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12
Feb

‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ outsold almost every game in January


Rockstar Games is reaping the rewards of keeping GTA Online fresh with things like heist missions and holiday-themed events for these past few years. Grand Theft Auto 5 was the number two selling game last month amid slowing console hardware sales, a bizarre fact considering it debuted almost two-and-a-half years ago. September 2013, to be exact. Of course, that evergreen gateway to GTA Online‘s multiplayer has also benefitted from a staggered release starting on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, later coming to PC and then PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Regardless, how crazy this is wasn’t lost on the NPD Group’s David Riley:

“This is the third consecutive January where Grand Theft Auto V was a Top 5 title. Astonishingly, the game has moved up in ranking placement from fifth place in January 2014, to third in January 2015 and to the second-best selling game in January 2016.”

In January alone, Rockstar’s (online-and-off) crime simulator outsold last fall’s heavyweights Star Wars Battlefront, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege and Fallout 4. And it handily beat out Lego Marvel Avengers, which released last month and sits near the bottom of the sales charts.

The only game it couldn’t topple was Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. But hell, when publisher Activision reports that after less than two months at retail its futuristic shooter was the top-selling console title (PDF) in 2015 even a juggernaut like GTA is going to have a hard time closing that gap. I’d be remiss to not mention that Minecraft did something similar last August, however, taking silver over GTA 5‘s fourth place finish. Still, this is incredibly rare.

The NPD Group famously doesn’t record digital sales data from the likes of Steam or PlayStation Store, but Rockstar parent company Take Two Interactive recently revealed that to date, GTA V has sold over 60 million copies worldwide across all platforms.

The average is going to be a little off considering the game sold over 11 million copies in its first 24 hours, but it’s like Rockstar has moved two million copies per month, every month, since its initial release.

Now, if only we could get some news on that single-player expansion…

12
Feb

‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ outsold almost every game in January


Rockstar Games is reaping the rewards of keeping GTA Online fresh with things like heist missions and holiday-themed events for these past few years. Grand Theft Auto 5 was the number two selling game last month amid slowing console hardware sales, a bizarre fact considering it debuted almost two-and-a-half years ago. September 2013, to be exact. Of course, that evergreen gateway to GTA Online‘s multiplayer has also benefitted from a staggered release starting on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, later coming to PC and then PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Regardless, how crazy this is wasn’t lost on the NPD Group’s David Riley:

“This is the third consecutive January where Grand Theft Auto V was a Top 5 title. Astonishingly, the game has moved up in ranking placement from fifth place in January 2014, to third in January 2015 and to the second-best selling game in January 2016.”

In January alone, Rockstar’s (online-and-off) crime simulator outsold last fall’s heavyweights Star Wars Battlefront, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege and Fallout 4. And it handily beat out Lego Marvel Avengers, which released last month and sits near the bottom of the sales charts.

The only game it couldn’t topple was Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. But hell, when publisher Activision reports that after less than two months at retail its futuristic shooter was the top-selling console title (PDF) in 2015 even a juggernaut like GTA is going to have a hard time closing that gap. I’d be remiss to not mention that Minecraft did something similar last August, however, taking silver over GTA 5‘s fourth place finish. Still, this is incredibly rare.

The NPD Group famously doesn’t record digital sales data from the likes of Steam or PlayStation Store, but Rockstar parent company Take Two Interactive recently revealed that to date, GTA V has sold over 60 million copies worldwide across all platforms.

The average is going to be a little off considering the game sold over 11 million copies in its first 24 hours, but it’s like Rockstar has moved two million copies per month, every month, since its initial release.

Now, if only we could get some news on that single-player expansion…

12
Feb

‘Destiny’ sequel set for next year


Destiny‘s Valentine’s Day event is well under way, but developer Bungie is taking an extra step toward proving its devotion to fans. The long-rumored (and apparently delayed) sequel to the sci-fi online shooter is slated for release next year, corroborating earlier reports from Kotaku.

And sooner than that, the game is getting a larger update this spring with a “significant” Light level increase and a bunch of new loot and challenges for folks who’d rather not duke it out adversarially in the Crucible. The Bungie blog post also mentions another big expansion is coming this year. So, after a stretch of silence and a new CEO, perhaps Destiny players can grind easy knowing their guardian will be getting some new adornments perhaps rather soon.

Source: Bungie

10
Feb

‘Metal Gear Online’ adds a bit of sabotage next month


Despite what you might think, Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima‘s unceremonious departure from publisher Konami won’t affect how Metal Gear Online plays out. To wit, the company’s bolstering the amount of post-release add-ons for the adversarial multiplayer suite next month as part of a “commitment” to the game’s fans. A trio of new maps and a playable version of the eye-rollingly-designed sniper Quiet will be available in March for $4 in the “Cloaked in Silence” pack, while a quartet of emote packs will sell for $2 each.

There’s also a free game type dubbed “Sabotage” en route that sadly does not involve aviator sunglasses or giant mustaches, but instead has you destroying or fultoning an enemy missile (like the bear above) before time runs out.

Oh, and unlike what Activision is doing to last-gen Call of Duty players, these add-ons will be available across all platforms.

With this, in addition to the “Outer Rim” expansion inbound for Star Wars Battlefront, it looks like March is officially the month of content updates for last fall’s big multiplayer games. Or not — the online-only Tom Clancy’s The Division launches next month, too.

Source: Konami

10
Feb

‘Metal Gear Online’ adds a bit of sabotage next month


Despite what you might think, Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima‘s unceremonious departure from publisher Konami won’t affect how Metal Gear Online plays out. To wit, the company’s bolstering the amount of post-release add-ons for the adversarial multiplayer suite next month as part of a “commitment” to the game’s fans. A trio of new maps and a playable version of the eye-rollingly-designed sniper Quiet will be available in March for $4 in the “Cloaked in Silence” pack, while a quartet of emote packs will sell for $2 each.

There’s also a free game type dubbed “Sabotage” en route that sadly does not involve aviator sunglasses or giant mustaches, but instead has you destroying or fultoning an enemy missile (like the bear above) before time runs out.

Oh, and unlike what Activision is doing to last-gen Call of Duty players, these add-ons will be available across all platforms.

With this, in addition to the “Outer Rim” expansion inbound for Star Wars Battlefront, it looks like March is officially the month of content updates for last fall’s big multiplayer games. Or not — the online-only Tom Clancy’s The Division launches next month, too.

Source: Konami

9
Feb

Firewatch Photos will print and ship your in-game snapshots


In-game photo modes are cool and all, but beyond sharing your Driveclub or Arkham Knight snaps via social media, there isn’t much you can do with them. Well, in the PC version of Firewatch (out this week, and on PlayStation 4) you can go a step further and have them printed and mailed to you from the folks at developer Campo Santo and publisher Panic. There’s an in-game disposable camera, you see, and photographing artist Olly Moss’s gorgeous landscapes is highly recommended; $15 nets you a set of 4″ x 6″ prints and they’ll ship free “almost anywhere.” TechnoBuffalo notes that after finishing the game you’re presented with a link to an online store to place an order for your shots; that publication’s photos are embedded below.

The reason the feature isn’t available on PlayStation 4 yet? Firewatch Photos is a network service, and Panic’s Cabel Sasser tells Polygon that consoles need to be “extra vigilant” about network access. “We are actively investigating what it would take to make this happen on the PlayStation 4,” Sasser says. “Sony wants it and so do we!”

Polygon‘s piece also explores the origins of the mode and how deep the thought process was for the feature. A line of dialogue was rewritten and re-recorded to reflect the fiction’s photo processing store after the original bits of script was already in the can, for instance. What’s more, the idea of getting physical copies of the photos came up as an off-handed idea amongst the team.”When there’s an idea that immediately excites us both — like the idea behind Firewatch in the first place — it’s hard to stop us from doing it,” says Sasser. Sounds like PS4 support is a matter of “when,” not “if,” in this case.

Via: Polygon

Source: TechnoBuffalo

8
Feb

‘Titanfall 2’ will have a real single-player campaign


Respawn hasn’t said much about its Titanfall sequel beyond plans for multi-platform support, but some details are starting to trickle out… and they’ll be good news for fans of the robot-slash-infantry shooter. In a chat with Forbes, head writer Jesse Stern notes that Titanfall 2 will have a real, honest-to-goodness single-player campaign when it arrives either late this year or early next. That’s not completely shocking given that the team didn’t have the resources to flesh out its solo game the first time around. Still, it’s reassuring if you were frustrated by the original’s barely-there offline experience, which really just amounted to AI matches with a sliver of story in between.

Also, the interview is a friendly reminder that Titanfall won’t be limited to the video game world. Lionsgate quietly revealed in July that it’s working with Respawn on a TV series, and the show is still in development. However, it’s a daunting challenge — as Stern says, a sci-fi series involving giant robots could be “very expensive.” Assuming the project comes together, you could be waiting a while to see the IMC and Militia fight outside of a video game.

Via: VentureBeat

Source: Forbes

3
Feb

Dear Veronica: How many times should I buy Overwatch?



Dear Veronica: How Many Times Should I Buy Overwatch?

I have someone with a bit of a cross-platform conundrum today: they want to play Overwatch, the new upcoming hotness from Blizzard, on both their PS4 and gaming PC. I bring on Scott Johnson of The Instance podcast to tell him the harsh truth.

I also give a viewer some ideas on what to do with an ancient iPad, and go over the most appropriate email signatures for different situations.

Keep those questions coming by using the hashtag #DearVeronica on Twitter! Also, subscribe in iTunes, RSS or YouTube!

3
Feb

Indie darling ‘Gone Home’ hits UK consoles next week


It’s been an agonising wait, but Gone Home will soon be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in the UK. The game’s console debut was originally slated for mid-January, however some last minute certification issues meant its European release was put on hold. (It was still released in the US, however.) Those problems appear to have been sorted now, as The Fullbright Company today confirmed it’ll be arriving on the continent, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Russia, on February 12th.

So why should you care? Well, Gone Home made quite a splash when it first arrived on PC, Mac and Linux in 2013. It received some glowing reviews from the press and a smattering of awards for its interactive storytelling. Set in 1985, you take on the role of Kaitlin as she explores a mansion in Portland, Oregon. To say any more would ruin the experience — so I’ll merely suggest that if you haven’t played it before and care about narrative, this is a game you should play through at least once.

Now, how long is it until Tacoma comes out again?

Source: Gone Home (Twitter)

2
Feb

Cast your vote for March’s free PlayStation 4 indie game


With the Iowa caucuses behind us, it’s understandable if you want to make your voice heard again before this November. Well, PlayStation has your back because Vote to Play is making a return. Starting February 9th, you can once again vote for which of three indie game candidates will be a free PS Plus download for March. The program’s been on hiatus since August for whatever reason, but this month’s crop looks pretty solid.

First up we have Action Henk, a charming 2D platformer/racing game of sorts that looks like it’s set in Andy’s room from Toy Story and has you careening around Hot Wheels tracks and butt-sliding over building blocks. It’s a little reminiscent of Joe Danger, if you ask me.

Then there’s Assault Android Cactus which is a fast-paced twin-stick shooter at its core (think Geometry Wars or Everyday Shooter), with a cast of doe-eyed lady androids and support for four local co-op players. Or! in a strange twist of a publisher or developer not blocking the futuristic feature, Cactus supports Shareplay seeing as the game doesn’t have native online co-op.

Lastly, BroForce (pictured above) is an over-the-top ’80s action flick (think Rambo or any of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s repertoire from that era) packed into a pixelated 2D shooter of yore. Because we all know that Contra could’ve been a little better with some self-referential jabs and maybe a few less cheap deaths.

Unlike political elections, this isn’t so much of a “lesser of the evils” situation as it is actually, you know, picking the candidate that’s genuinely the best one for you.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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