Dark Souls III Leads The Pack During A Slow Month In April NPD Report

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Dark Souls III Leads The Pack During A Slow Month In April NPD Report

As everything quiets down for the road to E3, April is usually a quieter month for the gaming industry, and not even Dark Souls could save us from a dip in overall game sales.

Overall, hardware and software sales were down this April when compared to last year. Hardware sales dropped 23 percent since last year. In spite of this, both the Xbox One and PS4 are trending over 40 percent higher in overall sales compared to where the PS3 and Xbox 360 were at this point in their lifespan.

In terms of software, there weren’t too many high performing titles. A few exceptions are Ratchet & Clank and Dark Souls III, which were both the best launches for their respective series. Dark Souls III, in particular, sold nearly double what Dark Souls II did during launch. However, compared to April of 2015, this year just couldn’t compete. Mortal Kombat X, in particular, was such a strong selling title in April 2015 that its sales exceeded the sales of every game released in April of this year by 18 percent.

McFarlane Toys Announces Madden Ultimate Team Action Figure Line

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EA Sports is teaming up with the leading toy company on the market to make Madden Ultimate Team collectibles.

Today the companies announced the partnership, which also help build your Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 17. Each figure comes with a code for an exclusive MUT pack containing 10 items – six players and four specialty items. The press release mentions these packs bring the "opportunity to unlock exclusive NFL stars."

The first series of players includes Patriots QB Tom Brady, Panthers QB and former Madden cover athlete Cam Newton, Rams RB Todd Gurley (pictured above), Giants WR (and last year's Madden cover athlete) Odell Beckham Jr, Raiders WR Amari Cooper, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, and Madden NFL 17 cover star Rob Gronkowski. The Brady collectible will be sold exclusively at Target, and his favorite target Gronk is a GameStop exclusive.

Gronk Crushes Madden NFL 17 Cover

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EA is billing Patriots' superstar Rob Gronkowski as Madden's first-ever tight end cover athlete, but we all know that Gronk isn't defined by his position – he's simply an all-around game-changing stud.

While there have been times when EA Sports has aligned its cover star with specific features for that particular game, regardless of how tight ends end up playing in Madden 17, the fact is that Gronk is simply an electrifying superstar that deserves to be on the cover both for what he can do on the field and his personality.

Earlier, the official Xbox online store appeared to leak details about the game, including a focus on the series' Franchise mode.

Atlas Reactor Is Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

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Atlas Reactor Is Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

After recently shifting gears from free-to-play to up-front pricing, Atlas Reactor is expanding its beta program. In addition to closed beta through its own client, Trion Worlds is opening the game to Steam players via the Early Access program.

To kick that off, the publisher is inviting players to sample the game free this weekend. From 5 p.m. Pacific today, May 12, through 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, May 15. Also launched today is a custom game spectator mode. You can follow specific players or watch the whole game from an overhead perspective.

Following the free weekend, you’ll need to purchase the game via Early Access or on the official site to keep playing. You can read more about the different purchase options in our previous coverage. You can also learn more in our preview.

Overwatch Beta Draws More Players Than Star Wars Battlefront, The Division Tests

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Much to the chagrin of many a player (including some around the Game Informer office), the Overwatch open beta is over. Blizzard has shared some stats that reveal a great deal of player interest.

More than 9.7 million players over seven days took the shooter for a test drive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. That’s more than three of this generation’s big title beta tests. 

Star Wars Battlefront brought in a reported 9.5 million players over five days. The Division open beta was sampled by 6.4 million players over four days. Destiny welcomed 4.64 million players to the Tower over nine days on PlayStation and five days on Xbox.

Dark Souls’ Dragon Slayer Ornstein Is Getting His Own Figure

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Dark Souls’ Dragon Slayer Ornstein Is Getting His Own Figure

First 4 Figures has shown off the first in-progress pictures of one of Dark Souls’ most notorious bosses. He may be without his partner, Executioner Smough, but Dragon Slayer Ornstein is looking nice from the neck up.

Dragon Slayer Ornstein made his first appearance in the original Dark Souls, with Smough in tow. The two are considered one of the toughest fights in the franchise, though defeating them was only temporary.

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Sega: We Would Love To Release Shenmue 1 And 2 HD ‘Tomorrow’

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Sega: We Would Love To Release Shenmue 1 And 2 HD ‘Tomorrow’

With Shenmue 3 funded via Kickstarter and in development right now, fans have been wondering about revisiting the older titles. Unfortunately, Sega (which is not directly involved in the Shenmue 3 project) doesn’t have anything definite to share right now.

The good news is that the company says it wants to release HD versions of the first two games in the series. However, there are some complications.

“With regards to Shenmue 1 and 2 HD, we would love to release these tomorrow,” says Sega Europe community manager Dan Sheridan. “Sadly, it’s not as simple as porting the games to the current platforms, as we would need to ensure that the quality of any HD remaster lives up to the quality of the original titles. With games as immersive as Shenmue 1 and 2, there are further complications from licensed products that were included in the original games. That said, we’d love to do it and are currently investigating how to make it a reality.”

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Out On Steam Today

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After HD re-releases on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, PC gamers can finally revisit Spira. The Final Fantasy X double-pack is out today on PC via Steam.

In addition to updated visuals, the PC version sports a rearranged soundtrack and the content featured in the international editions. There’s also an auto-save feature that lightens the need to hit save points.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster also features the game booster found in other PC releases from the series. You can also completely turn off encounters.

Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim DLC Free To Try This Weekend

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Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim DLC Free To Try This Weekend

If you’re sitting on a copy of Star Wars Battlefront and haven’t yet purchased the Outer Rim DLC, EA is giving you the chance to check it out this weekend. The DLC maps and heroes will be free to try this weekend.

There are four maps split across Sullust and Tatooine. You’ll also have access to the Extraction mode and heroes Nien Nunb and Greedo.

You can start playing on May 13. The free trial period wraps on May 15.

Natsume Is Rebooting SNES Shooter Wild Guns For PlayStation 4

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Natsume put a smile on the faces of many an older gamer this morning, announcing that it’s rebooting a classic franchise. The original Wild Guns was released in 1994, featuring shooting gallery style gameplay and anachronistic weapons.

The only things we know right now about Wild Guns Reloaded are that original characters Clint and Annie will return and we’ll see them in action at E3. The original gameplay style might not stand up to the test of time, so we’re curious what Natsume has in store.

We’ll know more in a month once E3 kicks off in Los Angeles.