Monthly Archives: June 2011

Big In Japan June 20-26: Meruru No Atelier

New Atelier series and Gundam entry on top of the list; 3DS back in second place on hardware sales.

 

Be it a Dragon Quest or a Pokemon title, Japanese gamers love their RPGs. This has become evident again with the release of PS3 RPG Meruru No Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 (or Atelier Meruru: Alchemist of Arland 3), which sold 82,585 units in its first week of release according to the recent Media Creates sales chart. The game lets RPG enthusiasts control a female alchemist named Meruru Rede Arls, who is given the task of turning the kingdom of Earls to be as prosperous as its neighbor, the kingdom of Arland. She will do this by doing odd jobs involving item transmutations, battling enemies in turned-based combat, and even upgrading facilities and amenities in Earls. For more information, check out GameSpot’s recent preview of the game.


Meruru poses in full confidence upon hearing the good news.

Trailing behind Meruru no Atelier are two PSP debuts: a port of adventure game Steins;Gate and Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku (or Memories of Battle). The former sold 63,558 units while the latter sold 52,067. The latest Gundam title is a third-person action game which features the ability to switch between three mobile suits while in battle. The game also has two different modes: Situation mode is a retelling of Mobile Suit Gundam stories with interlaced action, while Mission mode lets players complete new and original missions using their own custom team of three mobile suits.

Also new to the charts is Bleach Soul Ignition for the PS3, sitting in eighth place with 23,516 units sold. Based on the popular anime and manga series, the game is a hack-and-slash action title along the lines of Dynasty Warriors. Players will get to control characters from the show like Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, and many more using their trademark weapons and fighting style against a horde of undead souls called Hollows. Asian gamers can check out the dual language (English and Chinese) version of the game when it hits on July 28.

Elsewhere on the software charts, the 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is residing at fifth place with 37,452 units sold. Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of the End (or Yakuza: Of the End), a new title in the Yakuza franchise that is known to be a top seller, resides at seventh place with 24,247 units sold. The Wii Sports Resort bundle, a title that came out two years ago, is still clinging onto the top 10. The family-friendly game resides in ninth place and sold 9,874 units.

Despite the top sales Meruru no Atelier garnered, it didn’t move the sales numbers of the PS3 at all since it went from 16,081 from last week’s charts to 16,993. Sony and Nintendo’s handhelds are still occupying the top spots, with the former company’s PSP selling 29,168 units and the latter company’s 3DS selling 27,905 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JUNE 20-26

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit Sales

1. Meruru no Atelier: Alchemist no Renkinjutsushi 3 / Gust / PS3 / 82,585
2. Steins; Gate / 5pb / PSP / 63,558
3. Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku / Namco Badai / PSP / 52,067
4. Danball Senki / Level-5 / PSP / 38,326
5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 37,452
6. Tennis no Oujisama Gyutto! Doki Doki Survival Umi to Yama no Love Passion / Konami / DS / 30,234
7. Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of the End/ Sega / PS3 / 24,247
8. Bleach: Soul Ignition / SCEJ / PS3 / 23,516
9. Wii Sports Resort (Wii Remote Plus Pack) / Nintendo / Wii / 9,874
10. Gloria Union / Atlus / PSP / 8,933

Hardware

PSP – 29,168
3DS – 27,905
PS3 – 16,993
Wii – 9,511
DSi XL – 4,903
DSi – 4,503
Xbox 360 – 2,152
PS2 – 1,332
DS Lite – 134
PSP Go – 21

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Big In Japan June 20-26: Meruru No Atelier” was posted by Jonathan Leo Toyad on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:19:50 -0700

This Week on PSN June 26 – July 2 1

This Week on Playstation Network we’ve got pinball, football, and gatling guns with titles like Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, NCAA Football 12, and Beyond Good & Evil HD.

 

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This Week on PSN June 26 – July 2 1” was posted by Wern on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:03:38 -0700

GameSpot Sync – BioShock Infinite, Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Jody syncs you up with news of BioShock Inifinite, World of Warcraft, Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Torchlight II and more.

 

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GameSpot Sync – BioShock Infinite, Call of Juarez: The Cartel” was posted by DanM on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0700

Dead Block lands on XBLA July 6

Candygun Games’ tactical zombie title arrives on Microsoft’s online platform next week; scheduled to hit PlayStation Network on July 20.

 

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Dead Block lands on XBLA July 6” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:51:40 -0700

Skyrim to have fewer, more ‘substantial’ DLC packs – Report

Bethesda boss Todd Howard says gamers can expect “expansion pack feel” add-ons in Elder Scrolls V; calls Fallout 3 DLC scheme “chaotic.”

 

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Skyrim to have fewer, more ‘substantial’ DLC packs – Report” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:51:21 -0700

Journey Beta Key Giveaway

Update: We’re all out of codes, thanks everyone! What secrets lie beneath the surface of sun and sand? Find out in our Journey Beta Key Giveaway.

 

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Journey Beta Key Giveaway” was posted by Staff on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:35:47 -0700

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 Screens

19 new shots posted.

     

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Limbo rated for PS3

Korean ratings board suggests monochromatic Summer of Arcade platformer making the jump to Sony’s console.

Last year’s Xbox Live Summer of Arcade standout Limbo might be headed for a new destination, as Game Set Watch has spotted a Korean Game Rating Board listing for Danish developer Playdead’s debut downloadable game on the PlayStation 3.


Chances are the grass is no greener on the other platform.

A 2D platformer, Limbo put players in the shoes of a small child who must find his way through a black-and-white world filled with puzzles and dangerous, often deadly obstacles. The game won critical acclaim upon release, which was followed by a small avalanche of award nominations that yielded multiple Interactive Achievement Awards and a Game Developers Choice Award.

This would not be the first time a Summer of Arcade hit’s PS3 migration has been leaked by a foreign ratings board. The German rating body Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) leaked word of Braid’s PS3 port in August of 2009. The time-manipulating 2D platformer launched on Sony’s downloadable service three months later.

For more on Limbo and how Playdead approached the game’s puzzles, check out GameSpot’s coverage of lead gameplay designer Jeppe Carlsen’s presentation at the 2011 Game Developers Conference 2011.

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Limbo rated for PS3” was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:15:01 -0700

Respawn website launches with teaser art

New online destination for studio founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella goes live with blurry game shot; Harry Potter, Star Wars concept artist on board.

When Jason West and Vince Zampella–the embattled Infinity Ward cofounders–opened Respawn Entertainment last year, they did so without uttering a word about their new project. Now, the studio’s website has launched in full, teasing what the shop is currently creating and who will be creating it.


Here’s a first look at Respawn’s new game.

One of the most intriguing bits of the just-launched www.Respawn.com is a blurry image of what appears to be a first look at the studio’s development debut. The image shows what appears to be a landscape, with what looks like a building in the foreground. Earlier this month, EA Games boss Frank Gibeau hinted that Respawn’s game might be a sci-fi shooter.

Also on the website is a detailed directory of Respawn employees. One of the biggest names attached to project is Iain McCaig, who will be working as a concept artist on the studio’s first game. McCaig’s credits include Hollywood blockbusters Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Star Wars prequels.

Most Respawn staffers have previous experience on Call of Duty games, and six have contributed to Sony’s God of War series, specifically God of War 2 and God of War 3.

The Respawn Entertainment logo visible on its website is just a placeholder image, according to the studio’s community manager. “We’re still working on creating something that represents the studio and our game,” the staffer wrote.

As for the ongoing litigation between West and Zampella, Activision, and Electronic Arts, that case is headed to court, where up to $400 million is at stake for the involved parties.

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Respawn website launches with teaser art” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:44:46 -0700

Bodycount piling up August 30

Codemasters’ new shooter firing this summer for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; making European debut on September 2.

 

When Black designer Stuart Black and other high-level developers left Codemasters last year, first-person shooter Bodycount was pushed from a spring 2011 release window to an unnamed date in summer. Now, the game has a definite date with retail.


The Bodycount rises in late August.

Bodycount will ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 30 in North America, followed by a September 2 date in European regions.

As for the game, Bodycount is a modern day first-person shooter that has gamers battling class-based enemies in “outrageous and stylish” gunfights. Players will take up arms in worldwide locations like Africa and Asia, and they can make use of destructible environments to their advantage.

In addition to a single-player campaign, Bodycount boasts online competitive and cooperative components. For more on the title, check out GameSpot’s most recent hands-on preview of Bodycount.

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Bodycount piling up August 30” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:31:34 -0700