Welcome to the weekend Xbox faithful! You have grinded through work, school, and traffic all week. This weekend belongs to you. It’s gaming time! This is Q and these are you Xbox Weekend Picks for the week of September 29, 2017.
HALO WARS 2: AWAKENING THE NIGHTMARE
Are you ready to take on one of humanity’s most ancient adversaries? The Flood returns in the latest expansion of HALO WARS 2: Awakening the Nightmare (AtN). AtN not only expands the story of HALO Wars 2 with new campaign missions, but also adds to new “leaders” to the game’s multiplayer system, two new maps, and a cooperative mode called “Terminus Firefight.” You can purchase the expansion for $19.99, but make sure to check out the Complete Edition deal, linked below.
For more information on HALO WARS 2, the AtN expansion, and all things HALO, check out Halo Waypoint.
HALO Wars 2: Complete Edition in the Xbox Marketplace
HALO Wars 2: Standard Edition in the Xbox Marketplace
Awakening the Nightmare Expansion in the Xbox Marketplace
RAIDERS OF THE BROKEN PLANET OUT ON XBOX AND WINDOWS PC
This semi-independent title from Spanish studio, Mercury Steam, has been labeled an action-adventure game with strong elements of shooting and brawling with the use of strategy. Additionally, the game will have an episodic story mode released in parts. Even though the first campaign can be purchased for $9.99, you can download and play the Prologue today for FREE from the Xbox Marketplace.
Q’s Thoughts: I am a huge fan of independent studios being bold and releasing titles such as Raiders. I love it. Even though I am only played the first 30-45 minutes of the game, the gameplay feels like a mix of Battleborn animation, Borderlands characters, and Mass Effect-like combat mechanics. Mind blown? Exactly. For only $10, skip your next trip to Chipotle or your local Chinese place, and check out this pretty cool looking indy title. Worst case scenario, you invested into the bold and daring spirit of independent game development.
Check out the official Raiders of the Broken Planet website for more information on lore, gameplay, characters, and more.
First Campaign: Alien Myths on the Xbox Marketplace
DEALS WITH GOLD
*For a full list of titles, game add-ons, and other content, click here. The deals below
Forza Horizon 3 and Hot Wheels Expansion Bundle $67.99 (15% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition $25.99 (40% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Deluxe Edition $8.25 (67% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
Mafia III Deluxe Edition $35.99 (40% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition $20.00 (50% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
Need for Speed Deluxe Edition $20.00 (60% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
Tokyo 42 $13.39 (33% off) with Xbox Gold Membership
XBOX ONE X PREORDERS
A new round of preorders for the Xbox One X began this week, available November 7, 2017, and priced at $499.99. Be aware that this is not the version with the “Project Scorpio” engraving, but the standard version of the console. Don’t want to drop $500 on the One X? Check out local retailers like GameStop for any special console trade-in deals.
14-Day Free Trial. $9.99/month
These are the most recently added games to the selection on the Xbox Game Pass. Click here for a full list of available games
ReCore: Definitive Edition (XBOX Play Anywhere)
GAMES WITH GOLD
Your Xbox Live Gold Membership gives you access to a selection of FREE games every month. ALSO, all XBOX 360 titles, feature here, at Backward Compatible on your XBOX ONE. The following titles are available free, right now, from the Xbox Marketplace but TIME IS ALMOST UP!
Oxenfree (Free with Gold Membership)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Free with Gold Membership)
Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360) (Free with Gold Membership)
Gone Home (Free with Gold Membership) October 1-31
The Turing Test (Free with Gold Membership) October 16-November 15
Rayman 3 HD (Xbox 360) (Free with Gold Membership) October 1-15
Medal of Honor Airborne (Xbox 360) (Free with Gold Membership) October 16-31