Fans have been asking to send the Call of Duty franchise back to the European Theater for years, and now that Activision has finally delivered, those same fans have gleefully opened their wallets. According to The NPD Group, Call of Duty: WWII was the best-selling game in November, as well as the best-selling game in all of 2017 (so far).
Call of Duty: WWII’s launch helped push November 2017’s total game, hardware, and accessory sales to $2.7 billion, an increase of 30% over last year. Other big performers that fuled the last four weeks of sales included Star Wars: Battlefront II (#2), Assassin’s Creed Origins (#3), Super Mario Odyssey (#6), and a big debut for Need For Speed: Payback (#8).
The complete Top 20 from last month can be found after the break.
The Nintendo eShop continues to grow by leaps and bounds on the Switch.
This week, fans of the console can download Enter the Gungeon, a critically-acclaimed twin-stick shooter from Dodge Roll Games. Also available this week is Yooka-Laylee, a 3D platformer from a team of developers that was responsible for the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. Square Enix will bring back Romancing SaGa 2, a turn-based RPG originally released for the Super NES, in an enhanced remake. And Atooi will bundle together the Mutant Mudds Collection for Nintendo’s newest console.
Elsewhere on the Switch’s digital storefront, you’ll find Never Stop Sneakin’ this week. Developed by Humble Hearts, Never Stop Sneakin’ is a comedic homage to PSone-era stealth games like Metal Gear Solid. Switch owners will also get a double dose of pinball with the launch of both Pinball FX3 and Stern Pinball Arcade.
You can learn more about the rest of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop after the break.
Telltale Games has announced that Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 will come to an end on December 19. That’s because the season finale, Episode 5: Above and Beyond, will be released next week for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. Naturally, Jesse and friends will need to perform some bigtime heroics to make it out alive:
The home Jesse left so long ago — Beacontown — has succumbed to the iron rule of the Admin. Menacing guards patrol the streets, anxious citizens tremble in fear, and worst of all, everyone believes Jesse is responsible thanks to the Admin’s devious disguise. In order to save the city, the real Jesse must find a way to zap the Admin’s powers and take him down once and for all…
And as long as you’re all caught up, a new trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 – Episode 5: Above and Beyond has been embedded above.
One of 2017’s biggest games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has made its way to the Xbox One this week, and it’s now available to download through the Xbox Games Store. Capcom’s Okami HD joins the 100-player battle royale on the Xbox One this week, and a new generation of players will be able to experience the action-adventure in an (optional) widescreen format with enhanced visuals (including 1080p and 4K resolutions).
Finally today, Infinite Fall’s young adult adventure game, Night in the Woods, will make its way to the Xbox One.
You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.
Image & Form has announced plans to release an Ultimate Edition of SteamWorld Heist for the Nintendo Switch on December 28. SteamWorld Heist’s Ultimate Edition will include the original turn-based tactical shooter, as well as The Outsider expansion, and touchscreen controls when played in Handheld Mode:
A few centuries after SteamWorld Dig 2, it’s up to a hearty steambot crew to board, loot and shoot their way through enemy spaceships. With you as their captain! Take on the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your recruits with unique abilities, weapons — and even stylish hats!
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is fully optimized for Nintendo Switch and comes with extra content previously only available as DLC. Including a mysterious ally and a shipload of weapons, upgrades, hats, and missions. Accompanied by a catchy soundtrack by Steam Powered Giraffe, you’re in for an out-of-this-world adventure.
You can spy a new trailer for the SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition up above.
Fresh off this year’s PlayStation Experience, Sony has added a fresh batch of new games to the PlayStation Store.
Leading the pack (yes, that’s a dog joke) is Okami HD, a PS4 re-release of Capcom’s beloved action adventure. Players will once again be able to follow Amaterasu on her quest to defeat Orochi, and the game’s sumi-e ink art style is now available in 4K resolution.
Going slightly smaller is the launch of Lucas Pope’s Papers Please on the Vita. The Communist immigration inspector simulation made a big splash on the PC in 2013, and a portable version is now available for Sony’s handheld.
Finally this week, Square Enix will bring Romancing Saga 2 to the PS4 and Vita on Friday, December 15. The turn-based RPG was originally released for the Super NES in 1993, this new version will include enhanced graphics, as well as a new dungeon, two new character classes, a new “Avalonian Gardens” game system, an additional scenario, and a New Game Plus mode.
You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store after the break.
Starting today, Overwatch players will once again get to walk through a “Winter Wonderland.” Players will be able to take part in the seasonal event until January 2nd, which will include more holiday-themed loot, two “Mei-themed brawls,” and a few redecorated maps:
Winter Wonderland has returned to Overwatch! From now until January 2, take a stroll through the decked halls of Hanamura, King’s Row, and Black Forest, put your enemies on ice in not one, but two Mei-themed brawls, and unwrap all new holiday-themed loot including legendary skins like Casual Hanzo, Rime Sombra, Beachrat Junkrat, Snow Owl Ana, and more.
Stay frosty, heroes, and happy holidays from all of us at Blizzard!
Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s Director, had more to say about this year’s “Winter Wonderland” event in the latest Developer Update video. You can find it after the break.
Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment have announced that the first three episodes from Life Is Strange will be available to download through the iOS App Store beginning this Thursday, December 14. The reality-bending adventure game will be brought to iOS devices by Black Wing Foundation, and it’ll include several mobile-exclusive features:
Features Exclusive to Mobile
Enhanced User Interface for full touch screen integration.
Life Is Strange iMessage Stickers.
Share your game progress on social media and compare your story choices with friends.
An all-new Photo Mode allows you to take pictures, modify them with filters and share them easily.
“Everyone here at Dontnod is really excited to share the adventures of Max and Chloe in Life Is Strange with a new audience on mobile,” said Oskar Guilbert, Dontnod’s CEO. “We welcome new players to Arcadia Bay’s community and look forward to discovering the story choices that they make during their stay.”
After completing the first three chapters, players will be able to continue Life Is Strange’s story on their iOS device in Early 2018, which is when Square Enix plans to release Episode 4: Dark Room and Episode 5: Polarized.