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Dec 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The sales may currently be on, and many shiny new consoles sit underneath people’s TVs, but the UK chart is largely unchanged from last week.

The top 4 are identical, in fact – FIFA 14 on top for a second week followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4.

At #5 it’s GTA V, which is up one place.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has however now left the top 10 – falling from #9 to #14 – while Knack has done the opposite and risen up from #23 to #16.

The Xbox One-exclusives have risen up a couple of places too. Forza Motorsport 5 is at a respectable #13 while Dead Rising 3 re-enters the top 20 at #19.

Things aren’t quite so good for The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World though which are on a slippery path out of the top 40, currently at #32 and #34 respectively.

Dec 16
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Call of Duty: Ghosts is the UK’s number one for the third week running and the fifth time since launch. It was very nearly toppled by FIFA 14 however, with just 600 copies between the two.

A price drop to £22.49 at GAME has seemingly helped LEGO Marvel Super Heroes rise up from #6 to #3, while Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV round off the top UK’s top five for this week.

As we predicted a few weeks ago, sales of the surprisingly good Need for Speed Rivals have increased during the run-up to Christmas. EA’s racer was at #11 last week but now sits at #7, whereas Gran Tursimo 6 has shifted down from #8 to #10.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has left the top 10, but it may be back next week with Sony promising more PlayStation 4 consoles available in time for Christmas.

Knack meanwhile is down from #18 to #31 and – praise be – is no longer outselling Super Mario 3D World which is at #29.

After looking like they were about to depart the top 40, the ‘big three’ Xbox One-exclusives have all risen this week – Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 are both up a respectable #11 places while Ryse: Son of Rome is up from #34 to #30.

Finally, Aliens: Colonial Marines sneaks back into the chart at #33. You can bet your bottom dollar on this being due to GAME bundling it with Xbox 360 consoles in an attempt to shift surplus copies. It’s also £4.99 to purchase in-store. Hopefully not many people will find it stuffed in their Xmas stocking.

Dec 09
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 3 Comments

PlayStation 3-exclusive Gran Turismo 6 has unsurprisingly made the UK top 10, but at #8 in the chart that has to be a far lower placing than Sony was hoping.

Sales were down five times that of GT5’s launch figures, which can likely be attributed to the PlayStation 4 currently flying off shelves.

Nintendo can’t be best pleased with Knack outselling Super Mario 3D World for a second week running either.

Knack is at #18 while 3D World is at #20. As we mentioned last week though, that’s almost certainly down to Knack being bundled with the PS4 itself.

More despair: Bravely Default – last week’s only other major new release – hasn’t made the top 40 at all. That’s a bit of a shame seeing that Nintendo appeared to be giving the RPG a fair bit of promotion.

Anyway, the UK top 5 looks a bit (read: a lot) like this: Call of Duty: Ghosts still at #1, followed by FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV and GTA V.

Killzone: Shadow Fall holds in the top 10 for a second week at #9.

Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome remain in the chart, but they’re seemingly on their way out currently at #26, #29 and #34 respectively.

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.


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.


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.


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


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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