The Master Of All Chiefs!

What’s up everybody. So, following yesterday’s sad news, I’ll try to bring something a bit more positive your way and I start with details of Halo sales across the three Xbox consoles.

Over the weekend at SDCC, Microsoft has revealed that the Halo franchise has now sold in excess of 65 million units since it first released on the original Xbox. These figures have obviously been boosted by last year’s The Master Chief Collection and will go even higher when Halo 5: Guardians releases on October 27th. I’m not going to deny for a second that this is a lot of units but, when you compare a franchise that has released 10 games in total on the Xbox consoles to say GTA V, that had sold almost 52 million units as of May, you get some idea of how the figures compare to the elite. GTA is a completely different beast though, so well done to Master Chief for his success.

So I’m sure some of you are as excited as me that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is making a return this September. Well we got a new trailer yesterday, which you can check out below. So let’s address the elephant in room right off the bat, visually it is not overly impressive. Now, I’m definitely not a graphics whore by any stretch of the imagination — give me gameplay over graphics anytime — but my concern is about the physics. Developer Robomodo also worked on the original HD remake, which did feel a bit off, so the jury is still out. If it is as fun to play as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 I’ll be overjoyed, if not, I’ll just hook up my PS2 whenever I want a Pro Skater fix.

 

 

While we are reminiscing about games from older generations, Rock Band is also making a return to the current consoles this fall. Harmonix has released an update to the game’s tracklist by adding the likes of Foo Fighters, The Cure, Paramore, and Aerosmith. These games are all about the tracklist and at the moment I’m not sure if I’m sold. The saving grace for Rock Band 4 is that all your previous DLC will work with the new game. As I now have a new PSN account I hope we can at least buy the old songs again too…..

 

 

Another quick update on the Batman: Arkham Knight PC fiasco and I’m afraid it’s more bad news for PC gamers. The Batgirl DLC — due for release today — has been delayed until further notice. Warner Bros. has advised that their current focus to fix fix the main game, before releasing any additional content. To be honest this makes perfect sense to me, I doubt many people would have been rushing out to by the DLC after the trouble the trouble with main game has anyway. Here’s hoping a fix will come soon.

Game release dates often change, but rarely do we get to see them move forward. Well, for fans of Five Nights At Freddy’s series, this is the case as Five Nights At Freddy’s 4: The Final Chapter will now release on August 8th. The point-and-click survival horror game was initially scheduled to release on Halloween. While the Halloween date makes more sense from a tie-in perspective, you don’t want to be releasing your game in the middle of all the big AAA titles. If it’s ready, this is a very smart move. Check out the trailer below:

 

That’s it for today, but I’ll be back again the same time tomorrow. Have a good one.

Matt