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NPD August 2013: 3DS tops hardware again, Madden 25 clear software winner

Friday, 13 September 2013 14:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NPD released its August figures for the US overnight reporting a rise in software sales of 21% and a 40% year-over-year decline in hardware sales.

As usual the figures released by NPD do not include online, digital distribution, mobile, social or DLC sales – which would show a significant rise in percentages at least on the software end.

For the month of August, retail spend was slightly over $1.2 billion and even with the decline in hardware sales in a transitional market, new software and accessory sales were up 1% over July to $521 million.

Accessory sales, which include toys sold with video games such as Disney Infinity and Skylanders, were up 7% to $136.7 million.

Hardware

Sales of new gaming hardware declined 40% year-over-year to $90.8 million, and for the fourth straight month, Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling piece of hardware in the US with over 6.47 million units sold in 2013 – 30% increase year-over-year.

Xbox 360 was again the best-selling homes console for the 32nd consecutive month, moving 96,000 units in August. Total retail spend on the platform (hardware, software and accessories) reached $213 million, the most for any console in the US.

Microsoft mentioned again in its note on the figures that pre-order sales of Xbox One are still trending as double that of Xbox 360 during the same time period.

Sony did not respond to the NPD figures.

Software

Software sales fro August were up 21% to $305 million, and it was the first time the sector has seen a year-over-year increase since November 2011.

Madden 25 was the top selling software title for the month, with Saints Row 4, Disney Infinity (294,000 units), Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Minecraft Xbox 360 rounding out the top five.

While sales of the popular football title from EA Sports were down year-over-year, EA stated last week that according to its internal estimates, first week sell-through of Madden NFL 25 came to over 1 million units, compared to the 1.65 million units sold the prior year.

Nintendo included some unit sales with its NPD note stating that Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, which launched August 11 sold nearly 190,000 combined physical and digital units.

Pikmin 3, which landed in tenth place on the NPD chart (the first time a Wii U exclusive has hit the NPD top 10), released on August 4 and sold more than 115,000 combined physical and digital units.

New Super Luigi U for Wii U launched in stores on August 25 after two months as a digital-only download, and has now sold nearly 120,000 combined units.

So far in 2013, nine Nintendo 3DS games in the US have sold at least 250,000 combined physical and digital units.

These include:

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 863,000 units
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 739,000 units
New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 406,000 units (1.85 million units lifetime)
Fire Emblem Awakening – 390,000 units
Mario Kart 7 – 352,000 units (2.84 million units lifetime)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 298,000 units
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 268,000 units
Super Mario 3D Land – 265,000 units (2.86 million units lifetime)
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 264,000 units

Here’s the top 10 NPD software chat for August 2013:

  1. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3)
  2. Saints Row 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  3. Disney Infinity (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, PC)
  4. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
  5. Minecraft (Xbox 360)
  6. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
  7. NCAA Football 14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
  8. Payday 2 (Xbox 360, PS3)
  9. Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
  10. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

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21 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Professor Zoom

    It’s quite impressive, Xbox 360 is still selling like cold sushi, even after 8 years on the market, let’s hope it’ll soon surpass the Wii 1 and PS3, now when their sales have stalled.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. dreamcastnews

    It’s quite impressive, 3DS is still selling like hot cakes. Even after almost 3 years on the market and such a slow start its doing great now.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Sini

    where Flop U numbers at

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DSB

    Hot cakes, cold sushi. You guys. Stahp! I’m hungry :(

    It’s quite impressive, Madden is still selling like cold draft beer. Even after almost a million billion years on the market and all the recently shitty iterations.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. darthroseman

    I just appreciate Zoom using the proper form of “their”. Also, I thought Nintendo was going out of business according to the comments I’ve seen on this site…

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Professor Zoom

    #3 Sorry to break it to you, but it’s not doing that impressive, and it’s not reaching DS levels, far from actually, so far it’s only sold like 20% of the total DS consoles that were sold in 8 years, so I think 70-80 million is a pretty fair number of total 3DS’s been sold in 2018, that’s like half of the DS consoles sold.

    Good luck, you’ll face a hard time waking up tomorrow, realizing that your console is still selling slow, have bad software, and that your company is still struggling with Wii U sales, software and third party support.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    @Professor
    His company? He works for Nintendo? Okay… :? The 360 is impressive but 3DS at higher numbers isn’t?
    There’s a word for that.
    Bad software: subjective.
    Third party support: agree.
    Struggling at the moment? Yeah.

    Only two valid points and showing hypocrisy.

    Wanna go again?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Professor Zoom

    #8 You keep saying ”wanna go again” Can’t you find better sentences to use? 3DS isn’t impressive when you compare it to the GBA and NDS. You’re making yourself looking like a Ninty fanboy, don’t embarass yourself much more.

    There aren’t more than 20-30 millions of you out there who love Nintendo content, wanna buy all the content they have to release and wanna buy a Wii U for that, many of you were those of you who bought it at launch window, because the Wii U is dead in the water already, so was the N64 and Gamecube and the time to convince me and other people to buy a Wii U has long past.

    The Wii U is gonna go up against things that are truly next gen and the Wii U is not a next gen console, the new ideas, the online infrastructure and third party support are broken. Casual and hardcore gamers are gonna buy XB1/360/PS4.

    Wanna go again?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. CyberMarco

    @9 Please, go buy a brain or something.

    Comparing the DS sales with the 3DS is pointless. The market isn’t like it was back in 2004 when the Nintendo DS released.

    Now there is more competition, PS Vita, smartphones, tablets etc. Not to mention a great global financial recension our economies are facing.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Professor Zoom

    #10 ”Now there is more competition, PS Vita, smartphones, tablets etc. Not to mention a great global financial recension our economies are facing.”

    Are you trolling? How well a certain person, demography or country are doing finacially varies so it’s pointless to compare it that way, and there wasn’t the PSP, PS2 and mobile phones then? To say that the 3DS is doing ‘impressive’ is definitely pointless, your point makes no sense, if it’s so much about how much you spend, then people should just have bought a PS1 or Gamecube (instead of the DS) which costed 3 times lesser when the DS was out.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @Professor
    Haters gonna hate. You would know plenty about embarrassment wouldn’t you?

    The rest is speaking right from your ass.

    Professor Zoom logic Xbox does impressive numbers, 3DS isn’t impressive at higher numbers. hypocrite.

    Denied, try again, troll harder.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. CyberMarco

    @11 You idiot! people probably spend less compared to 2004. Yes, smartphones and tablets are getting a big chunk of that demographic pie. Tablets are getting more sales compared to PCs as well.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. pcbros

    @9 – “3DS isn’t impressive when you compare it to the GBA and NDS.”

    Then I guess you would agree that the Xbox 360 was not that impressive when compared to the GBA and NDS.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. dreamcastnews

    @2 Eh? Who the fuck brought DS into this? I was talking about 3DS in 2013 not DS in like 2006, and this guy calls himself a professor!

    I wake up in the morning knowing I own all the current games machines because you know, I don’t prejudice against a machine because I’ve got a vendetta against its manufacturer. Truth be told, I don’t really like Sony – doesn’t mean I don’t own a PS3 and Vita though does it? Stop cutting off your nose to spite your face, asshole.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Professor Zoom

    #13 There is PSV and smartphones? That’s a dumbass argument. One could argue that handheld gaming wasn’t as big 10 years ago as it is today or that there was PSP’s, mobile phones, Gamecubes, PS1′s and PS2′s then and now China with a population of half a billion people. I’m not comparing it financially, I’m comparing it with it predecossors and an estimation of 70-80 million total 3DS’s sold in 2018 I think is rather disappointing than impressive compared with the GBC, GBA and NDS. The Xbox 360 has went thourgh 5 or 6 years of financial crysis and have easily surpassed the orginal Xbox basically 4 times, so your dumbass argument doesn’t work.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. dreamcastnews

    @16 Why are you even comparing this generation console buying trends versus last generation I think is what everybody wants to know. The 3DS is selling well based on its OWN merits after a slow start was my original statement – I’m not taking anything away from the 360. Don’t forget how much of a rough time the Xbox had when it first arrived on the market, it was too expensive, too bulky, had a hideous controller and EA weren’t keen on Microsoft’s online policies.

    Don’t forget that Sony had the last generation stitched. The PS2 saw off competition from Sega, Nintendo and Microsoft, I firmly believe that the ‘victor’ goes in cycles though sometimes Nintendo get a win, other times Sony.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. CyberMarco

    @16

    First, the handheld and console markets are 2 different things, so PS2/GC doesn’t have anything to do.

    The PSP failed to make a great impact because of how Sony marketed/managed/supported etc. and because Nintendo is a master regarding portable consoles. It was cheaper compared to the PSP, had a bigger library too. Mobile phones where piss-poor back then, the only phone that resembled to a portable console was the Nokia Ngage and we know how it flopped.

    In china there is only the 3DS XL and it has been around for less than a year.

    Yeah, the estimates are disappointing compared to the GBA/DS but they aren’t disappointing compared to how the market is evolving now, compared to what the consumer can get from the competitors and to what the 3DS can achieve.

    Also the 360 surpassed the original’s XBox sale because of various things. It had a year head start compared to the PS3, it was cheaper, it had a bigger library and in general Sony was just making MS’s life easier.

    Also the global recension started around 2008 (Lehman Brothers etc…) and it boomed around 2009-2010 and now is rampant so no, when the 360 launched there wasn’t any major financial disaster!

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Dragon246

    I hope people realize that success is relative.
    For example – PS3 is more successful than 360, but less successful than PS2.
    Similarly, 3DS is more successful than PS Vita, but less than DS.

    So, neither perspective is more correct or wrong imo.
    Glass can be half full or half empty, amirite?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. professorisadumbass

    @profeesor zoom is a dumbass…. It’s clear you have hatred for Nintendo… That’s cool. You’re clearly a Xbox fanboy, touting the great 360 sales…. Wow, you’re a tool. Compare the 360 with the ps2, it’s a failure, too, by your logic. And no, at the 3ds current pace, of about 15 million a year, it will sell 90 million in six years… So shut your stupid mouth. There you go, now put your foot in your mouth, again. Dumb ass troll.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Professor Zoom

    #18 You could play games on mobile phones too. Handhelds were piss-poor too at that time, one of the only reasons to play GBA was Pokemon. The 3DS sales will stall at some point, just like the N64, Gamecube, Virtual Boy, GBM, and Wii 1, once the 3D hype and once all the fanboys have got it, the 3DS sales will fastly come to an end, the GBM only lasted for a few months, the Wii 1 was lucky because of the Wii sports hype, but it didn’t last for more than 4 or 5 years, the Gamecube only lasted for 1 or 2 years before it got destroyed by the PS2 for 7 years. Nintendo consoles usually don’t have long lifetimes, the same thing with the 3DS, I don’t think it will last longer than 2016 where it has sold a total of 60 million, they won’t sell more than 20 million after 2016.

    The Wii U hype is already over, Smash Bros or Mario Kart aren’t gonna sell many U’s, the majority of those who wanna play these games have already bought the system.

    #21 1 year ago

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    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]