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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 13
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

You have to laugh – Capcom are charging £14.99 for downloads of their old Resident Evil titles, yet online retailers are asking a mere £17.99 for retail release Dead Rising: Off The Record. It’s not an entirely new game, but there’s a good 15 hours of play at hand along with a new theme park area and the chance to play as photographer Frank West. Xbox World magazine gave it an 8.0, claiming it to be a good place for Dead Rising newcomers to start. They said that the long loading times have been fixed and there are now more zombies on screen then ever before. Eurogamer weren’t that keen on it though, giving it a 6.

Whereas FIFA 12 has been getting 9s almost across the board, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 has been getting a steady string of 8s. A decent alternative to EA’s offering it would seem, but not quite as polished. You’ll easily be able to tell which of your friends owns a copy – one new feature for this year is Facebook stat tracking. Joy.

Likewise to Dark Souls, early purchasers of Namco’s Ace Combat: Assault Horizon get a upgrade to first class for free. Or rather, they get the limited edition set for the same price as the standard. This limited edition pack sounds different to most – it comes with a notebook signed by the developers, along with a music CD and an extra craft to download. Review scores have mostly been 8/10s and there’s a demo now available so you can try before buying.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is a curious one. It’s yet another reboot for the purple dragon, but this is the most ambitious yet – it comes with action figures and a device that’s used to scan extra characters into the game. The character design meanwhile has been handled by a designer from the Shrek movies, with Spyro himself looking more psychotic than usual. It’s out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii and 3DS. The 3DS version could have potentially used AR cards for the scanning of extra characters, but we assume Activision are able to make more money off the back of the additional action figures. Activision are also unleashing Spider-Man: Edge of Time on all formats this week. It can’t be any worse than X-Men Destiny.

Microsoft are publishing two Xbox 360 titles – Kinectimals: Now with Bears and Forza Motorsport 4. Kinectimals isn’t a new game; if you own the original you can get the new critters as DLC. Oddly, the original suggested that it was canines to be on the agenda next. Forza 4 scored a 9 on Eurogamer. They didn’t think much of the AI and said that the Top Gear track is a little misappropriate but they still went on to say that “Forza has always been a series to admire, but now it’s a little easier to fall in love with it too.”

Contrary to popular beliefs, the Just Dance series is far from awful – Just Dance 2 has a Metacritic of 74%. Just Dance 3 – for Wii and Kinect – doesn’t appear to be any worse, or indeed better, with reviews including a 7/10 from GamesRadar. Dance Central 2 is out next week though, so it might be an idea to hold on for that. If singing is more of your thing, X-Factor also hits PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii this week.

This leaves us with Michael Phelps: Push the Limit from 505 Games. It’s another for Kinect, and one that could be a good way to shift those bingo wings, featuring both local and online multi-player modes. There’s a video here if you’re curious about splashing the cash.

Next week: Batman: Arkham City (PS3, 360, PC), Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact (PSP), The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn (PS3, 360, Wii, 3DS), Captain America: Super Soldier (3DS), Dance Central 2 (360) and Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One (PS3).

Sep 13
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

This week’s chart is a sight for sore eyes with lots of interesting things happening. Tom Clancy’s HAWK 2 has gone from #10 to #2, Tetris Party Deluxe has risen all the way from #23 to #5 and the apparently quite good Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions has crawled in at #6. Spidey is followed by another two new entries – Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep at #7 and Ubisoft’s RUSE at #8.

I’m surprised by the last two – the PSP has had a rough few months, so it’s good to see a PSP-exclusive in the top 10. I was also under the impression that RUSE hadn’t received much publicity and that console RTSs aren’t that popular, so that’s me proved wrong on two accounts.

It has been a very bad week for Metroid: Other M though – it’s dropped all the way from #12 to #40. Unless retailers drop the price it may even be out of the chart by next week.

Jan 20
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments


Publishers really shouldn’t slag off their own games, as it makes the people who bought them feel like mugs. It is pretty amusing when they do though. Case in point – Activision boss Bobby Kotick sharing his thoughts on the recent Spider-Man games to Game Informer:

“Our Spider-Man games have sucked for the last five years. They are bad games. They were poorly rated because they were bad games. We went away from what is Spider-Man. It’s about web-slinging. If you don’t do web-slinging, what is the fantasy of Spider-Man?”

Does this mean that this year’s Spider-Man game is having some love and attention put into it? It could well be a sign.

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