One of my biggest pet peeves is a game on Xbox Game Pass for PC that comes without achievements. Xbox Game Pass is supposedly part of the Xbox ecosystem, right? On PC, games in the Xbox app should hold to the same standard the console versions do with regard to the features that are included. Yet that too often has not been the case. Fortunately, Control is now a part of Xbox Game Pass for PC, and good news: it has achievements.
But Control really deserves a highlight here, as far too often, games that have already released on console get dropped onto PC lacking any achievements whatsoever. Heck, you can boot up Alan Wake — another Remedy game — on Game Pass for PC right now and not get a single achievement from it. Even Remedy hasn’t been entirely consistent on this front.
I have complained plenty about this in the past, so it’s only right to dish some praise at the PC games that put in the extra work. I presume, based on the past Yakuza releases on PC, that Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 will also support achievements. Maybe we are finally getting to a place where developers will put more effort in on this front and take being part of the Xbox ecosystem seriously.
And maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will start forcing developers to add achievements at some point, just like it does on console. Let us pray.
We now have the Control next-gen update release date, and it’s much sooner than you might think. Here’s the scoop.
Control‘s newer and spiffier package, Control: Ultimate Edition, comes with a built-in upgrade to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S versions of the game. To this point, however, those next-gen features haven’t been available. It’s time to get your calendars out — we now have the Control next-gen update release date, and it’s much sooner than you might think.
You might recall that, roughly one year ago, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer let it slip that Control on Xbox Game Pass was just around the corner. Fast forward to today, however, and — well, it still hasn’t happened.
You might recall that, roughly one year ago, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer let it slip that Control on Xbox Game Pass was just around the corner. Fast forward to today, however, and — well, it still hasn’t happened. A new tease from the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account is giving fans hope that Remedy’s critically acclaimed sci-fi action title could soon join the lineup. Let’s hope this isn’t another instance of Microsoft “misspeaking.”
As you can see, an email from the ultra-fictional Melissa McGamepass mentions something about a “sinister red light.” This could reference the otherworldly presence known in Control as “The Hiss.” Fans and many other outlets seem convinced the title being talked about is indeed Remedy’s latest. And by the looks of it, Control — or whatever game this ends up being — is on track to get a December announcement.
I suppose the biggest question here (if Control does end up being added) is this: which version will Game Pass subscribers get? The Xbox Series X and S could run the last-gen version of Control thanks to backward compatibility. The new Ultimate Edition, however, packs in all the game’s DLC and will also offer native upgrades on Xbox Series X/S sometime in 2021. That latter version could be more effective at selling Xbox fans on Microsoft’s newest consoles.
December is just a day away at this point, so perhaps we’ll get an announcement about Control as soon as tomorrow. Be sure to check back for more news.
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us, and you know what that means: Microsoft’s annual Xbox Black Friday Sale is here.
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us, and you know what that means — SALES. More specifically, Microsoft has now rolled out its annual Xbox Black Friday Sale, featuring discounts on tons of past and current-gen Xbox titles.
There’s quite a bit on sale at the moment. For the purposes of this particular rundown, however, I’m going to assume one thing about you already: you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. That is the cheapest way to play many of these games. It’s $15 per month for all-you-can-game buffet that includes Xbox first-party titles and EA Play. It’s a steal.
For this reason, you won’t find Xbox Game Studios titles in this list. You also won’t find any Bethesda games, as I’m expecting them to be added to Xbox Game Pass as soon as Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax is finalized. Finally, there are no EA titles in here, because EA Play is a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you’re looking to stretch those dollars, why buy something that’ll end up in EA Play in a few months?
Going past that, here are the major deals in the sale at the moment:
Watch Dogs Legion – $40.19 This game isn’t even a month old! It also makes full use of ray tracing on the new Series consoles.
Marvel’s Avengers – $29.99 I still can’t tell you whether the live service aspect of this game will pan out. I can tell you that I did play the campaign, however, and really enjoyed it. For $30, that’s not bad.
Control Ultimate Edition – $19.99 This gets you the base game, all of the expansions, and the upgraded Xbox Series X/S version coming in 2021. I’m actually fairly surprised this is discounted so deeply already.
The Division 2 – $8.99 Even if you don’t take part in the post-game grind, the campaign here is still fairly entertaining.
Resident Evil 2 – $15.99 Heck of a remake, now about a quarter of what it was priced at last year.
Resident Evil 3 – $19.79 If you aren’t going for the remake of 2, you can nab this one for roughly $20.
Raccoon City Edition: Resident Evil 2 + Resident Evil 3 – $31.99 This is the one you for if you want the remakes of both 2 and 3. Heck of a price.
Hitman 2 – $11.99 Perfect time to catch up on the series before Hitman 3 drops at the beginning of 2021.
Batman: Return to Arkham – $9.99 This will net you both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, two of the best action games of the Xbox 360 generation, remastered for Xbox One.
BioShock: The Collection – $9.99 All three BioShock titles remastered, plus all of the DLC that came out for them. At $10, that’s tough to say no to.
Dark Souls Remastered – $19.99 Xbox may not have the Demon’s Souls remake, but you can try and fill that void with the first Dark Souls, remastered and running at 60 FPS.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration – $5.99 Base game + all DLC. I love these games and will go to the ends of the earth to defend them. This one is great, and if you’re on the Series X, has a Performance Mode that should now stay locked at 60 frames-per-second.