The Daily Moot (12/27/19)
1. Best of Steam 2019
Steam has unveiled its "Best of 2019" charts, looking back at the some of the best-selling and most played games of the year. Unfortunately, Steam isn’t releasing the exact numbers. Instead, there are several “winners” in each category, divided into tiers of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Total War: Three Kingdoms dominated this year, both appearing at the top of several categories.
2. Pokemon Go Gets New Pokemon The Pokemon Go holiday event is bringing new Gen 5 Pokemon and an opportunity to catch some holiday-themed Pokemon. From now until January 1st, you’ll have an increased chance to run into Ice-type Pokemon such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and the all-new Cubchoo. You’ll also be able to catch holiday versions of Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu. Last but not least, the Gen 5 legendary Virizion will be available until January 7th. Time to go catch ‘em all!
3. New Titles for Stadia Pro Subscribers Stadia Pro subscribers are getting 2 new free games this New Year. On January 1st, premium subscribers will be able to download Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper for free. In less-positive news, Google will also be removing one of its current free games from the Stadia Pro catalog on December 31st: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. It seems like Stadia is still trying to figure things out, but limiting their premium subscription to only 5 games probably isn’t the answer considering the massive catalogs offered by competitors like PlayStation Now.
4. Whispering Hills Mod Update One of the most popular mods for Fallout 4, Whispering Hills, just got a scary new update. Directly inspired from the horror game series Silent Hills, the Whispering Hills mod turns Fallout 4’s wasteland into a foggy, frightening world of horrors. The latest update introduces Siren Head to the game, just in case the Silent Hill nurses, Twin-Head Screamers, and mutant Dogs weren’t horrifying enough already.