The gaming industry in a week. 11 April 17, 2011


Let us begin

News digest for the week of video game sales charts. In Britain, silver medalist last week mdash; fitness simulator Zumba Fitness mdash; surged ahead and won first place, relegating leader mdash; sci-fi shooter Crysis 2. Bronze went to LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Zumba Fitness
  2. Crysis 2
  3. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
  5. Shift 2: Unleashed
  6. Homefront
  7. WWE All Stars
  8. Pokemon Black
  9. Pokemon White
  10. Dynasty Warriors 7

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store, the most popular puzzle game Portal 2. Pre-orders of the two versions of the game settled down on the top lines of the chart and not retreating second consecutive week. Third place was awarded laquo; Witcher 2: Assassins koroleyraquo.; The full list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Portal 2 (puzzle)
  2. Portal 2 (with an icon)
  3. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Premium Edition)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Blood (Collector’s Edition)
  5. The Sims 3: Barnacle Bay
  6. The Sims Medieval
  7. Crysis 2 (Limited Edition)
  8. Crysis 2
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Collector’s Edition)
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Blood

Game consoles:

  1. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  2. Mortal Kombat Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 3)
  3. Crysis 2 Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  4. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
  5. PlayStation Move Stand Alone
  6. inFamous 2. Hero Edition (PlayStation 3)
  7. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  8. Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360)
  9. Playstation Move: Starter Pack
  10. Sports Champions (PlayStation 3)

Developers Team Fortress 2 lists 430,000 dollars to victims of the disaster in Japan. According to representatives of Valve Software, the company in the charity for two weeks selling exclusive hats for the game’s characters. Network shooter fans are enthusiastic and share supported initiative, actively contributing to the fundraiser.

Microsoft has prepared a surprise for all fans of the Xbox 360. Within the large-scale action, users are put sports record, which will be submitted to Guinness World Records. April 23 each subscriber service Xbox Live, no matter where in the world they live, can participate in an online race at 100 yards in the game Kinect Sport. Scale competition starts at 21:00 Moscow time. Each of the contestants will receive a T-shirt with the symbol for an avatar Xbox and Guinness World Records, as well as five gold status, including access to multiplayer games, and other content. The winner’s name will be inscribed in the Book of Records.

Studio Quantic Dream head David Cage (David Cage) said that now actively discussing the possibility with the Sony announcement of new projects at E3 2011, which will be held from June 7 to 9 in Los Angeles. Note that Quantic Dream is known for projects such as Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit, and is currently developing two new games exclusively for PlayStation 3.

According to Ken Levine (Ken Levine), BioShock: Infinite will have a difficult, multifaceted storyline with philosophical overtones. The authors of the project is positioned as a serious and profound history and do not intend to simplify the original idea in favor of a mass audience. Release BioShock: Infinite, tells the story of a utopian city in the sky, held in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In Batman: Arkham City players can move freely across the metropolis and not feel the discomfort of waiting for loading of the next area. The game is non-linear, and is open for research. laquo; We are pleased to announce that players expect giant city five times more than what we have proposed in the first part, without the black wall screen, on which Batman fought in the first proekteraquo;, mdash; commented Marketing Manager at Rocksteady Studios to interview with the resource CVG. Recall that the global release of Batman: Arkham City is expected on October 21 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Learned the details of the storyline Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. For the scenario the authors have taken the work a British officer and writer Thomas Edward Lawrence. Adventurer Nathan Drake and his friend Sally will go in search of the legendary city of Thousand Pillars. Oppose them will be members of a secret order, founded during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and still exists today. In particular, the role of the central villain perform community head Katherine Marlowe. Nathan Drake will visit in the Rub al Khali in the Arabian Peninsula, in London, in the jungle and in other parts of the world. Output of the third part of the exclusive flagship series for the PlayStation 3 will be held on November 1.

Final PC-version of the constructor MineCraft go on sale on November 11. The game created a talented developer Markus Persson (Markus Persson) and is now in beta testing. The project was awarded to the Game Developers Conference 2011 in three categories: for best debut, and innovation as the best downloadable project and awarded the seventeenth place in the list of the hundred best games of all time to the publication PC Gamer.

Output militants Brink moved to an earlier date. The project will be available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe on May 13. laquo; Development Brink finished earlier than we planned. And we see no reason to make our fans zhdatraquo;, mdash; vice president of Bethesda Softworks Pete Hines (Pete Hines).

However, the company announced the Bethesda System Requirements Brink. To start the game require the following minimum configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2,4 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Video: GeForce 8800GS / Radeon HD 2900 Pro
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Vista / Windows 7
  • Free space on hard disk: 8 GB

Those wishing to enjoy the beauty of the shooter and feel in the center of the battle will have to get a system that meets the following requirements:

  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5
  • Memory: 3 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 5850
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Vista / Windows 7
  • Free space on hard disk: 8 GB

Dungeon Siege 3 fans have to be patient. Publisher Square Enix postponed the release date of the project for a month. The game will be released in Europe on June 17 simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Crytek has announced that it is preparing a patch that will add to the PC-version of Crysis 2 DirectX 11 support. Release date update is not reported. Lack of support for DX11 annoys the owners of the latest graphics cards.

Activision announced that is developing a complement to Escalation Call of Duty: Black Ops. It will include four maps for multiplayer mode (Hotel, Convoy, Zoo and Stockpile), as well as one card for battle with the zombies. This second expansion pack will be released on Xbox 360 in less than a month mdash; May 3. Release date additions for PC and PlayStation 3 has not been announced.


Company BioWare with FUNimation and Japanese animation studio TO Entertainment announced a full-length animated picture based on the Mass Effect. The premiere will take place in the summer of 2012.

Edition Game Informer published the latest details of Mass Effect 3. Game events unfold immediately after additions Arrival for Mass Effect 2. Race Reapers invade the Earth. Commander Shepard will once again be among the key players that will play a major role in repelling an alien attack. His team will Vakarian Garrus, Liara, and Cade and Ashley. The game’s plot is nonlinear and has multiple endings, depending on what makes a hero and acts as building his relations with members of the squad.

Of the major changes in the game mechanics should be noted simplified role system, the ability to modify weapons, as well as the lack of class restrictions on weapons. Contrary to rumors, the project is designed for single-player campaign and will not include a multiplayer mode. Release Mass Effect 3 will be held in late 2011 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Japanese company Capcom has announced a director’s Dead Rising 2. The game received a subtitle Off the Record. The main character speak reporter Frank West, known by the first part of the series. Players will encounter new and more dangerous opponents even more combinations to create improvised weapons and photography. Quality personnel, photographed by Frank on the streets, will be judged on four criteria: horror, drama, erotica and brutality. The best pictures will then be flown balls prestige. Of the remaining features of the zombie action is worth noting reduce download time, improved graphics and optimize the network mode. Output Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is scheduled for this fall for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Company laquo; Akellaraquo; speak publisher Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine on the territory of Russia and CIS countries. The game will take place on the PC in August 2011.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, announced the launch of open beta testing action with role-playing game Darkspore. Players will engage in combat with hordes of genetically modified monsters to save the galaxy. They call from different planets finest warriors, each of which has a unique set of skills, and the form of them unique arsenal laquo; living oruzhiyaraquo.; After landing on a planet infested his warriors, players can control their actions in a fierce battle.

Beta will run until 12:00 Friday, April 22. Download the game client to get into the world of Darkspore, you can by clicking this link. Recall that the official release will take place April 28, 2011. In Russia, the project will be released on the PC with the original soundtrack and Russian subtitles.

Russian division of Sony has announced a price cut on the PSP. From now on, you can buy a portable console for 5999 rubles. However, the range of the best games produced a series of PSP Essential, the sale of which will start in April for 599 rubles. The series includes such projects as the LocoRoco 2, Need for Speed: Underground Rivals and a collection of popular mini-games Mega Minis in three parts.