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UK Games Charts | 5th January 2012

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Far Cry 3, FIFA 13, Sales, UK Games Charts, UK retail

 

UK Games Charts | 5th January 2012

Another week, another disappointing showing for the Wii U. Third week straight without a single exclusive in the top 40, and if the numbers are to be believed, it hasn't had a stellar showing when it comes to the multiplatform titles either. The start of the January transfer window has, however, meant FIFA 13 zips back in to number one. Elsewhere, there's not much movement in the top ten - Skyrim sneaks back in at the expense of Ass Creed III.

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Ouya and Kill Screen Unite For Ten Day Game Jam

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Android Games, Game jam, Kickstarter, Kill Screen, Ouya

Ouya and Kill Screen Unite For Ten Day Game Jam

Developers take note! The minds behind the Kickstarter-boosted Android mini-console, the Ouya, have united with Kill Screen to present the 10 Day Create event in the hopes of boosting the numbers of titles available for the device.

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Platinum Games 2013 Showreel Gears Up For One Hell Of A Year

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Platinum Games, trailer

2013 is going to be a big year for Platinum Games, who are bringing us The Wonderful 101, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Anarchy Reigns and Bayonetta 2. By the looks of their latest sizzle reel - appropriately backed by wailing, crunchy, noodly guitar - they're set to come out swinging.

Just in case you didn't already know, we're big fans of Platinum. Here's why.

Crysis 3 Won't Come To Wii U Due To Lack Of "Business Drive"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crysis 3, Crytek, EA, FPS games, Nintendo, Wii U

Crysis 3 Won't Come To Wii U Due To Lack Of "Business Drive"

Crytek have revealed that Crysis 3 won't grace Nintendo's new console, even though they want it to.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Will Allow Save File Import

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Adventure Games, Telltale, The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Season 2 Will Allow Save File Import

Telltale Considers Star Wars, Halo Or Half-Life Tie-Ins

Telltale's breathtakingly brave take on The Walking Dead deservedly shifted 8.5 million episodes since launch, and got our vote for Game Of The Year 2012. It comes as little surprise that another season is in the pipeline, but it appears that players will be able to import their season one save files to affect the storyline.

After that, could a Star Wars, Halo or Half-Life collaboration be in the pipeline?

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Nintendo Open To Free To Play Pricing Model

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free to play, Nintendo

Nintendo Open To Free To Play Pricing Model

But Not For Existing Franchises

Nintendo appears to want a piece of the increasingly lucrative F2P market, so long as current franchises aren't compromised.

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Nvidia Unveils Mobile Gaming Device With Project Shield

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Android Games, CES 2013, Mobile gaming, NVIDIA, PC games, Streaming

Nvidia Unveils Mobile Gaming Device With Project Shield

CES Reveal Aims To Bridge Portable & Home Gaming Experiences

It’s the biggest week of the year in terms of technology news, and Nvidia has kicked things off with a rather interesting reveal in Project Shield. Essentially a traditional console controller with a 5” high definition touchscreen attached, the device will be able to play Android titles as well as stream PC games from PCs with the latest Nvidia hardware inside them.

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Are Vicarious Visions Redesigning Crash Bandicoot?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Crash Bandicoot, Vicarious Visions

Are Vicarious Visions Redesigning Crash Bandicoot?

Just a little curio, this one. A picture posted on Vicarious Visions' Facebook page features a poster in the background that appears to reveal a redesigned Crash Bandicoot.

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Del Toro Holding inSANE Talks With "Very, Very Big Company"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Guillermo del Toro, Horror games, Insane, THQ

Del Toro Holding inSANE Talks With "Very, Very Big Company"

We were rather sad to hear that, as a result of preparing to file for bankruptcy, THQ regretfully let go of Guillermo Del Toro's intriguing horror opus. However, if a recent interview is anything to go by, Del Toro's been rather busy in between nabbing Ellen McLain for movie roles, and has been actively trying to farm inSANE out to other publishers.

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Telltale's The Walking Dead Shifts 8.5 Million Episodes, CEO Extols Virtues Of Episodic Model

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Adventure Games, Episodic content, Telltale Games, The Walking Dead

Telltale's The Walking Dead Shifts 8.5 Million Episodes, CEO Extols Virtues Of Episodic Model

Telltale's The Walking Dead was the video game event of last year. How do we know? Well the numbers just came in, as CEO Dan Connors proudly announced that the series has shifted 8.5 million episodes since the first in the five-set season dropped last April.

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Rhianna Pratchett Blames Tomb Raider Controversy On "Limited Information"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, Lara Croft, Rhianna Pratchett, Square Enix, Tomb Raider

Rhianna Pratchett Blames Tomb Raider Controversy On "Limited Information"

Slams "Bullshit Headlines"

Remember back last June, when Tomb Raider producer Ron Rosenberg suggested, amongst other things, that players would want to "protect" Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, and then a bunch of websites and news outlets cried rape at the scene where Lara finds herself violent confronted by a captor?

Well, although lead writer Rhianna Pratchett said she could understand the controversy in a recent interview, she wasn't too happy about the inaccuracy of the rather knee-jerk reaction - something she ascribes to limited information at the time, and a lack of widespread cultural knowledge that leads to video games often being misunderstood and perhaps misrepresented, at times by their own media.

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At A Glance: Roundup 24th December - 6th January 2013

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, December 2012, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, January 2013, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 24th December - 6th January 2013

We've still got plenty of news for you despite all the devs and publishers being on their Xmas holidays. Elite just about managed to reach its kickstarter target, Japan made its last PS2 and rumours persist that the PS4 will block pre-owned titles.

Our features have the remainder of the Game of the Year categories and you can still vote for your own choices, so check out those links. Our other features look back on 2012 and ahead to this year's games. Jon gives us the lowdown on the upcoming Ron Gilbert game, The Cave. There's also a feature about Miiverse, the Wii U's hidden weapon, another looks at 2012's hidden gems, while the final feature gives your our Top Seven Gaming New Year Resolutions.

We found a few extra reviews to bring you too. Apologies to anyone that's already bought the turdtacular Black Ops: Declassified on the Vita. Even Skylanders: Giants fares better. However, if you bought the excellent Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, give yourself a mighty pat on the back, you have the best kart-racer of 2012.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Namco Bandai, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, PS3 games

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Trailer

The original One Piece: Pirate Warriors may have passed you by late last year, but maybe it’s time to check it out as the sequel is on the way for the summer. Think Dynasty Warriors, but you actually want to keep playing after five minutes because you control a mentalist pirate with stretchy, rubbery limbs.

Battling against hundreds of enemies with these fantastic abilities made the original game a lot of fun to play. Some boring secondary characters and a jittery nonsense story made it occasionally frustrating, but fingers crossed these things will be improved for the sequel. Take a look at the first trailer after the break.

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Dante Struts His Stuff In DmC: Devil May Cry Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, DMC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

The latest DmC: Devil May Cry trailer is more of a mood piece than anything, seeing as it contains nearly two minutes of slick CG action rather than gameplay footage. If you're already excited about Ninja Theory's take on Capcom's classic brawler, you'll likely start foaming at the mouth.

DmC: Devil May Cry is out on January 15th worldwide for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC version following ten days later. We'll bring you a full review of the highly controversial reboot soon.

Meet The Cast Of The Showdown Effect In New Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Arrowhead Game Studios, multiplayer, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Shooter, Trailre

Meet The Cast Of The Showdown Effect In New Trailer

The Showdown Effect, a multiplayer 2.5D shooter from the creators of Magicka, is now two months from release. This new trailer introduces us to some of the larger-than-life action movie characters that populate the roster of reprobates, along with some behind the scenes development and new gameplay footage.

You'll meet Dutch McClone, a time-traveling Austrian searching for his identity; Lance Koboldski, a grizzled cop with only one day until retirement; Hailey Skye, a plucky girl genius who'll stop at nothing to uncover her father's killer; and Shur Foo, a gentleman who seems to believe there's no problem you can't solve by punching it.

The Showdown Effect releases on March 5th for PC - and you can now sign up to the Beta.

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EA Tops UK Publishing Sales Charts In 2012

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Publishers, Sales, UK Charts, UK retail

EA Tops UK Publishing Sales Charts In 2012

Chart-Track have revealed that the gigantic behemoth that is EA proved to be the best-selling physical games publisher in the UK during 2012, no doubt boosted by the unswerving chart success of FIFA 13, no to mention Mass Effect 3's emergence earlier in the year.

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DmC Sets A Low Difficulty Bar For New Users

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Accessibility, Action Games, Capcom, DMC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory

DmC Sets A Low Difficulty Bar For New Users

Ninja Theory and Capcom have revealed that there's to be a relatively low difficulty bar for new users and more casual gamers who might not have engaged with the Devil May Cry series in the past.

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GAME Stores To Run Dead Space 3 'Lock-Ins'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dead Space 3, EA, GAME, UK retail

GAME Stores To Run Dead Space 3 'Lock-Ins'

GAME has announced that several stores will host EA-sponsored 'lock-ins' throughout January, allowing visitors to try out unreleased games after closing time. Dead Space 3 will be the main event, while there'll also be some snacks and refreshment on offer.

We've got a list of participating stores and dates after the break. To participate, you'll need to register in-store or tweet at the specific shop (first come first served, over 18s only).

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2012 UK Sales Post-Mortem: Consoles Slump, Digital Downloads Up

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK retail

2012 UK Sales Post-Mortem: Consoles Slump, Digital Downloads Up

Tablets On The Rise

Before we can fully throw ourselves into 2013, it's time to take one last lingering look at 2012 - which proved to be a challenging year for many hardware and software companies. According to the latest UK sales figures, console and handheld sales decreased by a third, though digital download sales are rising at a healthy pace.

What's more, a record number of iOS and Android tablets were activated on Christmas Day.

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Rumour: Used Wii U Consoles Let You Download Previous Owner's Games, For Free

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Pre-owned, Report, Wii U

Rumour: Used Wii U Consoles Let You Download Previous Owner's Games, For Free

According to reports from gamers who purchased a pre-owned Wii U console, game licenses are registered to a specific console rather than a user account. Meaning, of course, that they can download the previous owner's games without paying a penny.

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