Tagged "GTA V"

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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Sep 23
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Grand Theft Auto V is this week’s UK number one, of course. Only a buffoon would have thought otherwise.

The story lies in just how well it has done. 1.57m copies were shifted on launch day alone, netting revenue of £65m. That means sales were 2.4 times greater than that of GTA IV, leading it to already become the UK’s 24th best selling game of all time.

Rockstar’s crime caper also accounted for 89% of all games sold in the UK last week.

Slightly less eyebrow raising, sales were split 57 per cent on Xbox 360 and 43 per cent on PlayStation 3.

We’ve got a new entry at #2 in the chart as well – Konami’s PES 2014. Launching the same week as GTA probably wasn’t the best idea, but they had to get it out of the door before FIFA 14 arrives this Friday.

The Last of Us, Saints Row IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist finish off the UK top 5.

The Last of Us was at #27 last week – the fact that it has risen back up to #3 can be linked to hardware bundles. People buying a PS3 to play GTA V, basically.

Then at #22 it’s another new arrival – Harvest Moon: A New Beginning on 3DS.

Sep 19
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Grand Theft Auto V isn’t just this week’s biggest release, but arguably the biggest release of this generation.


Chart Track has revealed that 1.57m copies were sold on launch day, leading it to become the UK’s fastest selling game ever. The previous record holder was Call of Duty: Black Ops with 1.41m copies sold.

If you haven’t bought Rockstar’s crime caper yet, then by now you’ve probably made your mind up if you’re planning to or not. As such, it does feel a little pointless going into the game in great detail for this new release round-up, especially when we’ve already compiled a list of review scores. Our review will be up on these hallowed pages soon too, all fingers and toes crossed.

Who has the balls to release another game during GTA V’s launch week? Only Warner Bros. and Konami, it would seem.


Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver is out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with a Wii U and 3DS release due 4th October according to Amazon.

Currently available for under £23 at said retailer, we don’t hold out that much confidence. Having said that , Warner does seem to care more about the quality of their kid’s titles than other publishers do.

Speaking of balls, Konami are releasing Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 this week. A whole week before FIFA 14, no less.

PES 2013 was available on half-a-dozen formats, but this year it’s only on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. There are no next-gen versions planned either, although the current-gen versions are set to receive a patch in the future that’ll add 11 vs 11 online play.


“PES 2014 is a methodical sports game with deep systems that reward practice and experimentation; the sort of game that will appeal to people who read Zonal Marking rather than Sun Sport” said Eurogamer in their 9/10 review.

A demo is available now so you can discover for yourself if you’re a Zonal Marking man or a Sun Sport subscriber.

There are a trio of new 3DS games out as well – Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and the budget-priced mini-game collection Funfair Party Games. We won’t be expanding on that last one.

The 3DS received a Harvest Moon game last year, but it was simply a DS revamp. A New Beginning on the hand has been built especially for the handheld. It’s claimed to be the biggest Harvest Moon yet, with more customisation options than ever before. If you enjoyed Animal Crossing: New Leaf this’ll be worth looking into as there are quite a few similarities between the two franchises. Need more convincing? It’s only £22.99 to pre-order from GAME.

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Sep 16
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

At a reported $250 million GTA V takes the accolade as being most expensive videogame ever created, costing even more to produce than blockbusters movies The Avengers and James Cameron’s Avatar.

Is it any good though? Of course it bloody is.

The embargo lifted at 3pm today, where it was met to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics:

9/10 – Destructoid: “I see a game that knows its own reputation, owns it, and makes fun of itself in a nonetheless celebratory fashion”

9/10 – Eurogamer: “GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be [then], but it’s the best video game it’s ever been, and I’ll take that”

9.5 – Polygon: “Grand Theft Auto 5 is the closure of this generation, and the benchmark for the next”

10/10 – TheSixthAxis: “A genuine landmark event in the history of videogames and it’s one that you definitely shouldn’t miss”

10/10 – IGN: “Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America”

10/10 – CVG: “Whether you’re in the thick of a bank heist or exploring the wilderness listening to Johnny Cash on the country station, it always feels tight, refined, and polished”

10/10 – EDGE: “As we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTAV sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat that”

10/10 – Official Xbox Magazine: “Rockstar’s Xbox 360 swansong is probably the console’s greatest technical achievement, and as such it’s unmissable”

10/10 – Official PlayStation Magazine: “Consistently hilarious, constantly compelling and combining never-before-seen scale and ambition. This is going to make next-gen look bad for a long time to come”

10/10 – X360 Magazine: “Rockstar has learnt from the last five years of development, implemented ideas from across its stable and delivered a game that makes many next-gen releases look dubiously incomplete”

If you’re planning on buying it on Xbox 360 tomorrow, Rockstar warns – via Eurogamer – not to install the play disc, only the install disc. A handy heads-up, there.

Dec 31
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

It has been a good week for Ubisoft. Far Cry 3 is this week’s UK #1, knocking Call of Duty: Black Ops II off the top spot.

Not only this, but out of all the publishers Ubisoft has the most titles in the top ten this week with Just Dance 4 at #6 and Assassin’s Creed III at #8.

Chart-Track tells us that the last time Ubisoft ended the year with a game at #1 was back in 2007 with the original Assassin’s Creed.

The January sales seem to have shaken up the rest of the chart, albeit only slightly. Forza Horizon is up from #21 to #10, DOOM 3: BFG Edition is back in at #30 and The Amazing Spider-Man returns at #39.

It’s also curious to note that both GTA IV and GTA Episodes: Liberty City are back at #38 and #35 respectively. We guess there are a fair few people out there who want to get reacquainted with the series, or even experience it for the first time, before the almighty GTA V is released.

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