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Wii Video Games News
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.
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).
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.
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.
UK Chart: FIFA 12 Scores A Brace At No.1
FIFA 12 has claimed a second week running atop the UK charts following its debut last week, fending off new entries from the likes of id's Rage and From Software's Dark Souls to remain top of Chart-Track's official chart.
Rage and Dark Souls did manage to be the best of the rest though, coming in at No.2 and No.3 respectively to record solid launches. They replace Gears of War 3 and F1 2011, which now sit at No.4 and No.5 as a result.
UK Chart: FIFA 12 Enjoys Meteoric Debut
It won't come as much of a surprise to hear that FIFA 12 has debuted atop the UK chart this week, but what might be a little more surprising is that it's done this while enjoying the third most sales ever in a launch week according to Chart-Track's figures.
With only the previous two Call of Duty games enjoying bigger launch weeks, FIFA 12 replaced Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV as the third biggest launch in UK chart history. Shoot over to our review of the game to find out why.
Modern Warfare 3 To Have 32-Player Mode?
Ahead of Activision's Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles this weekend, it seems a gaming spy may have gained access to one of the consoles set for the event where they've managed to retrieve some as yet unheard of information about Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer.
It all comes from a YouTube video that's now been pulled upon Activision's request, although not before SFX-360 could collate all of the relevant info. Top of the list of reveals is that Modern Warfare 3 may harbour a massive 32-player mode to rival Battlefield 3's 64-player Conquest mode on PC (Call of Duty games have classically been limited to a maximum of 18-player matches).
PlayStation 3 Price Cut To £199
Sony has cut the prices of its 160GB and 320GB PlayStation 3 models worldwide, effectively dropping the entry-level price of a PS3 in the UK to £199 from its previous price tag of £249.
The announcement was made at Gamescom yesterday and UK retailers have already started rolling out the price drop. As well as the reduction to £199 for a 160GB model, Sony has also dropped the cost of a 320GB unit by £50 to £249.
New FIFA Street, FIFA 12 Details Emerge At Gamescom
EA Sports has spilt a bucket-load of FIFA announcements over at Gamescom this afternoon, including an all-new instalment in the FIFA Street series as well as a demo date and Ultimate Team details for FIFA 12.
FIFA Street is in development at EA Canada for Xbox 360 and PS3 with an early 2012 release currently being eyed for the title. This latest instalment in the series will retain the usual focus on over-the-top skills and 5-a-side matches.
Fourth CoD: Black Ops Map Pack Announced
Via its Q2 financial report, Activision has announced that there will be a fourth map pack released for Call of Duty: Black Ops on August 23rd via Xbox Live. Entitled 'Rezurrection', the DLC will include five maps for the game's Zombies co-op mode, four of which will be remastered alongside one all-new map.
'Nacht der Untoten', 'Verruckt', 'Shi No Numa' and 'Der Riese' make up the four remastered maps from Call of Duty: World At War. Those of you who purchased a Hardened or Prestige Edition of CoD: Black Ops will already have these.
EA Launches Season Ticket Program
EA Sports has announced a Season Ticket programme for the publisher's four major titles: FIFA, Madden NFL Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and NHL Hockey (the first game to use it will be Madden 12, which launches on September 2nd in the UK).
The Season Ticket, which is available for 2000 Microsoft Points (£17) via Xbox Live from today, acts as a yearlong pass for exclusive and discounted content across EA Sports' biggest IPs.
Activision Dates A Trio Of Big Titles
Outside of Modern Warfare 3, Activision titles don't get much bigger than Prototype 2, Spider-Man: Edge of Time or X-Men Destiny over the next year or so, and now (thanks to a trio of announcements at the San Diego Comic Con) we know precisely when each of these games will line-up within that timeframe.
Prototype 2 is now officially down for an April 24th launch (which falls in line with the wide ETA of '2012' that Activision had set previously), while Spider-Man: Edge of Time and X-Men Destiny are scheduled to drop into shops on October 4th and September 27th of this year respectively.
Modern Warfare 3 Pre-Orders Outpacing Black Ops
The UK's biggest video game retailer, GAME has revealed that it's receiving pre-orders of Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 3 at a faster rate than it did for Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops last year. Considering that Black Ops is now the highest selling game of all time in the UK, this is pretty significant news.
"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders are already tracking significantly ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops at the same time last year," GAME Group's Managing Director, Tom Levine told MCV.
When Super Mario Meets Grime Rap...
Next time you sit down for a Super Mario Bros speed run, consider this tune from UK Grime artist, P-Money as motivational music. It's right up there with Jaguar Skillz's 'Mario Smalls' mash-up as one of the best rap tunes with a Mario theme.
Keep an eye out for the DJ checking his phone texts at about the 1:25 mark - the audacity!
EA Compiles FIFA 11 Goals Of The Season Vid
As the FIFA 11 season comes to its conclusion with the much anticipated release of FIFA 12 at the end of September, EA Sports has compiled a Goals of the Season vid showing the best belters, peaches, and screamers from its loyal fans in FIFA 11 over the last 9 months.
There really are some staggering displays of skills in this vid, but what we particularly like is how all of the goals are tasteful. They're not just some skill-moves obsessed gamer running rings around a novice; there's a real eye for the aesthetics of a great footballing goal instead.
Infinity Ward Completely Reworking Killstreaks For MW3
When you think about the appeal of Call of Duty's multiplayer, you think of Killstreaks: Pave Lows, Attack Dogs, RC-XDs, AC-130s - alongside levelling-up, it's the Killstreaks that keep you playing for hours on end as you tell yourself, 'Just one more go - I'll definitely get that Tactical Nuke this time'.
So it's a little worrying when Infinity Ward's Creative Strategist, Robert Bowling says over Twitter, "We changed the entire way the Killstreak system works. I can't go into detail yet, but I will share when I can."
EA Reveals New Commentary Line-up For FIFA 12
Following the public outrage at sexist comments made by long-time FIFA commentator, Andy Gray, which led to his subsequent sacking by Sky Sports earlier this year, EA Sports has now officially announced the commentary line-up for this year's FIFA and, in an unsurprising move, the publisher has ousted Gray from his former role.
Alan Smith (shown far-right) will now take over co-commentary duties alongside Martin Tyler (shown left), who has lent his voice to the FIFA series over its last four iterations. However, this will be the first time that Smith has done commentary voice-over work for a football game.
MW3 Dev Slights Battlefield 3's 30fps
Glen Schofield, the General Manager of Activision's Sledgehammer Games studio (which is co-developing Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward) has taken a swing at Battlefield 3's cap of 30 frames per second on consoles compared to Modern Warfare 3's 60fps.
"You can go out and name your engine and call it whatever you want, right. You know, I've done that before; I've seen that trick and the bottom line is, this game [MW3] will run at 60 frames a second. Not sure any of our competitors will," Schofield told AusGamers.