Train2Game News Video Games Industry Worth Over Half of UK Entertainment Market

The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK’s entire entertainment market, according to a new report.

The industry is worth £3.86bn – more than double its value in 2007 – said the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

That makes it more lucrative than video and music combined.

The success is largely down to three games: Fifa 19, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

The games market has grown, despite the fact that the physical console and PC games market shrank slightly in 2018.

Chief executive of ERA, Kim Bayley said: “The games industry has been incredibly effective in taking advantage of the potential of digital technology to offer new and compelling forms of entertainment. Despite being the youngest of our three sectors, it is now by far the biggest.”

Three games – Fifa 19, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – each sold more than one million physical units in the UK during 2018.

This is all the more impressive when you realise that these games were all released in the latter part of the year.

The figures do not take account of the success of mobile and free games such as Fortnite, however, which has more than 200 million players around the world.

Mass market entertainment

Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit said: “During the last five years the games sector has benefited hugely from the mainstream adoption of games apps on smart devices, and the transition from physical distribution to digital distribution in established parts of the market such as console gaming.

“Games are now truly mass market and a very important part of the entertainment sector.”

He added: “Growth has been fuelled by the dominance of free content and in-game monetisation, which expands the adoption of games but also removes the cap on spending for those gamers that are really engaged in the experiences.

“The flexibility of interactive content means it is unique in that it can be monetised in this way, which is an advantage over other forms of entertainment.”

Source: BBC News

Train2Game News Red Dead Redemption 2

​Rockstar Games®, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that the highly anticipated  Red Dead Redemption 2® will release worldwide in Fall 2017 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems and for the Xbox One games and entertainment system. 
Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption,  Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

“With  Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games.  “We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”

Watch the  Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer at 16.00, Thursday October 20th at  www.rockstargames.com .

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 19.08.13

PayDay2It’s the start of another week so it is time again to reveal the top twenty games. This week sees a new number one, Payday 2, knock Minecraft: Xbox360 edition down to number two. Besides the new number one the only change is the reintroduction of BioShock Infinite thanks to the upcoming DLC and Red Dead Redemption: Game Of The Year Edition which come in at numbers nineteen and twenty respectively.

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Week ending 17 August 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST 
 WEEK 
1    PAYDAY 2 505 GAMES
2    MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 1
3    CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 7
4    FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 2
5  –  ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO 5
6  –  THE LAST OF US SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6
7    THE SMURFS 2 UBISOFT 3
8  –  LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 8
9  –  TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 9
10    GRAND THEFT AUTO IV XBOX 360 CLASSICS 13
11    ASSASSIN’S CREED III XBOX 360 CLASSICS 10
12    THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – LEGENDARY BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 16
13    NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES 12
14  –  LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
15    FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 11
16    MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR 15
17    GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES – LIBERTY CITY ROCKSTAR 18
18    BATTLEFIELD 3 EA GAMES 19
19    BIOSHOCK INFINITE 2K GAMES
20    RED DEAD REDEMPTION: GOTY ROCKSTAR
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Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare disc release this Friday

Undead Nightmare

Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will be released on a standalone playable disc this Friday. The expansion pack was originally released as downloadable content on October 26th.

Undead Nightmare features both a new single player campaign for Red Dead Redemption’s protagonist John Marston and all new multiplayer features.

Undead Nightmare makes an entirely new game from Red Dead Redemption’s amazing open world,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games.

“The Western frontier is completely transformed into a classic zombie-horror fight for survival.”

For more information on Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, be sure to check out these posts from October featuring information about the Undead Nightmare TV Trailer, the Gameplay Trailer and the first teaser trailer.

The Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare disc also comes with every other bit of DLC for the western game released to date. This includes:

  • Outlaws to the End Co-Op mission pack where players team up to complete up to six unique missions set throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption;
  • Legends and Killers — multiplayer pack which adds nine maps, eight characters from Red Dead Revolver, and the Tomahawk weapon;
  • Liars and Cheats — multiplayer pack that adds new modes, including Stronghold, Horse Racing, Liar’s Dice and Poker, along with new characters and the Explosive Rifle. (Be sure to check out this post from September for more information about Liars and Cheats)
  • And finally, Undead Nightmare includes all Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer Free Roam modes, challenges and achievements/trophies released to date.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will be released on Friday 26th November with a RRP of £24.99.  However, many retailers have the game listed at lower prices including Play who are selling Undead Nightmare for £17.99, while GAME have it listed for £19.99.

So Train2Game, if you didn’t download Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, are you interested in buying it now that it’s on disc? Do you think that the price represents good value for money? Or are you already long done with Red Dead Redemption?

You can leave your thoughts about the disc release of Undead Nightmare here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

New Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare gameplay trailer

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare 4 horses

Rockstar has revealed another new trailer for upcoming Red Dead Redemption DLC, Undead Nightmare. The new trailer shows us what to expect from gameplay in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, which of course is lots of zombie killing.

The latest Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare also features an old-school creepy voice over saying “Prepare yourself, for demonic hordes from the Graveyard” and many other slightly cheesy, but oh so good phrases about the undead. You can see the new Red Dead Redemption: Undead Night mare trailer – The Graveyards – below.


Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is set for release via download on October 26th. It’ll feature a new single player campaign in which John Marston tries to find a cure for the unexplained zombie plague. It’ll also feature new weapons, new outfits, new multiplayer modes and new ‘Missing Person’ side quests.

Rockstar has also revealed new information about the mythical creatures introduced in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare – the four horses of the Apocalypse, Pestilence, Famine, Death, and War. Each have their own special perks for John Marston to take advantage of in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, so long as he can tame them.

Death – With Hell following close behind, Death carries with him a violent wake that rattles through the skulls of the undead, causing a spectacular cranial explosion for any zombie it comes in contact with.

Famine – Attracting a swarm of insects wherever it travels, Famine’s thin shadowy frame and crimson eyes mask an everlasting stamina.

Pestilence – A ghastly harbinger of plague and disease that’s easily identifiable by its exposed wounds and ocular haemorrhaging, Pestilence possesses an exceptionally high pain threshold.

War – Given power to take peace from the earth, the fiery red horse known as War ignites a trail of flame upon all those in its path, turning the living and the undead alike into smouldering ash.

Sound fun, don’t they? Be sure to check out the first Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare trailer for more insights into how the single player campaign is shaping up. You can also check out GameSpot for an exclusive Q & A about Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare with Rockstars’ Dan Houser.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will be downloadable from Xbox Live for 800 points, and the PlayStation Network for £7.99 from October 26th.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the new Undead Nightmare trailer? Which horse do you want? And how do you think Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is shaping up?

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

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare release date confirmed

Red Dead Redemption: Undead NightmareUndead Nightmare, the expansion for Red Dead Redemption will be released on October 26th. The release of Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare in the run up to Halloween seems highly appropriate given the zombie based storyline! Rockstar has also revealed that Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will also bring new multiplayer content and will be available on disc.

According to the Rockstar games website, the plot behind Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is as follows:

“Seemingly overnight, a zombie plague ravages the once bountiful frontier, decimating the landscape and reawakening the dead. In towns, settlements, and outposts throughout the world, the uninfected citizens are left to fight for survival against waves of the undead.  John Marston must ride out into the vast and terrifying world and survive long enough to find a cure.”

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will feature four different types of zombie, each with their own characteristics, and there will be variety of ‘infected’ animals for John Marston to deal with. Ammo can be scare in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare but this can be combated through the use of a new weapon – the blunderbuss – which can be loaded with the remains of fallen zombies.

Additionally, the deadly Tomahawk and the Explosive Rifle make a triumphant comeback and will be available exclusively for those who downloaded the Legends and Killers Pack and the Liars and Cheats Pack.

Rockstar say Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will feature a variety of new missions, challenges and events. Undead Nightmare also twists the ‘Wanted’ side-missions of Red Dead Redemption, and replaces them with ‘Missing Person’, where the player must find a missing survivor lost amongst the throngs of undead.

The expansion pack will also feature new multiplayer content, with Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare introducing Undead Overun. It’s brand new multiplayer survival mode where waves of infected enemies attack and players must work together to stay alive against increasingly difficult odds. (Sounds a bit like the Call of Duty zombie mode doesn’t it?)

You can see the trailer for Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare here.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will be downloadable from Xbox Live for 800 points, and the PlayStation Network for £7.99. Alternatively, Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare will be available on a disc, along with the Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released to date.

There’s no release date for the Red Dead Redemption combined DLC pack yet, but it’ll cost £24.99 and oddly doesn’t even need the original Red Dead Redemption disc to play.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the new details about Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare? Does the new multiplayer mode float your boat? Would you buy the DLC disc?

You can leave your thoughts on Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Rockstar reveal Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare trailer

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Rockstar has released a trailer for Undead Nightmare, the upcoming single player DLC for their smash hit Red Dead Redemption. In short, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare trailer contains plenty of zombies and it looks good.

The Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare trailer starts with John Marston telling what looks to be his family that “something funny’s going on out there” Then of course all Hell breaks losoe and we have Red Dead Redemptions’ mental grave robber Seth telling us that “The dead are risen” and a plague is turning into “Flesh Eating Crazies” That’s all we know about the plot of Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare for now.

With this being an Undead Nightmare, we of course get to see plenty of zombie action.  The townsfolk of are running scared and it seems that in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, John Marston is the only one that can stop the wild western zombie apocalypse.

The trailer also reveals that characters from Red Dead Redemption including, Bonnie McFarlane, Nigel West Dickens and Marshal Johnson will return in Undead Nightmare. The fact that the opening scene of the Undead Nightmare trailer is set in the Marston Range, it’s possible that Undead Nightmare fits into the latter stages of the Red Dead Redemption timeline.

Here’s the Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare trailer in all its zombie glory.


Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is set to include:

  • New single player missions and challenges
  • 8 new multiplayer zombie characters
  • Zombie animals unleashed into the world
  • New dynamic events
  • Brand new gameplay mechanics
  • Mythical creatures
  • A brand new secret location
  • New weapons
  • New multiplayer modes
  • 3 new outfits: Zombie Hunter, Union Suit, and Legend of the Apocalypse

The Rockstar website says that Red Dead Redemption will be available simultaneously for download via PlayStation®Network ($9.99) and Xbox LIVE® (800 Microsoft Points). There isn’t any release date yet, but we can probably assume that Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will be available in the run up to Halloween.

Zombies seem to be very much the ‘in’ thing right now, with Call of Duty: Black Ops also set to feature a standalone zombie mode. Meanwhile, Dead Rising 2 has rather very successful, remaining in third place every week since it entered the UK Charts. In fact, Dead Rising 2 entered the top 10 in the same week that Red Dead Redemption finally dropped out of it for the first time since it was released back in May.

Perhaps if zombies aren’t your thing, you can check out the Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats multiplayer DLC. Alternatively, you can watch this video about the making of music for Red Dead Redemption. Of course, it’s likely the same techniques have been used to create atmospheric music for Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.

So Train2Game, what do you think of the Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare trailer? Is it a clever idea? Will the lure of zombies encourage you to return to the world of Red Dead Redemption? Or do you believe that Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare will ruin the ‘authentic’ western feel of the original game?

You can leave your thoughts on Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare here on the Train2Game blog or on the Train2Game forum.

Red Dead Redemption Liars and Cheats DLC details

Red Dead Redemption Liars and CheatsRockstar has revealed more information about the new Red Dead Redemption ‘Liars and Cheats’ DLC pack ahead of its release on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live tomorrow.

Liars and Cheats, the penultimate DLC pack for Red Dead Redemption offers something that Rockstar stay is the most fan requested multiplayer feature, Multiplayer horse racing.

The races will support up to eight players in a tournament that consists of three to five races, with players earning points for the position they finish and deciding their final ranking when the cup is over.

Unlike horse racing in Red Dead Redemption’s single player campaign, the multiplayer horse racing introduced in Liars and Cheats lets you shoot at your opponents, but not until after designated brief period of calm at the start of reach race.

However, in order not to make things too easy, and to allow players to actually race, there’s no auto-aim and a limited supply of weapons say Rockstar. If you are killed during a race, you simply re-spawn with a time penalty.  You can see full details about the Multiplayer horse racing set for introduction in Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats here.

Other features set to be introduced in the Red Dead Redemption Cheats and Liars DLC include multiplayer poker and liars dice games, new hang hideouts, new hunting grounds and a new attack and defence game mode, Stronghold. The DLC will also allow players to choose multiplayer skins of a variety of characters from the Red Dead Redemption single player campaign and introduces new achievements.

The Red Dead Redemption Liars and Cheats DLC pack is released on September 21st at a cost of 800 points on Xbox Live, or £7.99 on the PlayStation Network.

Red Dead Redemption is one of the most successful games released this year, and still features in the top ten of the UK chart, despite being released all the way back in May.

So Train2Game, are you still playing Red Dead Redemption at all? If so, would you be tempted to part with your money for new multiplayer content? Or do you think Rockstar are going a bit far and charging too much for the Liars and Cheats expansion pack?

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

UK Chart: Halo: Reach is Number 1 – No one is suprised.

Halo: ReachHalo: Reach has inevitably claimed the top spot in the GfK Chart-Track All Formats chart following a hugely successful first week on sale. Halo: Reach has given Microsoft their biggest ever launch week and the fifth biggest ever game launch in the UK.

Over 300,000 copies of the Xbox 360 exclusive Halo: Reach were sold in the Microsoft title’s debut week. The only games to have more successful launches in the UK are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the PlayStation 2, and Grand Theft Auto IV on the Xbox 360. A combination of impressive review scores and heavy marketing has therefore paid off for Microsoft and Halo: Reach.

It’s another new entry at Number two with PlayStation Move title Sports Champions claiming the position after the motion controllers release last Friday.

The combined success of Halo: Reach and PlayStation Move Sports Champions has bumped 2K’s Mafia II down to third. The mob shooter had previously been top of the pile for three weeks following its release towards the end of August.

Toy Story 3 is once again a non-mover, remaining in fourth for the third week in a row, while Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands jumps four places up to fifth.  Prince of Persia has overtaken a fellow Ubisoft title on its way up the chart, passing Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 which drops from second to sixth.

Meanwhile, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days drops four places to seventh, Just Dance re-enters the top ten in eighth, while PlayStation Move support helps Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 climb from 17th to ninth. Red Dead Redemption is a non-mover, remaining just inside the top ten in tenth spot.

R.U.S.E and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions both drop out of the top ten following their debuts.

The full the GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the the week ending September 18th 2010 is as follows:
1. Halo Reach (Microsoft)
2. Sports Champions (Sony)
3. Mafia II (2K Games)
4. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
5. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
6. HAWX 2 (Ubisoft)
7. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Square Enix)
8. Just Dance (Ubisoft)
9. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (EA)
10. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)

So Train2Game, no one is surprised that Halo: Reach has dominated the chart right? Will it remain at Number 1 for the foreseeable future? Or do you think one of this weeks big new releases – Dead Rising 2, Formula 1 2010, or Civilization V – will mount a significant challenge to Halo: Reach?

You can leave your thoughts on the UK chart or Halo: Reach here on the new look Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Chart: Mafia II remains top

Mafia IIMafia II holds on to number one spot of the charts for the third consecutive week in a vastly shaken up GFK Chart-Track top ten. Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 sees massive boost in sales, jumping eight places from eighth to second position.

Square Enix’s Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days drops one position down to third this week, while Disney’s Toy Story 3 is still selling strongly and is a non-mover in fourth place.

The biggest jumper this week is Nintendo’s Tetris Party Deluxe which jumps almost 20 places from 23rd to fifth.

However, that boost doesn’t make Tetris this week’s biggest mover with Metroid: Other M disappointingly dropping twenty eight places from twelfth to fortieth in just its second week.

Things are tight between this weeks new entries into the chart, with Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and R.U.S.E. debuting at sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Meanwhile, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands stays in ninth place while Red Dead Redemption drops from fifth to tenth, the Western’s lowest position since entering the charts in May.

Just Dance, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Sniper: Ghost Warrior and Wii Sports resort all drop out of the Top Ten this week, will any of them make a return?

The full top ten of the UK Software Chart for the week ending September 11th is as follows:

1.       Mafia II (2K Games)
2.       Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 (Ubisoft)
3.       Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Square Enix)
4.       Toy Story 3 (Disney)
5.       Tetris Party Deluxe (Nintendo)
6.       Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Activision Blizzard)
7.       Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Square Enix)
8.       R.U.S.E (Ubisoft)
9.       Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
10.      Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)

So Train2Game students, has anyone played this weeks new releases in the form of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, or R.U.S.E? If so, what do you think? With Halo: Reach being released this week, do you think time is up for Mafia II?

Is there anyone who doesn’t think Halo: Reach will be a must buy?

As usual, you can leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or over on the Train2Game forum.