Tagged "The Last of Us"

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

It’s such a varied week for new releases that there’s bound to be something out to pique your interest. And in the middle of February too? How unforeseen.


Not one but two big name retail releases are competing for your hard earned money – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and The LEGO Movie Videogame.

Like the look of both? They can be found for around £30 online.

The LEGO Movie Videogame is the rarest of things – a decent movie tie-in. There’s a reason for this though, and it’s one worth baring in mind. To wit: it treads a very worn, albeit it likeable, path. US gamers got the ‘block buster’ last week, which was met to a stack of 7/10 and 8/10 review scores.

“The Lego Movie Videogame should be just the ticket if you’re ready to spend another 10 to 12 hours in the fantastic world of animated plastic blocks” said GameSpot, while Game Informer claims that “the visuals are a surprising hook”.

It’s out on just about everything – PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita and PC. Word has it that the handheld versions – which are viewed from an isometric perspective – are to be approached with caution though as they’re they’re rather on the short side.


Whereas universal opinion has it that The LEGO Movie Videogame is pretty good – on consoles, at least – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been getting some incredibly mixed reviews.

EGM felt that it’s “wholly pointless” while GamesRadar described it as a “laborious grind”. The Metro’s GameCentral even went as far as saying that it’s as if it has been “specifically designed to feel as shallow and disconnected as possible”. Cripes.


Play magazine and Eurogamer however both gave it a glowing 80% / 8/10. Both reviews are recommended reading, with the former in particular taking in some thoughtful consideration that not everyone is going to love it.

Most critics did to agree though that the story is absolute bobbins. Usually when a game gets mixed reviews we suggest trying the demo, but in a game this sizeable it’s doubtful that it’ll give the full picture. Ho hum.

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Jul 29
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

This week’s UK chart has an unexpected #1 – not Nintendo’s Pikmin 3, but Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.

We assume that’s down to a combination of the game’s ‘pocket money’ price tag and the kids currently being off school.

The long awaited Wii U-exclusive Pikmin 3 pops in at #2 – a very respectable placing, especially when you consider that Pikmin 2 on GameCube debuted at a lowly #32 back in 2004.

The Last of Us, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. finish off the top five.

New Super Luigi U leaps in at #13 – another decent placing that Nintendo must be proud of.

Then during its second week of release, The Smurfs 2 enters at #25. With the movie yet to be released there’s a chance it could climb higher still, despite not being very good.

Jul 22
By Jake In UK Charts No Comments

It’s The Last of Us atop the UK chart for a sixth week.

Last week’s ‘big’ release, Dynasty Warriors 8 wasn’t desperately likely to depose it, but manages a very respectable #5. Nintendo will be hoping that Pikmin 3 does the deed next week.

Back to this week though, Minecraft is up a few to #2, then it’s Nintendo’s 3DS pair: Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros holding firm at #3, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf down a couple to #4.

Our old friend ‘retailer promotions’ means Max Payne 3 is the week’s big winner, up 19 to #7. It’s not the only big mover though. The terrible Aliens: Colonial Marines jumped 12 places to #10 last week, but this week deservedly falls back 16 places to #26. Just ahead of that at #25 is Mario Kart 7, up 15 places.

Jul 15
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 2 Comments

The Last of Us celebrates a deserved 5th week on top of the UK top 40 this week.

Nintendo has a reason for celebration too – Animal Crossing: New Leaf and new entry Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. are at #2 and #3 respectively. Now that’s a dream team.

FIFA 13 and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition finish off the top five.

There’s a slight shuffle elsewhere in the top 10 – Deadpool is down from #9 to #16 while the dismal Aliens: Colonial Marines is up from #22 to #10. Surely everybody must be aware how poor it is by now?

Speaking of poor games, Ride to Hell: Retribution is still hanging around at #37. Go away, smelly.

Namco-Bandai’s Project X Zone graced the chart at a respectable #18 last week but has seemingly now vanished into the Twilight zone. Stock shortages could be to blame – we haven’t spotted a single copy on the high street yet.

A late arrival of MotoGP 13 at #38 is the only occurrence of note.

Don’t be surprised if The Last of Us manages a 6th week at #1 – The Smurfs 2 and Dynasty Warriors 8 are the only new games arriving at retail.

Jul 12
By Matt Gander In Cache in the Attic No Comments

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is a very special game, so it’s fitting for us to give it a special eBay round-up.


PR types sometimes send a few little gifts out alongside review copies of games – usually a T-shirt or two, or maybe a bottle opener with the game’s logo on if you’re lucky.

Sony’s specialist press freebie defied all convention however – a foam brick. What purpose it’s supposed to serve we’re unsure, but people wanted one regardless – this auction ended at $76.00 after 13 bids. We should point out though that the auction also included a T-shirt featuring Angel Knives – a faux videogame Ellie is a fan of.

This leads us onto the next auction nicely – a promo E3 t-shirt signed by various Naughty Dog developers, esteemed voice-actor Nolan North and others. It ended at $320.00 after 12 bids. The buyer best make sure it doesn’t accidentally end up in the laundry basket.


A couple of other promo items now – not one, but two different torches. Or flash-lights, if you prefer.

The Taiwanese-exclusive torch shown on the right is the more curious of the two, apparently only given away alongside the game on launch day if purchased from “Flag Store”. One sold for $152.50 following 12 bids. We’re not sure if the seller meant the Sony flagship store – Googling ‘Flag Store Taiwan’ doesn’t bring up anything specific. We like that dark green torch far more than this promo flash-light given to UK press, although it does come in its own metal box.

Also more practical than a foam brick: a back metal bottle, featuring the game’s logo. Boxed and unused, this seller is yet to find a buyer. At £99 they may be waiting a while. One did however sell for £60, so they might get lucky.


That’s still a small price when compared to this press kit. It’s one of 2505, apparently, and sold for £450.00. Included inside the cardboard case was an artbook, various DLC codes, the game itself and a replica of an old Sony cassette tape. Ingeniously, it’s actually a USB device containing the soundtrack. Another press kit sold for fifty quid less.

Think that’s a lot? A collection of promo items sold for even more – £456.02. This little bundle included the aforementioned torch and bottle, as well as a metal cup, a holdall featuring The Last of Us logo and a foam drink can. That metal cup looks close to being indestructible. Shame the same can’t be said for the foam can – it looks a little cheaply made.

The statue available with the US-only Pandemic Edition has been selling for a lot on its own too – everything from £215 to £140. The 12 inch model features Ellie and Joel, both clutching a rifle.

At just over $20, this variant cover of issue #1 of The Last of Us comic book seems relatively inexpensive.

Jul 08
By Jake In UK Charts No Comments

In a quiet week for the UK chart, The Last Of Us becomes the first game this year to take the top spot for four consecutive weeks. So well done to all involved.

Minecraft holds steady at #2, then it’s FIFA 13 up a place at #3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf down a place at #4. Assassin’s Creed III is up four to round off the top five, thanks to what Chart-Track describe as “continued price promotions”.

Few new releases mean even fewer new entries, but 3DS RPG Project X Zone makes a decent fist of it, in at #18. The week’s other new release, DARK, manages #18 in the Xbox 360 chart.

Finally, proving that reviews mean nothing, after two weeks Ride to Hell: Retribution has made it into the main chart at #35. Honestly, there’s no telling some people.

Jul 01
By Jake In UK Charts No Comments

With a third week at the top of the UK chart, the public evidently loves The Last of Us as much as the critics. That means the Xbox 360 retail release of Minecraft misses out on the top spot, but #2 isn’t a bad start.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf and FIFA 13 each drop a place to #3 and #4 respectively, and at #5 it’s a new entry for PC expansion pack The Sims 3: Island Paradise. The new entries keep on coming, with Deadpool at #6, and Company of Heroes 2 on PC at #10.

Then the new entries stop. It’s #1 in the Wii U chart, but Game & Wario is nowhere to be seen in the main top 40; though it does scrape in at #38 in the full price chart. A couple of other new releases scrape into the full price chart: the stunningly bad Ride to Hell: Retribution at a thoroughly undeserved #32, and Painkiller: Hell & Damnation at #35.

The week’s big faller is MotoGP 13, new last week at #15, but down to this week’s #37. Rossi’s first win since 2010 on Saturday probably won’t be enough to help it recover next week.

Jun 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Who’s a good boy? Naughty Dog are good boys – The Last of Us sits at the top of the UK top 40 for a second week running. The delightful Animal Crossing: New Leaf remains at #2 for a second week also.

FIFA 13 and Tomb Raider are at #3 and #4 respectively, with FIFA 13 up two places.

At #5 it’s something of a surprise – a re-entry for Max Payne 3. Some websites are reporting that this is because of the Mac version being released last week, but we believe it has more to do with the fact that it’s a fiver at Tesco currently. A ruddy fiver!

MotoGP 13 is the only new entry in the top 40, arriving at #15.

There are a few new titles entering the single-format charts though – The Jak & Daxter Trilogy at #3 in the PS Vita chart, LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey at #10 in the 3DS chart and Tour de France 2013 at a lowly #38 in the Xbox 360 top 40.

We’ve got a funny feeling that the retail version of Minecraft is going to storm the chart next week – Microsoft reports that it has done incredibly well in the US.

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