Tagged "Call of Duty"

Dec 13
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

There’s no joy for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn in this week’s top 40 chart but Epic Mickey has finally made an appearance at a rather lowly #37. Call of Duty: Black Ops holds onto #1 and is followed by FIFA 11 at #2 and new entry World of Warcraft: Cataclysm at #3.

Donkey Kong Country Returns has done a little bit better than last week – it entered at #13 on launch and has now managed to swing up to #8. Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary has done the reverse though – it was at #22 but it’s now at #31. This may be because both Game and GameStation bumped the price up last week from £19.99 to £24.99.

In the single format charts, Tony Hawk SHRED flaps in at #34 in the Xbox 360 chart and #35 in the Wii chart while our friend Barbie enters the DS chart at #40. I wonder if our review helped?

Nov 22
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 3 Comments

UK Charts

Despite the very fine Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit being released last week, Call of Duty: Black Ops has held onto #1. They have to make do with #2 and #3 respectively. Wii Sports Resort has risen from #19 to #7 but Fallout: New Vegas has fallen from #7 to #13. Football Manager 2011 goes from #5 to #19.

The jolly decent Sonic Colours has had a better second week – it was at a lowly #36 but it’s now at #18. This might be because Play had it for £17.99 last week. The bad reviews have seemingly harmed Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows as it can only manage a #20 positioning.

GoldenEye 007 is still outselling 007: Blood Stone but neither are doing fantastically – the celebrated Wii shooter is at #29 while Bizarre Creations’ effort is at #38.

If you’re wondering how the Kinect games are doing, then wonder no more – Kinect Sports is at #9, Dance Central at #25, Motion Sports at #33 and Fighters Uncaged at #39.

Nov 15
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

UK Charts

There’s no prize for guessing what’s #1 this week. 2m copies were sold in the UK over 5 days, generating an estimated £81.9m. The Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops sold the most copies with 55% of the share, while the PS3 version gained 42%. This means that the Wii, DS and PC versions only took 3% between them. This is a little surprising – first person shooters usually sell quite well on PC, especially if they give the chance for a PC owner to show off their stupidly expensive graphics card.

Last week’s #1 – Football Manager 2011 – is now at #5.

Kinect hasn’t done too badly either with plenty of the launch games scattered around the chart. However, Kinect Adventures hasn’t been included in the top 40 as it was bundled with the device. Rare’s Kinect Sports did the best at #4, followed by Dance Central at #13, Motion Sports at #15, Fighters Uncaged at #23, Kinectimals at #26, Kinect Joy Ride at #30, Your Shape at #33 and Sonic Free Riders at #38.

Sonic Colours hasn’t fared that much better – it’s at #36.

Both Bonds are slipping – GoldenEye 007 drops from #13 to #20 while 007: Blood Stone has gone from #18 to #22. They may rise back up again though – it’s not hard to imagine a clueless grandparent buying a Bond game for their grandson for Christmas.

Nov 11
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 2 Comments

This Week’s Games

It seems funny to say that most of the games out this week require another £130 to be blown in order able to play. I am of course talking about the Kinect, which doesn’t appear to be totally sold out just yet.

Eurogamer reviewed the launch line up last week – Dance Central and Kinect Sports gained the highest scores, followed by Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride and Kinect Adventures (which is bundled with the device). The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout looks like being the best of the fitness games, getting an 8/10 from Game Informer. Fighters Uncaged, Motion Sports and Sonic Free Riders have been getting a kicking – Ubisoft’s brawler currently has a 41% average GameRankings review score, Motion Sports at 50% and Sonic Free Riders 57%. One website gave Sonic Free Riders a 2/10, calling it broken and unplayable. IGN though gave it 7.5 and said that “The motion controls make it hard to just jump into the game, but they’re fun once you’ve got the hang of everything”. I expect that’s the case for most Kinect games, really.

If you’re a fan of the blue hog then Sonic Colours should be on your shopping list – it’s apparently very good, scoring a solid 8/10 on Eurogamer. Also out, and will probably do quite well I’d imagine, are Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth on DS and Doctor Who: Return to Earth on Wii. The Official Nintendo Magazine gave the DS iteration 69%, suggesting it’s worth a look if you’re a fan of the Doctor. There’s one to avoid on Wii this week too – Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2, which IGN gave 4/10. “Even the loading logo looks terrible,” they said.

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few days, you’ve probably noticed that Call of Duty: Black Ops (or Blops, as the cool kids are calling it) is out now. 5.6 million copies have been sold already in the US and UK alone. Believe it or not, it’s the only PlayStation 3 game out this week. Not that any others had much of a chance…

Next week: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Prince of Persia HD Trilogy, FlingSmash, EA Sports Active 2.0, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Wheel of Fortune, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, Pictionary, Apache Air Assault, Blood Drive, iCarly: iJoin the Click and three different Harvest Moon games from two different publishers – Frantic Farming, Sunshine Islands and Animal Paradise. Most odd.

Nov 04
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

This Week’s Games

There’s no Bond movie this year yet there’s not one but two James Bond games out this week. If the early reviews are to go by then it’s GoldenEye 007 on Wii that’s the one to spend your golden coins on.

GoldenEye 007 scored a lofty 9 on IGN but they only gave James Bond 007: Blood Stone a 5. Eurogamer also gave Blood Stone an average score, calling it a “forgettable weekend diversion” and nothing more. A few other websites have been a little bit more generous with their scores but not by much.

For those who haven’t given up on the PSP yet there’s the pretty good, if a little predictable, God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Football Manager 2011.

The DS gets Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs while PlayStation 3 owners are being treated to the Move-enabled Time Crisis Razing Storm. Both of these are probably alright, if, again, a little predictable.

There isn’t a whole lot else out apart from kid’s games, and for the curious here they are in list form: Defendin DePenguin, Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales, Disney Channel All Star Party, Zhu Zhu Pets: Kung Zhu, Zhu Zhu Pets: Wild Bunch and Imagine Fashion Paradise.

Next week: Oh man – it’s a big one. (Breathe in) Call of Duty: Black Ops, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Motion Sports, Sonic Free Riders, Kinect Joy Ride, Dance Central, DanceEvolution, Fighters Uncaged, The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout, Crossboard 7, Sonic Colours, Cooking Mama World: Babysitting Mama, Cooking Mama World: Hobbies and Fun, Beyblade: Metal Fight, Doctor Who: Return to Earth, Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth, We Sing Robbie Williams, Dance Paradise, Cabela Big Game Hunter 2010 and HAWK 2 on Wii (Breathe out). Three games with the world ‘dance’ in the title? Ubisoft has a lot to answer for.

Apr 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Publishers – if want your new videogame to sell, simply stick the word ‘just’ in the title – Just Dance has gone back to the top of the top 40 chart this week, while Just Cause 2 drops to #2.

New DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has helped it go back up from #6 to #4. I had another bash on the online mode the other day. I’m still deeply rubbish – 6 kills was my highest over the space of several games.

Both Pokemon: Soulsilver and Pokemon: Heartgold are still in the top 10 at #5 and #7 respectively but God of War III and Final Fantasy XIII have now left the top 10. Metro 2033 is the biggest faller of the week, dropping from #14 to #32. If retailers cut the price to £20 or so, it could very well skyrocket back up though.

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