Tagged "LittleBigPlanet"

Sep 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Borderlands 2 has become this year’s biggest release so far, outselling the previous best – Mass Effect 3 – by 4,000 copies.

71% of copies sold at launch were on Xbox 360, with 22% on PlayStation 3 and 7% on PC. 2K Games are in fact the only publisher to have two games in this week’s top 10, with the other being Max Payne 3 at #10.

The original Borderlands only managed to chart as high as #7, back in 2009.

Obviously, then, Borderlands 2 sits on top of the chart this week. At #2 it’s F1 2012 followed by Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, Sleeping Dogs and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

It’s another new entry at #6 – LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. That’s not too shabby at all. One Piece: Pirate Warriors at #34 in the only other new entry in the top 40 this week.

In the single format charts The Testament of Sherlock Holmes makes an appearance in the Xbox 360 chart at #34, while the apparently surprisingly good Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure enters the DS chart at #21.

Although that may not sound like a bad start for Learn with Pokemon, it was outsold by the likes of Ice Age 4 and the seven year old Mario 64 DS.

Sep 18
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

Borderlands 2 has been creating a buzz ever since it was first announced.

Reviews suggest the hype hasn’t been for nothing. UK magazine GamesMaster had the first review, where it bagged a resounding 95%. That was then followed up with a 9.0 from IGN. “Borderlands 2 preserves the best parts of the franchise while also making numerous, much needed improvements to areas like narrative and class skill design. Additional visual customization options would make it better, and the occasional technical issue takes away from the experience, but overall this is an excellent shooter no one even remotely curious should overlook”, they said.

According to 2K’s blurb there are now 87 bazillion different weapons. The Simpson’s Moe Sizlack would approve.

As well as the standard version there’s a collector’s edition that comes with a bobblehead, stickers and an artbook. GAME was also offering the ‘Ultimate Loot Chest Edition’ which comes in a replica loot chest but that’s now sold out.

IGN has an unboxing video, if you’re a fan of those.

If the reviews of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 are to be believed then the series is back on top form. IGN gave it 8.5 claiming that it “feels like a game with a sense of identity and direction”. The Official Xbox Magazine meanwhile gave it an 8.0, pointing out the improved player control and visuals. There’s not one but two demos available to try out. A FIFA 13 demo is also available now for those who want to compare the two.

It’s out on just about every format – even PlayStation 2. TheHut currently has the Wii version for £14.95 and the 3DS version for £19.95.

F1 2012 reviews appeared on Monday too. Eurogamer found it to be good, but not a massive improvement. “It’s another small step forward for the series, but that’s not quite enough to dispel the suspicion that Codemasters’ F1 team doesn’t have the resources to create iterations compelling or different enough to justify the annual churn”. They award it a 7/10. Videogamer.com liked it a bit more, giving it an 8/10. They did agree though there hasn’t been any major changes this year.

Having already been released on the original PSP, in our eyes the PS Vita version of LittleBigPlanet consequently doesn’t quite feel like a system seller. It’s still worth a look though. EDGE’s 9/10 review has vanished off the face of the internet, but they did say that the “5 inch OLED screen is a chance to see Media Molecule’s staggering achievement afresh, and to witness one of this generation’s most intriguing engines of creativity at its most energetic and effective.” It has received plenty of other 9/10s too, such as this one from Polygon. GamesRadar didn’t enjoy using the rear touch-screen very much, but still gave it a glowing review.

Then we have a trio of less than full-price releases – The Testament of Sherlock Holmes on PS3, 360 and PC, Funky Barn on 3DS and the Xbox Live Collection Pack from Ubisoft. That last one contains Beyond Good & Evil HD, From Dust & Outland and can be found for around £14.99 online. All three are very good games, although since the pack was first revealed (way back in January) all three have been on offer at various times on XBLA at vastly cut prices.

Kinect Sesame Street TV and Nat Geo TV also cost less than your standard release. Oddly, the online retailers claim that they’re out today (Tuesday). Nat Geo TV is by Brighton-based Relentless Software, who created the Buzz! series for Sony while Microsoft Soho is responsible for Sesame Street. They’ve got quite a job on their hands to better the surprisingly good Once Upon a Monster.

As for downloads, XBLA owners get Jet Set Radio HD and Fire Pro Wrestling (out Friday) while 2D adventure game LA-MULANA arrives on WiiWare. There’s a trailer of that here. The publisher behind it is also releasing Abyss on DSiWare this week, which looks a bit like an underwater version of Thurst.

We think we would rather have had Fire Pro Wrestling in 2D, like the older versions, but we’ll reserve judgment for now.

Next week: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC), FIFA 13 (Everything), Dead or Alive 5 (PS3, 360), Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse (PS3, 360), Mugen Souls (PS3), Puzzler World 2012 3D (3DS), Rocksmith (PS3, 360, PC) and Thundercats (DS).

Feb 07
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

EA’s Dead Space 2 manages to cling onto the top of the chart for the second week running. That’s followed by FIFA 11, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Call of Duty: Black Ops and LittleBigPlanet 2. It’s good to see LittleBigPlanet 2 still sticking around – usually titles of niche appeal rank highly then swiftly vanish.

At #11 and #12 respectively there’s Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem and the apparently disappointing Mario Sports Mix. Donkey Kong Country Returns has fallen a few places this week – it was at #22 but it’s now at #28.

As for re-entries, Forza 3: Complete Edition skids back in at #29, Kinect Joy Ride at #31 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 at #35.

In the single formats Nail’d goes in at #32 in the Xbox 360 chart while Yogi Bear makes his mark at the lower end of the Wii and DS charts. Madden NFL re-enters both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 charts too, thanks to last week’s Super Bowl.

Sep 21
By Jake In Blog 3 Comments

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has been speaking to GamesIndustry.biz. Amongst other things, as relayed by Edge, he said that the PSP is “getting a bit old”.

Funnily enough, I unearthed my PSP only last week. It’s the original, chunkiest model. A Japanese version, if you really must know. But I still thought: you know, this is a really nice object. And it is: it’s sleek, the screen is sharp; there’s really not much to dislike.

So I don’t think the PSP is getting old at all. Okay, the loading times are a bit of a problem, but it seems pretty current to my eyes. It’s more that the games are getting a bit old. That’s what’s stopping it from being an exciting platform.

Incidentally, it’s LittleBigPlanet I’ve been playing again, and I’m still struggling to be enthusiastic about it. The story levels strike me as superficially imaginative, but ultimately quite predictable platform fare. I know I should get into the user-generated content side of it, but as previously discussed, that scares the living daylights out of me. So I’ll probably just carry on getting moderate enjoyment out of what comes on the UMD for now. Ho hum.

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