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, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 caps off what was a monumental year for Nintendo, PUBG for Xbox One has some news in wake of its upcoming release, and EA loses over 3 billion in stock value after the controversy over Star Wars Battlefront II.
Top New Games This Week
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 [Platform: Switch] – 84 Metacritic Score
“Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an excellent JRPG with a truly extravagant open world begging to be explored. Its in-depth battle system and impressively paced narrative help to deliver a smooth experience, despite its massive run-time.
The Nintendo Switch has yet another jewel in its exclusive library, cementing itself as a system never to be underestimated.” – Trusted Reviews
Top Stories This Week
PUBG for Xbox One will run at 30fps to start, feel like its PC counterpart.
PUBG for the Xbox One will run pretty much exactly the same as its PC counterpart, according to game designer Brendan Greene. More on this here.
As well, despite false early reportings, PUBG for the Xbox One and Xbox One X will run at 30 frames-per-second (fps) to start in the Game Preview program. The game has potential to hit 60fps with further optimization. More on this here.
EA Stock Value Plummets $3 Billion after Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy.
EA shares dropped 8.1 percent amid the Battlefront II controversy with Microtransactions. However, shares at EA are still up over 30 percent this fiscal year. Investors will still be disappointed at the new industry environment. More on this here.
Microsoft Planning on Further Catering to its $100 Billion Gaming Industry
Amid the successful Xbox One X launch, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that it is looking for more ways to engage and grow its own gaming industry with Xbox. More on this here.
Nintendo Switch Sales Will Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales by Christmas
The Nintendo Switch should pass Wii U lifetime sales by this Christmas. The Wii U, which sold just under 13 million units worldwide, was Nintendo’s worst mainline console in history sales-wise, and the Nintendo Switch is forecasting to reach 17 million units sold by March 2018, with the majority of those 17 million being sold by Christmas. More on this here.
EA Details Microtransactions in the Upcoming UFC 3, Fans Outraged
EA has detailed the Microtransaction system for its recently announced and upcoming fighting game UFC 3. While only being available in the game’s “Ultimate Team” mode, players will be able to purchase upgrades for their fighters which give them a significant advantage to lower level players. Fans are outraged, EA has not learned its lesson. More on this here.
PUBG Studio Unveils New Steampunk MMO Game “Ascent – Infinite Realm”
What is a little-known fact, Bluehole Studios, the makers of PUBG, also developed TERA online, a popular MMO. The studio announced this week that it is returning to its roots by announcing a new steampunk MMO called “Ascent – Infinite Realm” that is complete with floating pirate ships and dragons. The game is TBA 2018. More on this here.
Last Week’s Opinion Piece
My review for Super Mario Odyssey is here – check it out below!
What Mattered Last Week
Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility feature is quite complicated – watch the video below for a good look at how it all works.
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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