I was wondering why Xbox chatter got quiet but I see the old thread got closed (due to lack of activity I presume?). Spinning this back up.
I'm excited about some of the Xbox stuff coming later this year (can't wait for Forza to finally get here!) but for my gaming tastes GP has been pretty terrible most of this year. My son is getting a lot of mileage out of it but he and his friends jump games a lot so it works out great and makes for a nice deal.
Has anyone played the Last Case of Benedict Fox? That looked great but I just haven't started it up yet.
The XSX is still my main console, but I've really only been playing Halo Infinite and Fall Guys with my brothers. I do some of the rewards quests to get points, but most of gaming time has gone into Tears of the Kingdom. I wish Yuzu was ported to UWP so I could emulate the Switch on the Series X. Every once in a while I'll see a video on TotK and clearly they're running on an emulator hitting 60fps and have mods making the game look much better.
As far as new games go, I've recently decided that I need to play through a good amount of my backlog before buying anything new. I sold off my Steam Deck just to discourage me from buying more PC games until I can get through what I've got on Xbox and Switch.
You can just PM bill to re open topics instead of making a new one.
> Has anyone played the Last Case of Benedict Fox? That looked great but I just haven't
> started it up yet.
I was excited about that one but heard plenty of complaints about it when it launched from meh gameplay (can't be fixed really) to bugs and such (which could be patched). I've been waiting to start it b/c of the bugs and haven't seen any updates to it yet unfortunately. So I played Tinykin and Somerville both before LCoBF and really like Tinykin, Somerville was alright.
Counter question, has anyone been playing Hi-Fi Rush? I have and it's pretty enjoyable. I'm only hitting on the beat around 60% of the time and really stink at the forced parry bits and don't really parry in battle, but the atmosphere, story and art style are solid and the music is generally great.
I really like Hi-Fi Rush but am not great at it. I lowered the difficulty so I could be less precise and that helped make it more fun. I dig the style and humor too but I'm not too far into it.
I’ve been playing Hi-Fi Rush a bit here and there. I think I’m on level 6? I like the story, but parts of the gameplay have annoyed me (particularly the part where an insta-kill heat wall chases you, and you have to use one of those partner assist moves without messing up the timing to survive). I got past that part but it killed some of my interest. I’ll play the rest eventually but over the long-term. The next Game Pass game I’ll probably check out is Exoprimal. Slickriven wrote:
> Anxiouz wrote:
>> Has anyone played the Last Case of Benedict Fox? That looked great but I just
>> started it up yet.
> I was excited about that one but heard plenty of complaints about it when it launched
> from meh gameplay (can't be fixed really) to bugs and such (which could be patched).
> I've been waiting to start it b/c of the bugs and haven't seen any updates to it
> yet unfortunately. So I played Tinykin and Somerville both before LCoBF and really
> like Tinykin, Somerville was alright.
> Counter question, has anyone been playing Hi-Fi Rush? I have and it's pretty enjoyable.
> I'm only hitting on the beat around 60% of the time and really stink at the forced
> parry bits and don't really parry in battle, but the atmosphere, story and art style
> are solid and the music is generally great.
They just announced a price increase for GP.
|Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass for Console pricing will increase starting July 6th. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will move from $14.99 per month to $16.99. The base Xbox Game Pass for Console pricing will also move from $9.99 a month up to $10.99. Microsoft is not changing PC Game Pass pricing, though.|
If you’re an existing Game Pass monthly subscriber, then these new recurring prices won’t take effect until August 13th. New Xbox Game Pass members will see the new prices immediately on July 6th. If you’re subscribed to Xbox Game Pass through a yearly code, the new pricing won’t take effect until you go to renew your subscription.
Time to get 3 years now at the cheaper price if you are not stocked up already.
I wonder if they'll change the point cost of auto redeem on Xbox Rewards
Was just reading this article too. I think a price increase is long overdue given the amount of titles in there and ongoing new releases dropping day one. It’s not too bad though increasing only a couple of dollars a month.
> I wonder if they'll change the point cost of auto redeem on Xbox Rewards
I'm sure they will. But I'd imagine not until the September redemption.
Honestly, I have both PS+ and GamePass. I've barely used them so to me, it's not worth it.
GP has been great for me as I got around 2.5 years with the first $1 Gold to GP conversion 'trick' and then used that again for 3 full years with the trick costing $15 the 2nd time.
Since I signed up at some point in '19 I've beat ~85 games via the service, with most being on the XSX, but with my X1X still hooked up on a different TV I beat a fair amount on there too, plus a dozen or so for the
I've also played a decent amount of others that by trying out I learned I disliked and dropped, plus many that I have an active save in and simply haven't completed yet.
That said, if the Gold to GP trick isn't available when I need it again, I may not keep paying for it, not at $17/month. The unknown timed access to non-M$ internal titles has left me prioritizing those and largely ignoring M$-GP games, but also my sizable owned collection of digital games on the platform. So if I stop paying for it, I could refocus more on the games I already purchased and have neglected. And heck other systems that get less attention as well.
I loved Hi-Fi rush oh so much. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony follows suit and raises the price of PS+ tiers cause reasons.
If someone were interested in getting into the Yakuza series, more specifically limited to the 8 that are available on the X1/Series, which would be best to start with? 0, Kiwami, Like a Dragon?
Note the offerings are 0, 3, 4, 5, 6, Kiwami 1&2, LaD.
Go with Yakuza 0. That’s the origin story and showcases why certain characters, especially Goro Majima, are the way they are in the other Yakuza titles. 0 is one of my faves too next to Kiwami 2, another excellent entry.
Yeah, non GPU subscribers get a better conversion rate than existing subs
Thanks @BucketofJustice and @Archer - I made an excellent choice 14 years ago today it seems, glad to be a part of this community.
Nice work explaining it Archer, that's 100% how I did it last year to get the current subscription situation I'm in. Yeah $42 was per year Bucket, that's why I said it cost me $144, as $42x3=126, then you need to buy 1 month of GP and it'll convert any existing Live months you have to GP. Used to be 1:1 rate, is now 3:2.
Yep that's a good point Archer too on the M$ Rewards path. I search daily on Bing using Edge browser on my PC, do the 3x daily things, playing GP games and earning achievements in them, plus the Xbox things and using the Xbox
app and playing a level of Jewel nets me well over 400 points/day for a few mins of effort and I'm up around 235k points right now (haven't redeemed in a good while). Then to redeem for 3 months, it's 35k points, which via quick math you'd need to average earning 390 points/day to keep buying, so my 400+ has me covered... if I went that route.
I tend to buy Xbox GCs instead and purchase games and DLC with those points.
> I have a free one month trial of GamePass on PC that came with my PC when I bought
> it in September 2021. Is there a way I can browse what is currently available to
> play without having to activate the trial first? I'm obviously not in a hurry to
> use it if I've already waited this long, especially since I just bought a few more
> games from the current Steam sale yesterday adding to my backlog even more, but if
> there's 2 or 3 titles on there I feel I need to play and can't do it elsewhere, I
> will check it out.
> @PizzaTheHutt That code is probably expired now. You might want to check the card
> it came on. Most of the time those expire after one year.
It tells me every time I start the Xbox app thingy in Windows that I have a trial and asks if I want to use it. I used the offer last year for 3 months for $1 or something like that, so I thought that would override the trial that came with the PC but I'll test it out maybe this weekend because I do see a couple of games I already have in my wishlist on consoles so I'll check them out on GamePass and see if they're worth buying.
I really think I’m only going to re-up on GamePass when I’m ready to tackle Starfield and still paying like $18 for a month for GPU now or $11 for GP to hit and quit it is better than the $70 price tag for buying it outright.
> Looks like they won the AVB merger case?
And the CMA caved and backtracked as well. So the deal is completed.
I honestly don't think there is one series/Game from AB I even care about.
(obviously Sekiro doesn't count since they had fudge all to do with development)
CoD will be even more rushed out and bad, like all the other recent big Xbox releases.
> Maybe Sony can bring back Socom then
Would love that, playing that was probably the most fun I had In a military shooter. Honourable mentions would be COD WW2 and the first Rainbow 6.
I actually think in some ways @Bleed_DukeBlue the new GP-Core is better. Being fully honest, there hasn't been an even remotely decent game offered from GwG in the last... 18 months, maybe longer. This way, if you're not a GP sub, you get those 25 games and they listed nearly 20 so far. Those listed included Halo 5, Gears 5, Psychonauts 2, Doom Eternal, Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 4 & 76 - so pretty solid Xbox exclusives and not even comparable to the crap GwG offerings of late. Sure they're not cutting edge newer releases, but Core is really the rebranded Gold, and older titles makes sense. I mean they're not going to lose potential sales of newer releases and at this point very few folks are going out and buying titles in that set.
The interesting thing is the GP-Console offering since it doesn't allow/support online multiplayer and doesn't allow you access to already acquired GwG X1/Series games. So it's GP console only and no 'Gold' like perks, which with the CoD games now likely coming to the service eventually, that rather stinks for the scores of folks who play CoD for MP only/primarily - they'd be missing out on the online party with that tier.
I’m always subscribed to GPU, so the 25 games are ones I would have already had access to. Also, it was nice having some games that don’t have a clock on them as long as you’re subscribed. It’s a net loss for me all around. Slickriven wrote:
> I actually think in some ways @Bleed_DukeBlue the new GP-Core is better. Being fully
> honest, there hasn't been an even remotely decent game offered from GwG in the last...
> 18 months, maybe longer. This way, if you're not a GP sub, you get those 25 games
> and they listed nearly 20 so far. Those listed included Halo 5, Gears 5, Psychonauts
> 2, Doom Eternal, Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 4 & 76 - so pretty solid Xbox exclusives
> and not even comparable to the crap GwG offerings of late. Sure they're not cutting
> edge newer releases, but Core is really the rebranded Gold, and older titles makes
> sense. I mean they're not going to lose potential sales of newer releases and at
> this point very few folks are going out and buying titles in that set.
> The interesting thing is the GP-Console offering since it doesn't allow/support online
> multiplayer and doesn't allow you access to already acquired GwG X1/Series games.
> So it's GP console only and no 'Gold' like perks, which with the CoD games now likely
> coming to the service eventually, that rather stinks for the scores of folks who
> play CoD for MP only/primarily - they'd be missing out on the online party with that
> I’m always subscribed to GPU, so the 25 games are ones I would have already had
> access to. Also, it was nice having some games that don’t have a clock on them
> as long as you’re subscribed. It’s a net loss for me all around.
Yeah I've always been a GPU sub, since the Gold to GP conversion trick gives you Ultimate. I guess that from my Gold days, ever since GP became a thing, those GwG offerings just went to total junk. Plus beside the always keep 360 games, a failure of the 360's store really, you only can keep access to GwG for the time that you're subscribing, so they're timed in their own way. I also get the feeling that of the 25, the near 20 they already announced will very likely remain for many years at that tier, especially if they're only looking to adjust the game set 2-3 times per year.
Anyhow, it's just speculation for now. But I also think it will likely put a nail in the Gold (now Core) to Ultimate conversion trick, or it will stay at that 3-2 conversion rate I suppose.
I'm more in line with @Slickriven on this. This really only seems to be a slight blow to GPU subs, but as mentioned, the offerings on GwG have been mediocre at best for quite some time now. That being said, the writing is on the wall here now that the acquisition is moving forward. $67B is no small number and Microsoft is going to start making more and more moves to recoup those costs as quickly as possible.
I just hope that they don't end up screwing up things. I also hope that they can undo some of the terrible decisions that Activision Blizzard have made recently.
The Ascent was more fun if you have a buddy to run thru it with I thought.
Well all that care about is selling Gamepass, and you sell it by ads targeted towards people who already have it, clearly.
> Well all that care about is selling Gamepass, and you sell it by ads targeted towards
> people who already have it, clearly.
Yeah, this update gives the impression its whole goal is to try and drive more digital game sales. And to try and get people who may not be subbed to GP to do so.
Weird. Can't wait to see someone unbox one of these in 30 years to see if it still smells like pizza
> I was a bit curious about that @BucketofJustice but after reading some user reviews
> for the app/game on the console, I lost most of that interest. Some said the lag
> was terrible, others said the 1400 games promised was BS and way, way less. Seemed
> like a good bit of
or that generation of games and that didn't seem
> to appeal to me. But if someone actually has real experience I'd be interested.
Try it on PC - I think they have a free ad supported tier.
Is that an option on Xbox or only the paid annual or lifetime tiers?
Ive heard horror stories of buying used or "refurbished" consoles at Gamestop. I wanted to buy a NEW Xbox X before MS ups the price like they said they would.
Anyone have any experiences? I have a buttload of GS Credit and lots of points to reward for certificates, so i'd prefer to buy from GS, but they never have new consoles in stock.
Dell has new consoles for $429 and then $449 2 days ago and i slept on it and they're OOS now.
Any help and guidance would be appreciated, thanks guys.
Can't you buy a new system on their website using your credit? Or does it have to be in-person?
> Can't you buy a new system on their website using your credit? Or does it have to
> be in-person?
I have yet to find a new one in stock on their website
> Anxiouz wrote:
>> Can't you buy a new system on their website using your credit? Or does it have
>> be in-person?
> I have yet to find a new one in stock on their website
Probably cause they want you to buy in store and get harassed to pre order something.