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With editions on seven different platforms, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes rose to the top of The NPD Group’s monthly list of bestselling games. The remainder of the list was split between new releases, May holdovers, and Fall 2011 games that are still popular.
There were only a handful of new games available in June with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (#2), Pokemon Conquest (#7), and The Amazing Spider-Man (#10) all earning spots in the top ten. Grasshopper’s Lollipop Chainsaw didn’t make the cut, continuing Suda 51′s lack of success at the register.
An astounding four games from Fall 2011 continue to sell strongly enough to make the top ten: NBA 2K12 (#5), Batman: Arkham City (#6, boosted by the newly released Game of the Year Edition), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (#8), and Battlefield 3 (#9). I’m sure it helps that all were among the best-reviewed games of last year.
As a whole, game and hardware sales are down 29% from June 2011, according to Joystiq.
A complete list of last month’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)
It’s Tuesday afternoon, so that means gamers across the country are about to receive another massive PlayStation Store update from Sony. This week’s theme appears to be sequel-related.
For example, there’s the latest entry in the Ghost Recon series, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PS3). There’s also the most recent Lego game, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Vita). Rounding out the Full Games update is Two Worlds II: Velvet Game Of The Year Edition (PS3), which took its name from the velvet case it originally came in. Kind of hard to replicate that on the PS Store.
On the PSN front, there’s Magic: The Gathering – Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2013, which is a sequel to the equally tongue-twisting Magic: The Gathering – blah blah blah 2012.
Finally, the PSone Classic Tomba! is now available to download from the PSN. It’s not a sequel, but it did eventually receive a sequel and maybe that game will make an appearance in a future PS Store update.
For more information on all of these games, hit the jump. And for a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons, including the Battlefield 3 “Close Quarters” expansion, head over to the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Can you guess the best-selling game of May 2012 according to The NPD Group’s monthly calculations? Go on, guess, it’s not really a mystery… The best-selling game of May 2012 was Blizzard’s Diablo III.
Diablo III’s loot frenzy was the lone bright spot for the game industry this month as total sales were down 28% from May 2011 with console hardware taking the biggest hit (a 39% drop).
But that’s not for lack of trying. A ton of new releases broke into the top ten this month including Max Payne 3 (#2), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (#3), Sniper Elite V2 (#7), and Dragon’s Dogma (#9). But I guess they didn’t put up the sales numbers to compete with last May’s biggest game, L.A. Noire.
The complete top ten can be found after the break. (more…)
Can you manage to pull yourself away from Diablo III long enough to check out this week’s new releases? Who knows, you might even find something interesting.
For example, how about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier? The latest game in the squad-based shooter franchise will finally be available this week on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Also available this week is Dragon’s Dogma, Capcom’s hybrid single-player/co-op dragon hunting game for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Finally, the 320 GB PlayStation 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 system bundle should make it’s way to store shelves by Friday, May 25.
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Nintendo of America’s president, Reggie Fils-Aime, admitted in an interview to GameTrailers (full interview above) that the footage used in their demo reel was from the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions of those games. “We’re talking a year away from when the system’s going to launch,” Fils-Aime said as the reason for using the footage. The footage included Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Darksiders II, and other footage shown during the press conference included Battlefield 3 (which hasn’t been formally announced for the Wii U by anyone). The games looked fantastic… but they weren’t being run on Nintendo’s hardware.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, Microsoft and Sony have bought been caught running games on other systems and showing the footage off as their own, but that still doesn’t make Nintendo’s subterfuge ok. On the other hand, this is a misleading and dishonest way to promote the new console, but at least Nintendo came right out and admitted it after the fact. The whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth. Perhaps a reasonable price tag on the Wii U will get rid of that.
Peter Moore returned to the E3 stage for a Microsoft Press Conference to announce that four EA Sports titles will receive Kinect support in the next year.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, Madden NFL 12, FIFA Soccer 12 and an unnamed fourth game will add Kinect features including voice recognition. Moore also revealed that other EA games will feature Kinect support including The Sims 3: Pets and Mass Effect 3.
BioWare’s Ray Muzyka took the stage and showed off a “Kinect augmented” Mass Effect 3 demo where players can use voice recognition to actually speak Shepard’s lines. Shepard can also use Kinect to give orders to his team.
They were followed by Ubisoft, who showed off the Kinect features of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, including a gun creation tool known as “Gunsmith.” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillomont confirmed that all future Tom Clancy games would feature Kinect support.
More from the Press Conference soon.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations… Driver: San Francisco… Call of Juarez: The Cartel… Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier…
Ubisoft’s E3 2011 lineup is full of familiar faces from the company’s strong stable of franchises. But the publisher has also promised several “exclusive new announcements,” so there’s sure to be a few surprises next month. Maybe they’ll even announce the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2. But that’s just speculation at this point.
You can check out the full list of titles Ubisoft plans to bring to E3 right here:
- The Adventures of Tintin (TBA)
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Driver: San Francisco (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
- From Dust (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Just Dance Next (TBA)
- MotionSports Adrenaline (Xbox 360)
- Raving Rabbids Next (TBA)
- Rayman Origins (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
- Rocksmith (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online (PC)
- TrackMania 2 Canyon (PC)
- Your Shape Next (TBA)
“Ubisoft has been delivering top-notch entertainment for 25 years, and we’re incredibly grateful for all of our fans,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “We plan for the upcoming years to be just as exciting and full of innovation, and the wide range of creative, fun and unique titles we’re demonstrating at E3 illustrate the stellar talent of our development teams and Ubisoft’s ongoing investment in delivering entertaining and innovative products to consumers.”