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A trio of new releases stood atop the NPD Group’s recounting of the best-selling games of August 2016, but Madden NFL 17 unsurprisingly took the top spot.
EA’s juggernaut is almost always unstoppable during the calendar’s eighth month, but it was equally unsurprising to see No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided take up residence at #2 and #3, respectively.
NPD analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.biz: “The release of strong new titles such as Madden NFL 17, No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided bolstered console software dollar sales by 8%.”
The remainder of this month’s best-sellers included the usual mix of big titles from 2015 and 2016, with some Grand Theft Auto V (#4) and Minecraft (#9) tossed in for flavor.
A full look at August 2016’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)
With a sweltering Summer in full swing, game publishers mostly skipped the month of July. And nowhere is this more evident than the monthly NPD ranking of best-selling games, which was topped by Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, a game that was originally released almost three years ago. The only new release to crack the top ten in July was Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations, which claimed the #4 spot.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD analyst Sam Naji said: “Lack of strong new titles for the month resulted with poor comparison with last July’s Batman: Arkham Knight with consumers spending 14 percent less year-on-year on hardware, software and accessories. However, the release of Monster Hunter: Generations and the price drop for the 2DS helped to bolster spending for 3DS and 2DS hardware by 44%”
While brand new titles were a rare sight in the NPD’s July 2016 top ten, new-ish titles like Overwatch (#2), Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (#3), and Doom (#8) continue to be popular with shoppers.
The NPD Group continued their foray into tracking sales of digital downloads last month, though Capcom, Mojang, Bethesda, and Blizzard (for Battle.net sales) chose not to participate.
A full look at July 2016’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)
The NPD Group recently delivered their monthly report on the state of retail video game sales, and the market research firm once again crowned Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the best-selling game of the month. The military shooter’s January 2016 victory is its third straight, but the industry as a whole is in a bit of a slump due to last month’s lack of new releases.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, retail sales for new games totaled $212.7 million last month, down from $235.6 million in 2015. The NPD Group speculated that the lack of a highly-anticipated new title like Techland’s Dying Light might be the cause for the dip, which makes sense when you realize that only one new release, Lego Avengers, was able to crack the top ten. Across the entire industry, US consumers spent $605.2 million on games, consoles, and accessories in January 2016, which was slightly down from January 2015’s total of $627.6 million.
Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, Minecraft, and a few others continue to tally impressive sales. And you can find them all in the full top ten list of January 2016’s best-selling games, which is available after the break. (more…)
While financial folks continue to claim that the Call of Duty franchise is in freefall, the latest game in the series still managed to top the sales charts in December. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which also topped the list in November, beat out several other strong contenders for the public’s Christmas dollars including Star Wars: Battlefront (#2) and Fallout 4 (#3). There weren’t too many new releases available in December, but one, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (#7), managed to crack the top ten.
However, the the biggest surprise in the NPD Group’s December report might be that Minecraft: Story Mode landed at #9… even though the game disc available in stores only contains the first episode. Interestingly, it placed just behind the original Minecraft, which was firmly locked in at #8.
Even with a dearth of new releases, December 2015 was a good one from a financial perspective, which NPD analyst Liam Callahan shared with GamesIndustry.biz: “December 2015 was the best month on record for PS4 and Xbox One, and the second-best for the Wii U in terms of new physical software unit sales. This also meant that it was the best month of total eighth generation new physical software sales.”
The full top ten list for December 2015 can be found after the break. (more…)
Xbox Store Today: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Just Cause 3, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, more
Just like this week’s PlayStation Store update, Ubisoft and Square Enix are sitting at the top of the Xbox Games Store update with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege and Just Cause 3.
Ubisoft counter-terrorism shooter for the Xbox One is the first new entry in the series in seven years and promises a new 5v5 “Fortify Versus Defend” mechanic that focuses on environmental destruction (or protection if you’re the defending team). And speaking of destruction, Just Cause 3 will let players tear it up on the Xbox One as players will once again step into Rico Rodriguez’s wingsuit as he flings himself off cliffs in search of another dictator on another island paradise. Don’t forget your grapple gun!
Also available this week is The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, a Diablo-like action RPG that stars the famed vampire hunter. But you’ll have to fight more than a few bloodsuckers as mad science run amok “threatens the fragile peace between monster and mortal.” If that sounds like your kind of thing, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is available as a free download all month as part of Microsoft’s Games With Gold program.
More information on all three of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
We’re getting closer to the end of the year, but there’s still plenty of life left in Sony’s weekly PlayStation Store updates.
Ubisoft leads off this week with the release of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege for the PS4. The counter-terrorism shooter is the first new entry in the series in seven years and promises a new 5v5 “Fortify Versus Defend” mechanic that focuses on environmental destruction (or protection if you’re the defending team).
Speaking of destruction, Just Cause 3 is also available for the PS4 from Square Enix and Avalanche Studios this week. Players will once again step into Rico Rodriguez’s wingsuit as he flings himself off cliffs in search of another dictator on another island paradise. And don’t forget your grapple gun!
Rockstar makes a surprise appearance on the PlayStation Store this week with a PS3 re-release for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This re-release is no doubt similar to the Xbox-to-Xbox 360 upgrade the game received last year.
Finally this week, The Legend of Kage is now available to download on the PS4 as part of the Arcade Archives series. Kage is one of the best side-scrollers from the 80s, so don’t let it sneak up on you!
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Entertainment Weekly described Tom Clancy’s prose as “tortured” when the magazine reviewed Rainbox Six in 1998. Ubisoft settled on a considerably more acclaimed writer of words when looking for the perfect narration for the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege launch trailer.
William Shakespeare’s “Once more unto the breach” passage from Henry V (with narration by Idris Elba) is used to illustrate the game’s “Infiltrate Versus Fortify” style and background music from Handel’s “Sarabande” gives the special forces/terrorist skirmishes a nice Die Hard feel. There’s little to no gameplay footage, but the trailer is a nice overview of the game’s theme nonetheless.
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.”
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this Tuesday, December 1.
Three big games will be available in stores this week, including the long-awaited continuation of the Xenoblade series and the return of Rico Rodriguez.
That’s right, everyone’s favorite high-flying secret agent is back in Just Cause 3 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Taking place on a “Mediterranean island paradise,” developer Avalanche Studios has promised that players will get to experience “complete vertical freedom” during their adventure with the ability to skydive, BASE jump, and free dive throughout the game’s open world.
Also available this week is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Teams of five will use tactical strategies to either defend their base or break into it in a new “Infiltrate versus Fortify” style for the operatives versus terrorists series. The oft-forgotten Wii U gets a chance to shine this week too as Nintendo’s console is almost home to Xenoblade Chronicles X, another entry in their popular sci-fi RPG series. This time around, Players will be able to ride a personalized mechs called Skells and join online squads to battle massive bosses.
It’s not a new game, but a stealth re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will also be available in stores for the PS3 this week.
Finally, Microsoft will release the Xbox One 1TB Elite Bundle this week, which includes a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive for faster access times and an Elite Wireless Controller. But more power requires a bigger credit card as Microsoft has priced the Xbox One 1TB Elite Bundle at $499.99.
A complete rundown of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)