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  2. Latest news and info! - AUGUST 2021 the place where daily exciting things happen!

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  4. Backwards Compatibility - Updated constantly with any Xbox 360 game added to be playable on the Xbox One!

  5. Tech and Hardware stuff - you know, like, inside stuff and such.

  6. Retro Blast new article February 4 - a little blast from the past. A trip to golden gems of gaming.

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Quickie Preview: Merek’s Market

Up, Down, Left, Right... Noooooo, it was double Right!

Hey! There's a new (medieval) shop in town and guess what? It's YOU running it! Oh yes. Your friend Tess is giving you some nice little magical blueprints for the usual weapons, items and such from medieval times, of course, and from them, you are supposed to craft them and sell them as per your future customers' requests. These range from simple townspeople to wandering heroes. I've had the chace to have my way around this kind of aesthetically "Chicken Run" clay-like looking game and.... I had some fun! So, read on to learn about my first impressions.
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For this preview, I was graciously provided with a code for the game and I played on Xbox One S and Xbox One Series X in solo and co-op modes.
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Online co-op multiplayer for NOBODY SAVES THE WORLD revealed!

Drinkbox Studios (Guacamelee!, Severed) revealed today during the gamescom: Opening Night Live Pre-Show that their upcoming action RPG, Nobody Saves The World, will include online co-op multiplayer when it launches in Q1 of 2022 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the PC Windows Store, and Steam. The title will also be made available on launch day for Xbox and PC Game Pass subscribers.

Today’s new look at Nobody Saves The World will mark Drinkbox Studios’ first ever online multiplayer title, a feature that will create exciting and chaotic moments for players as they switch and customize forms with friends. Nobody Saves The World's new trailer also showcased a sneak peek at how players will be able to customize their forms to create powerful and distinct character classes.
“Co-op in Nobody Saves the World takes the already-vast possibilities for strategy and customization, and blows them wide open,” said Ian Campbell, Lead Designer at Drinkbox Studios. “Even nearing the end of development, we’re still finding ridiculous new ways to combine the powers of two players, and we can’t wait to see what combos you discover when you try it for yourself.”

Players on Xbox consoles, Windows 10, and Cloud will be able to play with each other thanks to cross-play and cross-save support.
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Jurassic World Evolution 2 roars to life on PC and Console soon

Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) announced today the much-anticipated dinosaur park management simulation, Jurassic World Evolution 2 will be launching on November 9 across PC, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. Following the roaring success of Jurassic World Evolution, the stunning sequel offers players an original Campaign mode, expanded construction options, more customisation choices and the all-new Chaos Theory mode in which they can play through ’what if’ scenarios from all five films in the Jurassic World franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

Players looking to expand their experience can discover even more with the digitally exclusive Jurassic World Evolution 2: Deluxe Edition. Aside from the base game, players will receive three exclusive vehicle skins inspired by the Dinosaur Protection Group, six guest building amenity signs, and five additional awe-inspiring prehistoric species to add to their Challenge and Sandbox mode parks, including land dinosaurs, as well as marine and flying reptiles.

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 launches on November 9 on PC, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One for a suggested retail price of £49.99/$59.99/€59.99 for the standard version and £59.99/$69.99/€69.99 for the Digital Deluxe Edition. It will also be available in physical format for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One for a suggested retail price of £49.99/$59.99/€59.99.

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Aliens: Fireteam available right now!

Get ready to face the swarms of terrifying Xenomorphs with today’s gripping Launch Trailer for Aliens: Fireteam Elite, the intense new co-op survival-shooter experience from Cold Iron Studios and 20th Century Games set in the legendary Alien universe. The game is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desperate fight to contain the evolving Xenomorph threat. With over 20 enemy types, players must face off against waves of terrifying Xenomorph and Weyland-Yutani Synthetic foes alongside two players or AI teammates, as they desperately fight through four unique campaigns that introduce new storylines to the Alien universe.

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“I Am Fish” Splashing onto Steam, Xbox Stores, Xbox Game Pass soon

The so-fish-ticated folks at Curve Digital and Bossa Studios are whaley excited to announce that I Am Fish will release on Steam, Xbox stores, and Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC on September 16, 2021. Witness the many dangers a fish can encounter when separated from its friends in today’s launch date trailer.
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I Am Fish will launch on September 16, 2021 for £15.99, €19.99, $19.99 USD on Windows PC and Xbox. Steam users can add I Am Fish to their wishlist to stay updated on the latest news. Xbox Game Pass members can play I Am Fish at launch on Xbox consoles and PC.
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Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask slides onto consoles today!

Lion Castle today proudly launches Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask. This brand-new action-packed platforming adventure is available as of today digitally for Nintendo Switch,   Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 through backwards compatibility. It will be released later this year physically. In Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask players assume the role of Mickey Storm or his sister Jenny Storm, who have to save their parents from the dastardly Dr. Fisher. Join them on a thrilling adventure to break the curse on the waterpark!

Set across over 70 thrilling levels, Mickey Storm and  the Cursed Mask takes players on an adventure to save Mickey’s parents from the clutches of the evil Dr. Fisher and overcome his devious schemes. Using the powers of a mysterious mask this vicious villain has enchanted an entire waterpark to finally trap his nemeses: your parents, also known as the world famous Storm spies! Jump, slide and rush through a series of nail-biting challenges in all areas across the park, uncover secrets and solve puzzles, and overcome all dangers waiting for you in each corner. Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask runs at a smooth 60 fps across all platforms and also gives players the option to play together in local co-op multiplayer!

Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask is available digitally on Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One®, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5 through backwards compatibility for $17.99 / €17.99 /£14.99.
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Brawler Mad Streets fights its way onto Xbox consoles next week

Indie start-up Craftshop Arts Inc. has today announced that their first game Mad Streets will launch on Xbox consoles on August 27th.

Turn up the heat and challenge your friends in this hilarious beat-em-up game, where there are always scores to settle.  Fight your way through Gutsford University’s rival gangs with fun physics action and fully interactive environments, where everything you see could be a weapon - even other people. Players can brawl it out alone or with up to four friends and explore Mad Streets’ multiple game modes for endless fun.

The blend of full animation and 3D physics doesn’t dwell on complicated move combos, and instead provides a hilarious fight-style easy to pick up, but you'll battle to put it down.

"I've been making classic feeling action games for over 20 years; I’m super excited to get this fresh take on pick up and play, fighting party games, in the hands of players” said Dennis Opel, Founder of Craftshop Arts Inc. “Mad Streets still continues to make us laugh on a daily basis, we hope the players feel the same." 

Mad Streets will be available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S for $19.99/£14.99/€14.99!

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‘Embr’ to launch soon on PC and consoles

Fill up those buckets. Unravel that hose. The next hot new co-op multiplayer is almost here.

Curve Digital and Muse Games are fired up to announce frenetic firefighting multiplayer Embr will launch on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch on Thursday 23rd September 2021, little over a year after the game first entered Early Access on Steam and Google Stadia. Embr will also see a physical release on PlayStation and Switch the following day.

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On top of all the Embr’s standard gameplay, the full release will include:

  • 2 brand new expansive districts to explore housing 12 new hand-crafted levels.

  • 13 new tools and upgrades to customise your firefighting experience.

  • 5 brand new game modes to earn extra money your way.

  • Daily and weekly missions for extensive replayability.

  • Cross-platform play across PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia.

  • Extra difficulty settings and level mutators to keep things rolling.

  • Tons of additional wearables, vehicle cosmetics, UI overhaul, achievements, and more.

“If anyone is expecting Embr to be a realistic depiction of an average day in the life of a firefighter, then they’re in for a big surprise,” says Howard Tsao, Team Lead at Muse Games. “Embr is the ultimate have-a-go-hero adventure, where everyone from the paper boy to the Gran who lives at the end of your street could fill their day by coming to save you from a blaze in your house - even if that means throwing you out the window in the process. In Embr, the ends justify the utterly manic means.”

Embr is designed for PS4 and Xbox One, but will run perfectly on PS5 and Series X|S. The game will launch on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch on Thursday 23rd September 2021 for £17.99/€19.99/$19.99. Embr will also see a physical release on PlayStation and Switch the following day.