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January 15, 2011

Killzone 3 dated for February 25th

by Darren Allan
Killzone 3 has gone gold, and is all set for a February 25th release in the UK. The news that the PS3 shooter is golden comes from the US PlayStation Blog (via Videogamer.com). It'll be out in the States on February 22nd, although retailers over here have it pegged three days later for launch. Killzone 3 picks up where number ...

January 12, 2011

Sniper: Ghost Warrior sequel happening

by Darren Allan
It isn't surprising that City Interactive has announced there will be a Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2. The original game, which casts you in the army boots of a sniper taking on armies in the jungle, certainly had its problems. Critically, it was panned, but the game still sold well. The Swedish arm of EuroGamer uncovered the fact that the sequel ...

January 7, 2011

THQ’s Homefront will use online pass

by Darren Allan
Following in the footsteps of EA, THQ is to continue to use the online pass code system which it introduced with UFC 2010. According to Shacknews, upcoming FPS Homefront will use the system. The pass code is a key which is used by the buyer to access the online play. This means that if the game is sold on, the ...

January 4, 2011

FIFA ousts Black Ops from number one spot

by Darren Allan
Which game was top of the UK all-format video game chart for the final week of 2010, according to Chart Track? It was EA's FIFA 11, in a surprise result which saw Call of Duty: Black Ops being knocked off the top. While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 managed nine consecutive weeks at the top, despite more impressive week ...

December 20, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is Christmas number one

by Darren Allan
In the music chart, the X-Factor predictably recaptured the Christmas number one spot this year (after Rage Against the Machine last year). And the UK video game chart proved equally predictable. According to Chart Track, we're not dreaming of a white Christmas but a black one, with Call of Duty: Black Ops staying firmly at the top. In the ...

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 ...

December 1, 2010

Halo: Combat Evolved to be remade?

by Darren Allan
The latest games industry buzz is that Microsoft is planning to re-make the original Halo game. Halo: Combat Evolved was released back in November 2001 as the killer launch title for the original Xbox console in the US (early 2002 in the UK, when we bought our Xbox at a vastly inflated price because it was swiftly dropped after ...

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 ...

November 18, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops racks up $650m in five days

by Darren Allan
We knew Black Ops, the latest in Activision's Call of Duty series, was going to be a big release, but it's surpassed perhaps even the company's own expectations. In terms of its worldwide figures, the game has generated revenue to the tune of $650 million, which is $100 million more than its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 managed. Those figures ...

November 15, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops tops UK chart and breaks records

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops is the predictable number one when it comes to this week's UK all-format game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. In fact, the shooter got off to a record breaking launch week, smashing the previous sales benchmark set by Modern Warfare 2. In five days, it shifted two million units in the UK, which was ...

November 10, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops player reactions

by Darren Allan
Yesterday, Call of Duty: Black Ops was launched, and we took a look at the reviews from the critics. The game averaged 90% over 37 reviews on the Xbox, according to Metacritic, and 89% over 21 reviews on the PS3. It sneaked a better score on the PC, with 92%, although that figure is based on only 7 reviews. So ...

November 9, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops review round-up

by Darren Allan
So, the next Call of Duty game is out, with fanatical gamers queueing since midday yesterday to buy it at the midnight opening last night. Black Ops places the player in the role of a covert operative behind enemy lines, and is a guaranteed number one seller. But never mind the sales figures, how has the gaming press received ...

Queues for Call of Duty: Black Ops

by Darren Allan
Black Ops, the latest game in Activision's massive selling Call of Duty shooter series, went on sale at midnight last night. Loads of stores around the UK opened literally first thing, to start off the sales bonanza that will see Activision with another number one hit. The previous game in the series, Modern Warfare 2, was number one in ...

October 20, 2010

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. ...

September 21, 2010

Halo: Reach storms charts, but suffers disc error woes

by Darren Allan
Halo: Reach has topped the UK all-format video game chart this week, as expected, with the game recording the fifth best debut week ever witnessed. It only failed to outdo Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 and PS3, Grand Theft Auto IV on the Xbox 360, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the PS2. Reach beat Halo 3's ...

September 16, 2010

Halo Reaches for the stars with $200m launch day

by Darren Allan
It seems that Halo: Reach refreshes the parts other shooters can't reach, if the opening day sales figures are anything to go by. In fact it's clocking up quite a performance in a number of categories. The first being those opening day sales, which hit $200 million worldwide on the launch day, Reuters reported Microsoft as claiming. Trade mag ...

September 14, 2010

Halo: Reach launch sees predicted queues

by Darren Allan
Halo: Reach was launched last night, as stores opened up at midnight to let rabid Xbox shooter fans pick up the game, book today off work and stay up all night playing. Yesterday, Microsoft organised a jet-pack stunt in Trafalgar Square to mark the imminent launch, and folks were expected to queue to get their mitts on the latest ...

September 13, 2010

Halo: Reach in Trafalgar Square jet-pack stunt

by Darren Allan
There are certain things you expect to see in Trafalgar Square. Nelson's Column. Tourists taking pictures of Nelson's Column. Pigeons. All these are standard fare for the square, but futuristic soldiers from Halo: Reach most certainly aren't. Yes, Microsoft decided to mark the launch of the massive Xbox 360 title Halo: Reach, with a launch of a different kind. ...

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 ...

July 12, 2010

Crackdown 2 tops UK game chart

by Darren Allan
Microsoft's sci-fi shooter sequel Crackdown 2 has made it to number one in this week's all-format UK video game chart, according to Chart Track. Despite only selling on the Xbox 360 format, Crackdown 2 ousted Lego Harry Potter from the top spot, pushing it down to number two. At number three is Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar's epic sandbox western shooter ...

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 ...