Nice, France. A city dominated by the sheer beauty of the French Riviera and the surrounding mountain passes. These passes act as playground to those fortunate enough to race around in some of the fastest, most visually stunning cars on the planet. Racing at illegal, break neck speeds with the sun setting on the horizon, providing the perfect backdrop to the exhilarating core of what driving really is. In every way, Forza Horizon 2 feels exactly like this - A playground for you to lose yourself to at 200 km/h.
It might not have the biggest following around, but Drakenguard certainly does have one of the more dedicated groups of fans in gaming. A third game arrives later this year, and of course, it’ll have a shiny special edition.
Sony’s newest console is certainly off to a great start. It was just last month we told you that the company had sold over a million of the things through to consumers, meaning a million people were busy not playing Knack. that was just a day after the North American launch. It’s now out in Europe and much of the rest of the world – sop naturally, that umber is quite a bit higher.
The Crew is a game that looked awesome the first time I saw it, there I was sitting in my room streaming E3 2013 live over the interwebs, suddenly a trailer with awesome music and some gameplay mechanics that looked like they would be able to keep my attention for hours on end.
At the PlayStation 4 announcement event back in February they revealed that the PlayStation 4 is planned to be released this holiday season. However they didn’t specify into which regions and whether we can expect a worldwide release.
With all the rumours about the next-generation systems, more specifically Sony’s PlayStation and its apparently imminent reveal, gamers the world over are growing rather excited at the prospect of going next-gen this year. You may have to reign in your excitement – particularly if you live anywhere that isn’t the US or Japan.
Sony’s PlayStation Blog updated yesterday, letting everybody know what games would be coming to the service – and the list has made me really sad. It’s not because the game’s that you’ll be getting free are terrible; in fact it’s quite the opposite. They’re mostly fantastic games; the problem is I have them all already.
We all know that in the land of Apple Pie, frivolous lawsuits and Honey Boo Boo that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is king of the consoles – consistently outselling the competition, month after month. That’s certainly not the case in the rest of the world though.
Sonyâ€™s motion control system, Playstation Move launched last month to respectable, but underwhelming figures in the States. Sony had foreseen this; Unlike Microsoftâ€™s marketing campaign with Kinect, Sony hadnâ€™t engaged in a media blitz expecting incredible launch sales. Instead, they believe the system to have long legs â€“ selling by word of mouth.
According to Wedbush Morgan analysts Michael Pachter and Edward Woo (woo!), Playstation Move has sold 300,000 units in the states since launch, including bundled PS3 systems. Sony says itâ€™s done much, much, much better in European territories.
According to the first European sales numbers coming in ModNation Racers sales are worryingly low.
Low as in only 50 000 copies across Europe in its first week and the PSP version selling a mediocre 9 800 units.
The game has received a huge marketing budget and by all accounts the reviews have been positive about the game so why the low sales?
I like golf, ladies & video games so it comes as no surprise that I am quite a fan of the Tiger Woods golfing series.
However that being said this latest video that Joystiq has posted up for Tiger Woods 11 just annoys the living hell out of me.
Itâ€™s about the ability to create teams and play in the Ryder Cup which is all good and well but the voiceover man then says itâ€™s for honour and for country but the Ryder cup is between Europe and the USA and Europe isnâ€™t a country and yet it gets worse.
In a "blink and you'll miss it" moment it turns out that Atari is now an American only brand and the European side of things has been cleanly wrapped up and shoved down the toilet. Why this has happened is utterly beyond me but the reaasons being given is that Namco Bandai has purchased Atari Europe and amalgamated it into the greater good.. er company.
Nintendo have announced, by means of a particularly German press release, that they have made obscene amounts of money in Europe last year. Nintendoâ€™s market-dominant waggle machine has sold 8.3 million units in in 2008, bringing total euro sales figures to a staggering 14.2 million. Up 58% from the previous year, this benchmark makes it the largest annual home console seller in Europeâ€¦ever. This should hardly come as a surprise to anyone â€“ the Wii is still flying off shelves like donuts at a cop convention.
Nintyâ€™s other money generator did similarly brisk trade â€“ The DS sold plenty, making 11.2 million peopleâ€™s daily commutes just that little bit more pleasant.
Nintendo of Europeâ€™s MD, Marketing and PR Laurent Fischer had this to say - probably before fist-pumping the sales director, and jubilantly screaming â€œWoooooo!â€ : â€œThe sales trend on both Wii and Nintendo DS, hardware and software during 2008 shows that more and more people in Europe are enjoying video games as part of their daily lives.â€
â€œThis proves that Nintendoâ€™s wish to expand the gaming population has strong potential in Europe.â€