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It's Sunday everyone, and you know what that means, it's roundup time. In this weekly article, we put together everything worth mentioning that we didn't get posted. We also link to everything we did around the web, whether on this site or one of the other places you can find us like YouTube or Twitch.

Sorry about missing this last week, but have no fear, this weeks issue will cover everything for the last two weeks!

Here's what we missed:

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human

Earth has frozen over and humans were forced underwater to survive. As resources dwindled, we turned to space in search of a new world to inhabit. Now the ship Argo9, a sub-aquatic spaceship, has returned to earth years after it left looking for a new home.

Batman: The Enemy Within

Episode four What Ails You will be here January 23 and Telltale games has released a new trailer giving us a sneak-peak of what to expect.

Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China

The new launch trailer is here, and you know what that means, it means the game can be bought here.

Fortnite Battle Royale

Epic Games is back with a...

The unintentional highlight of last night's The Game Awards was an impassioned speech from the creator of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons (seriously, if you haven't seen it look it up), but hopefully that didn't overshadow the new game he was there to show off. A Way Out is an action-adventure about two convicts escaping the law, and must be played co-op at all times. Playing as either the calm Vincent or violent Leo, the game will take two players through their intertwined narratives via dynamic splitscreen. The game was designed for couch co-op in mind, but since that's not an option for everyone online play is also available. To make it easier to play with a friend, developer Hazelight is offering players a friend's pass. Anyone who downloads this free trial will be able to play the game in full, so long as they're with an online partner who's bought the game. In other words, they're extended the couch co-op mentality of only needing one copy of the game for two players to the online space.

A Way Out will be available March 23, 2018 for $29.99, and the friend's pass will be available the same day. Pre-orders for the game are available now. Check out the trailer from The Game Awards below, which offers an in-depth look at the protagonists and their criminal shenanigans.

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Another action packed week with three new indie games hitting the store this Friday. First up we have Battlestar Galactica Deadlock from Blacklab Games and Slitherine. The game takes you into the heart of the First Cylon War, to fight epic 3D battles that will test your tactical prowess. Players take control of the Colonial Fleet from the bridge of the mobile shipyard, Daidalos, and free the Twelve Colonies from the Cylon threat. Build your fleets, protect the Quorum alliance and prepare to dig deeper into the conspiracies of this heroic conflict. Buy it here for $29.99.

Also releasing today is frantic twin-stick shooter Paladin. This indie from Pumpkin Games sees you as earth's last hero set to defend civilization from annihilation. You'll need to destroy the aliens and upgrade your fighter as you drive back the vile invading scum and save mankind. Pick it up here for $9.99.

Finally, we have Hello Neighbor, a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor's house to figure out what horrible secrets he's hiding in the basement. Players will be up against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There'll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you. Pick up the game...

Telltale Games is releasing The Walking Dead Collection on December 5th, for $49.99. This new release will combine visually enhanced versions of the first two seasons, and both spin-offs 400 Days and Machinna. The recent third season will be included as well, no enhancments though (it was made for the X1).

In the new trailer below, we get our first glimpse of the new enhanced visuals and a direct comparison to the original graphics.

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Let's make one thing clear before we begin: I'm not a Marvel fanboy. I don't read the comics. I haven't seen all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though I have seen over half. Of those though, I didn't think most of them were that great. Nobody can convince me that the first Iron Man or Avengers were actually good movies. If there's one thing I am a fan of, though, it's James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movies. I think they're fantastic, and the only part of the MCU I've ever been truly excited to see more of (although I do have a soft spot for good ol' Captain America).

Much like their Batman series before it, Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy is its own standalone story separate from any comic or film continuity. The game opens with the team on a mission to stop Thanos, which leads them to possess the mysterious Eternity Forge. Its incredible power makes the Guardians a target to the vengeful Kree, yet somehow their biggest problem seems to be agreeing on what to do with it. With everyone spending more time bickering than guarding the galaxy, it's difficult to tell if they'll actually save the day this time around.

Here's what I liked:

Gang's all here – Perhaps unsurprising given the source material, but the best thing about the...

Arcades and consoles in the latter 1980s and early 1990s were filled with games that may have featured different characters, but the gist of the game was exactly the same – battle against endless hordes of grunts and take back your streets. Be it Metro City, New York or whatever city the Double Dragon duo inhabited, brawlers ruled the roost. Xbox One owners can now enjoy a superb 21st-century love letter to the genre, 99Vidas, which means "99 lives" in Portuguese, the mother tongue of Brazilian developers QuByte Interactive.

Up to four players can choose from a range of characters, each with an elemental-based power, to reclaim the 99 Vidas, a relic now in the hands of an enigmatic villain who controls legions of grunts and bosses. As players score points, they can use those points to purchase upgrades for their characters, giving them boosted attacks and, if desired, additional lives.

What I liked:

"I remember that!" – 99Vidas tells its story through colorful 16-bit-style graphics, and at first, it may even seem a bit derivative, but that's honestly the point. Throughout the adventure, you'll see all sorts of nods to its ancestors. The roll-up garage door from Double Dragon. The destructible scenery and weapons from Final Fight. Even the soundtrack recalls Yuzo Koshiro's amazing Streets of Rage score. When you're not busy cracking skulls, you're looking for more references.

No walk in the park – The enemies in the game match the...

Anyone else remember N+? It takes a weird spot in XBLA history, having come out before the heavy hitters like Braid and Castle Crashers really put the digital marketplace in the spotlight. It was a simple but well-executed platformer which was pretty difficult – it was the Super Meat Boy of XBLA's early stage, for lack of a better analogy. It wasn't perfect, but it was a ton of fun, so I found it particularly exciting that its sequel N++ (stylistically written as NPLUSPLUS) was coming to Xbox One. Probably the only thing more exciting than the game itself is the fact nobody has to buy this one with Microsoft Points.

Here's what I liked:

Ninja++ – If you played any of the previous games in the series, you'd already have a good grasp on the game because it remains largely unchanged. You're a ninja, and all you can do is run and jump. The big emphasis is how your movements are influenced by physics, as you try to gain and maintain momentum while remaining agile enough to avoid obstacles. This is a game of skill that relies heavily on skill, not only in perfectly timed jumps but also in knowing how to manage speed when jumping around flat floors, slopes, and wall. The controls feel tight, responsive and react appropriately to your current speed;...

The big new Xbox One update is finally upon us. While preview members have had time to play around with it for a couple months now, it has just recently began rolling out to the wider Xbox community. The release is accompanied by the usual video walkthrough, in which Major Nelson demos some of the big new features. You can check that out right here.

The biggest new feature is undoubtedly the new dashboard layout, designed to be more fluid and customizable. You'll be able to add games, features and more to your home screen through the new blocks system. You can also now have up to 40 pins, which can be reached both on the home screen and within the new guide. Speaking of which, the guide has been reworked for faster navigation. The guide now has some contextual features, opening directly to broadcasting features while broadcasting or party features when in an active party.

There's also plenty of smaller quality-of-life changes. The screen is now dimmer when idling to prevent screen ghosting. Game Hubs have been redesigned to contain all the best content on the welcome page. The Community feed has been altered to fit more content, and your personal Activity feed has new privacy settings to specify who can and can't see your content. Right-to-left languages, specifically Arabic and Hebrew, are now available as language options in the console settings.

The update also adds some features in preparation of the launch of the...

Battle of the Bulge is a turned based strategy board game based on the events that took place in 1944. In this struggle, the Axis (Germany) launches a surprise attack on the Allies (U.S.) in attempt to divide the U.S. and British troops that were in France. Instead what happened was that the line the U.S. held was pushed back where they were attacked, giving it a "bulge." Of course, this is a video game, so, not all of those facts matter here.

Battle of the Bulge has been broken down into five modes; two shorter battles from different starting points and three variants on playing out the full fight. You can play every scenario from either side, Allies or Axis. Each side has three different Army Generals for you to go against, all of them having their own strategy and tactics. Battles, however, are not won by just who's stats are better, although that does help, a roll of the dice (figuratively speaking) also comes into play here.

Here's what I liked:

Scenarios and Generals — are a huge part of what makes this game work. Each of the six Generals has their own tactics that they will try and use to beat you. Some will be overly aggressive trying to hit you with sheer force whereas others will try to win by cutting off...

Wuppo is a lot of things. It's a sidescrolling platformer, an RPG, a twin-stick shooter, but above all it's an upcoming Xbox One title. After selling 125,000 units on PC, this multi-genre adventure is making its way onto consoles. Created by the two-man development team Knuist & Perzik, Wuppo is a hand-drawn adventure taking place in a crazy world full of unique creatures. In it you play as a lonely Wum who's lost his home, and is now searching the entire world in hopes of finding a new one. Explore new societies, interact with civilians, learn ancient history, fight enemies, battle bosses, find film strips… the wider world is full of things to do. Wuppo will launch on Xbox One on November 10. Pre-orders are available now for $19.99.

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It's Sunday everyone, and you know what that means, it's roundup time. In this weekly post, we put together everything worth mentioning that we didn't get posted. We also link to everything we did around the web, whether on this site or one of the other places you can find us like YouTube or Twitch.

Batman: The Enemy Within

Telltale games released teh trailer fro episode 2: The Pact releasing on October 3. Also releasing on October 3 is the retail version, Batman:The Enemy Within "Season Pass Disc."

Friday the 13th

Gun Media has announced the first DLC for Friday the 13th appropriatlly intitle Spring Break 1984. This new update is purely cosmetic, giving evry conselor a swimsuit clothing item. No word on the release date other than coming soon, but we do know it will launch for $1.99.

Pit People

Developer The Behemoth has completely overhauled Pit People in their newest update Infinite Wisdom. They've completely overhauled almost every character, added the introduction to online co-op and a completely new challenge mode. For a full list of changes to the game, levels, characters and even the code, check out The Behemoth's blog.

Rocket League

If you're an Indie game fan you've probably got today marked on your calendar already, since this Friday marks the release of the long awaited Cuphead. A classic run and gun action game from Studio MDHR, heavily focusing on boss battles with a unique style inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. Play as Cuphead or Mugman in single player or local co-op. Pick it up today for $19.99 if you're feeling hardcore.

Also releasing today is Syndrome from Camel 101 and Big Moon Entertainment. A survival horror which sees players wake up on a deserted spaceship from a deep cryosleep only to discover that most of the crew are dead or…changed. With Countless threats awaiting, players will need to use weapons and ammo wisely and sparingly. Pick it up here for $29.99.

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Bulb Boy is a sort of point and click adventure game. I say sort of, because it's a little more unusual than your standard pointing and clicking affair. Firstly, the game has no dialogue whatsoever. Yes, gone are those endless chats with NPCs about a whole lot of nothing until they give up the item you are searching for. Secondly, Bulb Boy requires a little more skill from the player than just pointing and clicking, and in fact, I'm slightly ashamed to say my death count was apparently somewhere in the 50s. However, whilst these differences may pique the interest of gamers not usually enamored by traditional point and click games, they're far from the most unusual thing about Bulb Boy.

Here's what I liked:

What the actual? – Gameplaywise, you'll spend the most of your time locked in each of the rooms of the house trying to figure out how to move onto the next one. Collecting items and combining them with others to solve puzzles, in the usual point and click fashion. The game starts fairly straightforwardly, easing you into it by tasking you with turning off the T.V. and putting Grandpa's false teeth away before you can head to bed. However, from there, the game becomes more surreal and about as crazy as a cheese dream mixed with a four-year-old on...

The end of the month is upon us, so it's time to look ahead and see what offerings Microsoft has for next month's Games with Gold. Starting off with the Xbox One side of things, Gold members will be able to pick up arcade racer Trackmania Turbo throughout the month. Beginning November 16 and running to December 15, Telltale's narrative-based spinoff series Tales from the Borderlands will be up for grabs. As the reviewer for both of these titles, I can attest that these are two fine selections; the former is an overly simple but still fun driving game, while the latter is an absolutely fantastic comedy and easily among Telltale's greatest works.

The Xbox 360 side of the month is a bit more lackluster. Sega's HD remake Nights Into Dreams will be available for the first half of the month, which our own Ryan Thompson reviewed back in the day and deemed the game was at least worthy of a try. First-person archaeological adventure game Deadfall Adventures brings up the rear starting November 16. It's the only game on the list we didn't cover, but that may be for the better because we haven't heard good things. All in all November won't be the most exciting month for free games, but if it gets more people playing Tales from the Borderlands I consider it a win.

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Assault Android Cactus is a twin-stick shooter in which you play as a battery-powered killing machine. While blasting through scores of enemies you'll constantly drain energy, eventually dying if you run out of power. The only way to stay in the game is to keep an eye out for batteries dropped by downed baddies. The 25-level campaign tells the story of Junior Constable Cactus as she tries to take back her space freighter from a legion of rogue robot workers. The fight continues through numerous extra modes, including a Boss Rush and the never-ending wave-based Infinity Drive. The game features nine playable androids, each with a unique loadout featuring an infinite-ammo primary weapon and a powerful secondary attack on a cooldown, and is playable with up to four players.

Assault Android Cactus launches alongside the Xbox One X on November 7. While playable on a standard Xbox One, it will deliver an enhanced 4K 60fps experience on the new console. A free 30-minute trial will also be available to download so you can try before you buy.

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It's back! Microsoft is running its annual Shocktober sales. This sale features a large amount of horror themed games. This year, both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members can take advantage of these scary good savings. These sales run from today until October 31 at 7:00 PM EDT. Below is a sampling of the sales for Xbox One, check the Xbox Store for even more deals and for Xbox 360 pricing. Also, during this sale all metallic finishes (D-pads and triggers) on Xbox controllers in the Xbox Design Lab are free. Remember, buying a game through any link used in this post will directly support XBLA Fans.

  • 2Dark – A survival horror game from Frédérick Raynal, the creator of Alone in the Dark. Players take on the role of former detective Mr. Smith, as he travels to the town of Gloomywood to solve a mystery involving disappearing children. Players will need to use their cunning to infiltrate Gloomywood’s bastions of cruelty and uncover the secrets of the deranged psychopaths within, seeking retribution for their crimes, and bring the children to safety. Was $29.99, is now $9.00
  • 7 Days to Die — An open-world zombie horror game that mixes elements of first person shooters, tower defense and RPGs. We rated it, "Reader's Choice" – was $29.99, is now $12.00
  • 8DAYS – A twin stick shooter in which players control Lola "Wasp" and Mike "Ghost" as they go to battle...
  • I don’t think anyone was expecting, nor asking for, a game based on Universal Pictures’ ultimately-panned summer blockbuster, The Mummy. Here we are months later with The Mummy Demastered, a 2D action game heavily inspired by Metroid, Castlevania and Contra by acclaimed retro developer, WayForward.

    As a nameless soldier sent into the London Underground by the Prodigium agency, you are tasked by digitized Russell Crowe to find and take out Ahmanet, the titular mummy, who is ravaging London with her minions of undead, plague bugs and the like. Armed with a standard machine gun and a couple of grenades you scour beneath the city for weapon caches, health upgrades, and enhanced abilities to better prepare for Ahmanet and her supernatural armies. The formula is solid, yet the wrappings of The Mummy Demastered are somewhat messy.

    Here’s what I liked:

    Contravania — Earning upgrades through exploration and enabling passage to new areas is the heart of this genre. Demastered does not stray from the formula. Doorways are often blocked and require upgraded grenades to destroy the barricades. Unlike many other Metroidvanias, the gunplay pulls from the aforementioned Contra. The stock weapon, A submachine gun fires fast yet is woefully weak compared to the special weapons scattered throughout the labyrinthine map. Special weapons like the assault rifle, shotgun, cluster...

    We have two new $60 releases this week with Rugby 18 and Just Dance 2018. We also have a new hunting and fishing title and a new pop singing game.

    The Inner World: the Last Wind Monk continues the story of the previous game. It is a point and click adventure game full of puzzles. The game has full voice over and a beautiful animation style. Players will explore the world of Asposia in a self-contained story that can be played separately from the original. The Inner World: the Last Wind Monk released for $29.99 on Xbox One.

    The Mummy Demastered brings the mummy franchise into an old-school, 2D, non-linear 16-bit adventure game. Players will hunt monsters with a variety of different weapons and magical artifacts at their disposal. Defeat the supernatural hordes of Princess Ahmanet and save the world. The Mummy Demastered released for $19.99 on Xbox One.

    Slayaway Camp is a puzzle game where players control Skullface, an evil slasher looking for revenge. The game is a clear homage to 80's horror movies and full of hundreds of isometric puzzles with opportunities to squash flay and murder your victims. Slayaway Camp: The Butchers Cut is currently on sale for $12.74. 

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    First announced at E3 this year, and with not much else said since then, OG Xbox backwards compatibility is finally going to come to Xbox One this week, as first reported by IGN. The initial list will include 13 games from Microsoft's first console.

    The 13 titles aren't just targeting parity with their old releases, but will be enhanced on Xbox One, featuring 1080p resolutions, faster loading times and with faster and/or smoother frame rates.

    And there won't even be a long wait to play these games. Beginning tomorrow, October 24th, the following 13 OG Xbox titles will be playable on Xbox One:

    Playing the games will work similarly to playing existing backwards compatible Xbox 360 games: if you own the disc pop it in; if you own it digitally, it will automatically show up for download. In both cases, an Xbox One version of the original title downloads to the current generation hardware. And all of the 13 games are available digitally for $9.99 each.

    As revealed...

    It's Sunday everyone, and you know what that means, it's roundup time. In this weekly post, we put together everything worth mentioning that we didn't get posted. We also link to everything we did around the web, whether on this site or one of the other places you can find us like YouTube or Twitch.

    Here's what we missed

    88 Heroes

    Risng Star announces new DLC for 88 Heroes that is available now for $2.49. H8 Mode Activated! two new charcters: Cath Letics who constatnly can run faster and jump farther and The Mime who can make people walk the other way. Eight new extremely hard levels are also inlcuded, designed to test even the best of heroes.

    Fly Tigers: Shadows Over China

    Coming exclusively to Xbox One is this dogfight heavy WWII story about a group of volunteer pilot fighters. Telling a rather unknown and overlooked story about The Flying Tigers and t6he importance of what they did during the war. Offering online multiplayer for up to 16 players across five battle modes.

    Warhammer: Vermintide 2

    Indie developer Fatshark is back with Vermintide 2 which is scheduled for release early 2018. Here's what we know...