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Jan 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Similar to earlier this month, the majority of the UK’s top 10 remains the same as last week. That means FIFA 14 is still on top, followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV.

At #5 it’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and then at #6 – up two places – it’s Killzone: Shadow Fall. This suggests to us that PlayStation 4 consoles are now freely available at retail.

NFS Rivals holds fast at #7, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is at #8, GTA V at #9 and then at #10 for a second week we find Aliens: Colonial Marines.

New arrival Mario Party: Island Tour will be remembered for being the first release of 2014, if nothing else. That’s in at #18 – a much high position than we envisioned. It’s #1 in the 3DS chart, incidentally, poking Pokemon X down to #2.

Back over in the top 40, Super Mario 3D World has re-appeared, albeit at a lowly #37.

The Xbox One-exclusives meanwhile are scattered all over the place – Forza Motorsport 5 at #12, Dead Rising 3 at #17 and Ryse: Son of Rome at #27.

As for Knack – a game that’s bound to linger in bargain bins for the rest of the PlayStation 4’s lifespan – that’s currently at #21, up from #27.

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 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 25
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Literally mere minutes before this week’s UK chart went live it was reported that a million Xbox One consoles were sold during launch.

It stands to reason that around 140-150k of those were sold in the UK. 70,000 Xbox 360 units were sold during launch back in 2005 and Microsoft claims that the Xbox One has managed to outsell it by two-to-one. Hurrah for math!

Unsurprisingly then, it’s the two bundled Xbox One games that have charted the highest in this week’s top 40. With sales up a massive 328 per cent FIFA 14 is back on top – knocking Call of Duty: Ghosts down to #2 in the process – while Forza Motorsport 5 has proven to be most popular Xbox One-exclusive by arriving at #5.

Dead Rising 3 made #7 and at #10 it’s Ryse: Son of Rome. Battlefield 4 has been boosted by Xbox One arriving too, shooting up from #5 to #3.

Curiously, no less than 10 of the 16 Xbox One launch games managed to enter the top 40. That’s exactly the same amount as Xbox 360 launch titles all those years ago. For those with a thirst for facts, the Xbox One single format chart informs that it was Angry Birds Star Wars that was the least popular title, followed by NBA Live 14.

Back to the top 40 now, and Nintendo fans will no doubt be thrilled to hear that Zelda: A Link Between Worlds managed to outsell Ryse – it’s in at a very respectable #9.

That’s better than what the equally wonderful Tearaway managed, which tears in at #26.

As we expected given the unusual lack of promotion, Need for Speed Rivals hasn’t got off to the best of starts – it’s in at #13. Expect it to rise over the coming weeks as NFS games are always strong sellers over the festive period. Perhaps that’s why EA has chosen not to splash out on advertising.

FIFA 14 and Assassin’s Creed IV on PlayStation 4 shifted a fair few copies last week too, entering at #13 and #17 respectively in the individual format chart. That’s not bad going for a system that’s yet to be released.

Nov 20
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Credit cards at the ready – the next two weeks are shaping up to be the biggest in gaming in a very long time. On Friday the humble Xbox 360 will be rendered outdated after eight years of honourable service, while the 3DS and PS Vita receive their big Christmas games – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Tearaway.

Then next Friday it’s the launch of the PlayStation 4, alongside the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World – a game that plays a highly critical role in shaping the console’s future.


This week also sees the release of Need for Speed Rivals. As we said back on Tuesday, we were worried that it was going to be a lazy annual update in the way that The Run was. Thankfully, even with Criterion only partly involved it has turned out to be a rather robust racer. Scores include 9/10 from Eurogamer, 8/10 from gamesTM and 4.5/5 from The Escapist. It’s a good job that it has turned out to be surprisingly great – with Driveclub delayed, it’s the only racer available on PS4.

Those ‘jumping ahead’ with Xbox One have the luxury of choosing either Forza Motorsport 5 or NFS Rivals for their racing thrills. Or both, we suppose. Reviews of Forza 5 went live today, generating strong opinions. Polygon reckons that it’s the first must-own Xbox One game, giving it a 9.0, while Eurogamer felt that the overall experience had been stripped back a bit in order for it to arrive on launch day. They gave it a 7.


EGM’s review echoed this, pointing out that the career mode feels like a step back and that the line-up of vehicles is “dismal”.

Their 6.5 is the lowest score the racer been given (at the time of typing). Regardless, we still think it’ll be a safe purchase for those looking to show off their shiny new console.

Other safe purchases for those buying an Xbox One include FIFA 14, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Zoo Tycoon, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and Skylanders: Swap Force.

Then there are the other sports games to take into account – Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14. Although Madden and NBA 2K14 are arguably the best their respective series have ever been, EA’s NBA Live 14 has gained bit of a kicking. “NBA Live’s flaccid return is made all the more disappointing because we waited three years for it” said IGN before handing out a 4.3.


We won’t know if Ryse: Son of Rome is any good until Friday, but early previews didn’t provide much encouragement with many suggesting that it’ll be another typical Crytek game – pretty but vacuous. The online gladiator mode might give it some legs after the novelty of the visuals has worn off, but we suggest waiting for scores to surface before taking the plunge.

Dead Rising 3 on the other hand, we can recommend. Well, other critics can. EDGE gave it a surprisingly high 8/10 while the Metro (née GameCentral) said it was the best Dead Rising yet. Download Killer Instinct has also been gaining some surprisingly high scores after been written off by many when first shown. “A year from now, Killer Instinct could be one of the best fighting games ever made” said GamesRadar. EDGE meanwhile dished up a solid 7/10.


On the somewhat questionable side of things there’s Fighter Within and Angry Birds Star Wars. GAME are offering Ubisoft’s motion controlled brawler for £19.99 with the Xbox One itself if you do fancy testing out the new fangled Kinect. As for Angry Birds…it’s not exactly a showcase for the system, is it? The same can be said about Just Dance 2014. Ultimately, only you can decide if you want to strut around in front of the Kinect. It will see all, you know.

LocoCycle, Powerstar Golf and Crimson Dragon form the Xbox One’s first digital downloads, which now offer a full 1000G. So, good news if you’re an avid achievement hoarder. All three have gained mixed reviews though, as we reported earlier this week.

And that, ladies and gents, is the Xbox One’s line-up. Sticking with current-gen? Don’t leave home without your handheld? Here’s what else is out:

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Nov 18
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

Microsoft are staggering the rollout of Xbox One game reviews, seemingly to ensure a steady slew of coverage for their new console over the course of the week.

Today saw full price retail releases Dead Rising 3 and Zoo Tycoon have critical eyes cast over them, along with downloads LocoCycle, Powerstar Golf, Crimson Dragon and Killer Instinct.


Incidentally, reviews for Need for Speed: Rivals also started to trickle out today, and according to Eurogamer it’s pretty darn good. We have to say that we’re relived – when it was first announced we thought we were in another slapdash annual update akin to NFS: The Run.

Anyway, Thursday sees Forza 5 Motorsport reviews rev up – whatever that means – while on Friday we’ll finally discover if Ryse: Son of Rome can rise to the occasion. Given that it’s under embargo until launch day, we seriously recommend holding off buying it until reviews go live.

Dead Rising 3 seems a safe purchase though, having turned out far better than many expected. The Metro’s review is well worth a read, pointing out that in places it doesn’t even look as good as GTA V. Despite giving it a 7/10, they went on to heralded as the best Dead Rising yet.

Killer Instinct has been getting some surprisingly high reviews too – “A year from now, Killer Instinct could be one of the best fighting games ever made” said GamesRadar. That’s some mighty high praise indeed.

Downloads LocoCycle and Crimson Dragon, which both started out as XBLA games, haven’t been gushed over quite as much however. We really didn’t expect LocoCycle to walk away with a miserable 2/10 from EDGE.

Let’s have a look at the rest of the scores, then:

Dead Rising 3


9/10 – Destructoid: “Although it sacrifices a tad of its loveable camp factor and neon style in favor of a few other advancements, the outcome is a much stronger, more involved Dead Rising game”

8.75 – GameInformer: “Thinning out the undead of Los Perdidos is worth your time, but the bugs infesting the sandbox are an unwelcome scourge”

8/10 – EDGE: “Dead Rising 3 is a sandbox in the purest sense, one that urges you to experiment with its innumerable toys at your leisure”

8/10 – NowGamer: “Dead Rising 3 is more of the same, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t compulsive, time-absorbing and – most of all – fun”

7.5 – Polygon: “Dead Rising 3 is a promising, ultimately clumsy next-gen debut”

7/10 – Eurogamer: “It’s no kind of technical showcase for Xbox One, although that didn’t really bother me once I got into it, and if all you want for a launch title is something passably entertaining to plug away at for a few long evenings, it will suit you fine”

7/10 – GameSpot: “Despite a wonky presentation and obvious technical hiccups, Capcom has successfully made Dead Rising 3 a more welcoming experience than its harsh predecessors”

7/10 – CVG: “Its problems, though many, are somewhat saved by all of the effortless fun had dicing up zombies with bizarre weaponry”

3.5/5 – JoyStiq: “The persistent hiccups are hard to ignore, but they’re not so great as to stall the engine for goofy creations that is the heart of the game”

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Jun 11
By Matt Gander In Blog 3 Comments

Microsoft didn’t so much pull a rabbit out of the hat for their E3 conference, but rather a whole warren’s worth of them – the return of franchises new and old, and surprises galore.

Apart from a short SmartGlass demo, the conference was solely about software and began in the best possible fashion – in-game footage of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which showed of Konami’s new FOX engine with style. Snake’s latest has been revealed to be an open world affair, set in a very sand environment presumed to be Afghanistan. Snake makes his appearance riding a horse – which thus lead to Red Dead Redemption comparisons – with other modes of travel including tanks and jeeps. The demo ended by revealing a line-up of new characters, including Skullface – a ghost sniper.


The next announcement was rather unexpected – a new model of Xbox 360 is being released today across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia. The sleeker new design is intended to resemble that of the Xbox One, but it won’t cost any less than the current model. Three different “editions” are being released – 4GB, 250GB, and a 4GB Kinect bundle.

Sticking with announcements for the current Xbox, Xbox Live gold members will receive two free full game downloads a month from 1st July until 31st December. This would appear to be a knee-jerk reaction to PlayStation Plus, which has proven to be more than slightly popular. The first two confirmed freebies have been aren’t exactly the freshest of faces – Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 – but decent titles nevertheless.

Xbox Live gold members will receive two free full game downloads a month from 1st July

Fable III is also available for free, this month only. Eagle-eyed gamers spotted this early this morning, where upon first glance it was understandably thought to be a glitch. It’s about time Microsoft gave gamers a little bit back in return for their subscriptions, especially seeing that countless adverts are creeping onto the Xbox dashboard.

The freebies don’t end there – global hit World of Tanks is coming to Xbox 360 as a free to play title, albeit for gold members only. We very much doubt this is because Tank! Tank! Tank! is now a free download over on the Wii U eShop.

Next IP was revealed next. Well, kind of – it was kept very quiet that 2D platformer Max and the Cursed Brotherhood is sequel of sorts to the not very popular Wii/DS game Max and the Magic Marker. The next game on show couldn’t be any more different – Dark Souls II. Production values look significantly higher than the last Dark Souls, although we’re still slightly anxious about the new casual approach.

The next demo bore resemblance to Saving Private Ryan’s famous beech landing scene. Quite amazing seeing that Ryse is set in ancient Rome, without even a rife or gun in sight. When Crytek’s Ryse was first unveiled it was destined for the Kinect, but with Kinect sales on the decline it has now been shifted over to Xbox One and gained joypad controls along the way. Visually it looks impressive, with a very cinematic look to the presentation, but the amount of button-bashing QTEs was rather worrying.

Panzer Dragoon’s spiritual successor Crimson Dragon has made a jump from Kinect to Kinect 2.0 also, making an appearance much later on in the conference.

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