March 2009 Archives

What's black and white and red all over? No, not a newspaper or even a sunburned penguin. It's Madworld.

Resident Evil outsells U2

By Steve Wollaston on Mar 20, 09 12:30 PM

VIDEOGAMES are now officially the UK's favourite form of entertainment, as proved by sales of record-breaking new game Resident Evil 5 over the weekend.

Analysts predicted that sales of games would outstrip sales of music and video in 2009 - and Resident Evil 5, the biggest game of the year so far, is proving them right.

Sales of the 18-rated game eclipsed both film and music sales since its launch on March 13.

* It outsold EVERY item in the UK Singles Chart (Based on physical and digital sales of UK Top 200)

* It outsold U2's chart-topping new album's total sales since release in ONE WEEKEND (in the UK)

* It grossed more than the top five movies in the UK this weekend - COMBINED.

* The Resident Evil franchise as a whole has sold 40 MILLION COPIES worldwide - that's one copy for every 170 people in the world.

* Resident Evil 5 has shipped fourn million copies worldwide to date

Leo Tan of Capcom says: "This is proof, if any were needed, that games are the entertainment medium of choice in 2009. "

Empire: Total War (PC)

By Steve Wollaston on Mar 12, 09 09:10 PM

I don't need to say too much about this game, if you like Real Time Strategy games then get this, simple as that - this is an epic game of the highest possible quality.

18th Century warfare is always fun bet when it is done this well on land and sea it makes the whole experience a real joy.

Resident Evil 5 (360)

By Steve Wollaston on Mar 12, 09 09:10 PM


I could probably some this game up just by saying that.

I started getting my weekly reviews done last night - I have to say Resident Evil 5 is looking damn good.

BUT - it is very sinister and wickedly realistic.

I'm a bit scared to be honest...

More to follow...

In My Pet Shop you play as the daughter of a pet shop owner in pretty Green Town, the basis of the game is that you need to find people their perfect pet. And that's where I sign off and leave it to one of our younger gamers Katie aged 11 to tell you what she thinks!

"My Pet Shop on the DS is brilliant, it's one of the best games I have played in ages because it is a lot of fun and gives you tasks to achieve like going to the woods and collecting pets for people.

One man with too much time on his hands in Fallout 3


Review by David Higgerson

SOMETIMES it's easy to forget that, at its heart, the Nintendo Wii also has to appeal to hard-to-please gamers, the sort of folk prepared to lock the door for hours and get to the bottom of a game.

With Harry Redknapp and family - including the never-aging daughter-in-law Louise - seen in the adverts playing Mario Kart, and all this talk about how the Wii Fit is pulling the nation away from obesity, there appeared to be a danger the Wii would become a little too civilised.

Which is why gamers everywhere should rejoice in the arrival of that arcade favourite, House of The Dead, on the little white box. Overkill by just name this game is not.


NOW I don't know much about Nerf other than they are guns that shoot foam darts and have kids running around like wannabe cops and firing the guns at cats.

Makers Hasbro and gaming giants EA have teamed up to bring a really clever game on to the market.

Polish off those mop-tops, get that scouse accent nailed. The Fab Four are to be immortalised on Rock band!


Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Sunday Mercury games reviewer Steve has been writing about video games for donkey's years. In fact he is probably far too old for it now which is why you will see a lot of reviews been done by kids... He has been nominated three times for Regional Games Journalist Of The Year at the Games Media Awards, but never wins. His major love is sports games and rates Sensible World of Soccer circa 90's as the greatest game ever made - closely followed by Championship Manager 2. Skyrim has currently taken over his life.

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