The Update for Week ending 27th July 2015

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and I am here with this weeks top 3 gaming news stories, the top 5 games, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3) 8-bit Mario Amiibo hits Europe September 11

The 8-bit Mario amiibo will be available in two variations, the first of which will arrive in Europe on Sept. 11.

According a tweet from Nintendo of Europe, the “Classic Colours” amiibo arrives first, sporting the red and brown plumber’s outfit from Super Mario Bros. A “Modern Colors” edition, in which Mario’s hair and t-shirt are more familiar colors, will be released Oct. 23.

The Sept. 11 date coincides with the release of Super Mario Maker, the upcoming Wii U game that will allow you to create your own diabolical 2D side-scrolling levels, in addition to the 100 levels that will ship with the game. Last month, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Maker’s support for the toy-like amiibo will let you play as certain characters who aren’t Italian plumbers.

2) Rise of the Tomb Raider not coming to PS4 till ‘Holiday 2016’

Are you a fan of the reboot of Tomb Raider and cannot wait for the next title to come to your nice shiny PlayStation 4? Well it seems you will be waiting a bit, as Square Enix announced this week that the previously Xbox-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider will be coming to additional platforms in 2016. “The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch,” the press release reads, “coming to PlayStation 4 (PS4) in Holiday 2016.” Thankfully, the upcoming Windows 10 and Steam release isn’t held to the same window of console exclusivity and will arrive in “early 2016,” though no more specific date was given.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced during last year’s Microsoft E3 press conference, and later revealed to be an Xbox exclusive during Gamescom a few months later. The decision was met with a huge amount of frustration from fans of the series who had played the previous game on a PlayStation console. In response, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher wrote:

Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

In December of last year, Square Enix confirmed that its “partnership with Microsoft on Rise of the Tomb Raider does have a duration” but the publisher added, “we aren’t discussing those details at this time and are focused on collaborating to deliver a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360.”

It’s unclear why the news of additional platforms was kept secret for nearly one year after the announcement of exclusivity, but still months before the game’s November release. Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released Nov. 10 for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

1) Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 sneaks on Steam, out now

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, the fourth entry in the indie horror series from Scott Cawthon, is now available on Steam for $7.99 on Windows PC, Cawthon announced this week.

“Ok, so as many of you already know, I’m bad with release dates,” said Cawthon. “The game is finished. :)” He noted that some players had run into a problem with the fullscreen option, and said he expects to have it fixed by the end of the day.

Cawthon originally announced the game in April as Five Nights at Freddy’s 4: The Final Chapter, and said at the time that he planned to release it on Halloween — more than three months from today. Curiously, the Steam release and last week’s trailer are both missing the “Final Chapter” subtitle, although the game’s Steam synopsis does still refer to Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 as the last game in the series:

This time, the terror has followed you home.

In this last chapter of the Five Nights at Freddy’s original story, you must once again defend yourself against Freddy Fazbear, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and even worse things that lurk in the shadows. Playing as a child whose role is yet unknown, you must safeguard yourself until 6am by watching the doors, as well as warding off unwanted creatures that may venture into your closet or onto the bed behind you.

You have only a flashlight to protect yourself. It will scare away things that may be creeping at the far end of the hallways, but be careful, and listen. If something has crept too close, then shining lights in its eyes will be your end.

The phenomenally successful Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise began with the original game in August 2014. Its first sequel, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, followed in November of that year, and Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 was released this past March. In April, Warner Bros. announced that it had picked up the movie rights to the series and was developing a feature film.

UK GAME CHARTS

Rory McIlroy’s second week at No1 is a first for a golf game in the UK – EA’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour manages back-to-back No1 aces from launch at the Top of the All Formats Chart as we round off the last week of July. There are no new releases this week so it is pretty much just a shuffling of the pack. Warner climb 2 places with Lego Jurassic World and Warner are also No3 with Batman: Arkham Knight. Codemasters’ F1 2015 drops 2 places to No4 and Take 2 stay at No5 for a fourth week in a row with GTA V – unit sales on this title have been gradually increasing for the past 3 weeks.

Still at No.5:                GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Down 2 to No.4:        F1 2015

Still at No.3:                BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT

Up 2 to No.2:              LEGO JURASSIC WORLD

Still at No.1:               RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 28TH JULY

Legend Of Kay Anniversary (Wii U/PS4/PC)
The Swindle (PS3/PS4/PC/PSV) – Digital Only
King’s Quest: Chapter 1 (PS3/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY

King’s Quest: Chapter 1 (360/XO) – Digital Only
N++ (PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 31ST JULY

The Swindle (XO) – Digital Only

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week on the Crave Your Game Channel.

MONDAY – CTG Plays Card Against Humanity Part 5

TUESDAY – GD Plays Holy Potatoes!! A Weapon Shop?! pt 1

THURSDAY – Dr GD Performs Eye Transplants

FRIDAY – The CTG Podcast 1 Year Anniversary

We are back with the CTG Podcast this Wednesday with the CTG Podcast. You can catch this podcast at twitch.tv/ctgpodcast , then we return next Monday with the Update.

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