Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 22.02.16

cod_blackops3This weeks number one is still Call of Duty Black Ops 3 but we have a new number two with Street Fighter V. Lower down the chart is Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon at number nine.

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Week ending 20 February 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 STREET FIGHTER V CAPCOM
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 4
6 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 5
7 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
8 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
9 POKEMON SUPER MYSTERY DUNGEON NINTENDO
10 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 10
11 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 9
12 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 7
13 WWE 2K16 2K 20
14 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
15 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 11
16 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
17 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 14
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 17
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 16
20 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 18
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 18.01.16

cod_blackops3Despite a 24 percent drop in sales, Call of duty Black Ops 3 is still holding firm at the top. Grand Theft Auto V has risen from fourth to second and FIFA 16 is number three. No new games in the charts.

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Week ending 16 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 4
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 2
4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
5 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
6 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 8
7 WWE 2K16 2K 7
8 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
9 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
11 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
12 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 14
13 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 11
14 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 16
15 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
16 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
17 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
18 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 17
19 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 18
20 GUITAR HERO LIVE ACTIVISION
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 07.09.15

Metal gear solid phantom painKonami have taken the number one spot in the charts this week with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the long awaited sequel to the hit series. Second place sees another new game in the charts with the movie tie in, Mad Max.

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Week ending 5 September 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN KONAMI
2 MAD MAX WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
3 GEARS OF WAR: ULTIMATE EDITION MICROSOFT 1
4 UNTIL DAWN SONY COMPUTER ENT. 2
5 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 3
6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
7 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 5
8 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
9 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
10 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 9
11 MADDEN NFL 16 EA SPORTS 4
12 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 11
13 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
14 PROJECT CARS BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
15 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 12
16 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 14
17 DISHONORED: DEFINITIVE EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 7
18 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED SONY COMPUTER ENT. 17
19 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
20 DESTINY ACTIVISION 15
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 20.04.15

Mortal Kombat xA new week means new charts and Mortal Kombat X has fought its way to number one, knocking Battlefield Hardline down to number three and GTA V has popped back up to number two. There are no other new games in the charts this week.

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Week ending 18 April 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 MORTAL KOMBAT X WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 3
3 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 1
4 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 2
5 BLOODBORNE SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6
6 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 4
7 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 5
8 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
9 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 14
10 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 11
11 BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION 2K GAMES 8
12 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 12
13 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 7
14 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 9
15 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 16
16 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 17
17 DARK SOULS II: SCHOLAR OF THE FIRST SIN BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT 15
18 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
19 RIDE MILESTONE 18
20 THE CREW UBISOFT
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 26.01.15

GTA VAn interesting chart this week. Grand Theft Auto V stays at number one for a third consecutive week which now makes it the first GTA title to reach a total of seven weeks at number one. Saint’s Row IV Re-elected: Gat out of hell debuts at number four. A big retailer promotion on Call of Duty: Ghosts helps boost sales by 401%, propelling it back into the Top ten, up from thirty to number five. Finally Rugby 15 from Big Ben/Koch debuts at number eight.

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Week ending 24 January 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 1
2 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 3
3 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 2
4 SAINTS ROW IV RE-ELECTED/GAT OUT OF HELL DEEP SILVER
5 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION
6 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 4
7 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 5
8 RUGBY 15 BIG BEN
9 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 7
10 THE CREW UBISOFT 6
11 DESTINY ACTIVISION 9
12 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 8
13 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
14 DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION EA GAMES 14
15 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 17
16 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 11
17 JUST DANCE 2015 UBISOFT 13
18 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
19 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT 12
20 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 15
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 19.01.14

Grand Theft Auto V A bit of a shuffle around in the top twenty this week but most have stayed the same. Grand Theft Auto V is number one for a second week running.

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Week ending 17 January 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 1
2 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 3
3 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 2
4 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 4
5 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 8
6 THE CREW UBISOFT 5
7 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 7
8 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 6
9 DESTINY ACTIVISION 9
10 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
11 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 11
12 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT
13 JUST DANCE 2015 UBISOFT 15
14 DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION EA GAMES 19
15 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 18
16 ASSASSIN’S CREED: ROGUE UBISOFT 20
17 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2015 SEGA
18 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
19 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 15
20 ALIEN: ISOLATION SEGA
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 12.01.14

GTA VThe second chart of the week and no new games have entered this week but we do have an old favourite at number one. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V has retaken the number one spot pushing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare down to number two.

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Week ending 10 January 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 2
2 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 1
3 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 3
4 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 4
5 THE CREW UBISOFT 6
6 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 5
7 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
8 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
9 DESTINY ACTIVISION 7
10 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
11 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 19
12 DRIVECLUB SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
13 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
14 THE EVIL WITHIN BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 15
15 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 14
16 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 18
17 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 8
18 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 20
19 DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION EA GAMES 18
20 ASSASSIN’S CREED: ROGUE UBISOFT 19
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Train2Game News GTA V devs on rich brits list

GTA VDan and Sam Houser have been named among the 1,000 wealthiest Britons, along with a number of other notable games industry names.

The list was compiled and published in The Sunday Times, as spotted by Polygon. The Houser brothers, best known for co-founding Grand Theft Auto firm Rockstar Games, were ranked at No.947, with a combined fortune of £90m ($151m).

However, the richest games industry entry to the list is Mel Morris from Candy Crush Saga creator King. Morris reached No.238 on the list with wealth of £407m ($684m).

This is the first time in six years that The Sunday Times has run its wealthiest Brit list, raising the minimum value of entrants from £80m to £85m.

The Housers’ latest title Grand Theft Auto V made $1bn after just three days on sale when it was released in September.

The games industry is ever growing and I imagine we will see more and more UK games industry personal appearing on the list in the future.

Source: Develop

Train2Game News SpecialEffect helps gamer complete GTA V

SpecialEffectWhen Lee lost the ability to play video games because of spinal muscular atrophy, he lost a major part of his life. But with the help of gamer’s charity SpecialEffect, he’s conquered Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V.

“I’ve played games all my life,” he said, “and I got quite depressed when I couldn’t play them. It was taking a big part of who I was away.”

SpecialEffect, who specialise in helping people with disabilities to experience the fun and inclusion of video games, worked with Lee to find a customised equipment setup that exactly suited his individual abilities.

The charity positioned microswitches to harness the small finger movements in his right hand, and mounted two joysticks that he can operate using his chin.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to play GTA because of my limitations, but there are no limitations anymore,” he said. “With games I can do the things I can’t do because of my disability,” he said. “I can play football with my brother by playing FIFA, or drive cars.”

“Disabilities are very frustrating and limiting – you’re basically imprisoned. This is the charity that could help change your life and bring something back that you thought you’d lost.”

Before his condition had advanced, Lee had found out about the charity through a clicking on the SpecialEffect pitchside advertising board in Sports Interactive’s Football Manager 13 game.

Nick Streeter, fundraiser at the charity, said “We’re absolute delighted to be able to help Lee. His physical abilities are changing over time, and we’ll keep visiting him to modify his equipment so that he can continue to play games as effectively as possible.”

“Games are an amazing medium through which people make friends, socialise and come together for a common cause. To be able to extend that medium to people that would otherwise not be involved is both an honour and a privilege.”

Lee’s story is featured in a short YouTube video, shown below, by the charity

Train2Game News: GamesAnalytics report assess GTA Online

GTA VPredictive analytics specialists GamesAnalytics, has today published a special report which explores the Free-2-Play (F2P) potential of Grand Theft Auto Online.

The latest release of the game took Rockstar’s blockbuster franchise in an ambitious new direction, with a multiplayer world and in-game economy and the Benchmark report assesses whether GTA Online would also make a successful standalone F2P game.

The report has been produced using GamesAnalytics’ evidenced based research methodology, where 50 game design aspects across six main categories including Monetisation, Retention, Engagement and Virality are assessed against industry best practice F2P game design from over 80 F2P titles.

The report found that GTA Online surpassed the best in genre scores for categories including Retention, Game Mechanics and Engagement. However, if the game was released as a standalone F2P title then the report identifies mechanics that it would benefit from improving key mechanics to achieve high levels of Monetization and Virality.

Based on the reporting findings, GamesAnalytics highlights five recommendations in the report to help achieve best practice F2P design:

1. Improve the currency structure with first / second payment structure
2. Introduce a VIP structure to fast track progress and reward members
3. Develop a trading mechanism to help increase community aspects
4. Utilise no lose gambling mechanics
5. Build in reward mechanics for social sharing

Mark Robinson, Co-founder and COO GamesAnalytics, commented on the report: “GTA Online is clearly a quality bestselling premium game and this Benchmark report shows its F2P potential as a standalone game. The assessment does however highlight when designing F2P games all areas of Player Relationship Management need to be taken into consideration in particular mechanics that maximise virality, monetization and retention.

F2P game design is evolving across multiple platforms and genres. GamesAnalytics’ tools and services help publishers and developers understand best practice game design and integrate learnings upfront in the design and development process.”

These could be helpful suggestions to bear in mind for your own F2P game if you choose to take that route.