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Xbox Games with Gold for July 2018 confirmed

Microsoft has announced the free games coming to Xbox Games With Gold in July 2018.

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Microsoft has announced the free games coming to Xbox Games With Gold in July 2018.

We have to admit, the wait for each month’s Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus lineups has a certain Christmas morning thrill. Will there be something exciting or unexpected announced? Will an old classic or indie gem make an appearance. Or will a genuine AAA hit – such as Bloodborne or Metal Gear Solid V – make the cut? Unfortunately, July’s Xbox Games with Gold lineup doesn’t quite hit the mark on any of those fronts.

Pick of the bunch is SMG’s boxy puzzle game, Death Squared. It’s certainly enjoyable, particularly in local multiplayer, but falls a little short of true greatness. Likewise twin-stick shooter, Assault Android Cactus, is jolly good fun, but there are better examples of the genre to be found on the Xbox One games store.

July’s Xbox 360 games – which can be played on Xbox One via Back Compat – are also solid, but again feel a little inessential at this point. Here’s the full lineup.

Xbox Games With Gold – July 2018

Xbox One

  • Assault Android Cactus: July 1 – 31
  • Death Squared: July 16 – August 15

Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown: July 1 – 15
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction: July 16 – 31

Don’t forget, you can still download three games from June’s Games with Gold lineupAssassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia and Lego Indiana Jones 2 are available until tomorrow, and the Smite Gold Bundle is free to download until July 15, 2018.

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New Nintendo Switch releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop games includes games about zombies, dinosaurs, couriers, and chemical bio-weapons. Enjoy!

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This week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases includes games about zombies, dinosaurs, couriers, and chemical bio-weapons. Enjoy!

Our pick of the week is Totally Reliable Delivery Service from We’re Five Games. If you thought traversal in Death Stranding was a challenge, the ragdoll physics of this comic multiplayer courier game should be just the tonic. TRDS was one of our E3 2019 highlights. It’s fast, frantic, and funny.

Bub and Bob (and friends) return in the long-awaited North American release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends. It’s a delightful update of an arcade classic with 100 new levels and support for four-player co-op. The 1986 original is also included as a bonus.

Zombie Army Trilogy brings Rebellion’s cult horror FPS series to the Nintendo Switch. In addition to three campaigns, there are online modes for 2-4 players.

Other new Nintendo Switch releases include Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a new RPG from Zen Studios, and The Complex, a new interactive sci-fi thriller movie from Little Jade Productions and Wales Interactive.

Finally, Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada, the quirky tale of dungeon puzzling and mid-life crisis from Onion Games, gets a free update. Dandy Dungeon II: The Phantom Bride doubles the size of the game and adds new music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and Touhou Project’s Zun.

Here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases. We’ll keep this post updated with new additions throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • What the Box?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (NA)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • The Complex
  • Chapeau
  • Treachery in Beatdown City
  • Stones of the Revenant

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada 2 (Update)
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Wurroom

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Curious Expedition
  • JunkJack
  • Horror Bundle Vol. 1 (Paranautical, Uncanny Valley, Slain: Back from Hell)
  • Lost Artifacts
  • MazM: Jekyll and Hyde
  • MetaChampions
  • The Otterman Empire
  • Pocket Harvest
  • Rascal Fight
  • Snakeybus

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Drift Zone Arcade
  • HyperParasite
  • In Other Waters
  • Random Heroes

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New PlayStation 4 releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

Resident Evil 3 and Persona 5 Royale headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases on the PS Store.

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Resident Evil 3 and Persona 5 Royale headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases on the PS Store.

Next week’s big new PS4 release is Capcom’s Resident Evil 3. Remade in the RE Engine, the game gets a sumptuous graphical overhaul and employs the same third-person camera used in last year’s stunning RE2 remake. The package also includes the asymmetrical-multiplayer game, Resident Evil: Resistance.

One of the best RPGs of recent years also gets an update in Persona 5 Royal. This expanded version of the game features new music, characters, attacks, locations, puzzles, and story beats. We’re particularly excited to meet new Phantom Thief, Kasumi Yoshizawa, and hang out at the Penguin Sniper cafe to play billiards and darts. We love darts.

We might love darts, but we don’t love chemical bio-weapons. However, that’s what’s in store for players trapped in The Complex. With a script by Lynn Renee Maxcy, The Complex is an interactive cinematic thriller with branching storylines and performances from Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) and Michelle Mylett (Bad Blood).

If you like the idea of Death Stranding, but not its execution, do check out Totally Reliable Delivery Service. It’s a madcap multiplayer physics-based simulator about delivering parcels. We totally loved what we played last year, and we totally expect it to be totally worth playing.

Other new PS4 releases include Overpass, Snakeybus, and Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a new old-school RPG from Zen Studios, who are best known for their pinball games. It looks promising.

Here is the full lineup of confirmed PlayStation Store games for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita.

New PlayStation 4 releases – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Battle Rockets (PS Vita only)
  • The Casebook of Arkady Smith
  • The Complex
  • Curious Expedition
  • Final Assault
  • Good Goliath
  • Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • Overpass
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Random Heroes (+ PS Vita)
  • Snakeybus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Wurroom

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Hyperparasite
  • Resident Evil 3

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New Xbox One releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

Next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

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Next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

A bumper week of new Xbox One releases is headlined by Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3. If you enjoyed last year’s stunning update of Resident Evil 2, you can expect the same lavish production values, control refinements, and well-directed scares.

Another nerve-wracking release is The Complex from Little Jade Productions. It’s pitched as “a live-action, cinematic interactive movie sci-fi thriller” about the aftermath of a bio-weapon attack in London. The story is written by Lynn Renee Maxcy, winner of two Writers Guild of America awards for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Michelle Mylett and Kate Dickie are among the cast.

If you’re looking for something a little less panic-inducing, you should totally check out Totally Reliable Delivery Service. We played the game at E3 last year and had a blast. It’s funny, chaotic, charming, and sometimes panic-inducing. Oh crap.

Other new games include Lost Artifacts: Golden Island, Random Heroes, and Snakeybus, which, if you haven’t seen it, is exactly the game you think it might be.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • The Complex

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Shaolin vs Wutang
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Random Heroes
  • Lost Artifacts: Golden Island

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • The Curious Expedition
  • Horror of the Deep
  • HyperParasite
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Snakeybus

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Two and a half excellent games are free on Xbox this weekend

Punch, shoot, and jump the weekend away with the latest Xbox Free Play Days games.

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Punch, shoot, and jump the weekend away with the latest Xbox Free Play Days games.

Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members have three new games to enjoy this weekend as part of the latest Free Play Days promotion.

Heading the list is Tekken 7, the most recent instalment in the classic 3D fighting series. The game includes 30 fighters to choose from, fluid mechanics, and is guaranteed to provide some spectacular multiplayer moments. It’s the perfect pastime for these housebound times.

Next, we have Risk of Rain 2, the impressive roguelike metroidvania from Hopoo Games. The game includes the new Hidden Realms update and is also one to enjoy with friends.

Finally, as we reported yesterday, it’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint from Ubisoft. The game’s troubled launch is well-documented – hence the slightly sniffy ‘half’ remark in our title – but Ubisoft rarely abandon their games, and the improvements can already be seen. Worth a try for free, right?

All three games are available to play until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2020. All progress and achievements earned can be carried over to a purchased copy and there are some discounts available to tempt you.

Free Play Days Discounts

  • Tekken 7 – Standard Edition – 75% off
  • Tekken 7 Ultimate Edition – 75% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Standard Edition – 67% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Gold Edition – 67% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 67% off
  • Risk of Rain 2 – Standard Edition – 40% off
  • Risk of Rain 1+2 Bundle – 40% off

Even more free games

If you’re looking for something else to play, we’ve noticed a few other freebies on offer. Square Enix has released a free demo for Life is Strange Season 2 (also available on PC and PS4), and PC gamers could do worse than checking out the free play weekend for Cities: Skylines on Steam. Nintendo Switch Online members can also play colourful punchy game Arms for free until April 6.


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Everything announced on today’s surprise Nintendo Direct

March’s Nintendo Direct included details of the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, Bravely Default II, and even more classic video game ports.

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March’s Nintendo Direct included details of the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, Bravely Default II, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and even more classic video game ports.

Today’s surprise Nintendo Direct Mini was chockfull of Switch games, with a blend of new titles, last-gen ports, and game updates all due in 2020. It follows last week’s equally-packed Indie World broadcast.

New games included Capcom’s Shinsekai: Into the Depths, which was an early Apple Arcade highlight. If you like Metroidvanias, it’s well worth exploring and available today from the Nintendo eShop.

A trio of 2K games are also incoming, with BioShock: The CollectionXCOM 2 Collection, and the Borderlands Legendary Collection all arriving on May 29, 2020. A word of caution, however. Although each game will be released physically, they require significant downloads for the full experience.

The Direct also revealed that the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter will come from Arms. And if you need a reminder of that game’s character roster, it’s free-to-play until April 6 for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

Other highlights included more details of upcoming Square Enix RPG Bravely Default II and a confirmed release date for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. The Direct concluded with a closer look at Isle of Armor, the first content expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

And finally, some words I never thought I would say. Thank you, EA. Burnout Paradise Remastered will race onto Nintendo Switch later this year. It’s about time.

Watch the full video below and read on for a quick rundown of all the announcements.

Nintendo Direct March 2020 annoucements

  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition – Released May 29, 2020
  • Borderlands Legendary Collection – Released May 29, 2020
  • BioShock: The Collection – Released May 29, 2020
  • XCOM 2 Collection – Released May 29, 2020
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – Expansion pass trailer
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths – Available now
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Bunny Day runs from April 1-12. Next update due in April
  • Good Job – Out now
  • Catherine Full Body – Released July 7, 2020
  • Ring Fit Adventure – Rhythm game update available now
  • King’s Bounty II – Coming 2020
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Next fighter announced will be from Arms, due in June
  • Arms – Full game trial for Nintendo Switch Online members available until April 6, 2020
  • Bravely Default 2 – Coming 2020, demo available now
  • Clubhouse Games – Released June 5, 2020
  • Ninjala – Released May 27, 2020
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy – Out today
  • Star Wars Episode 1: Racer – Coming soon
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake – Out now
  • Trials of Mana – Released April 24, 2020
  • Fuser – Due Fall 2020
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Coming Spring 2020
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus – Due May 2020
  • Vigor – Closed Beta from April 9, 2020
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered  – Due in 2020
  • Saints Row IV – Released March 27, 2020
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – Released June 20, 2020
  • Mr Driller: DrillLand – Released June 25, 2020
  • Minecraft Dungeons – Spring 2020
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass – More Isle of Armor details

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