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    October 18th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    Cats are going missing, adults are behaving strangely, and a group of super heroes have split into two rivalling factions.  In a city rife with chaos, you must battle against the homeless, crooked police, and sixth graders, among others, as you attempt to unravel the mystery of what’s behind all of this, and settle the problems, past, present, and future.  This is South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

    Following up on the success of South Park: The Stick of Truth, Ubisoft kept development in house this time around.  Stepping in for Obsidian Entertainment, Ubisoft San Francisco has proven it's up to challenge, by providing approximately 20 hours of outrageous South Park content wrapped up in a respectable RPG experience.
     
    You again play the role of the “New Kid”.  There's a limited selection of customization options, but there are options to suit both genders.  There’s also a funny, yet poignant, statement made about prejudices and bigotry with the difficulty slider.  In the game, an increase in difficulty goes hand in hand with having a darker complexion.  Cartman is fairly quick to reassure you that this increase in difficulty won’t affect combat (there’s a separate option for that), “it only affects every other aspect of your life.”  True to the series it is based on, this is but the first of many jokes of that kind.  
     
    On the audio and visual side, everything looks and sounds exactly like a television episode of South Park.  In fact, during cutscenes, it’d be difficult to tell the two apart.  Using the same voice actors from the show (most notably the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker for the variety of voices they provide) of course does wonders for the authenticity. 
     
     
    Authentic is a great way to describe not just the graphics and sound, but the presentation and experience in general.  Every facet of the game oozes with South Park charm.  From humorous, mostly useless “tips” provided during the loading screens, or the “tree fiddy” in money you can unlock as a reward from the Ubisoft Club, it’s like the game almost never breaks character. 
     
    Unfortunately, the game world – the city of South Park – isn’t much changed or enlarged from The Stick of Truth.  Its modest size pales in comparison to the expansive game worlds that many modern games, especially RPGs, often have, but it has a fair amount of content packed into it.  A notable element is the Metroidvania-esque manner of exploring, where you gain new powers (via the friends/allies you make) that allow you to access new areas, often to find useful items.           
      
    The game features a fairly basic and straight forward crafting system, as well as a unique leveling system that unlocks new “artifact” slots upon reaching certain levels.  There are three different types of slots, and you can find or craft a variety of artifacts, each with unique strengths.  Crafting items will increase your crafting level, unlocking more and better crafting options, which is particularly important for the artifacts.
     
      
    A stronger and more distinguished feature is the turned-based combat system that now takes place on a grid.  With movement and attacks limited to certain areas of the grid, and even some dynamic battle stages, it provides challenging but rewarding opportunities to employ strategy during combat.  At least a few times, the goal during combat was to move through the grid, or to try to position enemies in a certain location on the grid, rather than defeat them in the more traditional manner.
     
    There are timing based/QTE opportunities to inflict extra damage, or recover health and build up your power meter to be able to use a character’s special ability.  It’s all an enjoyable take to simpler turned-based combat.  With 12 class options that you can mix and match attacks from for your character, along with more than a dozen ally characters with which you can compose your team, it’s a deep and engaging battle system.
     
    Though the combat system is noteworthy, by far the strongest, most distinguished, and divisive aspect of the game is the narrative.  In this regard, The Fractured But Whole is South Park through and through - replete with bizarre, satirical, sophomoric, crude, and/or (potentially) controversial humor and content.    
     
     
    South Park has always been known for testing sensibilities, but this may be the most scandalous production in the South Park universe yet.  With the deftness you’d expect from South Park, this game contains subject matter such as showing and explaining the reason behind police misconduct towards blacks (at least in the town of South Park) and sexually suggestive exchanges between children and adults.  It seems as though the writers really embraced the (inevitable) Mature rating, and perhaps tried to push the boundaries for even it.
     
    Really, that’s what most people tend to love, or hate, about South Park.  I definitely fall into the former group.  There were times when some of the humor managed to make even me feel uncomfortable, but so much more of it simply had me laughing!  It's steeped with pop-culture and topical jokes and references, making it the funniest game I’ve ever played.  There were moments when my wife or kids were around, and the game had them laughing out loud too.  I can honestly say that it was fun for the whole family!
     
    Better yet, aside from (usually) being side-splittingly funny, the story actually has some nice intrigue, and even a few good twists.  It teases you with some mysteries that I was eager to get to the bottom of, but of course never gets too serious.  Although it seems pretty linear, there are some fun choices to make, but also at least one or two that really gave me pause.  Overall, it’s an over-the-top, funny, and satisfying tale that works, but only because it’s South Park.
     
     
    And that’s the bottom line – a good portion of this game is simply average.  But two of the most important elements for an RPG are combat and story.  The combat system is really quite good, and adjustable at any time, so you can increase the challenge or reduce it to focus more of the story.  And the story is just absurdly entertaining - if you’re into South Park and its style of humor.
          
    It’s no sprawling epic but, much like the 1999 feature length film of South Park, The Fractured But Whole is ultimately South Park bigger, longer & uncut.  If you’re not a fan of the TV series, or The Stick of Truth, there likely isn’t anything here that will convert you.  However, for everyone else, I can almost guarantee you will find this game as ridiculously fun as I did.
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    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269840/south-park-the-fractured-but-whole-xone/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

    Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

    Gap change in latest month: 205,423 – 3DS

    Total Lead: 1,811,571 – Switch

    Switch Total Sales: 6,078,757

    3DS Total Sales: 4,267,186

    August 2017 is the 6th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the 3DS by 205,423 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.81 million units.

    The 3DS launched in February 2011 (however, 3DS sales have been aligned to March 2011, since it only launched at the end of February in Japan), while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 6.08 million units, while the 3DS sold 4.27 million units during the same timeframe.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269850/switch-vs-3dsvgchartz-gap-chartsaugust-2017-update/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

    Switch Vs. Wii U Global:

    Gap change in latest month: 573,593 – Switch

    Total Lead: 3,200,165 – Switch

    Switch Total Sales: 6,078,757

    Wii U Total Sales: 2,878,592

    August 2017 is the 6th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 573,593 units when compared to the Wii U during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii U by 3.20 million units.

    The Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 6.08 million units, while the Wii U sold 2.88 million units during the same timeframe.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269849/switch-vs-wii-uvgchartz-gap-chartsaugust-2017-update/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    Activision has released the launch trailer for the Windows PC version of Destiny 2. Read the PC specs here.

    View it below:

     Destiny 2 is currently available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will launch for Windows PC worldwide on October 24.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269848/destiny-2-pc-launch-trailer-released/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    Nintendo has released a new trailer for Mario Party: The Top 100 that introduces the modes and Amiibo functionality.

    View it below:

    The game modes include:

    • Decathlon – Play a set of 5 or 10 minigames and aim for a new record.
    • Minigame Match – Pick a mingame pack (such as the Nintendo 64 Pack, GameCube Pack, etc.) and compete to win the most stars.
    • Championship Battles – Play 3 or 5 minigame battles to decide the championship.

    Mario Party: The Top 100 will launch for the Nintendo 3DS on November 10.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269847/mario-party-the-top-100-gets-game-modes-amp-amiibo-trailer/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have released a new trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon titled Darkness Approaches.

    View it below:

    Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon will launch worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS on November 17.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269846/darkness-approaches-in-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-pokemon-ultra-moon-in-new-trailer/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    Bethesda Softworks has released the launch trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

    View it below:

    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on October 27, and for the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269845/wolfenstein-ii-the-new-colossus-launch-trailer-released/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon producer Shigeru Ohmori and director Kazumasa Iwao in an interview with Famitsu revealed some new information on the game.

    Read the information below translated by Gematsu:

    • After Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, we thought, “there are still more things we want to do in the Alola Region.” We’re putting out Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon because we wanted to offer a game with more variety before Alola’s image solidified among users.
    • In terms of story, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon is not a sequel, but rather “a story that diverges a little differently” than Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
    • Characters part of an “Ultra Recon Squad” appear, and the core of the story changes from there. Since they appear from the beginning of the game, the exciting developments happen as soon as you start playing.
    • In addition to the main story, which is different from Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, there will be an additional episode after you enter the Hall of Fame. Users who expect minor changes like Pokemon Emerald and Pokemon Platinum can look forward to even greater, ultra changes.
    • The Ultra Recon Squad came from another world through the Ultra Wormhole. A new element is being prepared that enables the protagonist to run around inside the Ultra Wormhole and visit the various different worlds.
    • Compared to Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, Pokemon catching and training is much easier.
    • Among the worlds that you can travel via the “Ultra Warp Ride,” there are worlds where you can encounter legendary Pokemon. You can meet Mewtwo and catch him. Whether or not you will meet any other legendary Pokemon is something we will leave to your imagination.
    • When simply comparing the volume of the scenario, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon is about twice that of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.

    Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon will launch worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS on November 17.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269844/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-volume-scenario-twice-that-of-sun-and-moon/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    The Sony Music Entertainment publishing label, Unties, has announced Tiny Metal will launch for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC on November 21.


    Here is an overview of the game:

    It’s war!, In Tiny Metal the revival of Japanese Arcade Wargaming.

    Outfight the enemy with your own army of foot soldiers, tanks, helicopters, tactical vehicles, and fighter jets. Capture rival territories and extend your military power over the sprawling map of Zipang. Follow the gripping story of Nathan Gries and answer for yourself what is, and what isn’t, worth fighting for.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269843/tiny-metal-launches-november-21-for-switch-ps4-pc/

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    October 17th, 2017GamespotUncategorized

    The Sony Music Entertainment publishing label, Unties, has announced Deemo Reborn for PlayStation 4. Deemo Reborn is a 3D title that also support PlayStation VR. 

    View the teaser trailer below:

    A release date was not announced.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/269842/deemo-reborn-announced-for-ps4/

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