Aussie Gaming News Digest for 8 November 2017

Matt Sayer 8 November 2017 NEWS


All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.

LittleBigPlanet developer's Dreams is back from the dead

After hearing nothing about it since it was first shown off at E3 2015, Media Molecule's Dreams is bringing its odd brand of three-dimensional sculpting to the PlayStation Experience event next month. The perplexing game drew a lot of attention back when it was announced, both for its lofty promises of allowing players to create any object they could physically draw using the PS4 controller and for the notable lack of purpose or direction in the game's pitch. What do players do other than sculpt items and manipulate the environment? Media Molecule has been mum on the topic, but we should know more when PSX 2017 kicks off on 9 December.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hits 20 million players

Following yesterday's news that the crafting-shooter hybrid Fortnite had hit 20 million players off the back of its free-to-play Battle Royale mode, the game that popularised Battle Royale in the first place, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has notched up the very same record. 20 million players on Steam alone have purchased the US$29.99 title, a remarkable achievement that places PUBG among the fastest-selling games of all time.

For comparison, the hugely-popular Wii Fit sold 22.67 million copies in its entire lifetime, while Call of Duty Black Ops and Black Ops II hit 26.2 and 24.2 million respectively. With PUBG slated to hit Xbox One in a little over a month, there's little doubt it'll surpass those numbers very soon.

Humble Bundle gets strategic with its latest bundle

The deals never stop over at Humble Bundle, with today's collection of dirt-cheap games focusing on digital recreations of real-life activities most of us would normally never get to experience. The Humble Strategy Simulator Bundle packs brain-stimulating titles like the aircraft-building SimplePlanes, the apocalypse-unleashing Plague Inc. and the popular metropolis manager Cities: Skylines. Here's what you get for each payment tier:

Pay what you want

  • SimplePlanes
  • Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
  • Out of the Park Baseball 18

Beat the average (currently $6.06)

  • Mad Games Tycoon
  • Plague Inc: Evolved
  • Train Simulator 2017

Pay more than $13.09

  • Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition

Grab the Humble Strategy Simulator Bundle here

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 shows off its complex battle system

Nintendo held one of its Nintendo Direct events this morning for the upcoming Nintendo Switch JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The 16-minute presentation dives deep into the game's many systems, showcasing battles, world exploration and the dense customisation the game will offer. It's a lot to digest, but it's a good primer if you're looking to jump into the massive RPG when it releases on 1 December.

In the tradition of recent Nintendo games, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will also be getting an expansion pass. The pass will add new quests to the game in January 2018, a new "rare blade" in autumn 2018, a challenge mode in winter 2018 and finally a new story component in spring 2018.

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Skate 3, Gears of War 3 and Mirror's Edge are getting Xbox One X enhancements

With the Xbox One X now available worldwide, people are finally putting the system through its paces and seeing the impact of its extra power in the impressive number of enhanced games already available. It's not just regular Xbox One titles that can take advantage of the X's extra grunt, either, as Microsoft has today revealed three more Xbox 360 backwards-compatible games that will receive enhancements for the souped-up console. Skate 3, Gears of War 3 and Mirror's Edge will all be enhanced in as-yet-unannounced ways for Xbox One X, though there's no word on exactly when the enhancements will be rolled out.

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