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Mar 08
By Matt Gander In Features 3 Comments

The Switch’s launch line-up may have been slim, but at least there wasn’t a ‘day one dud’ lurking alongside the likes of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Bomberman R. Damning praise, we know, but there’s truth in those words.

Previous Nintendo consoles haven’t been quite as fortunate as the Switch, with plenty of clutter arriving alongside such system seller as Super Mario 64, Luigi’s Mansion and Zelda: The Twilight Princess. It’s easy to see why publishers think they can get away with it. Console launches generate a huge buzz, and so it’s easy for day one adopters to get caught in the hype and pick up two or three games on a whim.

Retailers always seem to overstock launch games too, due to being unable to predict demand. Unsold copies of Asphalt 3D sat on the shelf for years after the 3DS’s launch. Rayman 3D and Splinter Cell 3D, too. Three cheers for Ubisoft, a publisher you’ll be reading a lot more about in a moment as we delve into the world of disastrous Nintendo launch games.

FIFA 64 – Nintendo 64

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It took more than a couple of months for the N64’s library to reach double figures – the system launched in Europe with five games, with Blast Corps, Wave Race, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Wayne Gretzky Hockey and NBA Hangtime arriving in the weeks and months that followed.

FIFA 64 sold well during launch not just because it was FIFA – EA’s golden goose, even back in the ’90s – but also because there wasn’t a great deal available for N64 owners to buy. It has been said that almost all the early launch titles shifted a million copies, save perhaps for Midway’s efforts.

We don’t know how many copies FIFA 64 sold exactly, but whatever the amount, EA didn’t deserve a single penny. It’s often referred to as the worst iteration in the series, sporting rubbish animation, bizarre camera angles, slowdown, and repetitive commentary. FIFA 64 was a £60 embarrassment.

The Sims 3 – 3DS

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“It’s almost an achievement that EA has made a 3DS version of a game that’s not only worse than the Wii version, but the DS version too,” began the Official Nintendo Magazine’s review.

“For some reason, the 3DS version of The Sims 3 has removed the mood bars that tell you how hungry, clean, tired and so forth your Sim is. No big deal, you know, it’s only the WHOLE POINT of the entire game,” they continued.

The final score? A miserable 20%.

Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure – GameCube

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A mini-game package featuring bite-sized chunks of Back to the Future, E.T, Waterworld, Jurassic Park, Jaws and Backdraft sounds like an appealing package. It was a shame, then, that Kemco managed to screw it up superbly.

One of the least conventional games ever, Universal Studios mostly entailed walking around the park while picking up litter. That’s providing you were able to spot any – the obtuse camera and use of 3D characters on 2D backdrops often made rubbish hard to spot, obscured by NPCs and whatnot. Once enough rubbish was eventually found, you’d then have to find and talk to Woody Woodpecker, purchase the appropriate hat from the gift store, and then find the corresponding ride. Step out of sequence and you would be greeted with a queue of fellow thrill seekers and a prompt to come back later.

Honestly, it was like playing a videogame designed by Marge Simpson.

Your reward for picking up people’s trash? The chance to play some limp mini-games that were over pretty much before they’d even begun, ruined either by poor controls or horrible camera positioning. The Waterworld game wasn’t even a game – it was the Universal Studios’ show rendered in crude CGI, with the only interaction being a choice of camera angles. Even Waterworld on Virtual Boy had more effort put into it, and that’s saying something.

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Mar 11
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With reports that a million copies were sold within 48 hours, it’s no surprise that Tomb Raider is this week’s new number one.

It’s the best selling game of the year so far, selling double what previous top seller Aliens: Colonial Marines managed to, and the fastest selling Tomb Raider since 2006’s Legend.

There are lots other happenings of note in the UK top 40 this week too. In fact, we very nearly had an all new top five, which is something that rarely happens.

At #2 it’s SimCity, the apparently pretty good Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 at #3, The Sims 3: University Life at #4 and rounding off the top 5 is familiar face FIFA 13.

A very good week for EA, then, seeing that they publish three of the top five.

Sep 10
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Square-Enix’s Sleeping Dogs is back at #1 in this week’s UK chart. This is likely to be down to word of the game’s greatness still spreading, and Tesco has already dropped the price to £24.47.

It’s a new entry at #2 – PC add-on The Sims 3: Supernatural. At #3 it’s New Super Mario Bros. 2 while London 2012: The Official Video Game remains at #4 and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes holds onto #5.

Last week’s #1 Guild Wars 2 has fallen to #6. This week also sees Transformers: Fall of Cybertron leaving the top 10, falling from #8 to #14.

In the single-format charts Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants enters at #37 in the Xbox 360 chart while Activision’s virtual pet Wappy Dog sits at #26 in the DS chart. That’s a bit of a rough start.

Mar 12
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment


There’s no prize for guessing what the UK number one is this week. Even without GAME stocking Mass Effect 3, it has still gone on to becoming this year’s biggest game launch so far and managed to shift more copies than both Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 combined during their launches.

Chart Track also tells us that 73% of Mass Effect 3’s boxed sales were on Xbox 360, although this figure doesn’t count digital downloads on PlayStation 3 or PC.

With Shepherd on the scene SSX drops to #2, followed by new entry Street Fighter X Tekken at #3. PC add-on The Sims 3: Showtime made #6 with the next highest entry being Unit 13 on PS Vita at #15.

Asura’s Wrath didn’t get a look in at all. Quite why Capcom didn’t hold it back until April, when very few big name releases are due out, is beyond us.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D also failed to make the top 40, having to instead settle for #4 in the 3DS chart.

Oct 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

Pow! Batman: Arkham City goes straight to number one in this week’s UK chart, shoving Forza Motorsport 4 down to #4.

At #2 there’s FIFA 12 and at #3 there’s a new entry – Football Manager 2012. Just Dance 3 at #5 finishes off the top 5.

The Sims 3: Pets is the next highest new entry at #6. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One doesn’t do too brilliantly arriving at #24, but that’s still way better than Dance Central 2 which has to make to do with #40.

There are quite a few big dippers this week – Dark Souls drops from #7 to #18, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon goes from #12 to #21 and Resistance 3 can’t resist falling from #17 to #37.

The little purple dragon has done well though – Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is up from #16 to #11.

In the single formats, Tropico 4 makes #32 in the Xbox 360 chart while Tetris on 3DS slots into #9 in the 3DS chart.

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

Batman: Arkham City. Now this is a game that a lot of people have been waiting for. Visually it’s sublime – Rocksteady have managed to master the Unreal Engine in a way that only Epic themselves have. They’ve also managed to give us the first decent rendition of Robin. Robin often looks a bit camp or scrawny (or both) but Rocksteady’s reimaging casts him as a muscular, angst ridden teen with a shaven head. A few fans are miffed about Catwoman being a playable character, which is understandable seeing she’s not quite as an exciting a character as the dynamic duo, but her inclusion is hardly going to ruin the game. With reviews including a 9 from Eurogamer we will be very surprised if it doesn’t enter at the top of the chart next week.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One isn’t another half-arsed affair like PlayStation Move Heroes, but the start of a new trilogy with Insomniac at the helm. Games Radar gave it a 7. They liked the co-op aspects but didn’t like the fact that puzzles are repeated, and suggested that it may have worked better on PSP. Eurogamer Sweden liked it a bit more, giving it an 8.

Dance Central was one of the best Kinect launch games. Unless something has gone badly wrong there’s no reason to doubt that Dance Central 2 is just as good. PlayStation 3 owners shouldn’t feel left out – Sony are this week unleashing Dance Star Party to the dance-crazed masses.

Ubisoft’s The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn also features Kinect support. It would seem that Ubisoft aren’t doing a DS version of this movie tie-in, instead opting for a 3DS version. That strikes us as a little odd. It’s also out on PlayStation 3, Wii and PC.

Much like Thor, which came along at a much later date, Captain America: Super Soldier this week hits 3DS. Thor on 3DS was a little better than the console versions. Hopefully this will follow suit, although the lack of reviews at present is worrying.

And we certainly hope that The Sims 3: Pets on 3DS is a better than launch game The Sims 3 too. EA’s pet petting sim also hits PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – with the Xbox 360 version having Kinect support – but there’s no Wii version. Seeing as EA even tried cramming Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit onto Wii, this also strikes us as odd.

Next week: Battlefield 3 (PS3, 360, PC), Blackwater (360), Disney Universe (PS3, 360, Wii), Football Manager 2012 (PSP), Kinect Sports: Season Two (360), Kirby Mass Attack (DS), We Sing Rock (Wii), Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi (PS3, 360), House of the Dead: Overkill – Extended Cut (PS3), James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes (3DS), MotionSports: Adrenaline (PS3, 360), NCIS (360, PS3, Wii, 3DS) and Ski-doo Challenge (360, PS3).

Jun 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

For a third week in a row L.A. Noire holds onto the top spot of the chart. Brink celebrates a fourth week in the top 5 too but Bethesda’s own Hunted: The Demon’s Forge hasn’t been so lucky having to make do with #14. Considering the lack of reviews and hype though, that’s still not bad going.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean rises from #3 to #2 while DiRT 3 does the opposite. PC add-on pack Sims 3: Generations makes #10.

Jun 08
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

UK Charts

The UK charts are in for last week and it’s The Sims 3 that takes the top spot. It has become the fourth fastest selling PC title in the UK, behind the two World of Warcraft expansion packs and Championship Manager 4. Red Faction: Guerrilla goes in at a surprisingly high #2. The last Red Faction game was released way back in 2002 and if memory serves it wasn’t even as popular as the first.

Codemaster’s Fuel just misses out on a top 10 entry by arriving at #12. Blame the mediocre Terminator Salvation, which has gone up from #11 to #10. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel has also done well seeing that the first game wasn’t released on consoles going in at #15. In fact, it has done better than Square-Enix’s Star Ocean: The Last Hope which goes in at #18.

Moving down the chart, there’s something called Mystery Stories – which I’m guessing is a DS adventure game – at #20 and Jillian Michales’ Fitness Ultimatum at #27. Still no Boom Blox 2 or Punch Out in the top 40, but Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat goes in at #10 in the Wii chart. Hopefully the next New Play Control title to be released will be Chibi-Robo.

Resident Evil 5 is almost out of the chart completely, clinging on at #40. A price cut could well see it shoot back up though.

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