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The Week in Video Games – 27th August, 2017

This week: the Xbox One X pre-orders sell out, Classic SNES Mini pre-orders continue to frustrate, and Final Fantasy XV comes to mobile. Here’s our pick of the week’s most important news from the world of video games.

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This week: the Xbox One X pre-orders sell out, Classic SNES Mini pre-orders continue to frustrate, and Final Fantasy XV comes to mobile. Here’s our pick of the week’s most important news from the world of video games.

Microsoft to publish PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

With a distinct lack of first-party titles to accompany the release of the Xbox One X, it’s down to a little, work-in-progress FPS to front Microsoft’s autumn lineup. Fortunately, that little game is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has just passed 8 million copies sold on Steam since its Early Access launch in March.

Microsoft announced at Gamescom this week that they will be publishing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds when it comes to Xbox One Game Preview in late 2017. Details of the agreement are vague, and although PUBG is likely to come to PlayStation 4 eventually, there’s no denying it’s a big get for Microsoft.

Xbox One X pre-orders sell out

The lack of a system seller hasn’t stopped this system selling. Microsoft have confirmed that pre-orders for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition have sold out in many territories. Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xbox, said:

“You, our biggest fans, have pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever.”

It’s our pleasure, Mike. Anything we can do to help. Details of the next wave of standard edition pre-orders will be revealed in September

No Man’s Sky update’s mass effect

The recent Atlas Rises update makes enough changes to No Man’s Sky to make it feel like a whole new game. For the most part these changes have been warmly embraced by game’s existing player community, and a number of returning players, myself included. However, the update has not been without its casualties. Kotaku’s Gita Jackson takes a fascinating look at the fate of No Man Sky‘s Galactic Hub, a section of colonised space that has been decimated by the update.

Mario + Rabbids to get season pass

The news that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is getting a season pass has upset a few people, with many commenters believing that Mario should be above such shenanigans. Are they forgetting that a) this is a Ubisoft game, and b) Mario has DLC history going back to New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS. The season pass will add eight bonus weapons to the game at launch, each with their own attributes. New solo and co-op challenge maps will arrive later this year, and a story expansion will follow in 2018.

Gamestop trials game subscription scheme

Press Start reports on a new pre-owned game subscription program being tested in Australia by Gamestop subsidiary EB Games. For $19.95 a month consumers can rent multiple used games as part of the new Swap ‘n’ Play service.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition revealed

Square Enix have announced a touch-controlled, chibi-style port of Final Fantasy XV for smart devices. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is due for release this fall and will be coming to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and according to game director, Hajime Tabata, maybe even the Nintendo Switch.

Biomutant

Of all the trailers to come out of Gamescom, our favourite might be the reveal for Biomutant, a new open world RPG from Experiment 101. Firstly, it looks like being a refreshingly different take on a number of modern gaming standards. Secondly, Experiment 101 deserve kudos for the name. It’s a proper video game name, that.

Limited Edition Gran Turismo Sport PS4 revealed

Sony is releasing a limited edition PlayStation 4 to coincide with the long-awaited arrival of Gran Turismo Sport. It’s a standard PlayStation 4 with 1TB of storage, a GT branded silver faceplate, a silver DualShock 4 controller, and a copy of the Gran Turismo Sport Day One Edition.

Palmer ponders Vive purchase

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey peeped his head over the parapet this week, asking users of Reddit if they think he should buy Vive. That’s the company, not the headset. Luckey’s pondering comes amid rumours that HTC is looking to sell off the Vive business.

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In related news, the price of the HTC Vive has been reduced to $599/£599. Each purchase includes copies of Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR and Richie’s Plank Experience and 1 month subscription to Viveport.

SNES Classic Edition pre-orders

The SNES Classic Edition was unexpectedly put up for pre-order in the US at midnight on Monday. Despite Nintendo’s promise of having a greater supply than for last year’s NES Classic Edition, the new micro-console was an instant sell out. Limited stock isn’t the only issue, with Walmart also doing their best to make the process as annoying as possible. In more positive news, we did find out that the SNES Classic is getting a cool new rewind feature.

To be continued?

Ever wondered what would have happened in Half Life 2: Episode 3? Our own Tom Baines reports on how a blog post by ex-Valve writer Marc Laidlaw may have just revealed the story of the game Valve never made, and we’ll never play.

Bethesda VR release dates

Bethesda has announced release dates for their upcoming crop of VR ports. Skyrim will be released for PSVR on November 17, with Doom VFR coming to PSVR and HTC Vive on December 1. Fallout 4 will follow on December 12 and, will initially only be available on the HTC Vive.

This weeks video game releases

There are a huge number of new games released this week. The PlayStation 4 alone is getting 25 games, plus there’s Ark Survival Evolved getting a full Xbox One release, and Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle coming to Nintendo Switch. You can keep up to date with all the new releases right here on Thumbsticks.


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New PlayStation 4 releases (August 17-21, 2020)

There’s an excellent lineup of new games released on Xbox One in the coming week.

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Peaky Blinders: Mastermind are among next week’s new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

Back at E3 2018, the Thumbsticks team was literally locked in a room with the creative director of Owlcat Games. It was a hot day,. There were no windows. There was a lot of hair in the room. It was an intense experience (to say the least) but a pleasurable one. I don’t think we’ve ever met someone quite so smitten with a specific game genre. The result was Pathfinder: Kingmaker, a loving homage to the classic isometric CRPG’s of yore. The game did very well for itself on PC and now comes to PS4 with all previously released DLC.

Also coming to PS4 is Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, a promising puzzle adventure game from Futurlab which acts as a prequel to the hit BBC TV series. The timeline-based tactical gameplay involves choreographing the actions of the Shelby family to complete a blend action and stealth-based missions. Sounds bostin’.

Other new PS4 games on the way include New Super Lucky’s Tale, PGA Tour 2K21, and a brand new adventure for Samurai Jack.

Details of other new PS4 releases are sketchy, but we’ll update this post throughout the week as we get confirmation of any late additions.

New PlayStation 4 releases: August 17-21, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

  • Even the Ocean
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition
  • Manifold Garden – TBC
  • Mortal Shell

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

  • Beyond Enemy Lines 2 – TBC
  • Norman’s Great Illusion

Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • Fuzzball
  • Gleamlight
  • Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
  • Remnant: From the Ashes – Subject 2923
  • Train World Sim 2

Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Aokana – Four Rhythms Across the Blue
  • Dungeon Scavenger – TBC
  • Party Panic
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • PGA Tour 2K21
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time

Playing on Xbox One? Here’s our round-up of next week’s new games.


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Save up to 65% in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale

The big Xbox summer sale kicks off with discounts of up to 65% available on hundreds of Xbox One and PC games.

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The big Xbox summer sale kicks off with savings of up to 65% available on hundreds of Xbox One.

Video game fans will not go wanting on Xbox One this month. In addition to this week’s impressive Deals with Gold and Spotlight savings, Microsoft has launched the Ultimate Game Sale. It discounts some of the biggest games on Xbox by up to 65%, with an additional 10% for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

It’s an excellent sale for exclusives, with Halo 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Ori and the Will of the Wisp, Forza Horizon 4, and Crackdown 4 all getting decent price cuts. Our first-party highlight is Gears 5, which honours the series’ past and points to its future with considerable style.

Elsewhere you’ll find discounts on a range of games from top IPs including Assassin’s Creed, Batman, Fallout, Call of Duty, Dark Souls, and Resident Evil, to name just a few. Our indie recommendations include the majestic Abzü, the rough and rustic American Fugitive and the sublime Sayonara Wild Hearts.

And if you would prefer something new to play, read our round-up of next week’s new Xbox One releases.

The Ultimate Game Sale runs until August 24 on the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft web store. Here are some more sale recommendations.

Xbox Ultimate Game Sale Highlights

  • ABZU – 60% / 70% off
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – 60% / 67% off
  • American Fugitive – 60% / 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Deluxe Edition – 60% / 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – Gold Edition – 65% / 75% off
  • Batman: Arkham Knight – 50% / 60% off
  • Battlefield V Standard Edition – 60% / 70% off
  • Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle – 30% / 40% off
  • BioShock: The Collection – 65% / 75% off
  • Borderlands 3 – 40% / 50% off
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 60% / 67% off
  • Call of Duty: WWII – Digital Deluxe Edition – 50% / 60% off
  • Castlevania Anniversary Collection – 40% / 50% off
  • Conan Exiles – 50% / 60% off
  • Crackdown 3 – 50% / 50% off
  • Dark Souls III – 65% / 75% off
  • Darksiders III – Deluxe Edition – 50% / 60% off
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – 60% / 67% off
  • Dishonored The Complete Collection – 60% / 70% off
  • Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition – 30% / 40% off
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot – 30% / 40% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 65% / 75% off
  • Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition – 60% / 70% off
  • Fallout 4 – 60% / 70% off
  • Fallout 76: Wastelanders Deluxe Edition – 30% / 40% off
  • Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition – 50% / 50% off
  • Gears 5 – 50% / 50% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 60% / 67% off
  • Halo 5: Guardians – 30% / 40% off
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 20% / 30% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 40% / 50% off
  • Life Is Strange 2 – Complete Season – 50% / 60% off
  • Maneater – 10% / 20% offtimate Game Sale
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – 30% / 40% off
  • Need For Speed Heat – 50% / 60% off
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps – 20% / 20% off
  • Overcooked! 2 – Gourment Edition – 25% / 33% off
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – 65% / 75% off
  • Prey – 60% / 70% off
  • Quantum Break – 65% / 75% off
  • Rare Replay – 40% / 50% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – 40% / 50% off
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard – 40% / 50% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 65% / 75% off
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts – 15% / 25% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 40% / 50% off
  • Sonic Mania – 40% / 50% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II – 30% / 40% off
  • Team Sonic Racing – 40% / 50% off
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan – 40% / 50% off
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 6 – 25% / 35% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 40% / 50% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 60% / 70% off
  • Tropico 6 – 40% / 50% off
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – 65% / 75% off
  • Watch Dogs 1 + Watch Dogs 2 Gold Editions Bundle – 65% / 75% off
  • World War Z – 60% / 70% off
  • Yakuza 0 – 25% / 35% off
  • Yooka-Laylee – 65% / 75% off

For even more video game savings, visit our dedicated sales page. You can also follow Thumbsticks on Twitter and Facebook.

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New Xbox One releases (August 17-21, 2020)

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There’s an excellent lineup of new games released on Xbox One next week.

Most notable is the return of two beloved franchises. First to launch is the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Asobo Studio’s game features a staggering level of detail, including a full simulation of Earth generated with topographical data from Bing Maps. We’ve pulled together a handy guide of all the planes and airports available in the game.

Next up is the return of Rash, Zitz and Pimple in a brand new Battletoads. The game certainly looks the part and couch co-op fun is all but guaranteed. We’re not sure the humour quite hits the mark, but it’s a welcome revival nonetheless.

Other new Xbox One releases include William Chyr’s first-person puzzle game Manifold Garden and golfing simulation, PGA Tour 2K21. The console port of Pathfinder: Kingmaker is one for fans of old-school isometric RPGs, and we’re also curious to see if Peaky Blinders: Mastermind fulfils its promise.

Oh, and how could we forget New Super Lucky’s Tale?

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

New Xbox One releases: August 17-21, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

  • Helheim Hassle
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition
  • Manifold Garden
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Mortal Shell

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

  • Beyond Enemy Lines 2
  • Even the Ocean
  • FuzzBall
  • Norman’s Great Illusion
  • She Sees Red
  • Stones of the Revenant

Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • Battletoads
  • Gleamlight
  • Gryphon Knight Epic: Definitive Edition
  • Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
  • Remnant: From the Ashes – Subject 2923

Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Dungeon Scavenger
  • Harvest Moon: Mad Dash
  • Party Panic
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • PGA Tour 2K21
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time
  • The Blobs Fight!

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Injustice 2 (and one other game) is free to play on Xbox One

Injustice 2 and Nascar Heat 5 are this week’s Free Play Day games on Xbox One.

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Injustice 2 and NASCAR Heat 5 are this week’s Free Play Day games on Xbox One.

NetherRealm Studios’ excellent superhero fighting game and 704Games roundabout racer are free to download and play on Xbox One until 11:59 pm PT on August 16, 2020.

Injustice 2 pits Batman against Superman in a one-on-one combat jamboree. It’s a well-liked game that balances an engaging story with improved fighting mechanics. NASCAR Heat 5 is the official game of the 2020 season, but – other than a roster update – it offers few improvements over last year’s entry.

As ever, all save progress and unlocked achievements carry over to purchased copies of either game. As luck would have it, there’s a crop of new discounts to encourage such a purchase.

It’s also worth remembering that The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited remains free to play on Xbox until August 19, 2020.

Xbox One Free Play Day Deals

Injustice 2

  • Standard Edition – 75% off
  • Ultimate Pack – 80% off

NASCAR Heat 5

  • Standard Edition – 20% off
  • Gold Edition – 20% off

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

  • Standard Edition – 50% off

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A Total War Saga: Troy, and three other games, are free on the Epic Games Store

A Total War Saga: Troy just launched today, but it’s already free on the Epic Games Store.

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A Total War Saga: Troy just launched today, but it’s already free on the Epic Games Store.

Creative Assembly’s brand new strategy game will begin retailing at $49.99 tomorrow. But, for now, you can grab the latest entry in the long-running series for free.

Reviews for the new Total War are strong, too. Not quite as strong as the reviews for last year’s game-changing Total War: Three Kingdoms,but, IGN and Eurogamer both recommend it.

All that said, A Total War Saga: Troy isn’t even technically one of this week’s free games. Remnant: From the Ashes and The Alto Collection are the titles currently highlighted in the store’s Free Games section.

Remnant is a 2019 third-person co-op shooter. Its punishing difficulty and tough bosses earned it comparisons to Dark Souls. But, its game feel is more akin to Gears of War.

The Alto Collection is also up for grabs, assembling mobile sand/snowboarding games, Alto’s Adventure (2015) and Alto’s Odyssey (2018).

But, for me, the most interesting free game is 3 Out of 10 EP 2: “Foundation 101.” This is the second episode in Terrible Posture Games’ five-part series. Unlike most episodic games, this one is releasing on a weekly basis, with plans to conclude by early September. I thought, the first episode, Welcome to Shovelworks did a pretty good job blending the game’s animated sitcom storytelling with short and varied interactive sections. I haven’t been blown away by the writing so far, but, hey, you can’t judge a show by its pilot.

With all these games up for grabs, Epic has unveiled next week’s freebies. Expect to get Enter the Gungeon (a free game for the second time) and God’s Trigger next Thursday. Plus, 3 Out of 10 will be back with its third episode.

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