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Mortal Kombat X killed the competition last month as it’s been crowned the top-selling game of April 2015 by The NPD Group. Aside from NetherRealm’s latest and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin at #8, the tracking firm’s report showed a top ten that was comprised solely of returning titles including Grand Theft Auto V at #2, Battlefield Hardline at #3, MLB 15: The Show at #4, and the well-loved Minecraft at #5.
Overall, it was a good month for the game industry as total sales rose 3% over April 2014. It’s a small gain, but it’s a gain nonetheless.
“Overall sales across hardware, new physical software, and accessories in April 2015 grew by 3% over April 2014 due to the strength of new physical software sales, which offset losses from hardware and accessories,” The NPD Group’s Liam Callahan told GamesIndustry.biz.
April 2015’s top ten best-selling titles (which also includes CoD: Advanced Warfare, NBA 2K15, the fourth Super Smash Bros. game, and a remastered Borderlands collection) can be found after the break. (more…)
The first Xbox Games Store update of the week is complete with a single new title now available for Xbox One owners. But this lone game is Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, an Xbox One re-release of one of 2014’s most-acclaimed titles. Upgraded graphics, new story bits, rearranged enemy placement, and all three downloadable expansions are just some of the new features Xbox One owners will get to try out starting today.
Here’s more information on Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin straight from Bandai Namco:
Xbox One Games
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin ($59.99)
The definitive edition of Dark Souls II, including all the Dark Souls II content released to-date in one package and much more. Enemy placement has been overhauled, resulting in a completely different play dynamic than experienced before. The safe zones that some players remembered are no longer safe!
A handful of new releases were added to the PlayStation Store today including this week’s Spring Fever selection, Bastion. Originally released for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2011, Bastion is the first game from Supergiant Games, the creators of last year’s well-liked Transistor. If you like your isometric action RPGs with a side on in-game narration, Bastion is one to look out for. Other new releases this week include…
- Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, PS3) – A re-release of Dark Souls II that includes all three DLC expansions, new story bits, and enhanced graphics.
- Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (PS4/PS3/Vita Cross-Buy) – A puzzle platformer sequel from Curve Studios.
- Tower of Guns (PS4/PS3 Cross-Buy) – A “bullet hell” first person shooter.
Just a few new releases will make their way to retail shelves this week, but they’re definitely games people have been waiting for…
Nintendo will release Xenoblade Chronicles 3D this week. The enhanced remake of the Wii RPG will include 3D visuals and a map/stats screen on the handheld’s second screen. Prospective purchasers might also want to know that Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is only compatible with the New 3DS XL and will not run on a standard 3DS or a 2DS. As you can see from the boxart, the game will also include Amiibo support, but good luck finding a Shulk Amiibo right now…
Another enhanced remake comes to the PS4 and Xbox One this week. From Software’s Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One for the first time and it’s packed with all three downloadable expansions, rebalanced difficulty, and new characters to help propel the story forward. This “Director’s Cut” version of the game will also be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Finally this week, Atlus and Spike Chunsoft will bring Etrian Mystery Dungeon to the 3DS. The turn-based action RPG will feature roguelike elements and an infinite number of procedurally-generated dungeons.
Almost two months from now, Bandai Namco will release Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for the PS4 and Xbox One. The Scholar of the First Sin package (which include all three downloadable expansion and other gameplay improvements) will mark the first time a game from the Dark Souls franchise will be available for new-generation consoles, though a PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 re-release is also planned.
To get gamers in the right mood, the publisher has released a brand new trailer for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin that focuses on the game’s world and the brutal combat that players will be forced to endure. Good luck.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be available on April 7.
Another major award show has announced their 2014/2015 nominees and, once again, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor lead the pack. This time, we’re discussing the 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards, where each game has secured five nominations apiece.
Naturally, both games are competing for the Game of the Year prize, alongside Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, and Shovel Knight. Dragon Age: Inquisition was also nominated for “Excellence in Gameplay,” “Excellence in Technical Achievement,” “Excellence in Narrative,” and “Excellence in Design and Direction.” Shadow of Mordor is up for most of the same secondary awards, except swap out “Excellence in Gameplay” for “Excellence in Animation.”
The winners of the 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards will be announced on Saturday, March 14 as part of the SXSW Gaming Expo, which runs from March 13th through the 15th in Austin, Texas. The first list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)
When Bandai Namco and From Software released Dark Souls II last year, some fans were disappointed that the game wasn’t also released for the PS4 and Xbox One. But good things come to those who wait as the publisher has announced that a special edition of the game, known as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, will be released for new-gen consoles and DirectX 11 PCs on April 7, 2015.
Bandai Namco will pack every piece of Dark Souls II content into the Scholar of the First Sin edition including the original game and all three DLC expansions (Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King). An array of new content will also be produced for Scholar of the First Sin including “an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC character along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements.” Naturally, Bandai Namco plans to improve the graphics in Scholar of the First Sin.
Finally, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will also be released on the PS3, Xbox 360, and DirectX 9 PCs with a slew of improvements. These improvements (which will also be available to current owners of the game as an update) will include “an additional NPC to seek out along the treacherous quest through Drangleic as well as expanded story, in-game events, improved balance, and online matchmaking functionality.”
Geoff Keighley’s VGX Awards replacement, The Game Awards, got a little more real as the show’s advisory board announced its inaugural list of nominees. Dozens of games were nominated in 16 categories, with six titles (Dark Souls II, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) notching three nominations apiece. Dark Souls II, Hearthstone, and Shadow of Mordor are all competing in the Game of the Year category against Bayonetta 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
A complete list of nominees can be found after the break. The 2014 Game Awards will take place on December 5 at the AXIS Theater in Las Vegas. (more…)