How does one follow up the most profitable week in the gaming industry ever in the UK? Near to £121,000,000 worth of games were sold last week – having six blockbuster games released this week, including The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Assassins Creed: Revelations and Saints Row: The Third, might just be able to make up for it methinks. It has been yet another glorious week for gaming, so let’s go right ahead and delve into the most interesting stories of the week.
- So about those enormous sales figures…well, unsurprisingly a lot of that income was made up by Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – a cool £83.1 million to be precise – and the game made over $400 million in just 24 hours across the world following its release, becoming the third game in consecutive years to have the ‘biggest entertainment launch ever’…..following Black Ops ($360 million) and Modern Warfare 2 ($310 million). The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim managed to make up a big chunk of the remaining money, shipping over 7 million units and become the highest played game on Steam, along with Battlefield 3 which continues to sell strong since its release. The releases haven’t been entirely successful however; owners of MW3 discs have been complained of disc read errors on the Xbox 360, and people looking to play Skyrim on the PS3 have found they get crippling lag if a save file goes over 5MB in size. Expect the issues to be resolved soon via patching.
- As a side note, some of the stuff that people have found glitching in Skyrim are nothing short of hilarious. Experiences have ranged from giants hitting things into the stratosphere, stealing from store owners by covering their heads with baskets, and teaching their horses how to fly on the wings of a dragon. Clearly broken, but I personally hope that Bethesda do not remove these glitches because they help Skyrim maintain its unique experience.
- This past Tuesday marked 10 years since the release of Microsoft’s original Xbox, and indeed the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. They have been celebrating in style (throwing in a free Avatar gift – get it while it lasts), and I hope to produce an editorial soon looking back at 10 years of Microsoft consoles in the industry, and the pivotal games that have helped it become a major player next to Sony and Nintendo
- There has been a huge controversy surrounding Super Mario 3D Land this week, after PETA (People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals) criticised the game for its use of the famous Tanooki suit (the Tanuki being a real life dog that is skinned alive for its furs), and retaliated by released a Flash game on their website called ‘Super Tanooki Skin 2D’, where you play as a skinned Tanooki and try and catch Mario who is flying away with your skin. I find it utterly bizarre – for one thing, the flash game is actually quite playable, but why make a game that glorifies the thing you are campaigning against? Weird. PETA have since come out and told Mario fans to chill, but I get the feeling that Nintendo will be pretty pissed off with them
- 343 Industries have confirmed that Halo 4 will not be appearing on the next generation Xbox, and will be a purely Xbox 360 affair. This comes after rumours have intensified over the last week or two that Microsoft are preparing for the next generation console to be revealed at some point during early 2012.
That’s about it as far as headline news goes for this week. On a personal note, I’ve had another relatively successful week – all my work got handed in amongst furious Skyrim playtime, and I was invited to do a piece on gaming this Winter for the community radio station located on my University campus, Siren FM. It was nothing spectacular, but it was well received, and marks the first time I’ve done radio for years; I’ll try and get the audio off of the sound guys so you can all have a listen. I also managed to win the FIFA 12 Tournament we held at the Lincoln Gaming Society, keeping my good run of fortune with the game going.
Now then, run along young ones, and if you are settling down for a weekend with any new releases (or any game I suppose), I hope you have a blast.