Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 20.05.13

Metro-Last-LightIn this weeks UK Top 20, Dead Island Riptide has been knocked off of the top spot! Metro Last Light has debuted at number one. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Infinity has also debuted this week. The Pokémon dungeon crawler wasn’t enough to break into the top three though and sits at number four.

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Week ending 18 May 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 METRO LAST LIGHT DEEP SILVER
2 DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE DEEP SILVER 1
3 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 5
4 POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON: INFINITY NINTENDO
5 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 2
6 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 3
7 THE WALKING DEAD TELLTALE GAMES 9
8 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED III XBOX 360 CLASSICS 7
10 BIOSHOCK INFINITE 2K GAMES 6
11 FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 12
12 LUIGI’S MANSION 2 NINTENDO 10
13 LEGO CITY UNDERCOVER: THE CHASE BEGINS NINTENDO 8
14 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 15
15 GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 14
16 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM XBOX 360 CLASSICS 17
17 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV XBOX 360 CLASSICS 20
18 GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES – LIBERTY CITY ROCKSTAR 19
19 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS
20 DRAGON’S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN CAPCOM 13
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Train2Game News: Metro: Last Light will cure “shooter fatigue” with a “story driven single player experience”

Metro: Last Light aims to stand-out from other shooters by its campaign not being a training mode for multiplayer, but a story driven experience, which can stand alongside the likes of BioShock. That’s according to the games’ global brand manager Mark Madsen in a recent interview.

“We see shooter fatigue as a multifaceted phenomenon right now, and I think what we’re speaking of is the dilution of the single player campaign.” he told Shadowlocked when asked to explain what publisher THQ referred to as shooter fatigue.

“The single player campaign in the FPS genre is being relegated to more of a shooting gallery – or even a training mode – for multi-player. We’re definitely not that; we’re intently focused on delivering a vividly memorable, story driven single player experience”

Madsen added that its game design means Metro: Last Light can stand alongside BioShock and Dead Space.

“If you’re tired of the same old post-apocalyptic, run and gun type of shooter; if you’re tired of looking for something completely different, Metro is an atmospheric breath of fresh air.”

“It will stand proudly alongside the likes of BioShockBorderlands, and Dead Space, and it’s going to be something we’ll be talking about for years to come…” he said.

The Metro Last Light brand manager recently offered Train2Game students advice on getting into the industry, which you can see here on The Train2Game Blog.

For more on Metro: Last Light, read our interview with Metro: Last Light producer John Block at Gamescom.  The game is scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2013.

What are your thoughts on Metro: Last Light and its focus on single player?

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

Train2Game News: Metro: Last Light brand manager on getting into the industry

Those looking to move forward into the games industry need play a lot of video games, but need to do more than playing the big box office hits; they need to play independent titles too. That’s according to Metro: Last Light global brand manager Mark Madsen.

“Play the Hell out of video games, continue to gather your own opinion.” he told The Train2Game Blog when we asked his advice on getting into the industry at a recent press event by THQ.

“And while the mass market games are a lot of fun, just understand that you need to take those with a grain of salt. They drew their inspiration from elsewhere, and from elsewhere is where you should really get your gaming base.” he added.

The advice is somewhat similar to that of Mass Effect 3 senior writer John Dombrow, who previously said “You should play games all the time.”

Find out more about Metro: Last Light from our interview with senior producer John Block in which he discusses developing the game and offers his own advice on getting into the industry.  Metro: Last Light is scheduled for release early next year.

There’s more advice from industry professionals on getting into the industry here on The Train2Game Blog.

As usual, leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game at Gamescom: Metro Last Light interview

Train2Game  attended Gamescom from 17th August to 21st August.  During our time in Cologne we were fortunate enough to speak to Metro Last Light Producer John Block.

He discussed improvements over Metro 2033, keeping the game faithful to the books and the game design process. He also reveals how he got into the game industry and offers advice to Train2Game students as to how they can too.

Read the interview below, or listen to it via Train2Game Radio. Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game at gamescom John Block Producer of Metro Last Light talks to Danny Palmer

Train2Game at gamescom John Block Producer of Metro Last Light talks to Danny Palmer and explains how he got into the industry and what you should do to get started.