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Grab discounts of up to 90% in this week’s four new Xbox One and Xbox 360 video game sales.

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Grab discounts of up to 90% in this week’s four new Xbox One and Xbox 360 video game sales.

There are savings on some top games in four new Xbox digital games store promotions. The Platformer Sale features some of the best the genre has to offer, with games including N++, Dead Cells, My Friend Pedro, and Mark of the Ninja: Remastered all recommended.

An excellent crop of Deal with Gold discounts is headlined by Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, with support from Peggle 2 and The Bradwell Conspiracy.

And this week’s Spotlight selection is something of an EA takeover, with FIFA 20, Battlefield V, Need for Speed Heat, and The Sims 4 all reduced.

Finally, the Free-to-Play sale discounts a raft of add-on content for the likes of Dauntless, SMITE, and Warface.

All four sales run through to June 23. Here are some of our favourite Xbox One titles. Visit the Xbox Digital Games store and Microsoft online store for the full lineup and this week’s Xbox 360 savings.

Platformer Sale Highlights

  • A Hole New World – 80% off
  • Almost There: The Platformer – 80% off
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! – 70% off
  • Blackhole: Complete Edition – 75% off
  • The Bridge – 80% off
  • ClusterTruck – 75% off
  • Dead Cells – 30% off
  • Embers of Mirrim – 60% off
  • Felix The Reaper – 70% off
  • Guacamelee! 2 Complete – 70% off
  • Infinity Runner – 70% off
  • Maldita Castilla EX – Cursed Castile – 50% off
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered – 50% off
  • My Friend Pedro – 33% off
  • N++ – 30% off
  • Oliver’s Adventures in the Fairyland – 30% off
  • Poi – 75% off
  • Rogue Legacy – 75% off
  • Runbow – 80% off
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – 30% off
  • Toby: The Secret Mine – 60% off
  • Verlet Swing – 67% off
  • Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe+ – 25% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night – 50% off
  • The Bradwell Conspiracy – 50% off
  • Dead By Daylight: Special Edition – 60% off
  • The Escapists: The Walking Dead – 80% off
  • For Honor – Complete Edition – 67% off
  • Indivisible – 50% off
  • Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition – 70% off
  • Peggle 2 – 80% off
  • SnowRunner – 25% off
  • Thief Simulator – 25% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition – 70% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Battlefield V Standard Edition – 70% off
  • ChromaGun – 50% off
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition – 75% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 – 70% off
  • Grip – 67% off
  • Need For Speed Heat – 60% off
  • NHL 20 – 70% off
  • Project Starship – 30% off
  • Spencer – 50% off
  • The Sims 4 – 90% off
  • Unepic – 60% off
  • Valley – 75% off

Free to Play Sale Highlights

  • Apex Legends – Lifeline Edition – 45% off
  • Brawlhalla – All Legends Pack – 25% off
  • Champions of Renown: Year 2 All-Star Pack – 30% off
  • Crossout – Born Free – 50% off
  • Cuisine Royale – Advanced Pack – 50% off
  • Dauntless – 1,000 (+150 Bonus) Platinum – 25% off
  • DC Universe Online – Ultimate Edition (2017) – 33% off
  • Gems of War – Advanced Pack 1 – 33% off
  • Pinball FX3 – Marvel Pinball Season 1 Bundle – 40% off
  • Pinball FX3 – Universal Classics Pinball – 50% off
  • SMITE Season Pass 2020 – 10% off
  • TERA: Bloodshadow Ninja Pack – 50% off
  • War Thunder – Super AMX-30 Pack – 50% off
  • Warface – 1,000 Kredits – 30% off

For updates on the latest video game deals, head over to our dedicated sales page. Visit our new releases section for the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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This week’s Nintendo Switch releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

Paper Mario: The Origami King already has some Nintendo fans grumbling that it isn’t The Thousand-Year Door, but the series has long-since taken a different path. The Origami King certainly looks to be a (paper) cut above Sticker Star and Colour Splash. Expect a well-written and funny game with a surprisingly compelling combat system.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – which is a remake of the GBA Harvest Moon classic – also comes to Switch in North America. It’s available right now in Europe and Australia.

Other new Switch games include Radical Rabbit Stew, Ultra Hat Dimension, and turn-based tactical shindig, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can also look forward to Donkey Kong Country, Natsume Championship Wrestling, and The Immortal.

We’ll update this page with any late additions throughout the week. In the meantime, here is the confirmed lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases.

New Nintendo Switch releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Yoga Master Dreams Fantasy Bundle

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Pangeon
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (NA)
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (NA)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Bossgard
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
  • The Immortal (NES)
  • Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES)
  • Rez Plz

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Aracade Archives Kangaroo
  • Caretaker
  • High Explosive Dinosaur
  • Home Run High
  • Never Breakup
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Spyhack
  • Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: The Lair
  • Tanky Tanks
  • Waifu Uncovered
  • We should talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Get 10 Quest
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Power Racing Bundle
  • Starlit Adventures Golden Stars
  • Ultra Hat Dimension
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (EU)

My Nintendo members should also check out the summer eShop Double Gold Points promotion.


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This week’s Xbox One releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One this week.

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One between July 13 and 17, 2020.

Our highlight from this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases is the surprise release of Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The third game in Superhot Team’s innovative time-twisting shooter series promises more of everything, including larger levels and new combat mechanics. Best of all, the game is free to download for anyone who purchased the first game.

One game we have been watching for some time is Ooblets, which comes to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday. Glumberland’s super-charming life simulation game features many genre staples – farming, furniture, creature collection, and town upgrades – but, most importantly, it has dance-off battles. It’s also coming to early access on PC via the Epic Game Store.

We’re also pleased to see Hopfrog’s Zelda-like adventure Forager finally get an Xbox One release. Other games to look forward to include Neversong, We Should Talk, and Radical Rabbit Stew.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ooblets
  • Rez Plz
  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Bounty Battle
  • Dunk Lords
  • Forager
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • We Should Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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Ghost of Tsushima is an ambitious open-world action game from Sucker Punch Productions. That studio’s track record and the game’s release window have positioned it as a swan song for the PS4. But does Sony’s eighth generation console go out on a high note?

Sucker Punch Productions has produced hits for Sony since the early days of the PS2. The studio came on the scene with Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, then as Sony’s teams moved away from the mascot platformer in the PS3 era, Sucker Punch transitioned to the gritty superhero series, Infamous. It has been six years since the studio’s last game, Infamous Second Son, helped launch the PS4 — releasing a few months into the console’s life. But, has the studio put the past half-decade and change to good use?

Here is our pick of the game’s reviews.

Ghost of Tsushima review round-up

GameSpot

“Ghost of Tsushima‘s story hits hard in the game’s third and final act, and ends in spectacular fashion. It left me with the same kinds of strong emotions I felt at the end of all my favourite samurai film epics, and had me eager to watch them all again. The game hits a lot of fantastic cinematic highs, and those ultimately lift it above the trappings of its familiar open-world quest design and all the innate weaknesses that come with it–but those imperfections and dull edges are definitely still there. Ghost of Tsushima is at its best when you’re riding your horse and taking in the beautiful world on your own terms, armed with a sword and a screenshot button, allowing the environmental cues and your own curiosity to guide you. It’s not quite a Criterion classic, but a lot of the time it sure looks like one.

7/10 – Review by Edmond Tran

The Washington Post

Ghost of Tsushima is disappointing if you’re going to compare it to some of the greatest cinematic works ever made. But as fallout from this misguided ambition, Ghost is also a wonderful culmination of the best ideas of open-world adventures of the last two console generations, all wrapped up in very pretty, albeit superficial, samurai clothing. It’s a great Xbox 360 game, and I mean that as a compliment.

Not Scored – Review by Gene Park

Game Informer

“Most great games stand on the shoulders of their predecessors. Ghost of Tsushima unabashedly borrows many of its strongest features from other open-world adventures, and executes on them with skill. The game owes a tremendous debt to the Assassin’s Creed games; in many ways, Ghost of Tsushima feels like an entry in that franchise set in Japan – something that fans have longed for. But it’s unfair to paint Sucker Punch’s immense samurai epic as a copycat. By tapping into Japanese art, history, and culture, as well as the samurai film tradition that followed, Ghost of Tsushima finds a wholly original tone within the gaming landscape. Across an especially vast adventure, players are treated to a tale about the contradictory ideals of honor and revenge, and one in which tense katana duels and quiet moments of reflection claim equal focus.”

9.5/10 – Review by Matt Miller

Polygon

“Ghost of Tsushima has a distinctive aesthetic, after all, but it’s only skin-deep. The core game underneath that alluring exterior is a pastiche of open-world game design standards from five years ago; it lacks a real personality of its own. Ghost of Tsushima offers a lovely world to explore, and there’s value in that, but it should have been so much more than a checklist of activities to accomplish.”

Not scored – Review by Carolyn Petit

The Guardian

“Ghost of Tsushima offers some elegant solutions to the superficial problems with huge, open games like this. Instead of little icons and mini-maps cluttering up the screen and making you feel like you’re playing a satnav, brushing a thumb across the controller’s touch-pad summons a wind that ripples the long grass and guides you to your next destination. Instead of map markers, you can follow golden birds towards interesting places – that is, if they don’t get stuck up against a building or a cliff and disappear.

Other, deeper problems remain, however: repetition, bloat, and boredom. Ghost of Tsushima follows a dispiritingly familiar trajectory of a frustrating first few hours, where enemies are powerful and everything is difficult; an exciting middle act where the game feels thrillingly conquerable; and a tedious latter half where enemies fall like skittles before you. Later-game character upgrades let you automatically parry sword strikes or stagger enemies in a couple of swipes, with the counterproductive consequence that the longer you play for, the less skill is required to prevail. Before very long, I was thoughtlessly tearing through 10 Mongols at a time instead of thinning them out carefully before confronting the final few in a true samurai stand-off.”

3/5 – Review by Keza MacDonald

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“I am pleased to report that there were days, in the last couple of weeks, on which I woke excited at the prospect of playing—at dipping back into the fantasy. If your adventuring eyes are tired, I recommend it as I would a cold towel. You’re never as happy as when you’re lost in the early languor—which blankets the most enticing open worlds like a mist, before burning off under the hissing pressure of a plot. The game may never have been as sweet as it was in the first of the three main areas, but, to its credit, that’s because I was swept along by the story.”

8/10 – Review by Josh Wise

Vice

“It’s a game where so many individual components feel really good, but it’s all dropped into outdated structure.

Fans of photo modes (and HDR) will have a field day with Ghost of Tsushima, but its striking world masks an otherwise derivative take on an open world style we’ve seen a lot. The pieces that work—the tragically underused and very intense duels, a markedly good combat system (especially by open world standards), the wind gusting as a travel guide—provide a glimpse at a different game that might have found a way to weave everything together.”

But it frequently doesn’t, falling into the category of a pretty good one of those whose longterm appeal likely has more to do with your affinity for its setting than anything else, even as it occasionally tosses a smart idea your way that makes you think it’ll turn a corner.

Not scored – Review by Patrick Klepek

Other publications

  • IGN – 9/10
  • Trusted Reviews – 4/5
  • PlayStation LifeStyle – 9/10
  • VGC – 3/5
  • NME – 4/5

Title: Ghost of Tsushima
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release date: July 17, 2020
Platform: PlayStation 4


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Save up to 90% in five massive Xbox One sales

Five new Xbox One sales include big games from Capcom and Ubisoft, and there are double discounts for Xbox Live Gold members.

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Five new Xbox One sales include big games from Capcom and Ubisoft, and there are double discounts for Xbox Live Gold members.

In addition to this week’s crop of Deals with Gold and Spotlight discounts, Xbox One owners can also save in publisher promos from Capcom and Ubisoft. Plus, there’s a Double Discounts sale for Xbox Live Gold members. Let’s rattle through a few highlights.

The Double Discounts sale includes a selection of big games, but we’ll highlight a few less obvious choices. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is not wholly successful, but it’s an ambitious, and idiosyncratic survival adventure. We’re also fond of painterly World War I story, 11-11 Memories Retold. And Puyo Puyo Champions is pure puzzle game perfection.

The first of this week’s publisher sales comes from Capcom and includes all the Resident Evils, various editions of Monster Hunter World, and Devil May Cry 5.

The Ubisoft Forward sale follows Sunday’s reveal event. Some hefty discounts give players the chance to catch up with the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs franchises ahead of their new instalments.

This week’s Deals with Gold include savings on Overcooked! 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Steep, and Vampyr. The influential Dear Esther is our pick from this week’s lineup of Spotlight discounts.

All five sales run through to July 20 on the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here are some more of highlights.

Double Discount Sale Highlights

  • 11-11 Memories Retold – 40% / 80% off
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – 25% / 50% off
  • Battlefield V Year 2 Edition – 30% / 60% off
  • Blasphemous – 25% / 50% off
  • Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night – 25% / 50% off
  • Control – 25% / 50% off
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 – 35% / 75% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 35% / 75% off
  • Fallout 76 – 20% / 40% off
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered – 25% / 50% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 25% / 50% off
  • Kingdom Hearts III – 35% / 70% off
  • L.A. Noire – 25% / 50% off
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm – 30% / 60% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 17% / 35% off
  • Puyo Puyo Champions – 30% / 60% off
  • Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell – 35% / 75% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 17% / 35% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition – 20% / 40% off
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – 20% / 40% off
  • Virginia – 40% / 80% off
  • Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair – 25% / 50% off

Ubisoft Forward Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – 80% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered – 50% off
  • Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 90% off
  • Far Cry 4 – 80% off
  • Far Cry 5 – 85% off
  • Far Cry New Dawn – 75% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Rainbow Six Siege – Deluxe Edition – 70% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 67% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 80% off

Capcom Sale Highlights

  • Devil May Cry 5 – 50% off
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 67% off
  • Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite – 75% off
  • Mega Man 11 – 50% off
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Combo Pack – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – 40% off
  • Monster Hunter: World – 50% off
  • ŌKAMI HD – 50% off
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 3 – 33% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 60% off
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – 60% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Citadel: Forged With Fire – 60% off
  • Masters of Anima – 80% off
  • Overcooked! 2 – 40% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Seasons after Fall – 80% off
  • Steep – 50% off
  • Styx: Shards of Darkness – 80% off
  • Vampyr – 75% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Claire: Extended Cut – 80% off
  • Creature in the Well – 35% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 70% off
  • Hue – 80% off
  • Vostok Inc. – 60% off

For regular updates on the latest video game deals, head over to our sales page. Visit our new releases section for the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Release date, pricey special editions revealed for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

Remember Flight Simulator? It was one of those things that everyone had, but nobody could really remember buying. Where the cool kids were having fun blowing things up on X-Wing or Tie-Fighter (or, indeed, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) the Flight Simulator aficionados were trying not to blow anything up. It was the corduroy of flight simulators. Even its name is the video game version of a tin of Ronseal wood stain.

The new Flight Simulator – called Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is very imaginative – looks rather interesting, though. Gone are the weirdly flat worlds with, you know, the thing you could land at or on, like the airport or aircraft carrier, being actually 3D. Microsoft Flight Simulator utilises data from Bing Maps and processing power in Microsoft’s Azure cloud for beautifully realised, accurately scaled 3D worlds.

It still promises to be technical in the extreme (and potentially corduroy dull), sure, but being able to flypast places you know in real life that are realistically recreated? It’s suddenly a lot more appealing.

But if one of those places you wanted to see was Heathrow Airport? Well, that’s going to cost you. (We’re not quite sure why it would be, but to each their own.)

There will be three versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator when it releases on August 18, 2020. They are the Standard, Deluxe and Premium editions – priced at £59.99, £79.99, and £109.99 respectively – come with different selections of aircraft and airports.

So if you want to fly the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, for instance? You’ll need the Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium edition. You don’t get to land at Amsterdam Schiphol, Cairo International or Chicago O’Hare unless you buy the Deluxe edition, while Heathrow, San Francisco, Dubai, Frankfurt and, weirdly, Denver are all gated behind the Premium edition.

No, we don’t get it either but, as we said before, to each their own.


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