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Recent Articles: Watch Dogs
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…)
Watch Dogs was unveiled in 2012 at Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference to the adoration of the entire industry. Over the past year, the Internet hype machine went into full effect, fueled by Ubisoft themselves and the fervor of online commenting communities. After that initial reveal, conjecture naturally sprung up around the web. Would the game look that good? Would the open world really be that open? With Ubisoft sending out trailer after trailer, Watch Dogs was labelled as a coming-of-age party for the next generation in terms of graphics and gameplay.
But the hype train is a bad one to catch, and it has not helped Watch Dogs, making it feel far less than it should be after the initial reveal. After experiencing much of the game’s content, what you end up with is a title that is actually still quite fun to play, but oddly uncompelling. (more…)
We were already pretty aware of the fact that a lot of copies of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 were sold in the last week of May. Now, the NPD Group has made it official by releasing their official report of the best-selling games of May 2014.
Not surprisingly, Watch Dogs took the gold while Mario Kart 8 had to settle for the silver. The top ten was populated by several other May releases including Wolfenstein: The New Order (#4) and Kirby: Triple Deluxe (#9). A retail release of Minecraft on the PS3 also pushed that game back into the top five (#5, to be exact).
According to Joystiq, the NPD Group also confirmed that the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One for the fifth straight month. You can view the complete top ten list from the month of May after the break. (more…)
Watch Dogs has been flying off the shelves since it was released on May 27, selling more than four million copies in just one week. This marks it as the fastest-selling brand-new intellectual property at launch, and the best-selling first week game for Ubisoft. The record sales are (presumably) ongoing.
Ubisoft’s senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key was very pleased, saying “With such strong sales momentum and positive feedback from gamers, Watch Dogs has positioned itself as the must-have game of the moment… We’re really proud of this achievement, and are confident that the Watch Dogs brand has a promising future.”
Over one million of those who purchased the game also got ctOS Mobile, the free companion app, which allowed them to check Aiden Pearce’s Chicago at anytime right from their mobile devices. This app also allows for dual-screen gameplay.
Watch Dogs launched last week for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It will be released on the Wii U system this coming Fall.
Hit the jump for the full press release. (more…)
It’s time to talk about Watch Dogs again as Ubisoft’s highly anticipated open-world is now available through the Xbox Live Games Store for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Can you hack it?
Watch Dogs (Xbox One: $59.99, Xbox 360: $59.99)
In today’s hyper-connected world, Chicago has the country’s most advanced computer system – one which controls almost every piece of city technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker but also a former thug, whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you while manipulating the city’s systems to stop traffic lights, download personal information, turn off the electrical grid and more. Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge. In a world led by technology, hacking is our weapon!
This is not your typically massive update to the PlayStation Store. But this week’s new batch of games does include one of the most highly anticipated games of 2014: Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs. Players will be able to take control of hacker Aiden Pearce on the PS3 or PS4 as he hacks his way across Chicago performing hacks against the dangerous group of hackers that hacked up his family. Oh, and Pearce can also put his hack license to good use by hijacking a cab and driving it around. He does a lot of hacking is what I’m saying.
Also available this week is the latest episode of Telltale’s Fables adaptation, The Wolf Among Us: In Sheep’s Clothing. Bigby is huffing and puffing in search of a killer but he doesn’t even realize that he’s joined on the PlayStation Store this week by one of the greatest thieves of all time as Sly Cooper comes to the Vita in The Sly Collection. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves have all been remastered, remade, and compiled for Sony’s handheld at a nice price ($29.99).
Speaking of the Vita… three other games are also available for Sony’s handheld this week. There’s the dungeon-crawling RPG Mind Zero from Aksys Games, the grid-based RPG Monster Monpiece from Idea Factory, and the lovable hijinks of Lemmings Touch.
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is now available in stores, but Conan O’Brien gave the world its first look at the game in last Thursday’s installment of his “Clueless Gamer” segment. If you’re unfamiliar with these segments, the title of them and the fact that it’s Conan should tell you all you need to know. Watch as he plays and reviews the game, imparting words of wisdom applicable not only to video games, but to life as well, such as “…the best way to solve a crime, sometimes, is to start a new crime.”
After all the delays and all the hype, Ubisoft is finally ready to release Watch Dogs this week. Can the first adventure of Aiden Pearce live up to gamer’s expectations? We’ll all find out together on the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. If you’re thinking about picking it up, don’t forget, the game will launch with exclusive content on the PlayStation platforms.
Watch Dogs won’t be available for the Wii U until the Fall, but Wii U owners will still get a major new game to play this week as Nintendo will release Mario Kart 8 for their newest console on May 30. With 32 tracks and 30 characters, it’s one of the largest Mario Kart games ever.
Finally this week, two new games will be released for Sony’s PlayStation Vita. Mind Zero is a dungeon crawler from Aksys Games and The Sly Collection will compile Sly Cooper and The Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves into one package.