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Our favourite Bethesda games have just landed on Xbox Game Pass

By Joshua Appadoo April 7, 2021

Something momentous in the history of gaming has occurred! Xbox has welcomed Bethesda, maker of some of the best games of recent memory, into its crew of studios, developers and gamers. What does this mean for us Game Pass fans though?

Well, it’s pretty simple – it means that the Xbox Game Pass library of games you can download and play to your heart’s content has expanded yet again, giving us even more new adventures to embark on!

I’m a huge Bethesda fanboy – they’re right up the top of my list of favourite game developers, and some of their titles are in my top ten games of all time, so you can guess I’m pretty stoked.

If we’re talking about gaming as a whole, the original DOOM can’t go bywithout mention. Dating all the way back to 1993, DOOM cemented the fundamentals of how we play FPS games today. Even thinking back now, I can remember playing the original DOOM on my family’s first PC – it was running Windows 95, with a big chunky CRT monitor – it was an incredible experience!

In case you missed it, Bethesda expanded on the DOOM franchise with the latest instalment, DOOM Eternal, delivering an insane soundtrack, fast paced gameplay and so many guns. Seriously, I recommend you go download and play all of the DOOM games today! Now, if only there was a convenient way to play them all on one console…

Bethesda has always had a strong line-up of games since it began developing them way back in 1988, from all The Elder Scrolls games to Brink (it’s an underrated gem of a game, by the way), so for me they’ve have always stood out as publishing some of the most amazing games. But in 2008 they took the world by storm yet again, with a re-invention of a classic title! Fallout was already a seminal post-apocalyptic role-playing game, but Bethesda’s Fallout 3, New Vegas and Fallout 4 brought that gritty world to a new era of gaming.

Back in my day, if you wanted to play a Fallout game with your friends, you had to have two consoles in the same room – but not anymore. Fallout 76 spins the MMO genre on its head, allowing you to build, explore, survive and make new friends in the post-nuclear wastelands of Appalachia. Just try not to make too many enemies.

Speaking of resurrecting old titles, they’ve done it again with Wolfenstein: The New Order. You may remember this game from way back when having a similar visual style to the original DOOM and also including a mecha-Hitler battle – that’s not included in the remake.

Today, it’s a beautifully written and tastefully violent adventure through an alternate history post-World War II. Trading up to some mecha war dogs and revolving around a plot of colonising the Moon with a secret military base, Wolfenstein: The New Order is an adventure in a league of its own, and boy is it a fun one!

Whichever Bethesda title you choose to start with, you’re guaranteed hours upon hours of lore, character development and enjoyment! My honourable mentions for Bethesda favourites of course go to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Prey and The Evil Within. From FPS games to sprawling RPG mammoths, they’ve got you covered.

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We’re giving away 10 Xbox Series S Game Night packs for an epic night in

By Luke Hopewell March 31, 2021

Tell us what your perfect #GameNight is and go in the running to win a big night in thanks to Telstra and Xbox.

What does game night mean to you? Footy? Board games? When I was a kid, the greatest game night in history was the LAN party. I still remember one afternoon when I installed a new graphics card bought with my pocket money into the family computer, and cart it over to my mate’s place for some all-night Starcraft action.

And when Halo came out, it only got better. I’d borrow the family car and cart my first-gen Xbox and weighty CRT TV over to a friend’s place and get ready for some hardcore system link play. Cherry cola, network cables snaked around the house and The Prodigy on the stereo until the early hours? The perfect game night.

These days, game night looks a little different. Especially with the gorgeous, all-digital Xbox Series S, which packs next-gen power into a tiny and stylish parcel, so players can jump in and out of games faster than ever and even pre-order and pre-install games so they are ready to play at the moment of launch. Carrying that bad boy around can be accomplished with just a satchel bag. No minivan required for transport to that LAN party!

And with Xbox All Access from Telstra, you’ll also carry with you access to 100+ games on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ready to go.

Together with Xbox, we want to make the game night of your dreams come true so you can party with your squad like it’s 2001.

All you’ll have to do is jump on social and tell us what your perfect #GameNight looks like (mostly because we’re after ideas for our next one!)

You’ll be in the running to win one of our exclusive Xbox All Access Game Night Packs, which includes an Xbox Series S with white Xbox Wireless controller; 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership; extra controller (for Player Two); luxe Crumpler backpack (to cart your new console around in); customised Xbox All Access hoodie, and more.

How to enter

(Update: Thanks everyone for playing! We’ve been blown away by your #GameNight ideas. Needless to say that Friday at our place won’t be boring for the next few months! We will be contacting the winners and posting their names shortly.)

We have ten Game Night packs to give away, thanks to our partnership with Xbox for Xbox All Access, each valued at over $1200 (inc GST). All you have to do to be in the running to win one is to share with us, in writing, still or video content, what your perfect game night would be by:

  • posting a response to the Xbox Series S Game Night promotional post on Telstra’s social channels (including Twitter and Facebook); or
  • posting on your own Instagram, Twitter or YouTube page or account, tagging @telstra and including the hashtag #GameNight in that post.

Entries open on 31 March 2021 and close on 13 April 2021, and you can check out the terms and conditions here. Eligibility requirements are set out in the terms and conditions. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in the outcome.

Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access

Telstra and Xbox All Access, the all-inclusive way to get a next gen console and Game Pass Ultimate, for one monthly price. The Xbox Series S is an all-digital next-gen console designed to deliver faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds in our smallest Xbox ever. Its speeds will help you enjoy more gaming and less waiting.

Experience next-gen gaming with no upfront cost, available in-store and online, the Xbox Series S is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*. With the Xbox Series S you can also play some of your favourite games from the previous generations of consoles including Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Original Xbox titles with backward compatibility and many of these games will look and play better than ever.

To find out more about Xbox All Access from Telstra for your next game night, check out Telstra.com.

Things you need to know

* Min cost $792 when you stay connected for 24 months plus your data plan charges. Eligibility criteria apply. You can only order one next-gen console per customer.

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All the new games on Xbox All Access: March 2021

By Luke Hopewell March 24, 2021

A new month means new games for customers with Xbox All Access from Telstra. This month adds incredible new titles to the library, including Star Wars: Squadrons and more.

Here’s what’s coming to Game Pass for March.

Undertale (Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – Available now

Fall into the underworld and explore a hilarious and heartwarming world full of dangerous monsters. Date a skeleton, dance with a robot, cook with a fishwoman… or destroy everyone where they stand. The future is yours to determine in this critically acclaimed role-playing game from indie developer Toby Fox.

Empire of Sin (Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – March 18
Empire of Sin is a strategy game based in the 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago underworld. Step into the wing-tipped shoes of real and fictional gangsters like Al Capone or Stephanie St. Clair to build and manage your criminal empire. Schmooze, swindle, and strategise your way to the top.

Nier: Automata (PC) – March 18

Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on… a war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world.

Star Wars: Squadrons (Console) EA Play – March 18

The New Republic fights for freedom. The Empire demands order. The Galactic Civil War is at a tipping point in a time where ace pilots on both sides could make all the difference. Master the art of starfighter combat in Star Wars: Squadrons, coming soon to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Torchlight III (PC) – March 18
In Torchlight III, Novastraia is again under threat of invasion and it’s up to you to defend against the Netherim and its allies. Gather your wits and brave the frontier to find fame, glory, and a new adventure!

Genesis Noir (Console and PC) ID@Xbox – March 25

A noir adventure spanning time and space. When a love triangle between cosmic beings becomes a bitter confrontation, you’ll witness a gunshot fired by a jealous god—otherwise known as The Big Bang. Jump into the expanding universe and search for a way to destroy creation and save your love.

Octopath Traveler (Console and PC) – March 25
Eight travellers. Eight adventures. Eight roles to play. Embark on an epic journey across the vast and wondrous world of Orsterra and discover the captivating stories of each of the eight travellers. Use each character’s distinctive abilities in and out of battle and make decisions to shape your path.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition (PC) ID@Xbox – March 25
Bend the world to your will as you explore the depths of infinite possibilities, including detailed character customisation, total freedom of exploration, and more meaningful choices at every turn. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Ultimate Edition redefines the role-playing game experience for a new generation.

Supraland (PC) ID@Xbox – March 25
Save the red-stick figure village in this hit first-person, open-world, action-puzzle platformer. Roam and explore a grand interconnected world, unlock new versatile abilities, and combine them to overcome imaginative puzzles or uncover shrouded secrets.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Console and PC) – March 25

Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, returns with the dream of living a quiet life. But soon he discovers Haruka has been in an accident and is now in a coma, leaving her young son, Haruto, without care. To protect this child, Kiryu takes Haruto to the last place Haruka was spotted, Onomichi, Hiroshima. Why are the Tojo Clan and Yomei Alliance both after Haruto? Kiryu will have to navigate through the criminal underworld he left behind and fight for the answers to keep the family he loves safe.

Narita Boy (Console and PC) ID@Xbox – March 30

Become symphonic in Narita Boy! A radical action-adventure as a legendary pixel hero trapped as a mere echo within the Digital Kingdom. Discover the mysteries behind the Techno-sword, lock swords with the corrupt and tainted Stallions. Save the world!

Outriders (Console) – April 1

Outriders brings intense action and deep role-playing to Xbox Game Pass! Developed by People Can Fly, veterans of the shooter genre, Outriders presents a journey of survival across a savage planet, which can be tackled in both single player and 1-3 player co-op.

What is Xbox All Access from Telstra?

With Xbox All Access, you can take up either an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S console and get access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting from $33/month for the Xbox Series S when you stay connected for 24 months.

An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games, and access to EA Play at no additional cost. 

New games are added all the time, so there’s always something new to play. Plus, enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts, play together with friends on the most advanced multiplayer network and discover your next favourite game.

Get in on the action

If you don’t have Xbox All Access yet, now is a great time to join with the latest generation Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

We currently have a good amount of stock of the Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access available both in-store and online. This console offers next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever, and is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*.

Games recently added to Xbox Game Pass include Madden NFL 21 with Star Wars™ Squadrons upcoming later this month.

Head to our website to find out more about Xbox All Access from Telstra, and to sign–up.

Things you need to know about Xbox All Access

Available to Telstra consumer postpaid customers only. Prices vary by console. Stock is limited. Limit of one pre-order per customer account. If you cancel, your monthly subscription within the first 24 months you will need to pay out the remainder of your Xbox console as a one-off payment on your next bill. In order to receive your paid months of Games Pass, you must have activated your Games Pass before you cancel. You cannot activate Games Pass after you cancel. Any months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Live Gold, or Game Pass that you have paid for but not yet used will remain on your account after you cancel until they expire up to a maximum of 36 months, inclusive of the 24 months that is part of All Access. Roll onto monthly subscription on your Telstra bill at the standard market rate after 24 months. Your existing Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass membership(s) will convert to Ultimate at a conversion ratio, up to a max of 12 months (36 months inclusive of your All Access package). Learn more xbox.com/gamepass. To activate the Game Pass subscription that is part of Xbox All Access you will need to sign into your chosen Microsoft account on your new console. Learn more at xbox.com/digitaldirect. Game catalogue varies over time. Requires internet and suitable display. Not available in conjunction with other offers.

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Blockbuster Bethesda titles now on Xbox All Access from Telstra

By Luke Hopewell March 19, 2021

The best thing about Xbox All Access from Telstra is that you’re never far away from discovering your next favourite game on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Now some of our favourite all-time titles from Bethesda are set to be made available on the service. From classic dungeon crawlers updated for modern platforms to massive open-world adventures, there’s something for everyone.

Bethesda has spent decades crafting gorgeous and immersive worlds and stories for us to explore and enjoy. Thanks to a team up between Microsoft and Bethesda, many of these incredible stories are now available through Xbox All Access from Telstra.

Xbox All Access from Telstra means you can get the latest gaming hardware and a huge range of games, with no upfront fees, starting from $33 per month when you stay connected for 24 months. Included in the package, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you a month-to-month membership to access over 100 high-quality console and PC games with new titles added all the time. Plus, enjoy all the benefits of EA Play. It also includes all the online multiplayer benefits of Xbox Live Gold.

And now, some of our favourite Bethesda titles are included, too! Earlier this month, 20 Bethesda titles joined Xbox All Access, including:

Dishonored Definitive Edition

Disonored 2

DOOM (1993)




DOOM Eternal

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls Online*

The Evil Within

Fallout 4

Fallout 76

Fallout: New Vegas*



Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

And now that ZeniMax Media/Bethesda is part of the Microsoft family, you can expect to see more iconic titles from the studio drop onto Xbox All Access later this year.

Cutting edge performance with FPS Boost

The new Xbox All Access titles from Bethesda are set to look better than ever on the next-generation Xbox Series S and Series X hardware thanks to a little feature called FPS Boost.

FPS Boost takes advantage of the raw power available on the next-generation consoles to almost double the original framerate on select titles. Higher framerates mean buttery-smooth gameplay!

For five of the new Bethesda Xbox All Access titles – Dishonored: Definitive Edition, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Prey – players can expect to see an increase from 30 frames per second to almost 60 frames per second thanks to FPS Boost.

Some titles – such as Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 – have not had FPS Boost automatically-enabled by default, as it requires a reduction in the game’s resolution in order to run smoothly. You can turn on FPS Boost for these titles in the Manage Game>Compatibility Options section of any enhanced title. There you can also toggle Auto HDR to off or on.

To tell if you’re running either FPS Boost or Auto HDR in game, you can tap the Xbox Button on your controller to see the indicator in the upper-right hand corner of the Guide overlay.

Get in on the action

If you don’t have Xbox All Access yet, now is a great time to join with the latest generation Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

We currently have a good amount of stock of the Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access available both in-store and online. This console offers next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever, and is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*.

Games recently added to Xbox Game Pass include Madden NFL 21 with Star Wars™ Squadrons upcoming later this month.

Head to our website to find out more about Xbox All Access from Telstra, and to signup.

Things you need to know

* Title not available on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Revisit the Japanese underworld with Yakuza Remastered Collection

By Joshua Appadoo February 24, 2021

A high quality remaster of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5, restored in glorious HD, has landed on Xbox Game Pass. These flashy, brutal brawling games also dive deep into individual gangsters’ stories within the heart of the murky Japanese underworld.

The Yakuza series has been a timeless gaming series, spanning many main line games and tonnes of spinoff titles, which for a long time were unavailable to Xbox players. But now, thanks to the miracles of remastering, it’s now available on Xbox Game Pass – allowing an entirely new generation of players to experience the emotional and incredible world of Yakuza!

I really cannot get over how satisfying the combat is! It’s easy to pick up and hard to master; from not only getting to know and then fluidly utilising the combos and weapons strewn around the environment, to unlocking all the different fighting styles that each had new and different combos of their own, you’ll have a fun challenge ahead.

The styles do change a little bit from game to game, but you can expect to see some similarities so you won’t have to re-learn the combat system entirely as you progress through the series. The ‘Brawler’ style is a very rough array of attacks balancing out speed and power, ‘Rush’ style really hones in on the speed of your strikes, and the ‘Beast’ style is a powerful combat style to really pummel your enemies and really deal as much damage as possible! Personally, I default to the Rush style to really feel like Jason Bourne.

I very rarely see such well-written characters with such interesting backstories in games. It really shocks me that any of the Yakuza titles haven’t won a Game of the Year award yet – but I still have hope for future titles! The dialogue, while obviously silly at times to provide some contrast to the very serious life inside the yakuza, deals with betrayal around every corner, sees every member fighting for a leg up, and you fighting to protect your loved ones. The entire series of Yakuza weaves a tale of Kazuma’s struggle with his family as well as within gang politics; I promise you it’s much more riveting when you play!

This is one of those narrative driven games that I just can’t hype up enough. Grand Theft Auto might be the old school king of open-world crime games, but any of the Yakuza titles beat it in story any day of the week! The sixth entry in the franchise, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, comes to Xbox Game Pass in March, so get playing now to prepare yourself for it. If you play from now well into March and don’t sleep there’s just enough time (…I’m kidding, you need roughly 210 hours!) to catch up. Grab the popcorn and witness a game narrative unlike any other with the remastered Yakuza series, remastered for this latest generation of gaming.