Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 14.09.15

Metal gear solid phantom painNintendo’s Super Mario Maker couldn’t take Phantom Pain from the number one spot this week and lands in second as the only new game in the charts.

All formats
Week ending 12 September 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN KONAMI 1
2 SUPER MARIO MAKER NINTENDO
3 MAD MAX WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
4 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 5
5 UNTIL DAWN SONY COMPUTER ENT. 4
6 GEARS OF WAR: ULTIMATE EDITION MICROSOFT 3
7 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
8 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 7
9 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 9
10 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
11 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 9
12 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
13 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
14 MADDEN NFL 16 EA SPORTS 11
15 DESTINY ACTIVISION 20
16 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 12
17 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 15
18 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM SKYLANDERS
19 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 16
20 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS 19
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 07.09.15

Metal gear solid phantom painKonami have taken the number one spot in the charts this week with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the long awaited sequel to the hit series. Second place sees another new game in the charts with the movie tie in, Mad Max.

All formats
Week ending 5 September 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN KONAMI
2 MAD MAX WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
3 GEARS OF WAR: ULTIMATE EDITION MICROSOFT 1
4 UNTIL DAWN SONY COMPUTER ENT. 2
5 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 3
6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
7 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 5
8 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
9 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
10 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 9
11 MADDEN NFL 16 EA SPORTS 4
12 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 11
13 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
14 PROJECT CARS BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
15 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 12
16 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 14
17 DISHONORED: DEFINITIVE EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 7
18 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED SONY COMPUTER ENT. 17
19 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
20 DESTINY ACTIVISION 15
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 24.03.14

inFamousSecondSon-1Sony has a good week in the charts this week with inFamous Second Son taking the number one spot. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes makes it’s debut at number two this week with Final Fantasy X and X-2 arriving at number four.

All formats
Week ending 22 March 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 INFAMOUS: SECOND SON SONY COMPUTER ENT.
2 METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES KONAMI
3 TITANFALL EA GAMES 1
4 FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD REMASTER SQUARE ENIX
5 SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH UBISOFT 3
6 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 6
7 DARK SOULS II BANDAI NAMCO GAMES 2
8 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
9 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 7
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 9
11 THIEF SQUARE ENIX 5
12 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 8
13 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 10
14 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 11
15 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
16 YOSHI’S NEW ISLAND NINTENDO 12
17 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 14
18 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES SEGA 15
19 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS EA GAMES 18
20 RAYMAN LEGENDS UBISOFT 16
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Train2Game News: Snake acquires an A list voice

MGS VSnake from Metal Gear Solid has been given an updated face and a new voice. Kiefer Sutherland has taken over the role from series stalwart, David Hayter.

Hayter confirmed his departure from the series in April. Plenty of names have been suggested as potential replacements since then – Hideo Kojima has often stated his admiration of Hugh Jackman, and suggested he could be a candidate for a future Metal Gear Solid movie – it’s Sutherland, though, who’ll pick up the mantel for Phantom Pain.

“We’re taking on some very heavy subjects, such as race and revenge,” said Kojima. “This makes the tone much darker. As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance, expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice rather than words.”

“The game takes place in 1984, when Snake is 49 years old,” Kojima explains. “Therefore, we needed someone who could convey both the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late forties. It’s different from anything we’ve done before, so I asked a producer friend of mine in Hollywood, Avi Arad, for advice. He’s the one who introduced me to Kiefer Sutherland, and I was like, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’”

Sutherland has been busy recording motion capture footage for The Phantom Pain over recent months. In the video (shown below), Kojima explains how the nuances of Sutherland’s delivery are important in conveying the emotion of certain situations – both through vocal cues and facial movements. “I felt that he was the perfect fit in terms of age and performance,” says Kojima.

Apart from Sutherland’s thirty-year-long film career, the actor has made fleeting appearances in the likes of Call of Duty: World at War as well as reprising his role as Bauer in 24: The Videogame. While confessing to not being a gamer, Sutherland recognises the importance of the role. “It’s an honour to be able to play this character,” he says. “This character has an unbelievable legacy but there’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to.”

If you love David Hayter, you’re probably not going to be happy with anyone else but David Hayter doing the job. Sutherland has some hefty acting chops though – and many of his roles have involved gravelly delivery aplenty. I reckon there’s good chance casual fans might not even notice the difference – although the mo-cap stuff looks about as detailed as we’ve seen and could stand to benefit from the likes of Sutherland filling the capture dots.

Here’s the full pre-E3 Konami show – jump in around 10:30 mark for the Metal Gear Solid content:

Train2Game News: Hideo Kojima on why he can’t walk away from Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima keeps coming back to it because he isn’t convinced his true vision for the games can be achieved without his involvement.

Kojima has attempted to walk away from the stealth action series since each game after Metal Gear Solid 2, but keeps returning to work on them in order to ensure his ideals are followed.

“It’s very hard to come up with the concept of a game and hand it off to other people, as of course they can’t see what’s in my head.” Kojima told CVG when asked why he keeps coming back to Metal Gear.

“They may not be able to understand the concept completely or the messages that I want to convey and that’s where things went awry in the past as people couldn’t really understand what I wanted.”

I decided at that point that if I was going to make a game based around these ideals that I would do it myself, which is why I keep getting involved.” he added.

The full interview with Hideo Kojima is here, and should make interesting reading for Train2Game students. Metal Gear Rising: Revenge is scheduled to be released next year.

There’s more from Hideo Kojima here on the Train2Game Blog.

What are your thoughts on Kojima’s reluctance to walk away from Metal Gear Solid? When you have ideas in game development, do you find you’d rather work on them yourself than delegate your vision to others?

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Train2Game News: UK Charts – Final Fantasy XIII-2 is No.1

Train2Game blog Final Fantasy XII-2 screenshotTrain2Game students see Final Fantasy XIII-2 take top spot of the UK Charts, in a week in which three new entries make the top five.

It’s Square Enix’s RPG sequel that’s the first new No.1 of 2012, with the Japanese developed title following in the footsteps of its predecessor which was the UK’s best selling Final Fantasy game of all time.

It’s another new entry from Japan at No.2, with the Metal Gear Solid HD collection from Konami performing very well in its first week on sale.  Battlefield 3 climbs two places to take No.3, while previous chart topper FIFA 12 slips to No.4 after six consecutive weeks at No.1. Another Japanese developed new entry in the form of Soulcalibur V from Namco Bandai completes the top five.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations continues its revival, rising three to No.6, placing it ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 which drops five to No.7.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim also drops five places to No.8, but that won’t stop Train2Game students looking forward to using the soon to be released modding tools.

Just Dance 3 and Saints Row: The Third complete this week’s top ten, while the Zumba Fitness and Zumba Fitness 2  drop to No.11 and No.13 respectively. Meanwhile, Resident Evil: Revelations plummets from No.6, all the way down to No.19 in its second week on sale.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 4th February 2012 is therefore as follows:

1. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix)
2. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Konami)
3. Battlefield 3 (EA)
4. FIFA 12 (EA)
5. Soulcalibur V (Namco Bandai)
6. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
9. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft)
10. Saints Row The Third (THQ)

This week’s new releases include Catherine, The Darkness II and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on this week’s charts? Is it a deserved No.1 for Final Fantasy XIII-2? Will it continue to top the chart next week?

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

Train2Game news: FPS success means ‘there’s not really a strong demand for anything else’ says Hideo Kojima

Train2Game students will be well aware that some of the most iconic characters in gaming, Mario, Donkey Kong, various Final Fantasy protagonists and many more came out of Japan.

However, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima believes the success of First Person Shooters means there isn’t much demand for other types of video game, and therefore Japanese developers will struggle to be successful in future.

“It’s much more competitive now: if you look at triple-A titles on a worldwide scale there’s maybe only ten really big games that can get gamers’ attention, and I’m not sure how Japan can compete on that level,” Kojima told Official PlayStation Magazine.

“I think it’s more consumer demand – right now, consumers are happy with what they have. First-person shooters sell like crazy, so there’s not really a strong demand for anything else, and that’s why [original ideas] stop being made.”

“People are satisfied with making minor upgrades and tweaking things here and there – as long as that’s the landscape, it will keep on happening. I don’t see a problem necessarily, but at the same time it is nice to see new things come.” the Metal Gear Solid man added.

Kojima is currently working on Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.

So Train2Game, what do you make of Kojima’s comments? Is the success of FPS titles harming development of other types of game? Or does the rise of indie titles show that this is far from the case?

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

[Source: Official PlayStation Magazine]