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Heavy Rain is Apparently the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 12:46 PM CST
filed under news, ps3

This morning we learned that the PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, making it the first PS3 title to do so since Killzone 2. Sony is reporting that shortages for the game might be coming.

"We have been extremely delighted with the demand for Heavy Rain," an SCEE spokesperson told MCV.

"Whilst it isn't out of stock we are aware that supplies are running low. There is still supply in the chain, but I'm afraid if you're hunting for a copy it may require a little extra footwork. There will be more stock arriving next week."

Marketing hype or not, the game's sales have already proven that it's a success. Check back for our review of Heavy Rain soon.

Heavy Rain Tops the UK Charts

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 10:48 AM CST
filed under news, ps3

Heavy Rain debuted at the top of the charts last week in the UK with SCEA CEO Jack Tretton saying the game has sold "incredibly well." That might be an understatement though. Data from Chart Track indicates that Quantic Dream's thriller topped Aliens vs. Predator, making it number one in the country.

Check the full top ten list after the break.

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AVP Takes Number One Spot in UK, Fastest-selling Game of 2010

by Tyler Treat Feb 22, 2010 11:54 AM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Aliens vs. Predator made a surprising debut last week, knocking out BioShock 2 from the top spot in the UK charts after just one week. It's also now the fast-selling game of 2010, according to GfK Chart-Track data (which doesn't even include digitally distributed copies).

BioShock 2's sales fell 71% since last week, bringing it to the number three spot. Just Dance has maintained its position at number two.

Check out the full top 10 after the break.

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Molyneux Asks for UK Government to Support Games Industry

by Tyler Treat Feb 16, 2010 10:09 PM CST
filed under industry, news

While speaking with the Telegraph last week at X10, game designer Peter Molyneux called on the UK government to support the games industry by giving tax breaks to local studios.

"It is just crazy that the British government does not recognize the games industry as a creative industry in the way it recognizes others," he said.

Canada recently passed up the United Kingdom as the third largest games industry in the world. Molyneux noted that many measures taken by Canada were "financially sensible."

"The UK has a great heritage of invention and creativity, it's just the rest of the world have a great heritage of recognizing that properly and it frustrates the hell out of me," the Lionhead boss concluded.

[via Joystiq]

BioShock 2 Debuts at Number One Spot in UK

by Tyler Treat Feb 15, 2010 4:25 PM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

BioShock 2 released last week, and it's landed itself in the UK's top spot. It beat out former reigning champion Just Dance as well as last week's number one selling game Mass Effect 2, which dropped down to number eight. Modern Warfare 2 was knocked from three to four, while FIFA 10 rose all the way to the third spot. Dante's Inferno, which also debuted last week, broke the top 10, falling in at the ninth position.

Check out the entire top 20 list after the break.

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Mass Effect 2 Remains in the UK Top Spot

by Tyler Treat Feb 8, 2010 1:31 PM CST
filed under industry, news, pc, xbox 360

For the second consecutive week, BioWare's Mass Effect 2 was the UK's highest-selling game, beating out former chart-topper Just Dance and Modern Warfare 2 while fending off the newly debuted Dante's Inferno. This is even despite a 64% drop in sales last week, according to GfK Chart-Track data.

Sony's new FPS MAG landed at number seven this week, and Star Trek Online falls at number 11.

[via Chart-Track]

Mass Effect 2 Has Effective Launch in UK

by Tyler Treat Feb 1, 2010 11:03 AM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

Mass Effect 2 released stateside last week to much praise, but how did it fare across the pond? According to data from GfK Chart-Track, it fared pretty well. Almost doubling the original's sales on the Xbox 360 and tripling the PC version's within the first week of release, I'd say it's doing all right. EA says it had shipped over two million units worldwide over the weekend.

With that in mind, it's no surprise to see the game at the number one spot, knocking Just Dance to number to and Modern Warfare 2 to number three. Check the full top 20 after the break.

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British Politician: Games are ‘Driving Children to Lose Their Childhood’

by Tyler Treat Jan 23, 2010 7:05 PM CST
filed under industry, news

Duncan Smith, a member of parliament in the UK, is charging video games with "driving children to lose their childhood," calling games "extremely violent" and saying "innocence is being destroyed." This isn't anything out of the ordinary really, but it's a bit comical because the politician also claims "nobody pays attention to age ratings." That statement is clearly wrong if a recent report on game ratings is any evidence. According to the report, 70% of parents in the United States consult with a game's ESRB rating before purchasing it for their children.

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Brits Like Tea, Crumpets and PS3

by Tyler Treat Jan 22, 2010 12:34 PM CST
filed under news, ps3, sony

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that the PlayStation 3 has sold in excess of three million units in the United Kingdom. GfK Chart-Track data indicated that the system sold about 2.2 million units by July 2009 in the region, meaning over 800,000 consoles were shifted between now and then.

"We'd like to offer a huge thank you to our retail partners in helping us pass the 3 million PS3 milestone," said Ray Maguire, UK MD. "The £249 price point is enabling us to reach a much broader audience and our line up of software, Heavy Rain, and God of War III -- and that's just in Q1 -- should help maintain the momentum."

At this month's CES, Sony president Kaz Hirai said that, during the holiday period, over 3.8 million consoles were sold. The breakdown of that number is unknown however. With the strong lineup of PS3 exclusives, it's no wonder the console is doing well.

Yakuza 3 UK Release Date Confirmed

by Tyler Treat Jan 21, 2010 11:41 AM CST
filed under news, ps3

Sega has confirmed the UK release date for its newly localized Yakuza 3 as March 12. The publisher confirms it will not have English voice overs, but that was to be expected.

"Yakuza 3 was one of the most requested titles for localization by our European Sega community, so we are delighted to be able to fulfill their wishes with this announcement," said Sega Europe's, Gary Knight. "As well as delving even further into the rich narrative of the Yakuza universe, the development team have pushed the PlayStation 3 hardware to the limits to produce a beautiful and startlingly realistic depiction of the Japanese underworld."

There's still no word on when this game will be coming stateside.

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