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Dead Island Riptide #1 in UK Sales Charts… Again

Dead Island Riptide released recently and has been doing more than just garnering lots of attention as it remains at the top of many sales charts including the UK overall video game sales across all platforms. Take a look at the top 5 below, and don’t forget to check out our full Dead Island Riptide Review if you haven’t already:

1 DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE
2 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II
3 TOMB RAIDER
4 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
5 FIFA 13

[Source: GamesPress]

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Hungry Shark Evolution Passes 20 Million Downloads in Just Four Months

In just four short months the iOS title Hungry Shark Evolution has surpassed 20 million downloads on mobile devices worldwide such as the Apple iPad. The following image below has been released to celebrate this milestone for the portable game.

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Sanctum, Black Ops II, Castle Crashers, and More On Sale for PC

Check out the Steam sales going on right now. Not only can you Install and play Black Ops II and Sanctum for a Free Weekend of gameplay with the actual full game, but you can also purchase Black Ops II for 33% off (around $40). While Metro: Last Light will receive its full review right here on RealGamerNewz.com this Monday, you can pre-load it now from your pre-orders on Steam. Sanctum is 75% off as Sanctum II’s pre-order kickoff hits its peak. Other sales in the store this weekend include the daily deal of 50% off on Castle Crashers as well as 30% off System Shock 2 (pick up either one for about $7 or $8).

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Star Wars! Nothing But Star Wars! Give Me Those Star Wars! Every Year!

Disney has announced that starting in 2015, they plan to release a new ‘Star Wars’ film every year. Following the planned release of JJ Abrams’ as yet untitled ‘Episode VII,’ they plan on producing films every year, with core installments to come every other year, and the gaps to be filled with the announced spinoff films. No indication has been made as to how many years in a row we should expect new adventures into George Lucas’ universe. Hopefully they won’t let the quality suffer with so many new films.

 

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‘Spec’ulation Continues on Xbox 720

 

Some on the Internet are already speculating that Microsoft’s new and upcoming Xbox will set the standard for next-gen gaming.  While no official specs have been announced for the tentatively titled Xbox 720, currently still under the standard Microsoft codename ‘Durango,’ we have heard from several developers that the specs for rival Sony’s announced PS4 are going to be impressive enough that even PC developers will have to have a catching up period.  As we know, the current generation of consoles were fairly evenly matched in terms of processing power, with the slight edge going to Sony’s PS3.  Will Microsoft reverse the situation in its new console? Or will Microsoft’s rumored focuses on being “always connected” and a “replacement for the cable box” hold it back from being the pure gaming machine that Sony hopes to release in the PS4?  We’ll have to wait for official announcements before any comparisons can be made.

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Fact: Xbox 360 Selling More Than Anything in USA [Sales] [Data]

The Xbox 360 from Microsoft has once again been crowned the #1 gaming console of the United States in sales and there is another month worth of data to prove such with the following March 2013 console gaming sales numbers released by NPD and Microsoft. This is over 2 years running with Xbox 360 the #1 Console in America.

March 2013 Console Gaming Sales [via NPD + Microsoft]:

  • Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units in March, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, March 2013)
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in March reached $402 million, (hardware, software and accessories), the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, March 2013)
  • During the month of March, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Bioshock Infinite,” “NBA 2K13,” “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Tomb Raider,” “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” (Source: NPD Group, March 2013)

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Fact: Sony’s PS3 Is Making Money, Heavy Rain Earned Double Its Investment [Sales] [Data]

Sony is making money hand over fist with the new approach to gameplay and high fidelity graphics that Heavy Rain brings delivering a one of a kind emotional and immersive experience for gamers worldwide. In a report released today detailing a talk in Poland by Guillaume de Fondaumiere of Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream it has been revealed by Quantic Dream that Heavy Rain made Sony “over 100 million Euros” with development and marketing for the game numbering around 54 million (displaying a profit of almost double and still running) and will be seen for future generations to come as the game that has brought about the end of the war on creativity.

No longer should we look to clones, sequels, prequels, and threequels for our inspiration and our money can finally be spent on new experiences as the market slowly but surely begins to recognize the achievements being made by games like this as well as the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls for PlayStation 3 from Quantic Dream.

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BioShock Infinite #1 Seller in USA for March 2013

BioShock Infinite is the incredible the force to be reckoned with in video game sales globally as well as locally no matter which country you call home. After dominating its launch and subsequently the UK sales charts BioShock Infinite been announced as the #1 seller in the United States for the month of March 2013 with a number above 878,000 copies sold. This data was provided today by Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz.

Read our full review for the title here.

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Most Reliable Xbox 720 News To Date

RealGamerNewz takes a moment to compile some of the most reliable Xbox 720 news being reported on. At the moment, this is all to be considered “Rumors and Speculation” which major game companies like Microsoft will refuse to comment on so they don’t prematurely blow the load on their massive advertising campaigns. Highly demanded product however, requires a continuous stream of news to keep the public happy. This is how “leaks” happen, by becoming a mechanism of free word of mouth and experimentation. Through this type of underground news release, we have gotten a good hold on some interesting features that are speculated to be in the Xbox 720.

The “Always Online” Feature

“Always on” is a rumored feature that the Xbox 720 must stay connected to the internet at all time to play games, However these rumors have not been stamped as true. If this were true many people will question if new Xbox owners have to buy Xbox Live to stay tune to what’s happening like the current Xbox 360.

Kinect Included

Rumor has it the Xbox 720 will come with an updated version of the Kinect. Upon getting the new Xbox 720 the Kinect must be on when using the console. However the Kinect will be coming with upgraded features such as being able to identify 6 people instead of the normal 2 which means better and bigger party games to be enjoyed by all, the Kinect also now can recognize 25 points one each skeleton instead of the 20 points need on the current Kinect.

Multi-Tasking Ability

The Xbox 720 is speculated to have a new ability that lets you be able to switch from a game to the dashboard or another app, Possibly even another game then allows you to switch right back to your original game or process and continue from where you left off. This is a very handy ability that has not yet been featured and any other console.

Game Install Program

Each Xbox 720 is rumored to have a 500GB hard drive reports show that with this space games are needed to be installed just like you would install a game onto a computer, However you can play these games while they install so there is no long wait to play the game once you bought it.

Controllers and Peripherals

The new Xbox 720 controllers are rumored to a upgraded similar version of the Xbox 360 controllers but the old 360 controllers will not be able to work on the new Xbox. The controllers are said to be working with a new “Wireless technology”.

The controller was reported in Xbox World Magazine to have an “HD screen the is surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks” and it could be used as “a remote control for you TV”.

Leaks of new devices such as “Xbox Surface” which shows specs of a “Tablet device” and a separate “stationary computing device”. It has been reported that it will be like a touch screen 720 controller similar to the Wii U.

A patent by PatentlyApple was found that plans of a 360 degree 3D projector that would work with the Kinect to give the player a nice 360 environment that could be worked with.

Hardware/Software

A Reputable MS blogger has stated that Xbox 720 will be smaller the Xbox 360 and will be cheaper to the kinect adoption. He then went on to say “It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform- a MAIN processor with multiple cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors”.

The Xbox 720’s system chip began production towards the ending of December 2011 according to tech site fudzilla. It’s been reported that IBM and Global Foundries of Microsoft. Xbox 720 will be a PowerPC CPU.

VG247 reported that Xbox 720 will have a blu-ray player and will be powered by 2 GPUs “Its Like 2 PCs taped together”. the Graphics cards is like the AMD’s 7000 series. CVG reports that the devkits will be packing a 16-core CPU.

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‘BioShock’ Finite

Reports have surfaced that ‘BioShock Infinite’ Product Director, Rod Fergusson, is leaving developer Irrational Games. Fergusson joined the team at Irrational to help finish the in-progress production of the latest ‘BioShock’ title following his departure from Epic Games where he worked on the ‘Gears of War’ series.

Of his departure from Irrational, Fergusson says “During my departure from Epic, I learned that Irrational was in need of a ‘closer’ to help finish ‘BioShock Infinite…’ I’ve been striving for better storytelling in the games I’ve worked on and I saw this as a great opportunity to learn from Ken and his team on how to build a truly story-driven game.” The Ken to which he refers is of course Ken Levine, Irrational’s creative lead. He goes on to say, “I am very proud of the work that I did and of the team and what they were able to accomplish on ‘Infinite.’  Now with the game shipped successfully, I’ve done what I set out to do here and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life and career.”

He has not announced any future plans, though you can follow him on Twitter: @GearsViking

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