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The most played Xbox 360 game of 2011 will surprise absolutely no one. Neither will the second or the third, for that matter.
The list, released on Major Nelson’s blog today, covers the top twenty games played by Xbox Live users (Silver and Gold) during 2011. These numbers are based on unique users, rather than total accumulated playtime, otherwise I suspectthat game with the dragons and the arrows might have ranked a little higher.
Call of Duty dominates the top of the chart with its three most-recent installments. Halo: Reach, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim ranked fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. The two latest FIFA games outdid Madden by a hair, so Europeans can get their smug on, should they so wish.
The list in full:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Halo: Reach
- Battlefield 3
- Gears of War 3
- FIFA 12
- FIFA Soccer 11
- Madden NFL 12
- GTA IV
- NBA 2K11
- Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
- Call of Duty 4
- Battlefield 3 Beta
- Halo 3
- Gears of War 2
- Forza Motorsport 4
- Red Dead Redemption
- Call of Duty: World at War
According to the other lists on the blog, Pinball FX2, Full House Poker and the, seemingly immortal, Castle Crashers were the best selling Arcade games, while a pair of shameless Minecraft knock-offs took first and second place in the indie rankings.
When Sony announced their "Long Live Play" campaign a few weeks back, the entire interwebs lit up with buzz as to what it would herald. A PlayStation Home re-launch? New on Vita? Now, weeks of speculation have come to this, the "Michael" advert: a parade of first-class characters from the best games available on the PS3. You’ve got your Nathan Drake, Cole McGrath and some Chimera aliens from Insomniac’s Resistance games all cheering the humble player who, in essence, brought them all to life.
So, while there may be some disappointment that the ad doesn’t herald any big platform developments for the PS3, let’s at least glory in the high production values and pitch-perfect character moments that the "Michael" video offers. Makes you want to change your name, doesn’t it?
The old adage states, the bigger the better. Developer Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed Unchartedseries is returning to PlayStation 3 with Drake’s Deception this fall in extra large fashion. Naughty Dog community manager Arne Meyer has shared some details about what it is like to be a PS3 exclusive developer, as well as the fact that Uncharted 3 is currently too big.
Speaking at gamescom about being PS3 exclusive, Meyer told NowGamer:
I think it really helps. It’s not even about sales. It’s about what we can push on the platform and how far we can take it. I’m sure you’ll hear this from every other Sony developer but you know, I can’t tell you how much we’ve been able to optimise Cell and you know, the amount of content we can put on Blu-ray.
When asked about Uncharted 3?s current data size Meyer stated:
Uncharted 2 barely made it to 25GB, while Naughty Dog is going over 50GB this time, for Uncharted 3. But in the end we’ll be under 50. We’ll be one disc.
Obviously, there is some serious compression that is still going to take place to ensure the game will ship one one disc this November.
Smartphones are getting ridiculously powerful, folks. The smartphones we carry today in our pockets are more powerful than the computers used to launch the first spaceship back in the 1960s, this, is while these smartphones are mostly being used to launch pissed off birds at evil pigs.
The rate at which their power is increasing is phenomenal in itself. With every release of the iPhone, for example, we see almost a 2x or 4x increase in performance over the previous generation. If this performance increase keeps repeating itself, soon we will see smartphones overpowering 7th generation gaming consoles such as the PS3 and X360, so says the President of a popular game development studio.
We’re already hearing news from mobile CPU manufacturers like Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments regarding quad-core SoCs which are expected to start reaching higher-end smartphones by the end of next year or sometime in 2013.
In an interview with Industry Gamers, Mike Capps (President, Epic Games) had the following to say regarding the topic in question:
“So I think that’s the real challenge for us now, rather than worrying about the difference between a consoles and some order of magnitude, whether 3X or 4X. It’s about how do we deal with iPhone 8… if you watch where the gamers are going that’s where they are. Your iPhone 8 will probably plug into your TV, or better yet, wirelessly connect to your television set to give you that big screen with good sound. So really, what’s the point of those next-gen consoles? It’s a very interesting situation to be looking at. That’s what we’re starting to think about more… not how do we scale from some Nintendo to some other future console,” he concluded.
CEO at EA John Riccitiello has somewhat similar views regarding the explosion of gaming industry when he stated, just over a week ago, that the is the company’s fastest growing game platform and that, “Consoles used to be 8-% of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40% of the game industry.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the next generation consoles are pointless. The PlayStation 4 or the Xbox 720 will certainly be miles upon miles ahead of whatever gaming experience the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III will provide. What Capps is referring to is how things will change, with a focus on mobile gaming, in the coming years.
I, for one, can’t wait till I can launch raging birds at wicked pigs at 2160p.
Despite letting slip a few details to the contrary in a recent investor meeting, which were, to be fair, later brushed aside as referring to the PlayStation Vita, Sony says it’s new home console is still a long way coming. And honestly, having had a look at what the Wii U is bringing to the table, it’s pretty hard to argue. Not to mention that Sony even has a line of PlayStation tablets coming out soon.
Coming in 2012, Nintendo’s next home console will deliver “deeper game experiences” that aim to offer “something for everyone.” And it’ll be called the Wii U! A variety of new controls will be made available by that crazy new controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen embedded in it. Most importantly, you’ll no longer be tied to a TV to enjoy your home consoling action — the Wii U controller can handle your gaming session when the television is needed for other purposes, while a built-in front-facing cam will let you video chat from anywhere too. Notably, you won’t have to use the 6.2-inch behemoth if you don’t want too — the Wii U will be compatible with all current-gen accessories and software. Yes, your expansive Wii collection will play on the U version of the console as well. We’ve also seen some decidedly high-def visuals from Nintendo showing off the Wii U’s graphical prowess. See video of the unveiling after the break!
Microsoft’s Kinect-based UI for XBL has Bing voice search across Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and live TV
Quick refreshing of Microsoft’s E3 landing page has apparently revealed some of the things it will be announcing within a couple of hours at its E3 press conference, including new features for Xbox Live like Voice Search and new look for the service. With the explosive popularity of the Kinect add-on, it looks like the system is being refashioned with support built in from the ground up as opposed to the current menu system that’s more of an afterthought. Also mentioned on the page are Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports Season 2 and most importantly, two new Halo games. One is Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary which appears to be the HD (& possibly 3D) remake leaked by Joystiq previously, while the other is Halo 4 — no explanation needed. We’ll surely find out everything when the press conference kicks off live at 12:30 p.m. Eastern and of course we’ll be covering all of the news live right here.