Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 02.03.16

2996287-fcp_announce_screen_001_embargo_oct_6_9am_pst_1444078333_1444148126.jpgA new game has taken the number one spot this week and it is Ubisoft’s Far Cry Primal and in second is Plants vs Zombies:Garden Warfare 2 by EA Games. In the lower half of the top twenty the only new game is Bravely Second: End Layer in number twelve.

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Week ending 27 February 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FAR CRY PRIMAL UBISOFT
2 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2 EA GAMES
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
7 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 6
8 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 7
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 8
10 STREET FIGHTER V CAPCOM 2
11 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 10
12 BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER SQUARE ENIX
13 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 11
14 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 19
15 POKEMON SUPER MYSTERY DUNGEON NINTENDO 9
16 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 14
17 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 16
18 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 12
19 WWE 2K16 2K 13
20 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 17
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 03.03.14

Thief logoThe charts have picked up this week with a few new entrants and a brand new number one! Square Enix’s revitalisation of the Thief series has come in at number one and the follow up to the hit tower defence game, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has debuted this week at number four. In the lower half of the top twenty, Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 has entered at number ten whilst the latest game from the Tales series, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles has come in at number thirteen.

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Week ending 1 March 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 THIEF SQUARE ENIX
2 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
3 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 2
4 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES
5 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 3
6 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 4
7 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 5
8 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 6
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 8
10 CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2 KONAMI
11 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 7
12 RAYMAN LEGENDS UBISOFT 10
13 TALES OF SYMPHONIA: CHRONICLES BANDAI NAMCO GAMES
14 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS EA GAMES 12
15 GRAN TURISMO 6 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
16 DONKEY KONG COUNTRY: TROPICAL FREEZE NINTENDO 9
17 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES SEGA 19
18 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
19 WWE 2K14 2K SPORTS 14
20 LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 18
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Popcap reveal new Disco Zombie

Meet Disco Zombie

Those Plants vs. Zombies guys’ sure work fast! Just one day after Popcap revealed that the Michael Jackson estate demanded they remove the Thriller inspired Disco Zombie, they’ve revealed their new design.

Popcap have this to say about their latest addition:

“‘I can confirm that there is in fact a new ‘disco zombie’ (see image attached) and I would really appreciate if you could ‘be nice to the new guy’…the disco zombie is starting to feel like a second class zombie citizen, which is really unfair considering the length of time he spent doing his hair! I actually managed to catch up with him earlier today and, while he’s a little adverse to public speaking, he gave me the following (badly) written statement:

“Dear Alive Peeples, I am pleazed too join the big brainz at PopCap and can’t wait to meat you all. And yes, I du my own heir.”’

Disco Zombie, likes disco music.

Do I get to say I told you so?  The latest addition to the hit Plants vs. Zombies does look like he shares the same stylist as Disco Stu, even down to the dead fish in the platform shoes. The Simpsons won’t be demanding its removal now, will they?

What do you think of the funky new design Train2Game? Do you think you could turnaround a new design in such a short time?

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

Jackson estate forces changes to ‘Dancing Zombie’

RIP Dancing Zombie...again.

The Michael Jackson inspired Dancing Zombie is to be pulled from the delightful Plants vs. Zombies.

Popcap told MTV that the move comes after a request made by lawyers representing the late King of Pop.

“The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in Plants vs. Zombies based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson.

After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original ‘dancing zombie’ and replace it with a different ‘dancing zombie’ character for future builds of Plants vs. Zombies on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway.”

Interestingly, Dancing Zombie’s character description says “Any resemblance between Dancing Zombie and persons living or dead is purely coincidental”

Plants vs. Zombies was released on the PC in May 2009 – two months before Michael Jackson’s death – and reached the iPhone earlier this year. The tower defence game will hit Xbox Live in September.

Dancing Zombie will be ditching the ‘Thriller’ look in favour of a disco inspired outfit. What are the odds on influence from Disco Stu?

So, Train2Game universe, what do you think of the move? Do you think the Jackson estate was justified to call for Dancing Zombie to be changed? Or is it a mountain out of a molehill? And here’s an interesting one, what would you do if your independent title was threatened with legal action for one reason or another? Is it something you’ve even considered?

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