PlayStation 4 And LEGO Jurassic World Lead July 2015 NPD

The latest results from the NPD are in, and the hardware and software sales for July 2015 have been revealed. Interestingly enough, LEGO Jurassic World was able to knock Batman: Arkham Knight off of the top spot, though they note that if console bundles counted than Arkham Knight would have reigned supreme again.

LEGO Jurassic World NPD July 2015

Scroll down to check out the the top 10 best-selling games of July 2015, with the accompanying platforms listed in order of the highest to lowest amounts sold.

1. LEGO Jurassic World (3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
2. Batman: Arkham Knight (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
3. Minecraft (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
5. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One)
6. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
7. Destiny (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
9. FIFA 15 (3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

The PlayStation 4 manages to, once again, be the best selling console for the month. This makes it the king now for 3 months in a row, though this doesn’t mean its competition is doing badly. Xbox One is continuing to outpace the Xbox 360 during the same time in its lifespan, with the holiday season looking like it may put it over the edge of PlayStation 4 once again.

June 2015 NPD Puts PlayStation 4 & Arkham Knight At The Top

The June NPD numbers have been released, and they are more than likely what everyone was expecting them to be. The PlayStation 4 once again was the highest-selling gaming console of the month, while Rocksteady Studios’ excellent Batman: Arkham Knight was the highest-selling video game.

Elsewhere in the top 10 software charts we have Nintendo’s Splatoon still putting up a fight at the #5 spot, while The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sit at #2 and #4, respectively. Check out the software top 10 for June 2015 below, and remember that the list of platforms next to the game’s title signifies which platform the game sold best on in descending order.

  1. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  3. Lego: Jurassic World (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Vita)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Splatoon (Wii U)
  6. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  9. NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter Headed For PlayStation 4 Next Week

Developer The Astronauts teased last week that their critically-acclaimed adventure mystery game The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter would be coming to the PlayStation 4 in a matter of weeks and not months, and now it looks like that was 100% true.

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter is set to launch on the PlayStation 4 on July 15th, though exact details on releases for each region have not been confirmed at this point.

The game has you control a detective who is searching for a missing boy named Ethan Carter in rural Wisconsin, utilizing your ability to see into the past to uncover what happened to him. Check out the Gamescom trailer for the game below.

Looks Like Journey’s Arriving On PlayStation 4 This Month

While previous rumors suggested that the critically-acclaimed adventure game called Journey would be making its way to PlayStation 4 in 2015, it looks like it could be headed for the console as soon as this month.

According to the Docs for the PlayStation site the game could end up being released on July 21st for PlayStation 4, which would line up with the previous rumors suggesting it would release mid-2015. Very little is expected to change from the PlayStation 3 version, though the framerate will be doubled from 30 to 60.

The PlayStation 4 version of Journey was announced at last year’s Gamescom, which you can check out the trailer for directly below.

Original Ryo Hazuki Voice Actor Officially Back For Shenmue III

A new update on the Shenmue III kickstarter page has revealed that they have officially signed on original Ryo Hazuki voice actor Corey Marshall to reprise his role in Shenmue III.

Not only that, but a new rewards tier has been added at $1000, which will get you a custom message recorded by Ryo himself. Here’s a snippet from the update page:

“Corey is as excited for Shenmue’s return as we all are, and to help out, he has magnanimously offered his voice for a special reward. Do not miss this opportunity to get a very special message from Ryo himself. Maybe one those classic Ryo one-liners?”

As for the campaign itself, the game is currently sitting around the $3,800,000 with 16 days to go. You can check out the page right here.

Here’s What Sony Has To Say On Possible PlayStation 4 Backwards Compatibilty

One of Microsoft’s biggest announcements during their E3 press conference was the announcement of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One for Xbox 360 games. So, of course, many people are wondering if the PlayStation 4 may ever get something similar for PlayStation 3 games.

Well, speaking with Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida claims that there is nothing in the cards for PlayStation 4 to follow suit. He mentions that he was very surprised that Microsoft was able to do it in the first place. Here’s a snippet of what he said:

“I didn’t think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort. They talked about 100 games, but what kind of games will be included? Is it smaller games or big games? We don’t know.”

He goes on to say that the reason backwards compatibility would be so difficult is a result of the PlayStation 3’s “unique architecture”.  So, it doesn’t look this will be coming anytime soon, if at all. Bummer!

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is In Development!

This night just keeps getting better. Sony has revealed at their E3 press conference that the beloved Final Fantasy VII will be remade for PlayStation 4.

While we didn’t get any information in terms of a release date (or even a release window!), just the fact that this thing is actually happening is great news. Out of all the Final Fantasy games Final Fantasy VII is definitely the one that needs to be remade the most, not because it’s the most deserving but because those blocky character models haven’t aged well.

Oh, and seeing how freaking’ great the characters looked in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children always had me wishing that a remake would happen with those kinds of graphics… and it is!

Check out the trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake directly below. The game is coming first to PlayStation 4, meaning that it will not be an exclusive. Seeing as the series has gone multiplatform, though, I guess it’s to be expected.