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PS3 Video Games News
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.
Sony Confirms Ueda's Departure From Team Ico
Sony has confirmed that the Director and Lead Designer of Team Ico's long-delayed and eagerly anticipated game The Last Guardian, Fumito Ueda has left the company and will now complete the project's development on a contract basis.
Gamasutra is reporting the official news from a Sony statement which assures fans that Ueda-san is "committed to completing" the game, which the company hasn't publicly displayed since the 2010 Tokyo Game Show over a year ago.
The Last Guardian's Executive Producer Resigns
Yoshifusa Hayama, the Executive Producer on The Last Guardian at Sony's Team Ico studio, has resigned from his position at the company following a four year stint as the Vice-President of Sony Computer Entertainment.
Hayama-san will now join Newscorp's Bossa studio as its Creative Director, where he will spearhead the company's first 3D social game. “Together at Bossa we have plans to bring a plethora of games to Facebook and eventually other appropriate social media channels, which include 3D elements and can be enjoyed by all age and interest groups,” Hayama-san said (thanks, Develop).
The Last Guardian "Still In Production", Confirms Ueda
Fumito Ueda, the Director and Lead Designer behind Sony's critically revered PS2 games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has confirmed that his next opus, The Last Guardian has not been cancelled despite rumours of his departure from its Team Ico studio.
"I've received a lot of questions... there's no need to worry, as The Last Guardian is still in production," Ueda-san tweeted according to a translation from Andriasang (the site confirmed that he'd been absent from Twitter since rumours of his departure first surfaced last week).
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 Signs Messi To FIFA Brand
In the world of football, loyalty is a word that's come to mean little or nothing at all over the last couple of decades: players' loyalties to a club, the fans, their wives/girlfriends or, indeed, the brands they endorse seem to have become about as genuine as the good intentions of Sepp Blatter.
So it'll come as no big surprise that Lionel Messi, the Barcelona forward and former cover star of Konami's PES football games, has now signed a deal that'll see him appear on the cover of forthcoming FIFA games as part of a “multi-year endorsement contract”.
Sony To Avoid PS4 Launch "Significantly Later" Than Xbox 720
With Nintendo's next-gen Wii U console confirmed for launch next year, and rumours strongly pointing towards a 2012 announcement at the very least for Microsoft's next Xbox, the one remaining platform holder has so far managed to avoid any heavy doses of speculation surrounding an estimated time or arrival for its next console.
But now Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's President and CEO, Jim Ryan has provided a clear indication of the company's intentions with the PlayStation 4 against those of its competitors: "I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition [with the next PlayStation]," Ryan told Eurogamer.
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.