Harry Potter

How to fix gaming’s most abused licenses

In a time when review scores matter more than ever, most publishers and developers are putting some long overdue attention into their licensed games. A few duffers do still slip out though, in hope that people will buy them based on name alone. We’ve put our thinking caps...

Dishonored – a dish best served hot

Christ on a moped – this week is rammed with new releases, of which at least six are of tip-top quality. Won’t somebody think of our bank balances? Firstly – new IP! Launching a new game series is a tricky task that requires a lot of shrewd marketing...

A lot of people put The Cartel in their cart

I don’t know what’s worse – Zumba Fitness holding #1 for the sixth week in a row, or Call of Juarez: The Cartel – which currently has a Metacritic score of 51% – taking #2 in the top 40 UK chart. The distinctly average Harry Potter: The Deathly...

Optimus Prime Time

It must have been a slow week for sales last week. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 makes #7 in the top 40 UK chart yet Chart Track claims launch sales have been the lowest for any Harry Potter game. Even lower, believe it or not,...

Captain Potter

The Harry Potter games were getting better over the years – providing we ignore the horrid mess that was Quiddich World Cup – but something went awfully wrong with last year’s Potter tie-in and it ended up being one of the worst games of the year. Most of...

Metacritic’s Worst of 2010

Metacritic’s worst 10 games of 2010 has worked out pretty evenly between formats – there are a couple of Kinect titles, a few multi-format jobbies and one each on the list for PlayStation Move, WiiWare and PSN. As you may have predicted, a few of these are movie...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

The school of Hogwarts doesn’t appear at all in the new Harry Potter film, so it makes sense that it isn’t in the game either. Instead, Harry is on the run and living life as a fugitive. This fits in nicely with the game’s new action-orientated direction: it’s...

Activision’s soldiers hold the fort

UK Charts Despite the very fine Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit being released last week, Call of Duty: Black Ops has held onto #1. They have to make do with #2 and #3 respectively. Wii Sports Resort has risen from #19 to #7 but...

Ubisoft managed to build Rome in a year

This Week’s Games Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has gone from being a game quietly announced with very little fanfare to being the highest rated game this winter. It currently has an average review score of 92%, which is higher than even Call of Duty: Black Ops (currently at 88%)....

Starcraft II sells well, unsurprisingly

UK Charts Activision Blizzard’s PC RTS Starcraft II has gone straight to #1, selling more copies in the UK in just one week than the original’s entire UK lifetime sales. Chart Track tells us that the original – which was released in 1998 – entered the chart at...