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Forgotton Anne review - masterly storytelling in a fantastical world

Wendelius

2 weeks ago

@NimbusTLD same issue. I can't see what platforms the game is on. Very unhelpful as the review has got me curious.

Please sort out the mobile layout Eurogamer.
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Does Hellblade on Xbox One X deliver the definitive console experience?

Wendelius

1 month ago

@Onlyzoso do yourself a favour and play it with headphones connected to your controller. The soundscape is fantastic and the binaural recording makes you want to turn around to see who is whispering behind you at times.

It's a fantastic experience played that way.
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Hellblade wins big at the Baftas

Wendelius

1 month ago

Pleased to see Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice do so well. It finally came out this week on Xbox. I've been playing it with headphones and the soundscape in this game is phenomenal.

The story is quite the journey too. I'd definitely recommend those who haven't played it yet check out the trailer and EG review from last year.
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Fan-made 7th Guest sequel The 13th Doll finally releases this October

Wendelius

2 months ago

One of the things I remember most fondly about The 7th Guest was the soundtrack by The Fat Man:

https://thefatmanandteamfat.bandcamp.com/releases

And for its time, the game was quite the technological achievement. I think it even required a CD-ROM drive that could read at a sustained 300Kbps. Such speed.

The cheesy acting, the music and puzzles made this such a fun early multimedia experience. I'll always have fond memories of visiting the mansion. Even though I got it on Good Old Games, I haven't quite felt the need to revisit the game and spoil those memories though.

So I'm mildly curious about this sequel. Might be a fun time.
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Sea of Thieves is secretly a pen-and-paper RPG

Wendelius

2 months ago

@eljueta He, he. We call it a life of adventure. Scurvy is a small price to pay, really. :)
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Wendelius

2 months ago

That article does a good job of capturing how the game feels to me. I love Sea of Thieves for it. It's a breath of fresh air and I'm planning to crew a galleon with my wife and daughter as well as sail with other friendly crews. The stories and the feeling of immersion in the game are something else.

We'll see whether the honeymoon lasts. But, right now, I love it.
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The Witcher 2, Crackdown and Fable are being enhanced for Xbox One X

Wendelius

3 months ago

@bagwag82 Today
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Jelly Deals: Sea of Thieves Xbox One controller reduced by £10

Wendelius

3 months ago

@Ryze limited edition controllers do not reflect the price of a regular controller and they aren't a required purchased. So that's kind of an irrelevant reason to hold off a console generation.

I bought a Minecraft controller for £37 this week. A regular one would have been £35. If you understand the effect of inflation and the weakening of the pound (and take into account the build quality of the One controllers), the price difference is nothing crazy.
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Impact Winter review

Wendelius

1 year ago

So, the review mentions foraging through a house, quests and side quests, but what's the actual gameplay like? Is this a real time resource gathering and exploration game? Is there combat and, if so, how is it handled? The mention of trying to shoot wolves left me wondering how that works.

In other words, I know the game is a bit of a mess but the theme sounds interesting to me. That said, the review doesn't tell me whether the gameplay will be enjoyable for me afterwards as I still don't know what the moment to moment gameplay is like.
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Thimbleweed Park review

Wendelius

1 year ago

@Britesparc it's a play anywhere title. If you buy it on Xbox, you get to play it both on console and PC. So you get to choose whichever one you like best.

See https://majornelson.com/2017/03/30/thimbleweed-park-is-now-available-for-xbox-one/

That's what I did. Unfortunately, I can't tell you about the user interface on console yet as I need to wait until after work to try it.
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The Elder Scrolls: Legends comes out today on PC

Wendelius

1 year ago

The game has merit. The tutorial adventure has quite a few fun matches. And it uses a dual lane system where minions in one half of the screen generally can't attack those in the other half. Sounds simple, but adds quite a bit of thinking on where you want to play the next minion and how to deal with an enemy minion in an inadequately protected lane. Then one lane also often grants minions stealth on the turn they are played.

All in all, even for those who have played quite a bit of Hearthstone, there is still a learning curve to this game. And the Elder Scrolls lore is something I enjoy.

But yes, it's also eerily similar in other ways to other ftp card games out there.
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When Assassin's Creed does modern day London slang

Wendelius

1 year ago

@Eraysor love those. The chicken connoisseur is quite the experience too watch.

If anyone hasn't seen the series yet and is curious, start here:

https://youtu.be/naSO2wMopoU
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That's one hell of a Witcher cosplay calendar

Wendelius

1 year ago

@blarty Thanks for that link. I love those kind of stories.
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Pokťmon Sun and Moon review

Wendelius

2 years ago

@ChrisTapsellEG It does help. Thanks! Looking forward to meeting said Kahunas.
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Wendelius

2 years ago

Great review and really looking forward to trying the game now.

One comment about the review text specifically. I'm having a really hard time parsing the start of this paragraph: "Completing all of the trials on an island will grant you a battle with that island's Kahuna, meanwhile. Powerful trainers who maintain a close bond with their island's respective guardian Pokťmon, the Tapu, island Kahunas are also some of the best things about Sun and Moon. "

Did something go missing?
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Forza Horizon 3 review

Wendelius

2 years ago

@UKRaver1980 because that one price gives you access to both the PC and console version, I'd guess. So MS can't open the loophole of selling the PC version much cheaper. But that's just a guess.
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League of Legends attracts more than 100m players every month

Wendelius

2 years ago

@timeless001 Unique accounts, I'd think. That's the most sensible and easiest way to distinguish, since you need to be logged in to play. Means some are probably alt accounts, but it doesn't take away from the impressive numbers, since they are actively played.
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So long, Mrs White: Cluedo's housekeeper is no more

Wendelius

2 years ago

@ChiefGB the version I watched earlier this year had the multiple endings. I love those.

And to confirm, the movie is indeed on Netflix:
www.netflix.com/title/60001070

Enjoy!
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Wendelius

2 years ago

@bushwod indeed, Tim Curry is in it. Also Christopher Lloyd (Doc from Back to the future).
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Wendelius

2 years ago

Speaking of Cluedo lore, if you want a really fun time in that universe and haven't seen it yet, you must watch the 1985 movie: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0088930/

I believe it's on Netflix.

So great. Can you guess who did it before the cast?
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Minecraft's new Battle Mode season pass costs £7.99

Wendelius

2 years ago

@Negotiator It's a pity the author finished the article with the following comment just under the description of the new game mode: "And if you pay up."

When you get the new mode for free with 3 maps.

I don't really buy the idea of bias, but that's really misleading. Either poorly phrased, or the author misunderstood.
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Wendelius

2 years ago

It really feels like Eurogamer should have titled this article: Minecraft's new Battle Mode out today for free. Map season pass costs £7.99

Bit too long, but at least it would clearly indicate you get a new game mode to try for free and additional maps if you so desire. This is not EG's best choice of informative title
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Wendelius

2 years ago

@bush_monkey exactly. The battle mode mini game is free and you get 3 pre-made maps for free too. Mojang is only offering additional map packs for purchase: http://mojang.com/2016/06/battle-mini-game-out-now-free-on-consoles/

Doesn't sound unreasonable to me.
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Xbox One prices drop in UK following Xbox One S announcement

Wendelius

2 years ago

@dangerousbrian0 it is so easy to just plug in a USB 3.0 drive that there really is no need to allow swapping the internal drive on the Xbox.
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Performance Analysis: Trackmania Turbo

Wendelius

2 years ago

Agree with the other comments. This is a nicely priced game that's a ton of fun and addictive (one more try). The fact everything you do is also ranked against global and local rankings also makes it very satisfying when you manage to improve your track time.

We played the beta last weekend and took turns trying to beat track times in the online mode. So much fun. And seeing all the other ghosts racing around adds to the competitiveness.
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Watch: Why is League of Legends the biggest game in the world?

Wendelius

2 years ago

LoL is pretty much impenetrable to newcomers. The number of champions and the importance of itemisation, masteries mean that a new player has got a big wall to climb before they can really start understanding the game.

But you don't need to understand everything to get started. Your first dozen games will likely be against beginner bots. The next few dozens against intermediate bots. You'll make mistakes and die, but there isn't that much pressure.

I think the reason LoL is so big is its incredibly large number of players and, consequently, friends getting more friends into the game and teaching them the ropes. But yeah, as has been mentioned above, the friends have got to be willing to play those introductory games with you and explain what's what.

Speaking as someone over 40 who is not into PvP at all, I started playing LoL last November and am completely addicted to the game. I use my commute to read the summonerschool reddit, I watch competitive matches and, if I want to pick up a new champion, I just google a guide, read up on their skills and what items to use. Then I make an item set in game. The first few fames are just practice and, slowly, as I get to understand how the champion works, I can deviate from the rote formula.

One thing about League is that it's not all about fast reflexes. The game is a strategy game at heart. What do you build? Can you read the map, play as a team, try to conquer objectives and slowly dismantle the other team.

As for raging and swearing there is some. Not all games, but I don't play ranked yet. There is more there. But then again, there is also a mute button and a report function. If someone gets mouthy, mute them and play the game without worrying about them. I guess it also helps that, as a... mature person, I don't get into shouting matches and always try to keep the team working together.

Ultimately though, LoL is big because, once you finally manage to climb that huge starting wall and get a better understanding of the game, it's a ton of fun, caters to the player's competitive urges or the desire to play with friends (the dynamic queue lets you queue up with 1 to 4 friends) and it's got tons of depth. I'll be learning new champions and discovering new strategies for years. It's not all about the killing, it's about the playing smart.
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Diablo 3 secret event honours late Blizzard artist

Wendelius

2 years ago

Is the level available on Xbox One as well as on the PC? If so, my wife and I will pay it a visit (we play on console).

Nice gesture by Blizzard.
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Portal, Halo: Reach, Fable 3 get Xbox One back compatibility

Wendelius

2 years ago

@matthewhaycock No Kinect titles coming to BC at this stage, as the 2 Kinect devices are quite different and you can't just run the game as is in an emulation.
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Telltale's cookie-cutter mechanics make Minecraft: Story Mode familiar fun

Wendelius

3 years ago

@dogmanstaruk so?

Not everybody who watches a Pixar movie is under 12. But they make sure their movies cater to that significant part of their audience.

Similarly, Minecraft is very popular with kids from quite a young age. Why is it unreasonable to think Telltale might keep the game appropriate to that audience as well?

Now if the worst things in there are the Minecraft type combat and a few instances of "damn" and "hell" bring uttered, it should be fine.

But it's understandable that a parent whose child plays Minecraft might hope this might be a fun introduction to Telltale games in the same universe.
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BBC Three to livestream League of Legends World Championships

Wendelius

3 years ago

@CardCaptorKaren Small correction, the semis are taking place in Belgium (I'll be there. I'm 44. It's never too late, especially when your son is an avid player :) ).

LoL is not an easy game to just watch championships for without context. So many champions, strategies, so much lingo. But it's a pretty exciting one once you get into it.

Especially this year where China and Korea aren't doing as well as expected and some European and North American teams are exceeding expectations. It makes for a lot of meaningful and tense matches where the outcome really matters.

But unless you get to know the people playing (Riot released a 6 parts documentary called Road to Worlds to introduce some of the teams and players) and understand what's going on, it's pretty tough to jump into.

I wonder how the BBC will deal with that without compromising the depth of the coverage.

Do take a peek at Worlds streams if you are curious about the game though. There is a lot more slaughtering of the opponent and team fighting than in darts or snooker. :)
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Rare Replay's Nintendo 64 games run at 1080p

Wendelius

3 years ago

Jet Force Gemini can be switched to use a more modern control scheme in the title's options, I believe.

Hopefully, someone else can confirm this as I haven't gotten around to playing it yet.
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Rare Replay studio's first UK chart-topper since Banjo-Kazooie on N64 in 1998

Wendelius

3 years ago

It's a superb compilation and really good value at the price.

The best thing about it is that it's not only great as a trip down nostalgia lane. My kids are aged 8 to 17 and they too have been having a blast trying out games in the collection. From slalom, to 4 player RC pro am 2 races to Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Viva PiŮata and the Banjo games, they've been having a ton of fun these last few days.

Whether they had played the game before (VP, GbtG) or not, Rare's gameplay magic has its effect on them. They even has some fun with the old Spectrum adventure games as early Binding of Isaac precursors.

Fantastic value for a fantastic package.
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August Xbox Games with Gold includes Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

Wendelius

3 years ago

Excellent. I've been curious by Ground Zeroes but hadn't bought it yet. Nice one.

As for the 360 titles, they are yours to keep forever. So, to the poster who asked about BC, yes, they would be there waiting for you to play if/when added to the BC list. Definitely worth grabbing.
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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta announced, free to existing PC players

Wendelius

3 years ago

@jamyskis1981 You assume? Did you watch any streams from Minecon this weekend? Modding is going nowhere. It's a big part of Minecraft's longevity and MS knows it.

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Limited edition Forza 6 Xbox One makes car noises when you turn it on

Wendelius

3 years ago

The sound effects would likely get annoying quickly. But I personally like the styling of both the console and the controller. It's not too in your face and nicely different.
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Xbox 360 saves carry over via Xbox One's back compatibility service

Wendelius

3 years ago

@TODAREISTODO I believe they said yes during the conference.
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The Elder Scrolls Online won't require CD key on console, Bethesda clarifies

Wendelius

3 years ago

@Tio No paywalls on the PC version. All an optional subscription gives you is an XP bonus and some Crowns to spend in their store. And there is nothing there apart from cosmetic and convenience items. Maybe mounts. But I'm pretty sure you can also save up to buy them in game.

Buy to play is like GW2. They have already received your money and don't try to nickel and dime you in NWO fashion, though they obviously love it if you spend some money.

The console version will be the same.
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New Elder Scrolls Online video reminds us the console version is near

Wendelius

3 years ago

It's a really enjoyable game (if you are not completely allergic to some of common aspects of MMOs, like sharing the world with other people who are doing the same quests you are). My wife and I have been playing it since the subscription fee was dropped on PC and having a lot of fun.

Freedom to build the character you like and to explore are big pluses. A year worth of patches have also done the game a world of good, by all accounts. I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance. Especially if you envoy the Elder Scrolls universe.
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The Elder Scrolls Online PS4, Xbox One closed beta invites sent out

Wendelius

3 years ago

It would be nice if EG were to revisit ESO for the console launch. Because I picked it up shortly before they dropped the subscriptions and I believe the game is much better now than when it was first released and reviewed.

A year worth of patches have been kind to it and its combat system. And the Justice system does a lot to make it feel like an Elder Scrolls game.

The world is also expansive and encourages exploration.

It might be just me. But I find it worthy of my time in its current form. By contrast, it had done nothing for me during beta before the original release.
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Elder Scrolls Online offers £12.99 PC-to-console migration deal

Wendelius

3 years ago

@Malek86 From what I've read, it's a copy. You will still have your PC character as well. This is just to give you the game and a headstart on the console version.
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Wendelius

3 years ago

@avoidconfusion Quite a lot of people judging by the server population. And it's a lot more fun than it was at release (I briefly tried it back then and didn't get into it). Combat is very satisfying and the world is beautiful and you are encouraged to explore it.
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Eurogamer readership survey 2015

Wendelius

3 years ago

@ARumFellow Since you replied to me, were you talking about me? As I said, I love the new system. But it's only fair to encourage all views to be represented on the survey, which will help EG get a better picture of how their readership feels about it.
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Wendelius

3 years ago

It's a survey. Use it to tell EG whether you love or hate the new scoring system. I like it and said so there. But if you hate it, make sure you fill in the survey and your opinion gets accounted for in the final tally. Don't just say it here.

Same for the potential optional subscription system. Though you really should read @Oli 's comment early on which puts those questions in context:

"@Sendlinger To be absolutely clear, this is a cross-network survey. Gamer Network has a whole network of websites (including RPS, which already has a supporter program) and has an interest in this topic generally. It doesn't necessarily mean anything for the future of EG."

Again though, make sure your voice is heard whichever way you feel about it. Closing the survey does not help.
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Life is Strange: Episode 1 review

Wendelius

3 years ago

@chubster2010 thanks for pointing out there is a Spotify playlist. I started playing through episode 1 last night (not finished yet) and am really enjoying it so far.

This is a game that's making me agonise between the choices and rewind a fair bit. Really neat mechanic to find out what might be without making the choices any more obvious.

Fun times.
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Remember Me dev also making Vampyr role-playing game

Wendelius

3 years ago

I don't like fighting games much, but I finished Remember Me and really enjoyed it on the strength of the setting, protagonist and the too rare memory sequences. If you haven't played it (especially considering it's been on sale for a good price) or switched it off too quickly, I think you potentially missed out.

I found it a memorable game, if not a great one. But that matters to me. I love games that get stuck in my head rather than forgotten the moment they are switched off. On that strength, Dont Nod games are definitely on my watch list. I'll be looking forward to more info about this one.
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Ubisoft racer The Crew enters UK chart in sixth

Wendelius

4 years ago

@mega-gazz See my recommendation above on driving settings (hardcore setting and steering dead zone to 0) and see whether that helps the driving model for you. It did for me.
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Wendelius

4 years ago

@Drendari Thanks for the end game perspective. I'm nowhere near that yet as I spend as much time sightseeing at trying to progress the game. And I really enjoy replaying earlier missions to help out payers who get stuck.

I hope the change in driving settings won't be too jarring after that much driving. I made the change after only 2 or 3 hours myself and never looked back. Try it out in test drive mode maybe and see whether you can get used to it. I'm pretty confident it will make the game handling feel better once you get used to it.

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Wendelius

4 years ago

@A_FAN I personally think it is. But I am predisposed to loving open world car racers. I just love losing myself in a world.

Before I comment any further on The Crew, I need to share a tip that completely changed the game (for the better) for me: Set the driving mode to ďHardcoreĒ and the steering dead zone to 0.

Itís not about making the game more difficult or anything. But it transforms the driving model from a somewhat floaty, frustrating one to one where the car responds to your inputs without needing to whack the steering all the way to one side or the other. Give it a chance and I think youíll like the game a lot better for it. It wonít turn it into Forza or Driveclub either.

As for the game, I actually enjoy it a lot. The only reason I gave it a chance is because I have a soft spot for Test Drive Unlimited, which was a fairly unique experience and quite ahead of its time. A game by Ex-Eden folks and recommended by some friends of mine was just too hard to resist. And, on balance, Iím really glad I did.

The open world CaRPG genre is not exactly brimming with choice. And The Crew offers such a huge and varied playground. The skills and stats aspect is also well played. There is an element of grind, but doing story missions and trying out the skill challenges (which you can repeat at will) continuously lets you feel like you are upgrading your car. And it makes a difference. Beyond getting better at the driving in general, an afternoon spent sightseeing and doing challenges as they popped up helped me beat a race that was kicking my ass earlier in an edge of my seat thriller race.

And the best part of the game is the friction-less multiplayer co-op. Find a race too hard? Simply select ďquick co-opĒ instead of ďplayĒ and a call is put out to nearby players. If they join, you either get help finishing the mission (if anyone succeeds, everybody does), or company to swear vociferously at the game. :)

The quick co-op is effectively a nice drop-in / drop out group for a mission or 2. Iíve also played in a crew formed outside of missions and that was a blast. We went on a road trip, got chased by the police for being reckless drivers several time (fun times) and got some missions dusted off. Itís no big revelation that playing a game with a friendly human generally makes things more fun. And The Crew makes that really easy.

I also need to mention that I suffered 2 disconnects on Friday, but that the game has been solid ever since.

Itís graphically not as impressive as a Forza Horizon 2. But there is so much variety itís hard to hold that against it. I also like the way time passes. A minute in game time passes every 3-4 seconds it seems. This means that sunsets and sunrises linger for a while. Iíve sometimes driven cross country to the shore of a lake, simply to watch the sun rise over the water (frightening deers and foxes on the way :) ). Peaceful.

Not that it matters much based on the Face Off, but Iím playing on the Xbox One because I like the feedback you get through the triggers. It helps bring home the fact that you are losing grip. My gamertag is the same as my EG name. If you get the game and are ever stuck in a mission, Iím happy to hop in if Iím around.

Hope the thoughts above are useful.

Wendelius
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Sunset Overdrive free for all Xbox Live subscribers tomorrow

Wendelius

4 years ago

@alimokrane You misunderstand. You can play it for 24 hours on Saturday, then it reverts to not bought. So that won't do you any good.
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Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition dated, confirmed for old and new consoles

Wendelius

4 years ago

@DreadedWalrus I'm in the same boat with 360 and XBox One save compatibility. My wife and I have been having a blast playing vanilla Diablo III on the 360. Here is hoping we can transfer our characters and play with the expansion on the One. I seem to remember Blizzard indicating that was on the cards. Hope it's true. There is a lot of replayability in that game. The console versions are great.
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