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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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XBL Store Today: Lightning Returns: FF13, Far Cry Classic, World of Tanks

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Lightning Returns in this week’s Xbox Live Game Store update in the aptly named Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The Xbox 360 JRPG is available to download now for $59.99.

Also available this week for the Xbox 360 is the return of another classic character, the… um, er… main character of Crytek’s Far Cry. Sorry, I have no idea what his name is, strong characterization is not why Far Cry is well known or why gamers will be interested to know that the game is now available for the Xbox 360 (through the Xbox Live Arcade) as Far Cry Classic. It’s been priced at $9.99.

Finally this week is the official release of World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition. The free-to-play war simulator has exited its beta period and is ready for the Xbox Live community at large (well, the ones who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold) to give it a spin.

More details on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Lightning Returns: FF13, Far Cry Classic, Skullgirls Encore, more added to PS Store

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There’s plenty of variety in this week’s PlayStation Store update…

Fans of classic JRPGs will get one last chance to take control of Lightning in Square Enix’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)… Fans of classic first person shooters will get the chance to relive Crytek’s 2004 masterpiece, Far Cry Classic, now available for the PS3… Fans of fighting games can get another chance to play Skullgirls, as Lab Zero has readded it to the PS Store as Skullgirls Encore (PS3)… And fans of tube shooters may want to check out TxK (Vita), a reimagining of the genre classic Tempest 2000.

There’s more information on all of these games, as well as a few additional PS3 and Vita games, after the break. And a full breakdown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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New Releases: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, 2K/Bethesda Compilations, More

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Lightning returns this week in the accurately named Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The Square Enix-published RPG will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Also this week, the oft-neglected Vita will receive a pair of new games this week: the action-adventure Toukiden: The Age of Demons and the uterrly bizarre DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

And for some reason, 2K Games and Bethesda are joining forces to release an Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim + BioShock Infinite Bundle for the Xbox 360 and an The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim + BioShock Infinite + BioShock Bundle for the PS3. The publishers will also pair up to release a Borderlands 2 + Dishonored Bundle for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Why not, right?

Finally, Ubisoft will released a Far Cry Compilation for the PS3. The bundle includes Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

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Catch up on the Final Fantasy XIII saga with this Square Enix-produced 16-bit recap

I’m one of the few people who will say – or at least, who will admit – that I love the Final Fantasy XIII games. Well, I love the first one – the second one is more than a little convoluted. If you didn’t like the gameplay, or aren’t interested in the games, but really want to know the plot of both of them, you’re in luck: Square Enix has created a recap. And it’s not just any recap – it’s all 16-bit (AKA Final Fantasy VI-style) and has the soundtrack redone in the old chip style as well. This little video will tell you everything you need to know (super abridged, of course) to play Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

I am so excited right now that I’m bouncing up and down in my seat. February 11 cannot get here fast enough!

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Lightning Returns: FF13 Collector’s Edition includes a pocket watch and other stuff

Square Enix’s “Fabula Nova Crystallis” series has been decisive with gamers ever since the release of Final Fantasy XIII in 2009. But whether you love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admit that Square Enix produces beautiful Collector’s Editions for them. The recently announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Collector’s Edition is no exception. Available exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store, the Collector’s Edition has been priced at $89.99 and will include plenty of goodies:

  • Premium Packaging: Featuring artwork from the Japan release.
  • Silver Embossed Pocket Watch
  • 80 Page Hardcover Artbook: Contains Tetsuya Nomura’s original sketches of Lightning, a foreword from art director Isamu Kamikokuryo, and concept art from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
  • DLC Code: Aerith Gainsborough’s “Midgar’s Flower Girl” Outfit from Final Fantasy VII
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Game Disc

The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Collector’s Edition (as well as the standard edition) will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 11, 2014.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Hands-On Preview: We’re Not on Gran Pulse Anymore

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was quietly available to play on the show floor at PAX Prime 2013. There wasn’t a crowd around it – I didn’t even have to make an appointment or wait in a line to try it. The people who were playing it were completely engrossed, but it was a – not surprisingly – small number. With the linearity of the first Final Fantasy XIII, many fans were put off of the “Fabula Nova Crystallis” series (comprised of Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy Agito). XIII-2 brought in a time travel element that changed a few things about how the first game worked, but not enough to reclaim fans. Lightning Returns, while it still continues to feel like a game in the XIII world, has taken some steps to make it stand out – and also has Lightning in it, which is a major added bonus. (more…)

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Have another look at Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII courtesy of this TGS 2013 trailer

Square Enix released yet another trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII during last week’s Tokyo Game Show. This new look at the game is pretty similar to what we’ve seen before:

Lightning attempts to save the world while others vow to stop her. There’s some Final Fantasy-esque background music and a bunch of fights and then… cut to title card.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 11.

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