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Nov 19
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

After next week’s heavily Nintendo-oriented slew of releases the annual barrage of big name games starts to slow. December is looking very quiet indeed. This is no surprise – the last month of the year is usually void of major new releases. Why publishers can’t hold a couple of titles back until then, instead of releasing games ten to the dozen in Oct/November is beyond us.

This week it’s Far Cry 4, GTA V and Dragon Age: Inquisition that are setting tills ringing. All three are well worth considering, bagging some impressively high review scores.

Ubisoft can happily boast of a perfect 5/5 from The Guardian for Far Cry 4, along with 9/10s from God is a Geek, The Metro and Destructoid.

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JoyStiq meanwhile handed out a 4.5/5: “There’s a staggering number of adventures to extract from Far Cry 4, whether you chase the ones laid out by the game explicitly, or the ones that develop naturally as you take in the sights. It’s another interesting and absorbing world to fall into, shoot through, burn and then guide to new beginnings. Far Cry 4 may have installed a despot, but it’s still the undisputed king of the open-world shooter”, they said.

There were no ridiculous ‘embargoed until launch day’ shenanigans with Dragon Age: Inquisition, thanks to EA sending out review code well in advance. Reviews started to surface as early as the start of last week, including 9/10s from both EGM and The Official Xbox Magazine, 8.8 from IGN and 8/10 from The Metro. “An excellent return to form for the Dragon Age series, and the biggest and most ambitious Western role-player since the new generation began,” came The Metro’s verdict.

We hope Inquisition does well as this is EA giving gamers what they want. To wit – a colossal adventure that doesn’t have loads of gaps requiring premium-priced DLC to fill.

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As for GTA V, Rockstar has managed do the unimaginable and get PS4 and Xbox One owners excited about a year old game that they probably already own. It’s more than your standard HD conversion, adding a first-person mode, vastly improved visuals and more. Quite possibly the first next-gen revamp deserving of a full-price release. The PS4 version currently stands with a 96% Metacritic, formed of a long list of 10/10s and 9/10s. In fact, there isn’t a single review lower than 9/10 currently.

From good to bad. As our review round-up indicated, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is getting a critical mauling. Not just the Wii U version but the 3DS iteration – from a different developer – too. When the most “positive” review of a game is a 2.5/5 you know you’re in murky territory.

Also out on Wii U this week: the incredibly belated Watch_Dogs and lukewarm underwater racer Jett Tailfin. That last one is a budget release, currently available for just under £17 on Amazon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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