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UK Chart: Skyrim Is Your Christmas No.1
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has brought Call of Duty's two-year run of Christmas No.1s to an end despite the fact that Activision's latest instalment in the series, Modern Warfare 3 had been the odds-on favourite to retain the crown.
Skyrim took the No.1 spot from Modern Warfare 3 last week after the shooter had enjoyed a month at the top following its release on November 8th. Having been pushed down to No.2 last week, Modern Warfare 3 has now been demoted another spot by Just Dance 3, which landed at at No.2 this week.
This Player Has Mad Battlefield 3 Skillz, Yo!
Bearing in mind that, on the rare occasions we manage to jump onboard a jet fighter in Battlefield 3, we usually last no more than 30 seconds due to locked-on missiles from all corners of the battlefield and our lack of ability in deploying flares, this next video takes impressive dogfighting skills to all-new levels:
Thanks to Doug Graham.
Skyrim Is The Fastest Selling Game Ever On Steam
Bethesda and Valve have revealed that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fastest selling game on Steam in the digital-download service's eight-year history.
"Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam's history" said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve Corporation. "Bethesda's commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received. We are delighted that Bethesda chose to use Steamworks to support Skyrim both at retail and digitally."
Codemasters Announces DiRT Showdown
Seemingly not content with the runaway success of DiRT 3 earlier this year, Codemasters has now announced a spin-off to the series, DiRT Showdown which will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in May.
While Codies has traditionally blended arcade and sim elements in its driving games, DiRT Showdown is being positioned deep in arcade territory and sheds much of the authentic styling that lies at the series' roots.
2K Games Reveals The Darkness II's 'Vendettas' Mode
2K Games has announced a new mode for Digital Extreme's incoming comic book-inspired sequel, The Darkness II, that will bring 4 player co-op to the series for the first time.
Judging by the press release, this 'Vendettas' co-op mode will be separate from the main single-player campaign but is set to riff alongside Jackie Estacado's main plot.
UK Chart: Modern Warfare 3 Completes A Month On Top
Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has completed a full month atop the UK charts since its launch at the start of November, edging it closer to the Call of Duty series' longest run of No.1s when Modern Warfare 2 recorded nine straight in 2009/10.
Overall though, it was a top ten that remained fairly quiet with only one new entry, Mario Kart 7 at No.8 (a pretty solid performance for the title considering the Nintendo 3DS' relatively low installed base in the UK). Only two titles managed to move up the top ten – Just Dance 3 gained four spots up to No.4 and FIFA 12 dribbled past three spots to No.2.
LA Noire Creator's New Game Is 'Whore Of The Orient'
Just weeks after Brendan McNamara spoke in vague terms about his next game, news has emerged linking the LA Noire writer/director to a game project titled 'Whore of the Orient' from the same studio that produces Warner Bros' Happy Feet CGI movies.
In an interview on Australian website Financial Review, Happy Feet writer/director, George Miller revealed that the interactive arm of his film production company, Kennedy-Miller Mitchell has acquired the rights for McNamara's next project.
UK Chart: Modern Warfare 3 Still Top
And you can get used to that headline now in the weeks leading up to Christmas as Modern Warfare 3 makes Activision's bid for a third consecutive year of CoD Christmas No.1s on the UK chart.
Whether or not Modern Warfare 3 can pull-off an unbroken chain of No.1s up until then or, indeed, whether FIFA can spoil CoD's Christmas No.1 party (as it last did in 2008) is another question altogether, but right now Activision's shooter is looking strong with a trail of three consecutive No.1s since its launch (a feat that Black Ops didn't manage last year).
EA Makes Good On PS3 Battlefield 3 Pledge
At E3 earlier this year, EA made a promise that PS3 owners who purchase a copy of Battlefield 3 will receive a free copy of the downloadable game Battlefield 1943 as bonus content. When BF3 was released last month and failed to come with this promised content, naturally consumers were a bit miffed.
So miffed, in fact, that some of them filed a class action lawsuit against EA demanding their promised copy of Battlefield 1943. Alongside this threat of legal action, EA released belated information on how PS3 gamers can get hold of their free content via PSN after all.
UK Chart: Modern Warfare 3 Records 'Double-Kill'
Despite an 87% drop in sales over its launch figures last week, Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has retained the No.1 spot in its second week on the UK charts as the series has done for the last four years in a row.
The big news this week, however, was an influx of new releases into the top 10 as the game industry belched out one last volley of Christmas launches before the release schedules go relatively quiet until next year.
Max Payne 3 - Design & Technology ViDoc #1
In the first of what Rockstar is promising will be a series of trailers looking at the design and technology behind Max Payne 3, the publisher is focusing on the animations, gunplay, and AI behind their troubled anti-hero's return.
How does Natural Motion's Euphoria technology fit into the presentation, what enables Max Payne to pull-off a full 360-degree arc of shooting even while prone, and what's up with that Hawaiian shirt? The answers to at least two of those questions can be found in the ViDoc trailer below...
Skyrim Ships 7 Million, Sells Over 3.5 Million In Two Days
Outside the ludicrous sales figures of Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has set a competitive tally for the best-of-the-rest this year with over 3.5 million unit sales worldwide in its first two days on the market and a total of 7 million shipments to retailers.
Bethesda hopes to secure $450 million (£285 million) in revenue from global sales as a result of these shipments, with retailers across the globe already requesting reorders from the publisher. Meanwhile, on the digital download PC front, figures from Steam have pulled in a record-breaking 280,000 concurrent users within the first 24 hours of release.
UK Chart: Shock As Modern Warfare 3 Debuts At No.1
As sure as death and taxes, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has topped the UK chart in its first week on sale, tallying more in revenue than Call of Duty: Black Ops managed last year with unit sales coming in on an even footing.
This is according to Chart-Track data, which goes on to reveal that these Modern Warfare 3's revenues are higher than the opening weekend box office gross of all four of the last Harry Potter films combined.
Modern Warfare 3 Shatters Day-One Sales Record
Activision's Call of Duty series has broken the day-one sales record for all forms of entertainment yet again, marking its third successive year of blockbuster record breaking with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last Tuesday.
The title recorded 6.5 million unit sales in North America and the UK alone, a full half a million higher than some of the most optimistic projections from industry analysts in the run-up to launch. This adds up to an estimated $400 million (£251 million) in total revenues for the first day of sales.
Steam Database And Forums Hacked
The first signs of it were last Sunday, when reports of Steam forum accounts being defaced started to emerge – the website fknowned.com appeared to be responsible. Now Valve has officially weighed in on the matter, confirming intrusions into the accounts of Steam forum users as well as a Steam database.
There is some good news, which is that the hack appears to be limited to forum user accounts at this stage (which require a different login to standard Steam accounts). However, Valve is still advising that users change their standard account passwords to be totally safe (particularly if it's the same password as their forum account) – password changes will be forced for forum users the next time they login.
LA Noire Director Working On New Project
Brendan McNamara, the writer and director of LA Noire, and founder of the now defunct Team Bondi studio that made the game, has started talking about the next project in his sights and is already pitching the idea to publishers.
Speaking to Eurogamer, McNamara said, “I'm personally just writing some new stuff now, which I've been pitching around for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully I'll have something to announce on that pretty soon.”
Max Payne 3 Multiplayer To Have "Elements Of Story", Says Houser
We knew Max Payne 3 would have multiplayer; what we didn't know, in typical Rockstar PR style, is anything to do with that multiplayer, at all. But now Rockstar's Vice-President and co-founder, Dan Houser has set out an ambitious vision for that multiplayer component.
"We wanted to put some elements of single player into the multiplayer so the multiplayer will have a lot more detail and have elements of story in it and have a sort of an immersive quality," Houser told Variety. "We think that's something that is underexplored in multiplayer."
XCOM Pushed Into 2013 Fiscal Year
During its financial report for the second quarter of the financial year, Take-Two Interactive revealed that it's delaying XCOM from its previously announced March 9th 2012 release date to a vague fiscal 2013 launch.
It's likely that the publisher has decided to do this in order to push XCOM out of Max Payne 3's way. The Rockstar title will be Take-Two's poster boy early next year following its confirmation of a March 2012 launch back in September.