Tagged ".Killzone: Shadow Fall"

Jan 27
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

It would appear that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s mediocre reviews haven’t harmed sales – the brawler has managed to enter the UK chart at a respectable #10.

It’s at #7 in both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 charts, and #1 in the PS Vita chart.

This just goes to show how popular the anime franchise remains, although chances are that it didn’t have to sell all that many copies to chart as highly as it has done – sale figures were down heavily last week.

In fact, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition – currently at #6 – was the only game in the top ten to see an increase in sales, and even then it was only by a mere 2%. FIFA 14 – which is no. 1 for a fourth week running – saw a 14% sales decrease, while Assassin’s Creed IV dropped a colossal 35%.

With FIFA 14 on top of the chart, the rest of the UK top five looks like this – Call of Duty: Ghosts at #2, followed by Battlefield 4, LEGO Marvel Superheroes and Assassin’s Creed IV.

Killzone: Shadow Fall remains in the top 10 at #7 while Forza 5 continues to be the highest charting Xbox One-exclusive at #12. Of course, both of these are bundled with their respective consoles. Even Knack is still knocking around due to being available in a bundle, albeit at #25.

Finally, Mario Party: Island Tour – the only other game to be released this month- is currently at #17, up one place from last week.

Jan 13
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

A slight shuffle has taken place in the UK chart this week, with the emphasis there on the word ‘slight’.

FIFA 14 is still on top – which makes it seven weeks, although not consecutively – and is followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts while Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV switch places from last week. GTA V holds fast at #5.

A new supply of PlayStation 4 consoles must have made it to retail as Killzone: Shadow Fall has re-entered at #8, all the way back up from #21.

Then at #10 it’s Aliens: Colonial Marines, which probably has something to do with GAME selling it for £3 brand new.

Tesco’s recent price-cut on their Christmas sale stock – which caused HotUKDeals to descend into meltdown – is seemingly the reason as to why Dead Island: Riptide, Gears of War: Judgement and Grid 2 have re-entered the lower end of the chart.

Believe it or not, these three are reduced to a mere £3.75 each. There are also reports of older titles reduced to £1.25 nationwide.

Good luck finding copies now though – on Saturday our local Tesco was left looking like some kind of jumble sale.

Dec 02
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With one million consoles shifted at launch the Xbox One got off to a strong start, but unless we’re mistaken no records were broken.

Sony’s release of the PlayStation 4 last week has however succeeded in doing so – it has become the fastest-selling console in UK history, beating the record set by the PSP way back in 2005.

Over 185,000 PS4s were sold in the UK. UPDATE: A colossal 250,000 consoles were in fact sold, reports MCV.

The console’s release helps Call of Duty: Ghosts retake the top spot in the UK top 40, pushing previous #1 FIFA 14 down to #2.

Battlefield 4 holds in at #3, and then at #4 it’s the first PS4-exclusive in the chart – Killzone: Shadow Fall.

The rest of the UK top 10 looks like this: Assassin’s Creed IV at #5, followed by LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, GTA V, Need for Speed Rivals – which is up five places this week – Just Dance 2014 and Batman: Arkham Origins at #10.

Knack is the next PS4-exclusive in the chart after Killzone, entering at #13. That’s, somewhat sadly, higher than Super Mario 3D World which débuts at #14. Nintendo shouldn’t feel too down about this as it can likely be attributed to retailers pushing the Knack PS4 bundle.

The next new arrival in the chart is NBA 2K14 at #16 thanks to the PS4 version proving curiously popular.

Then all the way down at #38 it’s Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition.

The Xbox One launch titles remain in the top 40, but they’ve dropped by considerable amounts. Forza 5 falls from #5 to #15, Dead Rising 3 shuffles from #7 to #18 and Ryse fails to live up to its name by falling from #10 to #24.

Marvellous handheld duo Zelda: A Link Between World and Tearway have likewise dropped heavily this week – Zelda is down from #9 to #17 while Tearaway crafts its way from #26 to #37.

Nov 27
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

American gamers have had their beloved PlayStation 4 consoles for a few weeks now, thus giving those living outside the US an early heads-up about to what expect from the launch titles.

Shadowfall

Killzone: Shadow Fall follows suits from the rest of the games in the series – oh so pretty, but lacking any true innovation.

As such reviews have been mixed – everything from 5.0 from Polygon to 9/10 from Destuctoid. Most critics agree though it’s a good showcase for the PS4. As launch titles tend to go, we don’t think you could ask for much more.

Don’t expect much from Knack and you won’t be disappointed either. This is intended to be a family friendly title, likened to Crash Bandicoot by more than a few. Some reviewers found solace in its simplistic platforming ways, but others felt it was beyond dated. Again, scores were mixed. You can probably bank on this one dropping in price quickly, should that help your purchasing decision.

Skylanders Swap Force

Did the PS4 really need a family friendly title when it already has LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and Skylanders Swap Force? Perhaps – these two don’t quite show off the system in the way that Knack does. Regardless, they’re safe launch-day purchases.

Rest easy knowing that you won’t be disappointed with taking any of the following home either – Need For Speed Rivals, Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14 and Madden NFL 25. All of these have proven to be great on other formats, although we didn’t quite enjoy the latest Call of Duty as much as we first envisioned.

As we reported on Monday, NBA Live 14 and Angry Birds Star Wars were the worst selling Xbox One launch titles. We expect that’ll be the case on PlayStation 4.

PinballArcade

Putty Squad is another of questionable quality – a HD remake of an unreleased Amiga game from 1994. The £13.99 PSN price tag – compared to the £21.99 asking price on Amazon for the retail version – might save it from slipping into further obscurity.

System 3 are also releasing Pinball Arcade, which IGN really enjoyed. To quote: “The first table’s free, so there’s no excuse; this is a must to download”

Stylish shooter Resogun is another must have, not to mention currently the highest rated PS4 title on Metacritic. If you’re a PlayStation Plus member it’s available for free, along with the 1920’s Parisian adventure Contrast which has been well received.

Warframe

WWII fight-sim shooter War Thunder, Warframe – from the developer of The Darkness II and Dark Sector – and DC Universe Online are also free-to-play on PSN and confirmed for launch. They will soon be joined by Blacklight: Retribution.

Hopefully the servers will be able to cope with the influx of people buying a PS4 this weekend.

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Nov 13
By Matt Gander In Blog 2 Comments

First-party PlayStation 4 game reviews went up earlier this afternoon, lighting up the likes of Twitter with some heated discussion.

The main reason for this is that review scores have been, somewhat predictably, mixed. Killzone: Shadow Fall has been noted as being pretty but vacuous by many critics, while not every reviewer found solace in Knack’s purposely simplistic nature.

Indie shooter Resogun has got off to a resounding start though, highlighting that gaping Geometry Wars-shaped hole in the Xbox One’s launch line-up.

Incidentally, reviews of fellow indie PS4 title Constrast from Compulsion Games went live today too. Like Resogun, this will be available for free to PS Plus subscribers at launch. Kotaku quite liked it, but Polygon did not.

Here are some of the scores Sony’s first-party games have been awarded so far, along with some select quotes:

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Shadowfall

9/10 – Destructoid: “A stunner. Killzone: Shadow Fall is the game that will make you happy to own a PS4. This needs to be on your PS4 launch game list”

7/10 – Eurogamer: “There’s a lack of confidence here that contrasts starkly with Guerrilla’s dazzling, sure-footed command of the new hardware”

5.0/10 – Polygon: “For all the next-gen bluster of its visuals and the repeated blunt-force attempts to ram a message home, Guerrilla’s first shot on the PS4 retreads shooter cliches, and poorly”

8.0/10 – IGN: “There’s never been a better time for everyone to be paying attention to the Killzone franchise, because Shadow Fall is a step in an all-new, very welcome direction”

8/10 – OPM: “A mix of familiar gunplay and just enough new ideas, gorgeous looks and sheer technical wow to make you feel like you’re stepping into a shiny new future”

8/10 – GameReactor: “Killzone: Shadow Fall ends up being a nice side attraction that, despite a few frustrating elements, shows what PlayStation 4 is capable of”

7/10 – GameSpot: “It’s too bad that where Killzone 3 packed its maps with exciting action sequences, Shadow Fall’s campaign forgot to bring the thrills”

“No” – Kotaku: “Killzone Shadow Fall succeeds as an example of how amazing a PS4 game can look but feels mysteriously devoid of the secret ingredient that takes games from great-looking to great-feeling”

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