Episode 13 of Britain’s soon-to-be favourite gaming podcast, The Gamebrit Podcast is here!
This week Leo isn’t in Amsterdam so he delivers his verdict on top-seller Destiny. We also talk about the recently released Wii U game Hyrule Warriors, the Microsoft acquisition of Minecraft studio Mojang and, believe it or not, violent ice cream trade-ins. Also, MARKETISING.
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As Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+13%) reaches eight million copies in total worldwide sales, it also celebrates its third week placed at the top of the UK charts.
In the week before the return of the new Premier League season, FIFA 13 (+24%) runs up the chart again to second.
The Smurfs 2 (+35%) is also up two places to third against new comer Tales of Xillia, the next instalment in the Tales series, at fourth.
Falling down as a result, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-16%) lands at fifth. The Last of Us (-25%) falls even further, from second, down to sixth.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+9%) gains sales along with a place in the chart at seventh, against Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes which loses both sales and a place, down to eighth.
Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed III (-7%) stick in at ninth and tenth respectively.
The Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft (-9%) mounts the top spot for a second week running. Pikmin 3 drops out of the picture down to fifteenth, allowing The Last of Us (-2%) to rise to second with Animal Crossing: New Leaf taking third.
FIFA 13 (+33%) rises two places to fourth ahead of The Smurfs 2 (+115%) which moves up twenty places to fifth following the films release in cinemas.
Far Cry 3 is one step ahead of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, which rises three places to seventh.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+48%) takes nine places back to the top ten at eighth as Tomb Raider (+1%) sticks in at ninth.
Assassin’s Creed III (+11%) takes a step in the right direction as it completes the top ten.
Minecraft for the Xbox 360 (+74%) receives a hefty boost in sales taking first place ahead of newcomer Pikmin 3, denying the WiiU title a debut at the top.
After a lengthy six week spell at the top, The Last of Us (-16%) drops to third. Animal Crossing: New Leaf sticks at fourth ahead of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros., which falls two places to fifth.
FIFA 13 takes three places up to sixth, displacing Far Cry 3 to seventh.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition holds at eighth against Tomb Raider at ninth and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes as it re-enters the top ten.
New Super Luigi U on WiiU is the only other new release this week at thirteenth. The Smurfs 2 (+213%) jumps to twenty-fifth with improved sales following a disappointing launch.
The Last Of Us (-35%) continues for a third week on top, despite new competition.
The retail version of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, from Scottish developers 4J Studios, grabs second, demoting Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-25%) and FIFA 13 (+43%) to third and fourth respectively, the latter aided by an impressive sales boost.
The Sims 3: Island Paradise, the tenth expansion for the game so far, is a new entry at fifth, ahead of Deadpool, another new entry at sixth place.
Tomb Raider falls from fourth to seventh and Call of Duty: Black Ops II drops two places to eighth. Assassin’s Creed III sticks in at ninth.
Launching at tenth, Company of Heroes 2 is the latest title to receive a mid-week release, seven years after the original. Developers Relic were snapped up after the fall of THQ last year, with Sega now publishing the latest game on PC.
The world of Minecraft is well known for being a haven of creativity and its recent release on the Xbox 360 has seemingly broadened its pool of designers if the video below is anything to go by.
Recreated in intricate detail is Manchester United’s home ground – Old Trafford, complete with VIP boxes, player tunnels as well as a full sized pitch. It’s an impressive feat to behold and one that likely took a lot of time to finish.
It was a night of sequels as the creme-de-la-creme of gaming were celebrated on Friday night when BAFTA presented the British Academy Video Games Awards.
Hosted by comedian Charlie Higson and Kick Ass writer Jane Goldman, the BAFTAs are the biggest awards in the British video gaming calendar and chooses winners across eighteen different categories.
Portal 2 won the night’s biggest prize, as the acclaimed sequel to Valve’s 2007 puzzle title scooped the best game award. It finished the evening with a hat-trick of awards, also winning the award for best design and best story.
London-based Rocksteady Studios picked up the best action award for Batman: Arkham City, the well received follow-up to Batman: Arkham Asylum, while Mark Hamill, the voice behind the Joker, won best performer.
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Another UK winner was Guilford-based Media Molecule, who won the awards for best family game and best game innovation for LittleBigPlanet 2.
Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 3 was the out-and-out fans favourite picking up the awards for the best online multiplayer and the GAME award, the only award to be voted for by the public. Battlefield completed its own hat-trick, also picking up the audio achievement award.
The annual special award was presented to Markus Persson, the creative mind behind Minecraft, the charming sandbox RPG.
See the rest of the nights winners after the jump.