Black Friday weekend, Ancestors fake reviews, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Monday, December 2nd. We’ve got lots to get into here today, and my voice has recovered well enough, so let’s get into it.

Of course Black Friday happened this weekend and there is a ton to look at here. In the UK physical charts there were a whole bunch of games that just shot right up because of hardware bundles. FIFA 20, and Modern Warfare were both bundled with the PS4, and took the #1 and 2 spots respectively, though they could have done that on a non-Black Friday weekend. You’ll actually see the bundle boost most explicitly at #4 with Sea of Thieves, because it was in basically every Xbox One S bundle, which went super cheap. Minecraft takes two spots on the charts, with the Xbox version at #5, and the Switch version at #10. The rest of the Top 10 are rounded out by Switch exclusives. Playstation VR had some aggresive sales as well, boosting a number of those games into the top 40. With all of that being said, this Black Friday missed having an item that sells like hotcakes. Last year it was the Spider-Man/PS4 bundle. The only other note I have is that while the Nintendo Switch sold even better YoY, and it did very well last year, apparently the drive for the Switch Lite is fairly limited. Or at least, limited for what one would expect considering its a newish console. As usual the stats from all this come from GI.biz and various sources on Twitter.

So this story is actually from last month, but it is resurfacing now for some reason, and I never talked about it on the show, so here goes. The co-founder of Panache Digital, the team behind Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey is named Patrice Desilets, and he did a talk where he expressed concern over the reviews left for the game. He started off by saying that reviewers expected his team of 35 to produce a game that was at the level of Assassin’s Creed, which just wasn’t possible. He then went on to accuse a few reviewers of having not played the game. He said “…we know for a fact that some just invented some elements in the game — like there is no fire and you cannot ride any horses, even though one reivewer said ‘oh it wasnt that great when you ride a horse.'” There’s a lot more really interesting stuff that he talked about, which isn’t primed for a juicy headline, but that’s what everyone’s been talking about this weekend. It’s a shame that reviewers feel the need to do that, but I personally doubt that it had a major impact on the game’s overall score.

If you are an Xbox player, you have a lot in store. Microsoft has spent the last little while very obviously promoting their studio acquisitions, well it looks like their goal is to release a new first-party ever three to four months. They aren’t there yet, but with 15 studios working under them, I’m sure they’re well on their way. And high-quality games too, in the last year we got Crackdown 3, Gears 5, and coming up we have Bleeding Edge, Halo Infinite, Minecraft Dungeons, Psychonauts 2, Tell Me Why I mean I’m excited for all of these. So anyway, just great things to look forward to.

Another week, and another free game from the Epic Games Store. Head over there now and you can get Rayman Legends for $0. I played this one maybe 5 or 6 years ago and had a good time with it, it’s a great platformer.

Ok that is all for today, I’d like to thank you very much for tuning in, and I’d also like to thank John and S. Walker for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, so I will be back tomorrow and until then Happy Gaming Everyone.