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Ben Joy
Ben Joy

In this week's edition we have been playing games about unpacking boxes, the new Call of Duty has come out, and we welcome the newest member to the Play Team, Taya! 

Pete

Happy Call of Duty release day! Sledgehammer Games and Activision bring us their latest Call of Duty release in the form of Vanguard. Available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation, this new version takes players back to WW2. The game comes with a single player campaign, multiplayer that contains some new game modes and fan favourite Zombies. Players have been able to download the 60GB game this week in preparation for the release today. The game looks stunning, and I'm a huge fan of games set in WW2.

 

Dan

This week I have been enamoured by a new indie release, Unpacking by Australian dev Witch Beam. At the time of writing it's sitting in the top 25 selling games on Steam and was higher earlier in the week, a huge achievement for a tiny game from a tiny team. Aside from the always enjoyable underdog success, what I love about Unpacking is that the game is so different. The mechanics are literally based around unpacking boxes and organising your new home.

From the game's description: "Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking."

I'll be spending some time this weekend getting my zen on and digitally unpacking (whilst ignoring my actual adult responsibilities). Unpacking is available on PC, Xbox (available on Game Pass) and Nintendo Switch.

 

Ben J

Followers of the roundup will likely be aware that I am a big golf fan. Previously I wrote about EA getting back into the golf game business after a 6 year break from the long running PGA Tour series, which saw a new game released every year between 1994 and 2015 (There was also a couple of other PGA Tour games from EA in the early 90s). I was excited to see what EA were going to do with the PGA Tour franchise next, however fans are now going to have to wait a bit longer to find out as this week a short statement was released on Twitter letting fans know the launch date was being shifted. Which we can only assume is backwards and not forwards.

 Tiger Woods has since signed a long term deal with 2K, so am somewhat torn, as I was always a massive fan of the Tiger Woods era of EA's PGA Tour games, and lost interest when this changed to Rory Mcilroy in 2015, which incidentally was the last golf game EA released. I guess I'll have to decide which way I go when both games come out!

Until then, I'll keep playing away on Mario Golf and Mario Golf: Super Rush

Dan on behalf of Adam

Poor Adam is off sick at the moment but he did want to contribute...

"If you need something for the roundup from me, please write something about Forza Horizon 5's review embargo being lifted and the reviews so far being very positive and i am excited because I loved horizon 4 and it sounds like this new one is even better. But write it pretentiously so it sounds like me 😂"

Get well soon Adam ♥

 

Ben G

This week, Nintendo updated its list of the Nintendo Switch’s all-time top selling games.

The list is for worldwide life-to-date numbers, as of 30th September 2021. The figures include bundled units, downloaded copies and boxed sales. Here’s the top 5:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 38.74 million copies (released April 2017)

  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 34.85 million copies (released March 2020)

  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 25.71 million copies (released December 2018)

  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 24.13 million copies (released March 2017)

  5. Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 22.64 million copies (released November 2019)

So, Mario Kart reigns supreme. But, whilst the racing game has had over 4 years to reach those sales numbers, a worthy mention should go to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, for reaching 34.85 million copies sold in just 18 months.

To see full top 10, click here.

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Taya

For me, this week is all about the latest Animal Crossing update and DLC, which combined together are adding an enormous amount of content to enrich island life. I recently restarted my (very neglected) island in a bid to prepare for the update, and can't wait to dive in later today to see what's on offer!

Some of the best new features include:

  • Brewster's Coffee Shop ☕ 

  • Kapp'n's deserted island tours 🏖

  • Cooking! 👩‍🍳

  • FROGGY CHAIR 🐸

  • Pro construction and decoration 🏗

  • Paradise planning and design (DLC) 🎨

  • New furniture! (DLC) 🪑

  • New villagers! (DLC) 🐵

 For more info you can check out Nintendo's AC:NH showcase from their latest direct:

 

 

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