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New Xbox One releases for September 9-13, 2019

Borderlands 3, NHL 20, and eFootball PES 2020 top the list of new games coming to the Xbox One between September 9-13, 2019.

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Borderlands 3, NHL 20, and eFootball PES 2020 top the list of new games coming to the Xbox One between September 9-13, 2019.

It’s a big week for sports on Xbox One, with the return of three popular franchises. Top of the list is Konami’s rebranded eFootball PES 2020. The publisher is making a big push with this year’s game by getting exclusive rights to Serie A, and securing partnerships with Juventus and Bayern Munich. It’s probably not enough to topple the dominance of EA’s FIFA series, but we’re pleased to see the franchise get some love from its much-maligned publisher.

Also coming to Xbox One is NHL 20 Ultimate Edition (the standard version drops next week) and the fourth entry in Monster’s NASCAR Heat series. Friday also sees the long-awaited release of Gearbox Software’s first-person shooter, Borderlands 3.

Other new games include rhythm sports knockabout, Super Dodgeball Beats, the console port of popular PC tower-defence game, Path of Exile: Blight, and the retail, digital and Xbox Game Pass release of Gears 5 (after the game released early for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers last week).

All of next week’s new releases can be purchased from the Xbox digital games store and the Microsoft online store. Here’s the full lineup.

Xbox One game releases – September 9-13, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

  • Path of Exile: Blight

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • eFootball PES 2020
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • GreedFall
  • A Knight’s Quest
  • NASCAR Heat 4
  • NHL 20 Ultimate Edition

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • Distraint

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  • Super Dodgeball Beats

Friday, September 13, 2019

  • Borderlands 3
  • Colina: Legacy
  • Ellen – The Game
  • Light Fairytale – Episode 1

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends North America release date confirmed

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends gets its North American Nintendo Switch release at the end of March.

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends gets its long-awaited Nintendo Switch release in North America at the end of March.

Fans of the classic Taito arcade game in the US and Canada can finally relax. Bub and Bob are back! Publisher Inin Games has confirmed that Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is getting a physical and digital release on March 31, 2020.

Taito’s modern update of the classic arcade game was first released for Nintendo Switch in Europe and Australasia late last year, where it received a warm critical welcome.

The game introduces a four-player co-op mode to the series for the first time and includes 100 all-new levels to tackle. Longtime fans will be pleased to know that the game also includes Taito’s original coin-op version of Bubble Bobble, which also includes 100 levels.

The digital version of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be available from the Nintendo eShop. The physical edition will be available from video game retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.

A physical collectors edition – which comes with some exclusive trading cards, a poster, and two keychains – is also available from Strictly Limited Games.


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Five cool games come to Twitch Prime in March

The five free games coming to Twitch Prime in March include a shoot ‘em up, a sci-fi Nordic noir, and a cool physics-based puzzler.

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The five free games coming to Twitch Prime in March include a shoot ‘em up, a sci-fi Nordic noir, and a cool physics-based puzzler.

Twitch Prime members can look forward to another crop of free games, skins, and emotes next month. Let’s start with the games. First up is Furi, the hack and slash, twin-stick shooter hybrid from The Game Bakers. It’s a stylish, vibrant, and often furious experience. Ahem.

It’s joined by the well-received 2016 action-adventure game, Epistory – Typing Chronicles, and strategic World War 2 sim, Bomber Crew.

March’s games are rounded out by Raw Fury’s dystopian Nordic adventure game, Whispers of a Machine, and Reinkout’s inventive physics-based puzzler, Mugsters. This eclectic and interesting crop of titles will be available from March 2, 2020 via the Twitch website.

Other Twitch Prime bonuses include a Gilded Rose skin for Apex Legends’ Revenant and some PUBG goodies. Read on for the full lineup of the currently available and upcoming rewards.

Twitch Prime – February and March 2020

  • Apex Legends – Gilded Rose Revenant Skin – Out Now
  • Raid Shadow Legends – 5 Ancient Shards & 4 Rank 4 Chickens – Out Now
  • FIFA 20 – Twitch Prime Player Pick Pack – Out Now
  • Madden 20 – Tomorrow’s Superstars Pack – Out Now
  • Rainbow 6 Siege – Maestro Operator Skin – Out Now
  • Ring of Elysium Drop 2 – Exclusive Skin Collection #2 – Out Now
  • League of Legends Drop 3 – Mystery Skin Permanent – Out Now
  • Teamfight Tactics Drop 3 – Mystery Little Legends Egg and Mystery Emote – Out Now
  • Destiny 2 – Exotic Emote, Exotic Sparrow, Legendary Ghost Shell, Exotic Ship – Out Now
  • Black Desert Mobile Drop 6 – Boss Stamp x100 – Out Now
  • PUBG Drop 2 – Gunslinger Crate and Gunslinger’s Formal Jacket – February 27
  • Free Games with Prime – March 2

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Depixtion is a colourful twist on the Picross formula

Depixtion brings colourful conundrums to the Nintendo Switch in a clever twist on the Picross formula.

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Depixtion brings colourful conundrums to Nintendo Switch in a well-executed twist of the Picross formula.

Whether you call them nonograms, griddlers or Picross, there’s nothing quite like the calming methodical process of gradually deciphering discrete tomography pixel puzzles.

Picross games have been a mainstay on Nintendo systems since Japanese studio Jupiter released Mario Picross on the Game Boy in 1995. In recent years, Jupiter has hit fine form with a series of Picross games for the Nintendo 3DS and Switch, Concpetis has released is own range of picture puzzles, and Mediatonic is combining nonograms with a detective noir thriller for the upcoming Murder by Numbers.

Before then, DevHour games is bringing its take on the format to Switch. Depixtion comes to the Nintendo eShop this week following a Steam debut last year.

Depixtion features 96 puzzles to solve using traditional Picross logic deduction, but with a colourful twist. Each puzzle consists of three separate coloured layers. Only when each layer is solved do the colours blend and the underlying solution reveal itself. It’s a neat idea and the layered approach effectively triples the number of puzzles to nearly 300.

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This clever approach to a timeworn formula is backed by top-notch puzzle design throughout. The colour mechanics also make the game feel tangibly different from Jupiter’s popular series.

The change certainly makes for a more rapidly challenging gameplay experience. Working with multiple layers means that the target image is much harder to identify, and although the first group of 4×4 puzzles are a breeze to solve, it doesn’t take long for the game to show its true colours. Once you reach the 24×24 size grids, be prepared for some serious head-scratching.

The game does have a few rough edges, but it’s a lack of refinement rather than anything game-breaking. One example is the colour choices for each puzzle’s number indicators, where a little more clarity and contrast would help to improve readability. There are no complaints about the music, however. Shane Minetta’s soundtrack is a gentle, soothing accompaniment to the crunch of gears grinding inside my head.

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The game is all the more impressive for being the studio’s first release. Depixtion grew from a prototype developed by studio co-founders Christopher Baracani and Nicholas Jones and the result comfortably stands toe-to-toe with other puzzlers from Jupiter and Conceptis.

Unfortunately, Depixtion is exactly the sort of game that gets lost in the weekly shuffle of new Nintendo eShop releases. So, if you’re a fan of the genre, this perfectly formed package of picture puzzles is one to look out for.

Depixtion is released on the Nintendo Switch eShop on February 28, 2020 and is priced at $7.99.


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Excellent Xbox Games with Gold lineup for March 2020 confirmed

Microsoft reveals the four free games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in February 2020.

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Microsoft has revealed the four free games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in March 2020.

Xbox Game Pass is quite rightly the focus of Microsoft’s subscription services at the moment, but it’s worth remembering that Xbox Live Gold subscribers still get a crop of four free games every month. Sometimes they are good. Sometimes they are bad. Sometimes they are March 2020. That’s not to say that we don’t like next month’s free Xbox games, it’s just that they don’t excite us very much.

Both Xbox One titles are certainly worth playing. Batman: The Enemy Within is an enjoyable comic book romp and one of Telltale’s last best games before the studio, in its previous iteration, wound down. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is also fun, as you’d expect from the always reliable WayForward.

March’s Xbox 360 games are Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which is far from MercurySteam’s best work and Sonic Generations, which is fine, but no Sonic Mania.

The Xbox Games with Gold titles for March are available during the following dates.

Xbox Games With Gold – March 2020

Xbox One

  • Batman: The Enemy Within – March 1 – 31, 2020
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – March 16 – April 15, 2020

Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – March 1 – 15, 2020
  • Sonic Generations – March 16 – 31, 2020

In the meantime, three of February‘s Games with Gold titles are still available to download. TT Isle of Man and the original Star Wars Battlefront are free until the end of the month. Call of Cthulhu is available until March 15, 2020.


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Devolver Digital announces stressful-looking Disc Room

Disc Room is a single-screen dungeon puzzle game, like Zelda. Except it’s a bullet hell. And the bullets are spinning circular saw blades. Obviously.

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Disc Room is a single-screen dungeon puzzle game, like Zelda. Except it’s a bullet hell. And the bullets are spinning circular saw blades. Obviously.

One really nice thing about Minit, published by Devolver Digital, was that the game was credited really well. The four developers involved – Jan Willem Nijman, Kitty Calis, Jukio Kallio, and Dominik Johann – were all credited with their names. No funny studio names. No weird collective. No indie supergroup set up for that one game. Just their names.

It’s nice to see Devolver, and the team behind the game, are taking a similar approach with today’s announcement, Disc Room.

The supergroup, the indie dev dream team behind Disc Room is as follows:

  • Kitty Calis (Minit, Horizon Zero Dawn, Action Henk)
  • Jan Willem Nijman (Minit, Luftrausers, Nuclear Throne)
  • Terri Vellman (High Hell, Heavy Bullets, Mundo Lixo)
  • Doseone (Gang Beasts, Enter the Gungeon, High Hell)

But what exactly is Disc Room? We’ll let the reveal trailer handle that.

Forgive our language, but that looks stressful as fuck, doesn’t it?

Don’t mistake our distress for dislike. We don’t mean that Disc Room’s not also looking brilliant. It looks like a combination of retro-era Zelda’s dungeon puzzle rooms, with a modern aesthetic flavour like The Swords of Ditto, combined with a horrific bullet hell of flying circular saw blades. The titular disc(s) in the titular room(s), if you will.

According to the game’s Steam store page, Disc Room releases sometime in 2020. We’ll keep you posted with more information on this one as it becomes available, but it looks tantalising. And horrifying.


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