This Month in Gaming
Fallout 4 is Here... Finally!
It's been a long time in the making, but Bethesda has finally released the much-anticipated sequel to Fallout: New Vegas. Fallout 4, the fifth installment in the Fallout franchise, was launched for PC, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4 platforms on November 10.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts 200 after years after a massive nuclear war, Fallout 4 combines many of the open-world elements from the series, while adding several new features into the mix as well. Some of the notable additions in Fallout 4 include the ability to switch between first-person and third-person view; the ability to scrap items and build entire settlements; the ability to modify weapons and armor; a remade SPECIAL system while eliminating skills; and revamped perks. Whether you are a die-hard Fallout fan or a newcomer to the franchise, you don't want to miss Fallout 4.
To say the launch of Fallout 4 was a success would be an understatement. Within just 24 hours of its release, it had sold more than 1.2 million copies on Steam -- and that's JUST Steam! When you factor in physical PC discs, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, the numbers are much higher, although we haven't heard an official amount as of yet.
Xbox One Trumps PlayStation 4 for October Sales
Ever since the two eighth-generation video game consoles were released, the Sony PlayStation 4 has held the upper-hand over its Xbox One counterpart, boasting more sales from month to month for nearly two years. But the tides changed in October, as the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4.
How was Microsoft able to pull off this feat? The company issues a statement regarding its strong sales in October, citing the release of Halo 5: Guardians as being a contributing factor. Being that Halo 5 is only available on the Xbox One, it's safe to assume that some gamers purchased the console to play the game.
"The strength of the greatest games lineup in Xbox history drove record Xbox Live usage for October and made Xbox One the best-selling console in the U.S. with 81 percent growth compared to October 2014. We saw amazing fan excitement, commercial success and critical acclaim in October for ‘Halo 5: Guardians,’ which was the best-selling game in the U.S.," said Mike Nichols of Xbox Marketing.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
While most gamers are busy killing Radroaches and Raiders in the Commenwealth of Fallout 4, another superb game was quietly released. Developed by Microsoft and Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the reboot title Tomb Raider. It follows the story of treasure-hunting adventurer Lara Croft as she travels through a myriad of environment while battling foes and completing puzzles. Rise of the Tomb Raider has received widespread critical acclaim, with GameSpot giving it a stellar 9/10 rating, and MetaCritic rating it 87/100.
Unless you own an Xbox One, though, you'll have to wait until next year to get your paws on Rise of The Tomb Raider. While the game was released for the Xbox One on November 10 (for US and Australia), the PlayStation 4 and PC versions aren't expected to be released until next year: Q1 for Windows and Q4 for PlayStation 4.
Oh and in case you were wondering, there's already a sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider in the works. Square Enix accidentally spilled the beans about the sequel while speaking at the Gamescom convention earlier this year.
Xbox One Update Includes Backward Compatibility for 360 Games
Microsoft made a promise earlier this year that it would be introducing backward compatibility with the Xbox One, allowing gamers to play certain 360 games on the next-gen console. At the time, however, it didn't reveal when this update would occur. Well, it appears that time is now, because Microsoft pushed one of its largest and most comprehensive updates to the Xbox One platform earlier this month.
The massive update includes support for some 104 Xbox 360 titles, including major hits like Assassin's Creed 2, Fallout 3, and Mass Effect (among many, many more.). Also, the new update brings the Windows 10 operating system to the Xbox One. This means you can now play Xbox One games against PC Players, assuming they too are using Windows 10. Gamers can even chat with Xbox Live members via their Windows 10 smartphone, tablet or PC. Microsoft has created an interconnected framework of various devices, and it appears to have paid off well.
The new features don't end there, however. Millions of gamers use the Xbox One to watch streaming video services via Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Video. As such, Microsoft has enhanced the searching feature in the Xbox One with its recent update. It's now easier and less time consuming to find TV shows and movies on Microsoft's next-gen console.