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Happy New Year from VG247: aspirations for 2014 and beyond

31 Dec

Happy New Year, friends, fans, spam bots and people who are so bored on their holidays they’ve dropped in to leave derogatory comments about other people’s sex lives. What are you looking forward to in the year to come?

2013 was a stellar year for VG247. Our traffic hit a new record, and then did it again, and then did it again – for which we can’t thank you enough. The launch of two new consoles kept everyone busy and positive, and for the first time in ages triple-A development started doing interesting things again, even if we won’t actually get to play with them for some time to come.

There were so many ups and downs this past year in gaming news that to track it all seems impossible, so instead, we’ve decided to ignore it all and pretend it never happened. Let’s look to the future, and ask the VG247 crew hard questions about what’s to come.

What are you most looking forward to in gaming in 2014?

Sam Clay: TITANFALL – OBVIOUSLY – CAPS NECESSARY.

Dave Cook: Dark Souls 2, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Titanfall and the announcement of Half-Life 3 because why the hell not?

Stephany Nunneley: South Park the Stick of Truth and hopefully getting a PS4. In development, I will be curious to see what “new” things come out of the latest consoles and if developers will start pushing the hardware.

Brenna Hillier: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Thief and, although I’m quite surprised at myself, Destiny.

Patrick Garratt: I’m most looking forward to the end of 2014. It’s going to be the start of next-gen proper; should be an exciting time. E3, too, should be fantastic next year.

Titanfall’s definitely going to be one of the biggies this year – but if 2014 is anything like the years before, we’ll have quite a few surprises on the way.

What are you looking forward to in 2014 on VG247?

Sam the Oncoming Storm: Investing some time in new video ideas and finally getting that new website, that’d actually be the best christmas present.

Dave the Unbroken: Our re-launch and E3 2014. This is going to be the biggest one in year, make no mistake.

Steph the All-Conquering: The reluanch. Definitely the relaunch. Hopefully it will please our readers and they will stop yelling at me about it. *crosses fingers*

Brenna the Mighty: I’m really excited for the Tokyo Game Show this year. We took the last two years off because it was such a poor line-up, but this year I’m back in action. Please let there not be any boats.

Pat the Eternal: There’s some really exciting stuff going on! Can’t talk about any of it just yet.

So it looks like the relaunch is on our minds, but whatever Pat is teasing must be pretty exciting if it tempted him into using an exclamation mark (banned since the great enthusiasm incident of 2009).

What are you most looking forward to in 2014 that we haven’t already covered?

Samwelicious: People wearing glasses with the numbers 2014 somehow designed into them. Other than that? Obviously to live out the impending apocalypse.

Daffyd: Scottish summer, going on holiday abroad for the first time in a decade (press trips aren’t holidays) and seeing The Raid 2 in the cinema.

Stefanotron: Getting a new car – well, one that’s new to me anyway, and I plan on leaving the state for something other than work. My niece graduates in May so I plan on going to that – maybe go to the beach on Spring Break in March to South Carolina with my BFF Saxon and my god-nieces. Basically leaving the house. Life is too short and feel as though I am standing still and everything/everyone is passing me by. You only live once. :)

Brendigliana: Lots of things. I’m finally getting my half-sleeve started; I’m hoping to get much, much closer to first dan in naginata; I’ll probably get eye surgery; I’m going to change my name; and with any luck I may even move.

Patrice: I’m finishing up my second novel in January and February, and I’m aiming to write the third later in the year. Very much looking forward to getting the current book finished.

Wow, this section almost makes it sounds like VG247′s staff are well-rounded individuals who occasionally get out in the fresh air, have aspirations, and form human connections. Nonsense, obviously.

Now you – what’s on your radar for 2014? Answer all three questions for bonus points.

Best Shooter of 2013 – Article

31 Dec

It's perhaps the most successful genre in the history of gaming, and it continues strong today. To us, shooters encompass more than first person shooting. We include third person and arcade shooters as well, and with that the genre continues to feature enormous variety of gameplay and style. This year was another strong year for the genre. So without further ado... 

 

Here are the Nominees:


This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Best Shooter of 2013 - Article

Best of VG247 2013: staff and reader picks from our featured article archive

31 Dec

On busy days, VG247 produces in excess of 60 news articles every 24 hours – but that’s not all we do. Here’s some of the gems from the 2013 back-catalogue that you may have missed while drowning in an ocean of headlines.

We know why you come here, all 3.1 million of you – for the rapid turn-over headlines that are gaming media’s bread and butter. But sometimes you want more than the facts, as quickly and completely as possible; you want opinion, analysis, the complete picture, and maybe some more amusing swearing than our generally editorial-free news reporting allows. All that, and you want it in a form that lasts slightly longer than the time it takes you to find a seat on the bus.

One of these days we’ll have a special place where you can find all that stuff, and read yourself into a coma whenever you fancy. For now, we have this – the best of VG247 in 2013, where the category “best” may or may not be entirely identical to “what we actually remember doing”.

News round-ups and in-depth coverage

Steph is the original “all in one place” poster girl.

Let’s kick off with the core – our core business, that it. Steph is our global news editor, and produces more of what you read on the site every day than any of us. Her comprehensive and inclusive approach to event coverage means the rest of us get up in the morning and know instantly what’s going on in the world. Some examples from 2013 include her comprehensive rundown of BlizzCon 2013 news and more recently her all-in-one-place Spike VGX coverage.

Her complete report on the sale of THQ’s major properties was one of the first and most detailed to appear online, updating almost upon the instant new information appeared. Basically: if there’s a major event on in US waking hours, Steph is watching it, and making it as easy as possible for you to get every piece of information within moments of it becoming available.

Not every round-up is immediate, though; since well before the reveal of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Dave has somehow found the time to maintain an exhaustive archive of all news, rumour and fact related to Hideo Kojima’s latest.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Steph travelled to New York to cover the PlayStation 4 reveal for us. We pride ourselves a bit on our exhaustive coverage of the event, which was made possible thanks to the combined efforts of our remote unit and the team at home.

Following the reveal, Steph interviewed Sony UK boss Fergal Gara with calm dignity, despite her initially tepid reaction to the new console.

Meanwhile, Steph took full control of the Xbox One reveal later in the year, doing the work of about three staff all on her own. Because she’s a champion, and never stops until everything you want to know is lined up in one place.

Pat, who spent most of this year in a cave shouting vague instructions at us while he continued his apocalypse preparations, did emerge briefly to take a look at the new hardware at E3. Sony dominated E3 for the first time in years, and the boss man was lucky enough to get a chance to speak to SCE Europe boss Jim Ryan in the immediate wake.

The interest in new hardware was so high this year that we felt comfortable spending more time on techy stuff than we’ve been able to in the past; Pat got all Engadget on the PS4 and Xbox One controllers at E3.

After E3, the console wars got really heated and it looked like Microsoft had been caught with its pants down. Brenna argued eloquently that gamers would flock to pick up the Xbox One anyway, but Microsoft shocked everyone by reversing almost every unpopular aspect of its policies. You patted yourself on the backs, but Pat pointed the finger at Sony, whose merry refusal to change anything at all was as surprising as it was effective.

Apart from all that, Dave’s analysis of the PS4′s reveal struck chords with readers, as did Brenna’s emotion-driven welcome of a new Sony box to her lifetime of fangirl devotion.

Opinion pieces

Dave produced oodles of editorials and opinion pieces this year, and on a few occasions really stuck the boots in. He’s not afraid to challenge industry practices like high digital pricing and microtransactions, and even lost his temper a bit over the industry’s refusal to facilitate him telling you what he thinks of its games

He tells you anyway; and this breakdown of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer not being the be-all and end-all was one of the first opinion pieces not to quietly wank all over the latest shoot-a-thon.

Pat stood up and called Grand Theft Auto 5 a bit of a mess; he’s not the only critic to have done so, and is scary enough that the shrieking horror of the core doesn’t bother him, but we still enjoyed posting it as a headline for 12 hours.

In fact, unpopular opinions have been something of a trend this year; Pat kicked things off pretty early by suggesting he’s too old for hack and slash games, something widely interpreted as “hack and slash games are stupid” and railed against mightily, and Brenna had the temerity to say Devil May Cry fans are a pack of whingers and would have been savaged near to death if she weren’t made of sterner stuff than, for example, the average Devil May Cry fan.

Later, Brenna came home drunk and tried to write a Battlefield 4 promotional event disclosure statement about industry excess, which somehow got published. Some of her friends still aren’t talking to her. It has some great sentences, though.

In her continuing devotion to things nobody wants to read about, Brenna also repeatedly proved that she thinks way too much about Zynga. Again.

And the rest

Sam chats with Ubisoft Toronto boss Jade Raymond.

Sam has produced a great deal of excellent video content this year; if you don’t tune into his Let’s Plays and gameplay edits, you’re missing out; he’s a genuinely funny bloke. Trying to pick out a few of these videos to highlight is a hell of a task, as they’re all pretty great, so we just asked him what he was most proud of this year. His answer: this magnificent three part interview with Jade Raymond, one of the chief creatives on the original Assassin’s Creed and now head of Ubisoft Toronto.

Watch part one here, and then head on to part two and part three.

When staff can’t be arsed getting out of bed to travel to events, VG247 calls on the services of a talented team of freelancers. Although these plucky individuals are too numerous to name, we did dredge two delicious examples from our memories. We’re very lucky to have at our beck and call the superb Stace Harman, who is not only an excellent and original writer, but also an officer and a gentleman, as evidenced when he donned a spandex suit and did a dance for us. Not even kidding.

More seriously, Alex Donaldson sat down and charted the history of NeoGAF, en enormous undertaking which naturally had to be split into three parts – here’s the second and third chapters. This one of the largest and most weighty interview features we’ve ever fronted, and we were very pleased to pry it out of Alex’s grip.

Finally, and very much in the miscellaneous category, our intrepid Australian reporter and default indie editor this year accidentally volunteered to write a feature all about sex in Tale of Tales’ Luxeria Superbia.

Now it’s your turn

That’s all we can remember, despite weeks of nagging back-and-forth emails, and a quick and dirty reader consultation. But we’ve produced well in excess of 16,000 articles during 2013, so if there’s something that sticks in your mind that we’ve missed, by all means, share. We enjoy praise, who says we don’t.

Best Fighter of 2013 – Article

31 Dec

The fighting game genre has enabled players to challenge each other in complex, man-on-man virtual battles since (what seems like) the dawn of the digital era. Fighting game enthusiasts have been taking each other on in big tournaments long before the terms "MOBA" and "eSports" came about and have been around since the days when arcades were a global phenomenon. This year was a bit quieter than last year, but the genre still produced some great titles.

 

Here are the Nominees:

Aquapazza

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Best Fighter of 2013 - Article

Best Adventure Game of 2013 – Article

30 Dec

Last year was a big one for the Adventure genre, which found itself in the spotlight for the first time in what felt like an age. The Double Fine Adventure (now titled Broken Age) Kickstarter eclipsed $3 million USD in funding and got the ball rolling on the industry's Kickstarter movement. Then, Journey and The Walking Dead received very high accolades, including multiple Game of the Year Awards (Journey won our GotY award last year).

Such great success in 2012 meant that more players than ever were tuned in to what the Adventure genre would churn out in 2013. Three titles caught our eye: the return of everyone's favorite lawyers, the touching tale of two brothers, and a strangely appealing tour of the office.

 

The Nominees Are:

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Best Adventure Game of 2013 - Article

Hello Games Not Insured for Flood Damage, External Funding Possible? – News

30 Dec

You may have heard over the Christmas holiday period that indie developer Hello Games, the company behind the hit VGX reveal title No Man's Sky - one of the few good things to come out of the award show - suffered tremendous flood damage at their studio over here in the UK when a series of flood across the country wrecked homes and businesses.

Almost all of their equipment was lost in the flood, both technical (PCs, monitors, furniture, and so on) as well as personal (console collections, rare memorabilia). More bad news soon followed the mess caused by the flood itself: the company's insurer will not cover the damage caused by the flood.

The guys over at Hello Games are being upbeat over on Twitter about the whole thing, but the act of nature no doubt threatens to put an end to the project altogether.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Hello Games Not Insured for Flood Damage, External Funding Possible? - News

Best Platformer of 2013 – Article

29 Dec

Platformers hold a special place in many of our hearts. Games like Super Mario World and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in particular sculpted my own interest in, and passion for, video games at a young age. Many gamers who grew up in the 80s and 90s have a platformer or two on their favorite game lists. If you're one such person then it should have warmed your heart to see platformers having a banner year in 2013. Games from developers both big and small released platformers that entertained, tested, and moved the hearts of all who played, but we could only give the Best Platformer award to one game. Which was it?

 

The Nominees Are:


This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Best Platformer of 2013 - Article

2013 Year on Year Sales and Market Share Update to December 14th

29 Dec

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the four home consoles and four handhelds over comparable periods for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

YTD

YTD

Market Share – 7th Generation (Same Periods Covered)

MS

Market Share – 8th Generation (Same Periods Covered)

MS

2010 – (Week beginning January 3 to December 18)

2011 – (Week beginning January 2 to December 17)

2012 – (Week beginning January 1 to December 15)

2013 – (Week beginning December 30 to December 14)

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year – 7th Generation

Total

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year – 8th Generation

Total

"Year to date" sales for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2013 versus 2011 and 2013 versus 2012 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Microsoft

Xbox 360 - Down Year-on-Year 425,134, Year to Date -45.3%

Xbox One – n/a

Sony

PlayStation 3 – Down Year-on-Year 253,625, Year to Date -28.4%

PSP - Down Year-on-Year 86,410, Year to Date -19.9%

PlayStation Vita – Down Year-on-year 24,345, Year to Date -20.7%

PlayStation 4 – n/a

Nintendo

Nintendo Wii - Down Year-on-Year 190,896, Year to Date -60.2%

Nintendo DS - Down Year-on-Year 135,494, Year to Date -71.8%

Nintendo 3DS - Down Year-on-Year 125,303, Year to Date +2.6%

Nintendo Wii U – Down Year-on-Year 74,569, Year to Date +46.4%

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251452/2013-year-on-year-sales-and-market-share-update-to-december-14th/

Weekly Sales Analysis, 14 December – Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS)

29 Dec

Overview

Overall, hardware sale this week increased by 31 percent. Week-on-week sales is up across the board. Overall year-on-year sales are down by 18 percent and no platforms are up year-over-year. The DS has the biggest drop at 85 percent.

One game debuted in the top 30 this week: Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS) debuted at number two with sales of 540,821. The game launched in Japan.

Software milestones this week in the top 30: Pokémon X/Y (3DS) passed the eight million mark; Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) passed the 15 million mark; Gran Turismo 6 (PS3) passed the one million mark; Super Mario 3D World (WiiU) passed the one million mark; The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) passed the one million mark; Battlefield 4 (X360) passed the two million mark; and Skylanders Swap Force (Wii) passed the one million mark.

Worldwide Hardware

Hardware 

Hardware home console sales week-on-week is up across the board. PlayStation 4 sales are up 106,473 (40%) to 374,879 units sold. PlayStation 3 sales are up 63,303 (21%) to 370,022 units sold. Xbox One sales are up 48,150 (19%) to 306,436 units sold. Xbox 360 sales are up 100,143 (50%) to 299,741 units sold.  The Wii U sold 264,627 units, an increase of 91,298 (53%). The Wii sold 99,935 units, an increase of 24,160 (32%).

Handheld sales week-on-week is up across the board. The 3DS sold 899,915 units, which is up 207,136 (30%) week-on-week. The PlayStation Vita sold 135,046 units which is up 21,130 (19%) compared to last week. The PSP is up 8,751 (13%) to 76,708 units sold. The DS is up 4,945 (25%) to 24,487 units sold. Total week on week sales are up 675,390 units (31%) to 2,851,796 million units sold.

No platform is up year-on-year. The PlayStation 3 is down 253,625 (-41%), the Wii is down 190,896 (-66%), the Xbox 360 is down 425,134 (-59%), and the Wii U is down 74,569 (-22%). The PSP is down 86,410 (-53%), the DS is down 135,494 (-85%), the Vita is down 24,345 (-15%) and the 3DS is down 125,303 (-12%). Year on year sales are down 633,461 units (-18%).

 Hardware Home Consoles

Home console hardware sales have increased for every platform for one week. The Wii U has outsold the Wii for 13 straight weeks. The Xbox One has outsold the Xbox 360 for two weeks. The PlayStation 4 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for one week.

The PlayStation 3 has a 48 percent market share for the seventh generation; the Xbox 360 has a 39 percent market share; and the Wii has a 13 percent market share. The PlayStation 4 has a 40 percent market share for the eighth generation, The Xbox One has a 32 percent market share and the Wii U has a 28 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago the PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, and Wii U are up.

 Hardware Handhelds

Handheld hardware sales have increased for the PSP for seven weeks and the DS, 3DS, and Vita for one week. The Vita has outsold the PSP for 10 straight weeks. The gap between the 3DS and Vita has increased this week to 765,000 units, from 579,000 units last week.

The PSP has a 76 percent market share this week for the seventh generation handhelds, while the DS has a 24 percent market share. The 3DS has an 87 percent market share for the eighth generation of handhelds, while the Vita has a 13 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks all four handhelds are up.

Worldwide Software

One game debuted in the top 30 this week: Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS) debuted at number two with sales of 540,821. The game launched in Japan.

Here are the other games in the top 10 that are not debuts:  Call of Duty: Ghosts (X360) is at number one with sales of 550,854. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3) is at number three with sales of 495,843. Pokémon X/Y (3DS) is at number four with sales of 451,019. Just Dance 2014 (Wii) is at number five with sales of 434,064.

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) is at number six with sales of 404,981. Grand Theft Auto V (X360) is at number seven with sales of 391,939. Gran Turismo 6 (PS3) is at number eight with sales of 374,864. Super Mario 3D World (WiiU) is at number nine with sales of 285,056. FIFA Soccer 14 (PS3) rounds out the top 10 with sales of 239,782.

 Software

Software home console sales week-on-week is up across the board. The PlayStation 3 sold 6.99 million games, an increase of 839,463 units (14%).  The Xbox 360 sold 6.61 million games this week, an increase of 1.40 million units (27%). Wii software sales are up 662,452 units (28%) to 3.02 million games sold. The Wii U sold 1.40 million games, an increase of 418,335 units (42%).  The PlayStation 4 sold 1.00 million games, an increase of 98,502 (11%). The Xbox One sold 818,064 games, an increase 208,118 units.

Handheld software sales week-on-week is up across the board. The 3DS sold 3.42 million games, which is up 1.10 million units (4%). The DS sold 1.62 million games, an increase of 499,846 units (45%) week-on-week. Vita game sales are up 118,936 units (35%) to 461,217 games sold. The PSP sold 457,537 games, an increase of 112,627 (33%). Total combined software is up 5.46 million units (27%) week-on-week to 23.14 million.

Year-on-year software totals are up for the PlayStation 3, Wii U, 3DS, and PSP. The PlayStation 3 is up 414,769 units (6%), the Wii is down 2.33 million units (-43%), the Xbox 360 is down 1.36 million units (-17%), and the Wii U is up 696,552 units (98%). The DS is down 933,254 units (-46%), the PSP is up 21,102 units (5%), the 3DS is up 848,172 units (33%), and the Vita is down 85,763 units (-16%). Total combined software is down 937,670 units (-4%) games sold year-on-year.

 Software Home Consoles

Home console software sales have increased for the Wii for nine weeks, the PlayStation 3 for three weeks, and the Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for one week.

The PlayStation 3 has a 42 percent market share for the seventh generation; the Xbox 360 has a 40 percent market share; and the Wii has an 18 percent market share. The Wii U has a 44 percent market share for the eighth generation, the PlayStation 4 has a 31 percent market share, and the Xbox One has a 25 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all four home consoles are up.

 Software Handhelds

DS software sales have increased for 11 weeks and the 3DS for five weeks. The PSP and Vita have both increased for one week. The 3DS and DS have remained above their rivals, the Vita and PSP respectively. The 3DS sold more than seven times as many games as the Vita. The DS sold more than three times as many games as the PSP.

The DS has a 78 percent market share for the current generation handhelds and the PSP has a 22 percent market share. The 3DS has an 88 percent market share for the next generation handhelds, while the Vita has a 12 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago the DS, Vita, and PSP are up, while the 3DS is down.

The Top 75 can be seen below or click here to view the full chart.

Pos Game Weekly Total Week #
1
Call of Duty: Ghosts [Gamewise]
Call of Duty: Ghosts (X360)
Activision, Shooter
550,854 6,624,457 6
2
Puzzle & Dragons Z [Gamewise]
Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS)
GungHo, Puzzle
540,821 540,821 1
3
Call of Duty: Ghosts [Gamewise]
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
495,843 5,804,015 6
4
Pokemon X/Y [Gamewise]
Pokemon X/Y (3DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
451,019 8,311,432 10
5
Just Dance 2014 [Gamewise]
Just Dance 2014 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
434,064 1,728,119 11
6
Grand Theft Auto V [Gamewise]
Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
404,981 15,286,805 13
7
Grand Theft Auto V [Gamewise]
Grand Theft Auto V (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
391,939 12,831,216 13
8
Gran Turismo 6 [Gamewise]
Gran Turismo 6 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment America, Racing
374,864 1,281,937 2
9
Super Mario 3D World [Gamewise]
Super Mario 3D World (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
285,056 1,016,117 4
10
FIFA Soccer 14 [Gamewise]
FIFA Soccer 14 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
239,782 4,308,036 12
11
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [Gamewise]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
224,120 1,783,879 7
12
New Super Mario Bros. U [Gamewise]
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
219,498 2,894,613 56
13
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds [Gamewise]
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
208,148 1,071,911 4
14
Battlefield 4 [Gamewise]
Battlefield 4 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
198,048 2,014,720 7
15
Minecraft [Gamewise]
Minecraft (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Adventure
189,477 2,417,119 28
16
FIFA Soccer 14 [Gamewise]
FIFA Soccer 14 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
187,023 3,187,589 12
17
Battlefield 4 [Gamewise]
Battlefield 4 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
181,359 1,728,640 7
18
Skylanders Swap Force [Gamewise]
Skylanders Swap Force (Wii)
Activision, Platform
179,873 1,078,472 9
19
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [Gamewise]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
176,860 1,613,039 7
20
FIFA Soccer 14 [Gamewise]
FIFA Soccer 14 (PS4)
Electronic Arts, Sports
167,508 810,432 5
21
Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Gamewise]
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
158,754 5,687,709 58
22
NBA 2K14 [Gamewise]
NBA 2K14 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
154,117 1,239,773 11
23
New Super Luigi U [Gamewise]
New Super Luigi U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
152,957 793,782 23
24
Call of Duty: Ghosts [Gamewise]
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4)
Activision, Shooter
149,420 1,178,496 5
25
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Gamewise]
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
149,059 718,493 8
26
Madden NFL 25 [Gamewise]
Madden NFL 25 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
140,168 1,469,924 16
27
Call of Duty: Ghosts [Gamewise]
Call of Duty: Ghosts (XOne)
Activision, Shooter
135,787 976,191 4
28
Wii Party U [Gamewise]
Wii Party U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
134,316 557,428 8
29
Mario Kart 7 [Gamewise]
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
131,863 8,803,386 107
30
New Super Mario Bros. 2 [Gamewise]
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
129,788 6,861,914 73
31
Killzone: Shadow Fall [Gamewise]
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
Pro N/A 5
32
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [Gamewise]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4)
Ubisoft, Action
Pro N/A 5
33
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Gamewise]
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
Pro N/A 8
34
Battlefield 4 [Gamewise]
Battlefield 4 (PS4)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
Pro N/A 5
35
NBA 2K14 [Gamewise]
NBA 2K14 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
Pro N/A 11
36
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon [Gamewise]
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
Nintendo, Adventure
Pro N/A 39
37
Forza Motorsport 5 [Gamewise]
Forza Motorsport 5 (XOne)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
Pro N/A 4
38
Just Dance 2014 [Gamewise]
Just Dance 2014 (X360)
Ubisoft, Misc
Pro N/A 11
39
Need for Speed Rivals [Gamewise]
Need for Speed Rivals (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
Pro N/A 4
40
Disney Infinity [Gamewise]
Disney Infinity (Wii)
Disney Interactive Studios, Action
Pro N/A 17
41
WWE 2K14 [Gamewise]
WWE 2K14 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
Pro N/A 7
42
Super Mario 3D Land [Gamewise]
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
Pro N/A 111
43
Batman: Arkham Origins [Gamewise]
Batman: Arkham Origins (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
Pro N/A 8
44
Battlefield 4 [Gamewise]
Battlefield 4 (XOne)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
Pro N/A 4
45
FIFA Soccer 14 [Gamewise]
FIFA Soccer 14 (XOne)
Electronic Arts, Sports
Pro N/A 4
46
The Last of Us [Gamewise]
The Last of Us (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment America, Adventure
Pro N/A 27
47
WWE 2K14 [Gamewise]
WWE 2K14 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
Pro N/A 7
48
Madden NFL 25 [Gamewise]
Madden NFL 25 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
Pro N/A 16
49
Kinect Adventures! [Gamewise]
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
Pro N/A 163
50
Paper Mario [Gamewise]
Paper Mario (3DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
Pro N/A 57
51
Skylanders Swap Force [Gamewise]
Skylanders Swap Force (X360)
Activision, Platform
Pro N/A 9
52
Batman: Arkham Origins [Gamewise]
Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
Pro N/A 8
53
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team [Gamewise]
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
Pro N/A 23
54
Skylanders Swap Force [Gamewise]
Skylanders Swap Force (PS3)
Activision, Platform
Pro N/A 9
55
Need for Speed Rivals [Gamewise]
Need for Speed Rivals (X360)
Electronic Arts, Racing
Pro N/A 4
56
Dead Rising 3 [Gamewise]
Dead Rising 3 (XOne)
Microsoft Game Studios, Action
Pro N/A 4
57
Rocksmith 2014 [Gamewise]
Rocksmith 2014 (X360)
Ubisoft, Misc
Pro N/A 8
58
Need for Speed Rivals [Gamewise]
Need for Speed Rivals (PS4)
Electronic Arts, Racing
Pro N/A 5
59
Halo 4 [Gamewise]
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
Pro N/A 58
60
Ryse: Son of Rome [Gamewise]
Ryse: Son of Rome (XOne)
Microsoft Game Studios, Action
Pro N/A 4
61
Rocksmith 2014 [Gamewise]
Rocksmith 2014 (PS3)
Ubisoft, Misc
Pro N/A 8
62
Mario Kart Wii [Gamewise]
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
Pro N/A 297
63
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD [Gamewise]
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
Pro N/A 12
64
Beyond: Two Souls [Gamewise]
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Adventure
Pro N/A 10
65
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Gamewise]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
Pro N/A 110
66
Nobunaga no Yabou: Souzou [Gamewise]
Nobunaga no Yabou: Souzou (PS3)
Tecmo Koei, Strategy
Pro N/A 1
67
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Gamewise]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
Pro N/A 110
68
Battlefield 4 [Gamewise]
Battlefield 4 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
Pro N/A 7
69
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [Gamewise]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (XOne)
Ubisoft, Action
Pro N/A 4
70
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D [Gamewise]
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
Pro N/A 30
71
NCAA Football 14 [Gamewise]
NCAA Football 14 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
Pro N/A 23
72
Disney Infinity [Gamewise]
Disney Infinity (PS3)
Disney Interactive Studios, Action
Pro N/A 17
73
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins [Gamewise]
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
Pro N/A 34
74
Gran Turismo 5 [Gamewise]
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
Pro N/A 160
75
Professor Layton and the Legacy of Civilization A [Gamewise]
Professor Layton and the Legacy of Civilization A (3DS)
Level 5, Puzzle
Pro N/A 42

________________________________________________________________________________________

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251451/weekly-sales-analysis-14-december-puzzle-amp-dragons-z-3ds/

VG247′s Christmas podcasts, episode 3

29 Dec

Pat, Brenna and Steph chat about the games of 2013. Had enough of eating chocolate and repurposed turkey yet?

You’ll find the third episode of our Christmas podcasts below. This one includes me, Steph and Brenna talking about the games we’ve been playing this year. Be sure to get involved with parts one and two if you haven’t already. Normal news service will begin on January 2.

Furmins (PSV) – Review

28 Dec

You probably know Housmarque from their work on the Super Stardust series and the twin stick shooter Resogun, which was one of the bright spots of the PS4’s launch line-up. In a bit of a departure from those action packed arcade shooters, Housmarque also bring us Furmins, a Vita port of a touch-based iOS game. Furmins is a physics-based puzzle game in the vein of Lemmings. Your task is to construct a path that allows adorable puffball creatures to the goal. Unfortunately it's not very stimulating, and although the various puzzles can test your problem solving skills and creativity, the risks and rewards involved never feel incentive enough to keep going.

Each level starts with a few glowing objects - mostly bounce pads, melting blocks of ice, and solid triangles - that you can position as needed to guide the Furmins to their goal. By pressing the play button in the top right corner you set the game in motion and the Furmins will fall straight down from their starting position. Vectors, momentum, velocity and, of course, gravity are all factors in moving your Furmins from point A to point B. If they fall off the level or become immobile you can reset the stage and take time to readjust the objects in a way you think will be more effective. Once you hit the play button you cannot adjust any of the puzzle pieces or rearrange any of the objects any longer. The only form of interactivity available at this point is tapping the touchscreen or rear touchpad to activate launch pads or reverse the direction of conveyor belts that may be strewn about the level. These elements add a sense of timing to your quest for success, requiring you to pay more attention to what happens onscreen. 

Furmins involves a lot of trial and error; experimentation is encouraged as there is no set way to reach any given goal marker in the game. You earn a bonus for objects you leave untouched from the beginning of the level. New objects and environmental hazards are constantly introduced to keep things seeming fresh. Some of the latter stages truly stumped me for a long time and my best experiences playing came from discovering unorthodox work-arounds for the increasingly complicated sets of mazes that cap off the game.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Furmins (PSV) - Review

USA Preorders Chart, 14 December 2013 – Destiny & Titanfall Climbs

28 Dec

William D’Angelo - VGChartz USA Pre-order Article for December 14, 2013

Overview

There are no in the top 40 to be in its final week.

One game has 200,000 or more pre-orders, up from none last week, and the top nine has 100,000 or more pre-orders, up from eight last week. No games added 20,000 or more pre-orders, the same as last week and eight added 10,000 or more, up from two last week.

Games in Final Week Before Launch

There are no in the top 40 to be in its final week.

Major Performers in the U.S. – Week Ending December 14

Hardware and software sales are expected to increase across the board.

Other Hot Games – In Order of Release

 Titanfall - Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Titanfall (XOne) added 19,688 pre-orders, up from 10,401 last week, for a total of 142,122. The PC version added 4,885 pre-orders, up from 2,639 last week, for a total of 48,098. The Xbox 360 version added 4,894 pre-orders, up from 2,761 last week, for a total of 36,743. The game is 13 weeks away from launch in the USA, March 11, 2014.

inFamous Second Son - PlayStation 4

inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS4) added 14,872 pre-orders, up from 9,810 last week, for a total of 130,989. The game is 14 weeks away from launch in the USA, March 21, 2014.

Notable mentions:  Watch Dogs (PS4) added 9,922 pre-orders for a total of 203,344. Destiny (PS4) added 17,840 pre-orders for a total of 175,718. Destiny (XOne) 16,115 pre-orders for a total of 139,556. Watch Dogs (XOne) added 46,789 pre-orders for a total of 128,108.

Requests: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (XOne) added 382 pre-orders for a total of 1,109.

If your favorite game isn't in the top 40, leave a comment requesting which game you want to see and the most requested games will be added in next week's article!

The Top 40 can be seen below or click here to go to the USA pre-orders page.

Pos Game Weeks to Launch Weekly Change Total
1
Watch Dogs Wiki | Gamewise
Watch Dogs (PS4)
Ubisoft, Action
N/A 9,922 203,344
2
Destiny Wiki | Gamewise
Destiny (PS4)
Activision, Action
N/A 17,840 175,718
3
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Wiki | Gamewise
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
14 14,570 157,610
4
Titanfall Wiki | Gamewise
Titanfall (XOne)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
13 19,688 142,122
5
Destiny Wiki | Gamewise
Destiny (XOne)
Activision, Action
N/A 16,115 139,556
6
inFAMOUS: Second Son Wiki | Gamewise
inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
14 14,872 130,989
7
Watch Dogs Wiki | Gamewise
Watch Dogs (XOne)
Ubisoft, Action
N/A 6,789 128,108
8
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Wiki | Gamewise
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
9 12,961 117,065
9
South Park: The Stick of Truth Wiki | Gamewise
South Park: The Stick of Truth (X360)
Ubisoft, Role-Playing
12 6,432 100,690
10
Dark Souls II Wiki | Gamewise
Dark Souls II (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
13 9,646 99,511
11
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Wiki | Gamewise
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Role-Playing
16 12,337 95,268
12
South Park: The Stick of Truth Wiki | Gamewise
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)
Ubisoft, Role-Playing
12 5,718 87,611
13
Watch Dogs Wiki | Gamewise
Watch Dogs (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
N/A 5,201 83,750
14
The Order Wiki | Gamewise
The Order (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Shooter
N/A 7,875 77,635
15
Destiny Wiki | Gamewise
Destiny (X360)
Activision, Action
N/A 5,837 77,097
16
Watch Dogs Wiki | Gamewise
Watch Dogs (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
N/A 3,808 76,857
17
Kinect Sports Rivals Wiki | Gamewise
Kinect Sports Rivals (XOne)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
N/A 9,348 72,885
18
Dark Souls II Wiki | Gamewise
Dark Souls II (X360)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
13 9,582 63,470
19
The Elder Scrolls Online Wiki | Gamewise
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC)
Bethesda Softworks, Action
16 4,190 61,649
20
Driveclub Wiki | Gamewise
Driveclub (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
16 6,314 57,734
21
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Wiki | Gamewise
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (X360)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
9 6,810 52,547
22
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wiki | Gamewise
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
10 9,654 50,585
23
Titanfall Wiki | Gamewise
Titanfall (PC)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
13 4,885 48,098
24
Dying Light Wiki | Gamewise
Dying Light (PS4)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
N/A 6,370 40,935
25
The Sims 4 Wiki | Gamewise
The Sims 4 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Action
N/A 7,773 39,494
26
Hometown Story Wiki | Gamewise
Hometown Story (3DS)
Unknown, Action
N/A 5,996 38,576
27
Watch Dogs Wiki | Gamewise
Watch Dogs (PC)
Ubisoft, Action
N/A 1,788 38,353
28
Company of Heroes 2 Wiki | Gamewise
Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
THQ, Action
3 2,379 37,517
29
Titanfall Wiki | Gamewise
Titanfall (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
13 4,894 36,743
30
Prey 2 Wiki | Gamewise
Prey 2 (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
N/A 312 36,418
31
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Wiki | Gamewise
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (3DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
8 16,507 35,575
32
The Crew Wiki | Gamewise
The Crew (PS4)
Ubisoft, Racing
N/A 4,633 34,331
33
Halo 5 Wiki | Gamewise
Halo 5 (XOne)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
N/A 3,857 33,370
34
Destiny Wiki | Gamewise
Destiny (PS3)
Activision, Action
N/A 2,561 32,295
35
Kingdom Hearts III Wiki | Gamewise
Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
Disney Interactive Studios, Role-Playing
N/A 2,559 30,249
36
Thief (2014) Wiki | Gamewise
Thief (2014) (PS4)
Square Enix, Action
11 5,082 29,662
37
Thief (2014) Wiki | Gamewise
Thief (2014) (XOne)
Square Enix, Action
11 6,920 27,480
38
Yoshi's New Island Wiki | Gamewise
Yoshi's New Island (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
N/A 4,199 26,586
39
Prey 2 Wiki | Gamewise
Prey 2 (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
N/A 311 25,905
40
Dying Light Wiki | Gamewise
Dying Light (XOne)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
N/A 3,507 24,798

________________________________________________________________________________________

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251450/usa-preorders-chart-14-december-2013-destiny-amp-titanfall-climbs/

Sony to Drop Online Play for Gran Turismo 5 and Resistance Series – News

27 Dec

Sony have announced that a number of high-profile games will have their online functionality removed in the coming months, including Gran Turismo 5 and the Resistance Trilogy. Exact details are listed below:

  • Gran Turismo 5 - 20th May, 2014
  • Resistance: Fall of Man - 28th March, 2014
  • Resistance 2 - 28th March, 2014
  • Resistance 3 - 28th March, 2014
  • MAG - 28th January, 2014
  • SOCOM: Special Forces - 28th January, 2014
  • SOCOM: Confrontation - 28th January, 2014

You will no longer be able to use the online features present in any of the above games as of the relevant dates, although you will still be able to play them offline, with the notable exceptions of MAG and SOCOM: Confrontation which are online-only games and are therefore rendered unplayable.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Sony to Drop Online Play for Gran Turismo 5 and Resistance Series - News

PSN Plus US Instant Game Collection for January Announced – News

27 Dec

The Instant Game Collection for PSN Plus members has been a great incentive for gamers to dish out the 50$ yearly fee for the service. Last month alone the two retail IGC games on the PS3 (Grid 2 and Borderlands 2) would have cost around 60$ to buy. While the games are around for only a limited time before being removed, as long as you attempted to download the game while it was up you can re-download the game anytime.  This month US PSN Plus members are receiving 1 PS4 game, 3 PS3 games and 2 Vita games.

PSN Plus Jan  2

First up is the survival game from the creators of Mark of the Ninja, Don’t Starve. This will be the lone game added to the PS4’s IGC. Next up is a beloved hack’n slash franchise’s reboot. Of course I’m talking about Devil May Cry coming to the PS3’s IGC. The second game joining DMC is the critically acclaimed BioShock Infinite.  The final game to be added to the PS3’s IGC is the fairly new indie game full of brotherly love, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

PSN Plus Jan  1

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - PSN Plus US Instant Game Collection for January Announced - News

PokeBank Temporarily Removed in Japan, Delayed for the West – News

27 Dec

Those hoping to transfer their Pokémon from Pokemon Black/White, Black/White 2 and X/Y to the PokeBank are out of luck for now.

As many of you have probably noticed by now, the Nintendo Network has been down since yesterday for both the 3DS and Wii U. The cause was both the influx of people using their newly received consoles/handhelds from Christmas, and the recent launch of the PokeBank in Japan.  

Pokebank  1

Due to the sudden increase in new users on their servers, Nintendo have decided to remove the app from Japan. Serebii.net are also reporting that the PokeBank, which was supposed to come out tomorrow for the West, has had its release date changed to TBD.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - PokeBank Temporarily Removed in Japan, Delayed for the West - News

Zelda Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS – News

26 Dec

The princess of Hyrule is coming back to the fight for a third time. Zelda is re-joining Super Smash Bros once again. As in Brawl, this version of Zelda is in the style of the Zelda from Twilight Princess. Interestingly, the screenshots hint at the possibility of Zelda’s moveset having been changed.

ZeldaSmash  2

In the screenshot above it looks like Zelda is controlling the suit of armor, which happens to be the same kind that she controlled in Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the DS. The stage this is being used on is Battlefield, meaning this armor is either an Assist Trophy or a part of her new move set.

While there are no pictures of Zelda as Sheik, the SSBB website separated Sheik from Zelda, so chances are she will be revealed separately. Finally, earlier this week Rainbow Road was confirmed as a stage, as seen below:

ZeldaSmash  1

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Zelda Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS - News

VG247′s Christmas podcasts, episode 2

26 Dec

Get over your ridiculous holiday food intake by listening to Pat, Steph and Dave chat through E3, next-gen and more.

Feeling dopey? Us too. Here’s the second part of our Christmas podcast sessions, featuring Pat, Steph and Dave talking about the major news events of 2013, with a focus on E3 and next-gen. There’s stuff in here on mobile, Steam and plenty more. Listen to it. You’re on holiday. There’s no need to move just yet.

This is the second is a series of five recordings we made as a team throughout December. Here’s the first part, in case you missed it.

A very merry VG247 Christmas: wishlists and happy memories

25 Dec

Whatever you’re celebrating this holiday season – and we hope at the very least it’s “a day off” or “time and a half” – VG247 would like to share its non-denominational cheer with you.

Although we’re very conscious that the world is mostly filled with people who don’t really celebrate Christmas (whatever the media would have you believe), everyone at VG247 does, because we all like 01) presents 02) eating delicious food 03) some of our relatives and 04) days off work.

Every day is Christmas when you work at VG247, because when the clock ticks over to five you can explain to your partner that you are doing “overtime” when you settle in front of the console, and every game or hardware purchase goes firmly in the “tax deduction” column. So it’s not really surprising that this year, apart from our annual trolltastic Kris Kringle, nobody seems to have asked Santa for any games.

In Dave’s letter to good old Saint Nick, he’s asked for “the ability to sleep through the night without waking up multiple times for reasons unknown”, which you can probably help him obtain by being less nasty in the comments section.

He’s also asked for “a literal puppy” because for various reasons his years-old wish for a dog has so far gone unfulfilled, and people seem to think he’s joking when he asks.

Payday 2 offers Christmas “cheer” in this free holiday update.

Steph hasn’t asked for a puppy as her immediate surroundings are chock full of kittens and puppies at all times. She’s asked for boots – tall, high, boots.

“It’s my one fashion vice with an edge. Otherwise I dress like Mother Hubbard,” she said, which is a lie but you go ahead and imagine it’s true for her peace of mind, please.

She also wants a work chair because she’s “about to pull an Office Space on this one’, and Woodford Reserve, which is apparently “the Best. Bourbon. Ever”.

“Did I say I wanted new boots?” she added hopefully as Santa noted all this down.

Pat, who at last count was 4,831 birthdays into his middle age, asked for some ski clothes and “a pair of slippers so I can wear my new trousers around the house without spoiling the bottoms”.

He’s also getting The Old Man and the Sea to read over Christmas, and he believes his wife may have purchased an Airfix model for him.

“I’m old,” he concluded. No, boss – really?

Brenna is the only one of us who’ll be in the Southern hemisphere for Chrimbo, so she’s hoping South Australia will be less contrary than in previous years and give her some baking hot days to spend at the beach.

“I’m not expecting much this year but I did give my dad a board game, because that way, I get to play a new board game all Christmas,” she added.

As ever, Sam managed to make us all look like chumps by professing the most modest and thoughtful Christmas wishlist of all time.

“Still hoping for world peace, one day it will come,” he said.

“Secondly I could totally go for a Christmas jumper as I’m yet to ever own one in my puny little life.”

That is a crying shame.

Christmas in gaming

The cast of Saints Row 4 also wish you a Merry Christmas.

In honour of the holiday, the VG247 crew cast their mind back over some of their favourite holiday-themed moments in video games. Steph pulled out quite a good one from the Simpsons Hit & Run.

“If the game clock/calendar noticed it was Dec 25 you’d see Homer sleeping on the sofa in a Santa suit. I loved it because it was totally random,” she said.

As our resident MMO expert, Steph also granted a nod to winter festivals in various titles, “providing they aren’t a grind fest”.

Dave went all indie with Angry Video Game Nerd: Adventures.

“Seeing James Rolfe killing Santa and then riding his bloody corpse down a piste. I was just like ‘oh…’” he said.

Sam plumbed the depths of his memory and came up with “the awful sex scene in Fahrenheit’”, but then ruled it out because it might just be winter, as opposed to Christmas. “I additionally don’t condone necrophilia,” he added, which is nice to know.

In the end, our video editor went for Home Alone on the Mega Drive “because it was just awful. No wonder the kid was scared!”

Was it awful, or could none of us figure out how this 16-bit Bethesda title worked? A mystery for the ages.

Less mysterious is Brenna’s choice for best Christmas game – Snowcraft, which is just obscure, quirky, low-fi and secretive enough to push all her buttons.

Pat doesn’t have any favourite Christmas games. He didn’t actually say “bah, humbug” but we could all feel it.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in this year. We hope you’re enjoying the break. Don’t eat too much, those of you who do the whole Giftmas thing; we promise not to obey our own advice.

That was the news: VG247′s Christmas 2013 podcasts, episode 1

24 Dec

VG247′s rolling news service is now suspended until January 2. Plug the resulting hole in your life with our Christmas podcasts, featuring Patrick Garratt, Dave Cook, Brenna Hillier, Stephany Nunneley and Sam Clay.

It’s over. VG247′s news updates have now ended for 2013, to resume on January 2, 2014. We’re addicted to daily content, however, so be sure to check back every day during the break for some lovely seasonal features from Brenna (like this) and our Christmas podcasts, the first of which you’ll find below.

These sessions were recorded over December, and include myself, Brenna, Dave, Steph and Sam talking through the year, its news and games. There are five episodes in total, all of which are completely amazing, assuming you enjoy listening to very tired people rambling about video games. The first part is me talking to Dave about 2013′s biggest stories.

Everyone at VG247 wishes you the very best Christmas and a completely sensational New Year. Thank you so much for reading the site this year.

PlayStation Vita vs PSP � VGChartz Gap Charts � November 2013 Update

24 Dec

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. The charts will be updated monthly and each article will focus on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation, as well as comparing the 8th generation consoles.

PlayStation Vita vs PSP – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2013 Update

PlayStation Vita Vs. PSP Global:

Gap change in latest month: 438,528 - PSP

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,030,326 - PSP

Total Lead: 10,565,535 – PSP

PlayStation Vita Total Sales: 6,558,855

PSP Total Sales: 17,124,390

In the latest month of sales for the PlayStation Vita it has fallen another 438,528 units further behind its predecessor the PSP. The PSP currently leads by 10,565,535 in the first 24 months. The gap is expected to continue to grow in the next month.

Both handhelds launched in December in Japan, the PSP in December 2004 and the Vita in December 2011. The Vita has sold 6,558,855 units in its first 24 months on sale, while the PSP has sold 17,124,390 units.

________________________________________________________________________________________

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251449/playstation-vita-vs-pspvgchartz-gap-chartsnovember-2013-update/