It’s The State of Gaming Podcast, Popzara’s in-depth look at what’s shaking up the gaming landscape delivered on a monthly basis. Our hosts Cory Galliher and Nate Evans guide you through the best, worst, and everything else making headlines and headway in the world of interactive entertainment.
The Games of October 2021
Despite showing up in the month of spookiness and Halloween there’s still plenty of chills and thrills awaiting gamers for the month. Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6 proves even t-shirt wearing crocodiles can be amigos, Nintendo’s Metroid Dread closes the near 20 year-gap between sequels, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is hopefully better than The Avengers (it wouldn’t be hard), Warner Bros’ Back 4 Blood brings Left 4 Dead back 2 life, and Microsoft’s Age of Empires IV wants to merge real-time strategy with history once again.
Bandai Namco’s The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes keeps the horror franchise going and Nintendo’s Mario Party Superstars brings the 64-bit party to the Switch. Have you heard of Devolver Digital’s Inscryption? You probably should.
NPD: September 2021
Total sales of new gaming hardware and software topped $4.4 billion, a nice 3 percent gain over last year. New hardware, led by Sony’s still hard-to-find PlayStation 5, increased a whopping 49 percent over last year. Most notable is this is the first time this year another console has bested Nintendo’s Switch.
A trio of familiar sports titles stormed the Top Twenty software charts, led by EA’s Madden NFL 22 in first, FIFA 22 in second, and Take 2 Interactive’s NBA 2K22 in third. Elsewhere, Bandai Namco’s JRPG Tales of Arise surprised in fourth, Activision’s Diablo II: Resurrected in fifth (the franchise had a second showing with Diablo Prime Evil Collection in twelfth), Bethesda’s Deathloop debuting in sixth, Square Enix’s Life is Strange: True Colors in tenth, and Nintendo’s WarioWare: Get It Together! in fifteenth.
Sony’s long, long awaited (and often delayed) Tom Holland-starring Uncharted movie finally has a trailer to prove it’s more than vaporware. Are you ready for Grand Theft Auto 6? Well, you’ll have to wait a little longer, but at least you’ll have the fancy Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: The Definitive Edition to tide you over. Watch both trailers today!