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].

Super Bowl and Video Games

XLVII

As we hope you are aware today, 3rd February, is Super Bowl Sunday and will see either the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions, in America’s biggest sporting event!  No matter who you are supporting, or if you are going to play video games instead, here is a special blog post featuring American Football games.  Time to eat some football shaped Oreos.

Madden NFL 13

This video game has been talked about a lot recently in the sporting world, this is because people are looking at this game to predict a winner for today’s event.  Featured on the TIME website as number one for “Super Bowl XLVII: 9 Wacky Ways of Predicting the Winner”
Madden NFL '13 (Credit: EA Sports)
Madden NFL 13 – Ravens

“This annual bellwether is played not on the gridiron, but on the couch. The Madden gurus pitted the two teams against each other, in a game of Madden 13on an Xbox 360. Final score? Ravens 27, 49ers 24. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was crowned MVP after completing 70% of his passes and tossing two touchdowns. Sure, it’s just a video game  but it’s a painstakingly accurate one: Madden’s simulation has successfully predicted seven out of the last nine Super Bowls, and came within two points of predicting the exact final score of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.”

Of course we will see how accurate this is tonight but right now it’s time to focus on the Madden NFL 13 game itself.  To see the final few seconds of this gameplay see the video clip at the end of this post.

Madden is available in stores now for Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, Madden NFL 13 Social is also available on iPhone, iPad and Facebook.  This is very good news for all Vita gamers as Madden NFL 13 is the first Madden game to be released on the PlayStation Vita, as well as this it is also the first game in the series to have Kinect support for Xbox gamers.

With a player capacity of 1-4, and online multi-player capacity of 2-6.  This game redefines its previous, with an all new game design and, new pass-ready system and improved play action.  This game has set out to entice us, especially if you have played a Madden game before.  This game also features a new read and react defensive AI system which is the most intelligent pass defense to date, Madden NFL 13.  This game has some impressive real style virtual frame work.  This game certainly has come along way since it was first released in 1989.

IGN quote;

“Madden NFL 13 revolutionizes the way sports video game career modes are played with Connected Careers—a completely new and fully connected universe defined by deep gameplay, unique storylines and social integration. The game continues to evolve the sport sim experience with cutting-edge Infinity Engine technology, revolutionary Connected Careers and a complete audio and visual overhaul that delivers best in class presentation.”

Madden 13 Game Cover

Cover Art

Cover Art

On the game cover we see a very realistic looking Calvin Johnson, known to many as Detroit Lions wide receiver. 

John Madden Football 1989

Pre 1993 the EA Sports American football video game series was known as John Madden Football. Named after pro footballer and Super Bowl winning coach, John Madden.

Game play footage Madden '89

Game play footage Madden ’89

Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Ravens vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 47

Sources; 

IGN (2012) Madden NFL 13 (PlayStation 3). [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/madden-nfl-13/ps3-128098 [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

Unknown. (2013) TIME. [online] Available at: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/29/super-bowl-2013-9-wacky-ways-of-predicting-the-winner/#ixzz2JpXpgO3V [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

YouTube (2013) Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Ravens vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 47. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3WWFpzbhX5o#! [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

Disney Infinity

Disney-Infinity-Logo

A few weeks ago, on 15th January 2013, Disney Infinity was announced to the world during an exclusive media event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  Set to be a new video game where a spark of imagination unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters.  This game wants to take us to infinity and beyond (pun definitely intended) so lets go and explore what this game is about.

Have you ever dreamed about writing your own story and having your favourite Disney/Pixar characters join together  and star in it?  This game can make that dream a reality. Disney Infinity, a third person adventuring mode, sees you accessing characters and environments by standing a series of chunky toys in different slots on the Infinity Base, this base is essential to the game as it allows the characters you have chosen to appear on screen before you.  With the characters you have chosen you can choose to either play in worlds native to the characters or make your own worlds.

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

It’s creativity and playfulness combined. If you’ve dreamed of ever having different Disney characters meet and explore their own missions then with good old Disney magic, this is a dream come true.  Personally for me what would be interesting to see is what characters it features and which ones they do not feature, for example can you have ‘The Beast’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ appear or have all the classic Disney characters unfortunately disappeared.

Characters in the world

Characters in the world

To play this video game to it’s full potential you will have to purchase additional features, there are power discs, playset pieces and hexagonal skin and item discs as well. The playset pieces unlock themed levels, the power discs which add buffs and abilities to characters when stacked underneath them, and the hexagonal discs allow you to unlock vehicles, items, wallpapers and give you even more to use when creating your own levels.  With each play set created to give you an estimated 15+ hours of game play this could be worth it.

John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, says it is a “new interactive gaming platform.” He goes on to state, “Disney Infinity is not a single game.”

There will initially be 40 interactive pieces and 17 characters to collect, but additional pieces, sets, and characters will release over time.

  • The Disney Infinity starter pack will be $74.99(features the game, 3 figures, Infinity Base, Play-set token for three adventures (Monsters UniversityPirates and The Incredibles) and upgrade token.)
  • Other play sets/expansion pack will be $34.99(2 figures and a Play-set token for as yet unannounced franchises for launch)
  • Additional three-packs of figures for $29.99 (3 figures)
  • Individual figures for $12.99 (1 figure)
  • Power-disc pack for $4.99 (2 tokens in each foil pack but unseen before purchase)

If you purchased one of each of the above it will cost $157.95 (around £99.80)

We can't help but feel this is true

We can’t help but feel this is true

What you do in this game is up to you.  You can do a mission summoning a range of ‘prank’ devices to install at specific spots in a level, for example – things like call boxes which produce fly swats that knock characters around the map, or manhole covers that spring them into the air. Although each individual sets is reserved only for the specific characters whose worlds they draw upon. There will be no pirates around the plazas of Monster University and no superheroes on the deck of the Black Pearl.  Editing is all done without leaving the game world or switching to another mode which of course is a plus. You simply equip your character with a magic wand that lets them highlight and manipulate things. You can load in new texture packs and sky domes by stacking power disks onto the Infinity Base alongside your figurines. The entire process will feel pretty effortless which allows for smoother game play.

To view the Disney Infinity Trailer click on the link  

Infinity has been set for a June release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC, and mobile devices.

This 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

These 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

Game footage

Game footage

Possible characters available

Possible characters available