The Update for week ending 24th July 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week that isn’t Pokemon Go , we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!


3)2 new Sonic games coming in 2017

Sonic Mania is the next game in the 25-year-old franchise. The game is slated for Spring 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The news comes from a livestream of Sonic’s birthday party, held as part of San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

The 2D adventure harkens back to the Sega Genesis days, with three playable characters — Sonic, Miles “Tails” Prower and Knuckles — and includes new abilities and worlds to explore. The game will also included classic stages featuring “new twists,” members of Sega said during the stream.

Following the trailer reveal (as seen above), they announced that the game would be playable at the event itself.

Sonic Mania is set to be the series’ 25th anniversary title, although it won’t launch until next year. Sega first confirmed the title last month, just after Sonic’s birthday on June 25. Still, the upcoming game is one of the biggest announcement of several pieces of Sonic-related news coming out of this year’s Comic-Con event, including a merchandising crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sanrio characters, like Hello Kitty.

Coming later this year is Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice on Nintendo 3DS. The game launches this September and is based on the Sonic Boom cartoon, which airs on cable channel Cartoon Network. The TV show will return for a second season, with new episodes currently in production.

But Sonic Mania isn’t the only Sonic the Hedgehog game that Sega has planned for 2017. At tonight’s Sonic the Hedgehog 25th anniversary celebration at San Diego Comic-Con, Sega also unveiled the first teaser for Project Sonic, a new game that seems to share some traits with Sonic Generations.

Project Sonic is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It’s also bound for Nintendo NX, Nintendo’s still secretive next-generation gaming platform.

According to the game’s teaser trailer, Project Sonic, like Sonic Generations, will feature two variations of Sonic the Hedgehog: his modern incarnation and the shorter, chubbier Sonic that hews more closely to the original character model from the Sega Genesis era.

Beyond that, the trailer doesn’t offer too many specifics. It calls the game’s setting “the darkest of times,” and it shows Sonic sprinting through a dreary, ruinous world apparently destroyed by robots. The trailer encourages players to “join the resistance” and dates Project Sonic for holiday 2017.

2)New Online features coming to Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokémon Sun and Moon will include new competitive online features, along with a mode that allows trainers to continue powering up their ultimate strongest Pokémon. These new modes are previewed in the trailer above, which also includes a look at six of the Alola Region’s never-before-seen Pokémon.

The Global Link system, the main way of bringing Pokémon trainers online, will receive an update to include the new Friendly Competitions. These will allow players to host their own matches with set rules, pitting their Pokémon against either those of online rivals or the people playing around them.

Who specifically gets to enter online competitions is up to the host. This player can limit the entry conditions to only include people they know or complete, Pokémon-loving strangers. As for live competitions, players can share and scan QR codes that contain the rules of the game and allow them to participate.

Service for the current Global Link system will be discontinued this fall in order to get it ready for Sun and Moon.

The other new mode shown above is Hyper Training. Although they’ll need a special item attached to the legendary Magearna in order to use it, Hyper Training will give trainers a chance to power up their level 100 Pokémon’s stats for the first time. With the help of Alola Region teacher Mr. Hyper, Pokémon fans’ strongest monsters will finally be able to become even stronger.

Magearna, the steel- and fairy-type who was the first new monster to be introduced this generation, will be distributed stateside later this year, according to The Pokémon Company. Also introduced today are the following: Wimpod, Bounsweet, Comfey, Mudsdale, Bewear and Mimikyu. Each of their abilities are demonstrated in the trailer.

Fans will hopefully be able to try out Hyper Training not long after the game launches. Pokémon Sun and Moon arrive for Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 18.

1)The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series details revealed

Telltale’s The Walking Dead returns this fall for its third season, and the studio is designing it to work just as well if you’re new to the series as if you’ve played everything to this point, the company said during a Comic-Con International panel this weekend.

Now known as The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series, the game picks up with our hero, Clementine, in her early teens — and missing half of her left ring finger. She is one of two playable characters, along with a new survivor named Javier. Telltale noted in a press release that “you may not be playing each character within the same frame of time.”

Just like Clementine was Lee Everett’s ward in the first season of the game, she is now protecting a young boy named A.J. People who have played Season Two will recognize A.J. as the son of Rebecca and either Alvin or Carver. Javier, however, is new to the series, so players will have a chance to determine what kind of person he is.

You can see Clementine, Javier and A.J. in the screenshots below. Javier and Clementine are also featured in the Season Three poster below, which Telltale says may be available in a limited-edition printing this summer.

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Warner’s Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds on to No1 for a fourth week in a row – and now just needs one more to equal the record of 5 consecutive weeks for a Lego title (Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes with 5 weeks back in 2012).

There are no new releases within the Top 20 and overall sales drop -29% over last week, partly due to summer holidays and partly due to the spike from the special retail shopping event during last week. As such we see EA’s FIFA 16 up 5 places to No2, followed at No3 by Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch which climbs 1 place. Last week’s big new entry, Capcom’s 3DS Monster Hunter Generations drops 6 places to No9.

The Pokemon Go mobile phenomenon continues to affect Pokemon 3DS software sales and 3 Pokemon 3DS games re-enter the Top 40: Pokemon Omega Ruby (No17), Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (No24) and Pokemon Y (No29). This week is the first full sales week since the mobile game was launched in UK, which means that August will show a remarkable spike in Pokemon sales and 3DS software and hardware, plus Nintendo’s share of the market.


Up 1 to No.5:                                            DOOM

Up 1 to No.4:                                           GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 1 to No.3:                                           OVERWATCH

Up 5 to No.2:                                          FIFA 16

Still at No.1:                                           LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS



We Happy Few (XO/PC) – Digital Only
Headlander (PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Hyper Light Drifter (XO/PS4) – Digital Only


Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PS4)
OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition (PS4)

YouTube videos of the week

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Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.


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