Tagged "Days Gone"

May 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

After enjoying three weeks at no.1 Sony’s Days Gone has succumbed to madness, dethroned by the anarchy-loving Rage 2.

Coming as no surprise in this digital age, physical sales were only around a quarter of what its 2011 predecessor managed at launch (thanks GI.biz).

However, Rage 2 has achieved something the original couldn’t by heading straight to no.1. The original was up against the almighty FIFA 12, causing it to settle for #2.

Days Gone dropped to #2. It’s followed by FIFA 19 at #3, Mortal Kombat 11 – down two positions to #4 this week – and Red Dead Redemption 2 at #5.

The evergreen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe held onto #6. Fellow chart stalwart GTA V dropped to #7, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 fell to #8, and then at #9 it’s a new entry – Focus’ well-received A Plague Tale: Innocence.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rounds off the chart at #10.

Forza Horizon 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were the two titles giving way to the duo of new releases, now at #11 and #12.

The next new release isn’t far behind – Rebellion’s Sniper Elite V2 Remastered at #13.

Elsewhere, Metro Exodus and Kingdom Hearts III both re-entered the top 40 – at #24 and #32 respectivey – thanks to retailer activity.

And after debuting at #15 last week, the Switch re-release of Saints Row: The Third has made a swift descent, dropping to #38. We guess word of its poor framerate has spread.

May 13
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Despite a belated physical release of Mortal Kombat 11 on Switch, Sony’s Days Gone has managed to hold onto the UK chart’s top spot for a third consecutive week.

The top six positions in the UK top 40 remain unchanged, in fact. This means Mortal Kombat 11 remains at #2, duly followed by FIFA 19, Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA V, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 climbed one whole position to take #7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe fell to #8, Forza Horizon 4 held onto #9, and finally at #10 it’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (up from #11).

Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package was the only new arrival in the top 40, making a respectable #15. It also made #5 in the Switch chart, outselling the likes of Yoshi’s Crafted World and Pokemon: Let’s Go. Not too shabby.

Rewinding back to the multi-format top 40, after a brief resurgence Anthem has departed the top ten once again – falling from #10 to #14 – while both Minecraft: PlayStation Edition and Far Cry New Dawn rose by 13 places.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice saw its biggest sales slump so far, meanwhile, plummeting from #12 all the way to #39. That’s…a pretty significant drop.

May 07
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The UK’s top five is almost entirely unchanged this week, making it two weeks at no.1 for the PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone.

This lack of activity means Mortal Kombat 11 remains at #2, duly followed by FIFA 19 at #3 and RDR2 at #4.

At #5 it’s another Rockstar title – the ever-popular GTA V, up from #11.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe hold onto #6 and #7.

Despite a small price drop to around £35, The Division 2 fell three places to #8. Forza Horizon 4 dropped to #9. Then at #10 it’s EA’s Anthem, back after a breif hiatus.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice departs the top ten for the first time, meanwhile, going from #7 to #12.

The Switch version of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was the week’s only new arrival, making #15. It also took #5 in the Switch top 20.

As for re-entries, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, The Evil Within 2, Hitman 2, Sonic Mania Plus, and Hello Neighbour resurfaced in the lower end of the chart.

The Evil Within 2 also managed to make #9 in the PS4 chart, outselling The Division 2, which presumably means the cult horror adventure is dirt cheap somewhere.

Apr 29
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Even though it was met by not-exactly-glowing reviews, Sony’s Days Gone was able to claim the UK chart top spot, forcing Mortal Kombat 11 to settle for #2.

The most impressive thing here is that MK11 launched on Tuesday, whereas Days Gone arrived on Friday – after just two days on sale the PS4 exclusive was able to become the fastest selling release of 2019 so far. Sales weren’t a patch on God of War or Marvel’s Spider-Man, however.

GI.biz notes physical sales of MK11 were down 43% over MKX, yet it was able to outperform 2017’s Injustice 2. A resounding 71% of MK11 sales also came from the PS4 version.

FIFA 19 dropped to #3, RDR2 rose to #4 enjoying a small sales boost, and then at #5 it’s Ubisoft’s The Division 2.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moved up to #6, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice fell one position to take #7, while Forza Horizon 4 shifted from #16 to #8.

The ever popular NSMB. U Deluxe remained at #9.

Then at #10 we finally find last week’s chart-topper – the surprisingly good World War Z.

After arriving at a respectable #9 last week, Snooker 19: The Official Video Game dropped to #21. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Team 17’s My Time at Portia weren’t as fortunate, both departing the top 40 after just one week on sale.

Apr 23
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

You may be surprised to learn that sales of the recent Mortal Kombat games far exceed the MK games of yore. While under Midway’s wing, sales of the PS2/Xbox entries would usually clock in between 1-2 million. Since Warner Bros. rebooted the series, sales of each entry are now around the 5-6 million mark. Not bad going for a franchise some consider past its best.

Reviews of Mortal Kombat 11 went live yesterday, and it was mostly met with a positive reception. It’s likely that there are fewer 9/10s than WB hoped for, and perhaps more 7/10s then they anticipated, but still, an 83% Metacritic is nothing to sniff at.

The Switch version is currently review shy, incidentally. Early footage suggests it runs smoothly in handheld mode, but the visuals take a slight hit when docked. You may have seen posts on social media claiming that it looks “terrible”, which seems way off the mark. It appears a respectable amount of effort has been put in.

Sony’s PS4 exclusive Days Gone is another of this week’s big name releases. Although Sony’s first-party efforts have been mostly excellent this generation, this biker-based zombie shooter has been a cause for concern – the first batch of previews weren’t too positive. It has received extra development time since, however, so there’s still hope Sony can pull another major hit out of the bag. [Update: Reviews added below]

Elsewhere, Capcom’s hack ‘n slash RPG hybrid Dragon’s Dogma makes its way to Switch. It was one of our favourite games on the last generation, full of spectacular set-pieces, combat that’s easy to learn while still featuring some subtle nuances, and unique online functionality that allows AI teammates to be swapped and shared. Oh the things you’ll see.

We’ve rounded up scores below, along with a smattering of scores for Jupiter & Mars – an underwater adventure that’s (for better or worse) drawing comparisons with Ecco the Dolphin.

New release showcase:

Days Gone

Reviews:
9.0 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “Days Gone checks all the boxes of a proverbial PlayStation exclusive, but never feels like it’s stepping on anyone else’s toes. Despite the games, film, and TV that you can easily draw comparisons too, Days Gone handles it all in such a way that it has its own unique identity. The more I played it, the more I loved it, until finally finishing the long journey and not wanting the adventure to end”

8/10 – VideoGamer: “Days Gone is a grim, beautiful B-movie; its action and writing are full of pulpy thrills, and by the end of it, I found myself liking a character called Deacon St. John – an achievement in itself”

8/10 – PSU: “Though a touch derivative and brought low on occasion by the odd technical issue, Days Gone is a sprawling and handsomely made open-world adventure that contains a surprising amount of heart and ample amounts of violence to match”

7.75 – GameInformer: “Days Gone has good gameplay foundations. The scarcity of supplies and ever-present threat of zombies put me on edge as much as it gave me options to escape by the skin of my teeth. But the inability to fully deliver on either the story or open world fronts makes it a title of both possibilities and limitations”

7/10 – Push Square: “A dense selection of overlapping gameplay mechanics make for entertaining action, even if the title’s unremarkable mission design doesn’t always make the best of them. The story can drift, and the overall package isn’t quite as polished as its PS4 exclusive counterparts – but as far as gaming comfort food goes, you could feast on much worse snacks than this”

6.5 – God is a Geek: “Days Gone has some moments of brilliance, but there’re far too may bugs. The hordes improve the game drastically, it’s just a shame that a lot of the game suffers in other avenues”

6.5 – IGN: “Fun in small bursts, but Days Gone’s repetition, bland world, and meandering story make for an unremarkable ride”

6/10 – The Metro: “We wouldn’t particularly recommend Days Gone, and it’s certainly not in the same league as most of Sony’s other PlayStation 4 exclusives, but while we don’t look back at our days with it with any sense of wistfulness we don’t resent the time spent on it either”

Mortal Kombat 11

Reviews:
9.0 – IGN: “It’s a rare fighting game that hits just about every note as strongly as Mortal Kombat 11 does. Everything from its methodical and deep combat to its fantastically absurd story mode and its rock-solid netcode, right down to its extraordinarily comprehensive tutorial is absolutely exceptional”

4/5 – Trusted Reviews: “Mortal Kombat 11 is yet another great entry in NetherRealm’s fighting series. We’re living in a golden age of fighting games right now, and NetherRealm’s latest can happily join some of the generation’s best”

4/5 – Games Radar: “Mortal Kombat 11’s story mode, along with its gameplay, is the most intense and gripping narrative in a fighter that I’ve played in years”

3.5/5 – US Gamer: “There’s a lot to love in Mortal Kombat 11. It’s a fantastic fighter with a roster of 25 varied characters, tons of customization options, beautiful graphics, and one of the best story modes in a fighting game. It’s a shame that modes like the Krypt and Towers of Time inject annoyance and tedium into what was an excellent experience. The progression is complex and obtuse, when it should be easy and straightforward. MK 11 could been an all-time best, but it’s just a contender”

7/10 – Push Square: “Structural foibles detract from the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 is an excellent fighter with lots to offer. Those yearning for the gore-soaked days of old will find plenty to love, and newcomers will be enthralled by its excellent story and deep fighting system”

7/10 – TheSixthAxis: “This game is the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat action. Fights are fluid, weighty, and gorgeous to look at. Unfortunately, that tightly-designed gameplay is bogged down by a grindy system of loot and consumables that only serves to artificially extend your playtime in the most tedious ways imaginable. There is so much heart and care put into this game, from the combat to the gorgeous visuals and memorable story, but that effort feels nullified by the desperate attempt to twist an iconic video game franchise into just another endlessly online service game”

Jupiter & Mars

Reviews:
4/5 – AOTF: “Following the journey of two neon colored dolphins, Jupiter & Mars can be enjoyed both with PSVR and without. Not only is it an actually well made underwater experience, but it also comes with a good message about protecting the future of the oceans in some interesting ways as well”

6/10 – Push Square: “Jupiter & Mars is an enjoyable underwater experience that sadly doesn’t push the boat out. The visuals and music mix for a trippy swim through Earth’s ruins, but the lack of interactivity makes the journey surprisingly dry. If you’re after a relaxed dive through colourful caverns, this might be worth a look, but don’t expect it to make a big splash”

2/5 – Screen Rant: “One of the first things most players will do is swim quickly up to the surface, expecting that triumphant and cinematic dolphin spin-jump to give them a bout of VR indigestion, but Jupiter merely smacks directly into the peak of the sea-level and immediately stops. There’s enough content in Jupiter & Mars to take up a lazy Sunday’s time, but it could have been so much more”

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Reviews:
8/10 – Nintendo World Report: “Dark Arisen has some of the most unique systems in modern RPGs, and great combat to go along with it. It’s a great adventure, and if they can improve the loads after the inns it’ll be essential”

8/10 – Nintendo Life: “There’s no denying that it is rough in parts and really could have done with a full remaster rather than a straight re-release, but Dragon’s Dogma nonetheless remains a fantastically gripping role-playing experience that manages to straddle the divide between exhilarating real-time action and stat-based adventuring”

3.5/5 – We Got This Covered: “Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen arrives on Nintendo’s portable console, warts and all. It’s more than worth playing, if only for the combat alone, and it’s one of the best mediocre games ever made. If you long for the feelings of adventure that often only come when imagining a good Dungeons and Dragons campaign, this should be up your alley”

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