Train2Game News: EA announce Battlefield 4 beta spots for Medal of Honor: Warfighter pre-orders

Battlefield 4 will enter beta in autumn 2013 with exclusive places for those who pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter, which is set for release in October this year.

The official announcement of Battlefield 4 comes from EA and DICE following news of the beta leaking on EA’s Origin store. Both games are powered by EA’s Frostbite 2 engine.

“Though Battlefield and Medal of Honor Warfighter each offer players a completely unique experience, they are united by their underlying technology base – Frostbite.” said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau 

“These are two of the hottest shooters, coming together to deliver a one-two punch of action, intensity and shooter entertainment.”

Battlefield 3 went through open beta ahead of its release last year, with DICE making changes to the shooter as a result of testing.

There’s more about Battlefield here on The Train2Game Blog, while there’s plenty of information about the importance of beta testing, and opportunities to get involved, here.

What are your thoughts on EA’s decision to announce a the Battlefield 4 beta over a year before it begins?

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

UK Chart: Football Manager 2011 takes top spot

Football Manager 2011

Football Manager 2011 is champion of the UK Charts, entering in top spot in its debut week.  Football Manager 2011 is only the second PC exclusive game to claim the top spot this year, with the other being Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty which reached number one in August. The success of Football Manager 2011 also provides SEGA with their second chart topper this year, with the other being Aliens vs. Predator.

You can see the Football Manager 2011 reveal announcement and read about some of the games new features here in the Train2Game blog.

Activision’s new James Bond games both failed to enter the top ten. The GoldenEye 007 remake for Nintendo Wii entered in 13th spot, while Blood Stone 007 only managed 18th place. However, with Call of Duty: Black Ops launching this week, it’s likely that Activision aren’t going to be too concerned about the Bond games not making the top ten.

Fable III was number one last week, but has dropped down to third spot in its second week on sale. Previous chart topper FIFA 11 proves that football games are extremely popular by holding on to second place, behind Football Manger 2011 in first.

Just Dance 2 is a non-mover in fourth spot, while Professor Layton and the Lost Future climbs three places to fifth. It’s the Nintendo DS title’s second highest position in the chart, since initially arriving in fourth place two weeks ago. New Super Mario Brothers Wii also moves up the charts, rising seven places to sixth thanks to the release of the 25th Anniversary Red Nintendo Wii Bundle.

Fallout: New Vegas looks like it may be running out of luck, having dropped from third to seventh, while Medal of Honor also moves down the charts falling two places from sixth to eighth.  Stores could end up full with second hand copies of Medal of Honor this week, as HMV are offering Call of Duty: Black Ops for £7.99 if EA’s game is traded in.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II drops from fifth to ninth in its second week on sale, while The Sims 3 rounds off the top ten. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 and PES 2011 both leave the top ten, falling to 11th and 14th respectively.

You can check out the Train2Game review of WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 here.

The full UKIE GfK Chart-Track Top Ten for the week ending November 6th is as follows:

1. Football Manager 2011 (SEGA)
2. FIFA 11 (EA)
3. Fable III (Microsoft)
4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
5. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo)
6. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo)
7. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda)
8. Medal of Honor (EA)
9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (LucasArts)
10. The Sims 3 (EA)

So Train2Game, have you played Football Manager 2011? If so is it deserving of its Number 1 spot? Call of Duty: Black Ops is released tomorrow, so that’s going to be Number 1 next week right? And do you think we’ll see many Kinect games in next weeks top ten?

You can leave your thoughts on Football Manager 11, or any other game in the UK Charts, here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Get Call of Duty: Black Ops for £7.99

Call of Duty: Black Ops

HMV has made the first move in what could be a very competitive Call of Duty: Black Ops price war.

MCV report that the high street retailer is offering Call of Duty: Black Ops on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 for just £7.99, if you trade in a copy of Medal of Honor. It’s a cheeky move that may anger EA who want to challenge the dominance of Activision’s Call of Duty series.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops deal will run at HMV from release date on November 9th until Monday 15th and saves buyers a whopping £47 off Activision’s RRP of £54.99.

The decision of HMV to price Call of Duty: Black Ops at £7.99 in exchange for a copy of Medal of Honor is unlikely to be the only discounting we see this week. The supermarkets – ever more enthusiastic about getting into the games retail industry – will no doubt have their own offers planned. Last year, Sainsbury’s offered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for just £26 upon release.

This year, supermarkets have often tried to out do each other in order to persuade gamers to buy the latest titles from them, with each big name offering their own incentive. ASDA launched FIFA 11 for just 97p if you traded in Halo: Reach, F1 2010 or Dead Rising 2, while Sainsburys offered it for £24.97 if you spent more than £30 on anything else in store.

Modest discounts were also on show for the launch of PlayStation Move.

These trends suggest that while there may not be any massive price slashing for Call of Duty: Black Ops, each retailer will have something up their sleeve to try and encourage you to part with your money.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is released on November 9th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on November 9th.  You can see the Call of Duty: Black Ops launch trailer here. Yesterday, the BBFC gave Call of Duty: Black Ops an 18 certificate.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on HMV’s offer of Call of Duty: Black Ops for £7.99 if you trade in Medal of Honor? Are you tempted, or will you wait and see what Call of Duty: Black Ops offers are made by other retailers?

And if you’ve already pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops,  would you be annoyed by retailers trying to undercut each others prices?

You can leave your thoughts on Call of Duty: Black Ops and its price here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Medal of Honor “didn’t meet quality expectations” say EA

An EA executive has revealed that Medal of Honor “didn’t meet quality expectations” of the publishing giant.  However, EA exec Patrick Soderlund also says that the Danger Close and DICE developed Medal of Honor is a better game than the reviews are suggesting.

When quizzed on the sales success of Medal of Honor during an interview with Eurogamer, Soderlund replied:

“I’m not going to comment on the sales because EA has an earnings report going out and we will unveil sales in that meeting,”

“What I can say is the game didn’t meet our quality expectations. In order to be successful in that space, we’re going to have to have a game that is really, really strong.

“Medal of Honor is to some extent judged harsher than it should be. The game is better than today’s reviews are indicating.”

Medal of Honor currently has an average review score of 75 on Metacritic, which isn’t a bad score at all. When asked by Eurogamer what score Medal of Honor should have got, Soderlund said:

“I’m not going to say a specific number. I’m proud of what the game is and proud of what the team did. I just think the market is obviously telling us they think the game is X. We need to convince the market we can make something they appreciate more, particularly to be able to compete.

We’re looking at that clearly. We’re taking that seriously. I’m not at all saying Medal of Honor is a failure. It is a successful reboot of that franchise. We’re going to be strong in the future.”

The newest Medal of Honor title has been quite successful, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide, and spending a week at the top of the UK Chart. Medal of Honor currently sits sixth in the latest sales table. You can check out the launch trailer for Medal of Honor here.

Previously, EA has said that Medal of Honor could beat Activision’s Call of Duty as the number one shooter franchise, but with the hype surrounding Call of Duty: Black Ops upcoming release, it seems unlikely that EA will beat Activision this year.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Patrick Soderlund’s comments about Medal of Honor? Should EA have released Medal of Honor if they weren’t convinced by the quality on release? And what do you think about the comments about reviews, are they what put you off buying Medal of Honor?

You can leave your thoughts about Medal of Honor and review scores here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Fable III crowned King of the charts

Fable III

Fable III has risen straight to the top of the UKIE GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top 40 in its first week of release.  The Xbox 360 exclusive Fable III gives Microsoft its third Number 1 of the year, following on from the chart topping success of Halo: Reach and Crackdown 2. You can see the TV trailer for Fable III here.

FIFA 11 is still selling successfully, with the EA title gaining one position and moving up to second place in the chart. FIFA 11 had previously topped the charts after breaking the series previous sales records. FIFA 11’s move up the table means that last weeks Number One, Fallout: New Vegas, has slipped down to third place.

Just Dance 2 has gained one position and moved into fourth place, while Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II debuts in the chart in fifth place. Medal of Honor goes from second to sixth place, dropping to its lowest position since topping the chart just two weeks ago.

There’s another new entry in the top ten, with WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 debuting in a respectable seventh place. You can see the Train2Game review of Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 here on the Train2Game blog.

Nintendo DS exclusive Professor Layton and the Lost Future drops down four places from fourth to eighth while the console release of The Sims 3 sees the game technically re-enter the top ten in ninth place. Some high street discounting sees Pro Evo 2011 just about remain in the top ten in tenth position. It’s probably safe to say that FIFA 11 has one the annual battle of the football games this year. Dead Rising 2, previous chart topper F1 2010, Halo: Reach and Wii Party all slip out of the top ten this week.

Elsewhere in the chart, EA’s Rock Band 3 enters in a disappointing 26th place, while Activision’s DJ Hero 2 slips from 25th to 39th in only its second week on release. Meanwhile, Vanquish drops from 16th to 28th while Enslaved: Odyssey to the West drops to 34th.

The full UKIE GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top Ten for the week ending October 30th is as follows:
1. Fable III (Microsoft)
2. FIFA 11 (EA)
3. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda)
4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (LucasArts)
6. Medal of Honor (EA)
7. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 (THQ)
8. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo)
9. The Sims 3 (EA)
10. PES 2011 (Konami)

New releases this week that will be looking to be in the top ten next Monday include GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo Wii, James Bond 007: Blood Stone and Football Manager 2011.

So Train2Game, have you played Fable III, if so do you think it’s deserving of its Number 1 spot? Do you think it’ll remain at the top next week, or will one of the new releases dethrone it? Have you played Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II or WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011? If so, what do you think about them?

You can leave your thoughts about Fable III, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, or any other game in the charts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Chart: Fallout: New Vegas goes top

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas has won big in its first week on release and topped the GFK Chart-Track All Formats Chart. It seems the gaming public haven’t been dissuaded by reports of Fallout: New Vegas being rather on the buggy side. In fact, Fallout: New Vegas has sold more in its first week than previous title Fallout 3 did, thus giving publisher Bethesda a new most successful debut week game.

The success of Fallout: New Vegas means that Medal of Honor is pushed down to second after claiming first place last week. FIFA 11 also drops down one to third place, after previously holding top spot before being kicked into touch by Medal of Honor last week.

There’s another new entry in the top ten, with Nintendo DS puzzler Professor Layton and the Lost Future selling strongly and taking fourth place, while Just Dance 2 drops from third to fifth spot.  Nintendo titles claim sixth and seventh spots, with Wii Party having dropped two places from fourth, while Wii Sports Resort jumps seven places up the chart and re-enters the top ten.

Former pole sitter F1 2010 continues to stay in the points paying positions, despite dropping two places to eighth. Ninth and tenth spots are occupied by Pro Evolution Soccer and Dead Rising 2 which dropped from fifth and seventh respectively.  Halo: Reach drops out of the top ten into 11th spot.

In disappointing news for SEGA, their shooter Vanquish failed to break the top ten, entering the UK software chart in 12th place. However, Vanquish fared better than EA Sports MMA and DJ Hero 2 which both failed to make the top twenty in their first weeks. EA Sports MMA entered the chart in 23rd while DJ Hero 2 took 25th position.

The full UKIE GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top Ten for the week ending October 23rd is as follows:

1. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda)
2. Medal of Honor (EA)
3. FIFA 11 (EA)
4. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo)
5. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
6. Wii Party (Nintendo)
7. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
8. F1 2010 (Codemasters)
9. PES 2011 (Konami)
10. Dead Rising 2 (Capcom)

So Train2Game, have you bought any of this weeks new entries? If so, what are your thoughts on Fallout: New Vegas, Professor Layton and the Lost Future, EA Sports MMA or DJ Hero 2?

Will Fallout: New Vegas hold onto top spot next week? Or could Fable III, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II or WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 knock Fallout: New Vegas down?

Expect a full review of WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 here on the Train2Game blog this Wednesday!

As usual, leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Medal of Honor sells 1.5 million & Clean Sweep DLC revealed

Medal of Honor

EA has announced that over 1.5 million copies of Medal of Honor have been sold worldwide in just five days. Medal of Honor was released in the USA on October 12th, while the European release followed three days later.

The data on Medal of Honor sales comes from GFK Chart Track data. Of course, Medal of Honor took top spot in the GFK Chart Track UK chart this week, dislodging fellow EA title FIFA 11 in the process.

EA are pleased with sales of Medal of Honor, despite mediocre reviews from critics. Frank Gibeau, President at EA said:

“Medal of Honor is one of EA’s most storied franchises and we’re thrilled to see that fans worldwide have embraced it. In this ultra competitive category, Medal of Honor stands out from the pack. By portraying the Tier 1 Operator as so elite, so tough, Medal of Honor offers a view into a world that has the power to resonate with FPS gamers everywhere.”

Meanwhile,  EA CEO John Ricitiello has told Fox News that Medal of Honor has so far made $100 million. An impressive amount, but some way off the $200 million that Halo: Reach made in its first day on sale. The $100 million made by Medal of Honor is only a fraction of the $550 million Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 made in its first five days.

EA also announced that Medal of Honor will shortly be getting free DLC. The free multiplayer mode titled Clean Sweep is an elimination mode where players must rely on their own skill and teammates’ expertise to prevail as the winning team. The new Medal of Honor multiplayer mode will be playable on two new maps – Bagram Hangar and Khyber Caves –  as well as redesigned versions of the Diwagal Camp and Kabul City Ruins maps.

The new Medal of Honor game mode will consist of three four minute rounds with no respawns. The team who gets the best of the three rounds wins. You can watch the trailer for the Medal of Honor Clean Sweep DLC below.

Clean Sweep will be available on November 2 via Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Network to owners of Medal of Honor with Online Pass. The free, single use Online Pass comes with all brand new copies of Medal of Honor.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the achievements of Medal of Honor? And what do you think of the Clean Sweep DLC? Is it enough to encourage you to hold onto your copy of Medal of Honor? Not familiar with the game? You can watch the Medal of Honor launch trailer here.

You can leave your thoughts on Medal of Honor and the Clean Sweep DLC here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Charts: Medal of Honor out guns FIFA

Medal of HonorMedal of Honor has topped the UK Charts in its first week, despite the ‘Taliban’ controversy that dogged its journey to release. However, this doesn’t seem to have put gamers off, with the Medal of Honor reboot achieving  the biggest ever launch in the series history.  It also achieved what some would see as the impossible byknocking FIFA 11 down to second place in the GFK Chart-Track All Formats Software Chart.

FIFA 11 had sold an impressive 2.6 million units worldwide in its first week, and then last weel comfortably held off the challenge of rival PES 2011. However, it seems that the men with guns in Medal of Honor have proved too strong for FIFA 11.

Ubisofts’ Just Dance 2 has made an impressive debut in third place. The original proved to be more of a slow burner, first entering the charts in 30th before going onto strong sales.

In fact, Just Dance 1 reappeared in the top ten as recently as last week. Nintendo’s Wii Party has jumped from tenth to fourth place, showing that the more casual titles can still guarantee big bucks.

PES 2011 has had a somewhat disappointing week dropping from second to fifth, while F1 2010 also falls two places down the table from fourth to sixth.

Dead Rising 2 had been in third place in each one of its three weeks in the chart. Unfortunately for Capcom, this feat couldn’t be completed a fourth time with Dead Rising falling down to seventh place. Halo: Reach also continues its steady decline down the UK Chart, dropping to eighth place after topping the charts only one month ago.

A third new entry enters the top ten this week with anime title Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 entering the chart in ninth place. Castlevania: Lord of Shadows completes the top ten, having dropped from its entry position of six.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West drops out of the top ten after just one week, falling to eleventh. This is a shame for Ninja Theory who spent three years developing the game. Meanwhile, the Borderlands Game of the Year edition has entered the top 40 in 35th place. Could the promise of a Duke Nukem Forever demo in future have encouraged sales?

The full  GfK Chart-Track All Formats top ten for the week ending October 16th is as follows

1. Medal of Honor (EA)
2. FIFA 11 (EA)
3. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
4. Wii Party (Nintendo)
5. PES 2011 (Konami)
6. F1 2010 (Codemasters)
7. Dead Rising 2 (Capcom)
8. Halo Reach (Microsoft)
9. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (Namco Bandai)
10. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Konami)

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the Top 10? What do you think of Medal of Honors’ achievement despite the controversy and mixed reviews? Who is going to own up and say they bought Just Dance 2? And why has Enslaved: Odyssey to the West slumped so quickly?

Also, with Fallout: New Vegas released this week, will Medal of Honors’ position on top be short lived?

You can leave your thoughts on Medal of Honor, Fallout: New Vegas or any of the above here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Summary: Eurogamer Expo 2010

EurogamerTrain2Game was at the Eurogamer Expo over the weekend and naturally so was I. During my time inside Earls Court not only did I get hands on time with a number of upcoming games, but I also attended some very interesting Developer Sessions.

Future blogs will go into much more detail about my impressions of the Eurogamer Expo, but here is a summary of what I saw, what I played, and  some initial impressions of what I found out.

Killzone 3 looks good in 3D…probably.

The first game I played at the Eurogamer Expo was Killzone 3, which can probably be considered odd that I’ve not played a Killzone title before. (Though I did almost buy Killzone 2 once) The main attraction of Killzone 3 was not only an opportunity to play a game that’s not released until February 2011, but to experience a game in 3D for the first time.

I excitedly sat down, put the PlayStation 3 controller in my lap, then picked up the 3D glasses. Unfortunately, 3D glasses don’t fit over regular glasses, which marred my entire experience. My time spent playing Killzone 3 was effectively played in double vision! It’s bound to be a good game, but I couldn’t get to grips with Killzone 3 due to my need for regular glasses.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood introduces a new type of multiplayer experience.

The Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer mode got its first public showing in the UK at the Eurogamer Expo and due to its popularity, I didn’t get much time to play the game. However, after watching others play the Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer mode, it’s clear that it certainly does bring something different to the multiplayer table. This isn’t just aiming weapons in the direction of your enemy and hoping for the best, it’s all about stealth and cunning as you try to take out one specific target. Expect more on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood later this week.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is rather impressive.

As the evening arrived, the Eurogamer Expo started getting quieter so I was able to sit down and spend a good half hour playing Ninja Theory’s upcoming title Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I played through the first chapter and a half of the game, and this short introduction suggests that everything is fitting into place nicely. There’ll be a full article about my time playing Enslaved: Odyssey to the West later this week. And in addition to this you’ll see…

insights into the development of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades provided and interesting Developer session about the production of Enslaved. He took us through how the game was made right from the basic concept, through character design, to script writing with Alex Garland and ‘filming’ the scenes using motion capture. Again, expect to see more about this later in the week.

Now of course this isn’t everything I experienced at the Eurogamer Expo, but is just a mere taster. In upcoming blogs not only can you expect to see more about these games, but also about others including Medal of Honor, Gears of War 3 and Marvel is Capcom 3.

In the meantime, what were your highlights of the Eurogamer Expo?

As usual, leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog or on the Train2Game forum.