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October2012

  • News FIFA 13 Sells 7.4 Million Copies in Four Weeks

    But Medal of Honor: Warfighter disappoints

    If the popularity of the beautiful game was ever in doubt, then the success of FIFA 13 should put any concerns to bed. Publisher EA Games has revealed that its premium soccer simulation has already sprinted into 7.4 million homes. That’s an outstanding achievement for a game that’s only been available...

  • UK Sales Charts Medal of Honor Infiltrates Top Spot

    Number one with a bullet

    Medal of Honor: Warfighter has booted FIFA 13 from the top of the UK sales charts. The soccer simulation couldn’t manage a sixth week at the summit, as Danger Close’s shooter shot straight to the peak of the list. It wasn’t all good news for the modern military adventure, however, as it failed to outsell its...

  • News PlayStation Plus Contributing to Increased PSN Sales

    Stellar strategy

    Not every PlayStation platform is selling brilliantly at the moment, but PSN sales are through the roof. SCEA executive John Koller believes that some of that success can be attributed to the presence of the PlayStation Plus subscription program. “Since E3, we’ve seen a significant rise in PlayStation Plus adoption and we’ll...

  • News Unsurprisingly, Assassin's Creed III Is the Most Pre-Ordered Title in Ubisoft's History

    Trend setter

    Here’s a shocker: Assassin’s Creed III is the most pre-ordered title in Ubisoft’s history. The enormous PlayStation 3 adventure has already more than doubled the pre-order tally achieved by last year's Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Ubisoft’s previous record holder. "Pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed III at GameStop are...

  • News PlayStation Vita Sales Struggling in Europe, PS3 Well on Top

    Good news and bad news

    Nintendo tends to be the best source for PlayStation sales information in Europe – and its latest financial report has delivered once again. But while there is good news for Sony’s flagship platform in the region, it’s off-set by some disappointing numbers for the PlayStation Vita. According to figures released as part...

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 13 Blocks Skylanders' Charge

    Holding on

    FIFA 13 managed to keep its competitors out of the net for a fourth time this week, once again finishing first in the UK sales charts. Competition was fierce from Activision’s Skylanders: Giants, but the multiplatform phenomenon wasn’t strong enough to topple EA Sports’ soccer sim from the top of the list. We think that accolade’s...

  • News Analysts: PlayStation 3 Price-Cut Unlikely to Occur This Year

    Stating the obvious

    Many of us expected a price-cut when Sony announced the PlayStation 3 Super Slim at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this year – but that didn’t happen. In fact, the platform holder actually raised the price of its premium console in a number of regions. Analysts believe that’s where the system

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 13 Holds, Dishonored Sneaks into Second

    Parking the bus

    It’s going to take one hell of a release to displace FIFA 13 from the top of the UK sales charts. Fresh from defending the summit from Resident Evil 6 last week, the soccer simulation has now successfully fought off Bethesda’s critically acclaimed fantasy adventure Dishonored too. Despite being the most successful new IP of the...

  • News September NPD: Hardware Sales Jump, Borderlands 2 Explodes

    Christmas is coming

    Average weekly sales of both the PlayStation 3 and Vita increased in North America throughout September, suggesting renewed momentum heading into the holiday season. As has become a recurring theme, the Xbox 360 was the best selling console for the month with 270,000 units sold. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't share specific hardware...

  • News PlayStation 3 Surpasses 5 Million Sales in the UK

    Best seller

    The PlayStation 3 has sold more than 5 million units in the UK, platform holder Sony has announced. The news comes on the eve of the release of the new 12GB Super Slim system across Europe. The 500GB redesign launched on 28th September, prompting a 138 per cent boost in PS3 hardware sales throughout the UK. “This is another historic...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PlayStation 3 Sales Surge

    Like a disease

    A cavalcade of anticipated software – combined with the release of the new Super Slim hardware model – pushed the PlayStation 3's sales over 42k units in Japan this week. The bump still wasn’t enough to topple the unstoppable Nintendo 3DS, but it came within striking distance. Resident Evil 6 was the platform’s biggest new...

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 13 Defends Top Spot from RE6

    Undead

    Resident Evil 6 failed to topple FIFA 13 from the top of the UK sales charts this week. The soccer simulation maintained its position at the summit of the list, despite strong competition from the hotly anticipated survival horror shooter. Indeed, Capcom’s controversial adventure registered the fourth biggest UK launch of the year – but...

  • News Resident Evil 6 Spreads to 4.5 Million Store Shelves

    Highly infectious

    It seems as though the negative reviews have done nothing to deter Resident Evil 6 from infecting numerous PlayStation 3s across the globe, as Capcom has announced that it has shipped 4.5 million copies of the divisive sequel worldwide. It also took a moment to boast that the Resident Evil franchise has sold 50 million units in...

  • News FIFA 13 Tops European PSN Sales Charts

    Tokyo Jungle starts strong

    FIFA 13 was the best selling digital release in Europe last month – despite only being available for a handful of days. The soccer simulation was joined by Borderlands 2 and One Piece: Pirate Warriors, while Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD topped the PSN-only chart. Thankfully, the wacky To

  • News FIFA 13 Dribbles to 4.5 Million Sales in First Five Days

    Back of the net

    FIFA 13 has proved its dominance in the football genre by selling “over 4.5 million units across all platforms” in just five days. Unsurprisingly, more than one million of those sales took place in the UK within the simulation’s first 48 hours available. Anecdotal aside: there wasn’t a copy of the game to be found in our...

  • UK Sales Charts FIFA 13 Shoots to the Top of the League

    Premiership material

    Here’s a shocker for you: FIFA 13 has sprinted straight to the top of the UK sales charts. The annual entry sold a whopping one million units during its first weekend on sale, forcing last week’s front runner Borderlands 2 into second position. F1 2012 held onto third, while Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 fell into fifth.

September2012

  • News PlayStation Network Sales Explode, Plus Subscribers Double

    Catching fire

    When the PlayStation Network was hit by a disastrous hack attack back in early 2011, many assumed that it would spell the end for the digital platform. In actual fact, the exact opposite has occurred, with the storefront achieving its “highest transactional” quarter yet over the past three months. In short, consumers spent more...

  • UK Sales Charts Borderlands 2 Shoots Its Way to the Top

    Are you surprised?

    Sleeping Dogs has finally been removed from its resting place atop the UK sales charts. New release Borderlands 2 shot straight to the summit, leaving fellow newcomer F1 2012 in its dust. The positively received Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 debuted in third, while Square Enix’s open world epic was forced to settle for fourth.

  • Talking Point Why Sony Won't Be Too Worried About the Wii U

    Here comes a new challenger

    They’d never admit it, but the upper-executives at Sony Computer Entertainment were no doubt glued to Nintendo’s pre-release Wii U press conferences last week. After a disappointing E3 showing, the competitor pulled out all the stops to convince consumers its latest platform is worth paying attention to – and...

  • UK Sales Charts Sleeping Dogs Still Resting Atop Summit

    Wake up

    Not even Heihachi Mishima and family could displace the lethargic Sleeping Dogs in this week’s UK sales charts. The Square Enix published open world crime drama enjoyed a fourth stint at the top of the pile, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sitting just behind in second. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes grapple-hooked its way back into third...

  • News Counter-Strike Was August's Top Selling PSN Game

    Go, go, go

    Valve’s downloadable multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has stormed straight to the top of the PlayStation Network sales charts in North America. The title – which launched at the end of August – fought off strong competition from fellow PSN Play promoted titles Sound Shapes and Papo & Yo. Telltale’s stellar...

  • News Sleeping Dogs Surpasses 172k Sales in North America

    Strong start

    Publishers and journalists are constantly pointing out that new intellectual property is a thing of the past, but a game like Sleeping Dogs shreds that theory to bits. The open world adventure – which is currently sitting atop the UK sales charts – managed to sell 172k units in North America during August. That’s a very...

  • News Sleeping Dogs Reclaims UK Sales Charts Top Spot

    Sitting pretty

    United Front Games' excellent open world adventure Sleeping Dogs has reclaimed its place atop the UK sales charts. The crime drama – which was temporarily displaced by Guild Wars 2 last week – managed to fight off competition from new entry The Sims 3: Supernatural to steal back the top spot. It was a familiar story elsewhere...

  • News Borderlands 2 Smashes Pre-Order Records

    In the firing line

    Gearbox’s extremely popular Borderlands franchise has maintained its record breaking form by smashing pre-order records. Publisher 2K Games told MCV earlier this week that the upcoming Borderlands 2 has become the most anticipated title in the company’s history. “We’re exceptionally happy with the level of support gamers...

  • News Darksiders II Leads The Way in August NPD Results

    Don't mess with Death

    The NPD results for August have been released, which were no doubt greeted by many sweaty brows within the gaming industry. The overall picture for U.S. game sales is worrying, with a drop in software sales of 9% compared to the same period last year, though PS3 has reportedly produced improved sales compared to July. The...

August2012

  • News Kaz Hirai Claims PlayStation Vita Is Meeting Sales Targets

    But lagging behind in some regions

    Recently appointed Sony overlord Kaz Hirai has pointed out that the PlayStation Vita is performing near expectations globally, but that it's "trending behind in certain territories". Earlier this month, the platform holder revealed that the system had sold 2.2 million units worldwide. While Hirai wouldn’t reveal...

  • UK Sales Charts Sleeping Dogs Dispatches Darksiders II

    Let 'em lie

    Hotly anticipated sequel Darksiders II was unable to displace the excellent Sleeping Dogs on this week’s UK sales charts. The Square Enix published open-world adventure enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts, after debuting in pole position just over seven days ago. It wasn’t all bad news for troubled publisher THQ however,...

  • News Lollipop Chainsaw Ships 700,000 Units Worldwide

    Record breaker

    Grasshopper Manufacture is no stranger to commercial failure, but it looks like the studio has finally secured a timely hit. The Japanese developer has declared that it has shipped over 700,000 copies of Lollipop Chainsaw worldwide, making it the most successful title in the company’s history. Studio gaffer Suda 51 and Japanese...

  • News PlayStation Vita Has Sold 2.2 Million Units Since Launch

    Don't overreact

    Sony has sent the cynics and naysayers into overdrive this evening by confirming that the PlayStation Vita has sold just 2.2 million units worldwide. The figure was originally quoted by PlayFront.de, but has since been confirmed by Joystiq. "The latest figures we've released for Vita (as of June 30th) are 2.2 million sales...

  • News Sleeping Dogs Lies Atop UK Sales Charts

    True crime

    Sleeping Dogs has displaced former frontrunner London 2012 in the UK sales charts race. The title’s position will certainly rub salt into the wounds of previous publisher Activision, who canned the project in 2011 over fears it wouldn’t sell. The company’s executives will be dining on a hearty slice of humble pie tonight, we...

  • News MotorStorm Series Sells Over 6 Million Units

    Road to victory

    Evolution Studios’ consistently compelling MotorStorm series has sold over 6 million units, Sony XDev Europe's Pete Smith has revealed. The executive cited the first-party developer as an example of a team with a clear focus during a panel at GDC Europe earlier today. The studio’s most recent title, MotorStorm RC, released on...

  • UK Sales Charts London 2012 Wins Third Gold Medal

    Simply the best

    London 2012 may have come to a stylish conclusion last night – we were particularly fond of Jessie J’s figure-hugging catsuit – but the success of the 30th Olympiad lives on courtesy of the UK sales charts this morning. SEGA’s decent athletics tie-in managed to hold onto its position at the top spot for a third week running,...

  • News Jack Tretton Believes Vita Sales Are "Acceptable"

    Not sweating yet

    Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton has stated that the PlayStation Vita’s sales are “acceptable”. Chatting with GamesIndustry.biz, the jovial executive admitted that he feels more comfortable about the console now than he did four months ago. “In this industry, you can't get too high or too low,...

  • News July NPD: NCAA Football '13 Sprints Straight to the Top

    Industry woes continue, though

    July proved to be another desperately disappointing month for physical video game sales in North America. Overall sales in the retail sector dropped by 20 percent year over year – bringing in just $548.4 million compared to $686.3 million the year prior. Hardware sales dwindled by as much as 32 percent, with a 23...

  • UK Sales Charts London 2012 Holds onto Gold

    Inspired

    SEGA’s decent London 2012 tie-in was never going to let Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah steal all the headlines this week, as it's held onto its position atop the UK sales charts for a second week running. Of course, it’s not especially surprising – the world has caught Olympics fever and, well, there’s nothing else coming out. Proving...

  • News Namco Bandai Reveal Disappointing Sales for Soulcalibur V

    K.O.

    Namco Bandai has revealed its first quarterly financial report, sadly showing the disappointing sales of their latest update of the Soulcalibur series. On the 30th June, Soulcalibur V's sales were reported to be standing at 1.38 million copies. Soulcalibur IV accumulated 2.3 million sales in eight months, a million more units than Soulcalibur...

  • News UK Retail Software Sales Slump to Lowest Ever Tally

    Gulp

    Retail software sales in the UK smashed records last week – by sinking lower than they’ve ever sunk before. MCV reports that 394,688 games were sold during the seven day period, generating just £8.4 million. It’s not entirely surprising that the figures dipped so dramatically – the games industry is essentially on holiday, and...

  • News Sony Silent About Vita Sales in Quarterly Report

    Sinking ship

    Sony has checked in with its latest quarterly sales report, and it doesn’t paint a particularly positive picture for the Japanese manufacturer. Sales in the games division – which is now reported under its own heading – plunged by a concerning 14.5 per cent year-on-year, contributing to an overall loss of ¥3.5 billion. Sony...

  • News Battlefield 3 Premium Has Over 1.3 Million Subscribers

    Impressive numbers

    We thought the late announcement of Battlefield 3 Premium would seriously hinder its commercial impact, but it seems like the service has been a huge success for EA. Speaking at a financial conference overnight, the publisher revealed that the package has “over 1.3 million subscriptions”, which is a significant improvement...

July2012

  • News Analyst Predicts Challenges for Medal of Honor: Warfighter

    Been there, done that

    Interest in Medal of Honor: Warfighter is at an all time low. Despite the game looking decent, it feels like the market just doesn’t care – even publisher EA’s typically dominant PR cycle is half-hearted this year. As such, US analyst Doug Creutz has decided to slash the title’s projected sales estimates. He previously...

  • News Dragon's Dogma Sells Over 1 Million Units

    Decent scales

    The Dragon’s Dogma brand has really taken off for Capcom – selling over 1 million units since its release in May, and propelling the Japanese publisher into profitability. The company’s profits increased by almost 300 per cent in Q2, raking in a whopping ¥1.3 billion ($17 million). It cited a “recovery trend” in the video...

  • UK Sales Charts London 2012 Takes Podium Position

    Gold medal

    We predicted last week that London 2012 might finally overtake LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes on the UK sales charts – and we were spot on. The SEGA developed Olympic Games tie-in toppled TT Games’ bite-sized action adventure to take the gold medal, which it'll probably hold onto for the next couple of weeks.

  • Japanese Sales Charts PSP Hits a Home Run

    Out of the park

    There are eight PSP titles on this week’s Japanese sales chart. The ageing handheld proved that there's still life in its elderly legs by outpacing the Vita by a few thousand units. We’re not sure whether that’s a sign of the PSP’s continued relevance, or the dismal state of Sony's latest platform. Still, despite the sheer...

  • News LEGO Batman 2 Maintains Grip on UK Sales Charts

    Top, er, bat

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has scored a fifth consecutive week at the top of the UK sales charts. It was joined on the podium by SEGA’s London 2012 tie-in, which we suspect might have a chance at toppling the caped crusader when the Olympics start properly later this week. Ubisoft’s tactical third-person shooter Ghost Recon:...

  • News June NPD: LEGO Batman 2 Tops, Industry Sales Drop

    Holy great performance, Batman!

    Not content with dominating the charts across the pond, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has also topped the North American best-sellers for the month of June. But while developer Traveller’s Tales will be cracking open the champagne in celebration, the rest of the sector won’t be quite so enthusiastic. The entire...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Struggles Once Again

    Treading water

    The PlayStation Vita sold just 11k units in Japan last week, despite a minor resurgence the period prior. The release of the crystal white hardware variation had catapulted the relatively new system beyond recent disappointment, but with no new notable titles on the horizon, the portable plummeted back towards below-par pastures. To...

  • News Magic: The Gathering Apparates Atop June's PSN Charts

    Under the spell

    It turns out that people are still rather fond of card games. Sony has announced that the wordy Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 was summoned to the top of the PlayStation Network sales charts in June. The enchanted title beat out continued competition from Telltale’s massively popular The Walking Dead...

  • News Laughing Jackal Has Sold a Lot of PlayStation Minis

    Hungry Giraffe is almost full

    Laughing Jackal, the UK developer responsible for some of the most enjoyable titles on the PlayStation Minis platform, has sold close to one million titles worldwide. The studio – behind favourites such as OMG-Z and Hungry Giraffe – announced the news in a candid blog post, which included plenty of praise for the...

  • News LEGO Batman 2 Arrests UK Sales Charts for a Third Week

    Miniature heroes

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has maintained its position at the top of the UK sales charts for a third week running. However, it faced strong competition from SEGA’s London 2012, which scooped up the silver medal after a photo finish. Fellow superhero title The Amazing Spider-Man dropped down into third, while

  • Japanese Sales Charts White Vita Boosts Numbers

    Woah ho ho ho

    The release of the crystal white PlayStation Vita in Japan didn’t do a lot to improve the ailing system’s sales, but it did push the platform back above the 22k units threshold. The handheld was actually the second best selling console of the week, with Nintendo’s 3DS way out in the lead. Pokémon continued its rule of the...

  • News Tokyo Jungle Surpasses 200,000 Sales in Japan

    Pomeranian power

    It turns out there is a sizeable audience for niche titles. Sony has announced that the brilliant Tokyo Jungle has already exceeded 200,000 sales in the region – a sum which is wholly unexpected for a game of its, well, unusual nature. The figure takes into account the title’s digital and retail sales, and is correct as of 22nd...

  • News LEGO Batman 2 Keeps UK Sales Charts in Custody

    Caped crusader

    The excellent LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has enjoyed a second week at the top of the UK sales charts, beating off strong competition from fellow crime-stopper The Amazing Spider-Man with a well-placed batarang. The DC and Marvel mascots both bettered 2K Games’ oft-delayed third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line which debuted in...

June2012

  • Japanese Sales Charts PlayStation Vita Dips Again

    Boing boing

    Last week’s exceptional PlayStation Vita performance was a one-off it seems. With the excitement surrounding Persona 4: The Golden now restored to a reasonable level, the handheld plunged to just 13k units. Not horrific, but far from exceptional either. One hypothesis for the Vita’s relatively sluggish week centres on the imminent...

  • News LEGO Batman 2 Glides to UK Charts Summit

    Holy sales, Batman

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts, beating out continued competition from FIFA 12. It’s familiar form for the blocky caped crusader, whose previous outing debuted in second way back in 2008. Elsewhere, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier held onto its position in third, while Lollipop Ch

  • Japanese Sales Charts PlayStation Vita Awakens

    Everything's golden

    Earlier in the year, Sony flagged June as a potentially big month for the PlayStation Vita. Following last week’s minor resurgence, it looks like the platform holder was right on the money, as the release of Persona 4: The Golden has propelled the handheld into a promising position for the first time in months. The Atlus...

  • News FIFA 12 Shoots Atop UK Sales Charts

    Back of the net

    EA Sports has performed its best Cristiano Ronaldo impression, steering FIFA 12 back to the summit of the UK sales charts in style. The popular football franchise managed to leap-frog strong competition from Lollipop Chainsaw and last week’s winner Ghost Recon: Future Soldier to reclaim the top-spot.

  • News EA Admits That Its Syndicate Reboot "Didn't Pay Off"

    Performance review

    If the real world of business was as ruthless as the fictional one in Syndicate, then EA’s Frank Gibeau wouldn’t have time to lament the poor performance of Starbreeze’s series reboot. Thankfully, it’s not, and the executive can openly acknowledge the fact that the first-person shooter didn’t quite live up to...

  • News May NPD: Hardware Collapses, Investors Look Away Now

    Troublesome trends

    Let’s get straight to the point: May was not a good month for video game sales in North America. Hardware sales were down 39% year-over-year, bringing in just $138.9 million compared to $228.8 million in 2011. Software sales also saw a decline of 16%, though the NPD puts that decrease down to fewer releases. Unsurprisingly, PC...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Tokyo Jungle Strides to Summit

    Vita sales increase

    Sony’s bonkers PlayStation 3 exclusive Tokyo Jungle roared to the top of the Japanese sales charts this week, beating out fierce competition from Dragon Quest Monsters on 3DS. The baffling post-apocalyptic adventure rounded up sales just north of 110k units to secure the number one spot. Elsewhere, PlayStation Vita exclusive...

  • News The Walking Dead Was PSN's Top Selling Game in May

    Catching on

    TellTale’s episodic The Walking Dead series ambled to the top of the PlayStation Network sales charts for the month of May. The downloadable adventure was joined by thatgamecompany’s Journey in second and PixelJunk Shooter in third. It was a strong anniversary month for the Q-Games developed series, with no less than four of the...

  • News Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Maintains Position Atop UK Charts

    Locked up

    Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has enjoyed a third successive week at the top of the UK sales charts. It was joined in second by Max Payne 3 and FIFA 12 in third. EA’s Battlefield 3 jumped up a few spots into fourth, while Sniper Elite V2 held onto its position in the top five.

  • News God of War Series Surpasses 21 Million Sales

    Blockbuster

    In the seven years since the original God of War title released on PlayStation 2, Sony’s gory melee franchise has sold over 21 million copies. The best selling title in the series is God of War III, which has sold over five million units worldwide since releasing in March 2010. Shannon Studstill, senior director of product development...

  • News Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Locks Up UK Sales Charts

    Burning skies

    E3? E3? It’s still business as usual here at Push Square towers. We might have half an eye on the madness set to embark in Los Angeles later today, but we’re still going to tell you about this week’s UK sales charts. That’s if you care of course. Anyone? Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier maintained its place at the top...

May2012

  • Japanese Sales Charts Dragon's Dogma Takes Off

    Flying start

    Dragon’s Dogma got off to a roaring start in Japan, selling a whopping 302,040 units during its first week on sale. The impressive numbers make it the fastest selling new IP of the generation in the region. Sadly, the title did nothing to increase the PS3’s hardware sales. Sony’s home system mustered just 14k units, a minor...

  • News Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Shoots Atop UK Sales Charts

    Dragon's Dogma not far behind

    Ubisoft’s oft-delayed Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has fired straight to the top of the UK sales charts. The shooter beat out strong competition from a slew of new releases, including Dragon’s Dogma and DiRT Showdown – both of which debuted in the top five. Future Soldier’s first week sales were stronger than any...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Hardware Slump Continues

    Difficult reading

    Hardware sales continued to decrease in Japan this week. The Vita’s fortunes improved by a measly seven units, as it mustered a disastrous 6k sales for the second week running. In fairness, it was another timid week for all of Japan’s major consoles, with PS3 and PSP's overall totals also dropping. Even the infallible Nintendo...

  • News Max Payne 3 Ships Three Million Copies Worldwide

    Rockstar reloads

    It looks like you’re fans of Max Payne’s gritty, macabre narrative. Publisher Take-Two announced overnight that it has shipped three million copies of Max Payne 3 since its release last week. The game shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts, beating out Blizzard’s hotly anticipated PC exclusive Diablo III. You can find...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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