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June 2014 NPD: Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 are the top-selling titles once again

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Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 once again reign supreme over the monthly sales chart as The NPD Group has confirmed the two titles were #1 and #2, respectively, in their June 2014 top-selling games report. The two games were part of a trend that included other May releases such as Minecraft (#3) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#7).

The only June releases to crack the top ten were EA Sports UFC (#4) and Tomodachi Life (#9),

With Microsoft’s Kinect-less Xbox One hit store shelves in June, so the battle between the next-generation heated up just as the thermometer did. According to Joystiq, the PS4 once again topped the Xbox One, though all console sales more than doubled (a 106% increase, to be exact) the month of May. Ultimate, the entire industry saw a 24% increase in sales over the last month… and that includes a big jump in Wii U hardware sales too.

You can view the complete top ten chart for the month of June after the break. (more…)

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Lindsay Lohan actually sues Rockstar over supposed similarity to GTA5 character

grandtheftautov-box-largeBack in December, TMZ learned that Lindsay Lohan was threatening to sue Rockstar Games over her supposed likeness to one of Grand Theft Auto V‘s female characters. Today, Lohan made good on her threat and filed a lawsuit against the game developer in New York County Civil Court.

According to the Associated Press, Lohan is claiming that Rockstar created the character of Lacey Jonas using her image and voice, specifically citing “styles from her clothing line.” Jonas’ page on the GTA Wiki shows that she is an extremely minor character and beyond her career (actress) and relationship with the paparazzi (she doesn’t like them), she doesn’t appear to share any traits with Lohan.

Lohan also believes that a Chateau Marmont-like apartment building was included in the game because she once lived there. Now, I’m no long-talking guy, but I’m not sure Lindsay Lohan can demand that a video game cannot include a building that kinda-sorta resembles one she used to live in.

Grand Theft Auto V was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 last September and a PC, PS4, and Xbox One release is planned for this Fall. Lohan is likely looking for a big payday as the game generated more than $800 million in sales on its first day of availability on its way to becoming the best-selling game of 2013.

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Grand Theft Auto V officially coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One this Fall

While Sony had the honor of announcing it during their E3 Press Conference last night, Rockstar Games has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this Fall. The new-generation remake will include “across-the-board graphical and technical improvements” which Rockstar believes will deliver “a stunning new level of detail.” Some of these tweaks and improvements include “increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions.”

What does this mean for gamers? Prettier graphics, mostly. And you can see just how pretty they are in the game’s latest trailer, According to Rockstar, the trailer was created using in-game footage captured on a PS4.

“Grand Theft Auto V looks and feels stunning enhanced by the power of these new platforms,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We can’t wait for players to experience a new level of detail to this massive world.”

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V will also feature a video editor designed for “advanced movie-making.”

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Sony @ E3 14: Grand Theft Auto V coming to PS4

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Add another surprise to Sony’s E3 Press Conference: Grand Theft Auto V is coming to the PS4 this Fall. Or rather, not much of a surprise at all as we knew Rockstar was developing a new-generation game and what else is it going to be?

But the big news is the fact that you’ll be able to transfer your GTA Online profile from both the PS3 AND the Xbox 360 versions of the title to the PS4 version. Hmm, something tells me Rockstar will announce an Xbox One version of Grand Theft Auto V tomorrow…

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TitanFall stomps the competition yet again as the best-selling game of April 2014

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After selling 925,000 copies in March, TitanFall continued to roll over the competition at retail as the NPD Group crowned it the best-selling game of April 2014 as well.

The remainder of the top ten was made up almost entirely of games released last Fall including Call of Duty: Ghosts (#2), NBA 2K14 (#3), and Lego The Hobbit (#5). Amazingly, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continues to hang out in the top five, landing at #4 for the month of April. That ranking may improve next month now that the retail version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition is available. And speaking of things that are amazing, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the only other April release to crack the top ten (it was #8).

Finally, according to Joystiq, Sony’s PlayStation 4 can lay claim to the next-generation consoles sales title for another month. That makes four in a row for the PS4.

The complete top ten list for April 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Rockstar will release next-gen game by March 2015 after shipping 33 million copies of GTA5

rockstarlogoRockstar Games had a pretty good year. The developer’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, presented their quarterly financial report yesterday and announced that more than 33 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V have been shipped to stores since its September 2013 release. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick didn’t specify how many copies of the game have been purchased by gamers, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume it’s somewhere between “a lot” and “a metric crap-ton.”

However, one piece of information Zelnick was interested in sharing was the news that Rockstar plans to release their first game for next-generation consoles sometime between today and March 31, 2015. While Rockstar still has 70s spy story Agent officially in development and hinted at Bully 2 in the past, this new game is most likely a PS4/Xbox One port of Grand Theft Auto V. Zelnick would only say that “we are excited about what they have in store for the new generation of systems for this fiscal year.”

Rockstar Toronto began hiring developers to work on a project for “next-gen consoles” last year, so whatever it is, it’s been in the works for quite a while now.

Zelnick confirmed that Take-Two would reveal more about Rockstar’s next-generation game at a later date. Presumably, he’s referring to the upcoming E3 Expo.

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The Last of Us wins Game of the Year at 2014 GDC Awards

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The 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards were handed out last night and The Last of Us took home “Game of the Year.” Naughty Dog’s unquestioned dominance in this year’s awards season really makes you wonder, does it ever get boring for Neil Druckmann and company? I’m guessing no, but after winning several BAFTAs, multiple DICE Awards, the Writer’s Guild Award for Videogame Writing, and a Warp Zoned Golden Pixel Award, it stops being surprising. In addition to being selected as “Game of the Year,” The Last of Us was also honored with the “Best Game Design” and “Best Narrative” awards.

But The Last of Us wasn’t the only winner last night. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was picked as the “Best Handheld/Mobile Game” while IGF darling Papers Please took home the award for “Best Downloadable Game” as well as the “Innovation Award.”

The only other multi-award winner of the night was BioShock Infinite, which was recognized for its sights and sounds with the “Best Visual Art” and “Best Audio” awards. Finally, the low-key Gone Home (and its developer, The Fullbright Company) was picked as the “Best Debut” while the bombastic Grand Theft Auto V took home “Best Technology.”

The full list of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Call of Duty: Ghosts is the best-selling game of February 2014

callofdutyghosts-rumor-boxCall of Duty: Ghosts was the best-selling game of the month in November, December, and January. Today, the NPD Group released their list of the best-selling games in February and, once again, Ghosts has taken the top spot. Ghosts has had an impressive run, but I have a strong feeling that major new releases like TitanFall and Dark Souls II will prevent Infinity Ward’s military shooter from winning one for the thumb next month.

Amongst new releases, the game adaptation of The Lego Movie and a trio of games from Square Enix (the Thief reboot, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Bravely Default) all broke into the top ten. Amazingly, the boxed version of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is still hanging on at #9.

The battle of the next-generation consoles continues to be almost a wash as the PS4 slightly squeaked ahead of the Xbox One in February. According to Microsoft, 258,000 Xbox One systems were sold during the month with the NPD Group reporting that Sony sold 10% more PS4 systems. Due to the Xbox One’s premium price tag, it technically brought in more sales dollars in February. As I said, the whole thing is almost a wash.

A complete look at last month’s top ten best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)

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