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Xbox Games With Gold April 2021

Xbox games with gold April 2021 have been announced. Below is the post per credit of news.xbox.com:

Xbox Live Gold members will have exclusive access to these games for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. So will Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, who receive all the fantastic benefits of Gold plus access to over 100 high-quality games with Xbox Game Pass.

Vikings: Wolves of Midgard
Journey to the shores of Midgard, a world based on mythology with a fantasy twist. Join a notorious band of Viking warriors and take up the fight against the fearsome Jotan and the beasts of Ragnarok. Master mighty weapons including sword and shield, two-handed hammers, axes, and bows, and vanquish the fiendish creatures of Fimbulwinter which threatens to end all life.

Truck Racing Championship
Take the wheel behind giant 5-ton, 1,000 horsepower semi-trucks in a completely new racing experience. Featuring all the unique challenges of the European Truck Racing Championship, drive 45 different vehicles in 14 worldwide circuits. Consider the weight of the truck when cornering, monitor tire wear, and find the best tactics to win the race.

Dark Void
Step into the Void, a sinister parallel world full of hostile aliens and deep mystery. Dark Void showcases powerful weapons, where a combination of ground-based combat and jetpack powered dogfights bring a thrilling dynamic. Experience the seamless transition between fight and flight in this epic adventure.

Hard Corps: Uprising
Play the retro run-and-gun action title, Hard Corps: Uprising. Write your own legend in the grueling trenches of Arcade mode or upgrade and build up your soldier in Rising mode, where only the best of the best can survive and achieve ultimate victory.

CD Project Red’s Cyberpunk Multiplayer / Development

CD Projekt Red also announced that it will be developing AAA games in both The Witcher and Cyberpunk franchises simultaneously in 2022. Only time will tell if this stays true to their intent to minimize stressful conditions.

CD Projekt Red also announced that they will be looking into bringing an online or multiplayer component into all of their games (not just Cyberpunk). With that being said, they initially had planned for Cyberpunk to be “the one” that would do it but now only time will tell if this will come to reality. Fans should not expect this anytime soon as CDPR (Cd Projekt Red) is still implementing bugs / fixes for the game and has planned DLCs as well as a next gen upgrade.

Finally CDPR will be says they will be changing their marketing campaign strategy moving forward. They will be waiting closer to release / the game being finished before showing in depth gameplay. They will also manage expectations better and do better at keeping the reality grounded in terms of what gamers are to expect. Here’s hoping things get better!

DYING LIGHT 2 Gets Development Update

The developers of Dying Light 2 gave an update on development for their upcoming sequel. In the short clip we see the development team read mean tweets directed at them about how long fans have been waiting for the game or any news to come out. The developers explain that they wanted to make sure that the game coming out was ready for everybody to play at its best quality.

Both sides make a case. As gamers, we’re consumers so when we spend money on a product we would like to have full transparency about what it is we’re investing in (which means updates are appreciated). However this doesn’t excuse berating, threatening and insulting the development team of the game. Developers have personal responsibilities outside of making the games we all love and enjoy so & at the end of the day, they’re all human like us. There’s a healthy balance of staying on top of developers without being hurtful; again let’s make sure we keep that same energy for the publishers that nickel and dime us too.

It’s good that Dying Light 2 is taking its time and that the development team is able to make light of the hateful messages they got. Last year’s Cyberpunk 2077 was a great example of both sides not acting how they should’ve so it seems like the industry as a whole is taking note of it. Are you excited for Dying Light 2? Did you enjoy part 1 / DLC? Let us know your thoughts!

Fortnite Getting The Flash Skin

Fortnite is getting another DC superhero skin for their battle royale game. This new skin is based on the scarlet speedster, The Flash. It looks to take a little bit of inspiration from the CW television series rather than the cinematic portrayal of Ezra Miller even though it’s not completely catering to the television version. More info below courtesy of Epic Games’ blog post:

From the DC Multiverse to the Zero Point and now to the Island, the one and only Scarlet Speedster is bringing a taste of the Speed Force to Fortnite. Starting Saturday, February 13 at 7 PM ET, The Flash Outfit will light up the Item Shop alongside the rest of The Flash Set! 

Included in The Flash Set are:

  • The Flash Outfit: Enter the battle as Barry Allen.
  • The Speed Force Slashers Pickaxe: Lightning strikes twice with this dual-bolt Pickaxe.
  • The Speed Force Back Bling: Display The Flash’s electrified emblem.
  • The Quick Bite Emote: Grab a light(speed) snack. 

These items will be available individually or as part of The Flash Bundle, which also includes a Flash-themed loading screen!

SPARKS WILL FLY IN THE THE FLASH CUP ON FEBRUARY 10

Want to get The Flash… faster? 

On February 10, we’re celebrating The Flash in Fortnite with a The Flash Cup, a Duos tournament. Dash into the Battle Bus with your Duos partner and play up to 10 matches in a 3-hour window. The top-performing Duos in each region will unlock The Flash Outfit and the Speed Force Back Bling before they’re in the Item Shop!

Face-off Against The Mandalorian In New Fortnite Event

Fortnite is continuing to keep fans guessing as to what will come next. This weeks event, Mando’s Bounty lasts until February 9th will see players hunting bounty targets in order to earn credits. Whoever has the most credits becomes the target of the Mandalorian himself (which will be an AI controlled character). If you manage to win the whole thing and best him in battle, then you will be rewarded with the Beskar Umbrella. (Beskar is the metal that the Mandalorian himself wears for his suit which keeps him protected during combat).

Snake Eyes Also Gets Fortnite Hasbro Action Figure

The latest addition to Fortnite, Snake Eyes, will not only give players the option to purchase the in-game outfit. There will also be a real-life action figure from Hasbro that is based on the character’s Fortnite design.

Snake Eyes is already available to purchase in Fortnite which includes the Katana Pickaxe and Katana Back Bling. The action figure itself will cost $39.99 and includes Snake Eye’s Katana, the Morning Light as well as a sheath.

This edition also includes Fortnite items like the “Harpoon Launcher, Boogie Bomb, Grenade, Clinger, Chiller Grenade, Submachine weapon and Mythic Shockwave Launcher”.

Kevin Hart Cast As Roland In Upcoming Borderlands Movie

Today it was officially revealed that Kevin Hart is in fact apart of the upcoming Borderlands movie but not as the previously speculated Claptrap but as the vault hunter & hero of Pandora, Roland. This has came as a surprise to many as most fans are use to Kevin in comedic roles which doesn’t fit the archetype of Roland’s character.

For those that don’t know, Roland is the leader of the Crimson Raiders and a playable vault hunter in the first Borderlands game. Roland often serves as the voice of reason and as the “straight man” in most comedic situations in the Borderlands games. He appears as one of the few characters that hasn’t lost their sanity. Borderlands, while violent, is a game series that doesn’t hold back with the humor. There’s always a joke being thrown at the player, character dynamics often display humorous conversations and many situations will make the player chuckle.

So it’ll be interesting to see Kevin Hart play a character that is typically the “serious one” despite being in a film about a game that often utilizes humor. I’m excited to see Kevin Hart dive into a different role and here’s to hoping we see a different side of his acting ability. In the recent years, Kevin has been training vigorously and has teased the idea of him being in a action movie. What are your thoughts? Are excited? Let us know!

“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin [Hart]. Borderlands is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they’ve never seen before. He’s going to be an amazing Roland.”

– Eli Roth

Resident Evil 8 “MAIDEN” Demo / Resident Evil 7 Classic “Fixed” Camera

Resident Evil 8: Village has received its first demo titled, “Maiden”. This is currently on Playstation 5 with another updated demo coming to all platforms sometime in the spring. This demo is similar to the demo that was released for Resident Evil 7 where little is shown but a lot is teased. As of now we know there are at least 4 different “houses” that are occupying this village in the mountains. We learn that the women who many are speculating as “vampires” have a wine distillery in their castle and have been using human blood to create their unique flavor.

Resident Evil has generally dealt with zombies and viruses. This game looks to be taking a gothic spin on this iconic franchise. However, it’s still not confirmed that “werewolves” and “vampires” will be making their appearance in this game. In the event that we fight enemies who howl in the night or have sharp blood tooth fangs, except that to be some sort of infection or virus rather than a genuine supernatural monster. Resident Evil doesn’t typically go to the supernatural. Nevertheless, their take on the gothic style looks very interesting and many can see the similarities between the classic Resident Evil 4 in terms of a gothic castle overlooking a rural village.

Check out the demo here:

In other Resident Evil news, a fan has made a concept that implements the classic “fixed” camera style of the original games into the recent Resident Evil 7. In this demo, we can actually see the protagonist, Ethan’s, face. It’s worth noting that this game isn’t fully playable and is for viewing purposes only. There’s no combat and it’s only playable for a few sections although there’s a possibility that a fan will complete a fully playable version. Check the video out below per credit of, Enveloping Sounds’, Youtube channel.

Resident Evil VII Gameplay + New Game Announcement

Capcom’s RE (Resident Evil) Showcase brought a great amount of information for fans of the long running iconic series. This year marks its 25th year and Capcom didn’t hold back with the details. They revealed gameplay / release date for the upcoming Resident evil VII, they revealed more information about the animated movie Resident Evil Infinite Darkness, they revealed a new multiplayer game and finally showed a crossover event between Resident Evil and The Division 2. For more information keep reading!

RESIDENT EVIL VII

Resident Evil VII’s gameplay looks similar to VII but with more abilities at your disposal. There’s a guard / push / counter mechanic that keeps enemies off of you, there’s a lot more heavy weaponry and the aiming looks more precise than it did in the previous entry.

Fans will notice a lot of similarities between this game and Resident Evil 4. With the remake of the 4th game on the horizon, it’s easy to see why. This game is set in the cold mountains of Europe, there’s a village that leads to an ancient castle, there will be a merchant that you can purchase items from and there will villagers that chase you; all components of Resident Evil 4.

This game is available for pre order now, with a digital and physical deluxe edition as well as a Playstation pre order bonus for all editions including the standard. This game will be released for Xbox, Playstation & PC on May 7th 2021.

RESIDENT EVIL INFINITE DARKNESS

Capcom revealed that the upcoming CGI movie will be set a few years after Resident Evil 4, following both Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Not much else is known about the specifics but expect to watch this worldwide on Netflix this year!

RESIDENT EVIL RE:VERSE

Capcom revealed their secret project which is a multiplayer death match game that comes free with purchase of Resident Evil VII. You can play as series favorites: Claire, Chris, Jill, Leon, H.U.N.K. as well as the villains such as Nemesis, Jack and even the infected enemies from the series. We’ll wait and see how this one turns out!

RESIDENT EVIL X THE DIVISION 2

The Division 2 is getting a crossover with Resident Evil that will bring iconic outfits from the original trilogy. If you login between February 2nd to February 15th you will receive an outfit based on Leon for free. The trailer also showed outfits based on Chris, Jill and H.U.N.K.

New Games Coming To Game Pass

New games are coming to Xbox’s game pass! (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is also $1 for the first three months until January 25). The games coming this month (courtesy of Xbox Wire) are eFootball, Injustice 2, The Little Acre, Neoverse, Torchlight III, What Remains of Edith Finch, YIIK: A Postmodern RPG and more!


(All games below are courtesy of Xbox Wire)

eFootball PES 2021 Season Update (Android and Console) – January 7
Take the pitch with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, the legendary Diego Maradona, and more in one of the most celebrated sports video game series, eFootball PES. Play with friends in online co-op, head-to-head matches, and take part in real-life soccer events with Matchday Mode. Now in its 25th year, there has never been a better time to experience the fun and fluid gameplay of PES and discover why it is considered a cornerstone for soccer video games.

Injustice 2 (Android, Console, and PC) – January 7
Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Injustice 2 continues the cinematic storyline as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together but struggle against those who would restore Superman’s Regime.

The Little Acre (Android and Console) ID@Xbox – January 7
The Little Acre takes place in 1950s Ireland and follows the story of Aidan and his daughter Lily. After discovering clues to the whereabouts of his missing father, Aidan inadvertently finds himself transported to a strange new world. Featuring full voice acting and hand-drawn animation, The Little Acre is a memorable, lovingly crafted adventure game.

Neoverse (PC) ID@Xbox – January 14
Neoverse is a beautiful, fantastic game consisting of adventures with thrilling challenges. It is a strategic, action, rogue-lite, deck building game that will test the player’s skill. Start an adventure with unique heroes to save the world along various timelines.


Torchlight III (Android and Console) ID@Xbox – January 14
In Torchlight III, Novastraia is again under threat of invasion and it’s up to you to defend against the Netherim and its allies. Gather your wits and brave the frontier to find fame, glory, and a new adventure!

What Remains of Edith Finch (PC) ID@Xbox – January 14
What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a family in Washington state. Follow Edith as she explores her family history through these stories and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (PC) ID@Xbox – January 14
This surreal JRPG-styled game set in 1999 has college graduate Alex witnessing a woman vanish from an elevator. He soon rounds up a band of misfits from the Internet to investigate her disappearance, employing vinyl LPs, cameras, and other oddities in battles that blend twitch-based minigames with turn-based combat, as they brave booby-trapped factories and puzzle-ridden caves in search of the truth.


Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks

Claim your Perks by going to the Perks gallery on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One consoles, Xbox App on Windows 10 PC, or the Xbox Game Pass mobile app on iOS and Android!

Spellbreak – Chapter 1 Pass (Claim by April 8)
Enhance your Chapter progression with reputation bonuses, rewards, gold, more quests, and exclusive cosmetics with this Chapter 1: The Spellstorm Pass!  

World of Warships: Legends – Holiday Cruisers (Claim by April 1)
Get two versatile light cruisers in World of Warships: Legends just in time for the holidays in the new Xbox Game Pass Holiday Cruisers bundle.

World of Tanks – Legend of War Pack (Claim by March 31)
Help aide your fight to become the undisputed hero of war and download the Legend of War Pack This bundle features three Premium tanks from different nations, a full week of premium time, and loads of gold to use on consumables, ammo, and more.

January 2021 Xbox Gold “FREE” Games

Xbox announced their games with gold which brings 4 titles in for the new year! The titles are as follows (per credit of xbox):

Little Nightmares  ($19.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 31

  • Help your character, Six, survive The Maw: a massive and mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking to make you their next meal. Reconnect with your inner childhood and unleash your imagination to escape the horrors within and find salvation.

Dead Rising ($19.99 ERP): Available January 16 to February 15

  • In this remastered version of the original game, survive the flesh-hungry undead mob in the Willamette shopping center using a range of weapons at your disposal. As photojournalist Frank West, you’ll have 72 hours to fight off the zombie horde and discover the reason behind the outbreak.

King of Fighters XIII ($29.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 15

  • An upgraded version of the original arcade classic, utilize your Hyper Drive power gauge to let loose devastating strikes and combinations. Don’t miss out on this final chapter of the “Ash Saga,” full of anger and betrayal, which ends here.

Breakdown ($9.99 ERP): Available January 16 to 31

  • Trapped inside a mysterious lab and unable to remember his past, Derrick Cole must fight his way out using his newfound extraordinary powers. Combining hand-to-hand combat, state-of-the-art weapons, and an intense story line, embark on a thrilling and suspenseful search for the truth in this first-person action-adventure title.

Cyberpunk 2077 Sells 13 Million + Copies

CD Projekt Red’s recent first person RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, has sold more than 13 million copies as of December 20th. This comes on the heels of the bad press the developer has been receiving due to the performance issues on last gen consoles.

Playstation 4 and Xbox one owners have been posting videos and screenshots of the glitches, bugs as well as issues they’ve been going through while playing this game. This game has become a polarizing figure in the gaming community with some taking side of the developer while others are opposing them.

It’s important to note that PC owners haven’t been going through as many glitches or bugs. It’s also crucial to remember that the critically acclaimed Wither 3 was released with a horrifying amount of glitches and bugs; it still went on to receive numerous game of the year awards as well as being often held as the standard of single player gaming. Many have forgotten The Witcher 3’s initial release but it’s hard to tell if the same will happen for Cyberpunk 2077.

While it’s not excusable to release a game before it’s ready at full price and a little bit of transparency would have been appreciated, it’s also important to note the amount of pressure that was put on the company for delaying the game including the negative fan feedback they received. It’s good that fans used their voice to ensure that they receive what they paid for however, death threats and hate mail are not acceptable.

Regardless of where you stand on the game and the developers, just know that there will be two big patches in the coming months that will fix a lot of the performance issues on consoles as well as a next gen upgrade for owners of PS5 / XBOX Series X. This won’t be the last we see of a company not living up to our expectations but just make sure we keep the energy for all companies that take advantage of us. Especially the ones that release low quality games and nickel / dime you for micro-transactions.

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