The Update for week ending 4th December 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases for the next 3 weeks and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)GTA Online’s next update focuses on Car Theft

Grand Theft Auto Online’s next update will introduce the Import/Export addition, which fixates on the theft and sale of high-end automobiles — much like the title’s meaning.

Import/Export works off the supply chains brought in with the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony addition launched in June. From the description on Rockstar Newswire, it sounds like vehicle thefts will take planning and tactics rather than smash-and-grab chases.

Heads of the import/export operation will curate garages of up to 60 vehicles for sale, plus an auto shop for additional customizations. It all puts the Auto back in Grand Theft Auto.

2)PaRappa the Rapper, Patapon and Loco Roco are getting remastered for PS4

Sony brought select PlayStation 2 games — newly remastered, not backwards compatible — to PlayStation 4 a year ago, using its annual PlayStation Experience event to celebrate the occasion. This year, it’s returning to the idea with just three games: PaRappa the Rapper, Loco Roco and Patapon.

PaRappa the Rapper celebrates its 20th anniversary in just a few days, on Dec. 6, and to celebrate it will see a special demo released on PlayStation Store. The three games are being remastered for PS4 and will feature native 4K support on PS4 Pro, “and other improvements as well,” Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida said on stage.

PaRappa includes two new features courtesy of the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller:

  1. Feel the Beat “provides a steady metronome for each song to help the player ‘feel’ when they need PaRappa to rap in response to each character.”
  2. See the Beat is when the “player icon enlarges when a player presses any button during a song to help give visual feedback while they’re playing.”

This announcement — or at least part of it — was expected, following a listing for PaRappa the Rapper which appeared on the South Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee website. PaRappa is being joined by PlayStation Portable titles LocoRoco and Patapon, released in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

1)Last of Us Part 2 announced

Sony closed out PlayStation Experience with a reveal trailer for the long-anticipated The Last of Us Part 2. In it, Ellie sings a folk song and vows revenge. And there’s a special guest star: Joel.

Neil Druckmann, creative director at developer Naughty Dog, said The Last of Us Part 2 is still “early days,” but promised additional details in the coming months.

“I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to finally be able to say that Ellie and Joel are back for another intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure,” Druckmann said on the PlayStation Blog. “Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, that wasn’t the case. We knew that it needed to be a story worth telling and, perhaps more importantly, a story worthy of Joel and Ellie. After spending years on different ideas (and almost giving up), we finally uncovered a story that felt special — a story that evolved into an epic journey.”

The Last of Us Part 2 has been a sure thing ever since the award-winning hit debuted on PlayStation 3 in 2013 and was remastered for PlayStation 4 in 2014. Nolan North — no, he’s not the voice of Joel, Troy Baker is — said in 2015 that he knew for sure TLOU2 was in development.

“For now I know they’re doing Last of Us 2, but my character in Last of Us kind of met an untimely demise,” North said to an audience member at a Metrocon panel in 2015. North played a relatively minor role in the original game. Baker, on the other hand, said “I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not.”

UK GAME CHARTS

An impressive launch for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV means it debuts at No2 while Fifa 17 maintains its grip on the crown. Despite missing out on the top spot it’s a great start for Square’s beloved series. It ranks as the second best launch (by our market panel) behind 2010’s Final Fantasy XIII.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare makes way for the new release dropping a spot to No3. Familiar titles jostle for position with Minecraft: Xbox Edition pushing back into the Top 10 at No10. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Special Ed benefits from retailer promotions climbing six places to No11.

Ubisoft deliver Steep for PS4 and Xbox One with the snowboarding title making an impact at No24. In terms of Winter Sports titles it finds itself at No4 for week 1 panel sales just ahead of SSX Tricky.

Up 2 to No.5:                FORZA HORIZON 3

Up 1 to No.4:                BATTLEFIELD 1

Down 1 to No.3:          CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE

New at No.2:               FINAL FANTASY XV

Still at No.1:                 FIFA 17

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER

Dead Rising 4 (XO/PC)
Werewolves Within (PSVR/PC) – Digital Only
ARK: Survival Evolved (PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER

The Last Guardian (PS4)
Space Hulk: Deathwing (PC) – Digital Only

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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