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The Games of September 2015
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Recent Articles: Diablo III
Despite some fan backlash at launch, Blizzard must be very pleased with the success of Diablo III. During their most recent financial report, it was revealed that the game has sold 30 million copies across the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Now it looks like Blizzard is gearing up to release a new entry in the series as an opening for an Art Director who will work on an “Unannounced Diablo Project” was recently posted on Blizzard’s Careers page.
Aside from asking that candidates possess a “deep understanding of the Diablo franchise,” there’s not much information in the listing. At this point, we dont even know if the project is Diablo IV or just a new expansion for Diablo III. And knowing Blizzard, it may be a while before we find out.
However, BlizzCon 2015 is just three months away (November 6-7 in Anaheim, California) and we may learn more about this mystery project then.
After selling more than five million copies in its first week of availability, Bungie’s Destiny easily took the top spot as the best-selling game of September 2014. New releases ruled last month as The NPD Group’s latest report revealed that seven games cracked the top ten.
At #3, EA’s FIFA 15 challenged Destiny for the crown, but came up short. It was followed by Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (#4), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (#5), NHL 15 (#6), The Sims 4 (#8), and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (#9). The only holdovers were Madden NFL 15 (#2), Minecraft (#7), and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#10).
According to Joystiq, despite Destiny’s massive success, game industry sales only grew by 2% over September 2013. Of course, September 2013 featured the release of Grand Theft Auto V, a singularly special event, and downloadable titles are constantly eating into retail’s market share. But good luck getting The NPD Group to admit to that.
This months top ten can be found in a handy list format after the break. (more…)
Surprise! Swery65, the demented genius behind the equally demented Deadly Premonition has unleashed the first two episodes (and a prologue) of D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die on the Xbox Games Store. The Xbox One murder mystery uses a striking cel-shaded art style and features another dose of the developer’s trademark sense of humor. Also available on the Xbox One Store today is Flockers, a Lemmings-like puzzler from Team17 (the creators of Worms).
Xbox 360 owners can finally download the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition beginning today. The $39.99 package includes both the original game and the Reaper of Souls expansion pack.
More details on all three games can be found after the break. (more…)
The Xbox One received a pair of new games in this week’s Xbox Live Games Store… and both are all about relaxing.
For example, what’s more relaxing than choosing your character and then busting the heads of a horde of demons? It calms the nerves and it rewards you with copious amounts of loot. I speak, of course, about Diablo III. Blizzard’s action RPG comes to the Xbox One as part of the Ultimate Evil Edition, which includes the original game and the Reaper of Souls expansion.
Also available this week is The Golf Club, a brand new golf simulation from a brand new studio. HB Studios has created a golf game that offers procedurally generated courses for endless rounds of golf. Fore!
More information on both games can be found after the break. (more…)
Sony has pushed another massive update onto the PlayStation Store. Let’s take a look at what new releases we can find on the PSN this week…
- Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS3, PS4), The Reaper of Souls expansion to the action RPG is now available on consoles, bundled with the original game.
- Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3), Bandai Namco’s action RPG finally makes it way to North America.
- CounterSpy (PS3/PS4/PS Vita Cross-Buy), the final PlayStation Store Play is a funky spy game that is playable on all your PlayStation systems.
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS3, PS4), the team-based shooter is now available for PlayStation platforms.
- Hotline Miami (PS4), the wild shooter can now be purchased on your PS4.
New Releases: Tales of Xillia 2, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
The Summer is winding down, but that’s a good thing for the New Releases calendar as three highly anticipated titles will make their way to store shelves this week.
The latest entry in Bandai Namco’s Tales series of action RPGs, Tales of Xillia 2, will finally make its North American PS3 debut. The game was originally released in Japan in 2012, but it’s better late than never. The next game in the franchise, Tales of Zestiria, will launch simultaneously in Japan and the rest of the world.
Also available this week is Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, the console-exclusive collection bundles together Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion into a single package. It’ll be available for the PS4 and Xbox One as well as the PS3 and Xbox 360.
A quick snippet during Sony’s E3 Press Conference revealed that the upcoming dungeon-crawler Diablo III: Ulimate Evil Edition (which will include the Reaper of Souls expansion) will receive a downloadable expansion which includes enemies from The Last of Us.
No release date was announced, but expect more info soon as the Ultimate Evil Edition launches this August.
Hey, wanna take a look at the PS4 version of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition? Specifically content from the Reaper of Souls expansion? If you said, “It probably looks like every other gameplay video of Diablo III we’ve seen over the last three years,” you would be correct. Still, there are worse ways to spend a minute and 41 seconds, as actiony Diablo III trailers are usually pretty fun.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on August 19.