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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Super Mario Odyssey are October 2017’s best-selling games

A northeastern cold snap proves that Fall is all… as does the massive number of new releases that cracked The NPD Group’s list of best-selling games from October 2017. WB Games’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War lead the way at #1, but it was closely followed by Assassin’s Creed Origins at #2, Super Mario Odyssey at #3, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole at #4.

Nintendo actually had a huge month, placing four titles in the Top 20 (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#15), Mario Kart 8 (#16), and Fire Emblem Warriors (#17) were the others), as well as owning the top two hardware platforms. However, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that overall industry sales still dropped 11% versus October 2016 to $825 million:

With interest in the Switch and the Super NES Classic still sky-high, Nintendo hardware managed to account for two-thirds of the hardware sales generated. That being said, NPD noted that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling hardware platform year-to-date. Furthermore, in the accessories category, the black DualShock 4 wireless controller was both the best-selling accessory of October, and the best-selling accessory year-to-date.

The complete Top 20 from October 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Danger Zone, Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4, more added to Xbox Store

I’m not sure Kenny Loggins knew what he was about to unleash upon the world when he recorded “Danger Zone” in the late 80s. But after adding extra cool points to Top Gun and inspiring countless jokes on Archer, the phrase was borrowed by Three Fields for Danger Zone, their Burnout-inspired vehicular crack ’em up… and it’s now available to download for the Xbox One.

Also available to download for the Xbox One today are two big franchise games… WB Games and Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (which is also an Xbox Play Anywhere title) and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 4: Who Needs You.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Raiden V, more added to PS Store

Epics of various shapes and sizes are the order of business in this week’s PlayStation Store update.

WB Games and Monolith will return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy world with Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on the PS4. Bethesda will follow suit with a similar return trip to The Evil Within 2, the newest entry in their epic horror franchise.

Fans of epic vertically-scrolling shooters will also be pleased to learn that Raiden V: Director’s Cut will be available to download for the PS4 this week. And speaking of space opera, Telltale also plans to launch Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 4: Who Needs You for the PS4 this week.

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store (including a handful of Vita games) after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Middle-Earth Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Friday the 13th, More

There might never be one game to rule them all… but the One Right returns to video games this week in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

We’re also getting closer to Halloween and that means a pair of horror games are on the horizon. Bethesda is back this week with The Evil Within 2 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. And Gun Media will launch a retail edition of Friday the 13th: The Game for the PS4 and Xbox one.

You can read all about the rest of this week’s new retail releases after the break. (more…)

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Shelob isn’t just a giant spider in the latest Middle-Earth: Shadow of War trailer

Shelob is quite possibly the most famous spider in all of fiction, but the character will become so much more in this Fall’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

“The Spider” revealed her human form to Talion and Celebrimbor in a new trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War that was released during this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Players will actually approach Shelob as something of an ally, and she’ll provide visions that help push the game’s plot forward. While that sounds like a good deal for Talion, I’m not sure I’d be able to trust a giant spider.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 10.

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God of War 4, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, new Assassin’s Creed, multiple unannounced titles, more to be unveiled during E3 Coliseum

The full lineup of panels for Geoff Keighley’s inaugural E3 Coliseum has been announced, and it looks like the series will give fans a closer look at God of War 4, Assassin’s Creed 2017, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, and several other upcoming titles. Keighley will also offer a showcase to a few games yet-to-be-announced from Bethesda Softworks, Square Enix, and Epic Games.

If you won’t be attending this year’s E3 Expo, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to tune in as most E3 Coliseum panels will be broadcast through Facebook Live, Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube.

You can find the complete E3 Coliseum schedule after the break. (more…)

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War delayed by WB Games; October 10 is the new release date

In a post on the game’s official forums earlier today, Monolith Community Manager Andy Salisbury revealed that Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has officially been delayed. Originally scheduled to launch on August 22, the development team has decided to push back the game’s release to ensure they can deliver “the highest quality experience”:

Salisbury also confirmed that publisher WB Games will have Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on display at this year’s E3 Expo, and you can read his full statement right here:

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will now launch worldwide on Oct. 10, 2017**.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War expands gameplay in every dimension, including the massive open world, the story, the RPG systems, and personal player stories of the Nemesis System. As with Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.

We understand that it might be disappointing to have to wait a little longer for the release and are sorry for the delay, but we are working hard to make an amazing game. We’re excited to show more at E3.

– The Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Team

**Some territories such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan will have a different release date.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will now be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 10.

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First Middle-Earth: Shadow of War gameplay walkthrough introduces improved Nemesis System

As foretold in last week’s announcement, WB Games and Monolith Productions have released the first gameplay walkthrough for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

The 16-minute video features a raid on a fortress in the mountain valley of Seregost, and reintroduces players to the Nemesis System. We also get our first look at Shadow of War’s personalized Orc army and how players can recruit followers to wage war against Sauron and his Overlords:

Witness firsthand the next generation of the innovative Nemesis System… featuring the addition of Nemesis Fortresses… where players must utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and forge their personalized Orc army. In this video, Talion and Celebrimbor have used the power of the New Ring to recruit Followers in their assault on a fortress in the mountain valley of Seregost. This is just one of the millions of possibilities that players will experience in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is currently in development for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and will be released on August 22.

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