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Run An Empire by
published Thursday, Mar 13th

‘Run An Empire’ Eyes Kickstarter Backing

London based software house PAN Studio have turned to Kickstarter in order to fund their new project – a real-time geospatial multiplayer strategy game for mobile platforms.

Device GPS coordinates translate to virtual space as players look to compete for control over territory by covering local streets through exercise. A turf war is created through area capture and reinforcement by constant movement, with more of a focus on opportunistic tacticians than persistent athletes.

Beta invites are available for backers of the iOS version. Total pledges of £25,000, from a goal of £15,000, would see an Android version come into play.

Sam Hill, co-founder of PAN Studio, says, “We’re making Run Your Empire because it’s the kind of game we’d like to play ourselves. We want something that requires the same tactical planning as the digital and tabletop games we already enjoy, but rooted in the real world where presence and physical actions make a difference. The game is designed for anyone else who might also enjoy a new way of playing strategy.”

Early bird pledge options are still available, as the developers look ahead to the April 15th deadline.

South Park: The Stick of Truth by
published Tuesday, Mar 11th

UK Chart: The Stick of Truth Takes Top

South Park: The Stick of Truth takes the top spot from Thief (-48%), which slumps to second. A large portion of South Park sales fall on Xbox 360 (56%), with the remainder on PlayStation 3 (41%) and PC (6%).

Movement throughout the top ten is far from uniform, with Plants Vs Zombies (-1%) gaining a place with little change over sales from last week.

The Lego Movie Videogame (-31%) and FIFA 14 (-21%) fall two places each, the latter matching its lowest position since launch. Conversely, Call of Duty: Ghosts (-23%) falls out of the top five to sixth, its lowest position to date.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) gains one place to seventh, ahead of Battlefield 4 (-29%) and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (-24%).

At its poorest position yet, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-16%) completes the top ten.

The only other new release in the top forty is Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at twenty-first place.

Thief by
published Tuesday, Mar 04th

UK Chart: Thief Takes Top

Thief stole the top spot of the UK chart from The Lego Movie Videogame (-33%), after the latter enjoyed two weeks at the summit.

FIFA 14 (-15%) follows suit by dropping a place to third, ahead of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare as a new entry at fourth.

Dropping two places each to land between fifth and eighth, Call of Duty: Ghosts (-36%), Battlefield 4 (-17%), LEGO Marvel Superheroes and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition suffer from the new entries.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag only drops one place ahead of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, the sequel to the 2010 Lords of Shadow, as it releases to tenth.

At thirteenth, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles is a new release for PlayStation 3. The final new entry in the Top 40 is DS title Senran Kagura Burst at thirty-eighth.

The LEGO Movie Videogame by
published Tuesday, Feb 25th

UK Chart: LEGO Lasting

The LEGO Movie Videogame built on the movies continued success over the school holidays.

The film topped the UK Box Office with £18.9 million in earnings in its opening weekend, and a sequel film has also been announced for planned release in May 2017. The result? The LEGO Movie Videogame sitting a top the UK chart for another week.

A massive nine LEGO titles occupy spots in the top forty; all of which have been developed by Cheshire based Traveller’s Tales. The combined UK revenue generated by the nine games now stands at over £145 million.

The LEGO Movie Videogame by
published Tuesday, Feb 18th

UK Chart: LEGO Leading

Newly released film tie-in, The LEGO Movie Videogame,  is the most successful title of the week, as FIFA 14 tumbles down the chart. The release of the film has also boosted popularity in past titles, with the likes of Lego Batman 2 and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga re-entering the chart.

FIFA 14 - Borussia Dortmund by
published Tuesday, Feb 11th

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Top For Tenth Time

FIFA 14 (-22%) is at the top of the UK chart for the tenth time since launch, being the sixth EA title and third FIFA title to do so.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (-15%) returns to second place from third.

Fable: Anniversary, a remastered release of Fable on the Xbox 360, takes third ahead of former number one Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (-57%).

At fifth, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (-14%) sticks in place ahead of Grand Theft Auto V (+54%), which rises sharply thanks to retailer promotions.

Battlefield 4 (-26%) sinks three places to seventh, and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-7%) drops one to eighth.

Killzone: Shadow Fall (+5%) climbs one place to ninth as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-31%) falls four to complete that top ten.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition by
published Monday, Feb 03rd

UK Chart: Tomb Raider Definitively First

The title that claimed the best launch week of 2013, Tomb Raider, hits back with a next-gen Definitive Edition to claim the top of the UK chart. FIFA 14 (-4%) is less than 500 copies behind in second place.

Much of the top ten falls one place to make room for the top entrant. Call of Duty: Ghosts (+19%) registers a significant increase in sales at third. Battlefield 4 (-5%) is still ahead of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (+11%), despite the latter title also picking up sales this week at fifth.

Assassin’s Creed IV and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition both fall one place each to sixth and seventh respectively.

Grand Theft Auto V and Need for Speed: Rivals remain in place, as Killzone: Shadow Fall falls from seventh to tenth.

FIFA 14 by
published Tuesday, Jan 28th

UK Chart: FIFA Leads Again

FIFA 14 remains at the peak of the UK chart for the first month of the year, making it a massive nine weeks at the top.

With the top three in place again, Call of Duty: Ghosts (-2%) and Battlefield 4 (-13%) stay in position.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (-2%) swaps places with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-35%) at third, the latter suffering heavily this week to fifth.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+2%) gains sales from eighth to sixth to drop Killzone: Shadow Fall (-12%) one place to seventh.

Stepping back up the chart, Grand Theft Auto V (-4%) lands in front of Need for Speed: Rivals (-17%), which falls two places to ninth.

From Namco Bandai, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z enters at tenth in the chart for the best release in the franchise for five years.

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FIFA 14 by
published Tuesday, Jan 21st

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Top Again

FIFA 14 (-23%) is at the top of the chart for an eighth week, second best to a record held by the original Zumba Fitness of all things.

The top four are all in place, with Call of Duty: Ghosts (-39%), Battlefield 4 (-26%) and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-31%) ahead of Lego Marvel Super Heroes (-12%) at fifth from sixth.

Killzone: Shadow Fall (-6%) jumps two places from eighth, before Need for Speed: Rivals (-28%) at seventh.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-7%) is up one place to eighth as Grand Theft Auto V (-56%) drops from fifth to ninth.

Sticking in place, Aliens: Colonial Marines (-10%) completes the top ten.

The first 2014 release in the Top 40, Mario Party: Island Tour arrives on the 3DS at eighteenth.

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fifa-14-bg by
published Wednesday, Jan 15th

UK Chart: Trading Places

FIFA 14 (-32%) remains in place at the top of the UK chart and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-41%) holds at second, with minor movement throughout the rest of the chart.

Battlefield 4 (-48%) is third, swapping places with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-52%) at fourth.

Grand Theft Auto V sticks at fifth ahead of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which rises against Need for Speed: Rivals, that now sits at seventh.

Rising to eighth from twenty-first, Killzone: Shadow Fall (+63%) demotes Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition to ninth.

Aliens: Colonial Marines (-14%) rises five places to complete the top ten.

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FIFA 14 - Borussia Dortmund by
published Tuesday, Jan 07th

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Top In 2014

FIFA 14 is at the top of the UK chart for a sixth week. Now available on two new formats, FIFA 14 has 21% more in sales compared to FIFA 13 against the same week last year, in which FIFA 13 was also first.

The top seven remain in place, including Call of Duty: Ghosts (-55%) at second, with just 4,000 copies separating it from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag (-50%) at third.

Grand Theft Auto V (-64%) is hanging around at fifth in the chart this week, and could go on to become the best selling game of all time in the UK within the next three months.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-42%) is at eighth as it swaps places with Just Dance 2014 (-60%) at ninth. WWE 2k14 completes the top ten.

Call of Duty: Ghosts by
published Tuesday, Dec 17th

UK Chart: Ghosts Grabs Third Week Running

Call of Duty: Ghosts (-21%) holds the chart top spot for a third week in a row. FIFA 14 (-3%) follows closely behind with fewer than 600 copies separating the two.

Retailer promotions lead Lego Marvel Superheroes (+70%) to third from sixth.

Battlefield 4 (-5%) and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (-12%) drop one place each to fourth and fifth respectively. Conversely, Just Dance 2014 (-5%) takes one place at sixth.

Up four places at seventh, Need for Speed: Rivals (+35%) comes in ahead of GTA V (-40%), which is down three places from fifth.

WWE 2K14 (+12%) continues climbing to ninth as Gran Turismo 6 (-37%) falls further from a disappointing start to complete the top ten.

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 UK All Format Top 10 – 14/11/2013

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  2. FIFA 14
  3. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. Just Dance 2014
  7. Need for Speed: Rivals
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. WWE 2K14
  10. Gran Turismo 6

UK All-Format Top 40