Best Games of March 2014 (Rankings & Sales)

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March 2014 was definitely a month of giants. Many mainstream and highly anticipated games were released and the result couldn’t be better. The gaming charts filled up with thousands of sales all over the world and the gaming media had plenty of quality content to review. But which games were the best? And which ones sold the most? Here’s a detailed list with accurate information from VGChartz, N4G, GameSpot and IGN.

Titanfall1. Titanfall (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Titanfall has absolutely conquered the hearts of FPS players all over the world. With more than one million copies retailed in just one month, Titanfall was the true king of sells during March. And because quality has always been a priority for Respawn, Titanfall was one of the top ranked games of the month. At least, the huge hype wasn’t in vain and Titanfall is now a worthy opponent for popular FPS franchises like Battlefield and Call of Duty.

Released On: March 11th, 2014     Genre: FPS

Developer: Respawn Entertainment     Publisher: Electronic Arts

Global Sales: 1,11M     N4G Average Score: 8.4     GameSpot Score: 9    IGN Score: 8.9

dark souls 2 boss fight guide2. Dark Souls II (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

The ambitious Dark Souls franchise came back with a second story in March and as expected, the quality and difficulty of the series has been maintained. Dark Souls II was the best ranked game of the month with impressive scores from countless gaming media. However and despite this stunning performance, the game was not able to sell proportionately to its score, reaching a bit less than 700,000 copies sold.

Released On: March 11th, 2014     Genre: Action-RPG

Developer: From Software     Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

Global Sales: 0,68M     N4G Average Score: 8.9     GameSpot Score: 9    IGN Score: 9

inFAMOUS: Second Son 3. inFAMOUS: Second Son (PlayStation 4)

The PlayStation 4 giant inFAMOUS: Second Son came to dominate. The game was released at the end of the month but nevertheless, it was able to achieve stunning results. It sold more than 700,000 copies in a bit more than a week, which might indicate that the retail number will keep rising in the first weeks of April. inFAMOUS: Second Son has also attained impressive scores among gaming media all over the world.

Released On: March 21th, 2014     Genre: Action-Adventure

 Developer: Sucker Punch Productions     Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Global Sales: 0,71M     N4G Average Score: 8.2    GameSpot Score: 8     IGN Score: 8.7

South Park: The Stick of Truth 4. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

The famous South Park series brought another hilarious story that fans wouldn’t want to miss. Despite the general positive feedback, the game obtained quite divergent scores from gaming media. Probably because the game involves basically every race out there and the story isn’t as cohesive as it should be. Anyhow, South Park: The Stick of Truth was able to sell a bit more than 300,000 copies.

Released On: March 4th, 2014     Genre: RPG

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment & South Park Digital Studios     Publisher: Ubisoft

Global Sales: 0,32M     N4G Average Score: 8.7     GameSpot Score: 7    IGN Score: 9

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 5. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes features Snake in another thrilling adventure. This is the first act of the fifth series and a prologue for the upcoming The Phantom Pain. Despite all the hype and expectations, the game didn’t show any spectacular results. Reviews have ranked Ground Zeroes as a decent game and the global charts expose a bit more than 200,000 copies sold in two weeks.

Released On: March 18th, 2014     Genre: Action-Adventure

Developer: Kojima Productions     Publisher: Konami

Global Sales: 0,23M     N4G Average Score: 7.4     GameSpot Score: 8    IGN Score: 8

how to fix thief crashes stuttering6. Thief (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Thief was released at the very ending of February, hence why the scores and chart numbers being made public during March. Eidos Montreal’s reboot of Thief wasn’t that impressive, at least that’s what most of reviews state. On the other hand, the game was able to sell fairly well considering the mediocre evaluations. Hype effects or not, it managed to sell nearly 400,000 copies during March.

Released On: February 25th, 2014     Genre: Stealth

Developer: Eidos Montreal     Publisher: Square Enix

Global Sales: 0,38M     N4G Average Score: 6.7     GameSpot Score: 6    IGN Score: 6.5

Thief Patch 1.2 Released, Comes to Fix Bugs

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Eidos Montreal has just launched a new patch for Thief, and fortunately they didn’t address the money making glitch that we told you about last week. What they did do, though, was to fix a series of bugs and game breaking problems, so you should definitely make sure that you download the Thief Patch 1.2 and install it as soon as possible.

This patch will be applied by Steam automatically when you next start the game. If your game does not update, please restart the Steam client. Here are the changes brought in by the new Thief patch:

– Fixed an issue where, for some users, controller right stick would not turn the camera and controller hints would not appear.
– Fixed an issue where, for some users, the keyboard mapping menu would immediately map a key and then hang.
– Fixed an issue with the fog when SSAA was enabled that was introduced in v1.1.
– Fixed a crash when the user had 99 saves and tried to access the save menu in game.
– Added an option to the launcher configuration dialog to run the 32-bit version on a 64-bit machine. The 32-bit version has several features disabled causing it to use less memory, providing a smoother experience for users with lower spec machines. The checkbox for this option can be found in the display tab of the launcher options dialogue.
– Update: Deploy additional DLLs with the game to avoid issues with corrupt DLLs on user machines, which could cause the game to not start at all.
– Update: Moved Lockpick and Frame Search helper to the HUD menu and will now also affect mouse/keyboard.
WARNING: Disabling Frame Search helper while playing with mouse/keyboard could make it very hard, if not impossible, to find the button.
– Various performance improvements.
– Various crash fixes.

Do you enjoy playing the game so far? Let us know by commenting below!

How to Fix Thief 2014 Crashes, Graphics Stuttering and Problems

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The highly anticipated release of Thief (2014) has come and gamers all over the world are stealthing their ways out from and into the shadows. However, not all players are as lucky to enjoy a flawless experience, and some reports are coming from upset gamers who encounter, except for the enemies, Thief crashes, stuttering and other game problems.

We are here to try and give you a helping hand if you’re one of those affected and in this article we’re going to try to find out how to fix Thief 2014 crashes, stutters and other issues. Because this is indeed a game that must be enjoyed to the max!

1. How to fix Thief crashes after loading a stage
The good way out of this would be to check your game’s integrity in Steam. Quit Steam, do a check, quit Steam, do a check again. If this is not working, some forum users are reporting that increasing their Virtual Memory allocation somehow does the trick for them, so you should try it too.

2. How to fix Thief 2014 random crashes and system reboot
The game has been already patched, so make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest game patch. It might also be caused by the graphics card drivers you are using – make sure you download and use the latest version of drivers (try the Beta drivers, optimized for Thief 2014).

3. How to fix Thief stuttering and graphics performance
People are complaining that for a game that isn’t the best looking one of the new gen, it uses up a lot of resources and is poorly optimized, resulting in the game stuttering and generally dropping the FPS rate. If you experience such issues, the first thing you should do would be tuning down the graphics.

If you get these problems especially during your visits to the districts, try to disable the levelstreaming in the ini file (Steam\SteamApps\common\Thief\ThiefGame\Config\ThiefEngine.ini). This will surely help!

Finally, check out the SSAA settings. Keeping these as low as possible will improve your game’s experience. Usually, simply tuning this setting down will result in a much better game experience.

For now these are the fixes for the Thief 2014 crashes and stuttering of the graphics. Probably the developers of the game will do some tweaking and optimization and soon we’ll have a new patch that will improve the frame rates and hopefully reduce the number of crashes. Until then, use our recommended fixes and you should do fine!

Do you have problems running Thief 2014? Have you found any other solutions to fix them? Let us know!

Thief: Square Enix Hosts a Modding Contest

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Thief is launching next week on February 25th and Square Enix is preparing a modding contest with exclusive prizes, including a paid trip to E3 2014 with Square Enix and an AMD rig which includes an AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card. The company announced this event via social media and challenged players to create the ultimate mod:

@Thief: Create the ultimate THIEF mod to win fabulous prizes courtesy of @SquareEnixUSA and @Amazon http://amzn.to/McLC4g pic.twitter.com/W4BUKF7ZaQ

it’s modding contest is running from February 18th until April 14th and players don’t need to purchase the game to be able to participate. Furthermore, only the most original and creative entries will be consired. The final results will include two grand prize winners and five finalists.