Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 17.12.12

This is the last game chart that Train2Game will bring you in 2012. Not a lot has changed in the run up to Christmas. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 is still at number 1, Hitman Absolution has risen up the ranks from number 6 to take the number 2 slot and Forza Horizon has revved back up into the top twenty this week.

Week ending 15 December 2012

POS.  TITLE 

PUBLISHER

 LAST
WEEK 

1

– 

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II

ACTIVISION

1

2

HITMAN ABSOLUTION

SQUARE ENIX

6

3

– 

FIFA 13

EA SPORTS

3

4

– 

JUST DANCE 4

UBISOFT

4

5

FAR CRY 3

UBISOFT

2

6

ASSASSIN’S CREED III

UBISOFT

5

7

– 

HALO 4

MICROSOFT

7

8

– 

NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED

EA GAMES

8

9

– 

LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

9

10

– 

WWE ’13

THQ

10

11

– 

SKYLANDERS GIANTS

SKYLANDERS

11

12

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS

15

13

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013

SEGA

14

14

SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED

SEGA

16

15

MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK

MIND CANDY

12

16

MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER

EA GAMES

13

17

LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

18

18

FORZA HORIZON

MICROSOFT

19

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2

NINTENDO

17

20

– 

DISHONORED

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS

20

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2012 UKIE Ltd

 

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 26.11.12

Hitman Absolution sneaks into second place this week following its release with Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 still sits proudly at the top. Lego LotRs entered at number 6, Udraw Studio: Instant Artist came in at number 13 and Sony’s innovative new game, Book Of Spells, just got in to the top 20 coming in at 20.

Week ending 24 November 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 –  CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 1
2   HITMAN ABSOLUTION SQUARE ENIX
3 –  FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 3
4 –  ASSASSIN’S CREED III UBISOFT 4
5 HALO 4 MICROSOFT 2
6   LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
7 –  JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 7
8 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS 5
9 NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES 6
10 DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 14
11 –  WWE ’13 THQ 11
12 MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK MIND CANDY 13
13   UDRAW STUDIO: INSTANT ARTIST THQ
14 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 20
15 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 SEGA 10
16 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 18
17 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 12
18 MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER EA GAMES 19
19   F1 2012 CODEMASTERS
20   BOOK OF SPELLS SONY COMPUTER ENT.

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2012 UKIE Ltd

Train2Game News: Mid-week round up – 24.10.12

Steams Workshop, which is used to create content for games such as Team Fortress 2 and Skyrim, has turned one. The user created content has subsequently earned “millions of dollars” for their creators and Steam themselves.

The Greatest Video Game Music 2, the follow-up to the best-selling video game album of all time, will be released worldwide on Nov 6 and has been performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. The digital soundtrack album will include 17 new orchestral renditions of video game theme songs like Halo, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and the ever-so classic Final Fantasy VII.

Following the success of Borderlands 2, an iOS spin-off has been confirmed with a release date of October 31. The game sees you play as the original 4 vault hunters from the first Borderlands in a wave-based survival game. Additionally, in true Borderlands style you can earn experience and level up your characters, unlocking new skills and abilities with each character having their own set of unique skills and abilities.

The first reviews of Hitman: Absolution have surface in Official Playstation Magazine UK and Official Xbox Magazine. Both magazines gave the game 9 out of 10. OPM said “This is the peak of the series so far” and OXM said “it a triumph of stealth and sandbox design that retains everything that fans have ever loved about the series”.

Wish Studios, a newly formed studio in Brighton, is working with Sony to develop a new IP. While other details about the partnership remain shrouded in secrecy, the status of Wish’s new client will likely serve as a significant help to the recently founded start-up’s presence in the industry.

A report by Google has said that over 50% of people use their tablet for gaming. The only activity performed more than gaming on a tablet is checking emails. The study, which was commissioned and published by Google, found that 51.5 per cent of its participants used their tablet for gaming in a two-week period.

The new dashboard for the Xbox was launched yesterday. It includes an internet explorer app giving the console a browser and the newly launched Xbox music which is similar to that of Spotify. The update also saw the removal of the Twitter and Facebook apps.

In an interesting collaboration, a new mod was made for the MMO World of Warcraft which sees the newly introduced pet battles become Pokemon battles. The aptly name WOWkemon sees a short tutorial by Professor Birch describing the Pokémon-ified battle screens and ability menus with the familiar sounds, screen effects, and even the font closely resembling the style of the handheld game legend.

Train2Game News: A day at Eurogamer Expo: Part 1

On Saturday I was sent to the Eurogamer Expo held at Earl’s Court in London. I am going to give a recap of my day for anyone who couldn’t be there.

My first clue that the day was going to be a good one was seeing The Mask queuing to enter. I was surrounded by hundreds of other early entry ticket holders all eager to burst through the door and get their hands on the up coming games.

As the doors opened and we all filed in. I knew exactly what I wanted to play. I walked straight to the over 18 area to finally get my first taste of Arkane Studio’s Dishonored.

The demo gave you a good taste. I got to use the possession skill, walking around in guards bodies to sneak around, before falling out and assassinating them. The blink skill is a good mechanic, similar to that of Nightcrawler from Xmen, you can teleport short distances without being detected and get to hard to reach areas. The world its self looks beautiful and the level design is so versatile. I can not wait to get my hands on this game.

Next up I had a shot at Hitman: Absolution. Everyone who played the Square-Enix game got a little Agent 47 model, who now sits proudly on my desk. The graphics are of a very high standard and the game play is typical Hitman from what I could see. Having only played Hitman:Blood Money previously, I was happy to see the ability to peak from hiding places, which was seriously lacking in earlier games. This will probably be another one I end up getting.

After seeing highly amusing stickers that were for the iOS game Carmaggedon I had to hunt down the stand. It is a remake of the game released fifteen years ago that had so much controversy surrounding it. When the game was first released the public didn’t like the fact that you had to run over people. They had to change it to zombies or face the game being banned. Now that times have changed the game is back in all its glory, the way it should have been.

I then visited the Train2Game stand to say hello. I was happy to see many students and potential students attending. Royal Rush, the winning game from the world record winning Game Jam, made by RetroMetro, was playable at the stand. Train2Game held competitions daily, who ever got the highest score on the game was awarded a prize later in the day.

At midday it was time for the Dishonored developer session. We all took our seats and were introduced to Christophe Carrier and Dinga Bakaba from Arkane Studios. They took us through the story and some of their development ideas before doing two demos for us. The first time through they demonstrated the stealth aspects of the game, using the blink mechanic and distractions to get to the end of the level. No one was killed and he was only spotted once before disappearing out of sight. The second time was much more brutal. Killing everyone he could find using different methods. The highlight of which being the moment he froze time with a bullet in mid air, possessed the guard who had fired it and walked in front of the shot before leaving his body and unfreezing time, making the guard shoot himself.

That covers my morning at Eurogamer. There was so much to do and see through out the day I am going to have to split this in to two blogs across the day. Check back later for the continuation.

 

Train2Game News: Get behind the scenes of Hitman Sniper Challenge in developer diary from IO Interactive

Train2Game students can go behind the scenes of Hitman Sniper Challenge, discover how the pre-order incentive was created and find out how it fits in with Hitman: Absolution in a developer diary from IO Interactive.

Members of the Hitman development team including lead producer Hakan Abrak, game director Tore Blystad, gameplay director Christian Elverdam, level designer Dennis Brus-Hansen and art director Roberto Marchesi discuss Sniper Challenge moved from a test to a full mini-game with online leaderboards.

The video also shows off early concept footage of Sniper Challenge as the team discuss how they wanted to create a unique pre-order incentive for Hitman: Absolution.

Watch Hitman Sniper Challenge – Behind The Scenes below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

Hitman: Sniper Challenge is available now when you pre-order Hitman: Absolution. Hitman: Absolution itself is scheduled for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in November 2012.

There are more developer diaries from a variety of studios here on The Train2Game Blog.

What are your thoughts on the process behind Hitman Sniper Challenge? Have you played it? Could a model like this be the future of pre-ordering?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.