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    Sea of Thieves is an upcoming exploration-based pirate game from Rare. Rare is a first-party studio owned by Microsoft and today they revealed a new trailer for the game. Tying in with the release of the Xbox One X, the latest trailer for Rare's shared world adventure game showcases Sea of Thieves' gorgeous visuals and combat. Combat seems to be centered around getting the drop on enemies and parrying their blows if you're engaged in a sword fight. Rare is known for many famous franchises including Conker and Banjo-Kazooie. However, for the past few years, the team was focused on developing Kinect games for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Sea of Thieves seems like a return to form if it lives up to the developer's promises. The game features co-op multiplayer and is played from a first-person perspective. A group of players travel in the open world together and take on different roles. For example, the captain may steer the ship while the other individuals attack enemy vessels with c...

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    Sky Force Anniversary is one of our favorite shoot 'em ups on Xbox One. Sky Force Reloaded has been available on mobile platforms for a while now but it's finally coming to Xbox One on December 1, 2017. The game is a modern, air-based shooter with a distinctly old-school feel. Gamers who grew up on titles like Tyrian will love the gameplay because it's all about upgrading your weapons and becoming the ultimate force of destruction. The game will also launch on PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 soon. It'll be priced at $9.99 on all platforms. The game features more levels than Sky Force Anniversary and even deeper upgrades. Those who are ready to save the world can blast through hordes of enemies in the extensive single-player campaign. However, completing the main campaign won't be the end of the adventure. Players can invite their friends and enjoy the game in local co-op mode. This is sometimes necessary if you want to complete all objects like rescuing every civilian ...

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    THQ Nordic today announced that it has acquired 100 percent of the shares from developer Experiment 101, as well as the intellectual property of Biomutant. Biomutant is an upcoming open world, post-apocalyptic, kung-fu fable. It features anthropomorphic animals in a desperate struggle for survival. Experiment 101 is currently working on Biomutant for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The title is scheduled to launch in 2018, but aside from that, we don't know much about the project. The game was one of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2017 due to its visuals and gameplay. From the trailer, it seems as though you can alter your appearance and skills if you're exposed to a particular mutagen. The fox-like character's hand turns into one resembling a salamander's after he touches a mysterious substance. THQ Nordic announced the acquisition on Twitter and many gamers thought this was a promising move. If the developers are able to deliver a polished "AAA" game with t...

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  • 11/17/17--11:00: Best Xbox One Controller
  • 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 $159.99. Bottom line: The best console controller gets even better. O...

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    Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider are great games but like many others, suffer from muddy visuals on Xbox One. The games are noticeably blurrier than their PlayStation 4 counterparts even to this day. Playing the titles on the standard console is a little jarring because the image quality is quite poor. Xbox One players have been eagerly awaiting details on the Xbox One X versions and the upgrades they would bring to the table. Today, Microsoft posted a new trailer on the Xbox YouTube channel detailing the changes. According to the trailer, the updates add 4K resolution, 4K textures, improved geometry, improved draw distances, higher quality shadows, improved anti-aliasing, and more stable frame rates. It's unclear if the visuals run at native 4K or adopt a checkerboarded approach like many PlayStation 4 Pro titles. We've played both Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider on Xbox One X and can say that they look incredibly clear and detailed. Tho...

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    Gears of War 4 is crossing over into the world of motorsports with a bit of custom driver flair in Forza Motorsport 7. Fans of both Gears of War and Forza will soon be in for a treat on the racetrack. Custom racing suits based on Gears of War 4 are coming to Forza Motorsport 7, and they look pretty rad. The two suits include helmets that share the same design as the iconic COG soldier helmet. The outfits themselves are based on the outfits Gears 4 protagonists JD and Kait sport in the game. Unfortunately, these suits aren't open to everyone. According to Microsoft, anyone who played Gears of War 4 on Xbox One or Windows 10 before October 31 will get access to the suits on Forza. If you're among those ranks, you'll get a special code to download the suits via an Xbox Live message on November 20. Microsoft cautions that it could take up to two weeks to receive your code, so don't fret if it doesn't show up right away. You'll also have to jump through a couple of in-game hoops to g...

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    Create your own digital family and watch them live their lives! Three years after The Sims 4 debuted on PC, EA's latest life simulation game finally arrived on Xbox One. The Sims 4 for Xbox is the most feature-complete home version yet, with boundless depth and potential – but it doesn't always feel like a great fit for the living room. See on the Microsoft Store See on Amazon Tutorials a-plenty The Sims 4 for consoles is a direct port of the PC game, with less of the optimization and downscaling of previous ports. This has the advantage of offering more robust gameplay, but it also means the console game is more complicated to learn than The Sims 3. Naturally, the game includes numerous tutorials to ease players in. The first thing you do is create a character, so the tutorial begins there. But some big issues stand out with these instructions. First, the text is super tiny and difficult to read at a distance. The tutorial UI is often confusing as well. The confirm but...

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    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus launched a few weeks ago but it hasn't been a great experience for Xbox One owners. Digital Foundry conducted an analysis in which they uncovered that the game ran at 810p 60 FPS on the system. Luckily, the Xbox One X version achieves native 4K 60 FPS. It seems that the developers are proud of the work they've done on the Xbox One X. An interview between the Official Xbox Magazine and the game's Executive Producer Jerk Gustafsson revealed his thoughts on Microsoft's new console. Gustafsson statement, compiled by WCCFtech, reads as follows. It's a super powerful machine and Wolfenstein II runs really, really well – it looks fantastic on the Xbox One X. The focus has been to make sure we can present the game in the best possible way and use the console and the power that the new console provides. And of course, everything from lighting and graphics overall – in terms of visual quality it's a lot closer to the high-end PCs than the regular cons...

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    Recently there's been a lot of backlash against EA and their aggressive microtransactions in Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Not only are gamers outraged over the loot crates, but it seems that the developers aren't doing much to alleviate concerns. For example, after the recent finding that it took dozens of hours to unlock a hero, the game makers lowered the unlock requirements but also lowered the amount of credits earned. Then, they removed the microtransactions but said they'll be back later. It seems as though there's no concrete plan to balance the game and at this moment gamers are as confused as ever. The Wall Street Journal has been following the controversy for a while and said that Disney contacted EA to discuss the outrage over the game. Star Wars is owned by Disney and given the fact that it's a valuable property, they didn't want negative press before the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in December. The Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz is familiar with t...

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    The Microsoft Store may have a great selection of games on Xbox One but it's not without its fair share of problems. Finding particular games is almost impossible because there is no way to filter titles by price point, star rating, or other capabilities. Let's say you wanted to buy an "E" rated game under $10 which has at least four stars. It just isn't possible to search for those parameters on Xbox One at the moment. You would have to go to other websites or research games individually. There should've been a built-in solution to begin with because a console experience is meant to be contained and complete. Luckily, that's about to change very soon for everyone! Xbox Insiders can now filter by price, star rating, capabilities, and more in the store. Enabled for all preview rings! pic.twitter.com/afTI4MbeBR— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) November 17, 2017 Today, Xbox Live's Director of Programming Larry Hryb said that Xbox Insiders — from all Preview rings — can now filter ga...

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    Vudu has picked up its first wave of HDR10 content, marking its debut on Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. Online video service Vudu has announced an expansion of its High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, bringing support for HDR10 to select titles. Expanding upon the company's previous offerings of an alternate HDR standard, "Dolby Vision," this latest addition open's Vudu's 4K HDR offerings to a wider range of devices. Microsoft's Xbox One X and its lower-spec predecessor, the Xbox One S both support HDR10 rather than Dolby Vision, meaning this latest change marks the debut of Vudu's HDR library on Microsoft's gaming consoles. With HDR enabled, content will be delivered with a wider color gamut and a higher contrast ratio – essentially colors should look a lot more vibrant and appealing. This joins an existing library of HDR-compatible apps on Xbox One, including Amazon Video and Netflix. For those using 4K HDR displays with an Xbox One console, following the latest update, supp...

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    Join us for this week's Saturday Game School and you could win lots of premium currency for Trove! Saturday Game School is our weekly Windows Central livestream in which we play an Xbox One game and give out free games and prizes to our live viewers. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! Tonight at 9pm Eastern (8pm CT, 6pm PT, 2am GMT) on Mixer, we'll be playing Trove, the free Minecraft-style MMO, and giving out lots of premium currency codes. Read on for quick impressions and contest details. Just follow us at Mixer.com/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. Watch and follow us at Mixer.com/WindowsCentral! Trove What happens when you mix Minecraft with an MMORPG? You get Trove from Trion Worlds, a free to play for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Exploring and building together with large groups adds a whole new dimension to the fami...

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    At Minecon, Mojang and Microsoft announced the next big update for the blocky adventure game. Minecraft is a craft 'em up extravaganza taking place in a blocky, Lego-like world. Users can mine resources, build huge castles, and even craft complex machines using the game's circuit logic and other mechanisms. The team at Microsoft has been hard at work on a new engine for the game, that allows it to run across Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch using the same codebase. Players on the "bedrock" editions of the game can all connect and play together on rentable dedicated servers known as Minecraft Realms. What's next for Minecraft, you might be asking? Well, in a recent interview Microsoft spilled all the beans to us. Update Aquatic The most exciting thing on the horizon for Minecraft is the next update, dubbed "Update Aquatic." This will add boatloads of new features to the game's oceanic areas, including coral reefs, shipwrecks, new aquatic species, and more....

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    Over the past few weeks Digital Foundry has conducted many analyses on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro games. Titles like Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus manage to hit native 4K resolution on Xbox One X but only 1440p resolution on PlayStation 4 Pro. This seems to be a recurring trend as certain Xbox One X Enhanced games offer a significant boost over titles also optimized for PlayStation 4 Pro. Digital Foundry's report on Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was one of the most anticipated comparisons of them all. The game is arguably the best looking title on consoles at the moment so Xbox One X owners wanted to know if their new device would offer a great 4K experience. The game's maximum resolution is 1440p on PlayStation 4 Pro so many thought it wouldn't hit native 4K on Microsoft's device. Many months ago you may remember that we reported that the game would run at 4K 60 FPS on Xbox One X. Today, this was confirmed. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 runs between 2160p (native 4K) to 1800p ...

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    Welcome to our column that looks back at the week's ID@Xbox releases for Xbox One! This week saw seven new ID@Xbox games come to Xbox One. These include a remastering of an open-world classic, a brutal motorcycle combat game, a horror-themed adventure game, a colorful 3D platformer, a licensed beat 'em up, and a classic fighting game. ACA NeoGeo Karnov's Revenge Japanese publisher Hamster's ACA series is a collection of emulated NeoGeo arcade classics – we reviewed one-on-one fighter ACA World Heroes 2 and found it pretty solid and well-emulated. The NeoGeo arcade system was home to countless fighting games back in the nineties. One of these was Karnov's Revenge from Data East, starring the fire-breathing Russian strongman of NES and arcade platformer fame. While pretty much a run-of-the-mill fighter, this one features a day-night cycle for backgrounds, destructible clothing, and even lets you fight a rampaging Ox. Throw in some (hopefully) easy achievements, and you've go...