It has taken three weeks for it to happen, but L.A. Noire has finally been knocked off the top spot in this week’s game charts in the UK. How appropriate then that the FPS King himself would be the one to do it. That’s right folks, the hotly debated Duke Nukem Forever (you only have to look as far as our comments section of Tom’s review to see the divisive opinions in flow) has claimed the crown in this week’s charts.Click here for more news on this week's chart >>
Would you believe it, but LA Noire has claimed the top spot in the UK charts for the third week in a row. In a week of very few changes, Rockstar's terrific detective thriller resisted a renewed effort from LEGO: Pirates of the Carribean, which traded places with last week's second place entry, Codemasters' DIRT 3. Zumba Fitness retained four place, edging out fifth-placed Brink.Click here for more
LA Noire held firm at the top of the UK Charts this week, fending off competition from the likes of DIRT 3 which premiered in second place. Rockstar's 1940s crime caper - which we'll have a roundtable review for later today - showed remarkable resilience to maintain its pole position, whereas the likes of Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean dropped to third. Elsewhere, the resilient Zumba Fitness clung on to fourth place, whereas Brink continued its steady decline, dropping from third to fifth.Click here for the rest of this weeks charts
Well, surprise, surprise! LA Noire's jumped straight in at Number 1 in this week's UK Games Charts and my guess is that it'll stay in the top three for at least the next couple of weeks. Rockstar's Detective saga is jam packed full of content and I had a wicked time investigating away and busting criminals over the weekend! That's not to say it's a perfect game by any means, there are a couple of areas that could do with a bit of polish, but it's wonderful to see the story unfold before your eyes.Click here to see who made the Top Ten this week!
Brink, the anticipated team-based FPS from Splash Damage and Bethesda Softworks, has secured the top spot this week thanks to incredibly strong Xbox 360 sales. However, to call its critical reception "mixed" would be an understatement of titanic proportions. Brink is turning into a truly marmite title - and we've decided to hold off on our review until we're sure we've got a handle on the experience. And its lag-busting patch.
Until then, folks, why not tell us (and your fellow readers) what you make of it in the comments!
Elsewhere in the charts, omnipresent fitness suite Zumba Fitness is leaping around like a trendy possessed hipster in position number three, with Telltale Games' LEGO Pirates Of The Carribean swashbuckling its way into second place. MX vs ATV Alive is the final new entry that has managed to hit the coveted tenth place - and the usual suspects of Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, Crysis 2, Black Ops and FIFA 11 are all squabbling over the rest of the table. Homefront, however, has finally dropped off of the charts - and Miyamoto's Steel Diver is still nowhere to be found.Click here for this week's Top Ten >>
Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed) | PS3 | Wii | DS | 3DS | PSP
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Why are Lego games so good? Because they arrrrrrrrrrrgh.
Sorry. Couldn’t resist that. And couldn’t resist the latest film themed title from the Danish brick people and, more importantly, Traveller’s Tales. If you’ve ever played a Lego game before, you’ll know what to expect. If you haven’t, where the hell have you been?
They’re churning these games out now at a hell of a pace. It’s only weeks since Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars appeared and, actually, that left me somewhat underwhelmed. Sure, there was the addition of strategy and battles – I like the Guardian’s comment that it was “like a primary school version of Command & Conquer” so will one day pass that line off as my own – but, for the most part, it felt a little laboured. Most of that though, I think, is down to my lack of knowledge about The Clone Wars. Well, it’s not so much a lack of knowledge more a “can’t be arsed”.
There are, I’m sure, people who read, devour and remember every nuance of everything George Lucas has ever imagined. I’m not one of them. Luke and Han = good guys, Darth Vader = bad guy and Luke’s dad? That I can remember. Which minister did what to which planet and which embargo forced what tribe into an alliance with which rebellion? Bugger. Off. I could get into it, I’m sure, but life keeps getting in the way.
To my mind, all the nuances of The Clone Wars just suck the joy out of the original Star Wars films. The same is probably true of Pirates of the Caribbean, as it happens. The first one was a cracker: fun, funny, exciting. The second was more of the same yet considerably less so and the third... Well, my only memory of that was the 30 minutes of buttock massage I required after to try and restore some feeling to a quite remarkably numb bum. How long was that film? Because it seemed longer. Much, much longer.The third film sucked. But does the game? Find out after the jump...
Release Date: 13th May 2011
Price Comparisons: All Platforms
The Gadget Show Live, which started on Wednesday, has not only been showing off the latest technologies and innovations, but has provided previews for some of the latest and upcoming games in its aptly named Game Zone. Being in attendance Brendan and I managed to experience a world first hands-on for the next entry in the hugely popular LEGO franchise that was recently announced; LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. You would be forgiven for thinking that this instalment would be similar to previous outings, the same song and dance with a new lick of paint over the top, but thankfully it appears to be more than that. In fact from the play-through Brendan and I experienced, I would dare to say this may well be the most polished title of the series so far from developer Traveller's Tales.
As you would expect, the levels loosely follow the storylines of the films with the usual level of charm and humour. Upon starting up the game you gain control of Will Turner at the blacksmiths where he first meets Jack Sparrow, acting out the scene from the film. While the developers have done good jobs in the past of recreating sets from the films into their games, the level of detail in this first scene was impressive. There was not time to waste gawping at the background however as the quirky nature of the LEGO games come into full swing almost immediately. In an effort to forge a sword, you feed a donkey so you can ride upon its back, and then use your new mount to move some nearby machinery. It’s at this point Captain Sparrow made his grand entrance, and showed off the swashbuckling combat.Hit the jump to see the rest of preview, savvy?