The UK’s second-largest supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced plans to stop selling physical entertainment products online, including both videogame software and hardware.
From March 2014 Sainsbury’s will no longer sell physical games, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays or books on their online Sainsbury’s Entertainment store, instead offering digital-only alternatives.
This means you’ll still be able to pick up the latest FIFA game in-store, but getting a physical copy delivered from the Sainsbury’s website will soon become a thing of the past.
Activision prepares for the launch of the Xbox One releasing the Call of Duty: Ghosts for the new console one week early, resulting in the shooter staying top of the UK chart for a second consecutive week.
At second, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, from Cheshire-based developer Traveller’s Tales, has the second most successful launch of any LEGO title, after LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures.
FIFA 14 (-7%) swaps with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-37%) to reach third with a less dramatic drop in sales.
Battlefield 4 (-48%) falls three places to complete the top five.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+8%) takes a place to seventh, behind Grand Theft Auto V (-11%) which falls one place to sixth.
Also taking further sales with next generation releases, Skylanders Swap Force (+11%) pushes Batman: Arkham Origins further down the chart to ninth.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (+33%) is helped up the table to tenth with hardware bundles from retailers.
Other new releases include Ratchet & Clank Nexus at twenty-first place and Xcom: Enemy Within at twenty-fifth.
With this console generation coming to an end it’s hard not to get nostalgic about what has made these past several years so memorable. So, we’re looking back at what titles have been the highlights, especially when it comes to gaming with friends.
Danny Lilley reflects over one of this generations most unique and enjoyable multiplayer experiences. Nope, it’s not an entry from the hugely popular Call of Duty, FIFA or Battlefield franchises, but 2008′s Burnout Paradise from Guildford-based Criterion Games.
Blockbuster is to close 72 of their 264 UK stores it was announced Monday, resulting in over 450 job losses.
The DVD and Videogame rental retailer re-entered administration last month, linked in part to increased competition from online streaming, direct-mail services and on-demand TV platforms.
The move, which comes just six-weeks before Christmas, will see the majority of the earmarked stores close over the course of the next week.
Call of Duty: Ghosts swoops in as the best selling title of last week, but unlike its predecessors does not break as many records.
Despite being top, Ghosts takes third behind GTA V and FIFA 14, in terms of 2013 launch week sales.
Peculiarly Call of Duty: Ghosts was also released for the PlayStation 4, a whole three weeks before the console is due to launch. The PS4 version of Ghosts managed to accumulate sales numbers to rival Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4 sales on PlayStation 3. Other sales of this years COD comprised of a 62% share on Xbox 360 and 34% on PS3. The PS4 version also outsold the Wii U version.
Battlefield 4 (-63%) is entrenched at second as Assassin’s Creed IV (-54%) tumbles to third. FIFA 14 (-16%) and GTA V (-31%) follow suit, to fourth and fifth respectively.
PC, Wii U, and 3DS releases can’t help Batman: Arkham Origins (-55%) recover sales as it crashes to sixth.
WWE 2K14 (-57%) and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) hold on at seventh and eighth, the former with significantly less sales this week.
Football Manager 2014 (-65%) drops to ninth from sixth, but is saved from tenth by Skylanders: Swap Force (+2%).
The last in the Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy debuts on 3DS at thirteenth.
DVD and videogame rental retailer Blockbuster will now honour PlayStation 4 and Xbox One preorders, despite previously announcing that all orders placed would be cancelled due to the firm having re-entered administration, however customers will have to act fast.
Placing over 2,000 jobs at risk, the company announced they would be re-entering administration on October 29th. Following the announcement, the firm revealed on their Facebook page that all pre-orders placed for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would no longer be honoured, just three weeks ahead of the console’s launches.
At the time Blockbuster said in order to receive a refund for any pre-orders customers would have to write to the company via postal mail. This did not prove popular with customers, who took to the company Facebook page to complain.
In a series of Tweets published Tuesday, November 5th, Blockbuster said that they would now be fulfilling customer orders, working directly with Microsoft and Sony to ensure demand is met.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag tops the chart following a midweek release, with Battlefield 4 taking second due to slightly less time on shelves. Both failed to better the release performance of their predecessors.
FIFA 14 (+5%) sticks at third with an increase in sales from console bundles. Grand Theft Auto V (-13%) drops to fourth, but comes in ahead of last week’s number one Batman: Arkham Origins (-56%).
Football Manager 2014 releases to sixth, but is another title that falls short of past ventures, selling 7% less than Football Manager 2013′s debut.
WWE 2K14, picked up by 2K before THQ folded, is a new release at seventh.
Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition (+53%) is still in the Top 10 and, like FIFA 14, is bundled with consoles this week to give it a sales boost, but drops one place to eighth.
Falling five places, Skylanders Swap Force (-9%) lands at ninth.
Pokémon Y (-20%) swaps with Pokemon X (-22%) to keep the latter out of the Top Ten.
The console release of Angry Birds Star Wars arrives at thirtieth to help the PC version up the chart.
Razer’s Kraken gaming headphones are not hard to miss. Sporting a neon-green finish, the distinctive and chunky £55 cans may look every bit the true booming headphones, but do they sound it? We put them to the test.
Out of the box you of course get the foldable headphones, complete with a generous detachable extension cable and the usual 3.5mm analog connection jack.
Despite being predominantly plastic, the Kraken’s build quality is assuringly sturdy and appears durable. The extendable headband can be adjusted to your preference, with confidence that the plastic won’t give. On a whole, the overall unit feels flexible enough to withstand plenty of day-to-day wear and tear.
Last year saw the release of cutesey F1-inspired kart racer F1 Race Stars, featuring cartoon-style versions of real world drivers facing off against each other in scaled down cars. Now, the game is making it’s way to the Wii U.
The game originally appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in November of 2012 — arriving just a few short weeks ahead of the Wii U’s late November launch. However, if you’ve been clamouring to play this on your Gamepad then you don’t have to wait much longer, as one year on the game is making its Wii U debut.
GAME is offering customers the chance to jump to the front of the queue when purchasing an Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
Those who take part in the retailers ‘Get Gaming Quicker’ scheme will be given access to a ‘fast lane’ at the many midnight launch and launch day events, allowing them to skip the main queue and get hands on with their new consoles faster.
Charlie Brooker will host videogames documentary How Video Games Changed The World, as part of a night of topical programmes on Channel 4 this November.
The two-hour long one-off feature will present the impact of videogames on society and will include opinions from developers, such as Will Wright, and famous faces, such as new Microsoft employee Jonathan Ross.
Batman: Arkham Origins sits on top of the UK chart, having been released last week. Developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, rather than London-based Rocksteady Studios, it achieved around half the launch sales of Batman: Arkham City.
The remaining titles in the top six all drop one places from last week. FIFA 14 (-21%) closes the gap on GTA V (-28%). Skylanders Swap Force (-50%) takes half the sales of the opening week at fourth. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y slot into fifth and sixth respectively.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sticks to seventh place, as LEGO The Lord of the Rings (+266%) and Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed (+350%) are bundled into hardware promotions to raise sales numbers to push them to eighth and ninth.
Just Dance 2014 is the only title in the top ten to lose a place, as it falls from ninth to tenth.