Tagged "Rage"

Dec 05
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Mario Kart 7’s arrival means that there are two 3DS games in the top 10 this week – Mario Kart 7 at #8 and Super Mario 3D Land at #10.

After the photo above was taken, Reggie was told to stop messing around and go back to work.

Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call – which Asda have been amusingly advertising as Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Flute – remains at #7 while there has been a slight shuffle at the top of the chart. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 remains at #1, followed by FIFA 12, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Just Dance 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

There isn’t a great deal going on in the rest of the top 40. WWE ’12 has had bad week, down from #6 to #14 while Abba: You Can Dance makes an appearance on its second week of release in at #30.

Super Pokemon Rumble hasn’t made the top 40 but it makes the 3DS chart at #4.

Just to show how messed up this industry is regarding games dropping in price, RAGE this week sits on top of the Xbox 360 budget chart.

Oct 17
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

For a reason we cannot understand, Just Dance 3 was released on Tuesday last week rather than Friday. Even with a few extra day’s worth of sales behind it Ubisoft’s dancing game hasn’t been able to outsell FIFA 12, entering at #3 in the top 40 UK chart.

Forza Motorsport 4 on the other hand has managed to tackle FIFA 12 this week and enters at the top of the chart knocking FIFA 12 to #2. It was a close call though – according to Chart-Track Forza 4 only beat FIFA 12 by 700 copies.

RAGE drops from #2 to #4 while Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 makes its mark at #5. Last year’s rendition managed to enter at #2. It’s the PlayStation 3 version of Pro Evolution 2012 that has shifted the most copies so far, according to the individual formats chart.

The new entries don’t stop here. Far from it. At #10 there’s Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon at #12, the budget-priced Dead Rising 2: Off the Record at #14, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure at #16 and Spider-Man: Edge of Time at a very poor #39. Oddly, it’s the Xbox 360 version of Skylanders that’s proving to be the most popular and not the Wii version as some may expect.

The PlayStation 2 chart continues to be a source of amusement, and hopefully not just for ourselves. This week the top 10 contains FIFA 12, FIFA 11, FIFA 09 and three rather ‘hardcore’ RPGs. Yes – people went out and purchased FIFA 09 on PlayStation 2 last week. Crazy.

Oct 10
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Glowing reviews for Dark Souls and heavy TV promotion for RAGE haven’t helped either to dethrone FIFA 12 from the top of the UK top 40 chart. Both have done very well though – RAGE makes #2 with Dark Souls at #3. It’s the PS3 version of Dark Souls which has shifted the most, which makes sense seeing Demon’s Souls was a PlayStation 3-exclusive. Gears of War 3 at #4 and F1 2011 at #5 rounds off the top 5.

After just one week ICO and The Shadow of Colossus Collection has left the top 10, droping 10 places down to #17. X-Men Destiny is on the slippery slope already too, down from #18 to #28.

At #39 there’s a surprise entry – El Shaddai: Ascesion of Metatron. This failed to make the top 40 on release, but now the price has been dropped it has managed to make its way in. We suppose a #39 placing is better than never breaking the top 40 at all.

In the single formats we see The Cursed Crusade and Power Up Heroes hit #30 and #40 respectively in the Xbox 360 chart while Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 makes #24 in the DS chart.

Oct 06
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

id Software’s RAGE provoked a bit of a sharp response from the developer’s fan base when it was first announced. There’s no multi-player (id themselves invented the term ‘death-match’ lest you forget, back when Doom was released) and it also features racing elements, which is something rarely fused into first person shooters. The developer’s response was that Doom 4 will cater for people’s death-match needs – they wanted to focus on giving RAGE a brilliant single player mode. And the racing? Although you can upgrade your vehicle and stuff, only two races in the entire game are compulsory. In an interview they claim that they’re designing it to be a frustration free experience, with plentiful health packs. The main character even has a defibrillator built into his armour to rise up back from the dead.

But is it any good? Put it like this: would id Software really piss off their incredibly loyal fan base? Eurogamer gave it an 8: “As a toy box full of things you can only do in games, Rage is warm-hearted and refreshing.” IGN gave it 8.5, awarding the graphics a perfect 10. Most people have described it as a mixture of Fallout 3, Borderlands and Mad Max. As well as the standard version there’s an Anarchy Edition with some extra weapons, amour and a new vehicle.

Whereas RAGE has been designed to be a smooth experience in terms of difficulty, Namco’s RPG hack ‘n’ slash hybrid Dark Souls is quite the opposite – it’s hellishly challenging, but all the better for it. Those on our Twitter feed who have been playing it simply can’t get enough. Reviews have mirrored this including 9s and 5/5s from just about everybody. Early purchasers will be treated to a special edition at no extra cost, with a bonus DVD and music CD.

The Cursed Crusade is certainly going to have trouble going up against Dark Souls. It’s a third person hack ‘n’ slasher with over 400 moves and 100 different executions. The trailer didn’t make it look particularly exciting but it did look fairly solid, although perhaps a bit too similar to the recent The First Templar, which most have already forgotten about.

Fans of basketball are well catered for this week too – NBA 2K12 bounces onto Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii and PC, while NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (which includes characters from SSX) misses retail and heads to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN. EA are also releasing the original Crysis as a download on consoles this week.

Power Up Heroes is Ubisoft’s latest Kinect-exclusive, and allows you to turn your avatar into a superhero and fight other superdudes online. The videos online don’t inspire much confidence. Tropico 4 may (or may not) but out this week on Xbox 360 too. Amazon says the 7th October but Play says 21st.

Finally, there’s Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 on DS. NGamer gave it 85%, claiming it to be one of the best spin-offs they’ve seen and praising the visuals and character design.

Next week: Forza Motorsport 4 (360), Kinectimals Now with Bears (360), Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (PS3, 360) Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (PS3, 360, PC), PES 2012 (PS3, PS2, PSP, 360, Wii, PC), Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (PS3, 360), Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (PS3, 360, Wii, 3DS, DS), Spider-Man: Edge of Time (PS3, 360, Wii, 3DS, DS), The X Factor (PS3, 360, Wii), World Rally Championship 2011 (PS3, 360, PC) and Michael Phelps: Push the Limit (Xbox 360).

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