Xbox Live users will have access to a new range of Xbox One games this week, some of which will require access to the subscription service.
The coming days will see five new games added to the Microsoft Store and will all be available to download and play by the end of the week.
This all kicks off today, January 7, with the release of Absolver on Xbox One.
It should be noted that the new online multiplayer combat experience will require an active Xbox Live subscription.
Absolver places you behind the mask of a Prospect by the ever-present Guides, rulers of the fallen Adal Empire that will determine your worth in joining their elite corps of enforcers.
“Wander forsaken lands, encounter others to learn new combat skills, acquire weapons and armor, and engage in solo duels and intense three-on-three battles.
Microsoft has also confirmed that Absolver will be available for Xbox Game Pass members.
This means that if you have an active Xbox Game Pass, there is no need to buy Absolver from the Store.
It follows the shock news that there has been a clear lack of well-reviewed Xbox One exclusives over the past few months.
A new report from Metacritic points out that the Xbox One failed to offer a truly exclusive Xbox One game in 2018.
The likes of Forza Horizon 4 was a hit with fans but was also available on PC, with Metacritic posting: “Microsoft failed to offer a compelling case to pick up an Xbox One rather than another console in 2018.
“The best “console exclusive” titles released for XB1 last year could also be played on your PC, and there wasn’t a single game exclusive to Xbox One alone that received positive reviews from critics.
“But if you already own an XB1? Well, there were plenty of great games added in 2018, with an impressive (though equal to PS4) seven new titles scoring 90 or higher, including the year’s best overall game.”
And for those on the lookout for more titles to download on Xbox One, there are another four games being launched this week.
Aftercharge on January 10, 2019 – A 3 v 3 competitive game pitting invisible robots against an invincible security squad in high-voltage tactical skirmishes. The robots must sneak around to punch down all the energy extractors on the site while the guards are tasked to spot the attackers. It’s up to you to stop them and put an end to the uprising.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition on January 11, 2019 – Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tales of Vesperia and the return of this fan-favorite with the Definitive Edition.
Hive Jump on January 11, 2019 – Xbox One X Enhanced – Assume the role of the Jumpers and blast your way through subterranean alien hives in chaotic run-and-gun 2D platforming action. Up to four players can band together via local multiplayer to destroy aliens, avoid traps, collect treasures and lost relics.
Void Vikings on January 11, 2019 – Arcade style, top-down 2.5D space shooter where intense action is the focus and choosing the right education could pay off. Manage your Space Bucks to destroy your student loans before you die.
Resident Evil 2 also arrives on January 25 and does away with the traditionally fixed camera angles and tank controls.
The good news for Xbox One X owners is that Resident Evil 2 will be enhanced from day one, meaning better performance.
Resident Evil 2 is available in Standard Edition (includes Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield Samurai Edge Deluxe Weapons), Deluxe Edition (everything in Standard Edition plus Extra DLC Pack which includes 5 additional costumes, a specially-designed handgun, and the classic in-game soundtrack. weapon, and the original soundtrack).
Kingdom Hearts 3 will be one of the last releases of January and possibly the biggest of the bunch.
Having been in development for years, Square Enix is finally ready to unleash their biggest KH instalment yet.