Top 10 Best Selling Video Games of January 2013 (USA)

The NPD Group have revealed the Top 10 highest selling Video Games sold in  America during 30th December 2012 and 2nd February 2013 (January period).  They are the following:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  2. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)

  3. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)

  4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**

  5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)

  6. DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)

  7. Halo 4 (360)**

  8. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  9. Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)**

  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Liam Callahan, who works for NPD,  reflects upon the January period quoting

“With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012′s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.”

Some of the above figures may come as a surprise to many, with Just Dance 4 beating games such as Halo 4 and DMC, however it is important to take into account the release dates, target audiences and importantly sales of individual games being combined into groups by platform.  For those who love the game ‘Ni No Kuni’, this came close ranking at number 11 however it would have ranked number 7 if sales of individual games were not combined into groups by platform.

Sources;

IGN (2013) NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/npd-black-ops-2-far-cry-3-top-us-sales-charts-for-january [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

NPD (2013) Video Game Industry Market Research – Video Gaming Trend Analysis – NPD.com. [online] Available at: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/ [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

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New Assassins Creed Hero

Say goodbye to Connor

Say farewell to Connor

Assassins Creed III may only have been released a few months ago the next game in the series is already being planned.  Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently announced that there will be a different Assassins Creed hero in the next installment of this popular franchise, due for release sometime before March 2014. The reason behind this guess is that Yves Guillemot stated “Assassin’s Creed game is coming in the 2014 fiscal year.” Ubisoft’s next fiscal year will run from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.

The news ultimately results in *sniff* no more of the protagonist Connor.  Upon hearing the news my first thought initially were what is to become of the hood? Will the new character have a hood at all and if so how can they improve upon it?  I understand to some this might seem unusual it is a statement of who he is, plus it does also look good.

Yves Guillemot stated the the next installment will see an “all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period” and it will be “another major leap forward for the franchise“.  Of course we can not wait to see what is instore, not only for us gamers but also the new hero.

With the previous installment being set during the American Civil War this leaves open a wide time period of when the next installment could be set.  The Escapist magazine quote;

Gamers have purchased more than 12 million copies of Assassin’s Creed III since its October 2012 launch.

Proving just how popular this franchise has become among gamers. Whatever is in store more news will come “very soon”.

Check out this previous post featuring a life size Connor figure; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/geek-finds/

Who will replace Connor?

Who will replace Connor?

 

Sources; 

IGN (2013) Next Assassin’s Creed Has New Hero And New Time Period. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/07/next-assassins-creed-has-new-hero-time-period-developer [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Leboeuf, S. (2013) Next Assassin’s Creed Coming Fiscal 2014 With New Hero. [online] Available at: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121981-Next-Assassins-Creed-Coming-Fiscal-2014-With-New-Hero [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Polygon (2013) New Assassin’s Creed coming during next fiscal year, features new hero in a new time period. [online] Available at: http://www.polygon.com/2013/2/7/3964124/assassins-creed-4 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

 

 

 

Favourite Game of 2012! As voted for by you (and hottest game of 2012 to purchase)

Favourite Game of 2012!

A few days about we posted a survey on our website, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html, Google+ page and on this blog, asking you a few questions.

 

It is now time to reveal that the favourite game of 2012, with 20% of the votes is *drumroll* Halo 4!!

Halo 4

Call of Duty: Black Ops II came second.

There is a tie for third place, this was between Assassins Creed 3, Dishonored and Dance Central 3.

The runners up were very close, they were; Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead Ep. 4, 007 Legends and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

A huge thank you to everyone who has voted!

Hottest Game of 2012

The hottest game of 2012 to purchase was Assassins Creed 3.

Assassins Creed 3

With Call of Duty: Black Ops II just one vote behind!

Keep on checking this blog and the PwnrsManual website for more exclusive features coming soon!

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html

Sources;

Almost Nerdy (2013) Review – Assassins Creed III. [online] Available at: http://almostnerdy.com/gaming/review-assassins-creed-iii/ [Accessed: 16 Jan 2013].

Survey Monkey (2013) Video Game Survey Responses. [online] Available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/MySurvey_Responses.aspx?sm=HmIEqhhwsaEL8PzcHoFD4FohN389aWD%2b%2fHQn0K661qc%3d [Accessed: 16 Jan 2013].

What Culture (2012) Halo 4: The Unimpressive. [online] Available at: http://whatculture.com/gaming/halo-4-the-unimpressive.php [Accessed: 16 Jan 2013].

Geek finds!

I love to be outside and find things that relate to the geek world. No, not like a game but something bigger. Although, don’t get me wrong, finding the game you’ve always wanted or the latest game is of course amazing! Today I discovered this, a life-size figure of Connor Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III, in The Trafford Centre, Manchester, England.

 

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Have you ever found something like this or had a similar experience? E-mail us at pwnrsmanual@gmail.com

Hello fellow Pwnr

Welcome to the first ever Pwnrsmanual blog!

What is pwnrsmanual?

This is an extension of our website, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html, where we’ll post any additional topics, announce new features to our site and exclusive reviews to keep you ahead of the game!

Why the name?

We know some people may be wondering about the name and whether it means anything.  Firstly, we did think of many different names which related to gaming.  After much consideration we decided to go with this, ‘pwnrsmanual’.  If you are a ‘geek’ we hope you understand the name, if not, here is a short explanation.  In the world of video games, when typing for whatever reason such as writing in a forum, the way the word is written can alter from how the original word is written.    ‘Pwn’ means the word ‘own’, therefore ‘pwnr’ means ‘owner’. This is ‘pwnrsmanual’, which translates to ‘owners manual’.

2012 – A great year

Not only did we survive the end of the world (sorry..we couldn’t resist!), but games released in 2012 raised the bar yet again making everyone everywhere (well… at least us) excited to see what gaming will be like 12 months from now.   Is there room for games to improve after Assassins Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Dishonored? Of course there will be!  For your chance to vote and have your say in what you think should be known as “the favorite game of 2012” please complete the survey at the end of this blog. It was not only games released in 2012 but also a launch of a new console.  The Wii U, Nintendo’s first console in six years, launched on 18th November in the United States of America, 30th November in Europe, and the 8th December in Japan.  Although, having mixed reviews, Nintendo can certainly celebrate;

Nintendo sold more than 460,000 Wii Us in December, which brings the console’s U.S. total to nearly 890,000 sold after 41 days in the market. In money terms, this equates to more than $300 million in the U.S. alone, which compared to the original Wii, means the Wii U has surpassed its predecessor by $30 million through its first six weeks.  For more information visit the Gameranx link below.

Unfortunately the start of 2013 has seen a sad end to the Play Station 2 (PS2) with Sony announcing on the 4th January that all production worldwide has ended. Although, after twelve amazing years it is known as the most successful home games machine of all time, selling no less than 150 million units sold worldwide.

Launched in 2000, the successor to the original PlayStation ended up with a library of more than 10,000 games titles by 2011, with 1.52bn individual games sold since launch. “At the height of the PlayStation 2’s success, the word effectively came to mean video games for a lot of people,” said Anna Marsh, a game designer who worked on Tomb Raider and Hitman.  For more information visit, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/04/playstation-2-manufacture-ends-years

With all the hype surrounding Xbox at E3 last year (Electronic Entertainment Expo – an annual video game conference and show hosted in Los Angeles, California) maybe Microsoft will reveal a release date for the new Xbox 720 at the 2013 E3.  Maybe the new Play Station 4 from Sony will announce their release date. All that’s left do is wait until 11-13th June to find out!

In the meantime, please complete this short survey, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WNSXQ66, created by us so not only can we bring you more of what you want in the future but also announce your favorite game of 2012 and the runners up in a future blog post! Don’t forget to keep checking the website, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html, too.

Sources:

BBC News (2012) Nintendo Wii U gets November date. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19583826 [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

E3expo (2013) Welcome to E3 2013 | E3 2013 – What’s Next NOW: June 11-13, 2013. [online] Available at: http://www.e3expo.com/ [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].

G4tv (2012) E3 2012 June 5 – E3 News, Previews, Press Conferences, Trailers, Demos – Video Game Conference. [online] Available at: http://www.g4tv.com/e3-2012/ [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Gameranx (2013) Wii U Sales Nearly at 890,000 Units in the United States, 460,000 Units Sold in December. [online] Available at: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/11957/article/wii-u-sales-nearly-at-890-000-units-in-the-united-states-460-000-units-sold-in-december/ [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Mail Online (2012) Wii’re back: Hundreds queue for ‘Wii U’ as Nintendo launches first home console in six years as it looks to take on the tablets. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2240899/Nintendo-Wii-U-UK-release-date-Hundreds-queue-London-new-home-console.html [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Tech Radar (2011) E3 2012: all the latest news. [online] Available at: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/e3-2012-all-the-latest-news-1082083 [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].

Video Gamer (2012) What was announced at E3 2012? All the news and rumours – VideoGamer.com. [online] Available at: http://www.videogamer.com/news/what_was_announced_at_e3_2012_all_the_news_and_rumours.html [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].