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MW3 Earns Metacritic Bashing, Battlefield 4 Announced, Skyrim Gets Released Tonight And More

It’s typical isn’t it? On the week when arguably the two biggest games of the year get released, I suddenly realise I have half a dissertation to hand in…the games industry has never heard of University hand-in season have they? Nevertheless, I’ve suspended my study for an hour to cover some of the big news from the week – and there are some corkers this time.

  • Perhaps inevitably, we start with the first launch of the week – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I don’t need to describe the attention surrounding this game (having already done it previously on the blog and having just taken a glance at every major gaming website going), and I shouldn’t need to tell you that it has sold the proverbial shedload of copies since it got released on Tuesday. As ever, the interesting news comes once people have got their hands on it, and the ravine in opinion has grown even wider this year it seems; critics have been relatively unanimous in their praise for the game hitting an average of 90 on Metacritic (which puts it behind Batman: Arkham City and Gears 3 interestingly enough), but the public opinion is downright hilarious. User reviews have given the game 2.6 out of 10 – now this could be angry trolls raiding the internet, but I have a feeling that some of these negative reviews will be somewhat truthful. Early reports suggest the campaign is once again far too short, and the COD Elite service has had a few technical hiccups. If you have the game (I sure as hell won’t be getting it), what do you make of it?
  • And of the game that did its best to displace COD from its lofty perch, Battlefield 3? Well, despite a few fiasco’s with its launch, EA will be smiling as it shifted five million copies in its first week on sale to become EA’s fastest selling game ever – and when you consider that roster includes stuff like The Sims and FIFA, its one hell of an achievement. Still, it wasn’t enough to stop Black Ops from being at the top of the Xbox Live charts this week, giving yet more evidence to Black Ops exceptional longevity. Oh yeah, Frank Gibeau (President of EA, and therefore one of the most despised men on the internet) also casually dropped a Battlefield 4 mention this week. Imagine the specs required for that bad boy….
  • Have you heard of GTA 5? Its this small game that got a debut trailer last week and sent the world into fits of speculation…all joking aside, even a week after the trailer hit the interwebs and after all the minute detailed analysis of the video, GTA 5 is still very much on everyone’s lips. We know that it will be set in San Andreas, but what people do not know is when the game will get released – Take Two have yet to divulge that information, simply listing it tantalisingly as ‘TBA’. I would personally be gobsmacked if it comes out before December next year at least, but Rockstar have been known to work miracles before. Watch this space for any more news
  • The Legend Of Zelda is having somewhat a news renaissance at the moment – its only a week now until the long awaited Skyward Sword arrives for the Wii, and there have been some intriguing rumours floating about with regards to the future of the franchise on the 3DS. We have had the Ocarina Of Time remade in 3D, and now apparently Shigeru Miyamoto (resident Nintendo genius who created Mario and Zelda) has hinted that Majora’s Mask may also get a 3D remake, and maybe, just maybe, A Link To The Past from the SNES era might also get the treatment. If a remake of Ocarina was printing money, 3D A Link To The Past would be a gold mine – DO IT NOW NINTENDO!!!!!
  • I’m a bit disappointed with Bioware at the moment, in particular over Mass Effect 3. Following a huge mess-up which resulted in early beta gameplay and story spoilers going onto Xbox Live for a brief period, they have now said that as far as multiplayer goes, there will be no LAN option for PC’s and no split screen co-op for consoles. It’s a bit crap really isn’t it?
  • Final bit of console news (for now), and it is to say that the Jak & Daxter HD Collection I mentioned was in the works a while back has been confirmed for PS3 on a German listing site. No news yet on whether it will be an console exclusive, but I would guess it will be as Microsoft hates platformers it seems
  • Now to the bright lands of PC gaming; and not everything is rosy in World Of Warcraft’s garden at the moment. Despite announcing a rise in profits and getting the new Mists Of Pandaria expansion pack ready for players, 800,000 players have recently left the game. It still leaves the total player base at just over 10 million, but it’s a significant drop, with reports saying that a lot of those came from the East of the world, especiallyChina.
  • On the other hand, things keep looking up for Minecraft, which recently got its 4,000,000th paid player added to its rank. The indie game has been a remarkable success, and it’s the all the stranger when you consider its still in beta.
  • And I shall end as I started, with news of a big release. As I write, In twelve and a half hours I will be queuing outside of Gamestation in Lincoln to pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Hand on heart, I have not looked forward to a game as much as this since GTA Vice City…and that was near a decade ago. My Friday is going to be very busy indeed with work hand-in’s, but I intend to get a very brief editorial done chronicling my first few hours hands on with the game. And if you are one of the lucky people who have got the game a day early, I hate you very much right now.

I’ll finish off by giving a quick update on what I’m playing at the moment. I have just finished a review of Civilization IV, which will going live not soon after this article, and this week I also purchased a brand new copy of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, to see what the fuss is about – thus far I’m loving it. Before the end of the year, I have pledged to play through Final Fantasy 6 again with a bunch of people from the Gaming Society, and then I have playthroughs of Ocarina Of Time, Rogue Galaxy and Tales Of Phantasia planned – along with casual games of FIFA and Gears 3 stuck in there for good measure. Good bye social life, I barely knew you.

Roundup Of News From Nintendo & Sony At GamesCom

A few more stories of note broke after I posted my roundup from the first day of GamesCom, summarised here for your reading entertainment.

  • The major news from Sony’s conference (for me at least), was hardware related; I commented in my news roundup from yesterday that a new PSP model was on the way, soon after this it was confirmed that the PS3 will be getting a price cut in the UK. You will be able to purchase a PS3 Slim soon for £199, putting it more in line with the Xbox 360. Good to see Sony slashing prices, but has it come perhaps a year or two too late?
  • Operation Rainfall, the campaign to get three Japanese RPG’s for the Wii released in America and Europe has been a great success. Xenoblade Chronicles is set for release on Friday here in the UK, and while the other two games had already been confirmed for American release, we got news today that The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower will indeed be arriving in Europe sometime in 2012. It’s a win-win situation all round; as the Japanese companies and Nintendo make some profit, gamers get three well received games (especially Mistwalker’s Last Story, which breaks from the RPG mould by introducing third person shooting and cover mechanics), and the Wii gets a good set of games to finish up with rather than dying with a whimper.
  • Nintendo still reckon the Wii has life left in it yet though, and announced a new streamlined Wii which is set to be released in a bundle pack in time for the Christmas rush. The new version of the Wii (which kind of resembles the Wii U in its design) will be bundled with Wii Play and Wii Sports, but for whatever stupid reason will NOT have compatibility with Nintendo Gamecube games or accessories. This makes no sense to me; if you are looking to buy a Wii this Christmas, just get a standard one that had price cuts a while back before E3, as that does have Gamecube compatibility and will be bundled with Wii Sports or Mario Kart anyway.
  • We finally have a release date for The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. You can buy it from the 18th November, placing it slap bang in the middle of everything else that is being released – I’m sure Zelda fans will not be deterred by this one bit. For a full list of everything scheduled to come to Nintendo consoles soon, check this handy article courtesy of CVG.com.

Good stuff all round then, seems like gaming will be an affordable option for this Christmas.

E3 2011: Nintendo Announce The Wii U, More 3DS Games & Zelda Anniversary Details

After a solid, if unspectacular, first day of E3, it was left to Nintendo today to occupy the lone conference spot. We expected a reveal of their new console, and we got it, along with a few more surprises. Below is my view and opinions on the conference as a whole. Continue reading E3 2011: Nintendo Announce The Wii U, More 3DS Games & Zelda Anniversary Details

Top Ten…Game Soundtracks

I am a pretty big fan of music; I mean who isn’t? Over the years however, my music tastes have changed; whereas I was once happy to listen to random pop songs on local radio, I slowly became swayed by a peculiar mix of rock, indie and BBC Radio 2, before starting to appreciate gaming music in full. I think that the musical element of some games often get unfairly ignored in favour of graphics and gameplay, and that is why I stress in my reviews whether the audio in a game is any good or not. I have had the great fortune over the years to listen to some superb tracks of music from a wide range of games, and in this list I intend to reveal my favourite game soundtracks, why I love them and a few recommendations for tracks to listen to.

This is easily the hardest Top 10 that I have produced because of the difficulty of deciding what games should make the cut. In order to make the process a bit simpler, I decided that only one game in any given franchise would be allowed a place in the Top Ten, and with one exception which will become obvious, all soundtracks had to be original compositions or arrangements for that game. After several hours of listening to tracks, I have finally completed my list. Continue reading Top Ten…Game Soundtracks

PSN Queries Destroy Google, Buffy Gets Her COD On & Link Gets A 3D Horse

Get ready for another news update from the gaming world: there’s a lot to absorb here.

Strangely, we start with the events of Christmas Day, 2008. How I look back at that day at the moment and thank my lucky stars that I didn’t get a PS3 for a present. Yep, the PSN Network saga is continuing to dominate the headlines everywhere you look at the moment. The main thing to take away is that it is still not working: that makes it six days now that the ‘80710a06’ error code has tormented owners of PS3’s and prevented them from using the online service. Owners are clearly getting frustrated; the error code has become one of the highest searched terms on Google for days now. More worryingly, Sony released a statement today saying that personal details, including credit card details, could have been taken during the furore by hackers. To be honest, there are so many rumours and statements flying around that it has become difficult to keep track of everything. I would recommend the ever competent CVG blog to anyone who wants to know more specifics about what is going down, and the potential ramifications for Sony. My personal view: egg on face is not a strong enough term at the moment.

So about that quick maintenance job Sony...

Its not all doom and gloom for Sony however; the recently released Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 have been a hit with consumers, rising to the top of the PS3 sales charts ahead of Call Of Duty: Black Ops (but more on that game later…). Perhaps surprisingly, the fighter outsold the puzzler on the PS3 this week, whereas on the All Formats chart Portal 2 romped away with the victory, with more than half of its boxed copies being sold on the Xbox 360. Maybe people have been holding off getting Portal 2 on the PS3 because they wish to take advantage of the linkup between Steam and PSN accounts; time (and the recovery of the PSN Network) will tell I suppose.

And on a final note with regards to sales, Nintendo this week announced that their 3DS has shifted over 3.61 million units since its launch in March. It falls short of the estimated 4 million that Nintendo were predicting, but I must say that its still pretty impressive figures that will no doubt have risen even higher by the end of the year, especially if Nintendo can announce some strong titles alongside their new console at E3 in June.

So then, we move to Call Of Duty: Black Ops. There is a new map pack coming out soon. It is called Escalation. Fun

Now I could leave it there, but a video was released today that blew my mind. Activision promised a ‘celebrity’ slant for the new Zombie map, named ‘Call Of The Dead’, and my word they have followed it up. They’ve got the master of the zombie film genre, George Romero, as a super-zombie, and then the four characters you take control of are Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street series) Michael Rooker (from the Walking Dead), Danny Trejo (from Machete) and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Yep, BUFFY IS KILLING ZOMBIES IN COD. And I thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous than when JFK and Nixon stuck it to the undead in the White House. Check out the trailer to see for yourselves what carnage they unleash (seriously watch it. It is fantastic). The Escalation Map pack is on sale on May 3rd.

I study History and can confirm this is 100% accurate...

Finally, we move back to the 3DS, and more specifically one game in particular. Do you want a guess? Yep, it’s Ocarina Of Time 3DS. The hype for this game, set for release on June 19th, is immense: a handheld 3D remake of a game that many hold to be the best game of all time; it should be the best thing since whatever came before sliced bread. Anyone who knows me personally however will be aware that I am not a fan of Ocarina Of Time: I prefer A Link To The Past on the SNES. But with each image released I have slowly but surely found myself interested in it, and today we can now see the 3DS version of the famous introduction where Link rides Epona across Hyrule Field, with that wonderful ocarina tune in the background. I will not be getting a 3DS, but I believe that this remake of the Ocarina Of Time may finally change my mind on the game. Maybe.

On a personal note, I have taken a small break over Easter to meet up with old friends, and so my reviews have slowed down a bit. My review of Mother 3 should be up later today or tomorrow, and I will get round to reviewing Metal Gear Solid and Crash Team Racing. It also happens to be the case that my mate has lent me two more games to play on my PS2, in the form of Rogue Galaxy and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. I’ve the first few hours of both and I can report that I am enjoying both, especially Rogue Galaxy which may end up becoming my new favourite RPG.

I’ll catch you all later with more news and reviews. Enjoy the summer weather.

Nintendo Announce New Console To Replace The Wii

Rumours are plentiful in the games industry, but every now and again a rumour will come up that has so much momentum attached to it that it cannot possibly be ignored. In the last few days, rumours of Nintendo announcing a new console at E3, possibly a new iteration of the Wii, have been spreading like wildfire (also with the recent announcement that the Wii may be getting a significant price drop come May 15th, it implies that Nintendo are looking to move on).

It has been dominant this generation - Will Nintendo really throw away all gimmicks?

Details are sketchy at the moment to say the least, but sources close to Game Informer and IGN have given differing reports, claiming that the console will be capable of running games in HD, and that it will be ‘significantly more powerful than the Playstation3’, while also offering backwards compatibility. It also seems to be the case that Nintendo is already giving details of the new console to third party producers, so they know what they can do this time around (when the Wii was announced in 2005, it came as a shock to everyone). The bottom line from all of this is that Nintendo is looking to break away from the casual market, and try to regroup the ‘hardcore’ market that Microsoft has dominated with the Xbox 360 over the past few years. Continue reading Nintendo Announce New Console To Replace The Wii