For many, this is the most crucial of the next generation cross-platform comparisons. The new Assassin’s Creed is a big game, cross-gen in nature for sure, but apparently built with the new wave of machines at least partly in mind. Valhalla also represents a generational shift for the franchise as this is the first time a new series entry arrives on consoles with a 60fps target – on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at least, delivered with varying levels of success. Ubisoft Montreal aims for complete platform parity between Sony and Microsoft’s premium consoles, but the results when they do diverge are perhaps unexpected.

Anvil Next gets a revamp, but there is the sense that much of Valhalla’s shift in aesthetic comes from the art side. In fairness, this can tap into the engine’s strengths: a sizeable enough proportion of the rendering budget is spent on the volumetric clouds … Read the rest

If you want to gift a game to a friend or family member this holiday season, gifting a digital game is a great and convenient option. With the Microsoft Store on Xbox and the great Microsoft Store online experience, it’s never been easier to send someone a near instantaneous gift on Xbox or PC.

Gifting Through Console

To send a digital game as a gift on your console just go to the Microsoft Store, find the game you`d like to gift, locate the gift wrap icon, and click on it.

This will open the “Buy as gift” options, where you can either choose someone from your friends list or type in an email. Note: Make sure the person receiving the gift is in the same country as you.

Ori Gift

You can personalize your message, though characters are limited so be creative.

Ori Gift Message

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The Deadpool movie legacy continues as Marvel Studios and Ryan Reynolds taps the Molyneaux sisters from Bob’s Burgers fame for Deadpool 3.

Ryan Reynolds is set to reprise his role as the sarcastic anti-hero with Wendy and Lizzie Molyneaux (who served as writers and executive producers for Bob’s Burgers) onset to write the latest movie. As reported by Deadline, meetings with the team have been ongoing all month with Reynolds listening to pitches from writers of all visions. According to the site, Reynolds immediately fell in love with what the Molyneaux sisters brought to Deadpool’s story, and the match made in Marvel heaven is officially a “go” to move onto the next step. 

Deadpool 3 is currently in early development but hiring the writing team, especially of this caliber, is the biggest first step when prepping for onsite production. What’s also worth noting is that this marks the first … Read the rest

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Duck Life Adventure

MoFunZone Inc.

$7.99
Xbox One X Enhanced
Duck Life is back and bigger than ever. Design your own duck and embark on an epic adventure!
Explore an enormous new area to find training dojos, shops and ducks to race and battle. Play 16 new training games to level up your duck in 8 skills and become the greatest duck adventurer ever!

CREATE YOUR OWN DUCK

Design your duck to look exactly how you want, from its hair down to its eye colour. There have never been so many customisation options to choose from!

EXPLORE A HUGE NEW WORLD

What would an adventure be without an enormous area to explore?! Discover new places, new ducks to compete with and new shops across an expansive overworld. In fact, this is the biggest world in any Duck Life game

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players will get a new map next week.

Nuketown ’84 will drop for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players next week on November 24.

Alongside the map comes some other Nuketown goodness via a weapon bundle.

To get the Nuketown weapon bundle, everyone who purchases Black Ops Cold War and logs in before December 4, or who play the game at any point online up until 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm UK on November 20, will receive a free Epic Shotgun Weapon Blueprint and nine cosmetic items.

Here’s what’s included:

  •  “Last Stop” Epic Shotgun Blueprint – With this Weapon Blueprint, any enemy who dares to challenge you in close quarters will know it’s the end of the road. This configuration includes a 21.6” Paratrooper Barrel, a 6 RND Tube Magazine, a Milstop Reflex Optic, and a Commando Assembly Stock. When combined, these
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Two expansions ago, with 2016’s Legion, high-level and endgame World of Warcraft underwent a big change. Legion introduced Artifact weapons for each class specialisation that could be infinitely powered up and used to further customise each specialisation’s playstyle. All told, it was a net positive, dovetailing well with some of the expansion’s other innovations – such as the repeatable, rotating World Quests – to open long-term endgame progression to a wider variety of players than just the raiding hardcore. WOW became a game you could pleasurably grind away at and advance your character without feeling funnelled towards more and more challenging group content in the quest for elusive loot drops. (It became a lot more like Diablo in that respect – coincidentally or not, current WOW production director John Hight also served as the production director on Diablo 3’s excellent console version and Reaper of Souls expansion.)

However, layered-on, limitless … 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!


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It has been a big year for gaming fans. From the launch of a new generation of Xbox consoles, to a creatively diverse lineup of games that look and play best on Xbox, and a library of high-quality games available with Xbox Game Pass, there’s never been… Read more

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Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release:

November 10, 2020
(Xbox Series X/S), November 12, 2020
(PlayStation 5)

Rating: Everyone
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X/S
Also on:
PlayStation 5

Any athlete will attest that you can do all the right things in the off-season and still come up short. Visual Concepts clearly worked to up its game with NBA 2K21 and deliver better results. However, this wasn’t a typical off-season for Visual Concepts; the team wasn’t just trying to take NBA 2K to the next level, it was trying to take it to the next generation, being the first sports game to go all-in on the new console power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The result is a valiant effort, full of great new features and impressive visual leaps, but it’s clear there’s still some seasoning and adjustments to the playbook that need to … Read the rest

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Ruinverse

KEMCO

$14.99
Follow Kit, a kind-hearted transporter, and his vivacious childhood friend Allie as they team up with a third-rate swindler, a quack physician, and a ditzy dwarf to travel the world in their quest to save Allie from a plight that threatens her very existence while experiencing their moments of triumph and hardship in what is sure to be an unforgettable journey for RPG lovers everywhere!

Surprisingly, Allie has the soul of another being inside her. Whenever she comes into contact with Kit, the souls switch places. What will happen to this weird party in their adventure?

Use the skill tree to allocate skill points and focus on mastering a single skill or a variety of magic. With plenty of unique bosses to go around, and powerful equipment dropped by enemies in turn-based battles, challenges are unlimited.

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We’re sure this will be music to some of your ears.

CD Projekt RED has taken steps to allow streamers and YouTubers to play Cyberpunk 2077 without being worried about their content being hit with DMCA strikes.

In the latest episode of its Night City Wire video series, the developer’s UK head of communications, Hollie Bennett, said that it was including a mode what would allow influencers to turn off certain copyrighted songs that might cause issues.

“We know that for content creators, licensed music can sometimes be problematic,” Bennett said. “So with this new mode, you’ll be able to disable a small number of selected tracks which could cause some issues, replacing them with a different song, helping to avoid any problems.”

These tracks will automatically be disabled when people stream from consoles, but this can be toggled on or off. Those broadcasting from PC will be able to … Read the rest