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By Usama Jawad96
Here's why FIFA 21 on PC will be inferior to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S
by Usama Jawad
FIFA 21 launched on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC early last month and is scheduled to land on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on December 4. The launch will come as a free update to owners of the game on latest consoles and will pack several new features not available on previous consoles and PC. Now, the publisher has revealed why "next-gen" features won't be making their way to PC platforms.
FIFA 21 on the latest game consoles includes features such as ball compression, a new camera angle, and muscle deformation. However, none of these will be making their way to the PC because EA wants to lower the barrier of entry in terms of specifications. In an interview with Eurogamer, Executive Producer Aaron McHardy had the following to say:
Looking at the statement, one has to wonder why EA couldn't figure out some workaround to keep the gen five features as optional on PC so people with powerful rigs could utilize them while gamers on lower-end PCs can simply switch them off for increased performance.
Given that the minimum requirements of the PC version are quite modest - requiring an Nvidia GTX 660 (2GB VRAM) or AMD Radeon HD 7850 (2GB VRAM), 8GB of RAM, and Intel Core i3-6100 or AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU - it definitely makes sense to not have "next-gen" capabilities on these machines. But ideally, there should have been an option to enable this for gamers on high-end machines.
Mass Effect trilogy is being remastered, new entry also in development at BioWare
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
During the N7 day celebrations, BioWare today officially confirmed the long-rumored remasters of the Mass Effect trilogy. The collection is dubbed Mass Effect Legendary Edition and it is heading to both current and next-gen platforms next year.
The Legendary Edition remasters the 2007, 2010, and 2012-released sci-fi role-playing titles and all of their DLC packs. "Our goal was not to remake or reimagine the original games, but to modernize the experience so that fans and new players can experience the original work in its best possible form," said BioWare in its announcement. It doesn't sound like the multiplayer content will be included.
While not remakes, the trio will be enhanced with updated textures, shaders, models, effects, and technical features. The games will also be running at higher frame rates and at 4K resolution.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition launches in Spring 2021 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
However, that's not all, as alongside the remaster confirmation, BioWare also announced it is working on "the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe". Similar to the new Dragon Age entry BioWare is also quietly developing, details are scarce regarding this new project, with the studio only saying that a "veteran team" is in charge of it and that development is in the early stages.
The last time the series surfaced was back in 2017 with Mass Effect: Andromeda, though the game was not received well. The new entry could be a continuation of this storyline set in the Andromeda galaxy, or the saga may be going back to the Milky Way to pick up where Shepard left off, though this may be difficult due to the multiple choices presented at the trilogy's end. A prequel is also an option for the RPG.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order comes to EA Play on November 10
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Electronic Art's EA Play is receiving a popular game next week, with Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order joining the subscription programs almost a year after its original release.
EA Play, formerly known as EA Access and Origin Access, is EA's multiplatform game subscription service that's currently available across Origin, Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The new arrival is heading towards EA Play subscribers across all these platforms, and more, on November 10.
Notably, this is good news for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate holders, as this is the same day that the EA Play service gets added into the Ultimate platform as a bonus on the Xbox One family and the next-gen Xbox Series X|S - which are also releasing on November 10. Those without an Ultimate subscription on Xbox will still be able to subscribe to EA Play separately.
The Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription is set to gain EA Play at no extra charge as well, but this is slated to happen sometime in December.
For those who are in the dark about this Star Wars adventure, here's how Respawn Entertainment describes the title:
EA Play is available for $4.99 per month across all aforementioned platforms, coming in with a large library of Electronic Arts-published titles, a 10% discount on games by the company, and in-game benefits. The PC version of the subscription on Origin, however, also adds on a selection of third-party games, and there's a $14.99 per month Pro version of the service that includes new games from the publisher.
Update: Edited to clarify that EA Play will still be available as a standalone service on Xbox consoles.
By Asher Madan
These are the best Xbox One games launching next week
by Asher Madan
Every week, a number of games launch on Xbox One, and deciding which ones to purchase can be a difficult decision. We've compiled a list of some of the highly anticipated titles that are launching between November 2 and 6. The highlight of the next week, of course, is Dirt 5.
Dirt 5 launches on November 6, starting at $59.99. The game runs at 4K resolution on Xbox One X and features Xbox Series X|S optimizations. You can purchase Dirt 5 on the Microsoft Store. The Dirt 5: Amplified Edition hits the console on November 3.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered is slated to launch on November 6, priced at $39.99. The game runs at 4K resolution on Xbox One X. You can purchase Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered on the Microsoft Store.
Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story
Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story is expected to launch on November 5, priced at $14.99. The game runs at 4K resolution on Xbox One X. You can purchase Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story from the Microsoft Store.
Which of these games are you interested in? Let us know in the comments.
By Asher Madan
Xbox Deals with Gold feature Fallout, Madden NFL, and more
by Asher Madan
Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for weekly Deals with Gold, Spotlight, and Publisher (Cozy Games and Bombs Drop) sales. This week, games from Fallout, Madden NFL, and other franchises are available for substantially less.
Below, you'll find the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. Xbox Live Gold members receive additional discounts on a number of titles through the paid subscription.
Many of the Xbox 360 games appear to be backward compatible so you'll be able to play them on your Xbox One and the upcoming Xbox Series X|S. Currently, Microsoft isn't adding any more backward compatible titles to the program, but that should change in 2021.
Which titles are you interested in? Did you pick any up? Let us know in the comments below.