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Gaming: Spidey a PS4 sales hero; Ghostbusters meet the Men in Black; BioShock alumni get dark

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Oct 30, 2018, 9:15 PM EDT

Sony’s PlayStation 4 may be five years old, but the back half of the console’s life cycle is anything but a desolate place for games. Spidey himself, in fact, is making sure of that.

Spider-Man’s self-titled PS4 adventure has helped Sony move a lot more games than it did a year ago, as indicated by new quarterly sales numbers following the web slinger’s September debut. And while we already knew Spidey was breaking records, the new info shows he (along with God of War’s Kratos) is partly responsible for giving Sony a boss level year in terms of game sales. 

The PS4 has sold 75.1 million games so far this year — more than 5 million better than the sales it saw a year ago, according to Sony's quarterly report. Those kind of numbers go nicely alongside the PS4’s lifetime console sales of 86.1 million, a pace that puts it only a slight step behind that of the PlayStation 2 — the biggest-selling console in gaming history. 

Sony’s numbers don’t reflect the inevitable boost it’ll receive from the recent release of two huge games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and (this is the big one) Red Dead Redemption 2, which in only three short days already has become one of the biggest-selling pieces of entertainment in history. 

Add to that a slate of upcoming releases that includes Fallout 76 (Nov. 14), Kingdom Hearts III (Jan. 29), and future titles like Death Stranding and Cyberpunk 2077, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the PS4 can steal the all-time console sales crown from its venerable PS2 predecessor.

Featuring miniature versions of recognizable characters from each film series, Invasion will assemble its supergroup to battle what sounds like an enemy with a crossover identity crisis of its own: the Ecto-terrestrials, which pose a threat the two camps can hope to defeat only by joining forces. 

Men In Black/Ghostbusters: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion will release in late 2019.

From the creative minds behind the BioShock series comes a new game packing what sounds like a Stranger Things, kids-with-flashlights vibe. 

Co-op survival horror adventure The Blackout Club sends a group of friends on a sleuthing spree to find out what happened to their missing friend — only to discover malevolent forces are burrowing tunnels of supernatural evil right underneath your peaceful little town. 

The Blackout Club comes from Question, an indie studio founded by BioShock 2 director Jordan Thomas and BioShock Infinite effects artist Stephen Alexander. Currently in Steam Early Access, the game launches early next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.