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Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition Grants Early Access To Game

Hardcore Gears fans may want to look into the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition. This $ 99.99 package includes Gears 4, the season pass, a limited edition Steelbook case, and early access to the game.

The season pass (which will cost you $ 49.99 if you wait to buy it later) features a Vintage VIP pack with some weapon skins, permanent access to the 24 maps (which The Coalition plans to roll out two per month for a year after launch), private dedicated servers, access to a Developer Playlist that lets you try out new maps and modes before they become available to the wider public, and six Gears packs. These unlock new weapon skins, equipment, boosts, and character skins.

The early access period begins October 7, for days before the standard edition's release. You can pre-order the game now at retailers or online, and doing so grants you a Vintage Del Gear Pack that includes a new Del model, emblem, two vintage weapon skins, and a spell Del bounty. 

 

Our Take
If you're a Gears die hard who plans to buy the season pass anyway, this seems like the best deal available.  

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The Banner Saga Joins Origin Access Next Week

The tactical RPG The Banner Saga, created by former Bioware developers, is joining EA's The Vault on Origin Access next week.

Based on EA Access for Xbox One, Origin Access is a PC subscription service that includes a growing section called The Vault, which gives full access to certain games for $ 4.99 a month. Subscribers also receive a 10% discount on all Origin purchases and early access to some titles. The Banner Saga will arrive on Origin Access by Tuesday (April 5), and will be free to subscribers. 

Stoic Games' The Banner Saga released two years ago, and aside from this PC version, it is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You can read our interview with its developers here as well as check out our review.

[Source: Origin on Twitter]

 

Our Take
Origin Access is still fairly new, and so far has predominantly been a library of games Electronic Arts published, with some exceptions like This War of Mine. It's nice to see another indie game joining the limited but growing selection of games available on the service. 

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Dont Starve: Shipwrecked Floats Out Of Steam Early Access

Shipwrecked, the seafaring expansion to the survival game Don't Starve, has left early access and is available now on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.

Klei Entertainment partnered with Capybara Games to bring this single-player expansion to life, and it features several new additions including new playable characters, seasons, and biomes. Shipwrecked maroons Wilson on an island where he fights for his life against sea monsters and treacherous waters.

To celebrate its launch, Shipwrecked is available with a 10% discount at $ 4.49. Steam's Don't Starve Alone Pack, which features the full game and two DLC (Shipwrecked and Reign of Giants), is also currently on sale at 45% off, with a price tag of $ 12.64. Watch the new launch trailer below.

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This is the third Don't Starve Expansion, with Reign of Giants and the multiplayer Don't Starve Together having already been released. You can read our review of Don't Starve here.

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Dead Space Now In The EA Access Vault On Xbox One

EA has added a second Xbox 360 game to its Vault. Visceral's Dead Space, which recently became backward compatible, is part of the monthly membership program on Xbox One.

If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, you already have access to Dead Space. It's part of April's Games with Gold (available now). This just gives you another way to play it.

Dead Space joins Plants vs. Zombies as the two backward compatible games available to subscribers.

[Source: EA Access on Twitter]

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RollerCoaster Tycoon World Gets Early Access Release Date

The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is returning for the first time in over ten years. The new entry in the series, entitled RollerCoaster Tycoon World, will be coming to Steam Early Access on March 30.

Out of the gate, RollerCoaster Tycoon World will allow players to create custom rides, manage their park,  and share user-generated content. Atari intends to "update, optimize, and incorporate additional features" throughout the game's tenure in Early Access.

Some features that are planned to be added later include Dark Rides, Transport Rides, and piece-by-piece custom-built structures. RollerCoaster Tycoon World will rely partly on the community and their in-game creations to refine itself between now and the full release.

 

Our Take
RollerCoaster Tycoon World isn't the only coaster simulator that's coming out this year. It will have to contend with Planet Coaster from Frontier Developments, the studio that developed the last title in the series, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. It will be interesting to see how the two theme-park management sims stack up later this year.

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EA Adds Titanfall Deluxe Edition To Origin Access

Titanfall Deluxe Edition has been added to Origin Access, EA's premier PC subscription service. All subscribers will now have unlimited access to the game in addition to the rest of the service's library.

Titanfall Deluxe Edition includes all three of the game's DLC packs, which equals nine different maps in all. It can now be downloaded from "The Vault," which is a collection of about a dozen full PC games that come with Origin Access.

Origin Access costs $ 4.99 a month, and also lets you try some new EA games before release. For console players, EA Access is a similar service for Xbox One that also includes a lineup of subscription-based games; it will be adding NHL 16 next Tuesday.

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Hunger Games Inspired The Culling Enters Early Access On PC Today

Independent developer Xaviant decided to push The Culling into Early Access ahead of it’s March 8 release date by putting it out today. You and 15 friends (or foes) can head to a blood splattered island to decide who will be the last one standing.

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The Culling takes more than a few cues from media where teens maim each other in a tournament setting, and appears heavily inspired by the Battle Royale and Hunger Games series. You have 20 minutes to survive on your own or with a small group, crafting weapons along the way to eliminate your competition.

The Culling is available now on Steam Early Access on PC. You can purchase a discounted double-pack through Humble Bundle in case you want to gift a friend. Also, you can watch us try to get through the game’s alpha unscathed right here. Spoilers: we die horribly. 

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Plants Vs. Zombies Now Available For EA Access Members Via Backward Compatibility

EA has added its first Xbox 360 to its Xbox One EA Access program. The original Plants vs. Zombies is now available in the “Vault.”

The publisher has also promised that as more of its library becomes compatible with the backward compatibility feature, we’ll see more of those games included. With Skate 3 already headed for Xbox One support, this is great news.

EA Access Vault games are available to subscribers as long as their membership is current. The service also offers a discount on digital purchases and early play time for the publisher’s releases.

[Source: EA Access on Twitter (1), (2)]

 

Our Take
EA’s vast Xbox 360 library opens up an easy route to beef up the value of its Access program even further. With Mass Effect already in the backward compatibility library, perhaps members can look forward to that in Vault soon.

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EA Adds Torchlight II To Origin Access Vault

You might recall that EA launched a PC counterpart to its Xbox One Access service. The premise is the same: for a monthly subscription fee, you get early play time with EA games and unfettered access to a selection of games.

The latest in the “Vault” is Torchlight II. Whereas Runic’s first action-RPG lootfest is a single-player affair, the sequel adds multiplayer and four new classes.

EA Access subscriptions cost $ 4.99 per month. Included in the Vault are the following:

  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • FIFA 15
  • Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack
  • SimCity
  • Torchlight II
  • This War of Mine q

You can read more about Origin Access in our previous coverage.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
My only lament about Origin Access is that EA isn’t yet offering bundle plans for longer subscription periods. A full year of EA Access on Xbox One is $ 29.99. Right now, that same amount of time will cost you $ 60 on PC.

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