Train2Game news: UK Charts – Revelations aplenty as FIFA 12 continues dominance

Train2Game students see FIFA 12 once again claim top spot in of the UK charts, marking the EA Sports title’s sixth consecutive No.1 and eighth overall.

As previously reported by The Train2Game Blog, FIFA 12 was the UK’s third biggest ever video game launch when it was released last year.

The rest of the top five sees regular titles shifting places with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 up two to No.2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Just Dance 3 down one spot each to No. 3 and No.4 respectively, while EA’s Battlefield 3 is a non-mover at No.5.

Capcom’s Resident Evil: Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS is a new entry at No.6, and the first new release of 2012 to make it into the top 40. Resident Evil: Revelations success makes it the seventh largest launch of the Nintendo 3DS so far.

Both Zumba Fitness titles slip with Zumba Fitness down one to No.7, while Zumba Fitness 2 drops two to No.10. Between them sit Saints Row: The Third at No.8, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations re-enters the top ten to take No.9.

RAGE and Rayman Origins both slip out the top ten to No.11 and No.12 respectively. However, Train2Game students can still read an interview with RAGE Creative Director Tim Willits here on the Train2Game Blog.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 28th January 2012 is therefore as follows:

1. FIFA 12 (EA)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
4. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft)
5. Battlefield 3 (EA)
6. Resident Evil: Revelations (Capcom)
7. Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
8. Saints Row The Third (THQ)
9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
10. Zumba Fitness 2 (505 Games)

The first week of February marks the first week of the year for big new releases, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soulcalibur V and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection all hitting the shelves this week.

So Train2Game, what do you make of FIFA 12’s continued dominance of the UK Charts? Will one of this week’s new releases become the new No.1 next week? And are you looking forward to any of them?

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

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

Train2Game news: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to get 9 months of DLC

Train2Game student Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players will see nine months of downloadable content for the hugely popular shooter.

The DLC will include new multiplayer maps, special ops missions and new game modes, and be available for Call of Duty Elite Premium members using Xbox LIVE before being released to those on other systems at a later date. Activision promise 20 ‘content drops’ for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 during the nine month period.

As previously reported by The Train2Game Blog, it’s possible that user-created multiplayer game modes could find their way into Modern Warfare 3, possibly via this newly announced plan for DLC.

“The mammoth launch of Modern Warfare 3 and the breakout success of Call of Duty Elite were just the beginning.  Call of Duty Elite provides an ‛always-on’ connection to our fanbase, and the MW3 Content Season is the ultimate way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Call of Duty community and provide tremendous value to Call of Duty Elite premium members,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.

“With the Call of Duty®: MW3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite we are delivering on our promise of more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever. With three studios collaborating on the first season, the breadth and depth of material on tap is truly extraordinary. It’s rare you can successfully execute both quantity and quality, but thanks to the expertise of our developers, the reach of Call of Duty Elite and the passion of our fans, we intend to deliver.

Train2Game students can find out more about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s ‘Content Season’ from the developers themselves in the new video below

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 became the biggest entertainment launch ever when it was released in November, as reported here by The Train2Game Blog

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Activision’s plans for Modern Warfare 3 DLC? How important do you think DLC to game developers?

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

Train2Game news: UK Charts – FIFA 12 takes first No.1 of 2012

Train2Game blog readers asw FIFA 12 take the final No.1 of 2011 and 2012 has started in the same way with EA Sports’ popular football title remaining at the top of the pile.

It’s the fifth time FIFA 12, which as reported by the Train2Game blog was the UK’s third ever biggest launch when it was released, has taken top spot.

EA also take second place in this week’s chart with Battlefield 3 moving up one spot to No.2, switching places with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 which drops to No.3. Just Dance 3 remains at No.4, while The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim raises three places to No.5.

Zumba Fitness, which Train2Game Blog readers saw dominate the charts last summer, returns to the top ten at No.6, one place ahead of non-mover Need for Speed: The Run. Saints Row: The Third drops to No.8, while moves up from No.12 to re-enter the top ten at No.9.

Train2Game students can read our interview with RAGE Creative Director Tim Willits, which contains some great advice about getting into the industry, here on The Train2Game Blog.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations completes the top ten this week, after dropping down five spots from No.5.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 7th January 2012 is therefore as follows:

1. FIFA 12 (EA)
2. Battlefield 3 (EA)
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
4. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft)
5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
6. Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
7. Need For Speed: The Run (EA)
8. Saints Row: The Third (THQ)
9. Rage (Bethesda)
10. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on this weeks charts? For how long will FIFA 12 continue to dominate?

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

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

Train2Game news: UK Charts – Modern Warfare 3 still No.1

Train2Game blog readers might not be shocked to hear thatCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 remains top of the UK charts. Sales recieved a a 2% increase over those reported last week on the Train2Game blog. More than 50% of this weeks’ Modern Warfare 3 sales were for Xbox 360.

FIFA 12 moves up three to No.2 but still falls 55,000 sales short of toppling Modern Warfare 3 from No.1. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations drops one spot to No.3 after two weeks in second place. Just Dance 3 jumps four places to No.4, while The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim drops one and completes the top 5.

Saints Row The Third drops to No.6 in its third week on sale, while Nintendo DS title Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call holds No.7 for the second week running. Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS debuts at No.8, Battlefield 3 remains at No.9 while Super Mario 3D Land stays at No. 10.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 3rd December 2011 is therefore as follows:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
2. FIFA 12 (EA)
3. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
4. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft)
5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
6. Saints Row: The Third (THQ)
7. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call (Nintendo)
8. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo)
9. Battlefield 3 (EA)
10. Super Mario Land 3D (Nintendo)

Releases for the coming week include the PS3 version of Just Dance 3.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s continued chart dominance? Will anything beat it to the Christmas No.1?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Modern Warfare 3 is No.1 in UK’s biggest week ever

Train2Game blog readers saw Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 become the biggest entertainment launch ever last week. It’s therefore not surprising that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the new UK No.1 in the biggest ever week for revenue.

Activision’s behemoth outsells the total opening weekend box office income of the last four Harry Potter films combined. The Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 proves to be most popular with 59% of sales, ahead of 40% on PlayStation 3.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim debuts at No.2 and becomes 2011’s fifth biggest launch. It provides Bethesda’s biggest ever opening week, with the fantasy RPG more than twice as successful as Fallout: New Vegas. The combined success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim means its biggest week ever for revenue, with a total of £120.8m made in this week’s chart.

The new entries mean EA’s former No.1 Battlefield 3 –as reported by the Train2Game blog – drops to No.3, while fellow EA title FIFA 12 slips to No.4. Just Dance 3 remains stable, occupying No.5 once again.

PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception drops to No.6 in its second week on sale, one spot ahead of a new entry Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo from London studio Mind Candy on Nintendo DS.

Batman: Arkham City slips to No.8, Zumba Fitness drops one to No.9, while Wii Party jumps 28 places to complete the top ten as part of the Nintendo Wii White Family Edition bundle.

Skylanders: Sypro’s Adventure, Forza Motorspot 4 and Football Manager 2012 all leave the top ten.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 12th  November 2011 is therefore as follows:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
3. Battlefield 3 (EA)
4. FIFA 12 (EA)
5. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft)
6. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Sony)
7. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo (Mind Candy)
8. Batman: Arkham City (Warner)
9. Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
10. Wii Party (Nintendo)

New releases for the coming week include Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Halo: Anniversary.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the biggest ever week for revenue in the UK charts? Is it inevitable Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 still remain at No.1 for a long time to come?

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Train2Game news: Modern Warfare 3 becomes biggest entertainment launch ever

Train2Game blog readers are among the many who’ve rushed out to buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which according to Activision makes the launch bigger than Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold more than 6.5 million units in North America and the United Kingdom alone in its first 24 hours on sale, breaking the previous records set by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops

“We believe the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.

“Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings,” two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.”

“Call of Duty is more than a game. It’s become a major part of the pop cultural landscape.” added Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg

“It is a game that core enthusiasts love, but that also consistently draws new people into the medium. It is the most intense, adrenaline pumping entertainment experience anywhere. I would like to thank our incredible teams at Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games for making a brilliant game. But most of all, I would like to thank our millions of passionate fans worldwide. We made this game for you.” he said.

See more about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here on the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the record breaking success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? What does it say about the games industry?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Tesco & Sainsbury’s compete with cheap Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 discount deals

MW3Train2Game blog readers, along with swathes of others, are preparing for the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tomorrow. Supermarket giants including Tesco and Sainsbury’s are once again lowering the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 deals in order to secure as many sales as possible.

They’ll be competing with the likes of GAME and HMV who are promoting their own deals.

Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco are selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £25 when bought with a £16.99, 2100 Microsoft points card, a £34 year long Xbox LIVE membership, or a £25 PSN Card.  Sainsbury’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offer sees the game cost £28.99 when purchased with £30 or more shopping.

Like Tesco, Morrisons will sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £25 when purchased with a 12 month Xbox Live membership which costs £34.99. ASDA sell Modern Warfare 3 for £38.97 with no deals.

HMV looks to be the retailer that’ll sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the lowest price, with the game available for just £9.99 if you trade in Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 or Goldeneye.

Meanwhile, GAME will be selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for half-price when Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12, Batman: Arkham City, Resistance 3, F1 2011, Forza 4, Dark Souls, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon,  or X-Men Destiny are traded in.

As reported by the Train2Game blog, developer Sledgehammer say Modern Warfare 3’s game design makes it the “most accessible Call of Duty yet”

Train2Game blog readers can get an in-depth insight into the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here.

But what’s perhaps most interesting to Train2Game students is the fact that community created multiplayer modes, could find their way into the full Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 game.

So Train2Game, will you be purchasing Modern Warfare 3 tomorrow? Perhaps you’re attending a midnight launch? Is it still the biggest game of the year?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Sources: MCV & CVG

Train2Game news: Modern Warfare 3’s engine “is a Porsche”

Train2Game students will obviously be aware that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is likely to be the biggest selling game of the year.

The title, being worked on by three different studios, is likely to receive a heavy marketing push and be snapped up by millions of gamers.

However, some have commented that the Call of Duty engine hasn’t aged well. Speaking in an interview with CVG, Sledgehammer Games Glen Schofield responded to this criticism.

“Well I’ll tell you one thing, I’ve worked on a lot of engines over my lifetime and spent a lot of time putting graphics in to them and this thing is a Porsche,”

“And what I mean by that is that it is stream-lined, everything in it is perfectly freaking clean. You can tell it’s been worked on for years. It’s easy to upgrade.” said the Managaing Director of one of the three studios working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

And Schofield argues that Modern Warfare 3 is a lot more detailed and a lot better looking that its predecessors.

“Modern Warfare 3’s levels now are so much bigger than the old ones because they go more vertically, they have a bigger footprint and on top of that, higher fidelity, more textures and a lot more detail” he said

“If you put Modern Warfare 2 next to Modern Warfare 3 you would see a huge difference. Look at all the character models, look at all the gun models, look at the reflections, look at the water.”

“There is so much that we’ve added, so when someone says ‘cut and paste’, I don’t even want to talk to them because they don’t know. They just don’t know. They have no idea.” added the Sledgehammer man.

Last week, the Train2Game reported that Schofield said tweaks to Modern Warfare 3’s game design mean it’s the “most accessible” Call of Duty yet.

Train2Game students can get a behind the scenes insight into development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here on the Train2Game blog.

What are your thoughts on the Call of Duty engine? Do you believe Modern Warfare 3 looks dated? And should the developer be responding to its critics?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: CVG]

Train2Game news: Modern Warfare 3 design tweaks – ‘most accessible’ Call of Duty

Call of Duty has a strong following amongst Train2Game students, many of whom will be keen to hear how Sledgehammer – one of three studios behind Modern Warfare 3 – believe their game design tweaks make the latest offering most accessible title in the series yet.

“One of the things we did consciously was to use the levels in multiplayer and put them in Survival mode,” Sledgehammer Games general manager Glen Schofield told CVG.

“That was to try and create this bridge so that people who do play single player, who are maybe a little intimidated by multiplayer, will sit down with a buddy and play co-op and go ‘wow, that’s cool. I’m really getting to know this level. I get the upgrade system now, I get it all.’ And then they could jump into multiplayer.”

Schofield was asked if this meant Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was easier to get stuck into than previous games in the series.

“Absolutely. Then if you think about adding Call of Duty Elite to it, if you want to jump into multiplayer after you learn Spec-Ops and just use your friends list to play, then you’re given a higher level of comfort.” he replied.

“It’s one of the things we’ve been hearing: ‘I don’t want to jump into a game with a bunch of teenagers and get trash talked all the time. I want to actually have fun and get in there.’ And a lot of people like that type of gameplay, but we’re trying to make it so you can customise it for yourself.” the Sledgehammer general manager concluded.

Customisation appears to be a key theme of Modern Warfare 3, with the Train2Game blog previously reporting that game modes produced by Call of Duty Elite subscribers could be made available to all players.

Train2Game students can get a behind the scenes insight into development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here on the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Sledgehammer’s tweaks to multiplayer game design? Will it help make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare more accessible? Do you welcome it?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: CVG]

Train2Game student insight into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 development

Many Train2Game students are looking forward to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 later this year. The franchise is arguably the biggest in gaming and is predicted to beat the impressive sales records of the previous Call of Duty titles.

In an interview with The Guardian, Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin discussed a lot about the development behind Modern Warfare 3, including some of the new features which may be of interest to Train2Game students.

From a development point of view, Infinity Ward has added the ability to make changes to the game simpler.

“One of the big things we’ve changed is the ability to alter the game post-launch. That doesn’t sound like a cool feature, it sounds simple – it’s like ‘why can’t you just release patches?” said Producer Mark Rubin.

“Well, games don’t work that way – you can patch some things, but for others, it’s a significant deal, patching is not broad enough to do everything in the game.”

So one behind-the-scenes feature allows us to update files, sometimes without even doing a full patch – we can just tweak things like weapon balance, which we could never do before” he explained

“In the past, we’d put out a game and realise, ‘hmm, that’s weapon’s really over-powered’ but there was nothing we could do about it. I mean, with twenty million people playing the game, you learn more in the ten minutes after release than you do in months of pre-launch playtesting. So that tech feature was a big thing for us.”

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 producer also explained how the game engine had to be changed in order for Infinity Ward to build big, sprawling cities instead of desert locations.

“And also for single-player, our engine is very performance orientated – it’s all about keeping 60 frames-per-second, it’s all about fluidity, the feel of the game; we want you to forget you’re even holding a controller, that’s the key goal.” said Rubin.

So then design came to us and said, we want to stop doing these little villages in Russia or the Middle East, we want to go big, we want to go to the places that people live in, we want it on the streets that people walk down when they go to work.

“But it’s not as simple as just ‘oh yeah, go build London’. There was a lot of engine re-writing in order to make a big city work in our environment, in our technology, and still work at 60FPS” he added.

The full interview makes an interesting read for Train2Game students and is available on The Guardian Games website.

As previously reported by the Train2Game blog, the most popular community created multiplayer modes could find their way into the full game.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the behind the scenes tweaks to Modern Warfare 3? Will it impact on the gameplay?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: The Guardian]