Half-Life Alyx details, Pokemon becomes fastest selling Switch game, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, bringing you all in gaming for Friday, November 22nd. I’m really excited for today, let’s get started.

More details on Half-Life: Alyx

True to their word, V alve has released more information and a trailer for their newest game, Half-Life: Alyx, which is going to take place in Virtual Reality. It will be headed to all PC based VR headsets in March of 2020, so only a few months. The story will take place between the first and second Half-Life games, the latest of which was last released in 2007. It is a typical $60 game, which is fully fleshed out, but anyone who owns the Valve Index will get it for free. Here’s what Gabe Newell had to say, “VR has energized us. We’ve invested a lot of ourselves in the technlogy. But we’re also game developers at heart, and to be devoting ourselves to a VR game this ambitious is just as exciting.” Of course many people have been clamouring for something like this for a long time, and I sincerely hope that this does not turn out like Artifact did. Granted, there’s going to be way less people who play it, since the VR market is fairly limited.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are fastest selling Nintendo Switch game

Pokemon Sword and Shield have become the fastest selling Nintendo Switch games in history, selling 6 million units in a single week, 2 million of which belong to Japan alone. This overtakes Super Smash Bros. Ultimates’s record of 5 million units. And for reference, Pokemon X&Y did about 4 million. On top of all of that, the game’s launch triggered a 30% spike in Switch hardware sales, so people are buying an entire console for it, which I suppose isn’t too surprising. It was probably very similar for the DS consoles. And here’s just a fun statistic, to date, the core Pokemon RPGs have sold a combined 240 million copies wordwide.

Amazon working on game streaming service

Sources from CNET have revealed that Amazon is about to announce a brand new video game streaming service. While none of it has been discussed privately, it has been hinted at before, and it looks like it will all come to light some time in 2020. According to insiders, this announcement is a foregone conclusion, despite their previous struggles in the gaming industry, an analyst here said “The odds of them letting the Scarlett and PS5 launch without Amazon being there is zero.” One can only imagine what the possibilities would be for Twitch integrations as well. So once again they will be competing with Google, Sony, and Microsoft in a race of technology. We’ll see how this plays out, but considering the fairly lackluster response to Google Stadia thus far, I’m not so sure that now is the time for it. That being said, competition drives innovation, and 2020 has all of them coming out arms swinging. Hopefully that just means better things for us, the gamers.

I love The Outer Worlds!!

This isn’t a news item but I need to tell you how much fun I’m having playing The Outer Worlds. I know I’m a little late, but my goodness is it ever a fantastic game. If you have ever been a fan of open world RPG’s, and I’m talking like Fallout New Vegas, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, you know these games with meaty character development and tons of stuff to do, you’re gonna love The Outer Worlds. It’s a thoroughly modern take on the genre, many QoL things added, and the writing is just superb. I would say its weak point is definitely the combat, there’s some things there I personally would have changed, but it’s still fun and totally overshadowed by the game’s charm. I heavily encourage you to pick it up.

That is all for today, as you know I am here every Monday through Friday with news, I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…Happy Gaming Everyone.