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May2012

  • News 2K's XCOM Shooter Delayed Another Year

    Surprise

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown might be happily flaunting its release date like there’s no tomorrow, but times are a bit tougher for 2K Marin’s first-person XCOM reboot. Originally announced in 2010 – and delayed ever since – the controversial shooter is now due out between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014, according to publishing overlord...

  • News Max Payne 3 Tops UK Sales Charts

    Number one with a bullet

    There’s still hope for the struggling UK games market after all, as Max Payne 3 has become the best selling new release of the year after beating out PC exclusive Diablo III by 8,000 units. The rebooted Rockstar shooter outsold Max Payne 2 by a ratio of 10:1, with PS3 enjoying a fair share of the sales. FIFA Street moved...

  • News Sony Japan Braces for Vita's Biggest Month

    Persona leading the charge

    It’s no secret that PlayStation Vita has been having a torrid time in Japan of late, but Sony is optimistic about the platform’s fortunes heading into June. Retailers around the country are anticipating strong sales for the upcoming Persona 4: The Golden and the Vita version of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. In...

  • News The Walking Dead Sprints to 1 Million Sales

    21 days later

    The Walking Dead hasn’t exactly stumbled out of the blocks. Telltale’s latest episodic adventure — based on the popular comic book series of the same name — has already surpassed one million sales just three weeks after release, making it the fastest selling game in the developer's history. The figures span PSN, XBLA, PC and...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Hardware Sinks, Vita Stinks

    All time low

    It really does feel like Japan has given up on Vita for the time being. At this point, the handheld is guaranteed a fresh wave of negative press every week. And it’s really hard to put a positive spin on the system’s latest numbers, with the console selling just 6,340 units. The one redeeming note is that all hardware fell sharply...

  • News Capcom Blames "Cannibalism" for Lagging SF X Tekken Sales

    Poisoned chalice

    Capcom has blamed genre cannibalism as the reason for Street Fighter X Tekken’s less than stellar sales. The company confirmed in a Q&A that it believes the crossover has lagged at retail due to the large number of similar titles released within a short period. The publisher itself has launched three versions of Street Fighter...

  • News Analyst: Sony Vita Sales Target Will Be a "Stretch"

    Unless there's a price drop

    During its investor’s conference last week, Sony announced that it intends to sell 16 million PSP and Vita units over the coming fiscal year (ending 31st March, 2013). Looking at current PSP sales trends, that means the company expects to sell around 10 million Vitas over the next 12 months. But RW Baird analyst Colin...

  • News Sniper Elite V2 Focuses its Sights on UK Sales Charts

    Starhawk falls short

    Rebellion’s crass but enjoyable Sniper Elite V2 has maintained its position atop the UK sales charts, beating out faithful favourites such as FIFA Street and FIFA 12 for a second week running. The World War II shooter was joined by Prototype 2 and Mass Effect 3 in the top five, while

  • News GameStop Pulls PSP Titles from 25% of North American Stores

    Goodnight, sweet prince

    In news that will surprise nobody, US retail giant GameStop has decided to remove PSP titles from around 25% of its stores. The move is designed to maximise “merchandising space in the smallest” outlets. Larger stores will continue to carry the brand, as will GameStop.com. With the Vita now readily available worldwide,...

  • News Capcom Expects to Sell 7 Million Copies of Resident Evil 6

    Sure thing

    It’s sales-age season here at Push Square. As company’s report their annual movers and shakers to stern faced investors, we’re doing our best to pick out the most interesting tidbits from a never-ending line of dull spreadsheets and Powerpoint slides. This is one of those nuggets. Capcom expects to sell seven million copies of the...

  • News April NPD: Prototype 2 Tops, Industry Drops

    Heller bad

    Those of you with any kind of financial investment in the North American video game industry might want to point your browser towards a more positive place. The April NPD results are in, and they don’t make for particularly pleasant reading in the slightest. Indeed, as a whole the gaming industry shrunk by a whopping 32 percent year...

  • News Worldwide Vita Sales Reach 1.8 Million

    Not bad

    While the PlayStation Vita hasn’t got off to an especially speedy start, it’s not doing too badly. Speaking as part of a follow-up to this morning’s annual earnings report – in which Sony curiously withheld Vita sales data – new CEO Kaz Hirai revealed that the handheld has sold 1.8 million units in its past year. Obviously, the...

  • News PS3 Hardware Sales Down, Software Sales Up

    Swings and roundabouts

    Sony sold 13.9 million PS3 consoles in the last financial year, down from 14.3 million in the previous year. Other PlayStation platforms dropped too: PSP dropped from 8m consoles to 6.8m, and PS2 from 6.4m to 4.1m. Sony has not released any sales figures for PS Vita yet, a little worrying considering it launched in Japan late...

  • News I Am Alive Was PSN's Top Selling Game in April

    Land of the living

    Ubisoft’s flawed survival horror experiment I Am Alive was the top selling PlayStation Network title in April. The oft-delayed adventure managed to displace thatgamecompany’s Journey from the top spot, while Telltale’s The Walking Dead adaptation occupied two spots in the top five. The episodic title's Season Pass and...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Drops Below Wii

    Golden weak

    Golden Week did nothing to improve the PlayStation Vita’s fortunes in Japan. Following a minor resurgence last week, the system dropped back down to a familiar position of 10k units sold. To compound the disappointment, the new handheld slipped behind Nintendo's aging Wii for the first time since its release late last year. It was...

  • News Sniper Elite V2 Shoots to the Top of UK Sales Charts

    Hot shot

    Rebellion’s super satisfying tactical shooter Sniper Elite V2 has put a bullet in this week’s UK sales charts. The new release shot straight to the top of the multiplatform best sellers, pushing last week’s winner Prototype 2 into the second spot. Sgt. James Heller won’t be pleased. Elsewhere, it was largely as you were: EA’s holy...

  • News RE: Operation Raccoon City's Sales Top 2 Million

    Brand awareness

    Slant Six’s rotten squad-based zombie spin-off Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has sold over 2 million units worldwide. According to publisher Capcom’s annual financial report, the shoddy shooter had sold 1.7 million copies as of 31st March 2012. Factor in the title’s surprisingly strong Japanese debut of 290,000 units,...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops II Pre-Orders Outpace Predecessor

    Huge numbers incoming

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is poised to become another blockbuster of epic proportions, if early indications from online retailer Amazon are to be believed. A report on MCV notes that early orders for the upcoming title are already triple those of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops which released in 2010. Amazon’s Graham...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Enjoys Decent Sales Bump

    On the rise

    After a torrid couple of weeks in Japan, the Vita has finally emerged from its temporary slump. Sony’s shiny new system sold a respectable 12,299 units for the week ending 29th April – a significant improvement over last week’s worrying 8,206 units tally. The boost was no doubt orchestrated by the release of Surge Concerto: Ciel...

  • News Sony Celebrates Battle Royale Reveal with Contenders Sale

    Bargain bin

    We’re going to go out on a limb and assume you’re excited for the upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Guess what? Sony is too. To celebrate the title’s announcement last week it has revealed a brand new PlayStation Store sale, dedicated to honouring the contenders of the upcoming mascot mash-up. Discounts apply to various...

April2012

  • News Prototype 2 Conquers UK Sales Charts

    Consumes the competition

    Activision’s angry open-world adventure Prototype 2 has shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts. However, despite its position, it failed to outperform the first week sales of its predecessor which launched back in June 2009. The rest of the chart paints a familiar picture, with EA’s FIFA Street, FIFA 12 and Mass...

  • News PlayStation 3 Leads European Hardware Market

    Through the keyhole

    There’s a myth on various forums and websites that the PlayStation 3 is unpopular and the poorest performer of the current generation consoles. It stems from years of disappointing NPD reports, where Sony’s home console has spent the generation lagging behind the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 in North America. But overseas,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Stagnates

    A familiar story

    This week’s Japanese sales charts prove the nation is gripped in 3DS fever. After enduring a tepid start, Nintendo’s handheld has become something of an unstoppable force, dominating the software and hardware sales charts alike. Meanwhile, the Vita continues to lurk beneath the decisive 10k units mark, selling 44 consoles less...

  • News Uncharted Series Surpasses 17 Million Sales

    Priceless treasure

    Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series has officially entered the pantheon of great PlayStation sellers, with Sony announcing this evening that the franchise has surpassed 17 million sales globally since its debut in 2007. The numbers account for the PS3 trilogy and Sony Bend’s recently released Vita spin-off. To celebrate the news,...

  • News Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Flexes Its Commercial Muscles

    Cash is king

    New intellectual properties have it tough in today’s video game market, so it’s refreshing to see a title like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning post impressive US sales. The EA published action RPG has sold 410k units since its launch in February, with a sizeable chunk of those sales coming from the month of March. NPD’s David Riley...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Continues Its Decline

    How low can you go?

    Whatever Soul Sacrifice is, it can’t come soon enough. With no new releases to speak of, the Vita continued its decline in Japan this week, selling a paltry 8,250 units. To its credit, it wasn’t the only system to decline. Only the DSi LL managed to post an improved figure, beating its previous tally by a measly seven units...

  • News Call of Duty Sales Run into Resistance

    Series on a slippery slope

    Call of Duty isn't quite the infallible mega franchise it’s made out to be. Don’t worry, the series is still selling a ridiculous number of copies with each new iteration – but it appears its success has peaked. That’s according to analyst firm Macquire Equities, who believe that sales for the most recent outing...

  • News FIFA Street Bounces Back to Top of UK Charts

    Back of the net

    As the Premier League season dribbles to its conclusion in predictable and conveniently tense fashion, FIFA Street has casually returned to the summit of the UK sales charts after a week or two floundering outside of the top three. It was another good week for publisher EA, with the brilliant (but controversial) Mass Effect 3 sitting...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Sales Eclipse 1.3 Million in North America

    Geth a load of that

    Mass Effect 3 sold 1.3 million copies across multiple platforms in North America last month, the NPD has confirmed. The figure covers retail releases only, so digital downloads on the PlayStation Network (and EA’s own Origin) are not counted. As such, it’s safe to assume the true, ahem, Tali is significantly higher. To put...

  • News Binary Domain Sold Just 20k Units in March

    Bad news

    Binary Domain is a rare gem. Sure, it gets a bit repetitive in places, but it’s uncommon to find a new IP with a genuinely intriguing universe and likable cast. It’s just a shame the general public didn’t agree. According to this month’s NPD report, the Yakuza Studio developed third-person shooter sold just 20k copies in North...

  • News March NPD: Mass Effect 3 Takes Off While Overall Sales Decline

    Not especially pretty

    Despite the arrival of several massive new releases, software and hardware sales continued their decline in North America for the month of March 2012. The latest NPD report shows that the month brought in $1.1billion in revenue, a whopping 25 percent less than the same period in 2011. Hardware, software and accessory sales were...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Dips Below 10k Units

    The end is nigh

    A lot of industry conscious gamers hold a significant amount of faith in Japan’s weekly sales figures. It’s those same commentators that invented the so-called "10k units rule". The fabricated philosophy states that if a system’s sales are above 10k units a week, it’s “alive”. But should the unthinkable happen...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Baseball Spirits Hits a Home Run

    Minor boost for Vita

    There was a Mickey Mouse-shaped cloud raining over the Japanese sales charts this week, as Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance cooed its way to the top spot. It was joined by numerous iterations of Konami’s Pro Baseball Spirits series, as the PS3, PSP and PS Vita versions of the latest bat-and-ball entry all...

  • News Sony Stumps Up £1.5 Million for Easter Vita Push

    Sadly not hiring the Easter bunny, though

    With the PlayStation Vita now firmly established on retail store shelves, Sony is turning its attention to ensuring there is long-term enthusiasm in the platform. In the UK it intends to achieve that by pumping a whopping £1.5 million into a fresh Easter promotional push. The new campaign will see the PS...

  • News FIFA Street Enjoys Third Week Atop UK Charts

    Urban chaos

    EA’s maintained its grip on the UK sales charts, occupying four of the top five spots for the week ending 31st March. Streetwise soccer sim FIFA Street held onto its place in the top spot, and was joined by Mass Effect 3, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 and FIFA 12. Slant Six’s tactical shooter,

March2012

  • News Assassin's Creed III on Course to Break Ubisoft Pre-Order Records

    Everyone wants a piece of Connor

    Ubisoft wants to boast. It sent out a press release today pointing out that Assassin’s Creed III is on track to become its most pre-ordered title in history. To put things into perspective, the game was only officially announced just over a month ago. During that relatively short period Assassin’s Creed III has...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Sturdy, Yakuza Spin-Off Strong

    What's hot in the land of the rising sun?

    The PS Vita managed to keep its head above water again this week, with its sales numbers boosting well above the dreaded 10k units mark in Japan. Sony’s new handheld was unable to outsell its predecessor, the PSP, though, which was boosted by the release of the anticipated Yakuza spin-off, Black Panther 2...

  • News FIFA Street Tops the UK Charts for a Second Week

    Slick skills

    EA’s urban soccer sim FIFA Street maintained its place at the top of the UK charts this week, outpacing strong competition from Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Mass Effect 3. It was another solid week for sports titles, with FIFA 12 and SSX both winding up in fourth and fifth respectively.

  • News FIFA Street Shoots to the Top of the UK Charts

    Messi masterclass

    FIFA Street dodged and weaved its way past Mass Effect 3 in the UK sales charts this week, topping the list with a rabona finish. The urban soccer sim headed a robust week for the FIFA franchise as a whole, with mainline release FIFA 12 still managing to scoop a Champions League spot in fourth. Mass Effect 3 naturally dropped to...

  • Japanese Sales Charts One Piece Still on Top

    Vita sales up... Just

    Namco Bandai’s rip-roaring PlayStation 3 exclusive One Piece: Pirate Musou has enjoyed a second week at the top of the Japanese sales charts after blowing the doors off the week prior. Despite selling way over 500k units last week, the PS3 release still managed to rustle up another 90,133 sales, bringing its overall tally...

  • News Retro City Rampage to Retail for $15

    Because it's worth it

    Retro City Rampage developer Brian Provinciano refuses to charge less than what he feels his game is worth. In an interview with PocketNext, the indie developer took a dig at the “race to the bottom” pricing model that is sweeping iOS platforms, explaining that his title is worth every penny of the $15 he intends to sell it...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Flies to the Front of the UK Charts

    No surprise

    We doubt anyone will be surprised to learn that Mass Effect 3 has shot straight to the top of the UK charts. The Bioware developed space opera outsold all of the previous four number ones – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, UFC Undisputed 3, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and SSX – combined.

  • News Mass Effect 3 Sells Nearly 900k Units in First 24 Hours

    Shepard's sailing high

    Looks like EA’s hard work promoting Mass Effect 3 has paid off pretty well for the publisher — reports spilling out of VentureBeat suggest that the RPG threequel sold a whopping 890k units in its first 24 hours on sale. That’s in the United States alone, by the way. It’s safe to assume that the title’s already...

  • News Sony: US Vita Launch Generated "Exceptional Sales"

    Overwhelming enthusiasm

    Sony’s commented on the sales of the PlayStation Vita in North America, describing them as “exceptional”. SCEA’s Patrick Seybold said in a statement: After months of anticipation, the U.S. launch of PlayStation Vita saw overwhelming enthusiasm amongst gamers, resulting in exceptional hardware, software and peripheral...

  • News February NPD: Twisted Metal Charts as Sales Drop

    Call of Duty on top

    Forget the concerning news about dwindling sales, and let’s focus on what really matters: Twisted Metal was the ninth best selling game in North America for the month of February. Considering the amount of scepticism that was lofted at director David Jaffe and his team regarding the relevance of car combat, we think that’s a...

  • News Sony Ships 10 Million PlayStation Move Controllers

    Moving on up

    The PlayStation Move has had a quiet year thus far, but with anticipated titles such as Sorcery and Datura on the horizon, it’s sure to pick up pace in the coming months. Regardless, it sounds like the motion peripheral's continuing to sell at a decent rate, with Sony confirming that it has now shipped 10.6 million units of the device...

  • Japanese Sales Charts One Piece Does the Business for PS3

    Massive numbers for PS3 exclusive

    One Piece: Pirate Musou – also known as One Piece: Pirate Warriors – gave the PlayStation 3 one of its strongest ever Japanese software debuts this past week, as it topped the charts with a whopping 655,774 units sold. Just to put things into perspective, it outsold the combined total of the remaining 19 titles...

  • News GAME Not Stocking Street Fighter X Tekken

    Shop elsewhere

    In a short statement released to MCV, Capcom has confirmed that UK retailer GAME (and its various subsidiaries) will not be stocking Street Fighter X Tekken or Asura’s Wrath. The publisher said: Unfortunately Capcom must confirm that Street Fighter x Tekken for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Asura’s Wrath, both scheduled for...

  • Rumour Vita UK Sales Higher Than First Reported

    Perhaps not 45k

    Recently we reported that Vita's UK launch sales were 75% lower than PSP's, but according to industry analyst Nick Park the real figure is much higher. Pocket Gamer reported the console had sold around half of 3DS's UK launch sales, which it claimed were 89,000, putting Vita around the 45,000 mark. However, Park tweeted (via...

February2012

  • News GAME Not Stocking Mass Effect 3

    Finishing the fight

    The woes for UK retailer GAME continue, with reports circulating that the publisher will not be carrying Mass Effect 3 or any EA titles beyond this week’s SSX. Eurogamer.net reports that if you have a pre-order placed for Mass Effect 3 at a GAME store, you’ll be able to claim it back as in-store credit. Apparently the store...

  • Rumour UK Vita Launch Sales 75% Lower Than PSP's

    Slow starter?

    After Sony announced Vita sales of 1.2 million, Pocket Gamer claims the system's UK launch week sales were well below predecessor the PSP. When PSP launched in the UK in September 2005 it shifted around 185,000 units in its first week. According to Pocket Gamer, Chart-Track figures claim the console sold "around one quarter"...

  • News Vita Sales Stand at 1.2 Million Worldwide

    Not too shabby

    Sony has announced worldwide sales of PlayStation Vita have passed 1.2 million since the machine's Japanese release in December 2011. Recent Media Create figures put Vita at nearly 580,000 units sold in Japan since December, with the majority of the remaining 620,000 sales likely to have come from North America and Europe. Sony also...

  • News 3G PS Vita Outsold Wi-Fi at Japanese Launch

    Staying connected

    The Wi-Fi version of the PlayStation Vita comfortably outsold its 3G alternative during the system’s UK launch last week, but it was a very different story in Japan. Figures released by Media Create (via Andriasang) overnight show that the more expensive 3G device was significantly more popular during the PlayStation Vita’s...

  • News Analyst Predicts Strong Sales for PlayStation Vita

    No doom and gloom

    In a surprisingly positive report, US marketing research firm, Strategy Analytics, has predicted that Sony will sell a whopping 12.4 million PlayStation Vitas this year – as long as the system benefits from a small price drop at some point within the next 12 months. The company believes that the PS Vita has the potential to rake...

  • News Sony: Early Vita Sales Data is "Very Positive"

    Flying off the shelves

    Internal estimates suggest the PlayStation Vita is selling “very, very positively” according to SCEA big-cheese Jack Tretton. In a chat with IGN, the executive revealed that both software and hardware is tracking well. He said: Memory is going out the door very aggressively despite the fact that memory is in a lot of the...

  • News UFC Dropkicks Amalur from the Top of the UK Charts

    Not pretty

    UFC Undisputed 3 has fought its way to the top of the UK sales charts, beating out last week’s frontrunner, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, to claim the coveted spot. The EA Partners published RPG actually fell from the top ten completely, finishing up in 12th, and allowing faithful favourites such as FIFA 12, Call of Duty: Modern...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Gravity Rush Unable to Stop Dwindling Vita Sales

    Newton's law

    Like the falling apples that formulated Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, the release of Gravity Rush – known as Gravity Daze domestically – could not thwart the dwindling numbers for Sony’s new handheld in Japan. The snazzy handheld – which releases worldwide next week – managed to sell just 13,939 units, its lowest...

  • News Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Storms the UK Charts

    Sitting pretty

    The EA Partners published Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has rushed straight to the top of the UK charts this week, beating out tough competition from the gruesome Darkness II and last week’s champ, Final Fantasy XIII-2. According to Chart Track data, it’s the first new RPG series to debut at number one since Pokemon Red nearly 12...

  • News January NPD: Absence of Big Launches Leads to Low Sales

    Stuck in a rut

    The latest NPD report – covering monthly spend for the video game industry in North America – didn’t paint a particularly promising picture for digital entertainment in January. Both hardware and software dropped 38% year over year, with sales down from $1.14 billion in January 2011 to just $750 million this past month. The NPD cites the lack of major new releases as the reason..

  • News L.A. Noire Sells Almost Five Million Copies

    No lie

    L.A. Noire might not have been the most even of releases – the open-world crime drama overstayed its welcome by several hours – but it’s still deserving of its success. For all of the game’s faults, it should be recognised for its sheer innovation. Everything from the facial technology through to the very deliberate pacing resulted in...

  • News Sony Reckons PlayStation Vita Had a "Good Start" in Japan

    Stop panicking

    The PlayStation Vita’s early Japanese sales have been a big point of discussion across the Internet since the system’s launch in December. Like the Nintendo 3DS before it, some seem to keen to use the stumbling sales to push their own narrative: that the system is unwanted in a smart-phone dominated world. But Sony itself does not...

  • News Sony Makes Massive $2 Billion Net Loss For Q3 FY2011

    We can feel the hairs on new Sony CEO Kaz Hirai's head turning grey already

    No sooner than the party for Hirai's promotion has ended has Sony posted a whopping $2 billion net loss for the quarter ending December 31st, 2011. The company brought in $23.37 billion in revenue, a 17.4 percent decrease year over year. Sony laid the blame on "the...

  • News PlayStation Vita Titles Will Be Cheaper When Downloaded

    Cheaper than chips

    Sony's not been particularly efficient at communicating specific PlayStation Vita information. We're still waiting for full details on the 3G system's data plan here in Europe. With three weeks to go, the platform holder's definitely cutting things fine. But one question that's been asking more than most is whether downloadable PS...

  • News Amazon UK Upgrading PlayStation Vita Orders

    Announces new bundle too

    If you thought North America was getting all the luck with regards to PlayStation Vita bundles, then you might like to take a note of an email we just received from Amazon.co.uk this morning. According to the message, the online retailer is upgrading all PlayStation Vita pre-orders to include a free 8GB memory card and a...

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