Tagged "Dragon Quest XI"

Sep 10
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Excelsior! With Spider-Man under Sony’s wing, the web-swinger has managed to achieve things Activision couldn’t. Not only is it the fastest selling Spider-Man game ever, but also the fastest selling Marvel game of all-time.

Chart-Track also notes that it had the biggest launch – in terms of individual format sales – since the PS4 version of Call of Duty: WWII. Reading between the lines, this means it had an even stronger launch than God of War. Now that’s amazing.

Despite a somewhat muted launch, Dragon Quest XI is off to a good start too, taking #2 in both the all-formats top 40 and the PS4 chart.

Destiny 2: Forsaken made #8, meanwhile. The individual format chart reveals sales between the PS4 and Xbox One versions were close.

That’s it for new releases this week, although Punch Line did manage to top the PS Vita top ten while SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy entered at bottom position (#20) in the Switch chart.

Rewinding back to the all-formats top ten, GTA V held onto #3 while F1 2018 dropped from the top spot to take #4.

Crash Bandicoot fell one place to #5, PES 2019 dropped to #6 during its second week on sale, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is at #7, PUBG fell to #9 – despite leaving early access last week – while LEGO The Incredibles re-entered the top ten at #10.

Sep 05
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

We aren’t sure if Sony’s decision to launch Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 the same week as The Avengers: Infinity War’s home release was intentional or not, but it’s a smooth move nevertheless.

Not that the gaming consuming public needed any more persuasion to buy Spider-Man – it has been one of the most anticipated releases around since its E3 reveal over two years ago. Hopes were high that it’ll become not just the greatest Spider-Man game of all-time, but also the best superhero game ever.

While it allegedly has a few minor shortcomings, such as the standard assortment of busywork between missions and too few boss battles, it unquestionably lives up to the hype. Critics are most englamoured by the fluid way Spidey moves and controls, making even the simplest of tasks a pleasure.

Scores so far are a mixture of 10s, 9s, and 8s. The Metro meanwhile opted for 7/10, stating that it fails to push the superhero genre forward.

Activision has also timed Destiny 2: Forsaken perfectly. Or rather, they picked the best possible time to give away Destiny 2 as a PS Plus freebie, expanding the user base by millions. Millions of new customers that may very well go on to purchase this new DLC.

There are no reviews of Forsaken live yet – which could be down to poorly timed server maintenance – but both Polygon and Destructoid have chalked up early impressions. “Forsaken feels like the transformative expansion for Destiny 2 that The Taken King was for Destiny,” said Polygon.

Team 17’s lavish looking 2D puzzle platformer Planet Alpha is going down reasonably well so far, gaining 7s and 8s, while Dragon Quest XI has taken some by surprise, gaining scores as high as 10//10. We’ve rounded-up reviews below.

Konami’s remake of ZONE OF THE ENDERS: The 2nd Runner on PS4 should also be worth a look. Friday sees the return of V-Rally as well, a racing series that’s been off the road since 2002. Can a new developer do the franchise justice? The studio’s revival of Flatout turned out surprisingly well, so we’re hopeful.

New release showcase:

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Reviews:
9.5 – GameInformer: “Excitement is delivered consistently from the outside of play right up to the last story frame, which is a real shocker that contains a reveal that will make the wait for the sequel almost unbearable”

9.5 – God is a Geek: “Everything I hoped it would be and more. Marvel’s Spider-Man provides us lots to do, a great story, and some of the best visuals available on the PS4”

9/10 – Destructoid: “Spider-Man isn’t just a great superhero game, it’s a proof of concept for Insomniac as a company. This project shows that they can basically handle pretty much any universe, because if you can accurately recreate Peter Parker’s nimbleness and gentle heart you can do anything: and with multiple teasers at the end, I think they’ll get that chance”

9/10 – GameSpot: “Insomniac has created a superior Spider-Man experience that leaves a lasting impression, one that has you longing for just one more swing around New York City, even after the credits roll”

4/5 – The Telegraph: “Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man has its caveats, with its raft of distractions following a little too closely to what has gone before. But its dedication to and understanding of its leading man make for a thrilling and satisfying slice of comic-book entertainment”

7/10 – The Metro: “The best Spider-Man game ever made… but only just, since it fails to move the superhero video game genre forward in any important way”

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Reviews:
10/10 – Forbes: “While it is a massive and overly traditional role-playing game, do not let these elements dissuade you from trying it out. Stick with it and your patience will be hugely rewarded”

8.8 – IGN: A massive, masterful, “traditional” RPG that focuses more on combat mechanics, loot, and exploration than story.

8.5 – EGM: “Its story, gameplay, characters, and visuals all work to blend timeless series elements with newer-era genre refinements, and most of the time, the results are great”

Planet Alpha

Reviews:
9.0 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “There’s no filler, no cheap puzzle solutions, no game-breaking glitches, no gratuitous lean towards overused narrative crutches. It’s just a platformer, but one that emanates a graceful radiance of character and color”

7/10 – Push Square: “Planet Alpha is an enjoyable sci-fi indie, one that is undeniably stunning and engaging thanks to a unique day-night dynamic and interesting puzzles. Its major downfall is the glaring predictability of the story, but most players will be over the moon with what this game has to offer”

7/10 – GameSpot: “There’s great pleasure in just existing on this planet, in navigating its harsh terrain and admiring its vistas, and the sheer beauty of it all makes the game’s shortcomings easy to bear”

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Aug 23
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Two things of note have occurred in chart land this week. Firstly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the UK’s best selling game ever after 41 weeks on sale. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training was the previous best selling UK game ever, followed by GTA: San Andreas.

Secondly, Square-Enix’s Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days has gone straight to number one. This makes it the third #1 of this year for Square-Enix, following on from Final Fantasy XIII and Just Cause 2. The original Kane & Lynch only got as high as #14.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is back in the top 10, up from #19 to #8, but Dragon Quest XI has left the top 10, dropping from #7 to #11.

Aug 09
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Starcraft II has only managed to stay on top of the chart for one week – it’s now at #4, pushed down by the likes of Toy Story 3 which has risen back to the top of the chart. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has gone back up from #8 to #2 thanks to some discounts on the high street while Square-Enix’s DS-exclusive RPG Dragon Quest XI continues to do well holding onto a #7 position.

Even though it has been out for a few weeks now Hidden Mysteries: Titanic on Wii has managed to enter the top 40 at #32. Nintendo’s Art Academy is the only other new entry in the chart, painting its way in at #28. I bet you didn’t know that it was developed by the people behind House of the Dead: Overkill and Battalion Wars 2, did you?

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