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Hunt orcs in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor this October

Alongside the above story trailer, developer Monolith Productions has revealed that its upcoming Tolkien-inspired action roleplaying game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, will reach retail shelves on October 7.

As we mentioned in our lengthy preview…
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Alien: Isolation is coming right toward you on October 7

Alien: Isolation has been given a release date of October 7, 2014, according to a tweet from the game’s official Twitter profile. The interstellar monster inspired by the nightmares of H.R. Giger will come to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, to…
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IndieCade returns to L.A. in October, now accepting submissions

IndieCade is accepting entries for this year’s independent games showcase event ahead of its October debut in Culver City, California.

Developers interested in having their works featured and judged by IndieCade’s panel of more than 100 industry…
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Los Santos Tourism Still High As Grand Theft Auto V Tops October 2013 NPD

The October 2013 NPD report reflecting retail video game hardware and software sales has been released. While Grand Theft Auto V keeps the top spot for another month, Nintendo sweeps in with Pokémon X and Y in the second and third positions.

The NPD also reports that overall sales in the sector (new, physical goods) are up 5 percent year-over-year. They account for $ 791.1 million. NPD also reports that with the addition of rental, used, and digital, total spent for the month is approximately. $ 1.3 billion. NPD will be solidifying details that fall outside new, physical sales in a report in February.

The 3DS was on top of the hardware category for the sixth month in a row. This is also the first time that portable hardware sales have gone up since the Vita launch in February 2012.

In the console group, Xbox 360 reclaimed the lead after PlayStation 3 stepped up in September. Here are the top ten best selling games of the month:

  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)**
  • Pokemon X (3DS)
  • Pokemon Y (3DS)
  • Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PC)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, NWU, PC)**
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, NWU)**
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)**
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, PSV, PC)
  • WWE 2K14 (360, PS3)  

Battlefield 4 charted impressively given that it was out for a mere five days in the cycle. The same thing is true of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

 

Our Take
It’s no surprise that Grand Theft Auto held the top spot, and given the strong sales of Pokémon X and Y, Nintendo has every reason to be excited. Nintendo reports that over 1.7 million units of those two games (combined) were sold last month.

Next month is going to be extremely interesting as new-generation software enters the field in a big way. We’ll definitely see some of the best selling games of this month make a return trip, and Call of Duty: Ghosts will also make a splash.

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October NPD: Xbox 360 reclaims the console throne, software sales up

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Physical video game software sales in the U.S. were up 12 percent in October to $ 482.5 million, compared with the same period in 2012, NPD reports. This marks the third month in a row that software sales have been up year-over-year.

Games leading the sales charge include Grand Theft Auto 5, which clung to its top spot, and Pokemon X and Y, which took No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassins’ Creed 4: Black Flag both launched late in October but claimed spots 5 and 6. Peep the full list after the break.

Gaming hardware sales dropped 8 percent year-over-year to $ 171.7 million, with the 3DS leading the pack for the sixth month straight. The Xbox 360 was the No. 1 console again in October, after the PS3 ruined its streak in September.

Sales of gaming accessories rose 1 percent last month, due to an increase of more than 70 percent in the Interactive Gaming Toys department – meaning Skylanders and Disney Infinity pieces – NPD analyst Liam Callahan says.

Next month will be a very different NPD, with the launch of the PS4 tomorrow and the Xbox One next week. Check out our latest PS4 launch coverage (now with Vines!) right here.

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Stiq Figures, October 28 – November 3: PlayStation 4 edition

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I know we keep hyping up the launch of new consoles and that a certain time-traveling Joystiq editor teased us all with details from the future, but you know what? I’m excited! I’ve had some great times on the 360, PS3 and Wii (and more recently the Wii U), but getting new, promising consoles on the market can feel like a mini holiday.

The PlayStation 4 is launching on Friday, November 15 with 19 games, and those that have been using their DualShock 4 controllers elsewhere will finally have access to the library they were built for. Personally, I will undoubtedly be glued to the front window, waiting on Amazon’s supposed launch day delivery. I’ll probably end up canceling my order for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, though, in favor of picking it up locally. The last thing I need is a PS4 in my house without anything to play on it. Of course, there’s always Resogun

Hopefully something about the PS4′s launch has you excited, and if not, there’s always the week after. In the mean time, check out the hardware Japan is buying after the jump! A certain down-but-not-out console that recently threw a party had a surprising pick up.

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Crowdfund Bookie, October 2013: Two is greater than 58

The Crowdfund Bookie crunches data from select successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns that ended during the week and produces pretty charts for you to look at.

The month of October saw 172,360 people pledge $ 7,361,713 towards 42 successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo video game projects. To put that in perspective, that’s 4,833 more project backers than the past three months combined.

As discussed in our September quarterly report, some high-earning games serve as extreme samples in a month’s data set. October was no different, as Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 lured in $ 3,845,170 thanks to 67,226 backers. What’s more, both Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Hyper Light Drifter combined to account for 42,708 backers, which means these three projects had enough backers to match the number of funders in August and September combined, a two-month period that saw 58 successful projects. All three games fit into the action genre this month as well, which accounts for that category’s high numbers. Without those three projects, the other four action games would have combined for only $ 113,876.

October also saw some of the first Canada-based developers take advantage of Kickstarter’s expansion to the country, which began in September. Eight projects came from Canadian developers, three of which were among the top six earning games for the month: RimWorld, The Long Dark and River City Ransom: Underground. The eight games accounted for 11.16 percent of the overall picture for the month ($ 821,411), so it’ll be interesting to watch for the impact Kickstarter’s expansion has on our crowdfunding trends. The funding platform will open up to Australia and New Zealand-based creators on November 13, as well.

Head past the break for the month’s breakdown by genre as well as the list of October’s top five earners.

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Stiq Figures, October 21 – 27: My backlog haunts me edition

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Stiq Figures, October 21  27 My backlog haunts me edition
Look at this picture. Look at it! That’s just a fraction of what I wish I had the time to play, and I haven’t even filled in the PS3-shaped chasm of games that I’ve missed out on during this generation. So what am I doing with the coming weeks, you ask? I, uh … might have a PS4 and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag pre-ordered. Most of these games haven’t been started, never mind the hours involved with actually completing RPGs like Final Fantasy 9 and Lost Odyssey, but I’ve already set myself up to jump into a whole new library!

Every purchase I make on Amazon feels like a relapse on a self-control level. As I fetch the involved pouches from the mailbox, I can’t help but wonder if I’m just throwing money away by buying things to put them on a shelf. What other use could extra games serve when I’m already buried?

If you’re anything like me (hello, Steam users), maybe we should peer-pressure each other into finishing what we’ve already purchased before going on spending sprees for every game we’ve ever wanted. Unless you’ve got a master plan to wrap things up before these new consoles hit, in which case you should totally share it with me before I spend grocery money on games. Let’s talk backlogs in the comments, right after you check out this week’s Japanese hardware sales after the jump!

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Now Playing: October 28 – November 3, 2013

Now Playing October 28  November 3, 2013
Fight on land, sea, and air this week with Battlefield 4

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Stiq Figures, October 14 – 20: Kuribo’s shoe edition

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Powerups can be great and all, but sometimes one of them just runs away with your heart. Super Mario Bros. 3‘s Super Leaf was way more useful and generally more common, but sometimes I played through five worlds of that game just to use the Kuribo’s shoe. Well, okay, I played through two worlds and then used the flutes to bypass that stupid fish.

I’m not sure if I just enjoy the near-invincible state that the shoe grants the Bros. or if it’s the obscene appearance of the item, but mowing down Goombas and Spinys with an oversized wind-up shoe makes me smile every time. I’ve been pretty okay with a few of the series’ following powerups, too.

The Mario series is definitely not the only source of great powerups, though. Contra’s Spread Gun is the only reason I ever got past the first level, for example! You should share your favorites with us in the comments, riiight after you check this week’s Japanese hardware sales after the jump!

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