FIFA 13 sells over 4.5 million copies in five days

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Well, the results are in andFIFA 13is off to a record-smashing start. EA announced today thatFIFA 13 has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide in just five days, making it the biggest launch of 2012 and the biggest sports video game launch of all-time. It was the number one selling game in at least 40 countries around the world.

FIFA 13 found success in many key countries, particularly in the United Kingdom where it sold more than 1.23 million copies in just the first 48 hours. It's only the second game franchise ever to sell more than one million units in the UK within just one day.

FIFA 13is a critical and commercial success unprecedented in sports entertainment,” said EA Vice President Andrew Wilson. “Every minute of every day millions of fans around the world are experiencing what the critics have already said — FIFA 13is the biggest and best sports game we have ever created.”

In addition to its record-setting sales numbers, fans are also setting gameplay records. September 30, 2012 was the "busiest day for online gaming for a single title in EA history", the company reported, with 800,000 fans playingFIFA 13 simultaneously. More than 66 million online game sessions have already been played onFIFA 13, representing 600 million minutes of online play.

FIFA 13is available for PS3 with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360 with Kinect, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii, PS2, Nintendo 3DS, and PSP. On November 18 it will release alongside the Wii U console. It scored an impressive 8/10 here on GameZone.

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By Matt Liebl

Persona 3 movie green-lit for theaters

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Persona 3

A theatrical movie of Persona 3 is underway.

The announcement came from the final scene of Persona 4 The Animation: The Factor of Hope, which hit theaters in Japan this month as a condensed version of the anime featuring new scenes. The ending showed the protagonist from Persona 3 holding a gun to his head, firing, and then confirming the film's green-lit status.

The character appeared in traditional 2D, although the teaser did not mention whether the film would be an anime.

Persona 3 FES released on PSN in April. The game originally came to PlayStation 2 and also PSP.

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Tags: Atlus, Persona 3

By Stephanie Carmichael

FIFA 13 sells 353,000 copies in first 24 hours in North America

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In its first 24 hours on sale in North America,FIFA Soccer 13 sold 353,000 copies which, according to EA Sports, is a 42% increase over last year'sFIFA 12.

With the sales boost, the amount of online games played also increased. In the first 24 hours, 1.4 million online games were played, a 35% year-over-year increase.

The iOS version of the game also performed well, marking the "biggest global launch-day performance of any iOS game in EA history".

The sales performance ofFIFA 13 is more impressive when you take into account that Tuesday's launch was just in North America. The game is set to become available worldwide on Friday, and EA is expecting equally impressive numbers. For the first time in EA Sports' history, over 1.3 million games have been pre-ordered worldwide, which points "toward ahistoric opening when the game launches around the world on Friday."

"We're thrilled that fans throughoutNorth Americahave embracedFIFA Soccer 13in such a big way," said EA Sports Executive Vice PresidentAndrew Wilson. "North Americans appreciate a great-playing game and their level of engagement with our game is helping to drive the sport's popularity in the United States."

FIFA 13 is available for PS3 with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360 with Kinect, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii, PS2, Nintendo 3DS, and PSP. On November 18 it will release alongside the Wii U console.

Tags: FIFA 13

By Matt Liebl

PS Vita rebounds slightly, sells 19,000 units in week 4

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After Sony's PlayStation Vita Japan sales fell to an all-time low for the week ending January 22nd, the handheld console sort of rebounded in week 4. Up from the previous 15,000 units, the PS Vita sold close to 19,000 units for the week spanning January 23rd to the 29th.

To be exact, the PlayStation Vita sold 18,942 units, finally surpassing Sony's former handheld, the PSP. Despite an increase of nearly 4,000 units, the Vita was unable to outsell the PS3 and the Nintendo 3DS, which has been red hot in Japan.

Where as most consoles saw a decline in sales in week 3, week 4 was the exact opposite as most reported an increase.

The Nintendo 3DS finished with 84,789 units sold while the PS3 finished with 22,924. Below is the full hardware chart for the week spanning January 23rd to the 29th.

    3DS: 84,789 (80,960)

    PS3: 22,924 (21,155)

    PSV: 18,492 (15,219)

    PSP: 16,008 (17,181)

    Wii: 10,396 (10,173)

    NDS: 1,918 (2,022)

    Xbox 360: 1,235 (1,519)

    PS2: 713 (903)

It should also be noted that the PS Vita finally had a successful software debut with Namco Bandai's Tales of Innocence R selling 53,853 copies. Other than that, no other Vita game made the top 20 in sales.

The leading sellers were PS3 game Armored Core V which sold 163,906 units and Resident Evil: Revelations which sold 146,559 units. Some other notable performers include 3DS games Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3G which have both sold over 1 million copies since launch.

[NeoGAF]

Tags: Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita

By Matt Liebl

PS Vita: Sony will shift focus to PS1 games after ‘good’ coverage of PSP titles

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Despite the abundance of accessible PSP and PlayStation Mini games currently available for the brand new PlayStation Vita, many owners of Sony's new handheld want to know when the PS1 classics will be made available. Sony doesn't have a sure answer, but they are hoping for "sooner rather than later".

In an interview with Wired, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida talked a little about Sony's course of action with bringing PlayStation 1 games to the PS Vita.

"The goal was, we get all PSP downloadable games to work on PS Vita, and the PS1 games to work on PS Vita," Yoshida explained.

"From a PSP emu standpoint, we are almost there. Ninety-plus percent of PSP PSN games are already on the Japanese store to download," he went on to reveal.

"And the team is focusing on getting the U.S. and European launch as good in terms of coverage of the PSP titles on the store. So that’s the focus. Because of that, we are really trying for a high percent of the PSP games to go on the PS Vita for launch in the U.S. and Europe. After that we will shift focus to get PS1 games on PS Vita."

Yoshida couldn't say when, but did confirm that it is still going to happen.

"I'm hoping for sooner rather than later," he said.

In the meantime, early adopters of the PlayStation Vita will just have to settle for the 270+ PSP and PlayStation Mini games available in addition to the impressive PS Vita launch titles.

Tags: PS Vita

By Matt Liebl

The Humble Music Bundle brings joy to your ears, as well as charity

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I'm a huge fan of these bundles! I love that I not only get a bunch of games for cheap, but that the amount I donate also goes to help charity. But I don't have to tell you that, the Humble Bundle has been around for some time now.

This time around, it's not games you'll be humbly paying for, but rather albums.

The lineup of artists include: They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, Christopher Tin, and Hitoshi Sakimoto! And if you pay more than the average, you'll also get an album from OK Go.

Not too shabby at all considering you can get six great albums. Of course being a fan of each artist does help. While I can't say that I'm super pumped for this lineup, I might get it just to get Hitoshi Sakimoto's brilliantly scored Valkyria Chronicles album. I love me some grand orchestral tunes while I'm driving down the highway with my window down. Yeah I get stares, so what? You wanna fight about it?!

You can find the Humble Bundle here, and remember, if you want OK Go, you have to pay more than the current average, which at the moment is $7.89

Tags: Humble Bundle, Music, Charity

By Mike Splechta

Sony ‘The Reload’ ad teases important October 23rd date, and maybe another announcement?

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It appears that Sony is readying itself for some sort of announcement on October 23, 2012. Today, Sony released a short, 16-second advertisement teaser called "The Reload" on its PlayStation YouTube channel.

The clip, which can be seen below, features a woman sitting at a desk examining a weapon when the power mysteriously goes out. The first thing to notice is it appears to be the same woman from the famous "For Michael" ad that Sony released last year, celebrating some of Sony's iconic video game characters and a fictitious gamer named Michael who helped them on their adventures.

Also present in the video is a sign on the desk that says "SARU! GET YOU!", a reference to Sony's Ape Escape franchise. Probably the most notable feature in this clip is when the power goes out and you hear the electrical sound indicating Cole fromtheinFAMOUSfranchise.

While the video could be foreshadowing some sort of announcement (possibly a new inFAMOUS game?), it's most likely for the upcoming PlayStation Store redesign which is set to go live on October 23, 2012 — the same date shown at the end of the video.

Each person will likely take their own meaning away from the teaser. For me, the title of the video plus the date at the end seems pretty evident it's for the PlayStation Store design update. However, others maintain hope that we'll be hearing about a new inFAMOUS game relatively soon. For others, the fact that it's the same woman from the Michael ad could mean a continuation for the ad campaign, perhaps with new characters appearing in the future.

Let's just hope Bridgestone isn't going after this new lady as well. **See the Bridgestone, Nintendo, Sony debacle

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By Matt Liebl

7.4 million copies of FIFA 13 sold in first four weeks

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In the first four weeks following its launch,FIFA 13managed to sell 7.4 million copies, making it the "biggest sports launch of all-time". Of that 7.4 million, 4.5 million were sold in just the first five days!

EA revealed the impressive numbers, which exclude mobile downloads, during the company's Q2 2013 financial results report. Additionally,FIFA Online 2 andFIFA World Class Soccer helped contribute to the $115 million digital net revenue generated in the first half of fiscal 13.

Proving it's more than just the "world's" sport,FIFA"debuted as one of the two top-selling titles in September in the Western World," EA revealed. Is soccer finally becoming mainstream here in America?

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By Matt Liebl

Weekly wrap-up 7/27/2012

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The last Friday of July has sneaked up on us, and we’ve got a bunch of new content up on GameZone for your reading and viewing pleasure. Whether you’re looking for the latest reviews, trying to check out some previews of upcoming games, or just need a handy video guide to get you through a game, we’ve got you covered with the latest writing and video posts right here in our weekly wrap-up.

Reviews

Wreckateer review (XBLA)

Angry Birds comparisons notwithstanding, this Xbox Live Arcade title is rife with fun destructive gameplay that gives you a reason to power on that Kinect once again.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai review (Movies)

It’s not without some minor flaws, but this samurai flick offers an intense dark atmosphere and impressive sword battles.

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 review (PC)

The third entry in Penny Arcade’s RPG series gets a new coat of paint, and it delivers some slick RPG gameplay and awesome humor courtesy of Zeboyd Games.

Iron Sky movie review (Movies)

This isn’t the next big sci-fi flick, but it’s still a fun movie to check out regardless.

Sins of Solar Empire: Rebellion review (PC)

Improving upon its predecessor in practically every aspect, this RTS is a worthwhile play for any fans of the genre. And at $40, it’s definitely a good value.

Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition review (Xbox 360, PS3)

It may not exactly be worthy of the title Game of the Year, but at $30, you’re getting a hell of a lot of enjoyable zombie-killing action.

Razer Taipan review — being ambidextrous has never been so sexy

Need a good gaming mouse? Scratch that. Need an impressively great gaming mouse? Look no further.

Previews

Hands-on: Okami HD

GameZone checks out the upcoming remake of Capcom’s beloved fantasy action-adventure title starring the sun goddess Amaterasu.

Guns of Icarus Online beta preview

Are airships and huge guns your thing? Looking for some steampunk action to enjoy on your PC? Guns of Icarus may be for you. Check out our full preview of the game’s beta.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins preview

If you're a fan of the Capcom/Marvel crossover series of fighters, then you'll have to keep the upcoming Origins on your radar.

GZ Originals

Games of Summer: Batman (NES)

GameZone revisits the classic NES title starring the Dark Knight. Challenging? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes!

Interview: Video Games the Movie

We chat with Jeremy Snead, the president and creative director behind Video Games: The Movie, an upcoming documentary on our favorite medium.

Analyzing the Wii U’s launch lineup

We look ahead at the launch titles in store for the release of Nintendo’s upcoming platform.

Ten fun things you can take away from otherwise forgettable video game films

Even bad video game movies have stuff that make them at least slightly worthwhile. Slightly.

2XL Games Interview: Going around the bend with Jeremy McGrath's Offroad

GameZone talks Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad with project director Travis Riffle. Check out this exclusive interview and get the full scoop on the upcoming racer.

Friendly Fire: Jerome Jones Interview – Orcs Must Die! 2

We get the inside scoop on Orcs Must Die! 2.

Nitpick: Uplifting atmosphere

GameZone takes a look at one of the most inspiring elements in video games, atmosphere.

No price, no release date, no dice. Why Nintendo is hurting themselves by not announcing Wii U launch details

Does Nintendo need to hurry up and announce launch and pricing details for the Wii U? Is keeping such info under wraps hurting the company’s chances of launching a successful platform?

Guides

Amazing Spider-Man walkthrough | Oscorp Tower (Pt. 2) photograph guide

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthrough | Oscorp Biological Labs (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthrough | Oscorp Biological Labs (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat S-02

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat Scorpion (Oscorp Tower)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to stop a high speed pursuit

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat Scorpion (Docks)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat the St. Gabriel's Bank chapter

Videos

Comic Con 2012: Lost Planet 3 Exclusive Developer Interview

Comic Con 2012: Family Guy Back to the Metaverse developer interview

For a bunch of nonsensical gibberish, follow @thesanchezdavid on Twitter.

Tags: Reviews, Previews, Comic-Con 2012, Movies

By David Sanchez

PlayStation Suite SDK open beta begins

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Open beta for the PlayStation Suite SDK has begun, Sony announced today.

The Developer Program for PlayStation Suite is now available to the public, giving developers a more streamlined development environment for creating content for portable devices like the PlayStation Vita, Xperia Play, and other PlayStation-certified devices.

The open beta version of the PS Suite SDK will allow developers to conduct performance verification of their content on the PS Vita in addition to other certified devices. It incorporates a 2D graphics game engine and 2D physical engine, as well as a variety of content samples which utilize these libraries, "in order to help developers create content that is optimized for portable devices."

The official version of PS Suite SDK will launch along with the Developer Program for PlayStation Suite later this year. This will allow developers to distribute their content through PlayStation Store on a commercial basis, after completing the license agreement with SCE.

Tags: Sony, PlayStation Suite

By Matt Liebl

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