Microsoft have been fairly consistent with crucial monthly updates for the Xbox One. The March update finally added screenshot functionality, which was easily the most requested feature since launch. April is fairly light on game-changing features, but there’s still enough to get excited about. Like Party Chat changes, for example.
The 1.08 patch for GTA V managed to improve the game’s frame rate performance across both of the new gen console, but it seems this boost to fps came at the expense of some of the game’s graphical fidelity and some of its physics. There’s a great deal more texture pop-in, the level of detail has taken a serious knock, and the anisotropic filtering has pretty much just gone away. Rockstar’s released a brand new patch with an iterative number on the end…but it unfortunately doesn’t fix much.
Another month, another batch of games to help justify having spent some dosh on that Xbox Live Gold account of yours. The Xbox platform has a new bunch of games out next month, and they’ve clearly ignored my idea to have a link for a free version of Forza Horizon 2 that is actually a link for an HD remaster of Ride To Hell: Retribution. Something about that idea being “not funny”. Pfft, what do they know, right? Here’s what you’re actually getting next month.
The very best thing I can say about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is that it’s better than Ghosts. It at least had a pretty good single player campaign, and even managed to inject a bit of life in the multiplayer – even if the servers negated whatever gains were had. Already host to a bunch of DLC, Advanced Warfare is getting even more.
Halo: The Masterchief Collection for the Xbox One - aside from not really working as far as its multiplayer matchmaking goes - is a great example of a remastered HD collection done right. New textures and tech laid over the same great gameplay, with all of the main games bundled together for one low price. Rumours, speculation, conjecture and plain wishful thinking have pointed to similar treatment for Gears of War. With new Microsoft Studio Black Tusk hard at work readying a new generation sequel, this year would be the perfect time to drum up interest in the franchise anew. Could it happen? Maybe.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is, by all accounts, a pretty successful game. Many fans of the decades old franchise have revelled in the latest game from perpetual DBZ developer Bandai Namco. It’s not just becoming a firm fan favourite though – it’s also selling like proverbial hotcakes.
GTA Online has been subject to a few patches since the much-anticipated heists mode made its debut – mostly to fix a few niggling network issues, inject a bit of stability and whatnot. It’s probably going to be on the receiving end of another patch soon – because there’s a glitch in the online mode that allows you to earn a great deal of money, by doing very little.
Battlefield Hardline is Dead Space developer Visceral’s first stab at the shooter – and they’ve given it a bit of an overhaul. Gone is the focus on the military and warfare, and in its place put cops and robbers who blow everything up as if it was war anyway. The game is now out in the US, which means reviews have started hitting the internet. As it’s a game that relies rather heavily on its server performance, many outlets are doing a “review in progress.” Here’s what critics think.
Earlier this year we posted up a rumoured list of achievements for Mortal Kombat X - only to have the whole thing debunked by Mortal Kombat X co-creator and all around nice guy Ed Boon himself. Today, we can finally bring you the genuine article - with a confirmed list of achievements. As a side note, there are absolutely no story spoilers here, so feel free to poke through the list without worry of some great big plot twist being revealed.
It’s Friday 13th, which would be the perfect day to reveal that Jason Vorhees is coming to Mortal Kombat. That’s exactly what NetherRealm has done, confirming that the horror icon will be added to the game via the Kombat pack DLC - which includes two more “klassic” characters and one more guest character. Speculation is rife that it’ll either be Predator, or Spawn.
It’s Friday 13th today, which is all about bad luck, superstition, and scary stuff. One of the most famed and popular of the scary things are the shambling undead - yes, I’m talking about zombies, not Gavin trying to get out of bed with his Saturday morning hangover. It’s also Exo Zombies day, according to the chaps at Activision. That makes it a great excuse to give away Havoc DLC codes, enabling the zombie mode, for the latest Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare.
Just about everything seems to be getting delayed this generation. GTA V for PC’s been delayed to April – after its online heists, now finally available, took over a year to be released. Project Cars has just been delayed, The Witcher 3’s been delayed a handful of times. Rumours suggest even that Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break and Mortal Kombat X might be delayed.
We’ve long suspected that Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage would be coming to Mortal Kombat X. Various leaks have suggested as much – and with their progeny, Cassie Cage in the game, it seemed a dead cert. Recent leaks suggested we’d see the whole Cage family – and now a new trailer confirms it.