Britain’s soon-to-be-favourite gaming podcast, The Gamebrit Podcast returns for a 28th episode, and this week we talk gaming and Britain.
We continue to break down the cultural divide between England and Scotland, before getting down to business to talk videogame: Baftas, Lego Rock Band puns, awful segues, franchise sequels and the BBC’s weird upcoming Grand Theft Auto TV thing.
Games discussed this week: GTA5’s heists update, Valiant Hearts, Counterspy, Transistor, Apotheon.
GTA V (-51%) returns to the top spot as it continues to sell well above an already record-breaking number of copies.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (-61%) is still ahead of FIFA 15 (-51%) at third and Far Cry 4 comes inat fourth.
The Crew and Assassin’s Creed: Unity swap between fifth and sixth respectively.
Up four places to seventh, Minecraft: PlayStation Edition overtakes the Xbox Edition, which takes two positions to eighth, resulting in Destiny dropping two places to ninth.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor takes three places to tenth ahead of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-3%), which doesn’t improve on numbers, but takes advantage of promotions of an Xbox One hardware bundle.
It’s Pizza time! Episode 19 of Britain’s soon-to-be-favourite gaming podcast, The Gamebrit Podcast, returns for another slice of videogame talk.
This week we talk about the Xbox One’s first birthday, 10 years of World of Warcraft and the new Game of Thrones game from Telltale Games. Colin also tells us about the latest in Pizza innovation — buying dinner via his Xbox.
Games discussed this week include Far Cry 4, WWE 2K15, Space Age, Halo, Heroes of the Storm GTA: V and Mario Kart 8.
Grand Theft Auto V races back to the top of the chart with the release of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions. Before this week it was the highest grossing title in the UK, but new versions means it has now sold the most copies of any game in the UK.
Far Cry 4 launched on Tuesday to the most successful starting week of the series so far, marking second place.
Despite further loss of sales, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (-41%) is at third, but is ahead of FIFA 15 (+25%), which sticks at fourth.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is another new release at fifth. It closely follows the launch sales of the last instalment Dragon Age II in 2011.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity drops four places to sixth.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions give WWE 2K15 (+554%) a massive boost of sales which propels it’s chart position to seventh.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Minecraft PlayStation Edition fall to eighth and ninth respectively.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection falls from third to tenth, ahead of Middle-Earth: Shadow ofMordor (+204%),which is back up to tenth thanks to new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.
The Gamebrit Podcast turns 18, as Episode 18 of Britain’s soon-to-be-favourite gaming podcastis here.
This week we talk about the return of GTA:V — first person mode included, Blizzcon, the Just Cause 3 reveal, how Assassin’s Creed Unity has been received and the latest from Nintendo, including that Majora’s Mask remake .
Games discussed this week include Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Heroes of the Storm, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Spelunky, Quiz Up and more.
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: V arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this week, bringing with it a new first-person mode.
The added perspective allows you to see all the sights of Los Santos a little more true-to-life. Whether it’s fighting in the streets, driving or simply having a beer, GTA’s new first-person mode is a neat addition.
Here’s a brief, and by no means extensive, round-up of what you can expect to see and do whilst playing in first-person.
Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us swept us at this years British Academy Games Awards picking up five of the seven awards for which it was nominated.
The post-apocalyptic survival game picked up awards for best action and adventure title, best story, best audio achievement, best performer (for Ashely Johnson as Ellie) and the nights biggest award, Best Game.
It was a excellent night for British developers with Rockstar also picking up four awards.
The Edinburgh-based developer picked up best British game, best game design, best multiplayer and the BAFTA fellowship award, presented by Metal Gear director Hideo Kojima, for Grand Theft Auto V.
Supermarkets ASDA and Tesco have both seen a massive boost in entertainment sales following the release of Grand Theft Auto V.
Tesco saw the largest increase in marketshare, with their share of the entertainment market, which includes videogames, increasing to 17.1% in the twelve weeks prior to 30th September. In comparison their share in the same period last year was 11.9% according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.
Fiona Keenan, strategic insight director for Kantar:
“The games market has grown by an impressive 29% compared with the same period last year. Tesco has been the biggest winner of the release of Grand Theft Auto V, collecting a third of all money spent on the title during the two weeks after it’s release.”
Asda’s share has seen a slight increase, growing from 9.8% to 12.1%, while Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s have both remained static at 6.9% and 2.9% respectively.
The sales boost has been no doubt helped by the special offers afforded by the supermarket chains and has played a large part in pushing the gaming market into growth for the first time in five years.
Not much has changed in the UK top ten this week, with Grand Theft Auto V (-31%) still the best selling title.
FIFA 14 (-29%) remains second, ahead of the only top ten new entry this week – Skylanders: Swap Force. New developer Vicarious Visions, Beenox, and 3DS developer N-Space,do not match the sales of last years Skylanders Giants, with around -35% over the first week. In the same week that Nintendo revealed they are continuing the manufacture and sale of the Wii in Europe, the console becomes the most popular platform for Swap Force with a 37% share.
Pokemon X (-59%), Pokemon Y (-58%) and The Last of Us (-60%) all fall one place to cover fourth to sixth.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+19%) takes sales and a place in the chart at seventh, and has now remained in the Top 10 for the seventeen weeks since its release.
F1 2013 (-36%) and Just Dance 2014 (-30%) fall two places each to eighth and ninth respectively.
Disney Infinity (+20%) falls to tenth, despite making the best top ten improvement in sales this week, but stops new entry Sonic: Lost World at eleventh.