Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 9.09.13

Saints row IVI was away last week so I wasn’t here to put up the games charts. I will be putting up last weeks charts followed by this weeks. The charts last week were busy with new entries but none were enough to knock Saints Row IV off the top spot. Rome: Total War II entered at number two in the charts and Diablo III entered at number three. Further down the chart Killzone: Mercenary came in at number eight and Farming Simulator 2013 just snuck in to the top ten at number ten.

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Week ending 7 September 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 - SAINTS ROW IV DEEP SILVER 1
2 ROME: TOTAL WAR II SEGA -
3 DIABLO III BLIZZARD -
4 TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST UBISOFT 2
5 DISNEY INFINITY DISNEY INFINITY 4
6 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 5
7 PAYDAY 2 505 GAMES 9
8 KILLZONE: MERCENARY SONY COMPUTER ENT. -
9 RAYMAN LEGENDS UBISOFT 6
10 FARMING SIMULATOR 2013 FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE -
11 FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN SQUARE ENIX 3
12 LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 15
13 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
14 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 10
15 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 8
16 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO 11
17 MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR 14
18 THE LAST OF US SONY COMPUTER ENT. 13
19 MADDEN NFL 25 EA SPORTS 7
20 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 16
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2013 UKIE Ltd

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Train2Game News: Diablo III doesn’t have enough end-game content say developers Blizzard

Diablo III developer Blizzard admits there isn’t enough end-game content to keep players continuously coming back for more.

The surprise announcement comes from community manager Bashiok on the Diablo III official forum, and represents a rare case of a developer admitting something can be improved a short time after the release of a game.

“We recognize that the item hunt is just not enough for a long-term sustainable end-game. There are still tons of people playing every day and week, and playing a lot, but eventually they’re going to run out of stuff to do (if they haven’t already).” read the Blizzard forum post, which adds there needs to be more than looting to keep Diablo III players returning, but can’t be compared to World of Warcraft when it comes to end-game.

“Killing enemies and finding items is a lot of fun, and we think we have a lot of the systems surrounding that right, or at least on the right path with a few corrections and tweaks. But honestly Diablo III is not World of Warcraft”

“We aren’t going to be able to pump out tons of new systems and content every couple months. There needs to be something else that keeps people engaged, and we know it’s not there right now.” said Bashiok.

“Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose, but we believed pre-release that the item hunt would be far more sustainable, and would work to be a proper end-game for quite a while. That didn’t turn out to be true, and we recognize that.” he added in a later post.

There’s more Diablo III news here on The Train2Game Blog, while be sure to keep reading for the latest from Blizzard.

What are your thoughts on Diablo III’s end-game content? How do you feel about Blizzard admitting it could be improved so soon after release?

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Train2Game News: UK Charts – FIFA 12 takes its 9th No.1

FIFA 12 once again sits atop the UK Charts, taking its 9th No.1 38 weeks after release.  In that time, the EA Sports title hasn’t dropped out the top five once, beating the achievements of its predecessor FIFA 11 which remained in the top five for 23 weeks.

Having held top spot for three weeks, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier settles for No.2  The Train2Game Blog recently spoke to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Creative Director Jean-Marc Geoffroy and Ubisoft Development Director Adrian Lacey, with the pair offering advice to Train2Game students on getting into the industry.

Max Payne 3 drops one to No.3, while new release Lollipop Chainsaw debuts at No.4, pushing Battlefield 3 down to No.5.

Diablo III jumps 16 places to No.6, with Game of Thrones dropping one to No.7.  Sniper Elite V2 slips three to No.8, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is a non-mover at No.9, with DiRT Showdown completing the top ten.

New release for PlayStation Vita, Gravity Rush, is the other new entry at No.11.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 16th June is therefore as follows:

1. FIFA 12 (EA)
2. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ubisoft)
3. Max Payne 3 (Rockstar)
4. Lollipop Chainsaw (Warner Bros)
5. Battlefield 3 (EA)
6. Diablo III (Blizzard)
7. Game of Thrones (Koch Media)
8. Sniper Elite V2 (505 Games)
9. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
10. Dirt Showdown (Codemasters)

Releases for the week ahead include LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

What are your thoughts on FIFA 12 returning to No.1? Were you among those who picked up Lollipop Chainsaw?

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Train2Game News: UK Charts – Max Payne 3 beats Diablo III to No.1

Train2Game Blog readers see Max Payne 3 take top spot of the UK charts this week, with Rockstar’s action title beating off competition from fellow debutant Diablo III for No.1.

It’s the first time a Max Payne title has debited at No.1, with Max Payne 3 outselling its 2003 predecessor by almost ten to one.

PC exclusive Diablo III therefore has to settle for No.2 on its first week on sale, despite being the 12th fastest selling PC game of all time. FIFA Street drops to No.3,  former No.1 Sniper Elite V2 drops to No.4, while FIFA 12 slips to No.5.

Prototype 2 is No.6 this week, one spot ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 which re-enters the top ten.  Battlefield 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations are up one spot each, while Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games completes the top ten.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 19th May is therefore as follows:

1. Max Payne 3 (Rockstar)
2. Diablo III (Blizzard)
3. FIFA Street (EA)
4. Sniper Elite V2 (505 Games)
5. FIFA 12 (EA)
6. Prototype 2 (Activision)
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
8. Battlefield 3 (EA)
9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
10. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)

New releases this week include Dragon’s Dogma and DiRT Showdown.

What are your thoughts on this week’s charts? Which game do you think will claim No.1 next week?

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Train2Game news: Get behind the scenes of Diablo III in new developer diary

Train2Game students can get a look behind the scenes of the upcoming Diablo III in this new developer diary from Blizzard.

Game director Jay Wilson, and art director Christian Lichtner and Lead programmer Jason Regier discuss Inferno Difficulty, release expectations for Diablo III, PvP, their excitement about making the game and more.  Watch the Diablo III developer diary below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

Previous developer diaries from Blizzard can be seen on the Diablo YouTube channel.

As reported by The Train2Game Blog, the recent Diablo III open beta weekend attracted 300,000 simultaneous players.   The full-game is released for PC on Tuesday 15th May.

There’s more Diablo III news here.

What have you learned from the developer diary from Blizzard? Are you looking forward to Diablo III?

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Train2Game news: Diablo III open beta reached 300,000 simultaneously players

Train2Game students will know how important beta testing can be to game development, and with the Diablo III open beta taking place last weekend, Blizzard got a big test for their upcoming title.

Over 300,000 people were playing the Diablo III beta at the same time, with many more joining in throughout the weekend.

“I think we peaked at around 300k concurrent. Total users? I don’t know… a lot.” Blizzard community manager Bashiok posted to Twitter.

Diablo III is released next month.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. In a recent interview with The Train2Game Blog, Brawl Busters developers Rock Hippo told us that beta testing is “crucial” to the game development process.

For more on beta testing, how it’s useful for Train2Game students, and opportunities to get involved with it, keep reading the Train2Game blog. There’s more Blizzard news here.

Did you play the Diablo III beta? Tell us about it.

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Train2Game news: Diablo III enters open beta weekend

Train2Game students can play Diablo III this weekend, as Blizzard has announced an open beta will be active from today through until Monday. The purpose of the Diablo III open beta is to stress test the servers ahead of next month’s release.

Those interested in taking part in this weekend’s Diablo III open beta need to log in to or create their Battle.net account at http://www.battle.net/, then download the game client from here. Diablo III beta testers can team up with friends and play all of the game’s five classes up to Level 13. A full FAQ on the beta is on Battlenet.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. In a recent interview with The Train2Game Blog, Brawl Busters developers Rock Hippo told us that beta testing is “crucial” to the game development process.

For more on beta testing, how it’s useful for Train2Game students, and opportunities to get involved with it, keep reading the Train2Game blog.

Are you looking forward to Diablo III? Will you be taking part in the open beta this weekend?

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Train2Game Gadget Show Live interview: Overclockers UK on how to build gaming PC and more

Train2Game News visited Overclockers UK stand at The Gadget Show Live in the Birmingham NEC. While there, we spoke to Overclockers UK’s Mark Purdy, who told us a bit about what the company do, how to build your own PC and much more.  As usual, leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum. 

First of all, tell us a bit about Overclockers UK?

We are a high end gaming components and computer seller, an online retailer based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Visit us at www.overclockers.co.uk. At The Gadget Show we’re showcasing a range of gaming systems that you can come and try, we’ve got one that’s running Batman: Arkham City, one that’s running the Diablo 3 beta, and two that are running Battlefield 3. We also have a racing simulator with our own branded racing seat running Project Cars, and we have a flight simulator running Microsoft Flight. We have our show system, Ultimate Mammoth, which is a £6000 machine featuring brand new NVIDIA GTX 680 graphics cards.

We have stock for sale, which you can come and purchase. We also have a free shipping code on flyers that you can come along and grab. We are running daily competitions, doing build demos so you can learn to build your own computer, and also have our time on the main stage where we’re giving out bags full of goodies.

Building a computer is something many people will look at and think of as a tough task, but is it actually relatively simple to do?

I’m going to compare it to building Lego; putting in each component in the right place is just like slotting in pieces of Lego, as long as you know where it goes and can connect it up properly, and test it.  That’s what we’re going to be showing.

So, if someone wanted to build a high-end PC, what would you recommend they start with? What are the key parts they’ll need?

Look at the games you’re going to be playing, and make sure you build a system that’ll run the games nicely. There’s no point spending too much money on a system you’ll never use all of the full potential of the power.  Always get a system which you’re comfortable with, which will run the games nice and smoothly and won’t cost you too much. There are so many people who’ll go out and buy a few thousand pound machine and never actually use the full potential of it. You could spend £700 to £800 on a machine that’ll do your games running at high definition, while you play it nice and smoothly.

Where can people get more information about this, or Overclockers?

We have a Facebook page which people can go on to, which we update every day. We have a Twitter account where people can ask questions on. We have one of the UK’s largest forums as well, with over 100,000 members, where people can ask questions about hardware. If they’re not sure what to buy they can just go on and talk to our members and get information; if they have a budget and they’re not sure what to spend it on they’ll get recommendations.  And it’s just for general chit-chat, so we have a general discussion area where anything can go, a PC games section where people talk about the latest releases, and latest news and deals where we o do special deals just for the forum.

The forums are a key part of a good community then?

Yes, a very key part of the community. The business is built almost around the forums, the forums really helped the business take off back in 1999. So it was one of the best additions it could’ve had for marketing, especially for new products, it’s absolutely fantastic.

Thanks for your time.

Visit OverClockers UK  http://www.overclockers.co.uk/. As usual, leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum. 

Train2Game news: id Software support Blizzard’s controversial ‘always on’ DRM

 

Train2Game students, as game developers of the future, may already be thinking about how they can prevent their games from being pirated.

There are various different forms of DRM in PC gaming, with Steam perhaps being used the most by PC Gamers. Blizzard have their own DRM, which has proved controversial in that in order to play their upcoming Diablo III, the player will have to be connected to the internet the whole time.

The idea has caused controversy, because it means if your internet connection flickers for just a second, you’re dropped from the game. Any progress made since the last time a game save is made will be lost.

The DRM also means playing PC games on the move using a laptop goes somewhat out the window. It’s therefore something that may annoy Train2Game students as gamers.

However, while gamers may find the ‘always on’ DRM controversial, it seems to have won over game developers.  Indeed, id Software Creative Director Tim Willits believes it’s the best way forward.

“Diablo III will make everyone else accept the fact you have to be connected” Willits told Eurogamer at QuakeCon.

“If you have a juggernaut, you can make change. I’m all for that. If we could force people to always be connected when you play the game, and then have that be acceptable, awesome,”

It isn’t the only comment the id Software Creative Director made at QuakeCon that could be seen as controversial. Indeed, the Train2Game blog reported that he said the FPS is the ‘best genre’

“In the end, it’s better for everybody,” Willets continued on the subject of the DRM, suggesting it has benefits.

“Imagine picking up a game and it’s automatically updated. Or there’s something new you didn’t know about, and you didn’t have to click away. It’s all automatically there.  I’m a big proponent of always connected. I’m always connected. Our fans are always connected.”

“There will be a few people who will resent the fact you have to be online to play a single-player game. But it’ll change.” he concluded.

So Train2Game, do you think ‘always on’ DRM is the way forward? Or does it come across as too restricting to regular gamers? Are internet connections reliable enough for it to work?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: Eurogamer via Industry Gamers]