Tagged "GTA V"

Feb 10
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

After being cut to £20 in-store at Tesco and on Amazon – and still available for that price at the time of typing – we anticipated GTA V to retake the top spot of the UK chart.

That hasn’t happened, but FIFA 14 has managed to dislodge last week’s chart topper Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which now rest at #4.

This makes it the 10th time FIFA 14 has claimed no.1 since launch, a feat which only two other FIFAs have managed in the past.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is at #2, and then at #3 we find newcomer Fable: Anniversary. Unless we’re mistaken, it’s the first Xbox 360-exclusive from Microsoft since March 2013’s Gears of War Judgment. That’s crazy that is.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes rounds off the top 5, just like it always does. Expect The LEGO Movie Videogame – out Friday – to join it in the upper echelon of chart next week.

Just where is GTA V, you ask? That’s at #6, up a mere two places.

And there we were thinking the UK is a nation of bargain hunters.

Jan 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Quite how we’re supposed to write something interesting about this week’s UK chart is a mystery – the top seven remain unchanged from last week.

This means FIFA 14 is on top for a sixth week, although not consecutively, and is followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4 and GTA V.

Chart-Track does however note that last week’s sales of GTA V have helped it to become the UK’s 4th best-selling game of all time. It’s estimated that it’ll become the UK’s no.1 biggest seller within the next three months.

As for the new console exclusives, Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3 are up this week with Forza nearly re-entering the top 10 at #11 and Dead Rising 3 at #13.

The highest PS4-exclusive meanwhile is Killzone: Shadow Fall at #21, down from #15.

Oct 28
By Adam Philbin In UK Charts No Comments

We didn’t quite see it coming. Batman: Arkham Origins has knocked GTA V off the top spot in this week’s UK chart. Perhaps everyone in the world already owns a copy of Rockstar’s car theft simulator.

That’s an impressive chart entry for a game that got mixed reviews, with publishers Warner Bros. putting an embargo on reviews until launch day. Clearly, enough people just went out and bought it anyway.

Other new entries include Ubisoft’s Rocksmith 2014 Edition at #15 and Activision’s mildly offensive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entering at #27 – Matt wasn’t a fan.

The rest of the chart remains more or less unchanged from previous weeks, with GTA V falling to #2, above FIFA 14, Skylanders: Swap Force and Pokemon X and Y.

Nintendo’s The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD falls from #16 to #28, suggesting that people don’t know a good thing when they see it, or whilst Zelda has enough pull for fans of the series, the general public are fickle, Link hating bastards.

Curiously Lego The Lord Of The Rings has jumped up the charts from #19 to #8, which might have something to do with it being bundled with the Nintendo 2DS in an Argos deal.

With Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4 both out this week, it looks like there’ll be a fight for the top spot in next week’s chart.

Oct 21
By Adam Philbin In UK Charts No Comments

This week’s UK chart looks quite familiar, with GTA V on top of the charts, sitting above FIFA 14.

There is however a new entry at #3, in the form of Skylanders: Swap Force, Activision’s latest attempt to sell children more plastic figurines.

Pokemon X and Y fall slightly to #4 and #5 respectively, showing that X is a better letter than Y, or people prefer that cover art. Sitting immediately below them is Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dreams’ attempt at making Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe look like bad actors.

The rest of the top ten is made up of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, F1 2013, Just Dance 2014 and Disney Infinity in the #10 spot. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD falls six positions to #16.

With Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin’s Creed IV both out this week, next week’s chart might have a new number two.

Oct 14
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

This week’s UK chart sees GTA V back on top, knocking FIFA 14 down to #2.

With Pokemon X and Y’s sales double that of last year’s Pokemon Black 2/White 2, the first 3DS monster battler arrives at #3 and #4.

Then at #5 it’s another new entry – Beyond: Two Souls. Quantic Dream’s last title – Heavy Rain – had no trouble topping the charts, although that wasn’t up against quite as stiff competition.

F1 2013, Just Dance 2014, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Disney Infinity and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD make up the rest of the top 10. It’s encouraging to see Link’s latest hang in there for a second week running.

It’s also pleasing to see Dragon’s Crown enter the top 20, albeit only just – it’s in at #19. It does, however, go in at #1 in the PS Vita chart.

Further down at #28 there’s yet another new arrival – Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed. No doubt that’ll rise in the coming weeks.

Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition and Dishonoured: GOTY Edition failed to make the top 40, but they are in at #22 and #26 in the Xbox 360 chart, while in the PlayStation 3 chart the latter makes an appearance but not the former. Odd.

Oct 07
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

FIFA 14 is still the UK’s number one, but that hasn’t prevented Grand Theft Auto V from breaking yet another record – Chart Track reports that it has already outsold GTA IV’s lifetime UK sales.

It’s no wonder the GTA Online severs are beyond crowded.

Chart Track also reports that FIFA 14′s sales are down 68 per cent from launch week.

Codemaster’s F1 2013 makes a pitstop at #3 while The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD sails in at #4.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition finishes off the top 5.

We don’t have to look very far for more new arrivals – NBA 2K14 enters at a surprisingly high #7 and then at #9 it’s Just Dance 2014.

The last Just Dance arrived at #4, confirming our suspicion that the series is starting to lose its swing.

Saints Row IV leaves the top 10 this week for the first time, falling from #9 to #11. Pro Evo 2014 could soon face the same fate, currently clinging in at #10.

Sep 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

If any mega franchise was going to be able to dislodge Grand Theft Auto V from the top of the UK chart after just one week, it was FIFA.

And that’s exactly what has happened, even with sales of FIFA 14 down 24% that of FIFA 13.

Chart-Track believes that’s “possibly due to all the money spent last week and also perhaps due to the nature of a transitional year, where consumers may be delaying this purchase until PS4/Xbox One versions are available”.

GTA V slips down to #2, with sales down 82% from launch week.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, PES 2014 and The Last of Us finish off the top 5.

Price cuts help Rayman Legends get a leg up back into the top 10 this week, where it’s back at #10.

Over in the single format charts, Disgea D2 enters the PlayStation 3 chart at #12 while Armoured Core: Verdict Day makes #32 in the Xbox 360 chart. Inzuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt, meanwhile, is booted in at #9 in the 3DS chart.

Sep 27
By Adam Philbin In Reviews No Comments

It took just 72 hours for Grand Theft Auto V to make more than $1 billion, recouping its massive development cost many times over and making it the fastest selling console game ever. You’re probably already playing it, enjoying the expansive world and occasional hooker killing. Which makes a review somewhat irrelevant, but let’s proceed anyway.

There’s no denying, Grand Theft Auto V is a wondrous technical achievement. The screaming of the PlayStation 3’s fans is testament to that. The system’s agony is being put to good use though, rendering the city of Los Santos and the surrounding area of San Andreas with an incredible level of fidelity that ensures this generation of consoles go out with a bang (quite possibly literally).

“So much room for activities”

The game’s world is awesome in scale, packed with virtual life, breathtaking scenery and so much room for activities. San Andreas really is the star of the show. It could quite rightly be called Impressively Big City and Surrounding State Area Simulator 2013, although that might hinder the marketing efforts somewhat.

In pure gameplay terms, not much has really changed since Grand Theft Auto 3 more than a decade ago. You still play as a streetwise thug (this time with three to choose from – ex-con Michael, aspiring criminal Franklin and disturbing psychopath Trevor), stealing cars (the clue’s in the title) and shooting people. It’s all a bit more refined nowadays, with the impressive character animation and voice acting bringing the proceedings closer to those of a Tarantino movie than ever before, but essentially you’ll still spend most of your time running over pedestrians and shooting gangsters/hookers.


Whilst the main storyline – revolving around the characters pulling off a series of heists – isn’t particularly enthralling, it does make for some entertaining scenes and interesting missions. Michael, Franklin and Trevor aren’t particularly deep or likeable – in fact Trevor is repellent – but the ability to switch between characters at any point provides a refreshing change of perspective. Each character has their own skillset and special abilities, such as Michael’s “bullet time” shooting or Franklin’s slow motion driving. Switching between characters at key points during missions also means each one is action-packed, allowing you to take control of a character during the most exciting moments.

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