, helping you to maximise your Microsoft Rewards points in...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Game Pass Quests
  • News Two More Indies Announced For Xbox Game Pass In February 2022

    Power your dreams

    After a packed January lineup, we're already starting to hear about what's coming to Xbox Game Pass in February! Yeah, things aren't slowing down for the service just yet, so we better get those backlogs tackled... Anyway, first up is Dreamscaper. This eerie roguelite lets you live out your dreams (or nightmares) at night, while...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • News Get Ready For An Invasion In Sniper Elite 5 On Xbox Game Pass

    Drop into other players' campaigns and wreak havok

    Rebellion, the developers behind the always entertaining Sniper Elite series have just dropped a slick cinematic trailer for Sniper Elite 5 which, amongst other things, shows off an interesting new multiplayer mode. The mode, known as Invasion, will see players jump into each other's campaigns...

    • Xbox
    • Sniper Elite 5
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Upcoming Games
  • Deals Xbox Lunar New Year Sale Now Live, 500+ Games Discounted

    Along with many other sales this week

    If you thought last week was busy for sales on Xbox, you've seen nothing yet! The Lunar New Year 2022 sale has begun today, featuring discounts for over 500 Xbox games (including many major and recent releases), and it's complimented by Deals with Gold, Spotlight, Deep Silver and THQ Nordic sales as well! What a...

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    • Deals
    • Lunar New Year Sale
    • Roundup
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  • News Xbox Series S Deal Drops Console To Its Lowest Price Yet In UK

    Go next-gen for a nice price

    There's currently a very nice deal going on over at retailer John Lewis, with a Series S console bundled up with Rocket League and Fortnite dropping to its lowest price in the UK at £234, that's a whole £15 under the usual asking price. As spotted by TechRadar, the deal will require you to sign up as a

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    • Xbox Series S
  • Deals All 50+ Backwards Compatible Games In The Xbox Lunar New Year Sale 2022

    As if last week's selection wasn't enough

    This week's selection of Xbox deals is now live, and alongside the usual Deals with Gold and Spotlight offerings, we've also got a couple of publisher sales and a massive Xbox Lunar New Year Sale, featuring over 500 games! Below, we've included every single Xbox 360 and original Xbox game available over the...

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    • Deals
    • Backwards Compatibility
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
  • News 2022 Will Be 'The Biggest Year Yet' For Sea Of Thieves

    All aboard

    Sea of Thieves launched back in 2018 and it's still delivering plenty of content. To showcase the year ahead, developer Rare has announced a livestream event, featuring all things Sea of Thieves for 2022. The livestream, simply dubbed the '2022 preview event', will show an exclusive first look at the game's next season, along with "a...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Sea of Thieves
    • Rare
  • News Star Wars Battlefront 3 Definitely Isn't Happening, Says Report

    At least not with EA & DICE at the helm

    If you've been holding onto hope that EA might be interested in making a third Star Wars Battlefront with developer DICE, we've got bad news — according to a report from VentureBeat, that definitely won't be happening. The report says that, following today's announcement about three new Star Wars games from...

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    • Star Wars Battlefront
  • News Microsoft And Sony 'Have Never Been Competitors', Says Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford

    You sure about that?

    As Xbox gobbles up publishers and studios like nobody's business, we're all left wondering what the end game is. The company has expressed that it has Amazon and Google in its sights, rather than Sony, and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford seems to agree that Microsoft doesn't want to directly compete with Sony. In a series of...

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    • Sony
    • PlayStation
    • Gearbox Software
  • News Sea Of Thieves & Everwild Artist Jumps Ship To Fable Developer Playground Games

    "I will be starting a new chapter"

    One of the most anticipated (and perhaps secretive) Xbox releases is the next Fable game. All we really know at the moment is that it's been in development for at least four years now. Although it seems the project could be well underway, the recruitment drive continues - with Playground Games apparently kicking...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Fable
  • News EA Confirms Respawn Is Working On Three New Star Wars Games

    Including the Jedi: Fallen Order sequel

    EA has confirmed today that beloved developer Respawn (Apex Legends, Titanfall) is working on three new games in the Star Wars universe, including a much-anticipated sequel to 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Let's start with that one. EA says the team is actively working on the next Star Wars Jedi title...

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    • EA
    • Star Wars
    • Respawn
    • Jedi Fallen Order
  • News Halo Infinite Topped Xbox And PC Sales Charts In December

    A strong first month

    Well, it looks like Halo Infinite got off to a pretty great start in the US! Despite its Xbox Game Pass launch, Halo Infinite still topped the December sales charts for both Xbox and PC platforms. Only Call of Duty beat it across all systems for the month. We have to say we're quite surprised by the PC sales, given the series'...

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    • Halo Infinite
    • NPD
    • Steam
    • PC
  • News 'Unpacking' Clone Finally Removed From iOS & Google Play Stores

    "Ad-riddled" rip-off had been downloaded millions of times

    Indie developer Witch Beam's Unpacking was a real surprise hit on the gaming scene in 2021. A wonderfully tactile and zen-like puzzler, it combines a thoughtful story with relaxed and creative gameplay. It is, in short, a great little game you should really check out ASAP on Xbox Game Pass...

    • Xbox
    • Unpacking
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Mobile
  • News You Can Invite Two Friends To Play Rainbow Six Extraction For Free, Starting This Week

    Hey buddy!

    Rainbow Six Extraction dropped on Xbox Game Pass late last week, and we've been digging into it since. If you've been holding off trying it until a few mates get in on the action, Ubisoft has you covered. Starting Thursday, January 27th, the game's 'Buddy Pass' system goes live. The Buddy Pass acts like a trial, for players who don't...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • Guide Rainbow Six Extraction: How To Play With Friends, Add Players Via Crossplay & Utilise The Buddy Pass System

    Because friends who slay together, stay together

    Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Extraction is finally here and, as we mentioned in our recent review, it's a solid bit of tactical shooting action that mixes up the usual super serious military vibe of the series for something altogether more preposterous. Of course, co-operative play is front and centre here...

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    • Guides
    • Rainbow Six Extraction
    • Xbox Game Pass

Monday24th Jan 2022

  • Rumour Apple 'Poaching' Xbox Engineers To Potentially Make A Video Game Console

    "I've heard that for ages..."

    Here's a crazy rumour to start off the week! It was mentioned by Windows Central reporter Jez Corden on the latest episode of The Xbox Two podcast that Apple might be "poaching" Xbox engineers to make its own games console. Jez says he's been hearing this for a while, although he admits the sourcing on the information...

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    • Apple
    • Rumour
  • Feature These 10+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (January 24-28)

    Including Taiko No Tatsujin on Game Pass!

    After the madness of this month for Xbox Game Pass (and beyond), it looks like things are finally quietening down this week. We've only got a couple of handfuls' worth of new releases heading to Xbox, and only one could be described as a major release — Taiko No Tatsujin: The Drum Master, which is also...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • Rumour Another Xbox Franchise Is Getting A Remastered Collection

    What's your bet?

    It's been a number of years since we got Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It was quite a unique bundle, as missions and maps could be interchanged at will, well, when it was fixed at least. Since then, there's been all sorts of talk about a Gears of War collection, and a new rumour points towards something similar coming. This...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Halo: Master Chief Collection
    • Gears of War
  • News Here's A Look At How Much Xbox Game Studios Has Grown Since 2017

    A staggering amount

    Remember the dark days? When Xbox had little other than Halo, Forza and Gears of War to show for itself... well, those years are well and truly over. Xbox fan artist Klobrille, who some of you may know on Twitter, has showcased just how much Xbox Game Studios has grown since Microsoft's acquisition spree began back in 2017...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Studios
  • News Dying Light 2 Trailer Reveals Three Performance Modes On Xbox Series X

    Quality mode supports ray tracing

    Dying Light 2 developer Techland has given us a closer look at the Xbox Series X version of its upcoming zombie adventure. The high-end next gen version supports three modes: Quality, Performance, and Resolution. So, let's have a look at all three. Quality mode aims to deliver the richest visual experience,...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
    • Dying Light 2
  • Talking Point What Have You Bought In The Xbox Backwards Compatibility Sale?

    It ends this Tuesday

    We're always eager to check out the weekly Xbox deals every Tuesday here at Pure Xbox HQ, but this past week has been particularly great, as Xbox has been hosting a special backwards compatible sale on the Microsoft Store. The sale includes offers on over 100 original Xbox and Xbox 360 games, including many beloved franchises...

    • Xbox
    • Backwards Compatibility
    • Talking Point
  • Guide Best Xbox Indie Games: 40+ Great Games To Try In 2022

    Many of them included with Xbox Game Pass

    What are some of the best indie games on Xbox? Microsoft has got an absolutely fantastic indie program on the go these days and the team at [email protected] have released some incredible games over the past few years. Amidst the usual hustle and bustle of huge AAA releases, some of these smaller indie offerings have...

    • Guides
    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Insider Patch Addresses Issue With Xbox Game Pass Not Working Offline

    Rolling out!

    We're extremely quick to champion Xbox Game Pass here at Pure Xbox, as are most of the Xbox community! However, that doesn't mean there aren't issues from time to time, and one cropped up recently regarding offline games. Basically, players were reporting that Game Pass games weren't launching properly when offline. Sometimes it only...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Microsoft
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Elden Ring Is 'Massive' And Will Take 30+ Hours, Says FromSoftware

    "This will differ significantly by player"

    We're finally being treated to the long-awaited release of FromSoftware's Elden Ring on February 25th, and in addition to confirming the game has gone gold, the developer has revealed how long the game will take to complete. As mentioned during an interview at the Taipei Game Show 2022, Yasuhiro Kitao...

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    • Elden Ring
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Elden Ring Has Officially Gone Gold

    Day one patch in the works

    Elden Ring got a slight delay last year, when the game was pushed back to February 2022. Thankfully, we won't see any more delays, as FromSoftware has confirmed the game has gone gold and is ready to be distributed. In a presentation from the Taipei Game Show 2022, FromSoftware's Yasuhiro Kitao confirmed the news. In a...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
    • Elden Ring
  • Review Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction - Solid Extra-Terrestrial Siege Shenanigans

    How will you REACT under pressure?

    Rainbow Six Extraction really is such a great idea, a hugely appealing experiment that takes the often rather bland and samey world of Ubisoft's tactical military shooters and adds plenty of twisted alien sci-fi action and warped vistas to the mix. For the most part it's a mix-up that works too. Based on a...

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    • Xbox
    • Rainbow Six Extraction
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
  • News Hitman 3 Crashing Issues On Xbox Are Being Investigated

    "We're working hard on testing the resolution"

    Hitman 3 was added to Xbox Game Pass last week, along with the first two games in the trilogy. The Game Pass launch coincided with Hitman 3's first Year 2 content drop, but that update seems to have caused issues for some players. Don't worry though, developer IO Interactive is on the case. The issue...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Hitman 3
    • Xbox Series S
  • News 343 Industries Can't Replace Halo Infinite XP Boosts Lost During Server Outages

    Developer says it doesn't have the ability to fix issue

    Halo Infinite's excellent multiplayer suite has generally been going down a storm with players since the game launched back in November of 2021. However, there have also been some widely reported issues with how the mode's Battle Pass progression system works, the pace at which gamers earn XP...

    • Xbox
    • Halo Infinite
    • 343 Industries

Sunday23rd Jan 2022

  • Random Phil Spencer Has Been Playing Some Call Of Duty: Vanguard On Xbox

    Checking out his new purchase

    This past week was one of the busiest not just in Phil Spencer's time as Head of Xbox, but also for the Xbox brand itself, and the Microsoft Gaming CEO has been using his downtime to analyse Microsoft's new purchase. Multiple Xbox fans have been pointing out that they've spotted Spencer ("P3" on Xbox) playing the...

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    • Call of Duty
    • Phil Spencer
  • News Xbox Can't Really Talk About Activision Blizzard Until The Deal Is Done

    "The reality is, this is gonna take a while"

    Earlier this week, Microsoft broke the internet when it announced it would be acquiring Activision Blizzard for close to $70 billion. While there's a lot of conversation surrounding this future acquisition and how it will pan out, don't expect to learn too much about it right away. According to Xbox's...

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    • Microsoft
    • Activision
    • Blizzard
    • Xbox Game Studios
  • News Watch Dogs: Legion Has Received Its Final Update, Confirms Ubisoft

    "Until next time, DedSec"

    Ubisoft's Watch Dogs: Legion was one of the launch titles for the Xbox Series X and Series S back in November 2020, and the company has confirmed that after a year of support, there are no plans for further major updates. In a message posted on its official website, the team highlighted the various improvements made to the...

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    • Watch Dogs Legion
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • News Xbox Is Giving Away This Custom Lunar New Year Series S

    "Lunar New Year, new Lunar Xbox"

    It's that time again! Xbox is hosting another giveaway for a custom console on Twitter, and this time it's for the Lunar New Year version of the Xbox Series S, with the competition open to everyone in an Xbox Live supported region. As you can see, it's another stunning looking design — it already has over 30k...

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    • Xbox Series S
    • Lunar New Year

Saturday22nd Jan 2022

  • Feature Alright, It's Time For Xbox To Make A Smash Bros. Game

    It would be ridiculous not to at this point

    With Microsoft announcing the acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier this week, the topic of Xbox Game Studios potentially commissioning a Super Smash Bros. style multiplayer game has cropped up once again. There are a few reasons why you might not want to pursue it, but in our opinion, it's an...

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    • Soapbox
    • Feature
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  • Talking Point What February 2022 Xbox Games With Gold Do You Want?

    Something from Activision Blizzard?

    It's almost that time once again, with more Xbox Games with Gold titles set to be announced very soon! The month of January has seen NeuroVoider, Aground, Radiant Silvergun and Space Invaders Infinity Gene all given away for free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and another four games will soon be on the way. If...

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    • Games With Gold
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • Pick One Which Of These Is Your Favourite Activision Blizzard Franchise?

    You've got some classic IP to choose from

    It's time for another round of Pick One! This week, to celebrate the absolutely insane news that Microsoft is purchasing Activision Blizzard, we thought we'd take a look back at the company's most famous and beloved franchises. From Call of Duty to Crash Bandicoot, Activision Blizzard has some major IP that...

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    • Pick One
  • News LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Includes A 'Mumble Mode' For Old Times' Sake

    Because who needs fully-voiced characters?

    This week finally treated us to a release date for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (April 5th), and the impressive six-minute trailer that accompanied it revealed a key feature that fans have been requesting in recent years. Basically, if you don't want to listen to the fully-voiced characters like in...

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    • LEGO Star Wars
    • Xbox One
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    • Xbox Series S
  • News Halo Infinite's Season 2 Battle Pass Will Allow You To Earn Credits

    343 has been listening

    It seems more changes are on the way to Halo Infinite multiplayer. In an update from 343's head of design, Jerry Hook, it's been confirmed Credits will be earnable in Season 2's Battle Pass - following ongoing community feedback. Credits are in-game currency that can be used to purchase shop items and consumables. Here's the...

    • Xbox
    • Halo Infinite
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (January 22-23)

    Rainbow Six Extraction on Game Pass?

    Welcome to the weekend! Well, it's been an incredibly busy week in the world of Xbox, and there's plenty of new stuff to check out over the next couple of days, including a massive batch of Xbox Game Pass titles. Don't forget about the huge backwards compatib

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Friday21st Jan 2022

  • News Xbox Boss 'Trusts' Nintendo & PlayStation, More Concerned About 'Other Tech Competitors'

    "They won't do anything that damages gaming..."

    While there's a lot of focus on how certain video game companies like PlayStation will respond to Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard (valued at close to $70 billion), it seems Xbox might be focused on much bigger threats. According to The Washington Post, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer...

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    • Industry
    • Phil Spencer
  • News Hellblade 2 Developer Shows Off Incredibly Detailed Character Model

    Senua's skin

    Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is being meticulously worked on over at Ninja Theory. And when we say meticulous, we mean it. The developer has showcased its latest main character model on Twitter, and the detail is off the charts. Ninja Theory is using new techniques for its character modelling with Hellblade II, and you can tell. The team...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Bethesda Shares Starfield Concept Art Clip Showing 'New Atlantis'

    The latest on Bethesda's next RPG

    Starfield is officially launching this year! We know, we can't quite believe it either. Bethesda's next RPG launch is fast approaching, and the team continues to share sneak peeks on social media. The latest look showcases 'New Atlantis', the capital of the game's 'United Colonies'. It looks quite the fortress,...

    • Xbox
    • Starfield
    • Bethesda
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Xbox Creator Shares NSFW Quote That Nearly Got Him Fired From Microsoft

    Bill Gates was "VERY upset"

    If you weren't aware, Seamus Blackley was a key part of the original Xbox team, even going on to be coined the "father of the Xbox". He's one of the major reasons why Xbox got off the ground, so he's kind of a big deal around here! However, he didn't get everything right. Earlier today, he highlighted an NSFW quote of...

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    • Seamus Blackley
    • Bill Gates
    • Original Xbox
  • Feature Call Of Duty Might Be Ditching Yearly Releases, And It's About Time

    We [don't] need to bring him back

    Ah, Call of Duty. One arrives each and every year like clockwork, delivering a quick adrenaline shot of shooter action for millions of us worldwide. Usually, that shot is pretty polished, as publisher Activision Blizzard pours resources into its creation. However, development struggles, and a pandemic, meant...

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    • Xbox
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Activision Blizzard
    • Call of Duty
  • News Netflix Wants 'Best In The Category' Game Subscription Service

    A true Game Pass competitor?

    Will anything ever be able to properly take on Game Pass? At the moment, Xbox's service is dominating the gaming conversion, especially following the Activision Blizzard purchase announced earlier this week. Netflix seems to think it can compete though, in time. During a recent earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings...

    • Xbox
    • Netflix Games
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • PC
    • Mobile
  • News Activision Blizzard Employees Dissatisfied With Kotick At Internal Meeting

    But there's optimism about Xbox

    There's still a lot that needs to happen at Activision Blizzard before the Xbox takeover can be considered a success. For those working at Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick's involvement in the company is a top priority. Kotick recently addressed his workforce in an internal meeting about the Xbox deal. Dubbed...

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    • Activision Blizzard
    • Phil Spencer
    • Bobby Kotick
  • News Battlefield 2042 Could Reportedly Go Free-To-Play After Botched Launch

    "Looking at all the options"

    Battlefield 2042 was supposed to mark a new era for the Battlefield series, bringing things back to a near future setting for the first time since Battlefield 4. However, it's not really worked out that way, with a number of core features still missing since last year's launch. It seems that long time fans of the...

    • Xbox
    • Battlefield 2042
    • EA
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Oh, Goody! My Friend Peppa Pig Gets A Free Next-Gen Makeover For Xbox Series X|S

    Boris Johnson must be delighted

    What could be better than My Friend Peppa Pig on Xbox? How about a free next-gen upgrade for My Friend Peppa Pig on Xbox?! That's exactly what it's received today, including some pretty neat improvements. Firstly, the game now supports Quick Resume on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, along with faster loading times...

    • Xbox
    • Peppa Pig
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Hitman 3's PCVR Support Is Leading To Some Hilarious Gameplay Footage

    Accessible with PC Game Pass

    As we reported yesterday, IO Interactive's sublime Hitman "World of Assassination" Trilogy has stealthed its way onto Game Pass, both on Xbox consoles and Microsoft's PC variant of the service. One of the most exciting aspects of this trilogy release is the new Hitman 3 Year 2 content, which has seen a bra

    • PC
    • Game Pass
    • Hitman
    • Hitman Trilogy
    • VR
  • News New Need For Speed Likely To Be Arriving On Xbox This Year

    EA expects street racing action to return in late 2022

    As first reported by VGC, and initially flagged up by journalist Tom Henderson on Twitter, it appears as though we'll be getting our hands on a brand new Need for Speed in Q4 of this year. The latest entry in the racing franchise was first announced back in 2020 and set to arrive last year, but...

    • Xbox
    • EA
    • Need For Speed
    • Upcoming Releases

Thursday20th Jan 2022

  • News Six Games Are Available Today With Xbox Game Pass (January 20)

    Including three Hitman games in one!

    It's a big day for Xbox Game Pass as six new titles are added today, January 20th, including some heavy hitters. Death's Door, Hitman Trilogy, Pupperazzi, Rainbow Six Extraction,

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Rainbow Six Extraction
    • Deaths Door
    • Hitman Trilogy
  • News Activision CEO Wants Guitar Hero & Skylanders To Return On Xbox

    "Phil and I started riffing on things for the future"

    Remember when Activision Blizzard made games that weren't Call of Duty? Look, we know we're exaggerating, but seriously, the publisher's output was once a lot more varied than in recent years. That output included the likes of Guitar Hero and Skylanders, which Activision Blizzard's CEO seems to...

    • Xbox
    • Activision Blizzard
    • Phil Spencer
    • Bobby Kotick
    • Guitar Hero
  • News Sony Expects Xbox To 'Ensure' Activision Games Are Still Available On PlayStation

    Update: Microsoft plans to keep CoD on PS

    Update: Phil Spencer has issued a statement on Twitter today, promising that Xbox will honour any existing agreements while also expressing a "desire" for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation in the future. Original story: There's been a lot of speculation that

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    • Sony
    • PlayStation
    • Activision Blizzard
  • Review Death’s Door - One Of 2021's Best Games, Now On Xbox Game Pass

    "Deserves all the attention it will most likely get"

    Update (January 2022): Death's Door is now available on Xbox Game Pass, so if you're keen to understand what all the fuss is about, we've republished our 10/10 ("outstanding") review from July 2021 below. Enjoy! Original review (July 2021): What do you get if you throw Zelda,

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Deaths Door
  • News Financial Times Predicts EA To Be Next In Line For A Major Takeover

    "EA fits the bill"

    Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard came out of nowhere earlier this week, and now it's got everyone guessing who might be next — interestingly, the Financial Times (paywall) believes there's a chance it could be EA. The outlet says that EA "fits the bill" with major franchises and "astute" mobile gaming investments...

    • Xbox
    • EA
    • Activision Blizzard
  • News Hitman Trilogy Lands On Xbox Game Pass With All-New Game Mode

    Elusive Target Arcade heads up Year 2 content drop

    Update: IO Interactive has confirmed that PC Game Pass subscribers will have access to the VR versions of all three Hitman games as of today. As noted on the Hitman 3's official support page; After the 3.100 patch on 20 January 2022, HITMAN 3 will support VR on all PC platforms that the game is...

    • Xbox Series X
    • Hitman Trilogy
    • Game Pass
    • Xbox One
  • News Xbox's Phil Spencer Confirms Plans To Keep Call Of Duty On PlayStation

    Along with honouring "all existing agreements"

    There's your answer, folks! Xbox boss and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has confirmed today that the Call of Duty franchise will remain on PlayStation following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In a message on Twitter, Spencer promised to "honour all existing agreements" with Sony in...

    • Xbox
    • PlayStation
    • Call of Duty
    • Phil Spencer
  • News Xbox Will Get Activision Blizzard To Work On Classic Franchises, Says Phil Spencer

    "I’m looking forward to these conversations"

    Xbox boss and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has been talking to The Washington Post as part of a new interview, and he mentioned during the discussion that he wants Activision Blizzard to work on some of its classic franchises. Spencer highlighted during the chat that Xbox now owns IP such as...

    • Xbox
    • Activision Blizzard
    • Phil Spencer
  • Random Xbox Has Got Us Craving Fries With This McDonald's Series X

    Want fries with that?

    Enough of the serious speak around Xbox's latest acquisition, who forgot about McDonald's? The fast food giant innocuously posted on Twitter about fry stealing, and Xbox decided to get in on the thread. That led to a funny interaction between McDonald's and Xbox, with both social media accounts creating mock-up images. Xbox's...

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    • McDonalds
    • KFC
    • Twitter
  • News It's Official, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Releases This April

    Check out the new six-minute trailer

    It's happening! After years of waiting, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has finally been treated to a release date of April 5th, 2022, along with a brand-new six-minute gameplay overview trailer which you can watch above. And wow. Based on what we can see in the trailer here, this is shaping up to be not only...

    • Xbox
    • LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News WWE 2K22 Officially Arrives On Xbox This March, Watch The New Trailer

    The cover star is Rey Mysterio

    It's confirmed! Following a leak late last week that WWE 2K22 would be coming to Xbox (and other platforms) on March 11th, 2022, that date has now been made official — and you can watch the new trailer above. The game marks the first entry in the series since the disappointing WWE 2K20 over two years ago, and the...

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    • WWE 2K22
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News DOOM Eternal Goes Purple With New Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perk

    Raise hell in style

    The Doom Slayer dressed in all purple? Sure, why not. As part of the latest set of Game Pass Perks, a selection of rather colourful content comes to DOOM Eternal, featuring quite a few cosmetics. In total, there's three packs here for use across Campaign, Battlemode, and the game's photo mode of course. The sets are dubbed "Arch...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • News Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (January 20-23)

    Hope you like Yakuza

    It's time for another batch of Free Play Days titles! More games are available to play for free this weekend for Xbox Live Gold members, and they're ready to download right now. Unfortunately, the selection is a little uninspired this week — it's made up of the three games in the Yakuza Remastered Collection, and all of those...

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    • Free Play Days
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News The Cuphead Show! Hits Netflix This February

    Check out the brand new trailer for Netflix's animated adaptation

    Studio MDHR's Cuphead universe lands on streaming service Netflix on February the 18th and, to go along with the release date announcement, we've got a suitably wild trailer to check out that absolutely ticks all of the boxes, showing off an art style and tone that 100% nails the...

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  • News Take-Two CEO Downplays GTA Trilogy's Many Issues, Says The Remastered Collection Has Done 'Great'

    Badly botched rereleases just had a "glitch"

    It's been quite some time since we were as shocked and disappointed with a set of remasters as we were last November when the awkwardly named Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition landed in an absolute state on consoles and PC. The collection, which should have been an easy victory for...

    • Grand Theft Auto
    • Rockstar
    • Take-Two
  • News Halo Infinite's Latest Hotfix Unable To Resolve BTB Matchmaking Issues

    "We're sorry this didn't quite get the job done"

    343 Industries has released its latest hotfix for Halo Infinite, but it doesn't appear to have resolved the matchmaking issues associated with the multiplayer's Big Team Battle mode. According to Halo's community director, Brian Jarrard, this latest update hasn't resulted in the outcome the team...

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    • Halo Infinite
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One