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Save up to 75% on Xbox One exclusives in five new sales

This week’s Xbox One discounts include Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and Sea of Thieves.

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This week’s Xbox One discounts include Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and Sea of Thieves, plus a slew of Devil May Cry games.

There are some excellent Xbox One games on sale this week, including a few of the console’s best exclusives. Yes, a subscription to Xbox Game Pass includes most of these titles but it’s a good opportunity to pick some up à la carte. Highlights include Crackdown 3, which is reduced by 60% and a 40% reduction for Forza Horizon 4. The Sea of Thieves Anniversary Edtion is also half price.

Across this week’s Deal with Gold and Spotlight sales there are big discounts on games such as The Elder Scroll Online: Elsweyr, F1 2019, and The Sims 4. The DmC sale cuts the price of various editions of Devil May Cry 4 and the value-packed Devil May Cry HD Collection.

Finally, the Free-to-Play sale features a huge range of add-ons for games like Warframe, DC Universe Online, and Brawlhalla.

You can check out the full lineup of sale titles on the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here are our picks from this week’s discounts. All five promotions end on October 7, 2019.

Deals with Gold highlights

  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Deep Ones – 50% off
  • Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China – 50% off
  • Hollow – 33% off
  • Layers of Fear – 75% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 75% off
  • Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered – 67% off
  • Road Redemption – 50% off
  • Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition – 50% off
  • The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker – 40% off
  • The Sims 4 – 75% off
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – 50% off

Xbox Publisher sale highlights

  • Crackdown 3 – 60% off
  • Disneyland Adventures – 50% off
  • Forza Horizon 4 Deluxe Edition – 40% off
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 50% off
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition – 75% off
  • Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition – 50% off
  • Quantum Break – 75% off
  • Rare Replay – 50% off
  • ReCore – 50% off
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure – 50% off
  • Ryse: Legendary Edition – 75% off
  • ScreamRide – 75% off
  • Sea Of Thieves Anniversary Edition – 50% off
  • Sunset Overdrive – 60% off
  • Super Lucky’s Tale – 50% off
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection – 50% off

DmC sale highlights

  • Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition – 70% off
  • Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition – Demon Hunter Bundle – 75% off
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection – 30% off
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection & 4SE Bundle – 30% off
  • DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – 67% off

Free to play sale highlights

  • Brawlhalla – All Legends Pack – 25% off
  • Crossout – Arachnophobia Pack – 50% off
  • DC Universe Online – Episode Pack I – 75% off
  • Defiance 2050: Engineer Class Pack – 25% off
  • Happy Wars – 370 Happy Tickets – 50% off
  • Neverwinter: Epic Headstart Chest – 40% off
  • Neverwinter: Undermountain Preparedness Pack – 40% off
  • Pinball FX3 – Marvel Pinball: Heavy Hitters – 50% off
  • Skyforge: Kinetic Quickplay Pack – 30% off
  • Spacelords – Valeria Deluxe Character Pack – 20% off
  • Tera: Hydrath Uniform Pack – 50% off
  • Trove – Double Dragon Pack – 15% off
  • War Thunder – Super AMX-30 Pack – 50% off
  • Warface – Nuclear Pack – 20% off
  • Warframe: Jade Axa Bundle – 40% off

Spotlight sale highlights

  • Aaero: Complete Edition – 30% off
  • Dirt 4 – 80% off
  • Dirt Rally – 80% off
  • Dirt Rally 2.0 – 60% off
  • F1 2019 – 40% off
  • Micro Machines World Series – 75% off
  • Onrush – 80% off
  • The Elder Scroll Online : Elsweyr – 50% off

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New PlayStation 4 releases (September 21-25, 2020)

Mafia: Definitive Edition tops next week’s list of new PlayStation 4 releases.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition tops next week’s list of new PlayStation 4 releases.

Hangar 13’s ground-up remake of Mafia is this week’s PlayStation 4 pick. The original game is not an outright classic, but it’s certainly bold and was forward-thinking in its day. The remake includes new vehicles, improved visuals and audio, and a larger city of Lost Heaven to explore.

Another highlight is the console port of Port Royale 4. Kalypso Media’s trading and strategy game depicts the 17th-century Caribbean power struggle between Spain, England, France and the Netherlands. Turn-based naval encounters are the big new feature, and each nation has a full single-player campaign to complete.

Trading is also central to Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, the new space Western sequel from Double Damage Games. Outlaw improves on its predecessor with streamlined spaceship combat, seven new radio stations, and a fun cast of bounty hunters, aliens, and intergalactic ne’er-do-wells.

Other new PS4 releases include Tennis World Tour 2, Unrailed!, and Going Under. We’ll update this article throughout the week with news of any late additions. Here’s the full lineup of new PS4 games confirmed so far.

New PlayStation4 releases: September 21-25, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • 3 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Tennis World Tour 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • CastleStorm II
  • Jet Set Knights – TBC
  • Unrailed!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Dungreed
  • Ginga Force
  • Going Under
  • Gothic Murder: Adventure That Changes Destiny

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Port Royale 4
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

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New Xbox One releases (September 21-25, 2020)

Mafia: Definitive Edition and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw headline the list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw headline the list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

Xbox One owners can lead a life crime next week in the eagerly anticipated remake of 2002’s Mafia. The city of Lost Heaven has never looked better, but we’re interested to see how Hangar 13 has fleshed out the experience. The addition of motorcycles is a fun place to start.

Meanwhile, players of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw can live their lives on the outer rim of law and order. This sequel from Double Damage builds upon the strong foundations of the first game with improved dogfights, an engaging story, and an even better soundtrack. If you find Elite Dangerous too overwhelming, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is an accessible blend of arcade and simulation sci-fi that scratches the same intergalactic itch.

Other new Xbox One release highlights include Port Royale 4, procedurally generated track laying game Unrailed!, and satirical dungeon crawler, Going Under. Halo ODST‘s Firefight mode is also coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Tuesday.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft web store. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any late additions to the lineup.

New Xbox One releases: September 21-25, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Halo ODST: Firefight (The Master Chief Collection)
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Tennis World Tour 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • CastleStorm II
  • The Drone Racing League Simulator
  • Jet Set Knights
  • Unrailed!
  • Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Going Under
  • Little Big Workshop
  • Tears of Avia

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Nexomon: Extinction
  • Port Royale 4
  • Sentinels of Freedom
  • Shotgun Farmers
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

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Hello Games announces No Man’s Sky Origins update

No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.

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No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.

Did you know that the procedurally-generated aesthetic for No Man’s Sky was based on pulpy, 70s science fiction novel covers?

(We did know, but it’s still fun to watch the video in the post linked above. For all of its “bazillion of procedurally generated planets” pitch, the aesthetic and the atmosphere of No Man’s Sky are still some of its biggest selling points, especially with the very scary Desolation update from a couple of months ago.)

As the free content updates kept coming for No Man’s Sky, each with its own science fiction cover, it built up a bigger picture: a “shelf” of those pulpy sci-fi book covers.

But when Sean Murray, of Hello Games, tweeted a picture of all the covers together following the Desolation update, it did not escape people’s notice that there was only “room” for one more cover left on that artificial bookshelf of pulpy book covers:

And with the No Man’s Sky Origins update set to be revealed next week, people have been worried that might be the last update we see for the game. The final space on the bookshelf will be filled, as it were.

But according to the blog post announcing Origins, “This update will be another small step in a longer journey.”

Perhaps Hello Games isn’t quite done with No Man’s Sky just yet.


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Play three cool games for free on Xbox One this weekend

This week’s lineup of Xbox One Free Play Days titles takes players to the high seas, a world destroyed by war, and a creature-infested Louisiana.

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This week’s lineup of Xbox One Free Play Days titles takes players to the high seas, a world destroyed by war, and, erm, Louisiana.

Shiver me timbers, Sea of Thieves is free to play on Xbox One this weekend. Rare’s online pirate adventure was somewhat cooly received on release, but who’s cool now? A treasure chest of content and gameplay updates has helped build a thriving community of shipmates, most of whom are welcoming to new deckhands. Nonetheless, take care, there’s always someone waiting to steal a Bilge Rat Doubloon or two when your back is turned.

Players should also keep their wits about them in Hunt: Showdown, the popular PvP first-person hunting game from Crytek. Up to 12 players must venture into the dangerous swamps of Louisiana. Your task is to retrieve a bounty from a vicious creature, but once you have that bounty, friends become foes, and you become the target. Hi-jinks ensue.

Finally, Warhammer: Chaosbane is moderately fun hack-and-slash action RPG from EKO Software. If the phrase “fighting battles in the sewers of Nuln” gets your blood pumping, this game is probably for you.

All three games are playable for free until midnight on Sunday for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. As always, any earned achievements and save states carry over into purchased copies of each game. Here’s the lowdown on this week’s related digital discounts.

Xbox One Free Play Days Discounts

Hunt: Showdown

  • Standard Edition – 60% off
  • Master Hunter Edition – 50% off

Warhammer: Chaosbane

  • Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 65% off
  • Magnus Edition – 70% off

Sea of Thieves

  • Standard Edition – 50% off

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Surprise! The Long Dark is out now on Nintendo Switch

Another Nintendo Direct, another raft of surprise Nintendo Switch releases. One of today’s picks is The Long Dark.

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Another Nintendo Direct, another raft of surprise Nintendo Switch releases. One of today’s picks is The Long Dark.

Nintendo has developed a habit of doing the old “and it’s available on the eShop right now” trick during its Direct presentations. In a summer of interminable video press conferences and wall-to-wall Geoff Keighley and 15-minute trailers for games we won’t see again for a couple of years, it’s a lovely little trait, an instant dopamine hit.

And Nintendo used it again, a few times, during its September 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase. There were games we knew were coming at some point, like Hades, and games we didn’t, like Ori and the Will of the Wisps. But they were still a nice surprise.

Then there was The Long Dark, the brilliant, wintry survival epic from Hinterland Games. That, too, got a surprise launch on the Nintendo Switch today. This is a lovely turn of events for a couple of reasons:

  1. The Long Dark is really rather good.
  2. The last we heard, the game’s performance on Switch was quite poor, so it’s excellent that it’s now in a state good enough to release.

There’s also an excellent launch trailer to mark the occasion:

Meanwhile, Hinterland head honcho and The Long Dark director Raph van Lierop took to Twitter to address some players’ confusion that, uncharacteristically, the trailer wasn’t particularly bleak.

We’re looking to heading out into the wilderness and playing The Long Dark later this year. You know, when it gets really cold.


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