Train2Game news: UK Charts – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is No.1

Train2Game students see a brand new IP in the form of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning take No.1 in the UK Charts in its first week on sale.

The fantasy title published by EA is the first new IP to take top spot since Dead Island in September last year, and the first original RPG to take the coveted No.1 since Pokémon, twelve years ago in 2000.

Last week’s No.1, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 therefore has to settle for No.2 in its second week in the charts, while The Darkness II from Take 2 is another new entry at No.3 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection drops two spots to No.4, while chart mainstay FIFA 12 slips to No.5.

The new entries to the charts pushes Battlefield 3 down three to No.6, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a non-mover at No.7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations slips to No.8, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim drops one to No.9, with Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games reaching the top ten following the release of a Nintendo 3DS version.

Soulcalibur V, Saints Row The Third and Just Dance 3 all drop out of the top ten, while new releases Catherine and Grand Slam Tennis 2 debut at No. 20 and No.26 respectively.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 11th February 2012 is therefore as follows:

1. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
2. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix)
3. The Darkness II (Take 2)
4. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Konami)
5. FIFA 12 (EA)
6. Battlefield 3 (EA)
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
8. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
10. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (SEGA)

New releases this week include UFC Undisputed 3. Read The Train2Game Blog interview with UFC  Undisputed 3 Senior Designer Wes Bunn here.

What are your thoughts on this week’s charts? Is it positive that a new IP has reached No.1?  Have you purchased any of the new releases?

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[Source: UKIE Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track]

Train2Game news: Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning producer on getting into the industry

Train2Game students who want to get into the production side of the games industry could do worse than to take advice from someone working in that position for EA.

And in the latest post of EA’s ‘Breaking into the industry’ series, EA Partners Producer Benjamin Smith – who most recently worked on Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning – says that aspiring producers need to know why a game is good or bad, in addition to being good communicators.

“In Production, you should know what is and isn’t a good game at a mechanics level – not just a game level – because you need to understand why a particular game is good. But you should also be good at process. Organized. Articulate. This is a relationship job and a relationship business.” he responded to the question of what advice he’d give to aspiring producers.

The whole interview should be very interest to Train2Game students, and Smith even details how he began working for EA as a tester. Read the whole thing in full on the EA website.

The useful EA web series has already provided some great advice to Train2Game students, with Dead Space 2 game designer Brian Bartram, and EA Environment Artist Phillip Simmons both having previously shared their tips for breaking into the industry.

The Train2Game Blog recently spoke to UFC Undisupted 3 Senior Designer Wes Bunn, who also provided Train2Game students with advice on how to get a job in the games industry.

So, have you thought about becoming a Producer in future? What do you think of Smith’s advice?

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