Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 13.10.14

Fifa 15Several new games have entered the charts this week including the highly anticipated Alien: Isolation from Sega. None of them were enough to kick Fifa 15 from the number one spot though. Alien: Isolation almost got there at number two with the next closest new release being Driveclub at number five. Skylanders: Trap Team and NBA 2k15 entered at numbers seven and eight respectively. The definitive edition of Sleeping Dogs was the final new game to enter the chart at number thirteen.

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Week ending 11 October 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 1
2 ALIEN: ISOLATION SEGA
3 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
4 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 3
5 DRIVECLUB SONY COMPUTER ENT.
6 DESTINY ACTIVISION 5
7 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM SKYLANDERS
8 NBA 2K15 2K SPORTS
9 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 4
10 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6
11 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 8
12 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 7
13 SLEEPING DOGS: DEFINITIVE EDITION SQUARE ENIX
14 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 13
15 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 9
16 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
17 THE SIMS 4 EA GAMES 10
18 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 14
19 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 18
20 FROZEN: OLAF’S QUEST GSP/AVANQUEST 20
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 UKIE Ltd

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Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 22.10.12

In the charts this week Skylanders Giants has come in at number two, leaving FIFA 13 still sitting pretty at the top for week number four and Bethesda’s Doom 3: BFG Edition has come in at number five.

Week ending 20 October 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 –  FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 1
2 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS
3 DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 2
4 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 6
5 DOOM 3: BFG EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
6 POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 NINTENDO 3
7 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 4
8 –  BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 8
9 POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 NINTENDO 5
10 XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN 2K GAMES 7
11 F1 2012 CODEMASTERS 9
12 007 LEGENDS ACTIVISION
13 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 10
14 –  ROCKSMITH UBISOFT 14
15 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 KONAMI 12
16 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 15
17 SLEEPING DOGS SQUARE ENIX 11
18 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 MICROSOFT 13
20 GRAN TURISMO 5 ACADEMY EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16

leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2012 UKIE Ltd

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 15.10.12

On Monday mornings I will now be posting the top 20 UK games chart from UKIE to keep you all updated.

 
Dishonored has come in as the highest new IP this year at number 2 but nothing can knock FIFA off the top spot for the third week running. It is interesting to see that Skyrim and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are still in the top 20.

Week ending 13 October 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 –  FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 1
2   DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
3   POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 NINTENDO
4 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 2
5   POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 NINTENDO
6 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 4
7   XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN 2K GAMES
8 BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 3
9 F1 2012 CODEMASTERS 5
10 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
11 SLEEPING DOGS SQUARE ENIX 10
12 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 KONAMI 9
13 FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 MICROSOFT 11
14 ROCKSMITH UBISOFT 7
15 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 12
16 GRAN TURISMO 5 ACADEMY EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 13
17   CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3 ACTIVISION
18 NBA 2K13 2K SPORTS 6
19 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
20 DEAD ISLAND GOTY EDITION DEEP SILVER 16

 

Train2Game News: Sleeping Dogs art director on getting into the industry

http://www.sleepingdogs.net/news/Meet-the-Team-Josh-Lee

Sleeping Dogs art director Josh Lee recently featured in a United Front Games ‘meet the team’ interview and offered his take on getting into the industry, revealing he started in fine art.

“I’m kind of old school. There are a lot of schools now that didn’t exist at the time that offer these opportunities… I was born and raised in Montreal, I studied painting and drawing at Concordia in Fine Arts.”  said Lee.

“From there, I was trying to figure out how to make a living, and I ended up moving into the Film Animation department. Subsequently, I worked in traditional animation for a number of years doing frame-by-frame animation. At the time, over 15 years ago, you could feel a shift in the industry.” he continued, adding that adding 3D skills was an important element in getting into games.

“Things were moving more digitally, so I started taking 3D courses to balance my traditional arts background with more CG tools. After a few years working in traditional animation, I ended up in a CG house in Montreal called 4-elements that was affiliated with Softimage.”

“We did trailers for games, special effects, CG for commercials, any number of things a small startup would do. That was my first exposure to the production side of games. When that company closed temporarily, I had an opportunity at EA.” Lee added.

It’s an interview that’s sure to be interesting to Train2Game students, as Lee discusses what his role as art director involves, life at United Front, and of course, Sleeping Dogs. Read it here.

Be sure to keep reading The Train2Game Blog for advice from professionals about getting into the industry, while we’ll also keep you up to date with the latest Sleeping Dogs news.

What are your thoughts on Lee’s route into the industry?

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Train2Game News: United Front on the vast research behind Sleeping Dogs

Game designers researching Sleeping Dogs at United Front Games have done so by taking newspaper cuttings, looking at films and taking 40,000 reference photos of Hong Kong.

“We took 35,000 to 40,000 reference photos and hour upon hour of video footage, but it’s not a street for street depiction. It was important for us to capture the essence of city. Lots of the landmarks are there, many of the names are similar yet, first and foremost, we wanted to make that space fun to navigate around.”  Executive producer Stephen van der Mescht told PlayStation Blog.

The United Front Games man went on to discuss how important it is for them to show the life of an undercover cop to Sleeping Dogs players.

“Well, the plot was built from scratch but we were heavily influenced by a lot of references. Look at movies like The Departed and Donnie Brasco – they both had an element of truth in them, which came from the stories they discovered by talking to people who were actually in those situations.” he continued.

“The important thing for us to get across was that dual world of a cop pretending to be a gangster, and the stresses that come with that, of having to live this lie.” van der Mescht continued, adding that while the plot of Sleeping Dogs, it’s influenced by a lot of their research.

“In terms of specifics, we referenced a lot of Triad crimes using newspaper cuttings. The game follows this guy becoming more intertwined with this world and we see his morality line get blurred. So yes, there are direct references to stories we discovered from the research we did.” said the executive producer.

Read the full interview, Sleeping Dogs And Telling Stories Through Games over at the PlayStation Blog. It’s likely to be interesting reading for anyone on a Train2Game course, especially game designers.

There’s more about Sleeping Dogs here on The Train2Game Blog, while you can also keep reading for the latest news from its publisher, Square Enix, here.

What are your thoughts on the research United Front are putting into Sleeping Dogs?

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Train2Game News: Play Sleeping Dogs and meet its producer at Square Enix on Thursday

Train2Game students can get hands on with Sleeping Dogs and take part in a roundtable discussion with United Front Games producer Dan Sochan at a special event on Thursday 24th May.

Sleeping Dogs is an open world crime title in which you play an undercover Hong Kong cop. It was formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong.

The free Sleeping Dogs community day takes place at the Square Enix headquarters in Wimbledon, South West London, with the opportunity to book a place in one of three timeslots that range from late afternoon to early evening.

Not only will it be great to see an upcoming game before everyone else, but the expertise of Sleeping Dogs producer Dan Sochan could be useful to any Train2Game students that manage to speak with him.

There are full details on how to book your place at the Sleeping Dogs community day on the Square Enix Blog.

Will you be attempting to go to this event? What are your thoughts on the upcoming Sleeping Dogs?

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