Crysis 3

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The award-winning developer Crytek is back with Crysis 3, the first blockbuster shooter of 2013!  With this game recently released it’s time to discover the features of the game.

Available for;  Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Top of the charts

Over here in England Crysis 3 takes a rightful first place for the top 20 UK charts for the week ending February 23, beating fellow competitors which include Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dead Space 3 and Assassin’s Creed III.

Graphics

This game is set to wow us with its graphics, however as always the graphics you see before you while playing alter depending upon if you are playing this on an Xbox 360 or PC. Do not let this put you off though – the entire Crysis series is know for its amazing graphics and this is no exception.

For a brief insight into the story-line of this game visit – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/dates-for-your-geek-calendar/  In my ‘dates for your geek calendar’ post Crysis 3 most certainly has had a mention there!

As expected the graphics are visually stunning, however do not expect a great story line.   Developer Crytek has worked unbelievably hard to continue with the amazing graphics and to wow us further, however perhaps they could have afforded to spend a little longer on developing the story line.  Despite this, the reviews do talk about graphics so if you want to play a game in which graphics are practically unbeatable then this is for you.

An example of the graphics

An example of the graphics

Combat is slick and dynamic which of course is vital for a lot of video games, and finally Crytek have introduced a Tactical Bow to Prophet’s armor alongside his Nanosuit which featured in the video games prior.  The tactical bow really does bring a certain something to this game along with a huge benefit for all the fighting.  Other weapons include, Assault Rifle, Sniper Rifle and Sub-Machine Gun.

Personally I like how this game allows for you to also explore places and encourages you to do so.  It also features an impressive multi-player. With  a total of 64 Cell Intel Collectibles in Crysis 3, or as Crysis 3 fans will understand 38 Datapads, 20 Blackboxes, 6 Propaganda Posters, i’m determined to find them all…or probably just some!

Due to the graphics this game gets an overall rating of 8.5. 

Sources;

Gamespot (2013) UK Chart: Crysis 3 lands top. [online] Available at: http://uk.gamespot.com/news/uk-chart-crysis-3-lands-top-aliens-colonial-marines-sales-drop-84-6404397 [Accessed: 27 Feb 2013].

Mail Online (2013) Review – Crysis 3. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2284832/Crysis-3-review-Xbox-360–PS3–PC.html [Accessed: 27 Feb 2013].

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].

Dates for your geek calendar! (Preview! Part 2)

July

August – 20th August will finally see the return of Sam Fisher.  Published by Ubisoft, exclusively for  PlayStation3, Xbox360 and PC.  From looking at the trailer this sees to be located somewhere in the Middle East.  As appose to previous games where he has been based in America, for example Washington DC, or other locations on the globe.  This time around he dons a new suit, while still focusing on the incredible stealth needed to complete all previous six Splinter Cell games.  New ‘bad guys’ are back bringing with them a whole new meaning to the words ‘bad guy’ and ‘interrogation’.  Could this new release date (pushed back from Spring 2013) hint towards when the two new consoles are to be released?  Either October/November 2013.

Playing the game with stealth or at a more fast paced, action speed, the choice is yours.

View the trailer online here -> http://uk.ign.com/videos/2013/01/16/splinter-cell-black-list-inauguration-trailer

September – Geek Event – Eurogamer Expo

The 26th to 29th of  September sees London’s very own Earls Court transformed into Eurogamer Expo.  In short this is the United Kingdom’s version of E3.  Over 50,000 people attended Eurogamer Expo last year (source; http://www.eurogamer.net/expo/) and this year the event promises to be even bigger.  There are many different categories of what to expect at this event. After attending a  tournaments or developer sessions you can head over and visit a gaming industry fair, (this is a must for anyone who is eager to have a career within the gaming world) or have a hands-on experience trying out many different consoles which include not only PC but handhelds as well.

As this is a major event we will post a special blog during the 26th to 29th of September to inform all our blog followers what is happening, so if you can not attend you will discover the latest news first.

You may be wondering which organisations are attending, for now this is being kept top secret.  With partners last year that included PS3, WiiU and Xbox 360 and supported by EA, Onlive and Ubisoft this will be a very special event.

Please note:  As announced on the forum by the Managing Director of Expo, there will be no ‘booth babes’ at Eurogamer Expo this year.  For more information please see the forum link below at the end of this blog.

October

(more to come soon)

November

Prepare for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday rush!

December

(more to come soon)

 

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