What matters this week in gaming? 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, a slew of incredible games have released including Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ, Xbox Game Pass received a major upgrade that makes it irresistible, Celeste is a receiving universal appraise and being called a “surprise masterpiece”, and Sea of Thieves closed beta has become the most watched game on Twitch.
Top New Games This Week
Celeste [Platform: Nintendo Switch, PC] – 94 Metacritic Score
“…the greatest triumph of Celeste is that its best-in-class jumping and dashing is blended beautifully with an important and sincere story and an incredible soundtrack that make it a genuinely emotional game, even when your feet are planted firmly on the ground” – IGN
Dragon Ball FighterZ [Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One] – 88 Metacritic Score
“Dragon Ball FighterZ seamlessly blends accessibility and complexity, making for a feverishly-paced fighter that makes the learning process gradual and engaging, and gives casual players hours of worthwhile things to do solo and potentially turning fighting game fans on to the world of Dragon Ball.” – Gameinformer
Monster Hunter: World [Platform: PS4, Xbox One] – 91 Metacritic Score
“As a newcomer, World is so fantastic it makes me wonder why I’ve taken this long to jump on board. This is one of the best RPGs I’ve ever experienced – full of variety, depth, challenge; a game that often verges on perfection.” – Trusted Reviews
Subnautica [Platform: PC, Xbox One (Game Preview)] – 90 Metacritic Score
“Unknown Worlds has fully launched Subnautica following a long but successful stint on Steam Early Access. The wait was worth it. This might be the best underwater game ever made.” – Destructoid
Top Stories This Week
Xbox Game Pass will include all upcoming Xbox Exclusives on launch day
Xbox announced a major upgrade to their $9.99 Game Pass subscription service this week, stating that all future first-party Xbox Exclusives will launch on Game Pass the same day as their global release. This includes all future Forza, Halo, and Gears games, as well as the upcoming Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3.
Furthermore, if the game is Xbox Play Anywhere such as Sea of Thieves, that game will also be yours on PC if you are subscribed to the service. More on this here.
Yes if the title is Xbox Play Anywhere you can play the PC version too if you are a Game Pass member.
— Aaron Greenberg 🏆🏆🐓🍽🏴☠️🏴 (@aarongreenberg) January 23, 2018
God of War receives a release date of April 20th, 2018
Sony announced that the upcoming God of War game will release on April 20th this year. One of the biggest games of 2018, God of War is hotly anticipated and kicks off Sony’s first-party lineup in 2018. More on this here.
Sea of Thieves becomes the most-watched game on Twitch during closed beta
Sea of Thieves closed beta kicked off this week, allowing people who have pre-ordered the game to test it out ahead of its March 20th release date. The game has captured the imagination and attention of the entire gaming community, becoming the most-watched game on Twitch numerous times and remaining in the top 3 the entire duration of the beta, beating out PUBG, Fortnite, League of Legends, DOTA, and Counter-Strike. More on this here.
PUBG celebrates 4 million players on Xbox One, gives players 30,000 BP
Shortly after announcing that the game had 3 million players on Xbox One, the game has announced this week that it has grown to 4 million players. To celebrate, players who have played at least 1 match of the game since launch will receive 30,000 BP to spend on cosmetic crates. To put that in perspective, crates start at 700 BP, meaning if gamers properly optimize these BP they can open 42 crates. To read more, click here.
In addition, the most recent patch for console was pushed out last week, including auto-run, improved controls, and various bug fixes and optimizations. More on this here.
Star Wars Battlefront II revamped progression system reportedly being revealed this March
EA announced that their revamped progression system, among other requested changes, are coming to Battlefront II and that they will be revealed this March. To read more about the announcement please click here.
Call of Duty: WWII DLC Pack 1 revealed, coming in February
The new Call of Duty: WWII DLC has been revealed. It includes 3 maps and a new War mode called Operation Intercept. You can watch the reveal trailer below for more details.
Epic Games shutting down the Free-to-play MOBA Paragon in April
Epic Games announced that the year-old MOBA Paragon will be shut down this April, as it moves team members from that game over to Fortnite. Epic will be issuing refunds to anyone who made in-game purchases, and to read more about this please click here.
Anthem has been reportedly delayed until 2019
In a report that surprised nobody, Anthem is supposedly being delayed until 2019. The Destiny-like was revealed at the last-years E3 conference on the Xbox stage and had a release window for 2018. Clearly, the game needed more time to be polished, or one could hope that’s why. More on this here.
New Dragon Age game in the works, will be “story and character focused”
Bioware announced that they are hard at work on the next entry in the Dragon Age series. Director Casey Hudson tweeted this out, offering a sigh of relief to fans of the series mentioning that the game will focus on story and character. More on this here.
Reading lots of feedback regarding Dragon Age, and I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused.
Too early to talk details, but when we talk about “live” it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) January 25, 2018
Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates coming soon.
The Master Chief Collection was announced last year to finally be patched for its bugs and also to be updated for the Xbox One X. In a statement on Reddit, community manager Sk3tch revealed that more regular announcements are coming very soon and that there will be a public playtest for the revamped collection.
Mythic United Highlights
Last week, I listed 5 games that should be remastered for the Nintendo Switch. You can read it by clicking the link below.
What Mattered Last Week
I tried playing a match of PUBG on Xbox One after some updates came out for it – and I can confirm that it’s still broken. Watch my first experience after the update below.
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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