DEFIANCE™ Over 1 Million user accounts created in first month of release

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Trion Worlds announced today that more than one million Defiance accounts have been created since the launch of the open world shooter one month ago today. Fans of both the game and show have truly immersed themselves into the futuristic world of Defiance, with gamers eclipsing major milestones in-game, while digital TV viewers have tuned in at record numbers for the first two episodes.

Killing hellbugs, driving ATVs and triggering Arkfalls are among the top in-game activities:

  •  The not so cute or cuddly hellbugs have put up a good fight, but gamers are showing an incredible love for dropkicking, exploding and decimating them by annihilating more than 500,000,000 hellbugs to date.
  • Jumping on their ATV and cruising around the Badlands has led to gamers driving 50,000,000 miles around the terra-formed Bay Area.
  • Banding together, Ark Hunters have engaged in triggering and battling back an incredible 1,000,000 Arkfalls.

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Defiance is the first multi-platform online 3rd person shooter which, in a ground-breaking entertainment experience, interconnects with a global television series on Syfy, cable’s premier imagination based entertainment channel. The game is being developed by Trion Worlds for the PC, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

In Defiance you will join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and level up unlocking powerful weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await.

The creative forces behind Defiance have worked on the top online games of the past decade, including RIFT, Everquest, and Borderlands.

Finally, Trion has announced the Defiance Most Wanted contest in which fans must outgun the competition in game from April 29 – May 12 to see themselves on an upcoming episode of Defiance on the Syfy channel. To enter this amazing chance to win a spot on the show, follow the contest registration steps at the official contest page here: www.defiance.com/most-wanted.

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Video game sales charts 20th April 2013

Here is a quick roundup of the video game and hardware sales charts from last week. Personally I was surprised to see Injustice topping the charts and a bit disappointed to see Tomb Raider drop 4 places to number 8. Call of Duty is also creeping up thanks to the recently released DLC.

Europe Top Sellers 20th April 2013

1 PS3 Injustice: Gods Among Us 55,368
2 3DS Fire Emblem: Awakening 46,994
3 X360 Injustice: Gods Among Us 43,658
4 3DS Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 27,498
5 PS3 BioShock Infinite 16,904
6 PC SimCity 15,733
7 X360 BioShock Infinite 15,588
8 PS3 Tomb Raider 15,077
9 PS3 Call of Duty: Black Ops II 14,907
10 PS3 FIFA 13 14,889

Top 10, ranked by number of units sold.

Weekly Hardware Chart 20th April 2013

Platform N. America Europe Japan Global
3DS 48,299 51,861 72,682 182,654
PS3 34,614 50,665 14,196 117,631
X360 43,238 30,913 429 80,685
WiiU 12,922 8,304 8,425 32,115
PSV 5,315 6,442 14,828 29,503
Wii 15,055 8,939 1,402 28,341
DS 15,393 4,447 59 21,112
PSP 1,172 909 7,692 14,225

Ranked by number of units sold worldwide. Note that the Global total includes regions not counted in the individual North America, Europe and Japan columns.

Source : VGChartz

Playstation Store update May 1st 2013 – PS+ Members get Hitman Absolution and Catherine for free

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It’s that time of the month again where Playstation 3 owners get to find out what goodies are available on the Playstation Store update. Most notable are the additions to the PS+ instant game collection which are Hitman Absolution and Catherine. For all you PS Vita owners, Machinarium is a great little game for just under 5 earth pounds.

Feel free to use the comment box below to let us know what content has caught your eyeballs.

PlayStation Plus

Hitman Absolution – 100% off
Catherine – 100% off
Malicious – 100% off
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – 20% off
Zen Pinball 2 – 50% off
Hamilton’s Great Adventure – 10% off

PS3 games

Far Cry 3 + Far Cry Blood Dragon
Price: £63.99/€79.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: All
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Trial available)
Price: £11.99/€14.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: All
Nascar The Game: Inside Line
Price: £15.99/€19.99
PEGI: 3
Availability: Not available in Australia, New Zealand

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Price: £15.99/€19.99
PEGI: 16
Availability: All

Poker Night 2
Price: £7.99/€9.99
PEGI: 16
Availability: All

Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge
Price: £7.99/€9.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: All

PS3 demos (Free)

Germinator (Puzzle demo)
PEGI: 3
Availability: Not available in Australia, New Zealand

PS Vita games

Farming Simulator
Price: £6.49/€7.99
PEGI: 3
Availability: Not available in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine

Machinarium
Price: £4.79/€5.99
PEGI: 7
Availability: All

Soul Sacrifice (available from May 3 for UK/IRE)
Price: £29.99/€34.99
PEGI: 16
Availability: All

Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge
Price: £7.99/€9.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: All

PS3 DLC

Aliens: Colonial Marines
Reconnaissance Pack
Prices: £7.99/€9.99
Availability: All

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist Of Dusk

Availability: All

Capcom Arcade Collections

Prices: £3.19/€3.99
Availability: All

Dead Island: Riptide

Availability: All

Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires

Availability: All

Guardians Of Middle-Earth

Prices: £1.59/€1.99
Availability: All

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

Availability: All

LittleBigPlanet 2 (Cross-Buy)

Prices: Free
Availability: All

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

Prices: £0.79/€0.99
Availability: All

Rocksmith

Prices: £2.39/€2.99
Availability: All

SingStar

  • Culcha Candela – Schöne Neue Welt
  • Unheilig – So Wie Du Warst
  • Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love
  • Marlon Roudette – New Age
  • Pereza – Niña de papá
  • The Miracles – Love Machine
  • The Platters – The Great Pretender

Prices: £1.15/€1.39

The Pinball Arcade (Cross-Buy)

Availability: All

PS Vita DLC

LittleBigPlanet 2 (Cross-Buy)

Prices: Free
Availability: All

The Pinball Arcade (Cross-Buy)

Availability: All

Source: Playstation Blog

PS3 Game Night Friday 3rd May – Battlefield 3 DLC

Battlefield 3 Premium Edition PS3We are running a PS3 game night on Friday 3rd May. Our game nights are a relaxed affair and meant to be good fun rather than competitive. We always welcome new members, so if you want to join in, please read on.

Game: Battlefield 3

Platform: Playstation 3

Date: Friday 3rd May 2013

Time: 9pm GMT

DLC Requirements: Premium Content

Host: UglyGeezer

Want to join us? Let us know here

Cheapest price for this game £34.85 here

(Competition Closed) It’s competition time again! 2 Copies of Star Trek up for grabs thanks to The Game Collection

 

STAR TREK Xbox 360Competition Details

We have once again teamed up with the nice people at The Game Collection to bring you a brand new competition. We have been given two copies of the newly released Star Trek video game to give away, we will pick two winners that will each receive a copy of the game. They have a great price of £31.95 if you can’t wait for the winners to be announced.

About the game

Star Trek The Video Game brings Kirk and Spock together for the first time in an exciting original co-op adventure set in the new Star Trek universe masterminded by J.J. Abrams in his 2009 reboot of the classic sci-fi series. Set between the events of that movie and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, this original story was co-written by BAFTA award winner and God of War writer, Marianne Krawczyk. Acclaimed Ontario-based developers Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II) have worked closely with the team at Paramount Pictures to ensure that this is a game that forms an important and faithful part of the Star Trek franchise, with the movie cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg, all performing their roles for the game.

The Game Collection

Website: http://www.thegamecollection.net

Twitter : https://twitter.com/game_collection

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegamecollection

The Game Collection Reward Points : http://www.thegamecollection.net/reward-points

Get this game for £31.95 – PS3 here or Xbox 360 here

How To Enter

Twitter:

To enter via Twitter, you need to be following both the @frugalgaming and @game_collection accounts, if you are not registered in Twitter, you can sign up here. Then all you need to do is Tweet the phrases below, relevant to which console you’d like the game on if you win.

RT & Follow @FrugalGaming & @game_collection for a chance to win the Star Trek game for 360 #FGUKCOMP T&C’s Here http://wp.me/p1SoXe-1sm

RT & Follow @FrugalGaming & @game_collection for a chance to win the Star Trek game for PS3 #FGUKCOMP T&C’s Here http://wp.me/p1SoXe-1sm

Facebook

To enter via Facebook you need to visit and Like The Game Collection Facebook page. Once you have done that, all you need to do is complete the sentence below and then copy and paste it on to The Game Collection Facebook page timeline.  There are no right or wrong answer obviously, it’s just a way for us to track your entries.

Hey Frugal Gaming & Game Collection, I think the best video game of 2013 so far is………

 Bonus entry via Facebook: Just join our Facebook group and do the same as above but on the Frugal Gaming Facebook Group Page here

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PlayStation Store ‘Lost Treasures’ sale now on

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Playstation Store has just launched a “Lost Treasures” sale that see’s quite a few forgotten gems reduced in price. My pick of the bunch would have to be Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD which is a great title and well worth the £5.19 they are asking.

Let us know which titles tickle your pickle by using the comment box at the bottom of the page.

PS3

After Burner Climax
Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Back to the Future: The Game – 5 Game Series
Was €19.99/£15.99, now €9.99/£7.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Beyond Good & Evil HD
Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Calling All Cars
Was €4.99/£3.99, now €2.49/£1.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Crystal Defenders
Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Datura
Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Deathspank
Was €12.99/£9.99, now €6.49/£5.19

Eat Them!
Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Echo Chrome
Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Echo Chrome 2
Was €12.99/£9.99, now €6.49/£5.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Elefunk
Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Ferrari The Race Experience
Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

From Dust
Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Gotham City Impostors
Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

LocoRoco Cocoreccho
Was €2.99/£2.39, now €1.49/£1.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD
Was €12.99/£9.99, now €6.49/£5.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Siren: Blood Curse
Was €12.99/£10.99, now €6.49/£5.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I

Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II

Was €12.99/£9.99, now €6.49/£5.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Sound Shapes
Was €12.99/£9.99, now €6.49/£5.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Super Rub ‘a’ Dub
Was €4.99/£3.99, now €2.49/£1.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Tetris
Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99

The Last Guy
Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
Was €14.99/£11.99, now €7.49/£5.99

Trash Panic
Was €4.99/£3.99, now €2.49/£1.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Trine
Was €9.99/£7.99, now €4.99/£3.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

PS Vita

Smart as…
Was €24.99/£19.99, now €12.49/£8.99
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Sound Shapes
Was €12.99/£9.99, now €6.49/£5.19
Additional 10% off for PS Plus subscribers

Source: Playstation Blog

EU Weekly Video Game Sales Charts – April 13th 2013

LOF PicThe last few weeks have been pretty good for decent game releases and this is reflected in the sales charts below. Bioshock Infinite has taken over Tomb Raider, but it’s Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS that tops the sales charts for last week.

Below you can find the details for the amount of games and hardware sold last week, plus the European hardware totals giving you an idea of which consoles people are gaming on.

Europe Top Sellers 13th April 2013

1 3DS Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 33,926
2 X360 BioShock Infinite 28,491
3 PS3 BioShock Infinite 24,806
4 PS3 Tomb Raider (2013) 24,253
5 X360 Tomb Raider (2013) 20,352
6 PC SimCity (2013) 19,557
7 PS3 FIFA Soccer 13 19,503
8 X360 DEFIANCE 19,456
9 X360 FIFA Soccer 13 19,074
10 PS3 Call of Duty: Black Ops II 16,431

Weekly Hardware Chart 13th April 2013

Platform N. America Europe Japan Global
3DS 50,325 39,648 47,333 145,500
PS3 34,214 54,037 14,940 122,293
X360 41,774 35,036 426 83,627
WiiU 12,774 8,856 9,899 34,153
PSV 5,547 7,332 14,624 30,389
Wii 15,573 9,270 1,379 29,043
DS 15,834 5,082 60 22,205
PSP 1,276 1,129 7,766 14,861

European Hardware Totals

Source : VGChartz

PS3 Game Night Sunday 28th April – Uncharted 3 Bazooka Madness

Uncharted 3We are running a Uncharted 3 PS3 game night this coming Sunday and it’s Sniper Rifles and Rocket Launchers only! The Uncharted 3 multiplayer is free to Playstation Plus subscribers, so there really is no excuse not to join the shenanigans.

Game: Uncharted 3

Platform: Playstation 3

Time: 9pm GMT

DLC Requirements: Multiplayer Maps (free via PS+)

Host: UglyGeezer

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Want to join this game night? Register here

PS3 Game Night Friday 26th April – Battlefield 3 DLC

Battlefield 3 Premium Edition PS3We are running a PS3 game night on Friday 26th April. Our game nights are a relaxed affair and meant to be good fun rather than competitive. We always welcome new members, so if you want to join in, please read on.

Game: Battlefield 3

Platform: Playstation 3

Date: Friday 26th April 2013

Time: 9pm GMT

DLC Requirements:  Premium Content

Host: UglyGeezer

Want to join us? Let us know here

Cheapest price for this game £34.85 here

Community Review – MLG Pro Circuit Controller for PlayStation 3

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We are pleased to announce the return of our community review section. Community plays a very important part at Frugal Gaming and we’ll be publishing reviews submitted to us by our forum members, Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Review by Forum Member @csreynolds09

Ten years ago, Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso founded Major League Gaming, a professional electronic sports organisation headquartered in New York that sought to elevate videogames tournaments to viable competitive and spectator events. In the last decade its Pro Circuit has hosted and broadcast countless national and international championships, awarding victors with monetary prizes exceeding tens of thousands of dollars. These competitions illustrate that playing games is more than a casual undertaking to some; it’s an opportunity to fund an education, or secure a future.

When it comes to peripherals, particularly joypads, few third party companies cater to this breed of player. Sure, many may market their merchandise with punchy slogans promoting improved durability or game-changing features, though from experience the ‘style over substance’ ideology rings true too often. Not so with the MLG Pro Circuit Controller. Built by reputable manufacturer Mad Catz, its creation has been heavily influenced by feedback from elite MLG competitors. It is therefore a controller designed by gamers for gamers, but can it realistically compete with Sony Computer Entertainment’s robust and reliable DualShock 3?

On initial inspection, the MLG PCC is a hybrid of Microsoft and Sony’s first party pads. Its glossy chassis is modelled on the Xbox 360 controller, while its two convex (curving out or bulging outward) analog sticks and divided D-Pad are laid out as per the classic PS3 arrangement. But there’s much more to the product. Delve deeper into its packaging and you’ll discover a number of substitutable ancillary components, including matte finish faceplates, two concave (curving in or hollowed inward) analog sticks, an adjoined D-Pad, and an clip-on cartridge containing two 35g weights – all of which can be interchanged on-the-fly without the need for a screwdriver or similar tool.

Lift the primary faceplate from the five mini magnets holding it in place and you’ll gain access to MC’s patented ProModule system. Say you want to swap the right convex thumb stick for a concave one. Simply twist the analog module anticlockwise to unlock it, and remove it. Then, insert the replacement analog module and rotate clockwise until a click is heard. Return the faceplate and presto, job done. The MLG PCC’s hassle-free compartmental construction empowers gamers to build a controller that meets their individual preferences, be it an Xbox-style layout (left concave analog, adjoined D-Pad, right concave analog) a PS3-style layout (divided D-Pad, left convex analog, right convex analog) or an exclusive configuration somewhere in between.

The third-party pad doesn’t fail to impress from a performance perspective either. Its rubberized contours sit comfortably in the palms of your hands, and hours of continuous play can be had before your digits’ dexterity starts to deteriorate. A mandatory wired connection precludes battery-related disconnections occurring at inopportune moments, and the 3m gold-plated USB cable supplied eliminates input latency, ensuring that thumb sticks, D-Pad, face and shoulder buttons respond optimally. The most welcome function though is the trigger switch, a nifty trick oddly absent from the peripheral’s user manual. By holding down Start and Select for a few seconds you can remap the shoulder buttons so that L1 and R1 perform the actions assigned to L2 and R2, and vice versa (the joypad’s controller assignment indicator lights invert to notify the user that the switch is active). To begin with I found the change disorienting, but after a few Team Deathmatches on Call of Duty I’d familiarised myself with the new set-up, and it felt so natural that I found reverting back to the PS3 norm challenging.

Despite its alluring features, the MLG PCC is marred by a few inadequacies. For one, neither of MC’s D-Pad modules cut the mustard in terms of precision. Occasionally, pushing up or down will concurrently perform a task mapped to left or right, which makes executing combos in Tekken 6, for instance, rather cumbersome. The analog sticks take a bit of getting used to also. Apply a touch too much pressure when turning and a slight adjustment accelerates to a fast revolution. As such, aligning iron sights with moving targets in first-person shooters proves extremely difficult, and even after altering my sensitivity settings I still found myself doing an increased amount of strafing with the left analog stick to compensate.

The repositioning of the Start and Select buttons is sore point as well. I imagine they were moved to lessen the likelihood of pressing them accidentally during intense gameplay moments, but their new placement makes accessing menus and scoreboards in-game an awkward affair. Last of all, the premium controller is lacking a basic PlayStation 3-specific trait: SixAxis support. To most this won’t be a deal breaker, especially considering how few games nowadays harness the technology. Nevertheless, as someone who likes to revisit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Heavenly Sword from time to time, its omission is hard for me to ignore.

Maybe I’m not the videogames God I thought I was, or perhaps I’m just too used to the feel of my worn, well-used Dualshock 3. Whatever the explanation, I wasn’t able to fully adjust to the MLG Pro Circuit Controller, although that’s not to imply Mad Catz’s joypad is a poor product. Its build quality is second to none. The innovative ProModule system offers unmatched versatility and personalisation possibilities, and FPS enthusiasts will definitely value the (strangely) secret trigger switch function. Dedicated and tournament-standard players will love this peripheral, of that I am confident, but casual and budget-conscious gamers might be opposed to investing £79.99 in hardware that marginally outshines Sony’s own.

Verdict: 7/10

Cheapest Price: £79.99 Delivered @Currys

Review by Forum member @csreynolds09

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