Donut County, the puzzle game from developer Ben Esposito, has gotten a release date. The hole-based game will release on PlayStation 4, PC, and iOS on August 28.

Donut County gives you the power of holes to gradually expand and suck up an entire town. The game is very Katamari Damacy-like by having players start with smaller objects and get bigger to end up taking the entire town to the cavernous depths below.

We played the game at Sony’s PSX show last year and really liked it. You can check out a release date trailer for the game below.

You can take your own look down the abyss of Donut County in just a few short weeks.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Splinter Cell: Double Agent are now playable on Xbox One through the console’s backwards compatibility program. 

Ben Reeves gave Splinter Cell: Blacklist a 9/10 when it released in 2013, saying the game “gives you the flexibly to be the kind of think-on-his-feet spy that Jason Bourne would idolize.”

These solid stealth games are a step up from last month’s addition of Sensible World Of Soccer, GRID Autosport, and Fable Heroes. Today is also the last day to get Splinter Cell: Conviction free through Games With Gold.

The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

Microsoft broadened the Xbox’s focus from being a games machine with the Xbox 360 to an all-in-one entertainment device with the Xbox One. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. Even so, the Xbox One is home to an increasing library of great games. In our continually evolving feature, we’re highlighting the 10 essential games on Xbox One.

Please note that while the list below contains 10 entries, we aren’t actually ranking them – if a game has made it this far (and managed to stay here), it’s a must-play, period. As such, we’ll be listing entries in reverse chronological order. Also, you’ll find rundown of previous entries at the bottom of the list. While those titles have gotten bumped for bigger and better experiences, they are still all great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already caught up on the latest hits.

Monster Hunter: World

Release: January 26, 2018

Capcom’s reinvention of the Monster Hunter franchise not only smooths out many of the series’ rough edges but takes things to the next level. With gorgeous visuals, awesome co-op, a rewarding gameplay loop, and satisfying progression mechanics, Monster Hunter: World is the best entry in the beloved series to date.

Click here for our review.

Cuphead

Release: September 29, 2017

Xbox gamers delighted in making a deal with the devil and paid for it in trials by fire. Yes, this 2D action game is challenging, but those who take the time to learn the patterns of the bosses and develop strategies find an undeniably rewarding game.

Click here for our review.

Fortnite

Release: July 25, 2017

Fortnite’s pivot toward the battle royale genre proved successful, as the combination of the intense fight for survival and structure building meshed to create one of the biggest phenomena in gaming history. With continued support through a seasons-based structure, Epic has kept its massive player base happy.

Click here for our review.

Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath

Release: August 24, 2017

A satisfying, free-to-play RPG, Path of Exile’s appearance on Xbox One gives players a deep experience with addictive gameplay loops. Add excellent developer support and you have a game that’s worth braving the steep learning curve.

Click here for our review.

Inside

Release: June 19, 2016

Playdead’s follow-up to its beloved platformer Limbo, Inside doubles down on the thrills and mysteries the studio’s previous 2D platformer gave players. Not only that, but Inside defies all expectations to deliver one of the most memorable, jaw-dropping finales in recent memory.

Click here for our review.

Overwatch

Release: May 24, 2016

The Overwatch Blizzard launched in 2016 was great enough to score a 10 from Game Informer’s Daniel Tack and claim “Game of the Year” honors from the magazine, but the version millions of players still enjoy to this day is far superior to the one at launch. With free updates, timed events, and unlockables galore, Blizzard’s supremely balanced first-person hero shooter gives players myriad reasons to come back time and again.

Click here for our review.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Release: May 19, 2015

As one of the greatest role-playing games of all time, CD Projekt Red’s 2015 title is a must-play. Several games attempt to tell stories that incorporate player choice, but The Witcher 3 masterfully weaves in player-driven decisions on an impressively grand scale.

Click here for our review.

Grand Theft Auto V

Release: April 14, 2015

“Epic” doesn’t even begin to describe the scale of Rockstar’s latest Grand Theft Auto game. In addition to a huge single-player story spanning three entertaining characters, Grand Theft Auto V also includes the ever-popular, constantly updated GTA Online for seemingly endless hours.

Click here for our review.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Release: March 11, 2015

Moon Studios’ challenging and beautiful Metroid-inspired title delivers exciting combat, tricky platforming sequences, and excellent progression. Tied together by a touching story, Ori and the Blind Forest is a memorable experience all players can enjoy.

Click here for our review.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Release: August 19, 2014

Diablo III’s Ultimate Evil Edition adds the Reaper of Souls expansion to meaningfully build upon one of the best dungeon crawlers ever made. Blizzard has also furthered its reputation as one of the premier developers in terms of post-launch improvements and support.

Click here for our review.

 

The games bumped off our Top 10 in recent updates were: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Destiny, Fallout 4, Batman: Arkham Knight, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Those are still great games, so give them a try, too!

For more of the Top 10 games for each console, check out our list for PlayStation 4.

Riot Games has announced that they’re experimenting with a new mode, called Nexus Blitz, for their ultra-popular MOBA League of Legends. Nexus Blitz is a faster experience for players looking to jump in for a short bit of League without committing to a longer match.

“In Nexus Blitz, each team consists of a duo jungle in close proximity to three laners,” Riot said in a blog post introducing the mode. “The compact map makes for constant action, and a roulette of new, unexpected events amplifies the frenzy even more. Events are map-wide, mayhem-inducing scenarios that kick off every few minutes, granting powerful rewards to the team that wins. Some events draw from familiar game experiences that many players will instantly get, and others are more unexpected. Both kinds should make for unpredictable and memorable plays and fights: examples include King of the Hill, Push the Payload, the closing circle of death from Battle Royale games, and so on.”

Winning events gets your team buffs, like cannons for your base or massive shields for your entire team. If they take the mode past the experimental phase, they’ll start taking suggestions on the event system to better tune it for balance and fun.

Riot added that Nexus Blitz also has another major mechanic. “Champs who go on hotstreaks—getting takedowns without dying yourself—go on fire, gaining adaptive damage and shorter cooldowns, but also taking more damage and they’re worth a TON of gold to shut down.”

Nexus Blitz goes live in 8.16 and will continue for about four weeks. Riot is soliciting all feedback they can possibly get in those four weeks so they can decide whether the game will move past the pre-alpha phase and tune it to possibly end up in the main game one day.

 

There’s definitely a market for a shorter, flashier MOBA experience, as things like Dota 2 Turbo have proven. It’ll be interesting to see if this goes further than just the single month it’s planned for and how the community will react to it.

Nintendo announced the latest DLC content for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 at E3 this year, showing off a brand new piece of story content named Torna: The Golden Country.

The developer released a new trailer today expanded a bit upon the initial trailer with new footage. Be warned that some parts of the trailer can be a bit of a spoiler for some of the story of the main game.

In other news, Nintendo revealed in their most recent financial briefing that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has sold 1.42 million copies, making it developer Monolith Soft’s biggest success.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country will release as both DLC and a new retail copy containing the game and expansion pass on September 21. We wrote earlier this year that the game’s DLC has improved the quality of life features of the game quite a bit.

What were you doing 12 years ago? If you were Dan Tack, you were playing a game called Titan Quest at your local LAN center. If you were Joe Juba, you were reviewing it for Game Informer. If you weren’t either of those two people and don’t know what Titan Quest is, don’t worry – it’s out today on Switch, and we check it out in our latest NGT.

It’s basically Diablo II, but in ancient Greece. Joe and Tack have fond-ish memories of it, which they share as Joe kills a bunch of satyrs. Look. It was a dozen years ago, so be easy on them for not remembering every tiny detail. 

And on the subject of tiny details, the text is indeed quite small on the Switch’s screen. Carry on!

At the end of the most recent quarter, Sony released financial results for the PlayStation division, including how many consoles they have shipped out for the PlayStation 4. Their current flagship console has shipped 83 million consoles, which means the PS4 has done in less than five years what took the PS4 seven to do.

While Sony hasn’t revealed actual sell-through numbers for the console since last the end of 2017, which put the PS4 at about 70 million sold. Shipping numbers are usually proportional, but not necessarily exact, with sales, so we can make educated guesses based on the new 83 million number.

In the last quarter since the financial year started in April, Sony shipped three million PS4 consoles and expects to ship a total of 17 million before the end of the financial year next March. That means Sony is expecting the PS4 to do exceptionally well in the next few quarters, likely on the back of games like Red Dead Redemption II and Spider-Man.

The PlayStation 4 released in 2013. If you’re not one of the 83 million owners, Sony announced a Spider-Man-themed bundle with a PlayStation 4 Pro for September.

 

The first quarter is a little slower than it historically has been for the PlayStation 4, but I think their 17 million number is not particularly lofty. The second half of the year has a lot of compelling mainstream software that is likely to increase install base and theoretically 4K adoption should help scale up PS4 Pro upgrades.

The indie market abounds with atmospheric sidescrollers. Inside was one of our highest-rated games of 2016, titles like The Artful Escape are somewhere on the horizon, and in September we’ll get a stylish new sci-fi take on the genre with Planet Alpha.

A new trailer for the game shows the player character, a lanky astronaut, running and jumping away from a variety of of flora, fauna, and robots. Like Inside, it doesn’t look like there are ways to directly fight back against enemies. Most of the footage instead involves close escapes and tense stealth against larger-than-life enemies.

Planet Alpha looks gorgeous and varied. It’ll be available to explore on all major platforms September 4.

If you ever wanted to see a man try to shave continuously growing tentacles off of his face, well now you can. Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares latest gameplay trailer for The Sinking City has its fair share of twisted imagery and tripped out visuals and is shaping up to be a creepy Lovecraftian adventure. 

The game looks to use the famous cosmic-horror progenitor’s fiction as the subject matter as opposed to inspiration. Unlike many games that have had elements and see the heavy influence of Lovecraft, such as Darkest Dungeon, Dead Space, or Sunless Sea; The Sinking City seems ripped directly from a story like The Shadow Over Innsmouth or The Horror At Red Hook. Even going so far as to take place in Massachusetts, a place where many of Lovecraft’s greatest stories take place, but also where he drew so much inspiration from the mountains and forests of New England. 

The Sinking City releases on March 21 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more on the game, check out our preview and if you are looking for more Lovecraftian games, we have a list of what is coming in the future. 

Never content to rest on its laurels, this week brings another update to the world-shaking behemoth Fortnite. 

A new LTM promises jetpacks, rocket launchers, and other explosives for squads to pelt each other with. It even brings back the guided missile (although its damage has been toned down a bit). 

The patch also includes a new single-shot sniper rifle for Save the World. The gun has a lot of gold on it, which presumably means it’s very good.  

We reviewed Fortnite a little while ago; if it keeps growing this quickly, we’ll have to make Fortnite reviews an annual event.