The problem with releasing a console that barely pushes the top level of current-gen console power, with only a smattering of games, none of which can really boast to being "killer app", is that your competitors will be firing on all cylinders. Thus it's perhaps no surprise that a week on from the Wii U's release, Nintendo Land and NSMBU have fallen 15 and 22 places respectively. ZombiU is nowhere to be found in the top 40.
Instead, it would seem that gamers are perfectly happy spending £40 on the likes of Blops II, which sits pretty at #1 once again; the excellent Far Cry 3; and top ten mainstay - FIFA 13.
Hell, even Wonderbook held firm in 21st place.Click here to read more...
Industry trade body UKIE published a report this week essentially using statistics to paint a picture of a United Kingdom that has truly taken gaming to its heart, presenting data that shows more and more people are playing games, and profiling a gaming audience that is continuing to increase in size and diversity. We chat about why and how this change has happened, how the word "gamer" is losing meaning, we skirt the surface of gamification, we discuss why the VGAs are a bloody shambles, and we select our favourite games to play post-turkey on Boxing Day with the family.
We also start coming up with our Christmas single...through some improvisation of frankly debatable quality.
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A newly-published report from British trade body UKIE suggests that the United Kingdom is fast becoming a united gaming nation.Click here to read more...
Today's the day! PEGI officially takes over as the legally-enforceable standard of video game ratings and classification here in the UK today.
The rectangles of PEGI have become far more ubiquitous in recent years than the BBFC's circular stamps of age classification in our industry, and today will see the BBFC's 15 rating rise to 16 under PEGI.Click here to read more...
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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...
UKIE has revealed the UK's total videogame sales over the last year, and the results are surprisingly positive. While the £1.42bn we spent on entertainment software, pc and console games is 7% less than 2010's total figure, and the total gross including consoles and peripherals suffered a 13% drop, a massive holiday season push resulted in gloomy analyst projections being beaten across the board. Motion control is still on the rise, while software vastly outstripped hardware in terms of sales and revenue. Our marketplace is defined by games, not consoles, though the PS Vita, Wii U and rumoured next-gen Xbox will doubtlessly seek to separate us from our hard earned cash over the coming months.
More details after the break.Click here to read more...
Analysts have predicted that the current console generation will enjoy a decade-long lifespan, but Crytek have a very different outlook on the situation. Speaking with CVG, Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli has bemoaned the fact that the Xbox 360 and PS3 are cramping their style in terms of capability and graphical output.
For some reason my gut feeling is still that we'll see a new [console] generation in 2012, 2013. Factually spoken, it looks like I'm going be wrong, but my gut feeling is that there's going to be a new one because it's really getting old and tight in this space.
A new Playstation might be a tall order within three years, but there's every possibility that the Xbox 360 may need a successor before 2013. Crysis 2's performance should be a good indicator of whether we need a new generation when it releases this March. [CVG]
Bethesda has confirmed to VG247 that the proprietary Skyrim engine will replace Gamebryo for all future Bethesda RPGs. Which basically means Fallout 4 if you read between the lines. When asked about future projects in a telephone interview, PR guru Peter Hines made the following statement:
Yeah, I mean obviously, whatever Bethesda Game Studios works on after Skyrim will take advantage of the tech that they have developed.
But what that next product is or what it’s going to be? Everybody’s gonna have to wait and see. Right now, it’s been used for Skyrim and that’s what our focus is on. We aren’t saying what they’re going to work on next.
The venerable Gamebryo engine (licensed by Bethesda) has brought us many of the best RPGs to have released this generation... but I doubt that anyone will be sad to see it go. We loved the games, but it's difficult to forgive the numerous glitches, bugs and sheer game-killing aggravation that Gamebryo brought along with it. [VG247]
Activision and Treyarch are currently in a lot of hot water over Call Of Duty: Black Ops' PS3 performance, which has even riled up consumer group Gamers' Voice into seeking a government investigation against the game. Luckily, Treyarch have now released another patch that promises to clear up a fair few of these issues.
You can read the entire remit of Version 1.06 over at the official forums, but fixes include "[removing] freeze associated with larger games," "improved reliability of player connections" and numerous smaller gameplay tweaks. We hope that this will go a long way towards easing the pain. [CoD Forums]
Has Version 1.06 finally done the business? Or do you still have more problems to report? Let us know in the comments!
British Publishing body UKIE have announced that, according to their figures, four games are being pirated for every title bought at retail. After a BBC report suggested that piracy was responsible for lost sales of £1.45 billion in 2010, UKIE's Michael Rawlinson suggested that this figure was a "conservative estimate"... but doesn't necessarily represent a loss to the industry.
UKIE have commissioned a full report, and we'll keep you posted.