Tagged "Call of Duty"

Nov 19

It feels absolutely pointless to report that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is #1 in the UK chart this week, because of course it bloody is. Since last Tuesday it has become the biggest launch of 2012 and the fourth biggest of all time, with 60 percent of copies sold on Xbox 360 and 38 percent on PlayStation 3. According to the stats online, 21 million hours of play have already been clocked up.

Halo 4, FIFA 13, Assassin’s Creed III and Skylanders Giants make up the rest of the top five. The only other new entry this week in the top ten is PC add-on The Sims 3: Seasons at #9.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on PS Vita enters at #16. With lots of reviews now available online, including a 2/10 from EDGE and a 4/10 from the Official PlayStation Magazine, we have to wonder if it’ll be in the top 40 next week or if it’s going to sell on name alone. It’s #1 in the PS Vita chart, incidentally.

Sony’s not quite spellbinding Book of Spells arrives at #25 and is followed by F1 Race Stars at #26 and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed at #27.

The handheld versions of Sonic & All Stars Racing have been delayed until next month. Had they been released the same time as the console versions then the blue blur would have likely outsold Codemasters’ kart racer.

Dec 19

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, ladies and gentlemen. The mammoth RPG has become the first UK Christmas number one not to be published by either EA or Activision since 2002’s GTA: Vice City.

Neither EA or Activision has made #2 – it’s Just Dance 3 that clocks in below Skyrim. Sales between the two were 15,000 copies apart claims Chart-Track.

Here’s the Christmas top 10 in full:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Just Dance 3
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Saints Row 3
  6. Battlefield 3
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  8. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  9. Need for Speed: The Run
  10. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call

And here’s last year’s Christmas chart, so we can run a comparison:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. FIFA 11
  3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  4. Just Dance 2
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  6. Gran Turismo 5
  7. The Sims 3
  8. Kinect Sports
  9. Michael Jackson: The Experience
  10. Medal of Honor

EA and Ubisoft owned much of the chart last year while Sony and Microsoft managed one title each. Not much has changed this year apart from no first-party games from Sony and Microsoft to be seen.

There wasn’t a single Nintendo-published title in last year’s chart, although Just Dance 2 was a Wii-exclusive. This year Just Dance went multi-format which explains why Just Dance 3 has charted higher. Poor reviews of NFS: The Run have presumably harmed sales but the brand is still clearly desirable.

Nintendo has a better presence this year but it’s sad to see no 3DS games in the top 10. Professor Layton is better than nothing, I suppose.

Dec 12


A lot of people must have thought the heavy high street discounts for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim were too good to miss – it’s back at #1 in the UK chart this week, pushing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 down to #2.

It’s a shame that GAME/GameStation’s £22.49 deal was only for one week. At that price it would have stood a very good chance of being the Christmas number one. It may even do so regardless, thanks to word of its greatness still spreading.

This leaves Just Dance 3, FIFA 12 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to round off the top 5. At #6 there’s Battlefield 3 and Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call remains at #7 for the second week running while Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is in at #9 up from #16. Mario Kart 7 stays in the top 10 at #10.

People must be feeling more active than normal this time of year – both Zumba Fitness and Zumba Fitness 2 are in the top 40, as are both Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two.

And what’s this at #39? It’s Rayman Origins, which finally makes a top 40 appearance. Better late than never.

Dec 05

Mario Kart 7’s arrival means that there are two 3DS games in the top 10 this week – Mario Kart 7 at #8 and Super Mario 3D Land at #10.

After the photo above was taken, Reggie was told to stop messing around and go back to work.

Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call – which Asda have been amusingly advertising as Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Flute – remains at #7 while there has been a slight shuffle at the top of the chart. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 remains at #1, followed by FIFA 12, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Just Dance 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

There isn’t a great deal going on in the rest of the top 40. WWE ’12 has had bad week, down from #6 to #14 while Abba: You Can Dance makes an appearance on its second week of release in at #30.

Super Pokemon Rumble hasn’t made the top 40 but it makes the 3DS chart at #4.

Just to show how messed up this industry is regarding games dropping in price, RAGE this week sits on top of the Xbox 360 budget chart.

Nov 14

With just under two million copies sold in the UK, there was no doubting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn’t going to be this week’s #1. However, it hasn’t sold as well as Black Ops did during its launch week, selling 1.6% less. Chart-Track tells us that the Xbox 360 version proved to be the most popular with 59% of all copies sold being for Microsoft’s box.

The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim – to give it its full name – hasn’t done too badly either. It sold double what Fallout: New Vegas did during its launch and has become the 5th biggest UK release this year, only slightly behind Gears of War 3. Our local Blockbusters had sold out of copies, while one of our Twitter followers mentioned that their Tesco was also sold out.

There are a couple of surprise entries in the top 10 this week too. Well, one is actually a re-entry – Wii Party has shot back up from #38 to #10. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo on DS is the new entry at #7.

Sonic Generations has had a bad second week, already dropping down the chart from #10 to #21. On the flipside Go Vacation has had a better second week – it’s in at #39.

There were a slew of new 3DS titles released last week, including Shinobi and Cave Story, but none of them made the 3DS chart which is currently in a very sorry state. Where is Starfox 64 3D?

Nov 08

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been hyped in such as way that anybody would think it’s the second coming of Jesus. So big is the game that three developers have pooled their resources together, resulting in other projects being put on hold.

Review scores so far include 9.5 from Destructoid, 9 from EDGE, 9.0 from IGN and an 8 from Eurogamer. Sounds like it shows up Battlefield 3’s single player mode for the farce that it is, but the multi-player hasn’t changed a great deal.

If you missed the news last week, it has already been reported that there’s a controversial level to rival Modern Warfare 2’s ‘No Russian’ mission. This time round we see a truck full of explosives blow up in London, killing a little girl. Sledgehammer have already said that it’s not there to cause controversy – it’s to show that in war even innocent people suffer.

There are few deals about – Best Buy are offering it for £29.99 for today only, Sainsbury’s will let you have it for £28.99 when you spend £30 in-store while Tesco are doing it for £25 when you buy either a £16.99 MSP card or a £25 PSN card. If you’re going to GAME you can get it for half-price when trading certain new releases including Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12 and Resistance 3. Or X-Men Destiny, oddly.

Skip forward to this coming Friday and there’s another game out that many stores are opening at midnight for – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the sequel to Oblivion. If you’re amongst the first 250 people queuing for Skyrim at either GAME in London (Oxford Street) or Gamestation in Birmingham (New Street) you’ll get yourself a goody bag. The best cosplay outfit will also get a free upgrade to the collector’s edition, an Xbox 360 and some other swag.

Oblivion was so big that you could spend 100 hours playing it and still not see everything, and with a longer development time behind it you can bet that this is bigger still. But while Oblivion was daunting for some, this time Skyrim is being given a more casual feel. Bethesda has even said that’s more like Fallout 3 than Oblivion. Bethesda have also said that there may be a few glitches, and to expect a patch on launch day. In other words: they’re shipping it in an unfinished state. Tut tut.

This week also sees a slew of new 3DS games. They’re a mixed bunch but still more than welcome – we’re sick of going into a game shop and seeing the likes of Asphalt GT, Rabbids and that dinosaur thing making up most of the 3DS section. Cave Story 3D and Shinobi should be worth a look, Cars 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D might be alright, while we wouldn’t be surprised if the press aren’t given copies of Puzzler Mind Gym 3D, Zoo Resort 3D and the budget-priced Puppies World 3D to review.

On the DS meanwhile there’s Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Zoo, Monster High: Ghoul Spirit (also on Wii), SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip (also on 360), Top Model Academy and Youda Legend 2: Golden Bird.

A few ‘non-games’ (for want of a better word) are out too – Jillian Michael’s Fitness Experience, My Self Defence Coach and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 on Xbox 360 and the trippy looking meditation tool Deepak Chopra’s Leela on Xbox 360 and Wii. There’s a demo of that last one on Xbox Live. Why it’s a full price release we’ll never know.

Lastly, there’s Jungle Kartz on Wii. We were a little curious about this one – it’s by Brain In a Jar, who were once working on a reasonably impressive looking Ferrari game. The video they’ve uploaded on YouTube has calmed our curiousness – it looks mediocre at best. It could still be better than next week’s DreamWorks Super Star Kartz though.

Next week: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3, 360), Halo Anniversary (360), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii), Saints Row: The Third (PS3, 360, PC), Super Mario 3D Land (3DS), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii), Need for Speed: The Run (360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PC), Cabela’s Camp Adventure (PS3, 360, Wii), Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai (PS3, 360, Wii), Carnival Island (PS3), DreamWorks Super Star Kartz (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS), Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends (360), Family Trainer: Magical Carnival (Wii), Lalaloopsy (DS), LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, PC), Marvel Super Hero Squad Comic Combat (PS3, 360, Wii), Medieval Moves (PS3), uDraw Instant Artist (PS3, 360, Wii) and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3, 360).

Aug 29


The recently announced Call of Duty Gunnar sunglasses strike us as a very bizarre piece of merchandise. Do hardcore Call of Duty players even go outside that often? Even more bizarre is the Call of Duty Jeep Wrangler – last time we played CoD the microphone chatter was akin to how a classroom sounds before the teacher enters the room and tells the class to shut up.

Sad, but true.

Here are ten videogame related merchandise that we’ll (hopefully) never see:

  • Gears of War pregnancy testing kit
  • Knuckles knuckle dusters
  • Need for Speed highway code book
  • Grand Theft Auto baseball bat
  • Halo teething ring
  • Rayman armbands
  • Splatterhouse diapers
  • Duke Nukem female hygiene products
  • Spyro sponsored football shirts…
  • …or indeed anything with Spyro’s stupid face on
  • Apr 20

    As is evidenced by the declining number of reviews I’ve written for this site over the past decade, I haven’t really been playing or writing about as many games as I’d like. Once or twice a year I go manic and indulge, usually every October (traditionally the month of big game releases and nostalgic birthday memories) and around a few other big game launches. It doesn’t bode well for consistent game reviews though.

    So, having only just started playing Killzone 3, a mere two months behind the rest of the in crowd, I thought I’d instead write about the games I’ve been meaning to play for a while, but haven’t got around to yet, for whatever reason. Obviously my critical opinion on said games will be moderately worthless, but hey, I like making unordered lists!

    Minecraft

    MinecraftThe whole world is seemingly playing Minecraft. Initially made by a Swedish guy in his bedroom, over 800,000 people paid €9.95 to play the alpha version of the game. The final version hasn’t even been released yet, and already the alpha and beta versions have sold over 1,940,000 copies and made €23 million – talk about crafty development! Undeniably, Minecraft has been the biggest gaming success story in recent years, turning one bedroom coder into a multimillionaire almost literally overnight.

    And yet, I still haven’t played it. I am that lazy. At one point I believe I even got my credit card out and went on to the Minecraft website, but decided against purchasing, in the belief that it would disrupt my workflow and project deadlines (which is fair enough really – World of Warcraft almost cost me a year of my degree).

    From what I can tell, Minecraft is about exploring and building whatever you want, on a lego style island. Its simple, blocky graphics certainly have some charm, and clearly it must be pretty good based on all the success and praise. One day I’ll sit down and play it. If you haven’t already played it, you probably should.

    Call of Duty: The Newest One

    Call of Duty Black Ops or somethingAdmittedly, part of me doesn’t give a shit about the Call of Duty series anymore. Somehow, at some random point in time, Call of Duty went from being a dull wartime FPS game with numerous sequels, to the game industry’s annual mega hit. But you’re kind of obliged to play it, right?

    I’m sure the latest one, errm, Call of Duty: Black Ops, is quite good. I guess I can expect it to contain plenty of shooting, dastardly conspiracies, and walking through linear alleys or jungles. I’ll probably pick it some day. Perhaps Activision would have sent me a review copy if I asked. Maybe I’ll get around to it before Call of Duty: Postmodernism 27 comes out.

    Fallout: New Vegas

    Fallout 3: New VegasWell, technically I got as far as installing this one and playing it for twenty minutes. Seeing as Fallout 3 was by far my favorite game of 2008, I feel a little disrespectful not giving New Vegas the time it truly deserves. A Fallout game requires at least a week of free time to truly experience and enjoy. Maybe I’ll get started with it on a long weekend. Alright, I’ll play with you soon Fallout, don’t worry.

    All the new Yakuza games

    Yakuza 4In this post-Dreamcast world we live in, Yakuza is about as close to a new Shenmue game as we’re likely to get anytime soon. It’s developed by Sega’s Amusement Vision, formerly Sega AM4, which is just two off Shenmue developers Sega AM2. Look past the Japanese gangster setting, and it almost is Shenmue.

    I loved Yakuza on the PlayStation 2. It felt like the game version of a cheap Japanese gangster B-Movie, or almost exactly the type of game I’d think up. Unfortunately when I played the demo of Yakuza 3, it felt clunky, boring, and quite old fashioned. That put me off at the time. Still though, now that Yakuza 4 has finally got an English release, I probably should make the time to play it. I hear you can date hostess girls and play arcade games!

    Anything on the Nintendo 3DS

    Nintendo 3DS and Japanese lady's faceFive is a fairly good number for lists, and as I can’t quite be bothered to write about ten games, this should round the list off nicely. Now, I don’t want to seem harsh, as I do keep meaning to do something about the 3DS, but at the same time, the 3DS is almost completely failing to interest me.

    Perhaps it’s just the uninspiring launch line-up. Perhaps it’s the idea of cross-eyed migraines trying to experience the third dimension on a flat screen. I’m certainly curious, though simultaneously, not quite bothered. I’d liken the 3DS to limping badger – the concept has me interested, and the urge to go over and have a look is quite compelling, yet I wouldn’t really want to take one home.

    At least it’s Easter this week. I might actually make some progress in Killzone 3.

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