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December 13, 2010

Mass Effect 3 coming to PS3

by Darren Allan
Mass Effect 3 won't just be on the Xbox, but will also be coming out on the PS3 from launch, Bioware has confirmed. Patrick Buechner, Marketing VP for Bioware, tweeted: “Mass Effect 3 is coming to Xbox 360, PC and..... PS3!” And he also reminded folks: “Don't forget ME2 hits PS3 next month.” He further confirmed that Mass Effect 3 would ...

December 4, 2010

Queen to visit Rock Band 3 with DLC

by Darren Allan
Classic rock band Queen are to grace Rock Band 3 with a twin pack of downloadable songs for the game. Available next Tuesday on Xbox, PS3 and Wii, the first pack will be entitled the Queen Extravaganza Pack 01, and it'll feature Rock Band 3 versions of two songs from Lego Rock Band, We Are the Champions and We ...

December 2, 2010

Co-Creator of Black joins City Interactive

by Darren Allan
Stuart Black, the Co-Creator of EA's shooter Black, who then moved on to work at Codemasters on its spiritual successor, Bodycount, has shifted company again. The sixteen year veteran of the games industry is now being employed as Creative Director (the same job title he held with Codemasters) at City Interactive's new development studio ...

November 22, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops holds number one spot

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops has unsurprisingly remained at number one in the UK video game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. However, despite recording better numbers than Modern Warfare 2 for its launch week, Black Ops has dropped by 85% in terms of sales. That wasn't enough to allow it to be overtaken by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which ...

October 29, 2010

Angry Birds perches ahead of Cut the Rope

by Darren Allan
The rivalry between this pair of iOS games is a big one, given that Cut the Rope is published by Chillingo, recently bought up by EA. And Chillingo previously published Angry Birds, although after the company's move to EA, developer Rovio has self-published the latest Angry Birds title, a special Halloween edition. While Cut the Rope set a new ...

October 28, 2010

Cut the Rope steams ahead to 2 million sales

by Darren Allan
Cut the Rope, the latest hit iOS game from the stable that published the original Angry Birds, continues to sell impressively. A fact Electronic Arts will be glad to hear about, as that mobile publisher, Chillingo, was bought up last week by EA for a reported $20 million. Cut the Rope has now passed the two million download mark on the ...

October 26, 2010

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit demo due today

by Darren Allan
Electronic Arts has announced that the demo for its upcoming cop and racer driving game will be out on the Xbox today, and PSN tomorrow. The demo will allow players to take the role of a chasing cop in the “Dark Horse” hot pursuit event, speeding along mountainous ridges and a coastal highway. Interestingly, the second event present in ...

October 22, 2010

Angry Birds a cut above the rope

by Darren Allan
Chillingo, the publisher of Angry Birds bought up by EA yesterday, was boasting about the sales figures of its latest big mobile game launch, Cut the Rope, earlier in the week. Angry Birds is actually the property of developer Rovio, not Chillingo, and Rovio has now published the latest Halloween special edition of the game itself. We had previously speculated about ...

October 21, 2010

EA buys Chillingo for $20m, but no Angry Birds

by Darren Allan
As rumours indicated yesterday, Electronic Arts has gone ahead and bought mobile game publisher Chillingo, the outfit behind Angry Birds. In a statement, EA said this move helped give it increased market leadership on the Apple platform, and “strengthened its position as the world's leading wireless entertainment publisher.” Reuters reports that the ...

October 20, 2010

EA eyes Angry Birds publisher Chillingo

by Darren Allan
Chillingo is the successful mobile gaming publisher behind the massive iPhone (and now Android) hit Angry Birds. And it has had success this past two weeks with Cut the Rope, a new iOS game which has become the fastest selling iPhone app ever according to the publisher, selling in excess of ...

Medal of Honor shifts 1.5 million copies

by Darren Allan
We already knew that EA's controversial shooter reboot, Medal of Honor, was doing extremely well. It topped this week's all-format chart with the biggest launch week of any of the Medal of Honor franchise. Indeed, Chart Track stated that it was the fourth biggest selling launch this year on the Xbox 360, and fifth on the PS3, not too ...

October 18, 2010

Medal of Honor takes gold in UK game chart

by Darren Allan
FIFA 11 has been knocked off the top spot in this week's all-format UK game chart as compiled by Chart Track. Although its deposer is another EA title, the shooter Medal of Honor, which has seen its fair share of controversy as it's based on the current conflict in Afghanistan, and originally you could play the Taliban in multiplayer. ...

October 14, 2010

EA reveals Windows Phone 7 games line up

by Darren Allan
EA has revealed which titles will be in its initial mobile gaming line up for Microsoft's new operating system Windows Phone 7. The Sims 3 is the biggest franchise to be unveiled, the number one best-seller on the PC. You'll be able to design your sims from dozens of personality traits, cloth them, give them jobs, then generally mess with their ...

October 11, 2010

FIFA 11 fends off PES challenge in UK chart

by Darren Allan
This week saw the battle of the footballing giants, with the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 to challenge FIFA 11, which was top of the UK game chart as compiled by Chart Track last week. And the result? FIFA 11 managed to hold onto its top of the table position, even though it dropped by 63% in terms ...

October 5, 2010

World goes FIFA 11 crazy

by Darren Allan
Yesterday, we reported that FIFA 11 hit the top of the game chart in the UK, becoming the third biggest video game launch in this country ever, only outdone by Modern Warfare 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV. And now EA is boasting about the worldwide sales figures. Internal estimates indicate that the sports title sold 2.6 million copies ...

October 4, 2010

Back of the net: FIFA 11 tops UK game chart

by Darren Allan
FIFA 11 is the new number one at the top of the UK game chart as compiled by Chart Track. The game outsold last year's FIFA comfortably, with units shifted up 21% (and revenue even more at 36%) for the first week on sale. In fact, FIFA 11 has become the third biggest video game launch in the UK ...

September 25, 2010

EA reckons PS3 can match Xbox 360 in UK

by Darren Allan
An exec from EA reckons that the PS3 stands a good chance of catching up to the Xbox 360's lead in units shifted in the UK. Jens Uwe Intat, who is Senior Vice President for Europe, thinks that despite the slow start Sony clearly got off to with its console, the potential is there for it to level with ...

August 25, 2010

Medal of Honor controversy continues, but ERA won’t ban

by Darren Allan
Unsurprisingly, the furore over EA's shooter Medal of Honor continues. Defence Secretary Liam Fox brought this story to the headlines when, as we reported on Monday, he launched an attack on the game for being “shocking” and “thoroughly un-British”, calling for it to be banned. This is because Medal of Honor's multiplayer mode allows players to step into the ...

August 23, 2010

Defence Secretary calls for Medal of Honor ban

by Darren Allan
The latest game in the Medal of Honor series was bound to court controversy, shifting from a historical perspective and its traditional Second World War setting, and moving to a modern conflict. The theatre of war in question being Afghanistan, and the controversy springing from the fact that the game allows players to take on the role of the ...

April 27, 2010

Sims 3 arriving on all major consoles

by Darren Allan
EA has announced that those little sims are packing their bags, and will be moving onto a console near you in the Autumn. Although hopefully they won't set your console on fire, as they seem to regularly do with the pixel houses they inhabit (at least when we watch our other half playing the game, anyway). The Sims 3 will ...

April 13, 2010

Crysis 2 writer gives Modern Warfare 2 both barrels

by Darren Allan
Electronic Arts has just announced the writer hired to pen the story for Crysis 2. And it's acclaimed sci-fi author Richard Morgan, who has written best-sellers Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. It's Morgan's first foray into the world of video game scripts, and it would seem he isn't too impressed when it comes to the plots of some of the ...

March 8, 2010

Bad Company 2 tops game chart

by Darren Allan
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has stormed the number one position in the UK all-format game chart, according to Chart Track. The EA shooter becomes the fastest selling game of the year thus far, outselling the original Bad Company by a considerable factor of three-to-one. In fact, according to Chart Track's statistics boffins, Bad Company 2 has set the record for ...

February 1, 2010

Mass Effect 2 hits number one spot

by Darren Allan
This week's number one video game, in the all-format chart as provided by Chart Track, is EA's Mass Effect 2. It dislodges Ubisoft's Just Dance for the Wii, which had held the crown for two weeks running previous, and is now number two. Its sales actually increased by 16% this week, which shows how strongly Mass Effect 2 has ...

January 4, 2010

Sega reconsiders adult games on Nintendo Wii

by Darren Allan
Sega may pull the plug on developing adult games for the Wii console. And by adult games we don't mean dodgy variants of strip poker – rather, games designed for an older audience as opposed to kids. Sega has traditionally been one of the more active publishers in pushing more grown-up games on the Wii, so if this does happen, ...