Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of December:
Q.U.B.E. 2 (December 1-31)
Never Alone (December 16-January 15)
Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)
Dragon Age II (December 1-15)
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (December 16-31)
Back in summer 2017, the first three Crash Bandicoot titles were remade as part of a compilation called the N Sane Trilogy. This compilation featured upgraded graphics and music, extra abilities from later games in earlier ones as well as cut levels brought back from their decades long slumber for modern audiences.
It was an ambitious setup, and one that paid off for the most part. The game got good reviews, fans loved it and sales wise it broke records in several countries. Crash was back, and better than ever.
So now the creators of said remake want to do the same with Crash Team Racing too. Yep, as announced at yesterday’s Game Awards, Crash Team Racing is also being remade for modern systems.
And well, as the trailer below shows, it’s looking pretty damn impressive so far. Check it out:
As you can see, it’s a noticeable graphical upgrade from the original, with all tracks receiving not just a few shiny textures but whole new backgrounds with tons more details as well.
Like the tribesmen in Payu’s Pyramid trying to row a boat up a waterfall:
Or the various new statues and giant screens all over Tiny Arena. It’s a far cry from the PS1 versions of the tracks in detail, and gives these places a lovely Mario Kart 8 esque coat of paint for the modern era.
And it’s not just aesthetics which have gotten upgraded either. No, the features the game sports have too. Like how there’s now online multiplayer for the title, letting you test your skills against players from all around the world.
Caption: Though if time trial records are anything to go by, expect tough competition
Or even things like selectable karts and tracks that weren’t actually in the original game. It’s quite the jump for a remake, and works well as a next step after the N Sane Trilogy.
So if you’re interested, check it out when it launches on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on June 21st 2019. It definitely seems like it’ll be worth the buy for any Crash fans out there!
From Melee to Ultimate, the Smash Bros series has always willing to experiment with its character choices. You’ve got characters who didn’t seem fit for a fighting game appearing, like Wii Fit Trainer and Villager. You’ve got characters that seemed like they were forgotten forever coming back, such as Mr Game & Watch, Ice Climbers and Duck Hunt Duo.
And with Piranha Plant making it into the game as a DLC fighter, even generic mooks seem to be in with a chance. Generic mooks who previously didn’t even move around!
But even compared to those, the latest fighter reveal for the game is something else entirely. Why?
Because against all odds, it’s Joker from Persona 5. Yep, Persona is now going to be getting Super Smash Bros representation. Here’s the trailer announcing the whole deal:
It’s all pretty unusual really given that Persona hasn’t ever had a presence on Nintendo systems. Sure, we got one spinoff game for 3DS a while back (Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth), but for the most part it’s stayed PlayStation exclusive throughout its entire history.
So it makes you wonder exactly why a character from it is in Smash. Why Nintendo would bother getting this guy in when others like Banjo-Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot and even Steve from Minecraft have a bit more relevance to Nintendo.
It makes no sense at all. Unless of course a Persona game is heading to Nintendo systems sometime soon.
And that… actually seems kinda likely now. Every major third party title seems to be getting ported to Switch at some point, and the chances of Nintendo not wanting a series like Persona on their system seem rather slim given its status beforehand.
So it’s likely something more is on the horizon for Persona on Nintendo platforms, and the Smash Bros Ultimate DLC is merely a teaser towards that.
Still, what do you think of it? Are you happy to see Persona get a fighter in Smash Bros Ultimate?
Or do you feel other choices would have made a bit more sense about now?
Have your say on the matter (and more) at the Gaming Latest forums today!
Launched in June 2017, Xbox One Game Pass is a digital subscription service that allows users access to a catalog of games for a single monthly fee. It’s an interesting enough service, with a decent selection of games and the ability to play them across both Xbox One and Windows 10.
But it seems Microsoft’s plans for the service don’t end there. No, they don’t just want the service available on Xbox One and Windows, but also across all consoles.
And that’s literal too. According to Phil Spencer, the company may seek to bring the service to PlayStation and Nintendo systems too. Here’s his comments about the whole idea in whole:
When you think about reaching a customer with this content where their only compute device could be an Android phone, you think about,‘What are all the ways that person pays for content today’?” Spencer said. “So we need to make sure that we’re world-class at free-to-play content, but we also look at subscription as a much lower barrier way for a customer to build a library of content.
So we built Xbox Game Pass — it started on console, it will come to PC, and eventually it will come to every device — we use the flywheel that we have with customers on an Xbox to start the growth in Xbox Game Pass. But as somebody sitting back and taking a longer-term view of where our business is going, you should look at that as a business model that we think scales to billions of people not hundreds of millions of people like retail does. ”However, the most interesting implication is that Microsoft might seek to bring its Game Pass service to PlayStation and Nintendo devices. Spencer’s comments weren’t limited to “console, then PC, then mobile” — he instead said “every device.
As you can see, it’s not exactly a confirmation, more of a ‘nice to have’ idea for the future.
Yet it’s still interesting none the less. I mean, can youimagine playing Xbox games on a Switch? That’s something you’d never expected to see happen, yet it may well become a reality in the next decade or so if Microsoft plays their cards right.
And that’s not the only interesting side effect either. No, you know what other company releases their games via Games Pass?
Yep, Nintendo’s old second party buddy uses the service too, with their latest title (Sea of Thieves) being a heavily promoted game for said service.
This means that if Game Pass does in fact become availablein the Nintendo Switch, we could in future end up seeing the next Banjo-Kazooie title end up on the Switch or its successor too. Same with any potential Conker’sBad Fur Day sequel, a new Perfect Dark game or hell, even the company’s entire library.
It’s not just their new games either. No, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie are available on the service right now.
So if it did come to a Nintendo system, we could in essence get the Banjo-Kazooie series on ‘Virtual Console’ by way of Microsoft. Pretty neat given all the classics lost in the buyout, and a real nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up in the N64 era too.
For now though, all we can do is wait and see. Maybe it’ll come to Switch and PS4, maybe it won’t. only time can tell.
However, what do you think? Could you see Game Pass on a Nintendo system?
If so, what great Xbox One or PC games would you want to play there and why?
Tell us your thoughts in a comment or over on social media today!