Tagged "Call of Duty: WWII"

Jan 22
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Call of Duty: WWII has returned to the top of the UK chart, making it ten non-consecutive weeks in total. Just one more week is required to equal current franchise record holder Black Ops III.

With the anticipated Monster Hunter World and Dragon Ball FighterZ out Friday, it’s likely a battle for no.1 will occur next week. CoD: WWII may have to wait a few weeks to beat Black Ops III’s record. There’s little doubting it has the capacity to do so.

FIFA 18 moved up to #2 while GTA V – last week’s chart-topper – fell to #3.

Switch titles occupy positions #4 and #5 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Zelda: BotW, respectively.

PUBG remains at #6 while AC: Origins fell three places to #7. Super Mario Odyssey rose to #8, up from #10. Star Wars Battlefront II dropped two positions to #9, meanwhile.

Then at #10 we have our first new arrival of 2018 – Bandai-Namco’s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory. The original debuted at #11 roughly two years ago.

Street Fighter V Arcade Edition failed to make the top 40 – it’s a free update to existing owners, after all – but it did make #15 in the PS4 chart.

You may be aware both Asda and Tesco are currently clearing out old stock, with plenty of bargains to be found. This seems to have had an impact on the charts – Titanfall 2 and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens are back in the top 40, while LEGO Dimensions re-appears to claim #1 in the PS3 chart and #2 in the Xbox 360 chart.

Dec 04
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The UK top five remains unchanged this week, despite a 24% decrease in sales after Black Friday.

This means Call of Duty: WWII celebrates a fifth week at the top of the chart, putting it on par with Activision’s own Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – the previous record holder for weeks held at no.1 in 2017.

Could Call of Duty claim a Christmas no.1? It’s highly likely – PUBG on Xbox One is the only remaining big-name release of 2017. We shouldn’t rule out FIFA 18, however, and there’s also chance that The Last Jedi fever could propel Star Wars Battlefront II up the chart.

Going back to the here and now, FIFA 18 saw a 30% dip in sales, remaining at #2. Popular PS4 pack-in Gran Turismo Sport is at #3, Star Wars Battlefront II holds onto #4, with sales down 33%, while AC Origins is at #5.

Super Mario Odyssey, Forza 7, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, GTA V and Crash Bandicoot claim positions #6 through to #10.

Sony’s Knowledge is Power remains just outside the top ten, rising from #16 to #11 to this week. Fellow new release Hidden Agenda remains in the top 20 too, now at #16.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the top 40’s only new release, entering at #19 – 9 places higher than the Wii U’s Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Sticking with Nintendo, the Switch top fifty (!) sees a fair few new arrivals. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 made #9, Gear.Club Unlimited parked up at #32, Super Putty Squad debuted at #38, Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack entered at #42, while Stern Pinball Arcade bounced in at #46.

Nov 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

We expected chart compilers Gfk to provide a whole host of Call of Duty related statistics this week, but they simply state that Call of Duty: WWII‘s sales were 57% higher than Infinite Warfare, while revenue was up 21%.

The ‘Legacy Edition’ of Infinite Warfare was remarkably popular, hence why the figure for WWII’s revenue is lower than the uptake.

In short: the WWII setting has proven popular, but it’s safe to assume launch sales were behind the likes of Black Ops III, Ghosts, and Advanced Warfare.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – last week’s chart-topper – falls to #2 while FIFA 18 remains at #3.

Super Mario Odyssey also dropped two places, falling to #4. Then at #5 it’s Gran Turismo Sport.

During its second week on sale Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus drops to #6.

The remaining games in the top ten are all re-entries – Forza Motorsport 7, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Forza Horizon 3, and finally Middle-earth: Shadow of War at #10.

GTA V, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Destiny 2 and WWE 2K18 all depart the top ten this week. Save perhaps for South Park, we imagine the rest will return following a price cut.

Focus’ Spintires: Mudrunner was the top 40’s only other new entry, in at #24.

Monopoly for Nintendo Switch (yes, that’s what it’s called) did make #7 in the Switch chart, however, while Kirby Battle Royale clocked in at a lowly #31 in the 3DS chart.

Nov 01
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Despite waning in popularity over the years, few publishers still dare to go head-to-head with Call of Duty. Case point: just two other retail releases are out this week – muddy off-road racer Spintires: MudRunner, and Ubisoft’s Monopoly for Nintendo Switch. Yes, that’s its proper title.

On the Xbox One Store, meanwhile, Microsoft has re-released three of Frontier’s family-friendly titles – Disneyland Adventures, Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection, and Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure. While we imagine Zoo Tycoon to be worthwhile, we remain cautious of the other two. The fact that they’re motion controlled games with their motion controls removed doesn’t entirely fill us with confidence.

Over on PS4, Black Forest Games has – somewhat unbelieveably – decided to bring to back ’90s platforming mascot Bubsy. Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back looks suspiciously similar to their previous platformer – the not particularly liked Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. The lack of reviews and a high entry point (£24.99!) are also of concern.

“What could possibly go wrong?”

Then on Friday the Cartoon Network tie-in Steven Universe: Save the Light is due for release. Despite early promise, thanks to similarities with the Paper Mario series, it’s allegedly average at best. Polygon gave the PS4 version a middling 5/10 while Destructoid opted for a 4.5/10. Both warned of game breaking bugs, so you may want to wait for a patch to arrive before shelling out twenty quid.

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Call of Duty: WWII – PS4/XO

And so we’ve come full circle, with this year’s CoD taking us back to the series’ roots. Hopes are high that this entry will put the franchise back on track, stripping away the bulk and flab that’s been needlessly added over the years to leave us with something more refined and grounded.

Don’t expect to see reviews until tomorrow at the earliest. Copies have already found their way into some eager gamer’s hands though, revealing that loot boxes drop from the sky onto Normandy beach and open in front of other players. Tasteful.

[Update: The first reviews are in]
9.4 – Venture Beat: “Each battle is intense, and the attention to details of the imagery — like the quality of the water in a stream running through a forest — is amazing. It’s an authentic Call of Duty”

9.0 – God is a Geek: “A spectacular release that has a strong chance of becoming a fan favourite as one of the best Call of Duty releases in years”

8.75 – GameInformer: “While the campaign fails to provide a compelling tale and is often bogged down in uninteresting large-scale slaughter, Call of Duty:WWII nails its multiplayer, new social hub, and zombie modes to provide the back to boot-on-the-ground experience fans have clamored for since the first foray into space”

8.5 – EGM: “Call of Duty: WWII’s changes to the core Call of Duty experience are few but distinct. This leads to a good balance between relishing everything Call of Duty used to be and still continuing to move the series forward”

4/5 – GamesRadar: “COD has a few issues in single player this year but the overall package delivers another good shooter with plenty to do and some neat new online ideas”

Spintires: MudRunner – PS4/XO/PC

The original Spintires, released on PC in 2014, sold over a million copies. MudRunner marks its first console appearance, being a greatly enhanced version. It’s a very different experience from the recently released Forza 7 and Gran Turismo Sport, offering a muddy off-road sandbox filled with challenges.

4.5/5 – The Xbox Hub: “It comes with some fine physics, textures, graphics and realism – more so than we’ve ever seen in any off-road title – and that ensures it is one you should be playing at the earliest opportunity”

70% – GameSpew: “It would be easy to dismiss Spintires: MudRunner as a niche title but in truth it’s surprisingly accessible. It can drag sometimes and if you think patience is a dirty word, steer clear. But for the most part it’s an engaging, messy time sink that’s well worth getting stuck into”

60% – PC Games News: “As a messy muck around, MudRunner has enough to offer to warrant a few hours of experimentation. Beyond that, for me, the limitations of its controls, camera, and missing mirrors put a cap on the off-road giggles”

8-bit Adventure Anthology: Volume I – PS4/XO

A trio of NES point ‘n click adventures – Shadowgate, The Uninvited, and Déjà Vu – receive a digital dust off, complete with numerous CRT-style screen filters. All three games reportedly hold up well, and are suitably different from one another, set within fantasy, horror and film noir realms. A low entry point of £6.39 seals the deal. The only thing missing is a Switch version.

4/5 – Windows Central: “It’s not the fanciest collection, but you’ll get plenty of puzzles, intrigue, and nostalgia here for a very low price”

4/5 – The Xbox Hub: “If you were a fan of any of the games included in the 8-Bit Adventure Anthology the first time around, or if you want to experience what games were like in the good old days, this is a no-brainer”

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