The Echoes of the Atlas expansion brings a lot to the table in terms of new brutal challenges to overcome alongside items that herald fresh ways to play. Whether you’re a new player who washed up on the shores of Wraeclast this morning, or a titan of the genre powering your way deep into the endgame to vanquish your enemies, this expansion has something for everyone at every level.

If you push your way into Path of Exile‘s endgame, you’ll be invited to take on a brutal showdown: you versus up to ten of Path of Exile‘s most difficult encounters at once. Succeeding in these fights will unlock passive points which can be spent on the new Atlas Passive Trees. These are one of the new features of Path of Exile‘s endgame which allow you to control and specialize in the kind of encounters you’ll experience in … Read the rest

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 18 January 2021 (actual end date varies by sale).

These deals will expire at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday January 19th 2021

Xbox One Deals

 

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Monopoly Plus Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 70% DWG*
New Super Lucky’s Tale Xbox Game Pass 30% DWG*
UNO Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S w/ Free Trial 50% DWG*
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition Optimized For Xbox Series X|S 33% DWG*
Carto Xbox Game Pass 20% DWG*
Hasbro Family Fun Pack – Super Edition Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 70% DWG*
Rabbids Invasion – Gold Edition Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 75% DWG*
39 Days to Mars Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 33% DWG*
Antiquia Lost Xbox One X Enhanced 40% DWG*
BATTLESHIP Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 60% DWG*
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After months of delays, it looks like we may finally get to see the launch of Rust Console Edition now that the game has been rated by the ESRB.

Rust’s lead developer, Double Eleven, announced that the popular PC game would be making the jump to consoles way back at X019, but we’ve heard precious little about the PS4 and Xbox One version of the game since then.

The initial release date suggested at the Xbox show pegged the game as releasing sometime in 2020, but as per an announcement from the studio last month that has slipped back somewhat.

Now, though, players eager to see their virtual dongs brought to life via the magic of Xbox and PlayStation have renewed confidence they’ll see the game soon.

A listing on the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s website reveals a Mature (M) rating, and confirms the game is coming to the previously announced … Read the rest

Cyberpunk 2077 – one of the very biggest games of 2020 and also one of the most contentious, most notably because on last-gen consoles, the experience is sub-par to the say the least. The next-gen machines fare better, but there’s another contender to consider too: Google’s Stadia streaming platform. The closer we looked at the Stadia port, the more interesting it became, and in actual fact, there are scenarios that see it deliver improved visuals over the Xbox Series X rendition of the game.

Coming to these conclusions and getting the data I needed was problematic. In the current Covid situation, ensuring we’re playing Stadia at its best when our home internet connection doesn’t play ball is a bit of a challenge. You can get the full story in the embedded video below, but suffice to say, after driving out to cell towers, rigging an in-car portable capture system, then … Read the rest

Each year, we look forward to bringing many new controller designs to our fans. With the launch of the Xbox Series X|S in November, we were eager to bring you our new Xbox Wireless Controller in three options: Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest design in the new generation of controllers, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Pulse Red. With a vivid, fiery-red topcase and crisp, white backcase, the new Pulse Red controller brings the same energy and equally striking color as the Shock Blue. Matte black triggers, bumpers, and hybrid D-pad reduce slip against sweaty fingers and thumbs for greater control, while a textured dot pattern on the triggers and bumpers to keep your grip locked in. Dynamic Latency Input delivers controller inputs more frequently to your Xbox Series X|S for a more responsive gaming experience and … Read the rest

If your next run through a Fire Emblem game needs more drama and emotional nuance, someone has modded Gilmore Girls into Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.

Developer Marlowe Dobbe (the artist behind Dicey Dungeons) has created the inspired mod, called – unsurprisingly – Fire Emblem: Gilmore Girls and made it free to download, too.

The mod does a great job in turning the 2004 GBA title into a peculiar re-telling of the early 2000s teen drama, complete with all the mechanics you’d expect from an Intelligent Systems RPG.

“In this 1-hour FE8 mod, play as that cast of characters we know … Read the rest

Bungie jumps onto next-gen systems with extra support for Destiny 2 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and X, delivering the key feature many fans have been waiting for – a move to 60 frames per second gaming. But how successful has the next generation transition been? How do the three new consoles compare and what are the key upgrades beyond the boost to frame-rate? Bungie has a reputation not just of excellent visual design and solid technology, but also in delivering very similar experiences across platforms – and so it is with Destiny 2.

To get the basics out of the way, Destiny 2 delivers true 4K resolution on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with pixel counts resolving at a native 3840×2160 on each in a vast majority of test shots. Bungie has developed a dynamic resolution system for this engine (as notably used on PS4 pro), and … Read the rest

Monster Hunter Rise’s new demo proves that this is no mere spin-off.

Monster Hunter: World had the potential to split this flagship Capcom series in two. World was a departure from the rest of the series in many ways – a game that took steps to be more approachable, accessible, and generally appealing to the Western market. As we all know, that was a huge success, going on to become Capcom’s best-selling game ever.

That puts Monster Hunter Rise in an interesting position. While unannounced, it’s not exactly a secret that there will inevitably be a direct sequel to World – which slots Rise in as an in-between game. Its placement on a portable Nintendo handheld makes its core mission obvious: it’ll continue on the slightly more obtuse Monster Hunter that was already massively successful in Japan.

After playing it, though, it becomes clear that this isn’t just a sequel … Read the rest

15 months after we first covered the crowd-designed Eve Spectrum gaming monitor, the first pre-production samples have begun shipping out. This is our first opportunity to see how the Spectrum, once touted as the first HDMI 2.1 monitor to arrive on the market, actually looks in the flesh and performs in-game.

Our sample is the $689 4K 144Hz version, the ‘flagship’ of a lineup that also includes more affordable 1440p 165Hz ($439) and 1440p 240Hz ($589) options, all based around 27-inch IPS panels. Eve also shipped us a stand, which is sold separately for $99 – in response to the large percentage of Eve community members that said they’d be using the monitor’s 100×100 VESA mount with their own monitor arms. That brings the retail price to $788 in total. The sum’s not unreasonable, when the similarly specced LG 27GN950 is $800 with fewer features, but it is worth factoring … Read the rest

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The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav

Daedalic Entertainment

$19.99
Face your Destiny!

In Andergast, whose inhabitants are considered to be notoriously superstitious, King Efferdan awaits a state visit from high-ranking dignitaries. For centuries the kingdom has been at odds with neighboring Nostria, but now first steps are being undertaken toward a lasting peace. But a plague of crows troubles the king, for the birds are acting with unusual aggressiveness, even attacking humans. Moreover, there are those among the citizens of Andergast who swear that the crows are bringing them dark nightmares. As the belligerent creatures infiltrate even the castle itself, the king seeks a skilled bird catcher – an opportunity for young Geron to prove that the reputation for ill luck that has followed him since childhood is undeserved. Following an audience with the king, the prestigious task is

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