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By Matthew Arcilla

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In this week’s edition of videogame news, we discover that strangling children is apparently what companies think incentivizes active consumer spending, spending your nights as a cat counts as moonlighting and that if you like it, put a gauntlet on it.

8. God of War is now the fastest-selling PlayStation exclusive

Read more at Destructoid

The fourth installment in the God of War series is now Sony’s fastest selling PS4 exclusive. Tons of hype, word of mouth regarding welcome creative changes and a healthy amount of time from the last entry meant more people rushing to see what the fuss was all about. That took God of War to sales of 3.1 million units in just three days, and a reminder that linear, single-player narrative games are still in demand.

 

7. The Good Life is a slice of life RPG in which you turn into a dog (or a cat)

Read more at Eurogamer

From the developer of the ultra-weird Deadly Premonition comes this game in which you play a photojournalist who moves to a backwoods British town only to discover intrigue and mystery. You’ll take on odd jobs to make money, investigate clues to solve a murder and oh, magically transform into a cat or dog every couple of fortnights.

 

6. Nintendo Switch Online is a premium service that’s only $20 a year

Read more at Variety

For the first year of the Nintendo Switch’s lifespan, the House That Mario Built declared that online play would be free for as long as it took to design a premium service like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. This week they announced the service, Nintendo Switch Online, which for the above-listed price will feature cloud saves and access to a library of classic NES games with added online functionality when the service launches in September.

 

5. Conan Exiles leaves early access and enters full release

This open world survival game set in Robert Howard’s Hyborean realm has, after sixteen months, finally launched. In addition to doubling the size of its world map and adding new biomes like frozen, volcanic and swamp, developer Funcom has improved combat, added a free-climbing system and kept the infamous sliders for penis length and breast size because reasons. While it used to be $30 in Early Access, the price has swollen to $40 for new players.

4. Latest Harry Potter game introduces microtransactions in the best way

Read more at Eurogamer

…And by best way, I mean worst way. Many mobile games are really just tapping exercises with subtle methods of begging money from the user, sure. Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery throws subtlety out the window by introducing the pay money or wait system by strangling your in-game child avatar. This is what Warner Bros. Interactive, the same publisher that put loot crates in single-player games, thought was the best way to introduce young smartphone owners to in-game purchases.

 

3. Beyond Good & Evil 2 is real and not some elaborate Ubisoft joke

Read more at GameSpot

Publisher Ubisoft has been toying with the hearts of gamers for years with the prospect of a sequel to the 2003 cult classic Beyond Good & Evil. Last year, Ubisoft finally revealed it at E3, but even most of us in the gaming press hasn’t accepted its existence. Well, as if to say, “It’s really coming out, we’re not kidding, this isn’t a joke,” Ubisoft has been issuing regular updates with videos like these.

 

2. Rockstar Games releases new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2

It’s been five years since Grand Theft Auto V. While I’m not a big fan developer Rockstar Games, which has knocked out consecutive commercial and critical successes in the open world genre, there’s no denying the hype and anticipation for this sequel to the 2010 open world Western. Set in 1899, towards the decade in which the West was mostly “tamed,” Red Dead Redemption 2 focuses on a gang of outlaws whose deepening internal divisions threaten to tear them apart.

 

1. Fortnite: Battle Royale is crossing over with Infinity War

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

The top two things currently setting the pop culture world on fire right now are Avengers: Infinity War and the game Fortnite. So when Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo proposed a brand team up of sorts, developer/publisher Epic Games gladly created a limited time event. In it, players engage in the standard 100-player battle royale but with the twist that the Infinity Gauntlet is hiding somewhere in the map. Get it and you’ll transform into Thanos himself, wielding infinite power for a limited time.

 

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