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Mass Effect Fan Shows Off Custom N7 Xbox Series X Console

GameRant 20 July, 2021 - 11:00am

Redditt user charlestonlongfellow posted a picture of his custom Mass Effect-inspired console on Sunday night. The Red and Black Xbox Series X is a bit more subdued than some examples of customized hardware. Still, the custom “N7 Series X” will be easily recognizable for diehard Mass Effect fans.

Poster charlestonlongfellow customized the console with the aid of the website dbrand, which sells customization options for consoles, PC’s, and various other electronics. The red and black exterior has the same hardened fiber texture found on Commander Shepard’s armor in Mass Effect 2. The colors also pay homage to the Commander’s signature look. Specifically, the red-on-black squad leader stripe on Shepard’s right arm.

Responses were overwhelmingly positive on the Mass Effect subreddit. Multiple people commented about wishing it was for sale or saying it inspired them to work on their own customization project. One person specifically mentioned wanting to make a white and yellow version inspired by the trilogy’s Cerberus faction. Mass Effect 2’s infamous “Shepard is a sellout” meme popped up in the comments as well. As one commenter put it, “This is John Shepard, and this is my favorite Xbox on the Citadel.”

Checking out dbrand.com, it appears that charlestonlongfellow utilized the company’s Black Carbon and Red Carbon Series X skins. The company also offers a range of similar skin options for the Xbox Series S, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and Play Station 4. Unfortunately, PS5 users are out of luck unless they like white, black, and yellow.

BioWare released the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition in May for last gen-consoles. However, it is playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S through backward compatibility. Unfortunately, EA and BioWare haven’t announced any plans for a dedicated next-gen release. Still, that doesn’t mean there are no benefits to playing Mass Effect on the Series X. Namely, Legendary Edition runs at an impressive 120 FPS. That’s twice the frame rate of the PS5 and four times the PS4, Xbox One, or Series S.

It’s also probable that the upcoming Mass Effect 4, assuming that’s the actual name, will be next-gen exclusive. That would certainly be an excellent use for charlestonlongfellow’s custom console. However, the next Mass Effect is likely still years away, as BioWare primarily focuses on the highly anticipated sequel to Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One and backward compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

PS5 restock dates: Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Sony Direct – when to buy it

Techradar 20 July, 2021 - 09:49am

Our PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider has been working 24/7 to report on when and where to buy Sony PlayStation 5 consoles in the US – and it's helped 58,000 get a next-gen console.

PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider has helped 57,500 people in the US buy a next-gen console in 2021 with his tireless 24/7 tracking, in-stock Twitter alerts and exclusive restock reporting.

New PS5 restock dates in the US are coming in the next few days, and our exclusive reporting by 24/7 PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider has helped over 58,000 people secure a next-gen console. How? Matt will send you an alert when the PS5 is in stock – if you follow his account and turn on notifications. We're tracking PS5 at Best Buy, GameStop and Target – a dozen retailers in the US – and we know there will be a Sony Direct PS5 restock today, July 20 – at least for people who recently got an email invite to the limited virtual queue. We also suspect a Walmart PS5 restock will happen soon, as it's been a month since anyone was able to buy PS5 there.

When will PS5 restock? Follow our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider and turn on notifications for restock news. It's the fastest way to get PS5 restock updates.

Don't buy from other Twitter users – which are all scams. Only buy from the US stores Matt alerts you about. No one will legitimate sell a PS5 for just $550.

Click on the PS5 restock GameStop alert that Matt Swider sent out last week on Thursday in order to follow and turn on notifications (it's that little bell icon).

Update: There's no Newegg Shuffle PS5 today as part of the PC component retailer's popular products lottery. However, we'll keep updating daily in case it appears.

Best Buy PS5 restock dates and times have been all over the place recently, but we have seen the PS5 in stock weekly – at least during non-holiday weeks (4th of July Best Buy didn't have any PS5 consoles for sale). That's the good news.

The bad news is that Best Buy has done this in the past: weekly PS5 restocks of both the PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital Edition for a long stretch and then several weeks in a row without the PS5 for sale whatsoever.

That's why our live reporting and Twitter tracker alerts have become so valuable to people. It can happen at any moment, and it may not be available to order online because your local Best Buy store had to have inventory coming to it from a regional warehouse. This means not every location will have inventory even when there's a restock. The best solution is to keep on top of alerts.

The Sony Direct PS5 restock has recently been limited to people who get an email invite from Sony, and that's exactly what happened yesterday, July 16. It's unclear how to get this Sony Direct invite other than being an active PSN user (which is free) and having a bit of luck. Previously, from June 16 on back (so a month ago), the Sony Direct virtual queue would open up to everyone at 5pm EDT. But that hasn't happened during the last two invite-only queues.

Matt will still alert you when the Sony Direct email invites go out, just in case you don't see it in your inbox. Without these Twitter alerts, a number of people have replied that they wouldn't have looked in time otherwise. Email invites usually go out just under 48 hours ahead of the actual Sony Direct PS5 restock.

The GameStop PS5 restock date is every seven and 15 days, and so far it's been just five days since the game retailer has had the PS5 in stock in the US. Buyers of the last restock on Thursday, July 16 are just now getting their PS5 console orders in the mail. GameStop is one to hold out for because it offers bundles; this turns off resellers who can't easily profit off readily available games and accessories, and that's a good thing for real gamers who are still on the hunt for a PS5 console. GameStop is also limiting early access to its PS5 restock events to its Power Rewards Pro members, which costs $15 a year, further thinning out the heard.

Going by that time table, the next PS5 restock at GameStop should be late this week (from Wednesday to Friday) or early the week after (Monday to Wednesday), if the US game retailer sticks to its usual pattern that's been used for much of 2021. 

Look for an alert for the GameStop PS5 restock similar to this one.

The Walmart PS5 restock date and time is July 22 at 3pm EDT, if the retailer holds to its usual pattern of launching new orders on a Thursday (but not every Thursday). We didn't see a restock of the PS5 on Walmart this last week, as Nintendo swooped in with Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders and controlled the narrative.

That means any PS5 console inventory that Walmart has been building will release on another day, and if the American retail chain has been doing Thursday afternoon restocks (almost always at 3pm EDT), then there's a good chance it'll be this week.

There were two PS5 restock events at Antonline last week: one on Wednesday and another on Friday, July 16 for a giant games-filled bundle. You're going to spend more money, but games and accessories are often included in these 

The good thing about the Antonline PS5 restock is that everything is at face value, so you're not paying a premium for just the console like you would a reseller. The retail site doesn't mess around with the add-to-cart button (meaning once orders open, the checkout process is first-come, first-serve) and Antonline ships the PS5 quickly. It just lasts two minutes in stock, so you'll need our alerts.

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Update: We can exclusively report that individual Target stores have about three consoles in the back room on average, and more have to come in before there's a restock. The last Target PS5 restock happened less than two weeks ago, so we don't expect there to be another for a week or two (unless it's a really small PS5 drop).

To give you context: Target went three weeks without a restock of the PlayStation 5, so it's safe to assume it needs way more than a single week to move inventory through its warehouses and to individual stores. There have been a few Target PS5 Digital restocks on Monday and Tuesday, the theory being it's at stores that got late shipments of the restock last week.

In 2021, the Target PS5 restock date has always been on a Wednesday or Thursday – except for last week in which it happened on a Friday (maybe because of the 4th of July holiday). It's also usually at 7:40am EDT, but the PS5 Disc went on sale first at an earlier time: 7:07am EDT. That's why we send out alerts so you don't have to check.

Update: There was a PS5 in stock at Newegg on Friday as part of its Newegg Shuffle, a popular products lottery where you can buy sought-after tech in the US. It was among a lot of RTX GPU stock. 

Newegg Shuffle is where to find the true Newegg PS5 restock, not the PC component retailer's individual console product pages where the prices are above MSRP care of third-party resellers. Note: the PS5 console doesn't always make it into the selection. We'll send out an alert daily before the two-hour window in which the Newegg Shuffle period is open for new entries (usually the time is 11am EDT to 1pm EDT).

The next Sam's Club PS5 restock date is likely next month since we just saw a restock in the early mornings hours of Friday (Thursday night for some people on the West coast of the United States). We don't see Sam's Club offer many PS5 bundles week-to-week, but the benefit to this store, as opposed to Costco, for example, is that you don't have to be a member – you can pay a small fee to buy the console and checkout as a guest.

With Sam's Club restock dates being so rare, we don't advise staying up until 1am EDT every night in order to snag the PS5. However, that's been the most popular time from Sam's Club since launch and we'll send out an alert via our Twitter tracker like the one you see below.

Costco doesn't restock PS5 often – maybe once a month – and it's limited to Costco members, which is actually a good thing if you're a paid member. Even then, it sells out of its bundles just as quickly as Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart. This is due to the fact that its bundles are at face value for the games and accessories. You'll have less than three minutes on most Costco PS5 restock dates to get the console.

Our PS5 restock alerts for Costco, like the one below, is a good reason to tracker the PlayStation 5 with us on Twitter. It can crop up at any moment. 

PS5 restock news updates in the US will continue until the Sony console is in stores and readily available on shelves. That might not happen in 2021 simply because we still see demand through our PS5 restock Twitter tracker every day, and as soon as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there's going to be a surge in demand right in time for the holidays. So the summer months in the US marks the best time to buy PS5. PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider is offering the same advisement based on what he expects from the Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders, which are more readily available than PS5 ahead of the October 8 launch of the upgraded, but that won't last.

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Best Xbox Series X|S games: The games to play in 2021

NME 20 July, 2021 - 09:33am

The best Xbox Series X|S games aren’t strictly games that are exclusive to the latest consoles. That may sound odd, but Microsoft has gone out of its way to ensure that all the best Xbox Series X|S games also work on the last-generation Xbox One, albeit with fewer optimisations and sometimes lower performance.

That’s likely to change in the future with Microsoft keen to future-proof the Xbox One by allowing you to play next-gen games through its cloud gaming service but for now, expect some overlap while we’re still in the transitional period between console generations.

That means this list of the best Xbox Series X|S games includes some of the best Xbox One games too, but the difference here is that we’ve focused on games that showcase what this newest, fastest hardware can do. Each game is a good title in its own right, but we get that you want to show off the best visual experience as well as experience the best performance too. After all, that’s what owning the latest tech is all about, right?

Just bear in mind that the enhancements for the best Xbox Series X games and the best Xbox Series S do vary. Typically, the Xbox Series S focuses on 1080p at the highest FPS while the Xbox Series X manages to ramp up to 4K resolutions alongside high FPS.

Whichever console you’ve gone for, read on while we take a look at our comprehensive list of the best Xbox Series X|S games you can play right now.

In terms of sheer value, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is astonishing. Including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4, there are hundreds of hours of content here to enjoy. It can almost be overwhelming for newcomers.

Previously upscaled for the Xbox One, it boasts even more graphical and gameplay improvements including the ability to run at 120 FPS in both single-player and multiplayer modes along with 4K resolution support on the Xbox Series X. And, of course, it’s a fantastic series in its own right, offering some of the finest first-person shooting you’ll find on the console, as well as a storyline full of fascinating lore. While the oldest game in the series might be nearly 20 years old now, its exceptional game design continues to age wonderfully and this game feels as fresh as ever.

Whether you’re looking to race around tracks or explore Scotland at high speeds, Forza Horizon 4 has you covered. Its DLC even gives you the chance to race around in Lego models of famous cars. It walks the line of arcade racing perfectly, feeling suitably lighthearted at times, without being too silly too. Even greenhorn drivers will be wowed by this easy-going take on realistic racing.

On the Xbox Series X|S, players get a graphical boost and a half with a choice of a 4K/30 FPS mode or a 1080p/60 FPS mode. Other tweaks such as night shadows from car headlights and some improvements to loading times are welcome additions too. It makes the open-world environment shine on screen more so than before, and you’ll enjoy simply roaming the world before you. If you can’t get out and explore Britain for real right now, this is a wonderful alternative.

Deviating a little from the usual Call of Duty format, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War offers multiple endings and the chance to actually affect how the story plays out. Less on-rails than anything that’s come before in the veteran series, it’s an installment with a little more depth than the average CoD player will be used to.

Set during the early 1980s of the Cold War, there’s espionage and corruption at every turn, although for the most part, your mission is still to shoot anyone in your way.

On the Xbox Series X|S, there are graphical upgrades such as the ability to play at 4K with HDR, along with 120Hz support and ray-tracing too. It makes an already great-looking game look even better – although you may not have the time to notice this so much during multiplayer sessions.

Another title with 4K resolution support, HDR, and a FPS boost up to 120 FPS, Gears 5 is the pinnacle of the Gears of War series. With more of an open-ended story than before, it takes place after the events of Gears of War 4 following Kait Diaz as she discovers the origins of the Locust and her complex family history.

While previous Gears of War games were exceptionally linear, Gears 5 lets you explore huge landscapes and it’s all the stronger for it. With the graphical enhancements of the latest consoles, it’s a great showcase of draw distances and what can be accomplished with powerful hardware. All while being an exceptional third-person shooter. Expect to get messy.

Launched the same day as the Xbox Series X|S, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was always going to be a terrific showcase of what could be accomplished with better hardware. Set during Viking times, it’s quite the departure from past Assassin’s Creed games – but it’s just as captivating as any Egyptian or Greek odyssey you may have been on previously.

With a seemingly never-ending world to explore and a similarly never-ending series of quests and activities to partake in, you’ll still find time to marvel at every blade of grass and gaze at the mountains in the distance. Even on the Xbox Series S, it manages a resolution of 1440p (although it’s a shame there’s no ray-tracing support).

Expect to lose hundreds of hours here if you plan on completing every mission, assassinating every target, establishing a strong settlement, and seeing everything on offer. It’s fair to say this is one of the best Xbox Series X|S games out there for those fervent achievement hunters and completionists.

The Gears series has always been about making fast-paced decisions and rapidly offing anything with more teeth or muscles than you without really engaging your brain. That was until Gears Tactics launched. Arriving the same day as the latest Xbox consoles, it’s a prequel to the first game and a remarkably different beast from the series you may be used to. Played from a top-down perspective, it owes more to the likes of XCOM than the rest of the Gears franchise.

It takes a little bit of time to get used to, but it’s a solid example of the turn-based strategy genre, and additions like the option to remix campaign missions after one playthrough certainly endear you towards returning. Visually, it looks great and is a prime example of what the hardware can do, boasting 4K and 1440p support, along with HDR reminding you that you’ve basically got a PC in console form sitting in your living room.

A change of pace from most games here, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is utterly gorgeous. That’s because it uses 4K to 6K supersampling on the Xbox Series X and manages up to 120 FPS on the beefed-up hardware, to boot. None of this would matter if it was a bad game, but it’s great – maybe one of the best Metroidvania titles of modern times. A 2D platform game with an emphasis on exploration and collecting items, it’s reminiscent of the Metroid series in that way which should appeal to veteran players and retro elitists alike. New abilities are unlocked at a steady pace, meaning there’s always a reason to come back for more, backtracking to earlier stages and seeing them from a different perspective.

There’s a pleasant story under the hood, too, with some typical indie quirkiness going on and some unexpected emotive gut-punches for good measure. Interesting level design, fantastic visuals, and an entertaining story. There’s not much more you could ask for, is there? This is one of the best Xbox Series X|S games right now – and we don’t think that’s liable to change any time soon, either.

Taking some time to find its sea legs, Sea of Thieves won’t appeal to those looking for a tightly woven narrative. But if you simply want to feel liberated and able to explore the ocean to your heart’s content, this will work brilliantly for you, you scurvy dog. Best played alongside a group of friends, players take the role of pirates and are tasked with completing voyages, forming alliances and trading partnerships, or simply floating around to do whatever takes their fancy. Just beware the kraken.

Sea of Thieves has always looked gorgeous, even on the Xbox One, but it looks even better on the Xbox Series X|S. You’ll soon find yourself constantly taking screenshots, simply to gawp open-mouthed at beautiful sunsets and watery vistas. The game’s quirky style feels suitably cartoonish – but never too stylised for its own good – and that means there’s plenty of charm in this pirate simulator, too.

Originally released in 2019, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is the souped-up version for the Xbox Series X|S, and remains one of the best-looking games on the format. With up to 4K resolution on Xbox Series X, the game still never manages to miss a beat achieving 60 FPS the whole time. Combined with its fast-paced combo-forming action – and its consistently foul mouth – it’s that kind of arcade-style gaming experience you could only dream of, once upon a time.

There’s a lot of depth to Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition’s combat and on higher difficulty levels, it can be tough, but it’s consistently rewarding too. Stylish action is everything here and once you get into the rhythm of things, you’ll feel suitably superior to mostly everyone. It’s simply a lot of fun to play and perfect, and you will simply never get tired of enemies bleeding out particle effects every time you slam your sword into them.

Control starts out a little slow, but if you love the often bizarre nature of Twin Peaks or The X-Files, it’s the perfect game to scratch that itch. Following the story of Jesse Faden as she explores a shadowy secret U.S. government agency and discovers some very sinister paranormal goings-on, it’s a third-person shooter that also has some puzzle elements woven into the experience, too.

Once the story gets under your skin, you’ll be hooked. But it also features a bevy of skills and abilities you can gain that make you feel like a superhero that will captivate you most. Certain elements of the game feel a little dated, but the sheer sense of power by the end means you’ll forgive it its flaws. And there’s this one setpiece right near the end that absolutely cements the game as one of the best Xbox Series X|S Games, too.

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All of the best Xbox One games you can play in 2021

NME.com 20 July, 2021 - 08:47am

The Xbox One might not be top dog anymore with the rise of the Xbox Series X|S but it’s left behind a legacy of some fantastic titles – both first and third-party based. Even better, if you are lucky enough to own the latest Microsoft console, you can play all the best Xbox One games in 2021 on the new system. And usually with some notable improvements to be seen, too.

We’re getting ahead of ourselves though. The focus here is on taking a look at the best Xbox One games, and that means whether you own an original Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, or one of the new-gen consoles, each of these titles are easily considered “essential” purchases.

Covering a variety of different genres and tastes, the titles collected in our list suit every mood. So whether you’re looking to shoot aliens, explore mystical lands, or simply drive around Scotland at excessive speeds without any risk, you’re going to want to take a look at the best Xbox One games to play in 2021.

Is it even possible to imagine the Xbox’s success without the tales of Master Chief? Possibly not and that’s for good reason. Halo: The Master Chief Collection tells a fantastic story while also offering a gripping experience. The first game, Halo: Combat Evolved, might be 20 years old now but it’s still a fantastic example of strong level design.

That trend continues throughout the series. While certain entries (we’re looking at you, Halo 2) aren’t quite as strong, they’re still worth playing, and this collection means you get the benefit of them all, including Halo Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4. Being able to follow the story in such depth and see how the game evolves from more basic combat to dual-wielding weaponry and controlling massive vehicles (always a highlight of the series) is hugely enjoyable.

You don’t have to go solo either. Ground-breaking co-op modes and extensive multiplayer options ensure this is a rich experience for every taste. It’s a slice of history that’s genuinely aged well earning its spot amongst the best Xbox One games.

Fancy letting off some steam and driving through country lanes at ridiculous speeds? Forza Horizon 4 is for you. Capturing many familiar sights around Britain including Edinburgh Castle, the Lake District, and the Cotswolds, it could have all been so serene but it’s not.

Typically arcade racing in nature, Forza Horizon 4 doesn’t stop there either with its open-world environment giving rise to extensive DLC including Lego Speed Champions featuring Lego toy versions of famous cars including the Bugatti Veyron. With over 750 cars to collect, there’s certainly no shortage of content here and simply driving around is immensely relaxing and fun. Even if you’re not usually a racing game fan, you’ll find this experience is one of the best Xbox One games available on Xbox Game Pass. Give it a shot, even if it’s not your usual cup of tea.

The Gears of War series has always been a strong franchise for the Xbox 360 and above, and Gears 5 takes it to new heights thanks to a better storyline. Following on from Gears of War 4, it focuses on Kait Diaz as she uncovers the origins of the Locust and her family history.

Deep down, you don’t really need to know the lore behind the Gears series to enjoy it. The satisfaction that comes from chainsawing drones and shotgunning other enemies is always a highlight of the series anyhow, but it’s good to see the latest installment a little more character-driven than before.

Like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, extensive co-op options and multiplayer ensure you’ll keep coming back for more too, even once you’ve wrapped up the story.

Rockstar has always done a fantastic job of creating worlds you can lose yourself in and Red Dead Redemption 2 is the pinnacle of such achievements right now. Being able to live out the life of a cowboy in the Wild West is almost overwhelming at first thanks to such an extensive level of detail. It’s the little things that first captivate you like smoke rising from the barrel of a gun but it’s the powerful story that keeps you coming back for more.

It’s not for the faint-hearted thanks to being incredibly long and a little slow to start, but if you’re keen to fully embrace a different way of life and history for a bit, there’s no better way of doing it than through Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s simply a spectacular place to wander and partake in missions and adventures whenever suits you.

Another open-world game but in a very different way to Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is for the fantasy fans out there. It’s vast with a seemingly never-ending supply of side quests but, impressively, many of them still manage to grip you with compelling stories, no matter how brief they may be.

A huge variety of combat options means you can develop your character how you want to develop them rather than feel trapped into a set path like with other RPGs. The world around you feels like it changes with your every decision and we won’t blame you if you focus elsewhere before tackling the main quest. It’s simply that vast. The main story alone would quality The Witcher 3 as one of the best Xbox One games out there, all the extra content is just a bonus.

Battle Royale games are all the rage and we’ll admit this now – choosing Apex Legends is a highly personal choice amongst so many subjective calls. After all, Fortnite is also well worth your time too. However, its fusion of different elements and progression system makes it well worth the extra time spent on it.

Players team up in squads of three combining their abilities to get the most out of their time together. It’s just the right number to be part of something bigger without being too big, encouraging team play well. With a steady stream of new content, you’ll potentially never need to go near another game again. Each new season means there’s always something new to aim for with plenty of limited-time events too.

If Minecraft has somehow passed you by until now, this is your chance. It’s a lot like a giant Lego sandbox. Players can spend time simply building constructions within a forest, mining for ore, and creating their dream home and world, or they can opt for the survival mode. That mode means there are threats to deal with at night meaning you’ll need to keep on your toes.

Of course, whatever you go with, creativity is your greatest weapon here and a brief Google of Minecraft constructions demonstrates what can be accomplished. Its lack of focus and structure may put off those looking for a specific goal to aim for, but for letting your imagination run wild, it’s ideal for all the family.

Ninja Theory has always been known for making intriguing action-adventure games with Enslaved: Odyssey To The West previously its standout entry. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice surpasses that using Norse mythology and Celtic culture to tell a story of deep and challenging depression and mental health issues.

It’s not an easy game to play thematically because it does such a valiant job of portraying the main character’s struggles with psychosis but it’s an important one. Blending a mixture of hack and slashing, puzzle-solving, and horror, it’ll stick in your mind for a long time to come, even more so if you empathise with some of its subject matter. You’re going to want to experience this title before Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 launches – whenever that may be.

Ever wanted to be a pirate? If your childhood fantasies have continued into adulthood, you can live them out in a more carefree manner here than reality can provide. Sea Of Thieves is huge. A shared-world adventure game, players encounter each other regularly on the high seas, sometimes safely, and sometimes not so safely.

That can mean the game is a little punishing, especially if you don’t make allies fast, but there’s precious little similar to this elsewhere. Invest enough time and you can establish routes with trading companies, track down treasure, or simply bob around the world doing whatever takes your fancy. Easy? Not in the slightest, but utterly beguiling for those looking for some freedom.

An underrated gem, Titanfall 2 has you control massive robots before leaping out of the cockpit and shooting any leftover enemies. How could that not be fun? Throw in wall running and other cool tricks and it’s a tremendously entertaining first-person shooter.

Impressively, the storyline is pretty good too so it’s not just all about parkour and shooting with style. Don’t count on anyone sticking around with multiplayer (although it is worth your time) given its age, and we’ll sadly never see a sequel, but sometimes, it’s good to be left with what’s already here. Who’d have thought one of the best Xbox One games would be this old?

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Xbox Series S stock available at Microsoft — how to get your console

Tom's Guide 20 July, 2021 - 08:45am

Microsoft's next-gen console is back in stock

Currently, you can get the Xbox Series S for $299 at Microsoft Store. That's list price for the console and the only store that has it in stock and ready to ship. 

In our Xbox Series S review, we noted that while less powerful than the Xbox Series X — the Xbox Series S still manages to impress. 

Sure, games look better on the more powerful Xbox Series X, but the Xbox Series S still renders characters, backgrounds, and items gorgeously. In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the Xbox Series X displayed sharper, more colorful advertisements on the streets of Yokohama, but character models were still rich and detailed on the Series S. Plus, the frame rate didn’t suffer from any appreciable slowdown on either platform.

In general, the Xbox Series S upscales content to 4K beautifully — and if you have a 1440p display, you won't need the upscaling at all.  

If you still have your heart on the Xbox Series X, it's worth knowing that it is possible to beat the bots if you follow some of our restock cheat sheet. Also, make sure to follor our where to buy Xbox Series X coverage for the latest updates. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.

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