We sift through the daily junk to find what matters in video games each and every week, to bring you the stories and games you care about. This week in gaming news, Super Lucky’s Tale and others fail to impress, EA buys Respawn studios for $455 million and confirms a new Titanfall game, and the Xbox One X is getting rave reviews across the board.
Top New Games This Week
Super Lucky’s Tale [Platform: Xbox One] – 64 Metacritic Score
“It’s consistently cute and full of smiles, but the breeziness of its atmosphere extends to its simple levels. It never builds upon itself or asks much of you, including the building blocks of a 3D mascot platformer without the feeling of accomplishment you get from learning and applying that knowledge to new challenges. It’s easy to imagine how Super Lucky’s Tale would be the highlight of a younger kid’s weekend, but it has little to offer anyone looking for an enjoyably challenging 3D platformer.” – Gamespot
DOOM [Platform: Switch] – 79 Metacritic Score
“While it may not sport the stunning visuals of other consoles, and elsewhere sees some sacrifices too, this is still an amazing game – one that Nintendo Switch owners should have in their library, especially if you missed out on the initial launch.” – Trusted Reviews
Sonic Forces [Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch] – 62 Metacritic Score
“In this 3D Sonic game, developer Sonic Team attempts to iterate upon the formula of games like Sonic Generationsand Sonic Colors, but it falls short due to frustrating design choices and inconsistent level design. Even its most entertaining moments come with caveats.” – Gamespot
Need for Speed Payback [Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One] – 67 Metacritic Score
“Need For Speed Payback doesn’t do many favors for itself. It’s a fun racing game whose flashy story would be fine if I felt like I was building a blinged-out career worthy of it. Instead, I felt driven toward pure stats upgrades, heedless of what the car was or what it looked like.” – Polygon
Top Stories This Week
EA Buys Respawn
In what was the biggest headline this week, EA purchased Respawn Studios, the creators of Titanfall and the original team behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. At the same time, they confirmed a new Titanfall game is in the works. More on this here.
Xbox One X Officially Released
The Xbox One X is officially out as of November 7th – below are some early impressions, all of which are glowing.
“…it delivers exactly what was promised: the most powerful console you can buy right now, by a significant margin, with plenty of potential left to tap.” – IGN (9/10)
“The Xbox One X is the most powerful console yet, with 4K and HDR graphics for games that support it. It’s still no replacement for a gaming PC, though.” – PCMag (4/5)
“You’ll be hard pressed to build a comparably powerful PC for $500. On top of that, you get a 4K HDR Blu-ray player, which can cost several hundred dollars on its own.” – Gamespot (no score)
“Minor faux pas aside, the Xbox One X fulfills the promise of 4K HDR gaming and offers the most premium gaming experience on a console, bar none.” – techradar (4/5)
First Nintendo Switch Video Streaming App Releases
Nintendo Switch has finally received its first video streaming app, Hulu. Hopefully, this paves the way for other apps on the system like Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others that are staples on all other platforms. More on this here.
Call of Duty: WWII Sales Doubles Infinite Warfare’s
In what is no surprise to me, Call of Duty: WWII has sold twice as many copies as last year’s installment, Infinite Warfare. Selling over $500 million in sell-through globally in three days, it has topped the three-day openings of Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman combined. More on this here.
Next Console Generation Two Years Out?
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that “we think we still have a minimum of two years in front of us before something new is coming” when talking about next-generation consoles. More on this here.
Last Week’s Opinion Piece
I created my top 10 must-have Xbox One games list. Check it out below.
What Mattered Last Week
Funhaus plays Fortnite Battle Royale – and it’s hilarious.
And that’s what matters this week in video games! Let us know in the comments below if we missed anything noteworthy. Until next week, this is Mythic United signing off.
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