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    These are our top picks from the depths of the EA Access Vault. EA Access is one of the most attractive services available on Xbox One, providing access to a wide range of games for a single monthly fee. Spanning pre-release game trials, discounted purchases, and even full titles, EA Access has a lot of potential for every type of gamer. Is an EA Access on Xbox subscription worth the price? As a part of the service, a wide range of full retail games are offered via a feature known as the "Vault." Games and expansion packs added to Vault will available for the length of your subscription, with no restrictions on the content that can be accessed. This library continues to grow with additions from both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward-compatible library. However, amidst a quickly growing selection of games, it's getting harder than ever to find the gems. We've brought together our favorite titles available in the EA Access Vault, spanning both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. See EA Ac...

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    What are you looking forward to from Microsoft's gaming efforts in 2018? Drop into the forums and share your thoughts. The new year marks a new beginning, and coming off a strong season for Microsoft's gaming efforts, the Xbox brand is in its best state in some time. Between the launch of the Xbox One X console, the debut of some promising services, and a wave of new blockbuster titles, now is a better time than ever to be an Xbox gamer. Another 12 months of gaming lay ahead, and with that, we have a lot to look forward to. Will this year push the most out of the Xbox One X? Might the Xbox One finally see lingering issues with its games lineup resolved? Could existing Mixed Reality efforts make a debut on Xbox One? This discussion recently surfaced on our forums, via a post from Windows Central's Managing Editor, Al Sacco. */ Al Sacco 01-04-2018 09:07 AM “ Happy New Year, Xbox gamers. The holidays have come and g...

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    Ever since Destiny 2 launched in September 2017, the game has been shrouded in some controversy due to the way players earn in-game rewards and other items. Over the past few months, Bungie has made many changes to the game but the Eververse microtransactions and earning certain cosmetic items are confounding to say the least. Luckily, the developer aims to fix that in a future update which will bring a host of new features to Destiny 2. In a post on their website, Bungie highlighted some of the major tweaks coming to the game. Everspace The Eververse system is a little too unpredictable at the moment so they're shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over earning Bright Engrams. Bright Engrams are Destiny 2's version of loot crates which can be purchased with real money. Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships which were previously only found found only in Bright Engrams will be added to reward pools. Aside from just leveling up, the developer claims that they'll...

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    Far Cry is one of the most popular open-world franchises in gaming, but the upcoming Far Cry 5 has a chance to blow everyone's minds. Ever since the success of Far Cry 3 in 2012, the series exploded in popularity. Far Cry 4 built upon 3's reputation by adding more content, while Far Cry Primal took the series to a new, ancient setting. This March, Ubisoft is releasing its latest game in the franchise, Far Cry 5, and expectations are higher than ever. Here are five things that would help game truly shine. Preorder on Microsoft Store More stealth options In the Far Cry games, there are many ways to engage enemy combatants. One of the most effective is through the use of stealth. However, aside from bow and arrow, knife, and silenced firearm, the series has felt somewhat lacking in regards to the variety of stealthy options. One way that Far Cry 5 could fix this problem is by bringing the spears and clubs of Far Cry Primal into a modern setting, and you could use these melee we...

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    Ready your nostalgia, folks: The original "Duke" Xbox controller is nearly ready to make a comeback. Several months ago, gaming peripheral maker Hyperkin announced plans to release a working replica of the original "Duke" controller that was first released with the original Xbox. Now, the massive controller is nearly ready for its debut. Seamus Blackley, who was on the original Xbox launch team and has been involved in bringing the project to life, has announced on Twitter that the controller will be available at the end of March for a cool $69.99. THE NEW DUKE CONTROLLER is available at the END OF MARCH for $69.99 And what a wonderful moment! Thanks @XboxP3 Thanks @Hyperkin!!! pic.twitter.com/KB9C6BYxCe— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) January 12, 2018 Hyperkin originally billed the controller as a "faithful recreation of the original controller's form-factor," but some tweaks have also been made for modern gamers. The biggest update is that the massive Xbox logo in the cen...

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    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) latest Xbox One update delivers some welcome improvements to aiming and weapon management. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), the unrivaled hit "Battle Royale" shooter, continues to see frequent updates on Xbox One since its debut last month. Served through Xbox Game Preview, Microsoft's program for distributing in-progress titles on console, the game's developer continues to implement tweaks and new content ahead of a final release later this year. PUBG has now received its fifth update on Xbox One, delivering several changes and tweaks for Xbox One players. The biggest change directly affects gameplay with a new weapon inventory system, moving pistols away from the "Y" button and over to "up" on the directional pad. This makes it easier to quickly switch between primaries, rather than cycling through all three weapon options. The update also adds a new controller preset, fixing one of the biggest fundamental issues with the game's control...

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    Elite: Dangerous is a surprisingly popular space simulator given its complexity and learning curve. Frontier Developments has aggressively supported the game for years now and today they introduced players to Season 3. Season 3 will kick off with an open beta called Beyond: Chapter One. This gives gamers a chance to shape the development of the update up until launch. Chapter One advances the ongoing player-driven narrative and introduces a variety of gameplay enhancements, upgrading the experience whether players prefer to trade, fight or explore in Elite Dangerous' massively multiplayer galaxy. The beta will be available from the in-game PC launcher starting January 25, 2018 prior to the release of Chapter One in early 2018. The open beta will be available to all PC Elite: Dangerous players. Going beyond the Thargoid alien attack of last season, Chapter One enhances the existing gameplay experience by bringing a host of new content for commanders to enjoy while they cruise ...

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    Countless individuals around the world love Dragon Ball Z due to its colorful characters and rather bizarre situations. The dialogues are absolutely hilarious and it's rather entertaining to watch. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who protects the Earth against various strange villains which include everything from robots to fighters from outer space who wish to see what Earth's best challengers can do. This is where the fun begins. Gamers who were watching Microsoft's E3 2017 conference on June 11, 2017 were surprised to see that a new game, called Dragon Ball FighterZ, was headed to Xbox One. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fighting game which surprisingly has a quirky story. This next part might not make sense to those who don't follow the show. Goku and his friends must fight a new battle against a revived Android 16 and his army. There are a few chapters in there and events take place from the perspective of different characters. How the adventure unfolds and if you're...

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    Halo Wars 2 came out many months ago, but 343 Industries and Creative Assembly have supported the game rather aggressively since then. Aside from adding new Leaders and content like the Flood expansion, the team regularly tweaks the game by introducing balancing changes and other improvements. There's another patch coming to Halo Wars 2 on January 16, 2018 which will fix a number of issues. The developers shared patch notes for next week's update on Halo Waypoint today. The main changes are as follows. Fixed a Leader Power exploit that resulted in earning Leader Points at a faster rate. This made it too easy to dominate your opponents. Fixed an issue which allowed players to control opposing team units. This seems like quite a major fix because no one should be allowed to control enemy units in a strategy game. Infusion damage and duration has been reduced so it's not too powerful. Many other changes have also been made to Infusion so that it's not overpowered. Powerful abilit...

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    Best overall Best custom Best Bluetooth Best budget Best arcade stick The best of the best Xbox Elite Controller See at Amazon If you want the cream of the crop, you want the Xbox One Elite Controller. It's the same overall design as the regular controller. But it's just ... well, better. Everything has been upgraded. The thumbsticks are removable, as is the D-pad, and they can be replaced with different options depending on your preferences for the games you play. There are four additional paddles on the back, configurable firing mechanisms, and custom button mapping with the Xbox Accessories app for Xbox One and Windows 10. The materials are as close to wear-resistant as Microsoft can get, and once you hold one next to a regular controller, the differences are clear — and astounding. Microsoft studied professional gamers to create the Elite and produce a product to fit their needs. It'll set you back around $140. Bottom line: The best console controller gets even better...

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    Every week, numerous games launch on Xbox One but which ones really stand out? Here are some of the biggest and most anticipated titles launching across Microsoft's platforms this week, starting January 15, 2018. This week we aren't seeing any new "AAA" releases, but there are a few surprises nonetheless. Aerial adventure InnerSpace and investigation-based The Vanishing of Ethan Carter are coming to the console in the next few days. With that in mind, here are all the biggest games launching this week, from January 15 to January 19, 2018. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was previously a PlayStation 4 console exclusive which is finally coming to Xbox One in a few days. The game is a first-person mystery experience focused on exploration and discovery. The title garnered critical acclaim when it launched all those years ago. You step into the shoes of Paul Prospero, an occult-focused detective who receives a disturbing letter from a child named Etha...

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    After a brief disappearance, Kodi is available on Xbox One once again. In final days of 2017, Kodi, an increasingly popular open-source media player, made its debut on Microsoft's Xbox One console. Following quick growth on other platforms, the app surfaced in an Alpha state, packing its flagship features cherished by cord-cutters and media enthusiasts. Despite its official launch, earlier this week we reported that Kodi's Xbox One listing had disappeared from the Microsoft Store. Sourcing an issue which resulted in the listing's disappearance, the team announced its plans to deliver fix relatively soon. Kodi is now available on Xbox One consoles once again, allowing those without the application to install it on their consoles. In the process, an automatic update has been released for existing installs with various fixes. Like the previous version release last year, Kodi 18 Leia is offered on the console in Alpha form. For now, Kodi can be downloaded on your Xbox One by searchi...

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    A new Xbox One update is rolling out to Xbox Insiders, adding Scheduled Themes, improvements to the Guide menu, and more. Earlier this month Microsoft dropped a new update on Xbox One consoles, for those enrolled in the Alpha Preview ring of the Xbox Insider Program. Delivering a new wave of changes, the build added several new in-progress features, including "Next Achievements" and "Mini Game Hubs." A second Xbox One "1802" build has been announced for Insiders, delivering more features to the program's bleeding edge update ring. This update contains two new additions, alongside several bug fixes, ahead of a planned release to further rings in the future. Updated, January 14, 2018: Experiencing issues with today's Alpha ring update? You're not the only one. Xbox Insider Program lead, Brad Rossetti, has taken to Twitter to clarify that today's update issues are linked to "bad services in one data center." These are being taken offline, which may result in a delayed rollout. Eas...

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    Monster Hunter is making its Xbox One debut this year and shaping up to be an unmissable cooperative experience. The Monster Hunter series has accumulated a strong following over the years, though despite its successes, "Monster Hunter: World" will likely be the first installment for many gamers. After its Japanese debut in 2004, the series has garnered traction on both Nintendo and Sony systems, though in the west, its mindshare remains niche. With this series entry on track for an Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC release, Monster Hunter: World looks to serve as an entry point for many, despite remaining faithful to its roots. Ahead of the game's release on January 26, 2018, we had the opportunity to spend some time exploring Monster Hunter: World through a cooperative lens. Pairing up with three additional players, those two hours were my first with a Monster Hunter game, getting a feel for its mechanics and world as a newcomer. Monster Hunter World for Xbox One: Everything you ne...

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    Electronic Arts has outlined its upcoming Battlefield 1 content, including the impending release of the "Apocalypse" DLC. Following the passing of a new year, Electronic Arts has shared plans for its brutal First World War shooter, Battlefield 1. With a steady flow of post-launch content since its late 2016 release, preparations are being outlined for its fourth and final downloadable content (DLC) drop, mysteriously titled "Battlefield 1: Apocalypse." While few details have been disclosed on what Apocalypse will offer, previous announcements have confirmed the new maps will be centered around infamous battles of WW1. Referencing the "nightmarish horrors of the Great War" as you "descend into hell," the expansion is shaping up to the game's most brutal yet. And today, the publisher has announced that a reveal for Apocalypse is "imminent," where more details on its exact contents can be expected. Later this month, owners of Battlefield 1's Premium Pass are also on track to recei...