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Good news everyone! The NPD Group (via Game Informer) has released their report on the best-selling games of March 2013 and they’ve confirmed that total game sales saw a 2% increase over March 2012. That’s the first year-over-year increase since November 2011. So good job game-buying public!
BioShock Infinite was the top-selling game of the month, just ahead of Square Enix’s Tomb Raider reboot. New games dominated the list as eight of the top ten titles were released in March. Only Call of Duty: Black Ops II and NBA 2K13 managed to fight through the new release wave to earn a spot in the top ten.
Here’s the complete list of the top ten best-selling games in March 2013:
1. BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
2. Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PS3)
3. Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
8. NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Welcome to yet another weekly update of the PlayStation Store. This week, it’s all about the fight.
Activision has added The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, their first-person shooter based on the AMC show (which was based on the comic), to the PlayStation Store. Also available this week is Dollar Dash, a Bomberman-like multiplayer game that substitutes bags of cash for bombs. And then throws in a few bombs just to be on the safe side.
In classic gaming releases, this week sees the release of the next installment in the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1986 Pack, as well as the PSone Classic Hogs of War.
Over on the portable side of things, Dead or Alive 5 Plus and Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland Plus have both been added to the Vita store. And on the PSP store, Carnage Heart EXA is now available (that’s right, there’s a new PSP game today!).
Another week, another highly anticipated prequel. Gears of War: Judgment will be available this week, exclusively for the Xbox 360.
Sidestepping to a shooter of a different kind is The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. This other game based on The Walking Dead used the television show for inspiration and stars the crossbow-wielding fan favorite, Daryl Dixon. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will be released for the PC (download-only), PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
Speaking of the Wii U, this is actually a big week for new releases on Nintendo consoles as Lego City Undercover and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will soon be available for the Wii U. The 3DS will receive a pair of big new releases in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, as well as a portable version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
More new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Glenn Gamble, a Producer at Terminal Reality, has revealed that The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Activision’s first person shooter based on the popular AMC show, will be available for the Wii U in addition to the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
So what will the Wii U version bring to Survival Instinct? A more streamlined inventory system, according to Gamble:
“We didn’t want to change the game, because the game had already been established, so we tried to say, ‘What can we augment with the Wii U version?’ That’s where it’s basically a more elegant inventory management system. With the Wii U you have access to your backpack at all times, so you can tap what weapons you want, you can drop stuff. It’s a lot more streamlined.”
Finally, Gamble confirmed that the game will be released in Europe on March 29, just two days before the third season finale. Because of the close tie-in with the TV show, a North American release date is likely to be very similar.
UPDATE: As expected, Activision has announced The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will be released in North America on March 26.
[Source: Digital Spy]
Activision’s Walking Dead game gets new title; contest to appear in the game announced
Now that the third season has begun, Activision is ready to announce the official title of their first person shooter based on The Walking Dead television show. Since Telltale’s adventure game already laid claim to The Walking Dead, Activision and developer Terminal Reality have decided to go with The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
And if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a zombie (and if so, what is wrong with you?), Activision has a contest for you. The publisher has sprinkled hidden clues throughout this season’s episodes of The Walking Dead. If you spot one, and enter it at AMCDead.com, you’ll be entered into a drawing to have your face put into the game. Well, a little more than just your face…
Each week one lucky winner will be chosen to appear as a character in the game! Terminal Reality will then use photos of his or her facial likeness to create a unique character whose backstory and chilling death scene may be encountered by players during The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
I call dibs on “killed while trying to turn my hand into a chainsaw.”
With Telltale hard at work on their episode adventure series based on The Walking Dead comic, Activision has announced a first person shooter based on the television show… which is also in development for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and will also be titled The Walking Dead. Oh, and Activision’s game will also serve as a prequel story that takes place before Rick Grimes wakes up in his hospital bed.
Because that’s not confusing for gamers AT ALL.
Activision’s Walking Dead game will be developed by Terminal Reality and will follow the Dixon brothers, Daryl and Merle, as they work their way towards Atlanta. Players will control Daryl, who will be carrying his trusty crossbow, but “players will need to carefully manage food, ammunition and supplies as they make their way through the game.” Other characters will meet Daryl and Merle on their journey and it’ll be up to the players to decide if they can tag along.
The Walking Dead (the first person shooter) will be released sometime in 2013.