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Switch Was The Best-Selling console in 2018, Nintendo Had The Highest Game Revenue

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The year 2018 came to  a close on a decent note, but Nintendo stood out as the clear overall winner.

According to market research company NPD, consumers spent $3.4 billion on games, hardware, accessories, and game cards in December 2018. Although that represented a decline in software and hardware spending, continued strong sales of game cards and accessories helped lift the overall industry by 2%.

2018 overall was a banner year for video games. Sales amounted to $16.7 billion, an increase of 13% compared 2017 and the highest ever since 2011’s $17.4 billion.

Hardware

The Nintendo Switch was the winner in December, having generated the highest dollar sales during the month. In fact, the console’s revenues  was the highest for any single platform since the Wii back in December 2009. In unit sales, December 2018 was its highest December haul since 2010.

Thanks to the strong December, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in all of 2018, both in unit and dollar sales. It recorded the highest total since the PS4 in 2015.

It was a great year for video game hardware in general. Sales increased by 8% to $5.1 billion and all consoles contributed, including the mini consoles from Nintendo and Sony.

Combining all platforms, hardware and unit sales were the highest since 2009.

Software

Video game software generated $7.1 billion in 2018 across all systems, a 7% year-over-year increase. The NPD notes that this is the highest annual haul since the $7.5 billion generated in 2012.

The best-selling game was Red Dead Redemption 2, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and  NBA 2K19 following behind at number two and three, respectively.

It was Nintendo, however, that generated the most money from software sales, something it hadn’t done since 2009. As the best-selling game during December and the fifth overall in 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played a big part in that success.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was so successful, in fact, that it set a new release month dollar sales record for an exclusive game, a title previously held by 2010’s Halo: Reach.

Mario Kart 8 also sold well for Nintendo, becoming the second best-selling racing game ever, just behind Mario Kart Wii.

The critically-acclaimed Spider-Man ended the year at number six, the highest ranking for a superhero game since Spider-Man: The Movie 2 took the fifth spot in 2004.

Top 10 best-selling games across all platforms in 2018:

  1. Red Dead Redemption
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  3. NBA 2K19
  4. Madden NFL 19
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. Spider-Man
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. God of War
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

What were you fondest gaming memories of 2018? What was your game of he year? Let us know in the comments below.

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PS4 Sales Surpasses 30 million Units In The US, 100 Million Worldwide

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Sony’s fourth-generation video game console has reached a new sales milestone in the US.

The PlayStation 4 has shipped 100 million units worldwide, with the United States accounting for the lion’s share.

According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, 30 million of those units were shipped to the U.S., with Japan following with 8.3 million units.

Germany, the United Kingdom, and France account for 7.2 million , 6.8 million, and less than 6 million shipments, respectively.

Shipment figures are typically higher than the actual number of units solid, since they only track retailer demand, but 100 million is nothing to scoff at.

It shows how much PS4 – and the PlayStation brand as a whole – rely on a worldwide audience, and why any slump in the U.S. market does not necessarily reflect the health of the rest of the world.

Are you one of the tens of millions of people who purchased a PlayStation 4? Are you happy with your purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

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In Cyberpunk 2077, Lifepaths And Optional Companions Can Change Your Playthrough

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This is a game you will gladly play more than once.

CD Projekt has shed more light on Cyberpunk 2077, giving us a better idea of what players can expect from the single-player story.

The adventure by choosing between three different lifepaths for your custom character, each with a different starting location and story background that are strongly connected with the origin story for protagonist V. You can be a Nomad, Corpo or Street Kid.

Not only do the lifepaths define how Cyberpunk 2077 begins, but they also have dramatic consequences on specific missions. A Nomad, for example, will have more street smarts than a Corpo, but he might be out of his element in a board room, unable to properly lead a conversation.

When coming up with challenges, CD Projekt thought of how the different lifepaths could solve them as effectively as possible given their unique skill set. By delivering completely new experiences, the developer intends to give players plenty of motivation to play the game multiple times.

The class you choose also impacts how quests potentially play out.  Cyberpunk 2077’s fluid class system provided designers more opportunities to make quests even more nonlinear and develop new gameplay options that can change the story.

Finally, the game features optional companions that have their own motivations. Taking them along on certain quests can greatly change the outcome .

CD Projekt promises that each quest is handcrafted and has its own storyline, ranging from short skits to epic, multi-layered missions. There won’t be any fluff material like procedural missions.

By the look of things, expect to play through Cyberpunk 2077 at least three times. The game releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.

What are you most excited to experience?

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The Borderlands Games, And Handsome Jack

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The Borderland games helped define two generations of gaming.

Most gamers know about Borderlands in one way or the other, whether in passing or because of a strong desire to become the best gun collector,. You may play it for the story, you may like the characters, or you simply want to kill everything in sight in as many different ways as possible — no matter your compulsion, each of the three Borderlands games will give you a blast!

Now, what can we say that hasn’t been said already? Will you have fun with these games? Yes, absolutely, in fact, fun turns into a rather misleading word when it comes to this franchise in particular. Will you have freedom in this game? To an extent. Many story-driven games do not have such an open concept when it comes to gameplay compared to what Borderlands puts on the board.

This franchise offers plenty of aspects that help to create the feeling of freedom – from 4 playable heroes to millions of usable weapons, to how you approach the fight – and even with these in mind, Borderlands games cannot be regarded as an open-world release; and it’s for the better. The compact stories that go from title to title give a sense of roundness, and this feature is often lacking in the more open-ended titles.

Borderlands

Let us start at the beginning: Borderlands was released in 2009, almost a decade ago. And it still holds up! With the engaging story, hordes of enemies and the continuous race towards the prize, Borderlands carved out a place for itself in the hearts of many fans. There are at least two amazing, title-defining features in this one. First one is the art-style, exceptionally unique to Borderlands games.

Borderlands Vibe & Style

It might seem inconsequential at first gaze, but when most releases in the gaming industry try to polish their graphics, thus making them look as smooth as a movie scene. There’s something refreshing to see an echo of a comic-book style, accompanied by the whimsical details and outlines, all seemingly coming back to life right from your first glance. This original style became as much of a staple in Borderlands as the weapon system.

RNG Weapons 

And even the first Borderlands game had a fair share of weapons! This brings us to the next defining element of the series: random weapon generator. The famed and beloved feature has become the main talking point when it comes to Borderlands games; there’s nothing more bonding than gathering your friends, grabbing a cup of coffee, and comparing which one of you was the most blessed by the RNG gods!

The More – the harder

The first Borderlands also offer a solution to the players who beat the game but still want more. To put it simply, the game raises the difficulty with each playthrough; so if you thought you will get to mow down the enemy and laugh at how pathetic they are, you will instead get to mow them down and laugh at how they are no challenge to you even when almighty. Borderlands games engine boosts them even further! And this rise in difficulty is applied to the whole system in general – your quests and DLC content also climb the ladder the more you play – endless fun!

Borderlands 2

The second addition to the series also keeps much of the same charm – only now you add a concrete villain in the mix. So, each time you shoot at some cannon fodder, you can imagine that smug face, till finally, you can put a bullet – or a dozen – in it too! The number of playable characters increased as compared to the first instalment of Borderlands games, so you can freely adjust the gameplay to your style. The greatly beloved sense of exploration returns, as some of the missions in Borderlands 2 now have multiple ways it may be resolved. 

Weapons for Practicality

But the greatest change from the first is (once again) weapons system. While the randomness remains, there’s also the differentiation between the manufacturers of the guns. Depending on who made your weapon, its stats and features will be different. Thus, keeping a close eye on your loot and weighing your options is important here – or you can always just pick the biggest gun and see where that gets you!

Borderlands The Handsome Jack

Borderlands games also offer an extensive insight into the backstory of the villain from Borderlands 2, Jack. The game, wonderfully titled Pre-Sequel, follows him and his companions on their journey to become the tyrant… or gain vengeance of the evil Colonel, whichever comes first. The game employs many of the same systems as the second game in the series, but with a few minor additions. Basically, it’s a great continuous play when put together with Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 3

And this brings us to the latest instalment to the famed Borderlands games! Well, the following iteration is still in the works, but it still counts, probably even more. Borderlands 3 will feature 4 new playable characters, many of the previously known faces will return as NPCs (as is the tradition for the series by now), and the game boasts with the chance to travel outside of the enemy-infested Pandora as here, you’ll battle a horrendous cult and its leaders.

Genre-defining

The combat system has been adjusted in accordance with the previous games’ success and many of the previous issues will now give players ‘longer’ fighting chance as NPCs can revive them and vice versa. Also, weapons will have an alternate fire mode, so imagine the possibilities with this one! The newest from Borderlands games, also adds new vehicles, new environments, new goodies and a lot more. It’s quite a paradise for the shoot-and-loot genre fans, truly. So, just ask yourself this: what more could you expect from a genre-defining shooter series? Nothing but excellence.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Stars Keanu Reeves, Releases April 16, 2020

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It’s a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Are your surprised?

CD Projekt Red used E3 2019 to release a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer that reveals Keanu Reeves as the main star.

Not only that, but the big-name Hollywood actor also stepped onto the stage after the trailer was shown to announce the long-awaited RPG ‘s release date.

Isn’t he such a wonderful man? Watch the trailer and let us know what you think…

Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on April 16, 2019. Are you happy to see Keanu Reeves as the main star?

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Meet Cal The Fugitive In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal Trailer

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Are you ready for the next big Star Wars Game?

Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and plans to have it ready by November 2019.

The reveal trailer is rendered in-engine and focuses on the story.
“Trust No One” is the overarching theme.

Like the The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-melee game that takes place after Order 66. You play as Cal, a fugitive a lightsaber -wielding, Force-endowed Padawan on the run from the Empire.

Respawn stresses that combat is an integral part of the experience. Each enemy will have a unique fighting style, requiring you to approach them differently and identify and exploit their weaknesses.

You’ll will have Cal’s Force Powers and various melee combinations at your disposal, as well as traversal and other platforming abilities to overcome enemies and solve puzzles.

In addition to the main character, we get to see his best-friend, a droid called BD-1; a mysterious companion by the name of Cere; and Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors pursuing you.

Your adventure begins on Bracca, one of the brand-new Star Wars planet introduced in the game, where you will encounter droids, a number of familiar faces, various Trooper types and a slew of other interesting characters.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering it will get you “unique cosmetic content” for your lightsaber and droid companion.

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Does The Next Assassin’s Creed Take Place In The Viking Age?

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An Easter Egg may hint at a new Norse setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game.

An Easter egg uncovered by wiki user AlifMorrisonudin in The Divsion 2 could point to the Assassin’s Creed series moving from Norse mythology to the Viking age.

AlifMorrisonudin found a poster that depicts a Norse god wearing the Assassin’s Creed colors of red and white and holding an Apple of Eden artifact, another hallmark of the franchise.

Ubisoft has a long history of stuffing Easter eggs into its games that either allude to or even reveal upcoming releases. A Watch Dog 2 mission, for instance, unveiled new sci-fi game Pioneer to players.

What’s interesting is that the tease in The Division 2 is both subtle and in plain sight. There are multiple copies of the poster (some very large) scattered throughout particular parts of the game, yet who would have thought to look for the Apple of Eden in it?

Have a look at the poster in question, and let us know if it is indeed a revelation of a Viking setting for Assassin’s Creed or if we are overreaching…

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The Assassin’s Creed series was rumored to be code-named Legion and set in ancient Rome at around 169 AD, particularly near the end of Marcus Aurelius’ reign. However, more recent reports claim it’ss code-named Kingdom and does indeed star Vikings. 

Either way, Ubisoft hasn’t officially confirmed anything other than the fact that the next Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2020, so while the poster could be a hint of what’s to come, it could also be nothing more than a mere Assassin’s Creed Easter egg.

Where do you want the next Assassin’s Creed to take place — Ancient Rome or the Viking Age? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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