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Shadow of the Tomb Raider The Serpent’s Heart DLC Videos

Square Enix, Eidos-Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics are excited to announce The Serpent’s Heart, the newest DLC adventure for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, is available now!

Out as a free download to all Season Pass holders, and sold separately, The Serpent’s Heart is available for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC/Steam. Watch The Serpent’s Heart DLC trailer here!

Lara must infiltrate an enemy fortress to stage a daring prison break, then engage in a battle against evil Kukulkan cultists. Lara must also complete the Slayer’s Gauntlet and navigate roaring rapids in order to receive the power of the serpent god. Those who complete the challenge tomb will be rewarded with the Divine Bounty skill, which causes fallen foes to yield more gold coins when looted. The Serpent’s Heart also features the Dragon Scales outfit, which reduces fire damage, prevents stumbling, and accelerates health regeneration. Finally, players will receive The Serpent Lash bow, which deals out extra fire damage.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available now worldwide!

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Crackdown 3 Review – True to the Franchise but not Much Else

Crackdown 3 has been in development for nearly the entire span of this current console generation, but it’s almost here. The game was originally touted as being a new chapter in the Crackdown franchise, and that it would have some of the most over-the-top explosive action ever seen in video game form, but then updates on it went dark. Then out of nowhere, it’s revealed to be releasing this month.

Typically, when a game follows that odd development cycle the end product is hot garbage, but thankfully that’s not the case with Crackdown 3. While it’s very true to the franchise and does offer up plenty of fun, it definitely doesn’t feel like the souped up version that was originally shown five years ago.

You can check out the full review below in video or scripted form.

“Hey now fans of games announced 5 years ago, but are only coming out now, Matt Heywood here for EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Crackdown 3, or what I like to call Terry Crews’ Crackdown. 

Crackdown 3 is very much a Crackdown experience, but is that what us fans wanted after hearing about the game and its new hyped up features for the past 5 years? Well, I guess that depends on the type of gamer and Crackdown fan that you are.

I say this because Crackdown 3 is very much a competent Crackdown game, but it also doesn’t feel much different at all from the last one, which released almost 9 years ago. 

Visually, there are improvements, and the 4K fidelity works wonders for the Neon-centric palette and near constant explosion particles, but nothing else really feels much different.

Although, while playing the campaign, which tasks you with taking down multiple sub-bosses a la Shadow of War’s pyramid structure en route to taking out the game’s big bad, who is a corporate titan hell bent on being a dick, it’s hard to not have fun due to the over-the-top gameplay. 

Once you level up your Agents skills, oh by the way, just go with the Terry Crews agent even though you can swap agents freely, trust me, he’s the only one you need and makes dialogue moments very Terry-ish, the chaos you can bring with them is a thing of beauty.

I wouldn’t call the main missions, which consist of fairly mundane and repeated tasks throughout, that challenging, but things can get wonky thanks to the controls still being very Crackdown-like. You’ll float a bit more than you want, and sometimes making precise jumps to hard to reach platforms is an exercise in frustration, but again, if you like vintage Crackdown, that is what Crackdown 3 offers from top to bottom. 

You’ll also come across some boss fights, and while they’re varied and feature different tasks to take down, most weren’t that hard to vanquish, but I also wasn’t playing on the hardest difficulty. 

In terms of the map it’s not overly large, but features plenty of shit to keep you busy. Outside of the main missions you can do driving stunts, which I skipped mostly, because the driving is a bit wonky and not really necessary once your agility levels up to the point where you leap like Superman and run almost as fast. You can also free citizens from camps, do agility challenges, or my favorite Crackdown past time, collecting agility orbs, which there are hundreds to scour for. 

The campaign definitely has plenty to do, and while the story is rather generic for a third person shooter, the cutscenes and motion comic moments, coupled with the solid voice work, do make for a somewhat entertaining, if not campy narrative. 

I just wish the gameplay felt a bit different or fresh, because after all of the hype this game got years ago for features that didn’t make it to the final cut, it ends up being a victim of said hype. Because while it is a fun game to play, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a bit hollow due to the hype machine that once existed behind it. 

Although, I can say that the game’s Wrecking Zone mode, which features fully destructible environments with 5v5 competitive match types, is a welcomed addition to the Crackdown formula, and it boasts a bit of the hype we heard about years ago. 

Playing Wrecking Zone matches is like being a part of a chaotic symphony, which is due to the fact that everything on a map, outside of an electrified bottom floor, can be blown away for special abilities, or to just take out your enemies. 

I had a blast playing this mode, and while it featured mostly standard match types like Territories, or a TD variant, the whole destructible environment aspect really makes the experience standout and extremely fun. Who knows if it’ll have a population at launch that lasts, but I definitely felt more awe and enjoyment playing Wrecking Zone than I did playing Crackdown 3’s campaign. 

While Crackdown 3 doesn’t live up to the insurmountable hype behind it’s 5 years of development, I can’t say that I didn’t have fun playing through it. I brought back fond memories of the Xbox 360 Crackdowns, and it does feel very similar to those, so if you’re looking for a nostalgic experience, you’ll get it. But if you’re looking for something new or next-gen Crackdown, unfortunately, you’re not going to get it with Crackdown 3. While Wrecking Zone is fresh, I’m not sure if that’s enough newness to get casual fans interested in what this game offers. 

Crackdown 3 earns a 6.5 out of 10 review score from Team EB. By all means, if you’re a die hard Crackdown fan, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this game. If you’re on the fence, then I’d recommend trying to demo it first. It is a Game Pass title though, so if you subscribe to that, you should give it a go. 

Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”

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Crackdown 3 Opening Cutscene and Prologue Gameplay Preview

Crackdown 3, an Xbox Game Pass title, drops this Friday for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, so Microsoft allowed us to get our hands on the game early to provide some video coverage. While most of the video we’ve captured so far is best suited for our upcoming review of the game, I did capture a few cutscenes and missions from the first few hours of the game to share. Please note that we have to provide editorial commentary as a part of the embargo agreement with MS, so excuse my voice overs, but hopefully you also get some insights from them.

The video below features roughly the first 20-minutes of Crackdown 3. It starts with the game’s opening cutscene and subsequent plot setup, and then it moves into the first three or so missions you must complete before the game officially kicks off.

I’ve definitely been having fun so far, but I wouldn’t say I’ve come across anything that makes this Crackdown feel wildly different than its predecessors. It surely looks amazing and plays true to the franchise, but I wouldn’t say that it necessarily feels like a souped up version of the Crackdown experience yet.

I also haven’t touched the Wrecking mode out yet, so I’m expecting that to surprise if anything else. Stay tuned for more Crackdown 3 preview coverage!

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February 2019 Games With Gold Titles Revealed

Microsoft has released the trailer for next month’s Games with Gold titles, which you can check out above.

Let’s just say that the February 2019 free games all share a retro theme. That includes both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. The Xbox One is getting Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Super Bomberman R, with Bloodstained being the retro inclusion. The Xbox 360 is getting Assassin’s Creed Rogue, followed by Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Of course, the two 360 titles will also play on the Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility. February’s lineup provides over $89 dollars in value and up to 3000 in gamerscore.

I wouldn’t call this a great month of freebies, but there is a Star Wars game included, so it’s not all bad. Bloodstained also looks like a blast if you’re into the classic 8-bit Castlevania games.

Head on up above to get a quick preview of the four free games coming to your library if you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber.

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Kait Wields a Massive Axe In Gears of War 5 Gameplay Clip

It seems like Gears of War 4 came out five years ago thanks to the longer than usual wait we’ve had to sit through for Gears of War 5, but luckily, we at least got a little gameplay morsel today for the next Gears game courtesy of the official Gears of War Twitter account.

It’s not even what one would call a gameplay video, in fact, it’s a GIF that has been uploaded to Twitter only, but who really cares about format, because it shows off a new melee weapon being brandished by the game’s protagonist, Kait Diaz. It appears as if Kait is in some form of Locust structure as she cleaves her way through hordes of little creeps with what Coalition Games is calling an axe.

I’m not sure it’s an axe — it looks more like a massive two handed club with spikes coming out than an axe — but who’s really keeping score? One thing is clear, and that’s the fact that this melee weapon is devastatingly brutal, as in it’s a giblet making machine.

I’m not sure if this tease means we’re on the verge of getting a full on Gears of War 5 gameplay video, or a new trailer, but I’d imagine we will be getting more previews as the game approaches its Fall 2019 release. Stay tuned for those details.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Videos Recap

Today, WBIE officially revealed Mortal Kombat 11 with a big livestream event that featured celebs, celebs working on the game, and of course plenty of gnarly gameplay footage. There were multiple videos released that range from Story trailers to Fatality montages, so we’ve rounded them all up below.

A beta will kick off this March, so check out the official release details below. You can also watch the full Livestream video if you want to see what went down.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 for PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Switch.

About Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise, developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, and is scheduled for release beginning April 23, 2019 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system and PC.

Mortal Kombat 11 is available for pre-order now; visit www.mortalkombat.com for more information. Pre-orders will receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn. Those who pre-order on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One or Xbox One X at select retailers, will also receive access to the beta, which will be available on March 28, 2019 for those platforms.

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This is Anthem Video Series Kicks Off With Story, Progression, and Customization

Bioware has launched a new developer diary video series for Anthem, and the first episode focuses on the game’s story, progression system, and player customizations.

The video features plenty of gameplay and cutscene footage, and both feature amazing levels of visual fidelity. The gameplay looks pretty fun too, I mean you do get a jetpack, and jetpacks always make things better, but outside of them I just think this world looks like a fun one to play in.

If you seek more Anthem action, there is a livestream set for today at 4PM EST.

About Anthem

Anthem is an upcoming online multiplayeraction role-playing video game being developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game is slated for a worldwide release for Microsoft WindowsPlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 22, 2019. Players will assume the role of a Freelancer, one of a group of people who leave their civilization to explore the surrounding landscape.

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Fantom Drives XSTOR – Xbox One X Hard Drive

Have you been looking for a way to expand your Xbox One X library without adding a bulky external hard drive?

Well, I can’t really help you, because this accessory looks fairly bulky, HOWEVER, it does attach directly to your Xbox One X. It’s specifically designed to sit right on top of your Xbox by plugging into the front USB port. It’s got its own cooling fan, which is good, and highly needed considering how much real estate it takes up on top of your console.

You can check it out right here and see it for yourself, I do appreciate that it comes in multiple sizes in terms of storage. It also comes in SSD flavors from those that want the absolute best performance… for nearly 400 dollars if you want the 2TB version. Is this something that you’d spend money on for your system or would you rather just pay less for a regular one and have it sit next to the console?

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Xbox Battlefield V Supply Drop Showcase

Battlefield V is getting a limited edition Xbox One X in Olive Drab and it looks pretty cool actually. Not only that, but they showed it off by sky-diving with it!

Good thing they didn’t drop it, also I suppose this proves that they can survive sky-diving, if you really wanna do that.

Not only that, but they’re teaming up with Operation Supply Drop to bring the most powerful gaming console to veterans. It’s been proven, as I’m sure many of you know by now, how therapeutic video games can be for those coming back from active duty. They can see some pretty hairy stuff overseas, and it puts a huge deal of stress on them, possibly for the rest of their life. Xbox is giving back to them and trying to help the cause, and for that, I commend them. Check out the video above and let us know what you think and if you’ll be picking up the limited edition console!

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New Robot White Xbox One X, Elite Controller, and Turtle Beach Headset Coming Soon

Microsoft has unveiled a new line of sexy hardware for Xbox gamers that features the first ever robot white Xbox One X, an exclusive white Elite Xbox One controller, and a new more powerful Turtle Beach headset.

The white Xbox One X will come in the form of a Fallout 76 bundle, so it will retail for $499, and won’t ship until the game’s launch in November. The console can be pre-ordered exclusively from the Microsoft Store and GameStop in the U.S. and globally at participating retailers. The white Xbox One Elite controller is also available for pre-order exclusively from the Microsoft Store and GameStop in the U.S. and globally at participating retailers. You can check out a trailer featuring this snappy looking controller below.

The new Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp Pro Performance Gaming Audio System for Xbox One is not available for pre-order yet, but it will go on sale on September 16, 2018 in the U.S. for $249. It will hit retail on October 8, 2018 in Europe. You can check out a trailer and additional details for this headset below.

Official Description: 

Based on feedback from numerous esports world championships and the world’s top gamers, Turtle Beach has refined the best features of the Elite Pro into its successor, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp Pro Performance Gaming Audio System for Xbox One. The result is a perfect balance of audio quality, control and unmatched comfort that drives championship level performance. For pro players and hardcore gamers alike, the elegantly simple Elite SuperAmp, a one-dial gaming audio controller and its connected mobile app, provides fully customizable, powerful amplified audio and is ideal for Xbox One Windows Sonic for Headphones surround sound.

The Elite Pro 2 headset is built to win with a durable yet sleek metal headband with a suspended pad, ProSpecs glasses friendly design, and upgraded AeroFit memory foam ear cushions with athletic fabric and synthetic leather. These quality features work together to deliver unmatched comfort while blocking out external noise to keep players dialed-in to their game. Audio performance is professional-grade and centers around Turtle Beach’s signature esports tuned 50mm Nanoclear speakers and a removable high-sensitivity mic with TruSpeak technology for flawless communication with teammates.

 

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Microsoft Launches Xbox All Access Program Bundling Hardware, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Live

Microsoft has launched a new program for its retail stores to get more gamers playing on its Xbox One platform. The new program is called Xbox All Access, and for an affordable monthly fee gamers can get an Xbox One X or One S console, two years of Xbox Games Pass, and two years of an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Before you even question the price of these bundles the math does work out, and the total cost of these items bought separately is more than the total cost of the Xbox All Access program, so just trust us on that. The savings are greater for the Xbox One S option, but both bundles will save you money in the end.

If you opt for the Xbox One X Xbox All Access bundle you will get the 4K-ready console, access to 100 games and all upcoming Microsoft exclusive titles, plus two years of an Xbox Live Gold subscription for $35 a month over a 24 month period. The Xbox One S Xbox All Access bundle gets you the same deal on the Game Pass and Xbox Live, but instead of the One X, you get the less powerful One S console. This bundle will run you $22 a month. You do get to keep the console at the end of the 24 month period too, assuming you complete all required payments.

There is a catch though to get the low monthly price point with zero upfront costs. You will have to apply for a Dell Preferred Account, which is essentially the credit account you’ll enroll into to make the monthly interest free payments. You can also use other payment methods, but those will require you to pay for the bundle in full at the time of your purchase.

The program is now live and only in certain Microsoft retail outlets, so to find out if you live near one, you can check out the official Xbox All Access webpage for more details.

 

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Enhanced Edition Hitting Xbox Game Pass in September

Microsoft and 343 have released a new trailer to promote the enhanced version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will be hitting Xbox Game Pass on September 1. This version of the compilation adds 60fps to all four of the included Halo games, as well as resolutions going as high as 4K UHD. It will also offer quicker load times, better matchmaking, and offline LAN play among other things.

It’s not clear if owners of the Collection will be getting the Xbox One X enhancements too, but I would guess they will. I at least didn’t see commenters going haywire for this trailer, so I’m assuming everything is on the up and up with the enhanced version of The Master Chief Collection. Head on up above to check out the new trailer.

About  Halo: The Master Chief Collection Enhanced

The improved and enhanced Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to Xbox Game Pass beginning September 1. Featuring visual enhancements with up to 4K UHD resolution on Xbox One X, improved matchmaking, offline LAN, customizable installation options, and faster load times, it’s the definitive way to experience the ultimate Halo saga. Includes the extensive suite of campaign, multiplayer and additional features from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 – all updated to run at 60FPS.

 

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Free Play Days For Xbox One NOW!

Xbox is having some free play days for those that don’t have Xbox Live Gold. From August 9-12 players will be able to play with their friends, and they’re pushing OnRush pretty hard with it as well, which is a good thing, in my opinion. That game deserves more attention, and giving players some free time with it is the perfect way to get people hooked, that game is so good. ESO: Morrowind is the other one that they’re really pushing, and I guess that game needs as much attention as it can get, because I don’t know who the hell is still playing that. Must be enough people to warrant making more expansions for it all the time. I wouldn’t be surprised if that stopped so that Elder Scrolls VI can get more attention.

That shit is gonna be poppin’.

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Xbox E3 2018 Trailer Round Up

E3 is upon us and what glorious time it is. The Xbox press conference has come and gone but they made it a point to state that they are committed to gamers. How committed are they? They have acquired not one, but five studios! This is a big deal because it means that us gamers are finally going to get some really great games for the Xbox One X.

Usually EB rolls out trailers one by one, but we opted to do something a little different. We’re making it easier for you to watch all the trailers you may have missed today. Below you’ll find the Xbox E3 2018 the mega playlist. Xbox dropped a lot of good stuff today.

Sea of Thieves – Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores DLC

Forsa Horizon 4

PUBG

Gears 5 Cinematic Trailer

Gears 5 Trailer

TUNIC

Devil May Cry 5

Sessions

Gears POP!

Xbox Game Pass Preview

Battletoads

Cyberpunk 2077

Cuphead DLC

Jump Force

Just Cause 4

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The Division 2 Gameplay

Dying Light 2 Gameplay

Kingdom Hearts III

Metro Exodus Gameplay

We Happy Few Story Trailer

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All of EA’s E3 2018 Press Conference Trailers in One Place

Feel bad for missing the opening press conference of E3 2018? Never fear, dear readers, we’re here to make the convenience of the internet even more convenient than it already is.

Andrea Rene, co-founder of What’s Good Games, hosted this year’s EA Play. It definitely kicked off E3 proper with an augmented reality display of a battle in Anthem, the headlining third-person shooter developed by BioWare. If you want to check out the whole press conference from start to finish, there’s a video up above that starts playing right as the conference begins.

Between Cornelia Geppert‘s passionately vague pitching of Sea of Solitude (I’m sold) and Unravel Two‘s emotional curve at the end of its presentation, there’s a good bit of authentic humanity residing in EA’s E3 presence this year.

But, if you’d rather skip all the presentations and just see the game trailers (I’m not one to judge), you can do that down below, too:

Anthem

Battlefield V

FIFA 19

Madden NFL 19

Unravel Two (AVAILABLE NOW)

NBA LIVE 19

Sea of Solitude

Command and Conquer: Rivals

Origin Access Premier (subscription service)

FIFA 18 World Cup

The Sims 4 Seasons

Madden NFL Overdrive

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DOOM 4K Console Update Arrives March 29

Bethesda has put out a new video to announce the imminent arrival of the DOOM 4K update, which is hitting the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro on March 29th. If you’re keeping score that’s tomorrow, so you will soon be able to enjoy DOOM in 4K if you own the One X or PS4 Pro. This is a free update, so just make sure to check for it tomorrow on your console of choice. You can check out a curiously non-4K resolution trailer for this 4K update above.

About the DOOM 4K Update

When DOOM launched, id Software focused on mixing cutting-edge graphics with relentless, fast-paced gameplay for users on all platforms. Thanks to a brand-new game update arriving on March 29, id is pushing the game’s graphics even further with the release of a new 4K resolution update. At long last, you’ll be able to witness the power of the DOOM Slayer in stunning 4K on both PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X platforms. Every blast of the BFG, every demon glory kill and every chainsaw slice through a Mancubus can be experienced like never before on consoles.Whether you’re a new player or just eager to jump back into your Praetor Suit, you’re going to want to visit Hell to experience it for yourself.

 

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