This Week On Xbox: July 23, 2021

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Orcs Must Die! 3 Is Now Available For Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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Orcs Must Die! 3

Robot Entertainment, Inc.

$29.99

Pre-order and receive bonus content at launch:
• Overlord skin for Egan
• Overlord skin for Kelsey
• Overlord blade staff

Orcs Must Die! 3 ushers orc-slaying mayhem to a previously unimaginable scale. Solo or with a friend by your side, arm yourself with a massive arsenal of traps and weapons. Slice, burn, toss and zap hordes of repugnant orcs in this long-awaited successor to the award-winning series.

New to the series, War Scenarios pit players against the largest orc armies ever assembled. Mountable War Machines give players the essential firepower to heave, stab, carbonize, and disarticulate the abominable intruders.

More of Everything – Orcs Must Die! 3 is everything fans loved about the first two games and more. More orcs, more traps, more weapons, more upgrades and even better looking. It’s cranked up to at least eleven.

New Story – Play through a brand new story set more than 20 years after Orcs Must Die! 2, where the War Mage and Sorceress have rebuilt the order and trained new young apprentices.

War Scenarios – All new War Scenarios deliver on the promise of massive scale first set out in Orcs Must Die! Confront overwhelming armies of orcs outside on the battlefields surrounding the castles. Thin out waves of orcs hundreds strong before they breach the walls and crash your rift.

War Machines – You’re going to need new weapons of death and destruction to handle these hordes. War Machines are traps on an oversized scale. Lay down your mega flip trap and launch dozens of ragdolling orcs. Mount your mega boom barrel launcher and unleash pyrotechnic glory.

It Never Stops – The legions of orcs keep coming long after the story is completed. Etch your name into the orc-slaying hall of fame through Weekly Challenges or see how long you can survive in Endless Mode.

Take Drastic Steps – Orcs Must Die! 3 comes with the Drastic Steps campaign and content for free, including terrifying flying enemies, heroic war guardians and of course more tools for orc destruction!

Scramble to Survive – The new Scramble Mode pits you against vile orcs who evolve with increasingly difficult and sinister tricks up their chunky sleeves. But each level you survive, you collect your own modifiers to fight back with!

NOTE: This game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game.

 
Product Info:
Twitter: @RobotEnt / @OrcsMustDie

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HORROR TALES: The Wine Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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HORROR TALES: The Wine

JanduSoft


$14.99

$11.99

WARNING: Certain effects that may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy can be disabled in the Accessibility Menu included in the game.

– Mediterranean Horror: Explore the forsaken capital of an awe-inspiring archipelago. Do not let yourself be fooled by the gentle sea breeze, the Mediterranean vistas or the comforting summer sun. Since the Devil’s Fevers pandemic ravaged the city, it was abandoned, and now only horrific nightmares await there.

– Survive your Nemesis: Someone is relentlessly hunting you. Suffer and agonize while you try to run away from the encounters with this strange stalker obsessed with you.

– Intense Challenges: Solve environmental riddles, physics puzzles and other similar challenges in an interconnected vertical world. Even while being chased and hunted.

– Accessibility and Photomode: Tweak more than 20 Accessibility settings to create a tailored experience for you. Use the Photomode to make perfect shots and unlock many secrets using it.

NOTE: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until the release date/time: 07/29/2021 – 5:00 PM (check the product page for release date/time in your region).
 
Product Info:
Developer: Carlos Coronado
Publisher: JanduSoft
Website: HORROR TALES: The Wine
Twitter: @CarlosGameDev@JanduSoft

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Last Stop Is Now Available For Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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Last Stop

Annapurna Interactive


4

$24.99

A video game about secret lives, the ties that bind and how magic can be found in the mundane.

Last Stop is a single-player third-person adventure set in present day London.

Written and developed by Variable State, creators of the award-winning Virginia, Last Stop tells three interconnected tales featuring three playable main characters.

– Donna, a spaced-out high-schooler who feels trapped by her stifling home life and her overprotective big sister. Away from home, Donna seeks teenage thrills with her friends Becky and Vivek, but gets more than she bargained for when the trio become unexpected kidnappers in a game of amateur detective gone wrong.

– John, an overworked middle-aged single dad. Burdened with debt and the pressures of being an only parent, John jealously pines after the free and easy life of his twenty-something bachelor neighbour, Jack. When the pair unwittingly fall foul of a vengeful stranger, a cursed artefact threatens to transform their lives forever.

– Meena, a ruthlessly ambitious professional who struggles to find the same satisfaction with her family that she does in the thrill of her work. As Meena vies with an upstart colleague for a crucial promotion, something ancient stirs in the basement beneath her workplace.

Last Stop is fully voice acted, featuring hours of dialogue and a voice cast of dozens, with performances from some of the brightest talent in the UK today.

Last Stop features an original soundtrack by BAFTA award winning composer Lyndon Holland, performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Roleplay as 3 unique characters. Make choices to shape their conversations. Walk in their shoes and discover where their individual stories lead.

 
Product Info:
Developer: Variable State
Website: Last Stop
Twitter: @VariableState / @A_i

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The Innsmouth Case Is Now Available For Windows 10, Xbox One, And Xbox Series X|S (Xbox Play Anywhere)

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The Innsmouth Case

Assemble Entertainment

$14.99

The Innsmouth Case is a text adventure game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and the very first text-based adventure to combine horror and comedy in a fit and proper way.

A desperate mother, a missing girl and a mystical place – a case could hardly be more challenging. To solve the enigmatic disappearance of little Tabitha Marsh, however, the toughest and cleverest detective of all is wanted… but he does not have the time – and so the job goes to you. This mysterious assignment takes you to the remote fishing village of Innsmouth, where nothing is what it seems…

Save the girl, solve the case, survive Innsmouth!

The Innsmouth Case is a detective adventure in the style of an interactive book inspired by the fantastical works of horror legend H.P. Lovecraft. The unique mixture of horror and humor makes The Innsmouth Case the first scary-comedy-text-adventure of its kind. A game in which every decision counts, and there is far more than one way to successfully solve the case … or fail miserably!

 
Product Info:
Twitter: @robot_pumpkin / @AssembleTeam

 

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NOTE: This title supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.

For more information on Xbox Play Anywhere, check out this article at Xbox Wire.

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Tetragon Demo Is Now Available For Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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Tetragon Demo

Buka Entertainment Enterprises

Welcome to Tetragon – a vast mysterious universe of unique game mechanics, puzzles, magical mazes, and challenges! It’s a real challenge for those who enjoy the games in the vein of The Room, The Witness and The Talos Principle.

Your goal is to move planes with a spinning world gravity . Using the power of TetraGen move the ground and the towers to guide the brave lumberjack Lucios through the scattered worlds and find his lost son!

About Tetragon:
Somewhere in the parallel universe there is a world made of the plane realities. These planes float around the sacred jewel – TetraGen. Since the dawn of time it had been a prosperous world with no place for anything evil in it… until out of nowhere a mysterious dark energy started to grow in Tetragon. After a while it had spawned the most bizarre creature intending to destroy the TetraGen and plunge the world of Tetragon into the chaos! Eventually, this creature had reached its goal and the TetraGen jewel was broken into the pieces. Only by using all of its powers the Will of Tetragon managed to imprison the dark creature but it was too late. Now someone brave has to fix this broken world by retrieving the pieces of TetraGen…

It’s up to you now to solve the puzzles and bit by bit reach the ultimate goal of your journey.

With the power of TetraGen you can change position of the planes and towers create the platforms and stairs and even spin the world on its axis!

 
Product Info:
Website: Tetragon
Twitter: @cafundo@Buka_Ent_Games

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Frostpunk: Complete Collection Is Now Available For Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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Frostpunk: Complete Collection

11 bit studios


45

$44.99

Frostpunk: Complete Collection consists of:

Frostpunk – the full version of the highly acclaimed society survival game, which sold over 3 000 000 copies worldwide and won a number of critics awards.

Frostpunk Season Pass – a set of three expansions of the Frostpunk universe:

• The Last Autumn is a turning point in the Frostpunk universe. Revealing the restless events of Site 113 and its struggle to construct the generator before the freezing veil shrouds the Earth, this prequel expansion broadens the Frostpunk universe by introducing a new environment, new Books of Laws and unique technologies, and presents a range of new buildings — all of which let you shape society and the city in unconventional ways.

• On The Edge expansion tells a story of citizens of New London sent for a special assignment after the Great Storm. It not only opens a brand new chapter set in the Frostpunk universe but also pits you against new challenges and offers unique mechanics, both in the city and on the Frostland map – further enriching the core experience.

• The Rifts allows you to experience a new level of challenge on a brand new Endless Mode map, where the land itself threatens your survival. Using a new gameplay mechanic, bridge the rifts to access new areas. Expand the city to save your people from the inevitable doom!

ABOUT THE GAME

Frostpunk is a blend of city-builder, society survival and a strategy game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. In an entirely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. You face the task of building the last city on Earth and securing the means necessary for your community to survive.
Optimization and resource management often clash with empathy and thoughtful decision-making. While city and society management will consume most of the ruler’s time, at some point exploration of the outside world is necessary to understand its history and the present state.
What decisions will you make to ensure the survival of your society? What will you do when pushed to the limit? And who will you become in the process?

Frostpunk and the Season Pass are also available for purchase separately here:

Frostpunk: Season Pass

11 bit studios

$24.99

The Official Season Pass for Frostpunk is out and complete! It grants you access to all additional content released for the game since the premiere, including three expansions (The Last Autumn, On The Edge and The Rifts), that widely broaden the main story and fill a lot of gaps in the game’s universe.

ABOUT THE EXPANSIONS

The Last Autumn

The Last Autumn is a turning point in the Frostpunk universe. Revealing the restless events of Site 113 and its struggle to construct the generator before the freezing veil shrouds the Earth, this prequel expansion broadens the Frostpunk universe by introducing a new environment, new Books of Laws and unique technologies, and presents a range of new buildings — all of which let you shape society and the city in unconventional ways. Leading a group of engineers working on one of the world’s greatest technological marvels – a Generator – will require adapting your strategy to extraordinary situations. As the leader of Site 113, hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. For Queen and Country!

• experience a prequel story taking place before the freezing cataclysm
• master a totally new Book of Laws allowing you to shape your society in previously unknown ways
• construct new buildings
• discover uncommon, steam-powered technologies
• apply more advanced strategies to survive
• delve into a beautiful new environment not yet covered by snow

On The Edge

On The Edge expansion tells a story of citizens of New London sent for a special assignment after the Great Storm. It not only opens a brand new chapter set in the Frostpunk universe but also pits you against new challenges and offers unique mechanics, both in the city and on the Frostland map – further enriching the core experience.A brand new, frozen board is set and the pieces are moving. What destiny lies ahead for your people? What will this mean for you, as their leader? Shape the future of humanity in Frostpunk’s final chapter – On The Edge.

• brand new story scenario, set after the Great Storm
• an array of challenges to overcome on a new, desolate map
• unique mechanics to utilize on the Frostland view

The Rifts

Experience a new level of challenge on a brand new Endless Mode map, where the land itself threatens your survival. Using a new gameplay mechanic, bridge the rifts to access new areas. Expand the city to save your people from the inevitable doom!

• unique new Endless Mode map
• new constructible building
• new gameplay mechanics

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Frostpunk: Console Edition

11 bit studios


168

$29.99
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THE CITY MUST SURVIVE

Offering players a complex strategic challenge alongside a rich narrative featuring an alternative take on the 19th-century industrial revolution, Frostpunk weaves a story of how our planet mysteriously freezes, putting an end to civilization as we know it and forcing the human race to adapt to the harsh conditions. As the leader of possibly the last civilized society on Earth, you’re going to build the city your survivors live in, discover new technologies, explore frozen wastelands and most importantly, manage and rule society to prepare it for life in an unforgiving world. Whether you’re an enlightened ruler or an iron-fisted tyrant, you’ll discover choices in this world aren’t as easy as they seem, and that holding power over people has a cost as heavy as the responsibility you feel in caring for them.

 
Product Info:
Developer: 11 bit studios
Publisher: 11 bit studios

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MouseBot: Escape From CatLab Is Now Available For Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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MouseBot: Escape from CatLab

Vector Unit


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$4.99

$3.99
Xbox One X Enhanced

Guide MouseBot through mazes of fantastical mechanical mouse traps created by the cat scientists of CatLab. Dodge giant metal Kitty Krushers, leap over mouse-grinding Roller Graters, evade scary Mines and Lasers, and platform your way across pools of bot-melting Acid on an epic quest for cheese and freedom.

Conquer 88 challenging platform-style levels as you delve deeper into the mysterious laboratories of CatLab and uncover the cats’ nefarious plans. Collect epic piles of cheese, and transmogrify that cheese into new skins and accessories for your robotic mouse.

MouseBot: Escape from CatLab is a zany and exciting platforming game that will test your reflexes, skills, timing, and love of cheese!

 
Product Info:
Developer: Vector Unit
Publisher: Vector Unit
Twitter: @vectorunit
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Fuga: Melodies Of Steel Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One And Xbox Series X|S

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Fuga: Melodies of Steel

CyberConnect2

$39.99

“We have to fight! If we don’t, everyone we love will be taken away!”

One fateful night, a peaceful village is thrown into the flames of war. Determined to save their families, a group of children boards a giant tank and begins an offensive charge!

Fuga: Melodies of Steel is an RPG where you place children, each with their own unique characteristics and skills, at different gun turrets in a tank to fight against the enemy.

Living inside the tank, the children show emotion and gain affinity amongst each other. Manage these both to change the outcome of their journey!

-A mysterious ancient weapon: The Taranis
Taranis, the giant tank sheltering the children, conceals many mysteries and somehow seems to have its own will. In situations of crisis, it can release a forbidden weapon, the dreadful Soul Cannon.

-Your adventure. Your choices.
Will you make sacrifices for victory? Or will you seek another path?
In this RPG, many choices have to be made in order to progress… but taking the safest road may not always be the best option.
Faced with a desperate situation, what course of action will you choose?

NOTE: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until the release date/time: 07/28/2021 – 6:00 PM (check the product page for release date/time in your region).
 
Product Info:
Developer: CyberConnect2
Publisher: CyberConnect2
Twitter: @Fuga_CC2_en

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Cris Tales Is Now Available For Windows 10, Xbox One, And Xbox Series X|S (Also Included With Xbox Game Pass)

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Cris Tales

Modus Games

$39.99

Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future — all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions in a fantasy world facing a grim future. The powerful Time Empress and her forces threaten to bring about a cataclysm tearing apart Crystallis and the other four Kingdoms of the region.

To stop the Time Empress and rewrite the future of the land, you will embark on a harrowing journey across the kingdoms, meeting and recruiting powerful allies to aid in the fight. Master their abilities and Crisbell’s unique Time Magic to overcome mighty foes – send them into the past to face their weaker, younger selves, send a foe to a future where they’ve succumbed to all the damage of a poison applied in the present, or create your own strategies in this one-of-a-kind combat system.

As Crisbell’s powers grow, you will make choices with far-reaching consequences for the people you meet – consequences that will impact the world you’ll experience in real-time throughout your journey. Every character, NPC, enemy, and even Kingdom has a past, a present and one or more futures, depending on your actions! Beautifully hand-drawn 2D art is animated frame by frame to bring the branching possibilities to life across more than 20 hours of gameplay.

Experience a unique combination of branching stories, innovative combat, and classic RPG excitement in Cris Tales’ exciting and unforgettable exploration of how our actions echo through time.

Key Features
• A Love Letter to Classic JRPGs – Inspired by timeless JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Valkyrie Profile, and modern classics like Bravely Default and Persona 5, meet and recruit a unique cast of teammates, challenge myriad enemies, and make your way through an expansive world.
• Experience the Past, Present, and Future Simultaneously – Peer into and learn from the past, decide on actions in the present, and alter the course of the future in ways that will reshape the world dynamically depending on the choices you make.
• Master Strategic Turn-Based Combat – Warp your enemies into the past or future, synchronize attacks for enhanced group abilities, and master the timing of attack and defense to go beyond your party’s limits in combat.
• Uncover a Fascinating Story & Characters – The Empress’ plot to destroy the world is complex and layered. Use your wits and recruit powerful allies throughout the world to uncover and undo her multi-faceted web and make your way to the True Ending of this enchanting tale.
• Discover a Beautiful World – Climb aboard an airship or boat and traverse this handcrafted, dark fairytale world. From the shining kingdom of Crystallis to the slums of Saint Clarity, discover each unique location and shape its future.”

Cris Tales is also available for Windows 10 here:

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Cris Tales

Modus Games

Experience Past, Present, and Future simultaneously in this gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs.

Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future — all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions on their journey across a dark, fairytale world facing a grim future.

NOTE: This game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game.

 
Product Info:
Publisher: ‪Modus Games
Website: Cris Tales
Twitter: @D_Uncorporated@Modus_Games

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