Xbox Ultimate Game Sale Begins Next Week, These Games Will Be on Sale

Microsoft's Xbox Ultimate Game Sale returns next week, when tons of Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles will be offered at deep discounts. Now, Microsoft has announced some of the discounted games.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has published a teaser video that reveals some of the games that will be on sale, including Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Goat Simulator, among many others. A written list is also available below, but specific prices have not yet been announced.

These games (and others to be announced later) will be offered at up to 40-50 percent off, while Xbox Live Gold members will save an extra 10 percent.

The Xbox Ultimate Game sale will run "all summer," though a specific end date was not announced.

Xbox Ultimate Game Sale titles include:
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Diablo III
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Goat Simulator
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • The Orange Box
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Batgirl DLC For Batman: Arkham Knight Dated, Priced

If you've already tracked down all of the Riddler trophies in Batman: Arkham Knight, and need another Batman fix pronto, you don't have long to wait. Warner Bros is releasing Batgirl: A Matter of Family, a prequel story that takes place before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, on July 21 for $6.99. If you purchased the Season Pass for Arkham Knight, you get the DLC a week early on July 14.
A Matter of Family places players into the role of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) for the first time in an all-new location. This DLC offers several missions, a new hacking gameplay mechanic, and the occasional run-in with Robin for Dual Play combat maneuvers. To much surprise, the DLC is not developed by Rocksteady Studios, and is instead created by WB Games Montreal, the team behind Batman: Arkham Origins.
The DLC is only listed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Bungie Reveals What's in Destiny The Taken King DLC

Bungie has published a list of everything included in Destiny's next expansion, The Taken King, when it is deployed on September 15.

In the wake of questions about the inherent value of a DLC package that will cost $40, Bungie has claimed in its latest blog post that "we plan to prove that The Taken King is more than DLC--it’s a game."

A list of content included in the DLC, as written by Bungie, is pasted below.
  • New story missions and an array of sidequests that conspire to tell the story of our battle to defend our Solar System against Oryx and his Taken army
  • New narrative driven by cinematic cutscenes starring an engaging cast of characters
  • New Exotic Weapons, Exotic Armor, and Exotic Questlines
  • The Dreadnaught, a full new destination, with unique secrets, rituals, and treasures to uncover
  • A new breed of enemy combatants, The Taken, armed with new abilities and weapons
  • An increased Level Cap, and new ways for your Guardian to grow more powerful
  • The most substantial injection of new, unique, and redesigned weapons, armor, and talents to date
  • New subclasses with all new Supers and abilities
  • New cooperative Strikes with unique and dynamic new Boss battles
  • Redesigned and reimagined Strikes – Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III – are now overrun by the Taken
  • New Crucible multiplayer maps with new Crucible modes, including the previously revealed Rift and Mayhem
  • And, of course, last but not least, our biggest six-player Raid yet.
While these promises regarding content have been made now, Bungie says in the weeks ahead it will also discus "a range of topics that we know are important to you, including weapon rebalancing, economy improvements, an overhauled quest experience, bounty enhancements, faction allegiances, end game content, and more."

Destiny: Xur Location & Inventory - July 3-5

Xur has returned to Destiny to give you another chance to spend all those Strange Coins and Motes of Light you’ve been hoarding.

You will find Xur
 next to the Shipyard in the "Tower" this weekend. You can trade with him until 5am eastern on Sunday, July 5th.

This is what you can buy this weekend:
  • An Insurmountable Skullfort [Exotic Titan Helmet Armor] – 13 Strange Coins
  • Lucky Raspberry [Exotic Hunter Chest Armor] – 13 Strange Coins
  • Apotheosis Veil [Exotic Warlock Helmet Armor]  – 13 Strange Coins
  • Universal Remote [Exotic Shot Gun– 17 Strange Coins]
  • Exotic Shard – 7 Strange Coins
  • Exotic Engram [Exotic Helmet Armor] – 23 Mote of Light
  • Mote of Light – 2 Strange Coins
  • CURIOS – Auto Rifle Telemetry, Machine Gun Telemetry, Shot Gun Telemetry,  Plasma Drive, Emerald Drive, & Heavy Ammo Synthesis

Star Wars Battlefront Leak Reveals Gameplay Video, Weapons, Vehicles

Fans of Star Wars Battlefront have begun to share new details about DICE's multiplayer shooter by peeking at the Alpha download file that is set to be deployed on Thursday.

Fresh information about the game--which re-enacts key battles from Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI--was first published on the forum NeoGAF. The website lists a range of weapons and vehicles that appears to be accessible to players under certain conditions.

Meanwhile, a rough video of gameplay has emerged on YouTube.

It is not clear how the data had leaked just hours before publisher Electronic Arts launches an alpha test of the game. The Battlefront Alpha is only available to a select few who registered their interest in late June.

From the files contained within the alpha download, weapons available in-game include the E11, A280, DH17, DL44, DLT19, DLT20a, EE3, Rocket Launcher, SE14c, and the T21. Some weapons may be locked to special characters, such as the EE3, which is likely tied to Boba Fett.

None of the data should be considered as a guarantee of the content that will appear in the final game, which ships on November 17.

Vehicles, meanwhile, include the T-65 X-wing, the Tie Fighter, Lambda Shuttle, Y-wing, Tie-Bomber, Corellian Corvette, Nebulon B Frigate, Imperial Star Destroyer, Mon Calamari Capital Ship Home One, AT-ST, AT-AT, Tie Interceptor, 74-Z Speeder Bike.

Among other notes taken from the alpha files, it appears that players will have a range of emote animations to select, such as an SOS signal, as well as a standard applause.

Storm Troopers, meanwhile, might be able to be customised and tweaked, though this has not been confirmed.

Meanwhile, the Tatooine map has both midday and dawn versions.

Star Wars Battlefront has been pitched by EA as its most important game release of 2015.

"You want Battlefield to be as good as the films, which means that if we don't do that, players will be very upset. They will be very clear about that fact," he said.

This Week's Xbox One and Xbox 360 Deals With Gold Revealed

Microsoft has now published this week's list of Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Titles marked down this week include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Mirror's Edge, and Skate 3, among others.

Check out the full list of discounted games below, divided by platform. All deals require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, and are good through July 6.

Are you picking anything up this week? Let us know in the comments below.
Xbox One:
  • Peggle 2: Magical Masters Edition - $4.95
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - $6.60
  • Thomas Was Alone - $5.50
  • Tower of Guns - $8.99
Xbox 360:
  • Burnout Paradise - $3.74
  • Crysis 2 - $4
  • Chivalry - $7.50
  • Fuse - $5
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - $4
  • Mirror's Edge - $3.74
  • MX vs. ATV Alive - $5
  • MX vs ATV Reflex - $5
  • Peggle 2 - $3.95
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - $6.60
  • Skate 3 - $5
  • Syndicate - $5

PS Plus: Free Games for July 2015

This month’s lineup includes four games 
playable on PS4, starting with the multiplayer mayhem of Rocket League. Use insane stunts and teamwork to score points in this fast-paced arcade game that even features a wholesome little cameo from Sweet Tooth, our favorite demonic ice cream truck.

Also included is the fantasy stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows, and the head-scratching puzzles of Mousecraft. And if you’re still not satisfied, why not embark upon an adventure that spans nine lifetimes in the surreal story of Entwined?

Rounding out the lineup is Rain on PS3 and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved on PS Vita. All these games will be free for PS Plus members starting on July 7th.

PS4 System Update 2.55 Now Available

The latest PS4 system update is available to download now, but don't get too excited: it's just another stability update.

System update 2.55 is described by Sony as a "mandatory" update, and is required to connect to PlayStation Network.

You can see the riveting list of tweaks included in the update in the screenshot below.