Today's PlayStation Store update brings us House Of The Dead 4: Extended Cut. Since it's compatible with the PS Move peripheral and costs a reasonable £6.49, it's probably worth a download - specially since you can get an extra discount with a PS Plus subscriptions. Doc Clock, a complete Renegade Ops bundle and the world's least competitive price for NHL 12 round out the 'new' games.
In terms of DLC, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players who lack paid Elite subscriptions will finally be able to access the first content bundle, though note that Content Collection #1 will arrive tomorrow (Thursday 19th April) rather than today. Otherwise, there's some new Ninja Gaiden 3 gear, Operation Raccoon City missions and a new level pack for Disney Universe.
Finally, remember that the free Paint Park app is out today, and it looks rather fun.
As always, we've got the update below - courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning has had its week in the sun, slipping from 1st place and out of the top ten entirely. Instead, UFC Undisputed 3 has sucker punched before the glove touch (a notable new feature) and fought its way up to the top spot, eclipsing the usual suspects of FIFA 12, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and the Mario & Sonic Olympics tie-in. Be sure to check out Carl's UFC Undisputed 3 review.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 and The Darkness 2 are both selling well, and proving that sequelitis doesn't have to be a debilitating disease.
Skylanders has also managed to claw its way back into the top ten, which is an immensely promising move for the brave cross-platform, cross-medium breakthrough hit. Long may it continue.
As always, we've got the full chart after the jump with links to all our reviews. Hit it!Click here to read more...
Modern Warfare 3's entire multiplayer suite will be free to download and play online on Steam throughout this weekend, starting at 18:00 GMT today. You can get pre-loading now if you want.
Infinity Ward has officially dated Modern Warfare 3's first two Elite DLC maps for February 28th for PS3 owners, who have had to wait for the month-long Microsoft exclusivity window to expire. Liberation and Piazza are the vanguard of a nine-month content splurge that will be made available to paid Elite subscribers ahead of traditional DLC packs being issued to regular players.
Yesterday we reported that Modern Warfare 3's Elite maps are locked to a single Xbox Live profile, which means that other Gamertags on the same console can't access the content despite it being guaranteed in the Xbox Live terms of service. It seems that this state of affairs was an accidental error rather than a purposeful lockout, and Infinity Ward have promised to fix the issue "as soon as possible." More details below.Click here to read more...
Call Of Duty Elite has laid out its schedule to deliver an inordinate number of small DLC drops to paying members over the next nine months, but eagle-eyed Elites have spotted what could very well be a contravention of Xbox Live's download terms. The new Modern Warfare 3 DLC maps are only playable by the Elite-enabled Gamertag that downloaded them, even though the terms state that "you can use this item on the first Xbox 360 console you downloaded it to. Access to this item will also be granted to all users on this first console." According to the forums, Activision isn't even certain whether this restriction will be retired when the first full-blown DLC pack becomes available in March.
This will likely irk gamers who are used to downloading DLC content to share with family, housemates or friends. Note, however, that you can still play the maps in split-screen so long as the Elite account leads the lobby. [via Joystiq]
Activision has laid out their proposed Elite DLC drops for Modern Warfare 3 in a helpful calendar that gives us an idea about what to expect from each month. Ten competitive maps, six Spec Ops missions and two new game modes have been confirmed between now and September... though if you're not a paid Elite subscriber, you'll need to wait for three downloadable content bundles. Of course, Activision's exclusivity deal means that Xbox Live will receive the content first.
We've rounded up the details below in case you're interested, and note that the first two maps (Liberation and Piazza) are out today on Xbox Live. If you're an Elite subscriber.Click here to read more...
Drum roll please.
UKIE has finally released the full charts of 2011's highest selling games in the UK, platform by platform. As far as the all format charts are concerned, you probably won't be surprised to hear that Modern Warfare 3 has romped to victory - hounded as it is by EA's FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3. Serial chart-botherer Zumba Fitness managed to spectacularly beat Skyrim to fourth place, becoming the only game in the top ten to have not released in the holiday season.
Uncharted 3 and Gears Of War 3 both charted well on their respective systems, while Football Manager claimed overwhelming dominance on the PC.
So there you have it... and who cares? Sales are a poor way of judging games and systems unless you're a tie clip-wearing shareholder, but if you're interested, we've got the full charts below.Click here to read more...
Activision has announced that Modern Warfare 3 will receive twenty bite-sized pieces of DLC over the next nine months, provided separately for Elite subscribers or bundled into traditional content packs starting from January 24th. Paid Call Of Duty Elite members will receive the content free as it comes, and Xbox 360 players will receive it first due to a timed exclusivity deal with Microsoft. Activision's Eric Hirshberg promises to deliver "more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever," and it seems that they've definitely got the first two nailed down.
The announcement trailer, linked above, explains everything as well as giving us a look at the two new maps releasing later this month.
He shoots, he scores. FIFA 12 has held onto its New Year first place, officially making it the first UK number one of 2012. A great game, and thoroughly deserved.
In other news, Battlefield 3 has managed to beat Modern Warfare 3 to second place, and RAGE has leapt back into the top ten. The rest of the chart is dominated by familiar faces and our old friend Zumba Fitness. We haven't missed you.Click here for the UK All-Format Top Ten >>
Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling has told us what to expect in Modern Warfare 3's next patch via a number of recent tweets. Apparently the main focus of the update will be to fix the spawning system and spawn logic, which should result in a slightly less chaotic experience.
In terms of nerfs, Bowling suggests that the FMG9, Striker and Type 95 will all receive a slight downgrade, while the shotguns will be buffed. Host disadvantage/lag compensation and the "Out Of Memory7" error will also be addressed.
The patch is expected to release by the end of the month.
Last week's charts are a little late thanks to the inconvenient public holiday and debauched merriment afforded by the termination of 2011, but the New Year sales figures are finally in. FIFA 12 ends the year on a high in first position, shadowed by Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 in second and third. Christmas Number One The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim dropped to eighth, though it's still a laudable position for a game that isn't part of an annualised franchise.
Elsewhere, the top ten is filled out by the same old faces, but the lower positions are more interesting. Skylanders is still selling well and championing its impressive cross-media potential, while the phenomenal Rayman Origins is also enjoying some well-deserved success. Pat yourselves on the back, purchasers. You made the right decision.Click here for the UK Top Ten in full >>
TorrentFreak have compiled a projected list of 2011's most illegally-downloaded titles using BitTorrent's trackers and other sources... and the results might surprise you. While Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 are respectively the second and third most pirated PC games of the year, it appears that Crysis 2 tops the dubious charts with a whopping 3,920,000 estimated downloads. Well, it does have a bit of a head start.
On the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Sports Mix dominate the BitTorrent downloads. Xenoblade Chronicles clocked in at a close third, which was to be expected since many disgruntled US gamers will have probably downloaded it after NoA refused to simultaneously port the localised version to both European and American regions.
In terms of pirated Xbox 360 games, Gears Of War 3 unsurprisingly took the lead with 890,000 downloads, followed (again unsurprisingly) by Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefeld 3. The PS3 has not been included in the report since its Blu-Ray disc format and constantly-evolving firmware suffers from "considerably less" piracy. Full report through the link.
Atlantic columnist and U.S. war veteran D.B. Grady has called out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's marketing strategy - particularly that of 'The Vet and the N00b' - as one that " trivializes and sanitizes war to an extreme, setting a new low".Click here to read more...
Activision community don Dan Amrich has deployed a less-than-mysterious screenshot for one of the new maps that will feature in Modern Warfare 3's first DLC pack, which is dated for January 24th (if you're an Elite premium subscriber]). The map is apparently called 'Park.' And that's definitely a park. Central Park, maybe?
Remember that the DLC pack will have an outrageously staggered release schedule due to the fact that Activision have split their audience into five different parts.
"Due to a business arrangement from 2010, Xbox 360 gets DLC content ahead of other platforms, and Activision has promised Elite subscribers will get DLC content ahead of the general public. With that in mind, I see five audiences: Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox 360 general public, PS3 Elite, PS3 general public, and PC. I don't yet know in what order each of those audiences will be served. That could get confusing, but you know I'll do my best to make it as easy to figure out as possible."
As I said in the full review, Modern Warfare 3 is big enough to not need DLC. At all. Whether you buy it or not is up to you.
Speaking in a recent Call Of Duty Elite video update, Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling confirmed that Modern Warfare 3's first DLC pack will deploy on January 24th. Apparently Infinity Ward will be taking a different approach to downloadble content compared to past entries in the franchise, including new Spec Ops missions and "more than just maps."
"The way we’re doing downloadable content this year is unlike we’ve never done before. Not only in how you can get it – in content drops or choose for the collection – but also the type of content you’re getting. We’re doing more than just maps. We’re going to do Spec Ops missions and a variety of things that players have never seen before."
Okay then. We'll keep an eye out for it next year.
I knew when it came to finally writing this article, I'd have to decide - almost on the spot - between two titles; Gears of War 3, or Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? I've devoted considerable time to both, and would happily champion both games as the best 2011 had to offer. However, I can only choose one, and the choice is whether I prefer skewering Locust on the end of the Retro Lancer's bayonet, or firing arrows at Bethesda-themed walrus and luring them towards bears for good old-fashioned PETA baiting.
It has to be Skyrim. As much as I love Gears of War 3, I'll always plump for a fantastic, sprawling adventure over 80s themed machismo and pitch-perfect multiplayer. Skyrim is, simply put, a staggering achievement in game design, quest writing, open-world tech and sheer immersion. Whether it's the always epic clashes with dragons or simply wandering the wilderness, practicing your archery on Skyrim's fauna, it bests just about every RPG in the last decade. It's really that good.Click here to read more...
If you're looking to play Modern Warfare 3 in countries where Xbox LIVE's extensive reach doesn't... well, reach, then you might find the Activision shooter's matchmaking won't work. Xbox Support took to Twitter to alert fans in unsupported regions that Modern Warfare 3 won't be accessible online. "COD: MW3 multiplayer online is only accessible if you're in an eligible Xbox Live region," they told followers, with Croatia one of the countries affected.
Don't surrender all hope just yet, though; as Infinity Ward's community chief, Rob Bowling, told followers the two MW3 teams are "actively discussing" the issue and "talking to users affected". However, he admits to no "ETA at this point", with the likes of Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Finland reporting such issues. We'll have more for you on this as it develops. [Twitter]
Just in case you didn't think Activision could break any more sales records with their blockbuster FPS franchise, news arrives that not only did Modern Warfare 3 break the $1bn mark after sixteen days onsale, but it did so a day faster than 3D cinema box-office smash Avatar.Click here to read more...
It's kind of warming to see an obvious incumbent blockbuster fall to a relatively unexpected contender. Skyrim has gone and knocked Modern Warfare 3 from the top spot this week, with Just Dance 3 leapfrogging FIFA 12 too. Uncharted 3 makes it back into the top ten, with Rayman Origins and Gran Turismo 5 sneaking back into the top 40.Click here to check out this week's top ten...