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February 15, 2015

The Order of Gaming (2/15/2015)

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SALES STUFF

For the most part an uneventful January for sales. On the console front, PS4 won the month with XBO selling more than last January (so above 140k units) and the Wii U moving about 63k units.

Over all, hardware is down pretty big ($185m from $239m) and software is down ($625m down from $662m) from last January.

Software breakdown

1 Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
2 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One ,PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
3 Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
4 Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
5 NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
6 Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
7 Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
8 Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
9 Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
10 FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)


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NEWS

Iwata: “I believe the Wii U business still has considerable room for growth, as a number of software titles that are compatible with the console are slated for release in 2015,”. He also says that their way to combat mobile, which is completely eating it's lunch, is to release mobile games on their handhelds.

In an interview with Game Informer, Michael Pachter had this to say: "I think that they are still in denial about the Wii U failure. You keep seeing this stat so we're up 82 percent – yeah, 40,000 units went to 70,000 units. Who cares? You're still trailing the other guys by a mile." and "Iwata makes a lot of bad decisions. I think he surrounds himself with people who allow him to make these bad decisions. It starts at the top. I think he is not a good leader."

• So Square is bringing a Dissidia game to the arcades (with a console port later). Personally didn't like the PSP game (good for fanservice but nothing else). Hopefully this game is better

• Arcade Hero has a nice write up on JAEPO 2015. Day 1 is here and Day 2 is here. Personally don't see much that tickles my fancy other than a arcade release of a Wizardry game (which will never come here) which connects to the mobile game. Could be cool.

lol, Minecraft is too violent for Turkey.

• So pretty much everyone at the top of Planetside 2 has resigned after SOE being sold. Matt Higby being the biggest name who was the face and creative director of the game.

So Eurogamer wrote an article on the guy who beat Peter Molyneux's Curiosity cube and it's not pretty. Flat out, the article isn't great but it's an interesting follow up on what's happened to him (nothing).

Peter Molyneux gave an interview to The Guardian where he states that he will never talk to the media again (not happening).

Peter Molyneux also gave an interview to Rock Paper Shotgun where surprise surprise, RPS come off as massive twats. This is the worst interview I've ever read. Don't get me wrong, Molyneux also comes off very bad in this interview but RPS...eeesh

So Housemarque is working with Eugene Jarvis (Godfather of twinstick) on a game. Hopefully Jarvis can get Housemarque to finally make a game that has a soul.

So....Bethseda is going to be holding their first ever E3 conference. Outside of Doom 5, Dishonored 2 and Fallout 4. I can't see anything else to announce at a presser. Maybe that they're porting the old Elder Scrolls games to mobile?

• Finally get a CG trailer for the upcoming Just Cause 3. I hope this one isn't as boring as the first two games

&buil; When I think of games that needs a gritty open world MMO reboot, I think Asteroids

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Stuff I'VE BEEN PLAYING

My gameplaying this week has been pretty simple. I've been checking out the One Piece branded clone of Brave Frontier. Not bad and never hits you over the head on "buy stuff". On one hand, I like that the battles are more active than Brave Frontier as it has a timing mechanic to get the most out of your attacks but as something to play while doing something else, that same mechanic makes you focus your attention to the game which kinda sucks for random grinding. It does a great job in bringing the One Piece property to gaming (more so than the One Piece Musou games).,

Also been beta testing Kindo which is a really cool little abstract boardgame. It's like a cross between Pathogen and Othello with some new wrinkles like fortifying your tiles. It's pretty fast paced but extremely unforgiving. You screw up once and the game is pretty much over as there isn't any sort of catchup mechanic. Strategy is a bit lacking though as every game boils down to the same thing, who gets to the middle first. Hopefully when it's out of beta, more strats are thought of. Not a bad little game so far.

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NEW RELEASES

Pretty weak week this week

The Order: 1886 (PS4) - A cinematic third person cover shooter. With what they've shown, this game does nothing for me outside of it looking pretty. Early reports say the game is about 5-6 hours long with about a quarter of that being cut scenes. With nothing to boost replayability or including multiplayer, eh. But it does look pretty. Curious in how this would have been received last fall, when it was supposed to be released.


Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) - Can't say I've ever been a big fan of the Kirby games and less so of the spinoffs. I really like the look of this game, I'm a big fan of claymation. Gameplay doesn't look that hot though, drawing lines to route Kirby around puzzle platforming doesn't appeal to me.


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