The Update for the week ending 3rd August 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) SGDQ breaks last years record, raises $1.2 Million

Summer Games Done Quick, the mid-year speedrun event Games Done Quick stages for charity, ended Sunday having raised more than $1.2 million dollars for Doctors Without Borders.

The total raised is well more than the $700,000 the event raised last year, and commensurate to the $1.5 million Awesome Games Done Quick raised in January. Donations still are coming in and being counted, of course, so the SGDQ total is likely to rise. At any rate, it is already a record for this part of the series.

The weeklong event featured 160 speedruns, and the 22,000 individual donors contributed an average of $43.29 (with one donor blowing the curve with a $21,498 contribution.)

2) ZombiU coming to next gen Aug. 18 as Zombi

ZombiU, the zombie action game from Ubisoft Montpellier that launched exclusively for the Wii U, will be released Aug. 18 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, publisher Ubisoft announced last week.

Ubisoft is renaming the game to Zombi for the PC and new-generation ports, which will only be released digitally. Last week’s announcement confirms a leak from earlier this month, when the Taiwanese game rating board listed PS4 and Xbox One versions of Zombi.

“The nail-biting survival experience has been optimized for PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC, using the power of the latest generation of hardware to bring gamers to a new level of horror,” said Ubisoft in a press release.

Ubisoft provided some further details on Zombi in a UbiBlog post. The game doesn’t include ZombiU’s multiplayer component, since that mode required the Wii U GamePad.

Otherwise, said Zombi producer Hélène Henry, the developers wanted to maintain the original experience as much as possible. Zombi primarily offers “small technical improvements on what was already there — the faster load times, and the small changes to controls,” said Henry in an interview with UbiBlog. “In fact, a lot of time was spent getting the controls mapped as intuitively as possible, to keep the original atmosphere.”

ZombiU players had to look down at the Wii U GamePad to see the minimap. The developers of Zombi moved the minimap to the main screen, but otherwise tried to “maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible,” according to Henry, who noted that the minimap disappears when it isn’t required. There’s now a dedicated button to access your backpack, but doing so still doesn’t pause the game.

Zombi offers a slightly increased field of view over ZombiU, and allows players to tweak it slightly. The developers also worked on the controls to improve “the look and feel of the first-person movement,” said Henry. And the port provides players with two new melee weapons, a shovel and a nail bat; the cricket bat was the only one in ZombiU. The flashlight is changing, too: Players can now opt to shine a wider, stronger beam that uses up more battery life (and attracts more zombies).

A Ubisoft representative told Polygon that Zombi is being developed by Straight Right, the Melbourne, Australia-based studio that made the Wii U port of Mass Effect 3.

1) Gear of War: Ultimate edition to include all 4 games as backwards compatability

Xbox One remaster Gears of War: Ultimate Edition now includes access to all four Gears of War games from the Xbox 360, thanks to the current-generation Xbox’s backward compatibility support.

Microsoft and Gears studio The Coalition announced today that Xbox One owners who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will also get access to the Xbox 360 versions of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment. That’s a limited time offer, however; Xbox One owners will need to buy the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition between Aug. 25 and Dec. 31, 2015 to get the four Xbox 360 games as a bonus.

Like other Xbox 360 backward compatible games, the four Gears titles will support Xbox One features like Game DVR, screenshots and Snap, Microsoft said in an announcement.

Xbox One owners who are participating in the console’s preview program can play the original Gears of War on their consoles today; the title is now supported via backward compatibility. (Chair’s Xbox 360 adventure game Shadow Complex will also be supported through backward compatibility, Microsoft said today.)

Microsoft announced Xbox 360 backward compatibility support for Xbox One at this year’s E3. The company also officially confirmed Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a high-definition re-release of Epic Games’ first entry in the series, at the show. The Ultimate Edition remaster hits Xbox One on Aug. 25.

UK GAME CHARTS

In a quiet week Lego Jurassic World retakes No1 six weeks after it knocked The Elder Scrolls Online off top spot.  Last week’s No1 Rory McIlroy PGA Tour slips down the leaderboard to No4, behind Batman: Arkham Knight, up one place to No2 and GTA V up two places to No3 (benefiting from a promotion on the PS4 GTA V hardware bundle).  Promotions, in particular across PS4 hardware bundles, give many titles a boost this week with FIFA 15 jumping from No10 to No5, The Elder Scrolls Online up from No9 to No6 and Battlefield Hardline up from No13 to No7.  F1 2015 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare miss out on the promotion party slipping 4 and 3 places respectively to No8 and No9.  PS4 exclusives God of War III: Remastered, The Order: 1886 and Bloodbourne enjoy strong sales increases thanks to PS4 hardware bundle promotions with God of War re-entering the Top 10 at No10.

Up 5 to No.5:         FIFA 15

Down 3 to No.4:  RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR

Up 2 to No.3:       GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 1 to No.2:       BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT

Up 1 to No.1:       LEGO JURASSIC WORLD

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST

Rare Replay (XO)

YouTube videos of the week

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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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2 thoughts on “The Update for the week ending 3rd August 2015

  1. A little surprised about Zombi. Seems like an odd, rather latent transition to me. Hardly the most relevant port, but with diminished expectations it could be a moderate curiosity.

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