Tagged "Inazuma Eleven"

Sep 25
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Here’s food for thought – will GTA V harm FIFA 14’s sales? The demographic between the two are rather alike, and GTA V is a mighty big game – some may hold off buying anything else until they’ve finished it.

It has also been said that FIFA 14 won’t topple FIFA 13’s sales figures due to the loom of new consoles on the horizon. It will no doubt sell very well though, and review scores suggest that it deserves to.

Eurogamer put an 8/10 in the back of EA’s net: “You could argue that FIFA 14 shows EA Sports is running out of ideas [then], but for me this is a developer that knows exactly what it’s doing. Neither the football match engine nor Ultimate Team were broken in any major way, and the placebo effect of a suite of control and balance tweaks, along with its increasingly snug ties to the drama of real-life football, will be enough to carry its ever-growing audience of players through the next season.”

IGN meanwhile were slightly more praiseworthy, giving it a 9.0: “FIFA 14 isn’t a major landmark for the series in terms of innovation. Unlike recent iterations, it doesn’t ask you to relearn key skills. But the changes have made FIFA more attacking, fun, welcoming, and attractive, and ultimately it’s a stronger experience”. They did however point out that PES 2014 still has the upperhand on passing.

Then there’s GamesRadar’s 3.5/5 review: “FIFA 14’s a great game – of course it is -but the series seems too big and bloated now to make any substantial changes. FIFA 14 requires more patience than most of its predecessors, and even when your patience is rewarded, it often feels like it’s flattering to deceive. Slow and stodgy in midfield but dynamic and physical at either end of the pitch, it’s possible that some might think this the best FIFA ever – but you’d be splitting hairs, not defences.”

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As always, the list of formats it’s on is a long one – PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS and PC. If you can wait, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are also lined up for launch day – November 21th and 29th respectively, if your mind needs a jog.

Also bear in mind that the PlayStation 2, PSP, PS Vita, Wii and 3DS versions are, for a second year running, simple kit and stat updates with no major changes. EA received a kicking about this last year, and so this year these versions now have ‘Legacy Edition’ on the cover to avoid another potential backlash.

The rest of this week’s releases are a surprisingly hardcore assortment – Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness on PS3, Armoured Core: Verdict Day on both PS3 and 360 and the paring of Inazuma Eleven – Lightning Bolt/Bomb Blast for 3DS.

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Aug 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

There hasn’t been a Deus Ex game for over seven years. With a long list of glowing reviews behind it though, Deus Ex: Human Revolution has managed to do what other games could not – push Zumba Fitness off the top of the chart. Amazingly, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is already just 26,000 copies away from beating Deus Ex: Invisible War’s lifetime sales.

The Xbox 360 version of Human Revolution has shifted the most copies so far in the UK with 57% of the total. The PlayStation 3 version made up 31% of copies sold while just 13% were sold on PC. That said, Chart-Track doesn’t take digital downloads into account.

We had a hunch that Rugby World Cup 2011 would do alright, and, well, it has – it went in at #3. If it had sold an extra 400 copies last week it would have made it to #2 and also beaten Zumba Fitness. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is at #4 followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops at #5.

Predictibly, Xenoblade Chronicles wasn’t able to better its launch week placing of #7. With copies hard to find it sinks to #27. That’s still better than Nintendo’s football flavoured DS RPG Inazuma Eleven which only manages to enter at #39. Foul!

Aug 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 2 Comments

Reviews for Deus Ex: Human Revolution went live on Monday and just about everybody, from EDGE to Eurogamer, has dished out a 9. EDGE had a little grumble about the loading times (over a minute on the 360 version) but that’s about it. If it doesn’t boot Zumba Fitness off the top of the chart then, well, we’re all doomed.

Inazuma Eleven is an interesting one. Not because it’s a football-flavoured JRPG, but because Nintendo let a few copies slip into stores earlier this year. The anime series has just started being shown on the Disney channel so our guess is that they wanted to hold it back to tie-in with that. NGamer magazine gave it 71%, commending the voice work and describing it as “solid and fun”.

Incidentally, Inazuma Eleven Strikers for Wii has been recently released in Japan. If this DS version does well then there’s a chance we could see the Wii version too at some point. NGamer also reviewed it this month, giving it a higher score than its DS brethren – a nice 80%. It’s by Level 5 – of Professor Layton and Dragon Quest IX fame – so it would certainly be nice to see it outside of Japan.

Anyway, back to what you can actually go out and buy this week. Pac-Man and Galaga: Dimensions on 3DS pretty much speaks for itself. It contains the excellent Pac-Man Championship Edition and dozens of other modes, but word has it it’s not a very polished package as a whole. For something this rudimentary being pushed out at full price, you’d expect it to be.

Rugby World Cup 2011 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 speaks for itself too. Remember last year when Rugby League 3 made the top ten? We can see the same happening with this. There are plenty of rugby fans out there for sure.

Summer Challenge on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC has nothing to do avoiding angry wasps and bored teenagers hanging outside shopping malls – it’s an athletics sim. Publisher PQube has no details on their site, but from the box art we can deduce that it contains pole vaulting, fencing, archery and swimming. Can somebody make a highland games package with caber tossing and log rolling? We’d be all over that.

And finally, the seemingly random DS games for this week are Jewel Quest IV, The Lost Treasures of Alexandria and 1001 Touch Games. 1001 games on one cartridge? Best not tell the other publishers about this – they’ll be worried about going bankrupt.

Next week: Driver San Francisco (PS3, 360, Wii), Driver: Renegade 3D (3DS), Bodycount (PS3, 360), Champion Jockey (PS3, 360, Wii), Dual Pen Sports (3DS), Monkey Island Adventures (PS3, 360, PC), Madden NFL 12 (PS3, 360), Phil Taylor’s Power Play Darts (DS) and We Dance (Wii).

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