2013 was a year with plenty of videogame scandal, from EA’s botched handling of the Sim City launch, Ashes Cricket’s sudden removal from shelves, Nintendo’s continued Wii U struggles, to Microsoft’s embarrassing about-turn on its Xbox One policies.
However, issues aside, the industry continued to push the medium of interactive entertainment forward, offering a breadth of refreshing and new experiences.
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.
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.
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 (-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.
UK All Format Top 10 – 14/11/2013
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- FIFA 14
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Battlefield 4
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Just Dance 2014
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Grand Theft Auto V
- WWE 2K14
- Gran Turismo 6
UK All-Format Top 40
Back in 2010 we weighed up whether PlayStation Plus, Sony’s then new subscription service for PS3 owners, was worth your cash.
At the time we judged that perhaps the £39.99 annual entry fee wasn’t really worth laying down the cash for. Yes, you may have got your moneys worth in terms of access to games, but with the titles on offer not providing a compelling enough reason to commit, the service proved hard to wholeheartedly recommend. Not only that, but when staked up against Microsoft’s rival Xbox Live service, Sony’s alternative take on a console subscription service was viewed negatively, namely for not providing key features such as cross-game chat.
Since then a lot has changed, and it’s clear that PlayStation Plus is an ever evolving service. So with PlayStation 4′s now in homes across the country is the annual subscription worth your cash today? We take another look to give you our revised thoughts.
Sony released Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3 last week, entering at eighth place in the UK chart, claiming around a fifth of the sales of Gran Turismo 5. It looks like Sony will pay the price for a sole release on the now ‘older’ platform.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (+2%), FIFA 14 (-15%) and Battlefield 4 (-35%) claim the top three positions at the top of the UK chart.
Assassin’s Creed IV (-15%) gains one place and Grand Theft Auto V (+19%) jumps two to complete the top five.
Still at sixth, LEGO Marvel Superheroes (-13%) stays ahead of Just Dance 2014 (+70%) as it climbs two places to seventh.
PS4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall drops five places ahead of Batman: Arkham Origins, which sticks at tenth.
62 Blockbuster stores across the country will shut their doors for the last time this weekend, as announced by administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery. 427 employees across the affected locations will also lose their jobs, just weeks before Christmas.
The closures come as the search for an “acceptable offer” for the entertainment retailer drags on. If an agreement can not be made with a potential buyer, Moorfields may be forced to close the remaining 91 stores which will see a further 808 employees without work.
Blockbuster has entered administration twice this year, and has already seen 400 stores close.
Independent studio Allgraf, based in the heart of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, have been busy on their newest adventure Darkout, which is available now.
Offering a similar play style to that of the hugely popular Minecraft and Terraria games, Darkout drops players in an open world environment with mining, crafting and building as their main tools. The purpose being to not only explore the world of Illuna for resources, but also to defend themselves from the alien beings that roam the open environment.
eBay UK user Peter Clatworthy was left disappointed when he discovered he had handed over £450 for a photo of Microsoft’s Xbox One.
Clatworthy, 19 from Nottingham, initially thought he had paid the sizeable sum for an actual Xbox One console, but when the mail arrived he was surprised to see that rather than receiving Microsoft’s latest home console, he had instead took delivery of a printed A4 picture of the new machine.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 has become the fastest-selling console in UK retail history.
The new £349 next-gen console launched on Friday, November 29th, and quickly sold more than a quarter of a million units in less than three days.
Sony has confirmed the final list of entertainment applications that will be available for the UK launch of the PlayStation 4 on Friday.
The list includes BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, BBC News, Demand 5, IGN, Netflix, Lovefilm and Vidzone. Also included are Sony’s own Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services.
This is the first UK only list as many of the previous listings included US exclusive apps. ITV and 4OD apps are not available at launch but its only a matter of time before they too join the growing app list.