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, the holiday season for big game releases comes to an end with only two notable games releasing, Pokemon has a milestone week, and EA is altering Need for Speed: Payback’s progression system amidst the massive Battlefront II controversy
Top New Games This Week
Worms W.M.D [Platform: Switch] – 80 Metacritic Score
“Worms W.M.D. encapsulates all of the fun elements of the Worms series while harking back to its roots to create a modern and fun version of the original games. Pair that up with its crisp art-style and various multiplayer options and you would have to go a long way to find such a perfect match for the Switch.” – Switch Player
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Platform: iOS] – 78 Metacritic Score
“Nintendo has once again worked its magic to release a smartphone title that is vastly superior to the average game release on Google Play and iOS platforms. Even as a free-to-play title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp goes above and beyond expectations; it’s certainly a great introduction for first-time players thanks to the charming and accessible design.” – Nintendo Life
Top Stories This Week
Pokemon Hits Major Milestones
The Pokemon Company hit two major milestones this week, announcing that the series has shipped over 300 million (yes, you read that right) copies of its games over the companies 21-year history. Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon shipped over 1.2 million copies in just the first three days in Japan. More on this here.
As well, the mega-popular mobile game Pokemon GO hit a massive milestone this week when they announced that 3 billion (again, you are reading that correctly) Pokemon have been captured in the game. As a reward, Farfetch’d is now available worldwide for a limited time. More on this here.
Minecraft Delays Super Duper Graphics Patch, Switch Cross-Play, and Announces a Major Update to it’s Seas.
Minecraft was in the news this week, announcing that they are delaying the anticipated graphical update to the game as well as Switch cross-play with other platforms. More on this here.
“The Update Aquatic”, which is coming in Spring 2018, will include new mobs to fight in the game’s oceans, shipwrecks to explore, dolphins, and a new Trident weapon. More on this here.
Need for Speed: Payback Scales Back Progression System in Response to Battlefront II.
EA has updated the progression system for Need for Speed: Payback in response to how players reacted to Battlefront II last week. Now, it will be much easier to gain the in-game currency and receive better items in loot crates. EA has said that this is just the first wave of changes coming to Need for Speed in regards to the progression system, and possibly other games as well. More on this here.
Gears of War 4 Added to Xbox Game Pass
The Xbox Game Pass subscription service just keeps getting better, as Xbox revealed the list of games coming to the service in December this year. Gears of War 4 is widely regarded as a fantastic game, and certainly is one of the best exclusive experiences on the Xbox One. More on this here.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Content Announced
In what is one of the most impressive game releases in recent memory, Rainbow Six Siege is still growing as a platform and recently announced its third year of content. Included in this will be 8 new operators, two new maps set in Morocco and Italy, and a remade version of a current map. More on this here.
Splatoon 2 Announces Next Two Content Updates
The popular shooter for the Switch is getting two major content updates before 2017 ends. The first update, which released late this week, includes four new maps and an increase on the level cap from 50 to 99. The second update which releases in December includes an all-new mode called Clam Blitz. More on this here.
Secret New Game from Forza Horizon Developer is an “Open World Action-RPG”
Playground Games is hiring new staff members for its upcoming secret game that will not include racing. Already the studio has acquired top developers from EA DICE (see Battlefront II, Battlefield 1), Rockstar North (see Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption), and Ninja Theory (see Devil May Cry, Hellblade). 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
Ever wonder how the Halo Rings worked? Well… they don’t make any sense – this video breaks it all down.
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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