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The conventional wisdom will tell you that 2015 was a down year for games and that all the good stuff got pushed back to 2016. But how can you trust the conventional wisdom when last year featured a ridiculously entertaining string of good games starring kid squids, gothic hunters, glitchy sci-fi heroes, and the lone survivor of a nuclear war. And all that’s before you dip into the millions of user-created levels from Super Mario Maker.
Yup, we think 2015 was a pretty great year for games, especially the ones that took home some hardware during our annual Golden Pixel Awards… (more…)
The Master Chief’s sales performance was masterful last month as players flocked to stores to purchase Halo 5: Guardians, making it the best-selling game in October 2015.
The fifth entry in Microsoft’s long-running shooter series wasn’t the only new release to rule the charts last month. Players also pushed their gaming dollars towards the newly available Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (#3), WWE 2K16 (#5), Yoshi’s Woolly World (#8), and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (#9). And the battle of the (plastic instrument) bands ended with Harmonix’s Rock Band 4 taking the #10 spot and Guitar Hero Live failing to chart. This month is also notable for another no-show as Minecraft was knocked out of the top ten for the first time in a long time. But it’ll surely climb the ranks again as the holiday season approaches.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, The NPD Group’s Liam Callahan confirmed that the game industry saw a year-over-year sales increase thanks to Halo 5 and the debut of Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite Controller: “Overall sales across physical software, hardware, and accessories experienced a modest 2% growth in October 2015 compared to October 2014. This was driven entirely by accessory sales, which grew by 18%, or just under $30 million.”
Halo 5 also helped sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One triumph over Sony’s PS4 on the monthly sales charts for the first time all year. Even more impressive, this happened after Sony officially dropped the price on the PS4.
The NPD Group’s complete top ten for October 2015 can be found after the break. (more…)
If you haven’t jumped onto the PS4 bandwagon just yet, now’s the time. Sony just announced a price cut for all PS4 bundles (via the PlayStation Blog) that will go into effect tomorrow, October 9.
The basic PS4 bundle will receive a permanent $50 discount, dropping from its current price of $399.99 to $349.99. This new pricing scheme also includes the upcoming bundles for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (available October 9) and Star Wars: Battlefront (available November 17).
Sony is also slashing the price on a trio of upcoming Limited Edition bundles. The Star Wars: Battlefront bundle with the amazing Darth Vader PS4, as well as the Disney Infinity: Star Wars bundle, will now be priced at $399.99 (originally $449.99). Both will be available in mod-November.
Finally, the 1TB PS4 included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III bundle will be priced at $429.99, a $20 drop from the original $449.99 price. This Limited Edition will launch alongside Black Ops III on November 6.
This will be the first major price drop for Sony’s PS4, coming roughly a year after Microsoft’s temporary (and then permanent) price drop for the Xbox One.
Nathan Drake is back this week as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be available to download through the PlayStation Store on Friday, October 9. The Nathan Drake Collection will mark the PS4 of the first three Uncharted games (Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake’s Deception) and all players who purchase it will receive access to the beta for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Several other big releases are now available as part of this week’s PlayStation Store update and they’re available today:
- Get out your old plastic instruments… Rock Band 4 (PS4) is the first new entry in the franchise in five years. Harmonix didn’t stray too far from the familiar Rock Band 4 in the jump to the PS4, even ensuring backwards compatibility with your old instruments and a vast majority of downloadable songs.
- Transformers: Devastation (PS4, PS3) is a Transformers-themed brawler from Platinum Games that is… wait for it… based on the original Generation 1 era. Believe it or not, Devastation is the first G1 game to ever be released in North America.
- Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4) is the latest strategy RPG from NIS America and the first entry in the series to be available for the PS4.
- Finally this week, Super Meat Boy (PS4 + PS Vita Cross-Buy) makes his PlayStation debut as the titular character’s ultra-hard platformer is now available for the PS4 and Vita.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s discounts and new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
It’s time to rock the world once more as Harmonix will release Rock Band 4 for the PS4 and Xbox One this week. In addition to the standard “Game Only” edition, the developer is also planning to replenish your stock of plastic instruments with a Rock Band 4: Guitar Bundle and a Band-In-A-Box Bundle.
Another big franchise that we’ll remember for centuries is coming back this week thanks to Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on the PS4. Also available as part of a 500GB PS4 + Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Bundle, the collection brings together Drake’s first three adventures and also includes an access code for the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End beta.
And speaking of characters that have been popular for centuries, Activision and Platinum have teamed up to produce Transformers: Devastation, a cel-shaded action game based on the franchise’s “Generation 1” era. It looks gorgeous and it’ll be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Finally, somebody told me that people love Nintendo’s adorable Chibi-Robo and NIS America’s Disgaea series of strategy RPGs. Fans are in luck this week, as new entries in both franchises are set to be released this week. Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash is a side-scrolling platformer for the 3DS, while Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance brings the series to the PS4 for the first time.
A complete list of this week’s new releases is available after the break. (more…)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End won’t be released until next year, but Sony is hoping that gamers will want to replay Nathan Drake’s many adventures on the PS4 this Fall in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Scheduled for release on October 9, The Nathan Drake Collection will bring Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception together in a single package.
The compilation will be developed by Bluepoint Games, who previously worked on the God of War Collection and The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection for Sony. For The Nathan Drake Collection, the developer will sharpen the graphics to 1080p/60FPS levels and add in better lighting, textures, and models. Bluepoint will add other improvements to all three games including a Photo Mode and new Trophies.
Players who pre-order Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will receive a pack of “iconic” Nathan Drake character skins and a pair of in-game guns: the Golden AK-47 and the Golden 92FS. Pre-purchasing a digital download through the PlayStation Store will add a PS4 Dynamic Theme to your goodie bag.
On top of that, everyone who purchases Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will also receive access to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta. Sony plans to reveal more details about the beta, including when it’ll take place, at a later date.
It’s another big day for the PSN as a treasure trove of new games and add-ons are now available on the PlayStation Store. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Leading off the week is the “Star Wars Pinball” add-on for Zen Pinball 2. The collection includes three tables: one starring everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett; one based on The Empire Strikes Back; and one based on the Clone Wars cartoon.
Also available this week is the Game of the Year Edition of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, as well as Uncharted 3 Multiplayer, a standalone download of Uncharted 3’s multiplayer mode. The free-to-play version caps your progress at Level 15, but a paid version allows you to rack up as many levels as you can.
Let’s see, what else… There’s the classic RPG Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, that’s available in the PSone Classic section. And speaking of classic RPGs, the “Dawnguard” expansion is now available for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The Fall is here! The Fall is here! Say it with me… the Fall is here! Your Fall gaming rush begins now and it begins with the release of the latest expansion to the biggest MMO on the planet, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
This week also marks the beginning of the annual soccer riot between EA Sports and Konami as both companies plan to release the latest iteration of their flagship soccer titles. FIFA Soccer 13 will appear on the 3DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Vita, Wii, and Xbox 360 while Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 go for the goal on the PS2, PS3, PSP, and Xbox 360.
A very different kind of kicking takes place in Team Ninja’s Dead or Alive 5. The latest game in the fighting franchise will punch and kick its way to the PS3 and Xbox 360 this week.
Hit the jump for the complete list of this week’s new releases. (more…)