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Nov 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Call of Duty: WWII has managed to hold onto the UK chart’s top spot for a third week running, fending off EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2.

According to Eurogamer, physical sales of Battlefront 2 were down 60% over its predecessor. However, it’s highly likely that Battlefront 2’s digital sales were far higher than that of the original. If Destiny 2 was anything to go by, we’d wager by around 30%.

As you’ve no doubt heard, fans haven’t taken kindly to the game’s pay-to-win nature and the ludicrous requirements to unlock heroes.

The backlash was so immense that license holders Disney allegedly stepped in, concerned that EA’s actions were harming the Star Wars brand.

FIFA 18 moved down to #3, while Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon made #4 and #5 respectively.

AC Origins fell three places to #6, The Sims 4 made #7, LA Noire Remastered entered at #8 – with the PS4 version being the biggest selling – while Super Mario Odyssey sticks around at #9.

Then at #10 it’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, again with the PS4 version out in front.

The UK top 40 also sees two new iterations of Skyrim make an arrival. Skyrim VR managed to make #19, becoming the fastest selling third-party PSVR title, while Skyrim on Switch made a not-particularly-impressive #26.

Worry not, as it did manage to make a far more respectable #3 in the Switch chart.

Nov 17
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

It’s doubtful we’ll see another eShop line-up as jampacked as this in 2017. The Switch gains several big-name releases and a few new indies of note, while the 3DS receives Pokémon Ultra Moon & Sun.

Despite it simply being an enhanced version of a game barely a year old, it’s easily the handheld’s biggest release of 2017. While some critics wished that Nintendo had held off revisiting Sun & Moon until further down the line, reviews claim that this is by far the superior version with plenty of improvements. The Metro opted for a 9/10, while Nintendo Life felt it was deserving of full marks.

Switch owners get a meaty RPG of their own, in the form of the 100+ hours The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (£49.99).

Word has it it’s an impressive conversion, but signs of the game’s age are showing in places. Review scores are a mixture of 8s and 9s, leading to a Metacritic of 85%.

Then we have L.A. Noire (£44.99), another conversion of a game that’s knocking on a bit. Scores for this one are a tad less positive than Skyrim, mostly being 7s and 8s. “L.A. Noire isn’t the prettiest project, but it still holds up because there isn’t anything quite like it even today,” said Destructoid, before handing out an 8.

Rocket League (£15.04) also makes a very welcome appearance this week. Like the above, the mighty Switch has managed to do it proud – it has lost very little during the jump from PS4/XO.

Batman – The Telltale Series (£39.99) and RiME (£29.99) are also of note, but you may want to curb your enthusiasm as both display a lack of polish when compared to other versions. RiME’s developers have even talked openly about the struggle of bringing their indie hit across.

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Apr 11
By Adam Philbin In Features No Comments

Texas based indie developer Steamburger Studios have just launched their campaign on Kickstarter to help fund the development of their colourful new camping adventure game, Let’s Go Camping! We had the chance to chat and find out more about their plans.

With its beautiful, simple visuals and mix of open world exploration, monster hunting and camping, Let’s Go Camping feels a bit like the lovechild of Zelda and Skyrim, with elaborate narrative replaced with playful camping adventures. The Kickstarter campaign is a week in so far, and this is one game that we really hope reaches its goals.

Steamburger’s Brian Mayberry and his team took the time to answer some of our questions:

We love the idea of Let’s Go Camping – it seems a bit like a Minecraft-ified version of Skyrim. Where did your inspiration and desire to create it come from?

Believe it or not, I started off making a lowpoly Starfox clone. Late one night I opened up one of the levels and dropped in a first person controller. I started wanting a bow or something to shoot, so I made one, and quickly got really inspired.

You’ve previously worked on games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and Defiance – how does indie development compare to working on traditional console games?

I started off making a lowpoly Starfox clone

It’s such a different experience! From a 200+ team in close quarters working on a huge project, down to just 4 guys connecting on Skype to make a smaller single player adventure camping game. There are some tools and development cycles that translate over quite well and we do communicate in a similar way when updating assets and setting tasks. The best difference is that everyone can really bring their ideas to the table from the start; nobody is left feeling like a small cog in the big machine.

A big part of the game seems to be using the bow and the realistic bow & arrow physics. Any plans to add other weapons and tools or will it all be spectacular archery action?

Yes! There will be a few alternate weapons, but they will not completely replace the bow. The bow is your key weapon, and most of the combat and design will be tailored around it. There will be items that give you new ways to navigate the overworld, and allow you into places previously unreachable.

Let's Go Camping

The game’s lowpoly visuals and barebones gameplay seems really appealing – what will you be doing to keep players hooked in and progressing?

Let’s Go Camping! is all about exploration and discovery, clearing those dungeons and finding that perfect camping spot. Lore and role play fans will enjoy the openness of the story, since we mostly leave it up to the player to work it out for themselves. There is a kind of linear progression to the game which will become more apparent as we get further into development; an ultimate destination so to speak. Item, camping gear, and arrow/food management will also play a part to keep the player motivated to place themselves in more dangerous situations.

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Dec 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, ladies and gentlemen. The mammoth RPG has become the first UK Christmas number one not to be published by either EA or Activision since 2002’s GTA: Vice City.

Neither EA or Activision has made #2 – it’s Just Dance 3 that clocks in below Skyrim. Sales between the two were 15,000 copies apart claims Chart-Track.

Here’s the Christmas top 10 in full:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Just Dance 3
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Saints Row 3
  6. Battlefield 3
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  8. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  9. Need for Speed: The Run
  10. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call

And here’s last year’s Christmas chart, so we can run a comparison:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. FIFA 11
  3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  4. Just Dance 2
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  6. Gran Turismo 5
  7. The Sims 3
  8. Kinect Sports
  9. Michael Jackson: The Experience
  10. Medal of Honor

EA and Ubisoft owned much of the chart last year while Sony and Microsoft managed one title each. Not much has changed this year apart from no first-party games from Sony and Microsoft to be seen.

There wasn’t a single Nintendo-published title in last year’s chart, although Just Dance 2 was a Wii-exclusive. This year Just Dance went multi-format which explains why Just Dance 3 has charted higher. Poor reviews of NFS: The Run have presumably harmed sales but the brand is still clearly desirable.

Nintendo has a better presence this year but it’s sad to see no 3DS games in the top 10. Professor Layton is better than nothing, I suppose.

Dec 13
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

GAME’s store display raised a smile today.

The collector’s edition of Skyrim, which comes in a huge box due to containing a dragon statue big enough to knock out a whole family of burglars, was marked up with a sticker claiming it to be a “perfect stocking filler”.

A giant’s stocking, perhaps.

Moreover, it’s ruddy seventy quid. In our day a stocking filler was something small and inexpensive like a Hot Wheels car or a small LEGO set. Or coal and dog’s mess, if we’d mostly been naughty that year.

Dec 12
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

A lot of people must have thought the heavy high street discounts for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim were too good to miss – it’s back at #1 in the UK chart this week, pushing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 down to #2.

It’s a shame that GAME/GameStation’s £22.49 deal was only for one week. At that price it would have stood a very good chance of being the Christmas number one. It may even do so regardless, thanks to word of its greatness still spreading.

This leaves Just Dance 3, FIFA 12 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to round off the top 5. At #6 there’s Battlefield 3 and Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call remains at #7 for the second week running while Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is in at #9 up from #16. Mario Kart 7 stays in the top 10 at #10.

People must be feeling more active than normal this time of year – both Zumba Fitness and Zumba Fitness 2 are in the top 40, as are both Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two.

And what’s this at #39? It’s Rayman Origins, which finally makes a top 40 appearance. Better late than never.

Nov 14
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With just under two million copies sold in the UK, there was no doubting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn’t going to be this week’s #1. However, it hasn’t sold as well as Black Ops did during its launch week, selling 1.6% less. Chart-Track tells us that the Xbox 360 version proved to be the most popular with 59% of all copies sold being for Microsoft’s box.

The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim – to give it its full name – hasn’t done too badly either. It sold double what Fallout: New Vegas did during its launch and has become the 5th biggest UK release this year, only slightly behind Gears of War 3. Our local Blockbusters had sold out of copies, while one of our Twitter followers mentioned that their Tesco was also sold out.

There are a couple of surprise entries in the top 10 this week too. Well, one is actually a re-entry – Wii Party has shot back up from #38 to #10. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo on DS is the new entry at #7.

Sonic Generations has had a bad second week, already dropping down the chart from #10 to #21. On the flipside Go Vacation has had a better second week – it’s in at #39.

There were a slew of new 3DS titles released last week, including Shinobi and Cave Story, but none of them made the 3DS chart which is currently in a very sorry state. Where is Starfox 64 3D?

Nov 08
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 11 Comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been hyped in such as way that anybody would think it’s the second coming of Jesus. So big is the game that three developers have pooled their resources together, resulting in other projects being put on hold.

Review scores so far include 9.5 from Destructoid, 9 from EDGE, 9.0 from IGN and an 8 from Eurogamer. Sounds like it shows up Battlefield 3’s single player mode for the farce that it is, but the multi-player hasn’t changed a great deal.

If you missed the news last week, it has already been reported that there’s a controversial level to rival Modern Warfare 2’s ‘No Russian’ mission. This time round we see a truck full of explosives blow up in London, killing a little girl. Sledgehammer have already said that it’s not there to cause controversy – it’s to show that in war even innocent people suffer.

There are few deals about – Best Buy are offering it for £29.99 for today only, Sainsbury’s will let you have it for £28.99 when you spend £30 in-store while Tesco are doing it for £25 when you buy either a £16.99 MSP card or a £25 PSN card. If you’re going to GAME you can get it for half-price when trading certain new releases including Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12 and Resistance 3. Or X-Men Destiny, oddly.

Skip forward to this coming Friday and there’s another game out that many stores are opening at midnight for – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the sequel to Oblivion. If you’re amongst the first 250 people queuing for Skyrim at either GAME in London (Oxford Street) or Gamestation in Birmingham (New Street) you’ll get yourself a goody bag. The best cosplay outfit will also get a free upgrade to the collector’s edition, an Xbox 360 and some other swag.

Oblivion was so big that you could spend 100 hours playing it and still not see everything, and with a longer development time behind it you can bet that this is bigger still. But while Oblivion was daunting for some, this time Skyrim is being given a more casual feel. Bethesda has even said that’s more like Fallout 3 than Oblivion. Bethesda have also said that there may be a few glitches, and to expect a patch on launch day. In other words: they’re shipping it in an unfinished state. Tut tut.

This week also sees a slew of new 3DS games. They’re a mixed bunch but still more than welcome – we’re sick of going into a game shop and seeing the likes of Asphalt GT, Rabbids and that dinosaur thing making up most of the 3DS section. Cave Story 3D and Shinobi should be worth a look, Cars 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D might be alright, while we wouldn’t be surprised if the press aren’t given copies of Puzzler Mind Gym 3D, Zoo Resort 3D and the budget-priced Puppies World 3D to review.

On the DS meanwhile there’s Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Zoo, Monster High: Ghoul Spirit (also on Wii), SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip (also on 360), Top Model Academy and Youda Legend 2: Golden Bird.

A few ‘non-games’ (for want of a better word) are out too – Jillian Michael’s Fitness Experience, My Self Defence Coach and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 on Xbox 360 and the trippy looking meditation tool Deepak Chopra’s Leela on Xbox 360 and Wii. There’s a demo of that last one on Xbox Live. Why it’s a full price release we’ll never know.

Lastly, there’s Jungle Kartz on Wii. We were a little curious about this one – it’s by Brain In a Jar, who were once working on a reasonably impressive looking Ferrari game. The video they’ve uploaded on YouTube has calmed our curiousness – it looks mediocre at best. It could still be better than next week’s DreamWorks Super Star Kartz though.

Next week: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3, 360), Halo Anniversary (360), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii), Saints Row: The Third (PS3, 360, PC), Super Mario 3D Land (3DS), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii), Need for Speed: The Run (360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PC), Cabela’s Camp Adventure (PS3, 360, Wii), Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai (PS3, 360, Wii), Carnival Island (PS3), DreamWorks Super Star Kartz (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS), Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends (360), Family Trainer: Magical Carnival (Wii), Lalaloopsy (DS), LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, PC), Marvel Super Hero Squad Comic Combat (PS3, 360, Wii), Medieval Moves (PS3), uDraw Instant Artist (PS3, 360, Wii) and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3, 360).

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