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EGM Weekly: January 18, 2014 Edition

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Posted on January 18, 2014 AT 09:12am

This is EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, Crystal Dynamics reveals that Tomb Raider became profitable by the end of 2013, NPD releases figures for the best-selling games of last year, IO Interactive talks about the next Hitman, Valve’s Steam Controller gets a redesign, Major League Baseball announces R.B.I. Baseball, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Broken Age, Don’t Starve for PS4, Assassin’s Creed IV‘s first story-driven DLC Freedom Cry, Ridge Racer Slipstream on iOS, and Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior. Plus, our newest weekly feature, The Rundown, lives on with a new name: The Fast Five.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Tomb Raider became profitable by the end of 2013

Despite Tomb Raider selling over a million units less than Square Enix hoped, its sales became profitable for Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix by the end of 2013, Scot Amos told Eurogamer. READ MORE

NPD Group reveals top ten best-selling retail games for 2013

The NPD Group released their videogame sales data for the end of 2013, and as a part of that release, the organization also included a list of the top ten best-selling titles for last year. READ MORE

No Man’s Sky developers won’t let office flood delay the game’s release

Despite losing all of their equipment to a flood this past Christmas, Hello Games is back at work on No Man’s Sky and with no intention to delay its launch, managing director Sean Murray said in a recent blog update. READ MORE

IO Interactive reveals first next-gen Hitman details

The next Hitman game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will see players takes control of a “globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career,” according to developer IO Interactive. READ MORE

Rockstar threatens GTA Online cheaters with penalties and bans, currently removing counterfeit GTA$

Rockstar has threatened to impose penlites or ban any players that are caught creating counterfeit GTA$ in Grand Theft Auto Online. READ MORE

Valve ditching Steam Controller touchscreen for buttons, arranging them as a diamonds

Valve’s Steam Controller is eschewing the center touchscreen in favor of physical buttons, according to attendees tweeting from the Steam Dev Days conference. READ MORE

Major League Baseball announces first new R.B.I. Baseball game in 20 years

RBI Baseball 14, the first new RBI Baseball game in 20 years, is coming to current- and next-gen consoles as well as mobile devices this spring, MLB announced. READ MORE

The Last of Us: Left Behind release date leaked, confirmed

Left Behind, the upcoming single-player DLC for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, is set to release February 14, according to promotional materials. READ MORE

SimCity offline mode required over six months of work, reworking core parts

Modifying SimCity to support offline play has required more than six months of work and the reworking of core parts of the game, lead engineer Simon Fox revealed.READ MORE

Titanfall ‘really tough’ to market without single-player campaign

Titanfall’s hybrid nature—blending single-player with multiplayer—has made marketing efforts somewhat more challenging for Respawn Entertainment, according to producer Drew McCoy. READ MORE

Features

The Fast Five: Properties we’d love to see Telltale make into games

The EGM Crew weighs in on their five picks for properties they’d love to see Telltale turn into their trademark style of adventure games. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Danganronpa Style

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE

Reviews

Broken Age: Act I

As Tim Schafer’s first adventure game in 16 years, the first act of Broken Age has some mighty big shoes to fill. READ MORE

Don’t Starve (PS4)

Don’t Starve makes for an interesting addition to the PS4’s library, but it might have a hard time keeping your attention in the long run. READ MORE

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry

While its scope and scale pale in comparison to the main game, Freedom Cry still tells a story worth experiencing. READ MORE

Ridge Racer Slipstream

Microtransactions and monotony hold back what’s otherwise a surprisingly decent addition to the Ridge Racer legacy. READ MORE

Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior

Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior may not be the deepest expansion ever, but it’s undeniably fun—and a nice changeup from Medieval Warfare. READ MORE

Podcasts

EGM Game Over Podcast 061: The “T” in Baseball Stands for Mr. T

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE
Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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