Month: June 2019

Playdead's INSIDE Free All of July through Xbox Games with Gold

Playdead’s INSIDE Free All of July through Xbox Games with Gold

Playdead’s INSIDE, an award-winning platformer from 2016, will be included in the lineup of free titles available through Xbox Games with Gold in July, Microsoft announced today. Anyone with either an Xbox Game Pass subscription or an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to download INSIDE for free from July 1 through 31. 

INSIDE, Playdead Studios’ second game, wowed critics with its striking minimalist art direction, its highly detailed animations, and a narrative driven by pure intrigue. An engrossing and macabre experience, INSIDE takes players on a wordless adventure which evolves past its own medium. It starts as many other 2D platformers do: an arbitrary array of clever puzzles and eerie environments. But as it progresses, INSIDE touches on themes which cause the player to obsess over what the game is truly about–and what role the player has in its narrative. It’s a profound gaming experience that cannot be missed at the price of zero dollars.

Also available via Xbox Games with Gold next month are Big Crown: Showdown, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Meet the Robinsons. Castlevania—the classic Super Nintendo platformer from 1997—will be available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One (through backwards compatability) through July 15. Meet the Robinsons—a video game adaptation of the Disney film–will then take the Xbox 360 slot from July 16 through 31. Big Crown: Showdown, a cooperative adventure game from last year, will be available on Xbox One from July 16 through August 15.

At its E3 presser earlier this month, Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a new tier to Xbox Game Pass which offers a large selection of games to download on Xbox consoles, a smaller selection of games on Windows PC, and an Xbox Live Gold membership, all for $14.99 a month. Currently, Xbox Games with Gold is only available on Xbox consoles.

Twitch Celebrates Amazon Prime Day With Twitch Sells Out Event 2

Twitch Celebrates Amazon Prime Day With Twitch Sells Out Event

Amazon Prime Day is near, and Twitch has just announced its two-day Twitch Sells Out event to celebrate it. 

Happening between July 15 and 16, the event will be hosted by some of Twich’s most well-known streamers. These streamers will be showcasing a bunch of gaming and electronic deals, in addition to some “unusual items” that have yet to be revealed. As for the names of the streamers themselves, the full list is scheduled to be announced on July 10. 

In order to participate in Twitch Sells Out, fans need to have a Twitch Prime account. For those who don’t have one yet, signing up for a free trial before the big event works just as well. A Twitch Prime account itself, which comes with Amazon Prime, has benefits such as a free channel subscription, as well as Prime loot for various games.

For those who are interested in co-streaming, the feature will be enabled for the duration of the Twitch Sells Out event. If streamers have the Blacksmith Extension installed, they will get an overlay that contains product links. Twitch Partners or Affiliates could also earn a percentage of revenue by enabling the extension on their channel.   

Something else that’s in store for Prime members is 30 per cent off their purchase of Twitch merchandise between July 3 and July 16. Members can use the promotion code “PRIME2019” at the checkout to get this deal.

Toronto Defiant Signs Liam "Mangachu" Campbell As Its First Canadian Player

Toronto Defiant Signs Liam “Mangachu” Campbell As Its First Canadian Player

Overwatch League team Toronto Defiant has just signed Liam “Mangachu” Campbell as its first-ever Canadian player.

At 23 years old, Mangachu is currently one of four Canadian competitors playing in the Overwatch League. He will be making his debut tonight against the Los Angeles Gladiator at 10 p.m. ET. Although this will be his first pro-Overwatch League match, he is not a stranger to the game, as he has played in the Overwatch World Cup back in 2017 and 2018.

“Being part of the Overwatch League has been kind of intriguing for me for a very long time,” Mangachu said. “I wanted the setting for me to be in to be perfect, and I think representing one of my local cities — Toronto — I was actually born in Toronto — so everything is like perfect for me.”

Jaesun Won, the General Manager of the Toronto Defiant, is thrilled to have Mangachu on the team. “Mangachu’s strong performances on XL2 and Mayhem Academy give us tons of confidence that we have landed on a quality and talented flex player who has spent a lot of developing his hero pool,” Won said. “We are really excited to have him and Logix join our squad as we continue to build a roster that will be competitive and entertaining to watch.”

Andreas “Logix” Berghmans, who played for Florida Mayhem in the past, is also a new addition to the Toronto Defiant roster. Logix is now the third player this season who was selected from Montreal Rebellion, which is Defiant’s Overwatch academy team.

Yesterday (2019) Review 2

Yesterday (2019) Review

Yesterday hooks you with one hell of a premise. What if one person, due to a freak sci-fi-level accident, was the only person on Earth who remembered The Beatles: and he’s a musician! With promises of tons of real licensed Beatles music (which likely cost Universal a pretty penny) and a massive subplot involving the real Ed Sheeran, Yesterday seems like an absolute slam dunk. And at first, it is until it slowly devolves into a romantic comedy that lacks the same love and care it gives the musical source material.

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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Preview 3

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince E3 2019 Preview

Finland might not be the biggest or most powerful country in Europe, but it certainly punches well above its weight in plenty of categories. From Black Metal bands and unstoppable hockey players to some of the toughest and grittiest soldiers ever produced, the country of 5.5 million people is stocked with raw talent.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Preview

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Preview

Going into my preview of Fire Emblem: Three Houses I had a number of questions about the upcoming game that I wanted to be answered. Is it accessible for new players? Will older fans be turned away by the new school portion? And will you be able to pet the dogs and cats that appear in-game? Thankfully, by the end of my playthrough, I was able to get to the bottom of all these questions and more, and I’m happy to report that so far, Fire Emblem Three Houses is both a stellar teaching simulator and also a deeply refined action-chess experience that should make fans of the series rejoice.

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