Tagged "The Sims 3"

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.

May 26
By Matt Gander In Blog 3 Comments


When it’s released next month virtual people simulator The Sims 3 will be the biggest thing to happen to PC gaming for a long time. So, it’s no surprise to see that retailers are offering bonuses if you buy it from them instead of their rivals.

If you don’t mind opening your wallet wide then Game has a Collector’s Edition for £44.99. It comes with a 2GB Plumbob USB memory stick, some downloads and £5 to spend in The Sims 3 store.

If it’s a new mouse that you need, then HMV is the place to go – £29.99 gets you the game, a Sims 3 branded mouse and a garish looking wallpaper skin for use in the game. By far the best deal.

The version Play.com are selling, on the other hand, comes with an exclusive Hawaiian floral pattern for £29.99, which doesn’t sound very exciting at all. But it could be worse – GameStation, Amazon and others aren’t offering any pre-order deals.

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