Spike VGAs 2009 Part 1: Winners

December 13, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Uncategorized, Xbox

Uncharted 2 was the star of the show in terms of awards at the VGAs

Uncharted 2 was the star of the show in terms of awards at the VGAs

Last night the Spike TV Video Game Awards took place over in the USA, and there were many news pieces to come out of there.

First of all is the winners of the awards. I won’t bore you by running through them all, but I will give you a link at the end for more details. The winner of studio of the year was Rocksteady Studios, the team that brought you Arkham Asylum (more on that later). Wii game of the year was New Super Mario Bros. Wii; PS3 game of the year was Uncharted 2; 360 game of the year Left 4 Dead 2; best PC game Dragon Age: Origins and best handheld game was GTA: Chinatown Wars. Uncharted 2 also won the game of the year award. For the full list head here

Metacritic Announces Games and Format of the Year

December 12, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

According to MetaCritic, the best console for quality games in 2009 was the PS3

According to MetaCritic, the best console for quality games in 2009 was the PS3

Metacritic, the renowned website that aggregates review scores from various sources, recently announced their top games and consoles based on various stats and figures.

In terms of consoles, the Wii came in last place with only 28% of their overwhelming 362 games (almost one every day) with an average rating of 75 or higher. It was then followed by the two handhelds in the Nintendo DS and PSP, with the DS around 2.5 times as many games as the PSP in 2009. Next was the Xbox 360 with a median metascore of 70, followed by the PC with a median of 72.5. I know what you’re thinking: “He missed out the PS3 down there with the Wii and DS, right?”. Well no actually, shockingly enough, according to metacritic, the top format for quality games in 2009 was in fact the PS3. The top rated game of 2009 was also on the PS3, in the form of the brilliant Uncharted 2.

Well I doubt anybody expected that, but metacritic is usually a very reliable source for finding out how good games are, given the fact that they take averages from many reliable sources. So well done to Sony I guess.

For more info head over to Metacritic.com and check out their page on it.

October NPDs

November 13, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

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The NPD Group compiles sales figures for the USA on a monthly basis. Their video game software and hardware numbers are closely watched, as it’s about the only way to get up to date independent sales figures for the industry. The October figures show the US game industry still contracting, with Uncharted 2 and  Borderlands both doing well in an otherwise poor month. NBA 2K10, Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3 all charted, despite late November releases.

As for the consoles, Nintendo’s Wii sold 506,900 units, trailed by Sony’s PS3 at 320,600 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 at 249,700.