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February2016

January2016

  • News Metal Gear Solid V Ships Over 6 Million Copies as Konami Profits

    Mission successful, Snake

    Konami's enjoyed a decent amount of success with it's surprisingly divisive Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. According to the Japanese publisher's latest earnings report, the open world stealth-'em-up has shipped over six million copies worldwide. The title's popularity contributed to a 37.5 per cent increase in...

  • News Finally, We Can Compare PS4 and Xbox One Sales

    Sony's way out in the lead

    Microsoft stopped reporting Xbox One hardware sales recently, suggesting that its Monthly Active Users metric is more important than its flagship format's install base. Fortunately, an EA investor report and a bit of math has enabled us to, for the first time in a long while, see how the Redmond firm's box is performing in...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Yakuza: Kiwami Goes on a Rampage at the Top

    The dragon's back in town

    The Yakuza franchise has always been huge in its native Japan, so it's no real surprise to find that Yakuza: Kiwami - a remake of the PlayStation 2 original - has smashed its way right to the top of the software charts. The re-imagining of Kazuma Kiryu's initial adventure racked up sales of 103,256 copies on PlayStation...

  • UK Sales Charts Resident Evil, Life Is Strange Mix Things Up

    Rising S.T.A.R.S.

    Praise the gaming gods: there's change in this week's UK sales charts. Don't get too excited, mind – there's not that much for us to write about. But while Call of Duty: Black Ops III clings onto its crown, Resident Evil Origins Collection and Life Is Strange have infiltrated the UK top ten. The former compiles Resident Evil...

  • News PS4, Vita Prices Plunge in NA PlayStation Store Flash Sale

    How low can you go?

    How's that wallet of yours holding up? Hopefully you've got a few cents sitting somewhere in its change pocket, because Sony has dropped a surprise Flash Sale on the North American PlayStation Store. This weekend's festivities span the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita, and appear to encompass smaller games. The...

  • News Yep, PS4 Is Wrecking the Competition in France, Too

    On top of the Old World

    Surprise, surprise: the PlayStation 4 is sweeping aside the Xbox One and Wii U in France according to newly released sales data from French publication LeFigaro. As we reported earlier, Sony's latest console is also dominating the market in Germany, so it's safe to say that the Japanese company appears to still ha

  • News PS4 Is Walking All Over the Competition in Germany

    Sony controls almost 70 per cent of the market

    There's a perception perhaps more among American gamers that the PlayStation 4 is only really seeing such wild success right now because Microsoft dropped the ball with its Xbox One at launch. While there's some truth to that, we've always tried to explain that the main reason Sony's so far ahead is...

  • News Sony Reveals the PlayStation Store's Best Sellers For 2015

    Go big or go home

    There aren't too many surprises to be found in the PlayStation Store's list of best sellers for 2015, but hey, everyone likes a look at what's been hot over the last 12 months. In Europe, Destiny: The Taken King took the crown as the most downloaded PlayStation 4 title, beating out the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops III - which...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Odin Sphere Claims the Top Spots on PS4 and Vita

    Sphere of influence

    Atlus should be reasonably happy with Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir's initial performance in Japan, as the gorgeous action role-playing game took first and second place on the software charts. The Vita version climbed highest, selling through 43,394 copies, while the PlayStation 4 release barely missed out on the top spot, selling...

  • UK Sales Charts Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Truckin'

    Rockstar's release up to second as Call of Duty tops

    Grand Theft Auto V is an unstoppable juggernaut. The game, which first launched over two years ago, has climbed to second in this week's UK sales charts, proving that there ain't any stopping Rockstar's train. Call of Duty: Black Ops III continued its dominance in first position, while FIFA 16,...

  • News Third-Parties Nudge Exclusives Out of USA's 2015 Best Sellers List

    Black Ops III the best-selling game of the year

    Not a single exclusive made the NPD's best-selling games of 2015 list, proving once again that third-parties rule supreme right now. Video game sales totalled $13.1 billion in the United States for the year overall, exactly the same as in 2014. This ultimately means that, while new-gen hardware is on...

  • News December 2015 NPD: Sony Thanks Fans for Putting PS4 on Top Again

    USA's preferred platform in 2015

    In what's becoming an all too familiar tale, the PlayStation 4 has topped the NPD hardware charts yet again. Sony's system was on top in the United States for the month of December, completing a clean sweep for the all-important Christmas period. This means that the Xbox One only managed to triumph over the...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Slips Following Decent Holiday Sales

    Sales, sales never change

    As expected, PlayStation 4 numbers have taken a tumble now that the holiday season is over, with sales falling back to a rather standard 36,559 units for last week. Still, we suppose it could be worse, as there's currently a real lack of new software releases in Japan. Speaking of which, it's nice to see Fallout 4...

  • News PS4 Essentials Go Cheap in NA PlayStation Store Sale

    How low can you go?

    Sony don't care that it's January and you're broke like a yo-yo without a piece of string – it's sale time in North America, and you're going to hand the organisation your one remaining thruppence. The platform holder's launched a new 'Essentials' sale which has seen the prices plunge on a slew of PlayStation 4 titles...

  • UK Sales Charts Best Sellers, Best Sellers Never Change

    Zzz

    Nothing to see here, folks. The UK sales charts have barely changed for nearing a month now, and that remains true this week, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III on top yet again. FIFA 16 managed to bump Star Wars Battlefront down into third, while Grand Theft Auto V overtook Fallout 4 in fourth. The only real surprise this time is that Battlefield...

  • News Many More PS4 Games Go Cheap in European Sale

    'Tis the season for savings

    Is your wallet still recovering from the Christmas period? Well, dust it off one more time and get ready for yet another round of January discounts, as Sony has plunged the prices on a several more PlayStation Store titles for the PlayStation 4. The list, kindly compiled by Videogamer, includes titles like Alien...

  • News PS4 Sells Over 1 Million Units in Japan in 2015

    Could be worse

    Okay, okay, we get that the Japanese console market is in decline - we just posted a story about it, in fact - but Sony will at least feel that something positive has been achieved with the PlayStation 4 in 2015. The company's newest system sold 1.2 million units in Japan last year according to Famitsu's annual hardware and software...

  • News Japan's Console Market Wasn't Too Hot in 2015

    Lowest figures in 26 years

    We all know at this point that Japan's console market has shrunk. We could go on and on about the factors that have lead to such a decline, but let's just cut straight to the chase: 2015 saw the market hit a 26 year low. What this means is that the overall value of the market continued to fall, with it being worth ¥321...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 and Vita Continue Strong Seasonal Performance

    Brothers in arms

    The latest sales charts from the East are in, confirming that the last seven days have once again been pretty darn solid for the Japanese market. As expected of the season, hardware figures continued to enjoy a healthy boost, as PlayStation 4 sales increased to 65,427 units, while Vita managed a very respectable 63,811 units...

  • News Crikey! PS4's Install Base Reaches 35.9 Million Units

    Ain't no stopping this train

    Holy best seller, Batman – the PlayStation 4 has now sold 35.9 million units worldwide. The number, as reported in a Sony press release, represents the amount of consoles sold through to consumers as of 3rd January – and so it doesn't include those devices sitting in a Wal-Mart warehouse or in transit. The figure's...

  • UK Sales Charts Ain't No Beating Call of Duty: Black Ops III

    Back in black

    Call of Duty has become such a strange series. Much like FIFA, it feels like – review time aside – the franchise barely gets any coverage on mainstream websites, and yet year after year it dominates the sales charts. Perhaps it spotlights the contrast between so-called "hardcore gamers" and more casual players – but whatever...

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October2015

  • News Metal Gear Solid V Ships 5 Million, Including Downloads

    Five alive

    Metal Gear has always had its hardcore fans, but it's never been a true blockbuster in terms of commercial success. And, despite plenty of critical acclaim, a lot of buzz, and a seemingly ravenous new-gen console audience, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain seems to have stuck close to what's expected of the franchise when it comes to...

  • News Insane PS4 Sales Power Sony to Profitability

    Almost 30 million PS4s shipped

    Kaz Hirai's a popular character among gamers – but he's clearly an incredible businessman as well. After years of financial losses, the ex-PlayStation executive finally appears to have steadied Sony's ship, with the company reporting a profit for the fourth quarter in a row. Given that we'd gotten used to the...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Even with Declining Numbers, PS4 Manages to Stay at the Top

    Not-so-steady ground

    It's a bit of a hollow victory for the PlayStation 4 in the most recent Japanese hardware charts. Sony's new-gen machine is still sitting pretty at the top, but its numbers continue to fall away without the support of any big software releases. The console's managing to stay above the hallowed 20,000 mark, but it seems as...

  • UK Sales Charts Assassin's Creed Syndicate Fails to Outsell Predecessors

    London's burning

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate has climbed to the top of the UK sales charts – but it may not like what it sees. Perhaps suggesting some serious franchise fatigue, the London-based adventure not only failed to better predecessor Assassin's Creed Unity's first week sales, but also every other major entry in the series. In other words,...

  • News Comparing PS4's Sales to the Competition May Be Tough Moving Forwards

    Keeping the numbers quiet

    Sony was sheepish when it came to console sales last generation, lumping the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 together as part of the illusive "PlayStation Family". It's been a lot more forthcoming with the PlayStation 4, revealing both sell in and sell through figures with alarming regularity. But it seems that Microsoft...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Starts Slipping to Pre-Price Cut Numbers

    Get a grip

    The latest Japanese sales numbers are a pretty good indicator of the country's current console climate. The PlayStation 4's price drop saw sales rocket for a week, and ever since, they've been slowly declining. It's all very reminiscent of the boom that usually coincides with a new blockbuster game release, which makes one thing clear:...

  • News PS4's Until Dawn Discounted in Spooky EU Hallowe'en Sale

    Boo

    If you tend to prefer the 'treat' part of Hallowe'en, then this European PlayStation Store sale should give you a sugar rush. Set to run through the spooky season, Sony has deployed a salvo of discounts across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita – and the offers extend to relatively recent releases like Until Dawn and

  • News September 2015 NPD: PS4 Sticks to the Summit as NBA, NFL Beat Metal Gear Solid

    Snaaake

    For the fifth month running, the PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in the United States – even though hardware sales tumbled year-over-year. According to tracking firm NPD, physical spend in the video games sector totalled $1.01 billion in September 2015 – a reduction of nine per cent compared to the same period last year. As...

  • UK Sales Charts PS4 JRPGs Infiltrate Best Sellers List

    Phoenix down

    Even though this author isn't necessarily the biggest fan of Japanese role-playing games, it's really nice to see the genre infiltrating this week's UK sales charts. FIFA 16 was top yet again with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection finishing second – but Tales of Zestiria landed a surprise strike on eighth, while Dragon Quest...

  • News Can Your Wallet Survive the Latest NA PS Store Flash Sale?

    You're about to find out

    As was already outed earlier in the week, the North American PlayStation Store has landed a new Flash Sale – this time with a survival theme. The promotional period – which is set to end on Monday, 19th October – spans all three PlayStation platforms, and includes some real bargains, such as Everybody's

  • News The Bunker Beckons as NA PlayStation Store Survival Sale Nears

    Flash bang

    A heads up ahead of potential impending financial problems: there's a North American PlayStation Store Flash Sale on the horizon. Eagle eyed North American PlayStation Store users spotted signage for some upcoming 'Survival Deals' on the digital plaza, though it's unclear just yet what it will entail. Given the name, we'd expect stuff...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Remain Reasonable as Uncharted Climbs High

    Hanging on in there

    There's a cheeky little grin on Nathan Drake's face right now as his Uncharted Collection almost scrambled to the summit of last week's Japanese software charts. The PlayStation 4 exclusive leapt into third place selling through 24,867 copies, which isn't too bad. Meanwhile, FIFA 16's launch in the Land of the Rising Sun saw it...

  • UK Sales Charts Uncharted PS4 Nabs the 8th Biggest PS4 Launch of 2015

    But can't beat FIFA

    Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection couldn't remove FIFA 16 from the top of the UK sales summit, but it was popular enough to earn the accolade of 8th biggest PlayStation 4 launch of 2015. The sumptuous remaster slotted in nicely in second on the British best sellers list, with the likes of Destiny: The Taken King and LEGO...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Rocket as Price Drop Hits

    That's more like it

    After two weeks of selling next to nothing, the PlayStation 4 is finally back on top of the Japanese charts following its very recent price cut. Sony's home console shifted a very respectable 46,177 units last week, and with any luck, the company will be hoping that the price reduction will have a continuous impact as we move...

  • UK Sales Charts LEGO Dimensions Constructs a Path into Second

    Build me up, buttercup

    LEGO Dimensions is the fastest selling toys-to-life title to release this year, comfortably overcoming the launch numbers for Skylanders Superchargers and Disney Infinity 3.0. In fact, the new kid on the block has enjoyed the third best UK opening in the genre as a whole, which must have publisher Warner Bros – already...

September2015

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Remains Viable As PS4 Prepares Itself for Rebirth

    Calm before the storm

    The PlayStation 4's taken another tumble as its Japanese price drop nears, selling through just over 4000 units. Sony's newest console should see something of a rebirth once the cut hits early next month, but it remains to be seen whether or not the price drop will have a lasting positive effect on sales without any...

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 16 Shoots Straight to the Top of the League

    Back of the net

    There are absolutely no surprises in this week's UK sales chart, as FIFA 16 has rifled one right into the top corner – and finished top of the league. Sales of the soccer simulation were slightly down compared to last year's entry, but it sold best on the PlayStation 4, and by all accounts still did pretty darn well...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Hit New Low as Price Drop Nears

    All in good time

    The PlayStation 4's been ticking along in its native Japan for some time, but it rarely racks up any amazing numbers unless a slew of big new-gen games all launch within a few weeks of each other. Last week's belated figures make for some rather dire reading, then, as Sony's latest box managed to hit its lowest total in months...

  • UK Sales Charts Destiny: The Taken King Takes the Crown

    More than half the copies sold on PS4

    Activision unveiled some pretty impressive statistics for Destiny: The Taken King last week, so it's no surprise to see the first-person semi-sequel shoot to the top of the UK sales charts. The game sold best on the PlayStation 4 – surprise, surprise – scooping up a whopping 57 per cent of the sales...

  • News PS4 Censorship to Blame for Sucky Chinese Sales, Says Sony

    Bans proving problematic

    Sony's struggles with the PlayStation 4 in parts of Asia are well documented, but TGS 2015 proved this week that the system's Japanese sales are sure to soar eventually. It'll now be turning its attention to China, then – a brave new world that seemed incredibly lucrative when a lengthy ban on dedicated gaming boxes was...

  • News Animate Your Bank Account's Paid Out Column with NA PSN Flash Sale

    Cut down to size

    Oh Sony, you sly dogs. Wrecked after a hard week of TGS 2015 coverage, we weren't expecting a North American Flash Sale when we went to bed early last night. Still, this sale is set to run through until Monday, 21st September, so you have ample opportunity to make up your mind. As always you'll find the full list of discounts over...

  • News PS4 Freebie Grow Home Is Ubisoft's Fastest Ever PlayStation Download

    BUD for you

    It won the Vote to Play poll on the PlayStation 4, but there's more good news for Grow Home's botanical bot BUD, as the platformer has become Ubisoft's fastest ever download on PlayStation formats. The game exceeded 1.5 million "sales" within its first week – but this success can of course be attributed to the fact that it was given...

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