Tagged "PES 2014"

Professor Layton and The Azran Legacy
Nov 06
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

It’s a bit of a funny old week for new releases. Why so, you ask? Well, there’s a new PlayStation 2 game for starters in the form of Konami’s PES 2014. It’s also out on PSP this week if you still have one of those as your handheld of choice.

Blackgate

The Wii U and 3DS are also playing catch-up, with their belated versions of Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Word has it that the Wii U version of Origins is the most stable of the lot, with less screen tearing, fewer glitches and a steadier frame rate than the PS3 and Xbox 360 iterations. There’s no multiplayer though, which may prevent some from making a purchase.

As for Blackgate, the 6 hour length may be a problem for some. It’s apparently pretty good while it last though – GamesRadar dished out a 3.5/5 for it last month.

Joining Batman on 3DS there’s Professor Layton and The Azran Legacy, which is to the last adventure in the series. This latest escapade sees Layton go out in style with one-a-day DLC puzzles to boot. Eurogamer gave the brain bender 9/10 while the Official Nintendo Magazine said goodbye to the professor with a glowing review.

SonicandMario

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Wii U hasn’t gone down quite a well, which is perhaps why the likes of Amazon are offering it for £29.99 already. Polygon highlighted a lack of depth in their 6.5/10 review while CVG said it left them feeling cold. If this goes on to sell even a tenth of what the first Mario and Sonic game did, we’d be very surprised.

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GTAVT2
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.

GTAVT4
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.

GTAV8

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.

HotWheels

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.

PES2014

“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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