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GameRant 09 July, 2021 - 12:17pm 12 views

Is UFC 4 on game pass?

EA Sports UFC 4 has been added to the EA Play catalog. This means subscribers to that service, as well as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which includes EA Play), can now pick up the MMA game through their membership. gamespot.comEA Sports UFC 4 Comes To EA Play And Game Pass Ultimate

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Omno releases July 29, has a magic staff that turns into a hoverboard

PC Gamer 09 July, 2021 - 06:15pm

Oh and lots of massive creatures to ride, too.

As you'll see above, the visual appeal of Omno is not just the visual style but the imagination in this world, and particularly the wildlife that the main character interacts with along the way: from shy little sand crabs to languorous flying jellyfish, lazy giant turtles and ginormous fluorescent dinosaurs. I was pretty much sold from the first few seconds, but then when I saw the main character's magic wand turn into a hoverboard... I need this in my belly.

The game is singleplayer and the Journey influence seems strong: this is an atmsopheric adventure through a (hopefully) wonderful world, with platforming and light puzzle elements. Particularly notable is the lusciously fluid animation as the player character navigates these landscapes at some speed. The player’s magic staff powers various relics that unlock some of the more dazzling abilities seen above.

Omno has no combat, though you can "peacefully bewitch and befriend a wide variety of mythical animals, from lively insects to hulking leviathans."

"I first started creating Omno just for fun. I mostly just wanted to make a world I could escape to after work,” says creator Jonas Manke. "It was only after sharing some of the stuff I was making with friends and family that I thought maybe I could actually turn this into something people might actually want to play! Being here now, nearly 5 years later, with a successful Kickstarter campaign and a game about to launch on PC & consoles still feels like a dream to me."

Well hey Jonas: right now, Omno looks like one.

Rich was raised by a Spectrum 48K in the Scottish wilderness, and this early exposure to survival mechanics made him a rooter-out of the finest news truffles, and suspicious of all the soft, civilised Amiga people. These days he mostly plays Counter-Strike and Rocket League, and is good at one of them. He's also the author of a Brief History of Video Games.

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Xbox Game Pass Ad Promotes Service with a PS4 Controller

ComicBook.com 09 July, 2021 - 06:15pm

Xbox employed a clever bit of cross-platform marketing this week by showing someone using a non-Xbox controller to play an Xbox Game Pass game, a development made possible by Xbox’s focus on cloud gaming. The ad made sure to bring attention to this fact, too, by directly calling out that you can now use different kinds of controllers to play games on other devices which essentially means you can break all the old rules of console gaming at once.

The ad that shows the best of several worlds can be seen below courtesy of the ever-active Xbox Game Pass Twitter account. It showed someone sitting down to play Sea of Thieves, but they weren’t doing so with an Xbox controller nor were they using a traditional TV or monitor display. Instead, they were playing on a mobile tablet using a PlayStation 4 controller.

While Xbox’s cloud gaming initiatives have been talked about often, ads like this help put the technology into perspective for those who haven’t tried it yet. Many people may prefer the games on one platform and the hardware from another, but through the cloud gaming capabilities Xbox Game Pass offers, you can mix and match those sorts of components to create scenarios like the one in the ad above.

In the past few years, we’ve seen controller support for different platforms become more popular other than the way it’s being used in the image above. Apple itself now sells DualSense controllers since PlayStation and Xbox controllers are now compatible with plenty of different mobile games when they’re used to play games on Apple devices via Bluetooth.

While the ad is indeed more about console unity and options instead of this vs. that, it’s hard not to compare this to a recent PlayStation ad which was far less successful. PlayStation shared a video meant to emphasize the bonds that can be formed through games, but all anyone could focus on was the fact that the PlayStation 5 in the ad was upside down. The ad was since deleted and probably won’t be making a return seeing how the upside-down console will be all anyone talks about.

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Some Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Can Now Play One of 2020's Most Popular Games

ComicBook.com 09 July, 2021 - 06:15pm

Xbox Game Pass has added one of 2020's most popular games, but not every subscriber can play it. This week, Microsoft gave the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate library a boost of a few new games. Included in this batch of new games is EA Sports UFC 4, one of 2020's best-selling games. However, it's not available to every subscriber.

For one, the game isn't available on PC, which means if you're an Xbox Game Pass PC subscriber, you're out of luck. However, not every subscriber on console is getting the game either because it's only been added to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as it's an EA Play addition, which is included with every subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

At the moment of publishing, it's unclear how long the game will be available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, but it will presumably be available as long as it's available via EA Play. Meanwhile, if you're not a UFC fan, you can now also enjoy Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Tropico 6, depending on what platform you're on.

our first prediction: you’ll be playing these today pic.twitter.com/0AnWeWsPl3

While EA Sports UFC 4 isn't available for every subscriber, it's available to every subscriber for a discount of 20 percent now that it has been added to the library of the subscription service.

As for the game itself, we had mostly nothing but praise for the new installment in the sports series when it was released last summer.

"Overall if you're a veteran of the series, UFC 4 makes some adjustments you've been asking for and has some new features to dive into," reads a snippet from our official review of the game. "If you're a beginner you've got a long climb ahead of you, but it's worth the grind. The game doesn't break new ground, but it seems to have refined what was already there."

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are available -- for $10 and $15 a month, respectively -- via the PC, Xbox One, Xbox One X/S, and Xbox Series X/S. For more coverage on the subscription service, click here.

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Leaked Xbox Game Pass Games for Late July Explained | Game Rant

GameRant 09 July, 2021 - 06:15pm

The games in question are The Forgotten City and Last Stop. Reportedly, Xbox Game Pass leaked these itself by posting them on social media ahead of their intended reveal, but that post has since been deleted. According to it, it seems both games are launch-day releases for the service, with Last Stop's release date and availability on Game Pass being July 22 and The Forgotten City the same for July 29.

It remains to be seen if this was a mistake, or if one of the games aren't on the Xbox Game Pass service or what, but for those interested for if do release on it, here's what fans need to know.

It's set in present day London during a supernatural crisis, and it is effectively three stories. Last Stop gameplay is focused on what each character should say, complete with time dialogued and QTEs, as well as completing a ton of minigame interactions.

Xbox Game Pass subscribers get a handful of free games every month.

Xbox Live Gold Reportedly Going to be Discontinued

ComicBook.com 09 July, 2021 - 04:50pm

Xbox Live Gold is going to disappear at an undetermined time in the future, according to a new report that has recently emerged from a trustworthy video game insider. While it's not certain when this move from Xbox might actually come to fruition, the source of this new report says that Microsoft is looking first to increase its number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers first. Once it does this, though, Xbox Live Gold seems as though it will be going away.

News of this potential development comes by way of reported Jeff Grubb, who revealed these details in a recent stream on Giant Bomb. Grubb explained that in the future, Xbox wants to make all multiplayer titles on its platform free-to-play. Specifically, Grubb means this in the sense that a Gold subscription won't be required to experience any multiplayer games on the Xbox platform. At the moment, any multiplayer games outside of those that are free to download (such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, etc.) require a Gold subscription in order to experience.

"I just wanted to reiterate, Xbox Live Gold is still on a board somewhere saying ‘this is going to go away at some point’," Grubb explained in the stream. "Whether or not they’re actively talking about it right now, I don’t know, but they still have it on a roadmap saying ‘Xbox Live Gold will be dropped at some point in the future'."

Speaking more to when this transition may actually take place, Grubb hypothesized that we could still be years out from seeing Microsoft get rid of Xbox Live Gold. As mentioned, the company is said to want to reach a certain number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers before it gets rid of Gold. Grubb estimates that the total they would want to hit first would be between 40 and 50 million subscribers, meaning that this discontinuation of the service might still be far out. At this present time, Xbox Game Pass is said to support right around 20 million subscribers in total.

So if this does come to pass down the road, how would you feel about it? Would you like to see Xbox Live Gold finally disappear as a whole? Let me know either down in the comments or shoot me a message on Twitter at @MooreMan12.

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