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Strafe will be released for the PC on March 28

Publisher Devolver Digital has announced that Strafe, Pixel Titans’s retro-inspired first person shooter, will be released for the PC on March 28.

Strafe is a roguelike first-person shooter pushing the limits of computer-generated photorealism and hardcore sci-fi action into unimaginable territory.

As a Scrapper on a impossibly dangerous mission at the edge of the galaxy, you only have one life to navigate all the nightmarish terrains of Strafe. When you die, nothing will ever be the same again.

Strafe is also in development for the PS4, and it’ll be available for Sony’s console at a later date. In the meantime, I suggest visiting the game’s official website, which will definitely make you nostalgic for 1996-era web design.

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Gigantic: Exile in the North update adds winter-themed skins and a goofy yeti named Pakko

Gigantic is currently available in Open Beta on Windows 10 and the Xbox One, and developer Motiga has now delivered the MOBA’s first major update: Exile in the North.

The wintry update will include new character skins and weapon skins for Wu and Tripp. But Exile in the North’s major addition to the game is a brand new character named Pakko. Pakko is a happy-go-lucky yeti who slides into battle on his butt and can hurl exploding snowballs at enemy squads. He can also deliver a painful barrage of melee attacks and exhale icy breath to stop the competition cold.

New Hero: Pakko
A huggable, playful giant who has no problem keeping cool in the heat of battle. The happy-go-lucky Pakko slides into action, pummeling foes with powerful paws while maneuvering around opponents with surprising agility.

New Winter Themed Skins

  • Pakko – “I’m Tido!”
  • Wu – “Mercy Gi”
  • Wu – “Shadow’s Chill”
  • Tripp – “Citadel of Frost”
  • Tripp – “Shock Therapy”

New Winter Themed Weapon Skins

  • Wu – “Mark of Corruption”
  • Tripp – “Icicle Shards”

A trailer starring Pakko has been embedded above, and the complete Patch Notes for Exile in the North can be found on Gigantic’s official website.

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CoD: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, The Division are the best-selling games of 2016

The video game industry should definitely be celebrating right now, as The NPD Group has announced that consumers spent $30.4 billion on hardware, software, peripherals, and in-game purchases in 2016. This is a slight increase over 2015 revenues, which totaled a measly $30.2 billion.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella attributed some of this growth to the emergence of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. He also cited the “cultural phenomenon” that was Pokemon Go and the subsequent release of Pokemon Sun and Moon on the 3DS.

“Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC, virtual reality, subscription, portable, and digital console segments,” Piscatella said. “Consumers have more options to purchase and enjoy entertainment software than ever before, while developers have more and easier ways of delivering that content. No matter the delivery platform, entertainment software has never been more engaging, diverse or accessible.”

However, none of those games managed to crack the top ten for 2016, which was once again dominated by Activision’s Call of Duty franchise. Even though it launched to less-than-stellar reviews and a negative fan reaction, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was still the best-selling game in 2016. Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III was also represented in the top ten, at #8.

Tom Clancy’s The Division (#3) and Overwatch (#7) proved that new franchises can still make some noise in the NPD’s annual ranking, but perennial best-sellers like NBA 2K17 (#4), Madden NFL 17 (#5), and FIFA 17 (#9) also sold well in 2016, as did strong sequels such as Battlefield 1 (#2) and Final Fantasy XV (#10).

You can find the NPD’s list of best-selling games throughout all of 2016 after the break. (more…)

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare repeats as the best-selling game of December 2016

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launched on November 4, and it easily took the crown as the best-selling game for the whole month. Today, The NPD Group revealed the best-selling games for December, and Infinite Warfare managed to repeat as the top title.

While Activision’s shooter series continued to be a favorite among gift givers at the end of the year, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV had an almost equally impressive retail peformance.

“Although a Call of Duty has now topped the December sales chart for the ninth consecutive year, Final Fantasy XV was the best-selling game for the PS4 during the month,” NPD Analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.biz. “Final Fantasy XV was the second best-selling title for December 2016… Final Fantasy XV experienced the best console launch month in the history of the franchise selling 19% more new physical units than Final Fantasy XIII in its launch month and 54% more in total dollar revenue including digital full game sales.”

The remainder of the top ten should look familiar as it contains several of 2016’s biggest games including Battlefield 1 (#3), Madden NFL 17 (#4), NBA 2K17 (#5), Watch Dogs 2 (#6), FIFA 17 (#8), and Pokemon Sun and Moon (#8 and #10, respectively). 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V also cracked the best-sellers list for December at #7.

You can find the complete top ten in list form after the break. (more…)

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Latest trailer for Call of Cthulhu: The Game is full of Lovecraftian scares

If you’re allergic to dread and menace, I would suggest skipping the latest trailer for Cyanide’s game adaptation of Call of Cthulhu. But if not, dive right in, and experience a glimpse at some of the creepier themes from H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction.

A Private Detective, Edward Pierce is a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family on a backwater island. Pierce is used to trusting his instincts, but with whale mutilations and disappearing bodies, this is only the beginning as reality becomes skewed. As your investigation leads you closer to the sphere of influence of the Great Dreamer, you will start to doubt everything you see. You will have to find balance between your own sanity, and your determination in finding out what lurks in the shadows – as they say that madness is the only way that can bring you to the truth.

Call of Cthulhu will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime this year.

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Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 will be released for PC and Xbox One on March 7; PS4/Xbox One disc release will be available on same day

Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 got a surprise launch on the PS4 last month, with Capcom promising the game would eventually make its way to the PC and Xbox One in March. Today, the publisher confirmed that Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 will indeed be available for the PC and Xbox One on March 7.

According to the Capcom-Unity blog, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 will also receive a retail release on the PS4 and Xbox One on the same day. The $29.99 package will include the game and an exclusive 10-page comic featuring art from Sean Chen and Gerardo Sandoval.

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 originally launched on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. A fourth game in the franchise, Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite, will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime later this year.

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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be released in April

Yacht Club Games has confirmed (via the PlayStation Blog) that Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be available in April.

The Specter of Torment expansion will serve as a prequel to the entire Shovel Knight saga, and will actually turn the game into an acrobatic platformer reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden. Body Swap Mode, Two-Player Co-Op, and a Sound Test Mode will also be available as part of the free update.

Fans who want to give Specter of Torment a shot before its Spring debut should find a way to travel down to San Antonio next weekend, because the developer is going to demo the expansion at this year’s PAX South expo.

However, if you’ve never played Shovel Knight before, you’ll be able to dig into the series in a new way this April. New fans will be able to pick up Specter of Torment as a standalone game, and Yacht Club also plans to re-release the original campaign (rechristened Shovel of Hope) and the Plague of Shadows expansions separately as well. Current owners of Shovel Knight will be upgraded to the Treasure Trove bundle, which will also be available in April, and will include access to all future Shovel Knight content.

The Specter of Torment expansion will be available in April for all owners of Shovel Knight on the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One.

The standalone re-releases (Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment) will also be available in April for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

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Little Nightmares will be released for PC, PS4, Xbox One on April 28

Bandai Namco and Tarsier Studios have announced that Little Nightmares will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 28.

Little Nightmares was first revealed by Bandai Namco back in August during the Gamescom expo. The spooky little adventure stars Six, “a helpless little girl dressed in a yellow raincoat on a mission to escape from The Maw”:

Little Nightmares presents a grim shadow-filled adventure through an interactive storyline, outstanding sound design, and a unique art-style that is sure to deliver eerie chills and goosebumps. Players will discover that Little Nightmares blurs the lines between dreams and nightmares as they explore The Maw in an effort to escape its nightmarish confines. Gruesome enemies and environments can be found at every turn on this strange vessel; the fate of Six lies in the skillful hands of hands of players.

Little Nightmares was initially designed as a digital title, but Bandai Namco also plans to release a special retail-only Six Edition for the game. Available from your favorite retailer for $34.99, the “themed cage box” will include a 4″ tall Six figurine, the original game soundtrack, a sticker board, and an exclusive poster.

Bandai Namco also released a new trailer for Little Nightmares to go along with the release date announcement, and it’s been embedded above.

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