Tagged "God of War"

Jun 18
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

There’s a notable theme to this week’s UK top 40 – dozens of first-party PS4 titles have either risen by several places or re-entered the chart. This is all down to Sony’s current ‘Days of Play’ promotion, which sees numerous key titles discounted.

It seems a price cut to around £35 was enough to secure God of War the top spot, preventing Focus Interactive’s Vampyr from claiming a second week at no.1.

Popular PSVR pack-in PlayStation VR Worlds is back at #5, GT Sport shifts to #11, and Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition has risen to #17. Shadow of the Colossus, Wipeout: Omega Collection, Knowledge is Power, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy all re-enter the lower end of the top 40, meanwhile.

Going back to the top 10, FIFA 18 remains at #2 thanks to World Cup fever. Possibly due to a strong E3 showing, Fallout 4 rises to #3. Detroit: Become Human stays put at #4.

GTA V moved up three places to take #6, and is followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Vampyr, AC: Origins, and finally Call of Duty: WWII at #10.

All of the Switch’s big name-titles also moved up a few places this week, which makes us wonder if Fortnite’s arrival helped Nintendo shift a few more systems. Just an observation.

Also of note: Konami’s Super Bomberman R failed not only to make the top 40, but the top 20 individual format charts as well. The same goes for the retail release of Team 17’s Yoku’s Island Express, but that’s a slightly different story due to the delay between its digital and physical release.

May 14
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

In a battle of the biceps between Kratos and Conan, Sony’s star came out on top.

God of War is the UK’s no.1 for a fourth consecutive week. It still has some way to go to beat the record held by a Sony published title, though – in 2001 Gran Turismo 3 took the top spot for 8 weeks.

Positions #2 through to #4 remain unchanged, meaning Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze sits at #2 for a second week.

The Switch re-releases is followed by Far Cry 5 and FIFA 18.

At #5 it’s good old Fallout 4, up two positions. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 dropped a place each, taking #6 and #7, while AC Origins is back at #8 – up from #17.

GTA V and Destiny 2 also re-enter the top ten, back at #9 and #10 respectively. Destiny 2 received new DLC last week, hence the resurgence.

Super Mario Odyssey, PUBG and Star Wars Battlefront 2 are this week’s top ten dropouts, meanwhile. Sea of Thieves is on a swift descent too, dropping from #11 to #20.

The Deep Silver published Conan Exiles makes its debut at a respectable #13. It also made #7 in the PS4 chart and #20 in the Xbox One chart.

May 08
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

No less than five titles in this week’s UK top ten are first-party exclusives.

God of War takes the top spot for a third week running, while newcomer Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze swings in at #2.

Tropical Freeze is technically a re-entry. According to GamesIndustry.biz though, only 44 copies were sold on Wii U last week. They also state that sales on Switch already account for 17% of Wii U version’s lifetime sales.

Far Cry 5 dropped one place to #3 while FIFA 18 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe held onto #4 and #5 (respectively).

Due to the popularity of a certain movie, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is back in the top ten at #6, up from #12.

Fallout 4 hangs around at #7, PUBG rose to #8, Star Wars Battlefront 2 climbs to #9, and then at #10 it’s Super Mario Odyssey.

GTA V, Call of Duty: WWII, and the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit were this week’s top ten dropouts, falling to #12, #13 and #14.

The Nintendo Labo Robot Kit has left the top 40 entirely, meanwhile.

Apr 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Considering it’s still the talk of gaming town, it comes as no surprise to find God of War holding onto no.1 for the second week running.

And yes, it did face competition. The catchily named Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit entered at #3 – also topping the Switch chart – while the slightly more expensive Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit made #20 (#5 in the Switch chart).

Sticking with Switch, the handheld iteration of South Park: The Fractured But Whole propelled Ubisoft’s crude cartoon tie-in to #19 in the all-formats top 40.

GamesIndustry.biz reports the arrival of Labo helped shift additional Switch systems, as all the usual stalwarts (Zelda, Mario Kart 8, et al) enjoyed sales boosts last week.

Going back to the top ten, Far Cry 5, FIFA 18 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remained at #2, #4 and #5 respectively. Fallout 4 rose one place to take #6 while Call of Duty: WWII re-entered the top ten at #7, up from #19.

Super Mario Odyssey and PUBG both dropped a couple of places meanwhile, now at #8 and #9. Good old GTA V sees us out at #10.

We expected to see Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality in the top 20, at the very least, but that was an unexpected no-show. It didn’t even manage to break the PS4 top 20.

Apr 23
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

God of War wasn’t able to strip Far Cry 5 of its title as the fastest-selling new release of 2018, but it did have the strongest launch in the franchise so far, taking no.1 in the process.

The previous fastest-selling entry in the series was God of War III, incidentally; one of just two past God of War titles that went straight to number one. The other was God of War II.

SEGA’s Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is also now a record holder in terms of week one sales, beating Yakuza: Kiwami, albeit by only 300 units (according to GamesIndustry.biz).

Yakuza 6 had to settle for #3, with Far Cry 5 – last week’s chart-topper – dropping to #2.

FIFA 18 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moved down two places, taking #4 and #5 respectively.

Super Mario Odyssey rose to #6. The ever-popular Fallout 4 held onto #7, PUBG – which was free to play over the weekend – fell to #8, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild re-entered the top ten at #9. Then at #10 it’s the evergreen GTA V.

Both Sea of Thieves and GT Sport departed the top ten, meanwhile.

The physical release of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap was the only other new arrival, making #11 in the Switch chart. The PS4 version didn’t get a look-in, sadly.

Apr 17
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

PS4-exclusives God of War and Yakuza 6 have more in common than both centring upon parental responsibilities. Sony and SEGA were so confident in review scores being positively glowing that their review embargos lifted long before launch.

That faith was well placed – God of War has gained a slew of 10/10s, along with numerous 9s. It’s bound to be remembered as one of the most successful reboots of all-time, providing a meatier and more meaningful experience. It pushes the system like no game before it, too – if this isn’t the PS4 running on all cylinders, it’s mighty close.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life was met by a steady string of 8s and 9s. It’s the third Yakuza game in just over a year, and so there are some signs of franchise fatigue on display. Like God of War, the presence of a child puts a novel spin on the story, leading to scenes with richer depth and emotion.

It’s the usual assortment of serious storyline quests, and insanely daft sub-sub quests – a combination that works spectacularly well. As for diversions, you’ll find both Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Puyo Puyo on hand. If you’re thinking that the presence of VF5 alone is enough to justify the entry fee, then we like where your head is at.

What do Xbox One owners have to entertain themselves with this week? Casey Powell Lacrosse 18, and an assortment of new BC titles – Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Breakdown, Conker: Live & Reloaded, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Hunter: The Reckoning, Jade Empire, Panzer Dragoon Orta and SSX 3. Prices start at £8.99, rising to £11.99. Alternatively, they’ll run from original discs.

The end of April sees another batch of titles, including numerous Star Wars games, Destroy All Humans, Mercenaries, and Full Spectrum Warrior.

New release showcase:

God of War – PS4

5/5 – The Telegraph: “One of the most gorgeous, spectacular and impactful blockbusters of the generation”

10/10 – Polygon: “There’s still plenty of gore, but now the guts have meatiness. Some die-hard fans may fear this isn’t really God of War. I suppose they’re right. It’s even better”

10/10 – IGN: “The obvious care that went into crafting its world, characters, and gameplay delivers by far the most stirring and memorable game in the series”

9.75 – GameInformer: “An enthralling experience from beginning to end, with a mixture of great narrative moments and engaging encounters”

9.5 – EGM: “The end game doesn’t expand on the game’s strengths quite to the extent that it could, but such an omission is only notable due to the uncompromising quality of everything leading up to it. God of War does exactly what it sets out to do, and if it isn’t perfect, it’s damn near close”

9/10 – VideoGamer: “God of War achieves a very impressive balance between the epic and the mundane, between the ultra violent and the domestic. It’s undoubtedly the coolest and most interesting God of War to date”

9/10 – The Metro: “A top-to-bottom revamp of the whole God Of War franchise that matches thrilling, if slightly shallow, combat and exploration with some impressively trenchant storytelling”

8/10 – TheSixthAxis: “A lot of what goes into God of War feels as though it was cherry-picked from the modern gaming zeitgeist. The semi-open world structure, loot system, and a much deeper narrative focus work well, but are all trends being pushed by most other big games”

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – PS4

9.25 – GameInformer: “Yakuza 6 delivers both quality and quantity, so saying goodbye to Kiryu doesn’t feel rushed”

9.0 – God is a Geek: “Yakuza 6 is a fitting end to a great saga, with fantastic combat and lots to do outside the main story”

4.5/5 – GamesRadar: “A touching finale for Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6 manages to surprise and delight in equal measure”

8/10 – Digital Chumps: “While it surrenders the sweeping ambition that defined Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 5, it feels sharper, more focused, and more honest about its intentions”

7/10 – Destructoid: “Given more development time, this could have been the definitive entry in the series, but what we’re left with is good enough. Hopefully Kiwami 2 can make some necessary improvements, because the groundwork set by the Dragon Engine is just awesome”

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Jun 05
By Adam Philbin In Blog 2 Comments

Sony E3 conference

Sony’s E3 2012 press conference came and went, much as expected, and a little light on dramatic unveilings. Whilst the big hitters such as The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension oozed quality, the biggest surprise of the night was arguably Wonderbook, an augmented reality… book. In its favour, the first Wonderbook title, The Book of Spells, is a creation of Harry Potter’s J. K. Rowling.


Sony’s show was also heavy of the Ellen Page. In addition to The Last of Us featuring Ellen’s doppleganger, Quantic Dream’s new title Beyond actually stars Ellen Page, with the actress providing the voice and motion capture for the game’s main character. It’s a game about telekinesis and the after life, so hopefully it should be as good as Quantic Dream’s last game, Heavy Rain.


PS Vita titles were a little thin on the ground – the main news being an exclusive version of Assassin’s Creed III for the Vita and the ability to use the Vita as an additional super control pad in various games, such as Little Big Planet and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Speaking of the All-Stars… Super Smash Bros wants its game concept back.

The Last of UsFittingly, the show was played out with The Last of Us, which reinforces Naughty Dog’s position as possibly the best developers around right now and easily producing the most impressive titles on Sony’s system since the first Uncharted.

As always, an E3 without a new system unveiling can be a little quiet, and Sony didn’t really throw out any big surprises to set the world alight, but there was nothing particularly wrong and they’ve shown that there’s some life left in the old dog.

Should you want to sit through the whole conference yourself, Sony livestreamed the event online, and you can catch it on Youtube below.

You might want to skip to the 30 minute mark.

Sep 15
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 9 Comments

Last week was an eventful one for new releases. This week? Not so much, but there’s a fair old bit of variety.

Perhaps not for PlayStation 3 owners though, as their new releases aren’t actually all that new – they’re Splinter Cell Trilogy HD and God of War Collection Volume II. Eurogamer said that the conversions of Splinter Cell aren’t that great – Ubisoft used the PlayStation 2 versions – but the games themselves still play well.

The same can also be said for God of War Collection Volume II, which contains the PSP’s Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta. “A worthwhile, if never quite spectacular, update to the Kratos canon,” said Eurogamer. They gave this an 8, while Splinter Cell Trilogy scored 7.

On Xbox 360 there’s the Kinect-only The Gunstringer. You control a cowboy puppet brought back from the dead, waving one hand to make him move and the other to aim and shoot. The demo on Xbox Live was entertaining, although hardly groundbreaking – one section simply sees you running away from a boulder, Crash Bandicoot style. Nice presentation though. The developers claim it’s the first Kinect game you can play sitting down and inside the box there’s also a code to download Kinect Fruit Ninja – which you can’t play sitting down. It’s an appealing £24.90 on Amazon.

Also out on Xbox 360 is Tropico 4, which gives you the chance to become El Presidente of a ‘banana republic’ and either turn it into a holiday island or a glorified slave camp for your citizens. 2009’s Tropico 3 was great – one of the few God-sims to work well on a console.

Elsewhere there’s cartoon license Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension on PS3, Wii and DS. Settlement Colossus on DS is another hidden image game, Mahjong 300 on DS is the sequel to Mahjong 299 (we assume) while The Crown Of Midas on Wii is a mystery/puzzle game thing. “A built-in help system will enable the player to finish the game completely,” says the Funbox website.

Next week: Gears of War 3 (360), F1 2011 (PS3, 360, PC), Supremacy MMA (PS3, 360), Barbie: Jet, Set and Style (Wii, DS) and Just Sing Vol 2 (DS).

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