December 2016’s Top Selling Console Was PlayStation 4

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Good year for Call of Duty.

According to analysts at the NPD Group, Sony’s PlayStation 4 was again took the top-selling console spot for the month.

That’s the second month in a row PS4 was the top-selling console, breaking a four-month streak in which Xbox One topped the charts.

Nintendo’s 3DS had a strong showing, helped along by sales of Pokemon Sun and Moon, as well as its evergreen titles like Mario Kart 7. The console saw its seventh month of growth over the same period the previous year.

Spending on consoles was down overall 24 percent over last year, due to an average price decline in consoles compared to December 2015. Total spending on hardware for 2016 was $3.7 billion USD.

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Here are the top 10 selling games for December:

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Battlefield 1
  • Madden NFL 17
  • NBA 2K17
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Pokemon: Sun
  • FIFA 17
  • Pokemon: Moon

Neither version of Pokemon’s sales data in the chart from NPD includes digital copies. However, a statement from Nintendo said Pokemon Sun and Moon were second and third, respectively.

Final Fantasy XV “experienced the best console launch month in the history of the franchise,” since NPD been tracking in 1995.

The NPD Group also reported on the best selling games of the entire year. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare took home the title, followed by Battlefield 1.

Here’s the full list of 2016’s best selling games.

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Battlefield 1
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • NBA 2K17
  • Madden NFL 17
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Overwatch
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • FIFA 17
  • Final Fantasy XV

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Shazam Split into Two Movies with Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam Getting His Own

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The DC supervillain and sometimes anti-hero will star in a standalone film.

Just like that, Shazam has switched from a single film to two movies.

Deadline reports that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will now get his own standalone film in the DC Universe. This will be in addition to the Shazam movie.

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Johnson met with DC last week about Shazam’s Black Adam. Coming out of the conference, he reconfirmed he was playing the supervillian and sometimes anti-hero, as well as alluding to a more optimistic and fun tonal shift for the DC cinematic universe.

The successful meeting is what apparently led to the Black Adam spinoff film, according to Variety. There is no writer or director attached to the project yet.

Shazam is set to arrive April 5, 2019, though it’s unclear at this time if Black Adam will take its place.

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Micro Machines Returns to PC and Consoles

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The classic Codemasters series returns in April.

Codemasters has today confirmed the Micro Machines series is coming back to consoles and PC. Micro Machines World Series will launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in April 2017.

Codemasters promises Micro Machines World Series will retain the “manic social gameplay” of the originals and namechecked iconic spots like the garden, kitchen, and workshop as some of the racing locations to expect.

In addition to regular race modes Micro Machines World Series will introduce new Battle Arenas, which will allow players to compete against each other and the AI in destructive, deathmatch-style events.

Micro Machines World Series will support up to 12 players online and four players on the same screen.

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“The original Micro Machines was a breakthrough multiplayer racing game and remains much loved in the gaming community,” said Codemasters’ publishing VP Jonathan Bunney in a statement. “We saw great success earlier this year with our free-to-play mobile game but this brand new console title takes the franchise to its greatest levels of multiplayer mayhem and enables you to play with your friends on the same sofa or across the world.”

The free-to-play mobile Micro Machines games Bunney refers was published by EA Chillingo in July last year. It was largely a port of Codemasters’ great 2014 racer Toybox Turbos (which was Micro Machines in everything but name).

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Free Killing Floor 2 Update Delivers a New Map, Weapon, Enemy, and More

A big new update for Killing Floor 2 has been unveiled, and it launches for free today on PC and PS4.

Tropical Bash introduces a wide variety of new features, starting with a weapon, the Bone Crusher. It’s a tier 4 Berserker weapon that consists of a mace (the base of which is a baseball bat) and a spiked shield (built from a hubcap). It can be used to assault enemies or parry attacks to avoid taking damage.

Free Killing Floor 2 Update Delivers a New Map, Weapon, Enemy, and More
Free Killing Floor 2 Update Delivers a New Map, Weapon, Enemy, and MoreFree Killing Floor 2 Update Delivers a New Map, Weapon, Enemy, and More

While the Bone Crusher is class-specific, this update tweaks a number of existing weapons so that they are no longer tied to a specific class (or Perk, in the game’s parlance). While you were previously free to use any weapon you wished, you didn’t receive the benefits that come with using a weapon meant for your class. Support players, for instance, now receive benefits when using the Medic’s shotgun.

The Gorefiend is a new type of Zed you’ll square off against. It wields a huge blade with each of its arms and is described as an “improved version of the Gorefast,” the existing enemy that wields a large sword and rushes at players. The image below details what weapons it’s most vulnerable to–ideally, you’ll have a shotgun or rifle to put them down.

Free Killing Floor 2 Update Delivers a New Map, Weapon, Enemy, and More

You’ll be able to enjoy this all on a new map, Zed Landing. The map features a crashed cargo plane and a nearby volcano that occasionally erupts, sending out a stream of lava that poses a danger. You can see it in the images above.

Other changes and additions include new emotes, achievements (on PC), balance tweaks to various weapons, a faster path to level 10, map changes, and bug fixes. You can check out a full list of patch notes for the PC version here.

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Halo Wars 2 Beta PC File Size and Tutorial Video Revealed

Ahead of tomorrow’s official launch of the Halo Wars 2 Blitz beta, 343 Industries today released a tutorial video and deep dive blog post for it and revealed the client’s file size. Additionally, it looks like the Windows 10 PC version is available to download and play right now.

Blitz is a card-based mode where you build a deck and then deploy units in an attempt to capture and hold control points to score points. Capturing a location requires you to position units over it, whether that be on the ground or in the air. When you hold more control points than your opponent, you rack up score points. When both teams are holding the same number of locations, scoring comes to a halt. There are 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 options, and the beta supports matchmaking.

You start with a collection of cards and can earn more by completing the in-game tutorial and the daily and weekly challenges. You can also get more cards by winning matches. Cards from the beta do not carry forward to the full game. However, everyone who plays the beta can receive two packs for the full game at launch. One is given when you log in and the other after you complete your first match.

The first team to 200 points wins; alternatively, the team with the most points when the 12-minute timer expires wins the match.

Watch the video above and read this in-depth blog post from 343 to get an incredibly detailed breakdown of how Blitz works.

Halo Wars 2 Beta PC File Size and Tutorial Video Revealed

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz beta will be available on Xbox One and PC. The file size on PC is 11.96 GB, though it’s not immediately clear how much space the console version takes up. The beta, which is the game’s second one, ends on January 30

Halo Wars 2 launches in full on February 21, though people who buy the $80 Ultimate Edition can start playing on February 17. It is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so buying it digitally on one platform gets you access to the other for free. All progress, including saves and achievements, is available on each platform.

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