Another busy week on the release front, especially for ID@Xbox with 8 game releasing from independent developers, including the Xbox release of No Man’s Sky which includes the NEXT free update that introduces multiplayer among other new features. Check it out below along with the rest of the games releasing this week.
Tuesday 24th July
No Man’s Sky
Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action. In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again.
Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron
Every end is a new beginning! When Europe seemed to be freed, a secret German commando called The Aces of the Luftwaffe took their chance to strike back and invade the USA! It’s your duty to restore peace and liberty by climbing aboard deadly wings of steel and fight against their fearsome war machines in bombastic air battles! Experience an epic storyline and survive the bullet hail above US coasts and cities! Command your wingmen, fight as a team, fight as a squadron! ACES OF THE LUFTWAFFE – SQUADRON is an action-packed, vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up with a captivating and fully voiced narrative. Dodge bullets, collect massive power ups and wisely use special abilities as you defeat waves of enemies. Upgrade each member of your squadron with their personal skill tree as you level up. But don’t go to war alone! You can take on the Aces with up to 3 friends in an epic 4 player local co-op battle. Are you up to the task?
Bud Spencer & Terence Hill – Slap and Beans
The first OFFICIAL Bud Spencer and Terence Hill videogame!
Bud Spencer and Terence Hill in their first virtual adventure. A brand new story! Whether in the Western Saloon, Miami Downtown, at the fairground etc… you’ll get the full load of funny conversation, slaps and of course lots of mass brawls.
Slaps And Beans is a co-operative or single player scrolling beat’em up game with the addition of platform elements and mini-games in which you’ll interpret the characters of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.
Gene Rain is a 3D third-person shooter game that follows the story of New Humans. Employing a linear storytelling narrative and next-gen metal art style, it offers a visually stunning adventure into a never-before-seen world. There are three in-game factions, each with its own beliefs and vision. The story begins at the start of tri-lateral conflict and players progress by completing missions through four different characters. Out of nine firearms in the game, four main ones are upgradable. Gene Rain’s scene design can be divided into four categories: devastated cities, sleepy towns, deep valleys and city nightscape. The game’s AI, with a wealth of perception and behavior data, make each enemy highly unique and, indeed, humanlike. There are more than a dozen enemies, each of them with their own character designs and behavior quirks. The game uses some 500 full-motion-capture movements to fully flesh out its characters, making for a truly exciting and immersive experience.
The Council Episode 3
The Council is an episodic game like no other. Delivering a fresh take on the Narrative Adventure, your choices and character growth truly matter. Make hard-hitting decisions, but also develop an array of skills to directly impact how the story unfolds. With permanent consequences, there is no going back. Plunge into a tale of intrigue and manipulation, with a cast of alluring characters each hiding their own secrets. The Council begins in 1793. Take the role of secret society member Louis de Richet after his invitation to a private island off the shores of England. Joining him are a number of high profile guests, including Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington. The strange nature of this reception goes beyond the prestigious guests – Richet’s mother has gone missing on the island, while each of the colorful cast has their own agendas.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2
Own all eight titles in the epic, action-packed Mega Man X saga! Test your skills in the new X Challenge mode, which pits players against two deadly bosses at once. Explore a huge museum filled with rare production art, catalogs of classic merchandise, nostalgic commercials, and more.
Includes individual downloads for Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2.
Wednesday 25th July
Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition
Headup Games and Stage Clear Studios would like to welcome you to the greatest Blackjack tournament the world has ever seen! Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo edition introduces a roster of 12 very different characters all competing to become the greatest Blackjack player of all time. Following an invitation by the owner of the largest Casino in Las Vegas and Godfather of the local most influential crime family, each character will face the other participants in a face off game of cards. Only the best of them will fly to Vegas to challenge the Godfather himself in a final match, not knowing that the tournament itself is nothing more than a charade to hide a ruthless master plan to defeat the competing clan family…
Remothered: Tormented Fathers
Remothered: Tormented Fathers is the pure and realistic survival horror videogame. A game by Darril Arts, directed by Chris Darril, developed by Stormind Games. Psychology plays a huge role within the game: heroes and enemies are atypical and the line between good and evil is blurred. The plot is rich of unpredictable twists, but it is touching at the same time. The development of the game is similar to that of a film narration, where the player perfectly identifies himself with the character. The soundtrack, composed by Nobuko Toda (Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid) and Luca Balboni, enhances the terrifying atmosphere of the game.
Candle: The Power of the Flame
Candle is an adventure with challenging puzzles. Play as Teku, a young novice on a dangerous journey to rescue his tribe’s shaman from the evil tribe of the Wakcha. But the way is littered with sinister traps and difficult obstacles. To master these challenges, you need to have keen eyes and a good sense for your environment, or your next step may be your last. But Teku has a special gift: his left hand is a candle. Let it be a bright beacon to drive off your enemies or to shed light on dark places. Gorgeous hand-painted watercolor visuals give Candle that special flair, as all backgrounds and characters have been carefully drawn and then scanned, picture after picture. The game consistently feels like a living painting.
Thursday 26th July
The Banner Saga 3
Banner Saga 3 is the final dramatic chapter in the mature, story driven Viking RPG series which has won over 20 awards and has been nominated for 4 BAFTA awards. As the world continues to crumble around you, who can you trust, how will you protect your allies and what choices will you make as the Darkness draws near?