According to Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida, over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold in North America (United States / Canada). There are still at least two major shipments incoming before the year’s end and a good number of PS4 consoles being withheld by retailers for their Black Friday deal offerings. Just two countries so far have been included in these numbers, and with PS4 launching in Australia and European countries on November 29, 2013 and in Japan on February 22, 2014 (as well as many other regions expecting the release this December 2013) there’s still plenty of time to wait before we know just how big this first year will be for Sony’s next-gen PS4.
For those who may be wondering, this rate of sale is definitely high in scale when compared to past console launches. 1 Million next-gen PS4 consoles have been moved into homes (not just warehouses, but actual sell-through numbers here) and all at a $400 price point. Make no mistake and understand that Sony may be in the process of making industry history. By delivering a nearly flawless Public Relations and Marketing campaign winning over the online public, pundits, and everything in between has been a huge part of Sony’s success coupled with the growing popularity of the PS3 platform which was achieved mainly through relentless triple A exclusive releases and strong word of mouth among consumers in the streets.
At this rate the PS4 should outsell the Wii U before the first quarter of 2014 is halfway through with, and potentially even faster than that. Third party support should be booming as the numbers continue to be tabulated to just how many PS4’s end up getting purchased by the time January 2014 rolls around.
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According to recent statements from PR & Marketing representatives at Microsoft, Xbox ONE is around the same amount of pre-orders when comparing only the amount of PS4’s pre-ordered within the 13 counties Xbox ONE is launching in. During the PlayStation 3 era we’ve seen a similar strategy used for many years by forum jockeys to sway the ‘fanboy wars’ in the direction of the Xbox 360.
Today Microsoft has reminded gamers worldwide that although the media and public consensus may have shifted towards Sony, the Xbox brand is not going to place itself on unequal ground for statistic comparisons and will probably not bother comparing itself to PS4 including those numbers until their new Xbox ONE product has actually launched in those products.
On the one hand this is a pretty logical and dry statement for MS to make (how would you compare points in a video game between somebody that’s not on your server and you, after all?). Of course there are some who have been reacting to this news a little differently, suggesting that Microsoft is just doing damage control with their PR speech.
The controversy doesn’t end there either. New data from Australia’s commercial sector shows the average consumer aiming for either a Nintendo Wii U, an Xbox ONE, or a Sony PlayStation 4 are significantly slanted towards the PlayStation 4. In many ways this argument of who has the higher pre-orders is a topic for shareholders and investors, not one for gamers. We encourage all gamers to play what they like regardless of how something is doing in the market. Take a look at a graph representing the data that’s being reported on below, as well as a source to more information behind it.
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Anomaly 2 comes from 11 Bit Studios out of Warsaw, Poland. They are famous for their tower defense series Anomaly. They have also come out with several other titles including Funky Smugglers and Sleepwalker’s Journey, both of which are iOS, Blackberry, and Android. In Anomaly 2 the year is 2034 A.C. and most of the earth is frozen over. The world population is unknown. Machines have returned to Earth and have the sole purpose to annihilate the human race. You play as a small squad. As you travel across the campaign you will meet Doctor Zander. With the help of his associates you will have Project Shockwave, which is the ultimate weapon to use against the machines.
Anomaly 2 is a tower defense game where you will have to adapt to many different types of towers. During the campaign you will play as a commander of a squad of six vehicles, these are normal military vehicles. They also have the ability to morph so you will have more than one type of specialty for each unit. The six types of units are the Assault hound which morphs into the Hellhound, the Sledgehammer which morphs into the Rocket Hammer, Grippen Guard which morphs into the Shield Guard, Heavy Support which morphs into Drone Support, the Supply Servant which morphs into the Shadow Servant, Mobile Lab, and the Drone Truck. Now this is a wide variety of units to select from.
Most of the game you will be playing with the Assault Hound and the Sledgehammer. You do have the ability to play the game with what units you prefer. Some work better against different types of towers than others. The machines have many different types of towers and they all vary in size and power. The list of towers are: the Scorcher which has punishing damage but it only can shoot straight, the Charger which breaks open in the Storm Reaper, the Enforcer which is relatively weak but has shields surrounding it during battle, the Predator, the Behemoth which is heavily armored and has shock pulses, the Hacker, and the Scrambler tower which hides towers near it and it can’t attack units.
Play Anomaly 2 can be played on 4 different difficulties, there is definitely a challenge even on the lower end of the games’ difficulty. Players have to adapt to the towers and think on their feet if they want to survive each section. In addition to the units there is special abilities that the player can use to help, these are: Repair, Decoy, EMP, and A I M. These all play a role in the campaign as well as in multiplayer.
As you find yourself destroying towers you will pick up Carusaurm which is a rare element used to buy units and also supply the abilities. The controls are taught to the player in-game through several tutorial missions in the beginning of the game. This is also a great place to master some skills that will be needed later on down the road. The game throws a learning curve into the mix on how you go about moving through the map. Everything is on a map where in the tactical view you can switch what direction your units are moving and which way they need to go next. This is crucial, especially if you want to avoid having your whole squad wiped out by a cluster or towers or just a single tower.
Anomaly 2 has a great campaign but this game also shines in the newly added multiplayer where you have tower defense and you also play on the offense as well. That’s right, you have more to do and it’s a ton of fun to play. You have all the same towers to select from as you would in the campaign and also the same units to use as well. There is also the addition of more abilities these are for the person playing the towers they are: Regen, Berserk, Taunt, and Kamikaze. To win in multiplayer the player must either win by being the first to get to a certain amount of points or by gaining a certain point advantage over the other player. This can be done by destroying enemy units, making harvesters or destroying them, and by destroying generators.
Final Verdict: Anomaly 2 has a high replay value and at the current price point of $14.99 at their website which gets you a Steam key for Anomaly 2 and a DRM-free copy of Anomaly Korea for Windows. I see myself coming back to this game for more multiplayer action and with the addition of the new free DLC you can’t go wrong with Anomaly 2. This game gets an 8.7 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz and receives an RGN Rating of Silver.
Overall Score: 8.7/10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: 11 Bit Studios / Publisher: 11 Bit Studios
Available On: Windows PC / Mac / Linux
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info- A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.
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In North America and the United Kingdom we are already getting back launch day numbers for Call of Duty 8 (also known as Modern Warfare 3). Despite the widespread outcry from gamers on internet forums throughout the recent years the COD franchise has once again set itself on the path to making history.
In just 24 hours (according to Gamasutra) MW3 has sold 6.5 Million Units in these regions. We await the full launch week sales numbers which will likely be equally impressive as these from a business standpoint.
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