Tagged "Transformers"

Jun 23
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

Wowsers – there’s a lot to get through this week. EA’s Shadows of the Damned and Warner Bros. F.E.A.R 3 are the two big hitters. General opinion on Shadows of the Damned is that it’s good but slightly lacking polish, with scores including a 7 from Eurogamer and an 8 from 360 Gamer magazine.

F.E.A.R 3 was delayed for extra pizzazz; that time seems to have paid off with the co-op mode getting praise. The average Metacritic score currently stands at a decent 78%.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another lacking polish. This was released in the US last week; those that have finished it claim it only takes around 5 hours and feels rushed out. There are no reviews in yet for the Wii, DS or 3DS versions; the last few Wii Transformers games were terrible but the DS ones were actually alright. The DS versions for this year’s tie-in come with a free toy but 3DS owners have to make do with without.

Two other 3DS titles are out to tempt you away from Zelda too – trippy but apparently mediocre shooter Dream Trigger 3D and Cubic Ninja, which NGamer Magazine quite liked.

The PlayStation Move compatible Ape Escape has a cheap price tag, available for £17.91 on Amazon or £17.99 on Play. As much as we like the Ape Escape series, the lack of reviews is off putting. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition also costs slightly less than a full price release but don’t get too excited – it’s just Super Street Fighter IV with the extra DLC thrown in.

There’s also Wii Play: Motion which Nintendo believes will set Wii Remote sales skyrocketing. The mini-games on this don’t sound too shabby, coming from a variety of outside studios. That said, anything has to be better than that stupid Pose Mii mini-game from the original Wii Play.

The rest of the week’s releases are a real odd bunch. There’s Tour De France 2011 (PS3, Xbox 360), Let’s Dance With Mel B (PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii), National Geographic Challenge (PS3 and Wii) and three DS titles: Bandz Mania, Jewel Legends: Tree of Life and survival horror romp Theresia. That last one doesn’t sound too bad – IGN dished out a 7.1 review score and it’s not like mature DS titles are in abundance these days.

Next week: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, Solatorobo: The Red Hunter, UFC Personal Trainer, Max and the Magic Marker, Arcana Heart 3, Air Conflicts – Secret Wars and the presumibly rubbish Street Cleaning Simulator on PC.

Jul 26
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

There isn’t a single game in the top 10 chart this week that’s in the same place it was last week. Mostly notably, the jolly decent Toy Story 3 has risen from #5 to #1, DS-exclusive Dragon Quest IX enters at #10 while Crackdown 2 drops all the way from #1 to #10.

Despite not being very good both Naughty Bear and Sniper: Ghost Warrior have risen a few places – they were at #21 and #22 respectively but they’re now at #20 and #17. Transformers: War for Cyberton has driven up a few places too, going from #35 to #30.

There’s nothing massively major going on in the single format charts, although I am surprised to see F1 2009 at #8 in the Wii chart given that it’s almost eight months old.

Jul 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Usually we grumble about movie tie-ins selling well, but word has it that Toy Story 3 is surprisingly inventive so we have no issues with it entering at #5 in the chart. But what’s this? Dance on Broadway has gone from #4 to #2, pushing LEGO Harry Potter to #3. That’s a grumble right there, that is.

Crackdown 2 holds onto the top chart position for a second week running while a surge titles have shot back up, presumably due to the release of the new Xbox 360. Alan Wake has gone from #23 to #11, Bioshock 2 from #24 to #12 and Split/Second up from #22 to #16. Forza 3 makes a re-appearance at #39 too.

Transformers: War for Cyberton is the biggest faller of the week, dropping from #19 to #35. If it doesn’t manage to outsell last year’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen tie-in then there really isn’t any justice in the world.

Jun 28
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Christ on a moped – this week’s chart is a bit of a shocker. LEGO Harry Potter has gone straight to #1, pushing Red Dead Redemption to #2. Naughty Bear enters at #5 (early reviews suggest it’s pretty unbearable, crap pun intended), the ace Demon’s Souls at #6 and Transformers: War for Cyberton at #8. Rooms: The Main Building, which was #5 last week, has fallen like a broken lift shaft all the way to #19.

Activision’s Singularity hasn’t had the best of starts making an appearance at a lowly #38. They only have themselves to blame – reviews have been good, but there has been next to no promotion.

Interestingly, the Wii version enters of Transformers hasn’t done nowhere near as well as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. It has only managed a limp #33 placing in the Wii chart while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 iterations are at #11 and #5 respectively.

Jun 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 2 Comments

This Week’s Games

Despite the cute exterior, 505 Games’ Naughty Bear has been compared to Manhunt and has a 16+ age rating. Why all the violence, you ask? It’s because Naughty Bear wasn’t invited to another bear’s birthday party. It’s by the developers behind sleeper hit WET, so it might be worth a look despite the fact it hasn’t been reviewed yet.

Without a movie to tie-in into, Activision’s Transformers: War For Cybertron has turned out somewhat better than the last two Transformers games. Reviews suggest that it pays a great amount of fan-service and that the banter between robots is brilliant. However, it’s also quite short and the AI is dumber than Metal Mickey. I played the online beta for a bit, which plays a bit like Call of Duty with kill streaks, XP and the like. It’s much easier to get a kill though. While we’re on the subject of licensed games, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is out this week too.

It also looks like Activision are slipping Singularity into stores. This was quite hyped up at one point; I guess the end product isn’t as good as anticipated. Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 3 is certainly good though – it shifted way more copies than expected in the US, no doubt helped by the string of 10/10 review scores it gained.

Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of Osbourne House on DS could be a strong seller – the last one did very well for Ubisoft. Sadly I can’t see Metal Slug XX on PSP selling well – despite a cult following, Metal Slug games tend to drop in price very quickly and then end up in the bargain bin.

Next week: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Tournament of Legends, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Pro Cycling Tour Manager: Tour De France 2010, Dragon Ball Z: Origins 2 and APB on PC.

Jul 01
By Jake In UK Charts No Comments

UK Chart

Better late than never? Let’s find out!

Fight Night Round 4 – four of them already? – is new, and straight in at #1. Smashing the competition in the face, if you like. Below that, last week’s top four all shuffle down a place, so it’s Prototype – or [PROTOTYPE] as Chart Track prefer – is #2. I’m sure you can do the rest.

The new Transformers tie-in is in at #6, but could rise as more people go to see the film. It might also drop. Or stay where it is. Find out next week!

No sign yet of Ice Age 3, but surely that’ll surface next week.

Let’s polish off the other new entries: Overlord II at #17, yet another Guitar Hero (Greatest Hits in this case) at #18, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for PSP at #25, Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires – another, really? – at #31, add-on Spore: Galactic Adventures at #37, and Tales of Vesperia at at #38. Plus MySims Racing, in its second week, at #28.

Wii budget jobber Resident Evil Archives takes #8 in the prestigious Wii budget chart; Another Code: R is probably #18 in the full price Wii chart, but it’s down as Another Code: Two Memories, which by my reckoning is the DS game. Which makes my head hurt in this hot weather.

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