PlayStation Plus gave out $1,150 in free games in 2016. Were they any good?

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PlayStation Plus gave out $1,150 in free games in 2016. Were they any good?

On Wednesday, PlayStation announced the last batch of free games to PlayStation Plus subscribers for December, bringing to 72 the number of titles it offered in 2016. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this PlayStation Plus benefit?

We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have before. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? and Did Sony also publish it? Did these appear earlier on Xbox Live Games With Gold?

Xbox Games With Gold gave out $930 worth of games in 2016. Was it worth it?

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Xbox Games With Gold gave out $930 worth of games in 2016. Was it worth it?

Last week, Xbox Live announced its schedule of Games With Gold for December, bringing to 48 the number of free games it offered in 2016. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this Xbox Live Gold benefit?

We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past two. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? and Did Microsoft publish it? Did these appear earlier on PlayStation Plus?

The Nintendo Switch could unite the gaming audience, Ubisoft exec says

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The Nintendo Switch could unite the gaming audience, Ubisoft exec says

In his 18 years with Ubisoft, Xavier Poix has seen a lot of consoles come and go. Right now the managing director of Ubisoft’s French studios is learning the ins and outs of the unreleased Nintendo Switch. With a launch date looming in the first quarter of next year, it’s more than just a technical challenge. It’s a philosophical one as well, one that could unite both casual and hardcore players.

“The biggest thing for us when we’re learning about a new console is ‘Does it change the way we play?’” Poix told Polygon during a visit to his offices outside Paris, France. “If it does not change the way we play, but it’s more power, it's more memory or stuff like this then it doesn't change a lot the way we design the game.

Pokémon Sun and Moon set big new sales record for Nintendo

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Pokémon Sun and Moon set big new sales record for Nintendo

Pokémon Sun and Moon have become Nintendo’s fast-selling titles ever in the Americas, less than two weeks after release. The games have sold 3.7 million copies across those regions since they launched earlier this month, the company announced in a press release.

The company noted that the sales figure is 85 percent larger than that of its previous record-holders. Before Sun and Moon, Pokémon X and Y were Nintendo’s fastest sellers of all-time, moving more than 4 million units worldwide in their first weekend alone.

PS4, Xbox One holiday sales blow NES Classic out of the water on eBay

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PS4, Xbox One holiday sales blow NES Classic out of the water on eBay

While the grey market for Nintendo’s impossible-to-find-in-stores NES Classic remained strong on eBay during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it was crushed by sales on the service for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to statistics provided to Polygon from eBay.

On Black Friday, the PlayStation 4 sold the quickest on eBay with one sold every 20 seconds in the U.S., according to the service. One Xbox One sold every minute on Black Friday. By comparison, sales for the NES Classic were almost slow, with one selling every two minutes.

Red Dead Redemption hits PC next week (via PlayStation Now)

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Red Dead Redemption hits PC next week (via PlayStation Now)

Red Dead Redemption, the beloved open-world Western from Rockstar Games, will join the PlayStation Now lineup on Dec. 6, the company announced today.

Both Red Dead Redemption and its Halloween-themed zombie expansion, Undead Nightmare, will be available to play on Sony’s full-game streaming service. They debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May and October 2010, respectively.

Kojima is talking Death Stranding this weekend

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Kojima is talking Death Stranding this weekend

A panel about Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima’s mysterious next project, is on the schedule for this weekend’s PlayStation Experience event. Those in attendance at the Anaheim, California-based celebration of all things PlayStation will have the chance to hear Kojima and unnamed “special guests” talk shop about the game, shining a spotlight on it for the first time since E3 2016.

On Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. PT, the Kojima Productions panel is set to take place. It’s not yet clear if this or other panels will be streamed live, although they were last year. (The annual keynote presentation will be viewable online, however; it kicks off at 10 a.m. PT.) Regardless, those on the showfloor will be able to watch Kojima and others involved with the project discuss Death Stranding — although we’re not sure to what extent quite yet.

PlayStation Plus games for December end the year with indies galore

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PlayStation Plus games for December end the year with indies galore

Sony has revealed the final set of free games for PlayStation Plus members this year, capping off 2016 with two underground hits for PlayStation 4 owners. For December, PS Plus subscribers can try out Invisible, Inc. and Stories: The Path of Destinies, among other games.

Invisible, Inc. launched on Steam Early Access last year, receiving cult acclaim for its stealth- and turn-based strategy gameplay; the game hit consoles in the spring. Stories: The Path of Destinies was an even smaller project, but one that action-heavy role-playing game fans who did check it out enjoyed.

FIFA 16 pays tribute to Brazilian club and fans devastated by air disaster

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FIFA 16 pays tribute to Brazilian club and fans devastated by air disaster

EA Sports has given all FIFA 16 Ultimate Team players the kit and badge of Chapecoense, the Brazilian soccer club that lost 19 members in an airplane crash en route to the biggest match in club history.

FIFA 16 is encouraging all players to wear the Chapecoense kit and crest in-game as a show of sympathy and support. Seventy-one died in the crash, as Chapecoense was flying to Medellin, Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana Finals, a club championship of South American football.

FIFA 17 pays tribute to Brazilian club and fans devastated by air disaster

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FIFA 17 pays tribute to Brazilian club and fans devastated by air disaster

EA Sports has given all FIFA 17 Ultimate Team players the kit and badge of Chapecoense, the Brazilian soccer club that lost 19 members in an airplane crash en route to the biggest match in club history.

FIFA 17 is encouraging all players to wear the Chapecoense kit and crest in-game as a show of sympathy and support. Seventy-one died in the crash, as Chapecoense was flying to Medellin, Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana Finals, a club championship of South American football.