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].