Bluepoint Games’ reimagining of Demon’s Souls is the highest-rated launch game on PS5, and understandably so. The Austin studio has done a fantastic job of bringing its interpretation of Demon’s Souls to Sony’s brand-new console, furnishing its remake of a cult classic with mod-cons like a fully-featured photo mode, two different graphical options – and, of course, graphics to die for. Still, it’s fascinating to note some of the things Bluepoint had creative license to change when remaking Demon’s Souls – and to ask whether some elements of the original design have been lost in translation.

Demon’s Souls had a rocky start. Initially pitched as an ‘Oblivion’ competitor, it struggled in its early stages of development. This is where Armored Core 4 and For Answer Director, Hidetaka Miyazaki was brought on to steer the ship, and make sure that Demon’s Souls made it all the way to a final release. … Read the rest

Summary

  • BFF or Die is a couch co-op game that you can enjoy with friends, family, and your significant other.
  • Sitting around the TV together you’ll have fun playing as time traveling aliens who help each other survive through ancient Egyptian mazes, puzzles, and dangers.
  • For our team of three, this is a big deal — our passion project is coming out on Xbox One!

I’m Shaz, the game designer of BFF or Die. As a lifelong gamer, I’ve grown up playing video games. My most memorable gaming moments come from when I used to meet up with a group of four friends and play local multiplayer games all weekend. I look back on those times fondly – they made me appreciate how gaming can be the social glue to build lasting friendships.

We’ve been developing BFF or Die for a long time. We started out with a demo … Read the rest

From my perspective, no console launch is truly complete without an excellent platform game and thankfully, Sony and developer Sumo Digital deliver exactly that for PlayStation 5 with Sackboy: A Big Adventure. It’s a beautiful game, and a fascinating example of how one developer aims to straddle the generational divide – while Sackboy champions the power of PlayStation 5, there’s also support for PS4 and PS4 Pro too. The question is, has Sumo Digital delivered the kind of magic we expect from a platform exclusive next-gen launch title but at the same time still deliver a good experience for owners of existing PlayStation hardware?

First of all, it’s worth stressing that Sackboy: A Big Adventure may well be tapping into the characters and aesthetic of the Little Big Planet titles, but game concept itself is something quite different: think of it as 3D platforming experience more along the lines of … Read the rest

We are excited to reveal that the award-winning horror puzzle platformer Darq is coming to Xbox One on December 4 in the all-new shape of Darq: Complete Edition, which includes the base game plus DLCs The Tower and the yet-to-be released The Crypt!

For the first time ever, player on Xbox One will be able to experience the adventure of Lloyd, a boy who becomes aware of the fact that he is dreaming. To Lloyd’s misfortune, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare and all attempts to wake up end in failure. While exploring the darkest corners of his subconscious, Lloyd learns how to survive the nightmare by bending the laws of physics and manipulating the fluid fabric of the dream world.

Darq

Players who will buy Darq: Complete Edition on Xbox One will be able to upgrade for free to the Xbox Series X|S version via Smart Delivery … Read the rest

We are keen to announce several changes coming to Space Engineers including support for Xbox Series X|S as well as Xbox One.

As a part of our goal to bring parity to the Xbox and PC platforms, this update will be released on all supported platforms simultaneously. Not only this, but the Xbox Series X version will provide groundbreaking gameplay and help define the future of Space Engineers on Xbox! Space Engineers on the Xbox Series X will deliver a true, vivid, and high-performing experience like never before. On Xbox Series S, you can experience blazing fast load times, better simulation quality, and an improved overall performance compared to the Xbox One version of Space Engineers.

Ensuring proper support for all platforms means proper support for all features and functionality, including dedicated servers. Wasteland is multiplayer-focused and the content of the Wasteland DLC is designed to be enjoyed with … Read the rest

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!


World Update II: USA for Microsoft Flight Simulator Now Available for Free
In September, we shared our vision for continuously improving Microsoft Flight Simulator by bringing meaningful updates to the simulator on a monthly basis. Today, we are launching our second World Update, and we’re thrilled to provide simmers… Read more

Space Engineers: Wasteland DLC Available Now on Xbox One
We are keen to announce several changes coming … Read the rest

This is impressive stuff. Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War manages the cross-gen transition gracefully, delivering excellent performance whether you’re gaming on PS5 or Xbox Series consoles. The premium machines also benefit from two key features: 120Hz and ray traced shadows, both of which are transformative to the experience. Microsoft’s pint-sized new console – the Series S – is also impressive enough, but appears to lack the signature next-gen features its more expensive counterparts deliver.

Let’s kick off by digging into the features that separate Series X and PS5 from all of the other versions. That stars with ray traced shadows, which – as the video below demonstrates – replace the baked shadow maps enjoyed in the other versions of the game. In terms of overall effectiveness, RT shadows are often overlooked, but the effect in Cold War is exceptional, almost as if the game’s art designs are built … Read the rest

Summary

  • Free new DLC Big Boss Bundle available now for Hotshot Racing
  • Available with Xbox Game Pass, play Hotshot Racing and the new DLC today
  • New Barrel Barrage mode adds explosive barrels to the mix and four new high-speed circuits now in Boss Level Grand Prix

Available with Xbox Game Pass, Hotshot Racing is the blisteringly fast, arcade racing game from Curve Digital, Sumo Nottingham, and Lucky Mountain games released this past September that takes the iconic arcade racing formula of the 90s and updating it for the modern generation.

Now it’s time to make your gameplay explosive with the Big Boss Bundle! With even more content for all you drift-lovers out there, the new DLC includes four colorful new tracks, a new Grand Prix championship, and a new game mode: Barrel Barrage.

Barrel Barrage Mode

Take Hotshot Racing’s trademark breakneck speed and add explosive barrels to the … Read the rest

We are so thrilled to have Swimsanity! as part of Games with Gold this month. We want to thank everyone who has played so far and are excited to talk about what to expect from us the rest of the way.

Update 3.0

First and foremost, the community boost we got from Games with Gold has been amazing. We are excited to make this launch even better with our next Update 3.0. We experienced a good amount of server issues as this is by far and understandably the busiest the servers have been since launch. Those issues should be resolved in the coming update which address things like match drops, adventure online blocks when a player drops, invisible enemies, online camera issues and more. We hope this is the patch needed to make online play as seamless as local play.

Unleash Pack 1

We wanted to make sure that not … Read the rest

Assetto Corsa Competizione has been on quite the journey since launch earlier this year and rest assured, we’re far from done! The development team have been working behind the scenes to bring all new content to the sim racing world and I’m here today to tell you more on what’s to come.

An Intro for Rookie Racers

If you’re new to the title, let me fill you in on some things to know. Assetto Corsa Competizione is the Official GT World Challenge game and features iconic tracks such as Silverstone, Monza, Hungaroring, and Spa-Francorchamps. To ensure each track offers the most realistic experience possible, each circuit has been carefully reproduced using Laser Scan technology, in GT cars that have been developed in close collaboration with manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren.

Alongside the base game, the team have been working on multiple DLC expansions, including the GT4 Read the rest