Game4u to Hold Crysis 3 Midnight Launch in Mumbai And Gurgaon

About 5 years ago, Cevat Yerli’s team at Crytek introduced Crysis to us and blew our minds and our gaming rigs away with the sheer brilliance that was Crysis’ graphics. Come February 22nd and Crytek is all set to launch Crysis 3 and restart the “But can it run Crysis?” meme, all over again.

Crysis 3 Midnight Launch

Game4u will be conducting a midnight launch party at Mega Mall, Andheri (W) in Mumbai and at MGF Metropolis in Gurgaon. Customers who have pre-ordered are set to get the following goodies:

  • For PC: Hunter Edition + Stalker pack & Brawler Pack DLC + T-shirt + (Crysis 1 digital download for Team Elite Members) + 50% off on Crysis 2, Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Mass Effect 3 available in the ‘downloads4u’ catalogue
  • For PS3: Hunter Edition + Stalker & Brawler Pack DLC + T- shirt + (Crysis 1 digital download – for Team Elite Members)
  • For Xbox360: Hunter Edition + T-shirt (plus a yet-to-be-confirmed DLC)

The first customer to pick up a copy of the game will also get a “1st to own” certificate from Game4u.

Game4u Adds Mac Games to downloads4u

Few months ago, Game4u had introduced downloads4u, their digital download service for PC games. Today, Game4u has added several Mac titles available for digital download on downloads4u.

In collaboration with leading Mac games publisher, Aspyr Media, Game4u has introduced several Mac titles including triple A titles such as Borderlands 2, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and Call of Duty series with pricing on-par with the local retail prices.

Mac catalogueIf you’re wondering how downloads4u behaves like, check my post on impressions of the service. The Mac games available at downloads4u‘s Mac section – check it out and let me know if your experience is better than mine!

Game4u Announces End of Season Sale

Game4u, India’s leading games retailer has announced the launch of their end of season sale. The end of season sale runs till February 28th, and is valid at all offline Game4u retailers as well as their online store. With over 70 titles up for sale, with discounts ranging from 20% to 50% this is a great time to purchase those games you wanted.

Game4uSome of the most popular games, including Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, Assassin’s Creed 3, FIFA 13, Borderlands 2 are on sale. Head over to Game4u online, or to your nearest retailer to grab these while the offer is still on.

A Look at Some of the Top Selling Games in India for 2012

2012 is coming to a close and the New Year will be upon us soon. It’s been a fairly good year for gaming – lots of blockbusters, new IPs, new sequels being released.

game4u logo

Game4u, Milestone’s retail unit for PC and video games, got in touch with me and and sent me the charts for the top selling games of the year on Game4u, and here’s how it looks like.

Platform-wise break up – Top 5 Games


  1. FIFA 12
  2. FIFA 13
  3. Ra.One
  4. WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010
  5. God Of War


  1. FIFA 13
  2. Assassins Creed 3
  3. Call Of Duty Black Ops II
  4. Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception
  5. Sports Champions

Xbox 360

  1. FIFA 13
  2. Kinect Sports Season 2
  3. Call Of Duty Black Ops II
  4. Assassins Creed 3
  5. Halo 4

Nintendo Wii

  1. Family Party 30 Game
  2. Super Mario Galaxy
  3. FIFA Soccer 12
  4. FIFA Soccer 13
  5. Need For Speed:The Run


  1. WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011
  2. GTA Liberty City Stories
  3. Cars 2
  4. FIFA 13
  5. God Of War:Ghost Of Sparta

PS Vita

  1. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  2. FIFA Football
  3. Assassins Creed 3: Liberation
  4. FIFA 13
  5. Unit 13


  1. FIFA 13
  2. Assassins Creed 3
  3. Max Payne 3
  4. Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
  5. Need For Speed:Most Wanted

Overall Top 10 games

  1. FIFA 13
  2. Assassins Creed 3
  3. FIFA 12
  4. Max Payne 3
  5. Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  6. GTA IV: Complete Edition
  7. Need For Speed:Most Wanted
  8. Battlefield 3
  9. Uncharted Drakes Deception
  10. Sports Champions

Top 5 Pre-ordered games

  1. Fifa 13
  2. Assassins Creed 3
  3. COD Black Ops 2
  4. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  5. Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Thoughts on the list

Looking at the numbers, it’s pretty obvious that FIFA rules the roost, with FIFA 12/13 being on top 3 of most platforms. Need For Speed: Most Wanted failed to make it to the top charts, despite being the #4 pre-ordered game. If you’ve played the game(review here), you’ll know why it’s not in the top selling list.

I was curious on knowing how Game4u’s downloads4u service performed, but Milestone refused to disclose the units sold and all I got was that

Battlefield 3 Premium and Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition were our big sellers

It’ll be interesting to see how the upcoming year will play out – especially with the Digital downloads service.

Preload Need For Speed Most Wanted on Downloads4u

Game4u’s digital downloads service, downloads4u was launched few days ago(read my thoughts on the service here). Close on the heels of the launch, Electronic Arts’ newest game in the Need For Speed franchise, the rebooted Need For Speed Most Wanted is available for preload on downloads4u.

Preloading allows you to download the game before the game’s released. Once released, you’ll get the activation code, allowing you to start playing the game immediately, without having to wait for the physical media to ship over.

I’m a huge proponent of digital downloads & preloading, and it’s good to see more vendors are jumping on to the digital distribution bandwagon. You can buy preload Need For Speed Most Wanted by heading over here and purchasing the game using your credit/debit cards or netbanking. The game’s scheduled for November 2nd release and is priced at Rs 1499. While you wait for the download to complete, here’s live action TV ad and a gameplay video of what you can expect from Need For Speed Most Wanted.

Game4u Launches Downloads4u, A Digital Download Service for PC and Mac Games in India

Game4u, Milestone’s retail unit for PC and video games have introduced a digital download service known as downloads4u. Reporting for MCV India, Sameer mentions that as of now, the games available for download are limited to EA’s titles and few other titles from smaller publishers.

Titled downloads4u, the service allows registered Game4u users to purchase games and download them, much like EA’s Origin or Valve’s Steam. The accepted mode of payments include Net Banking and Credit/Debit cards.

To test out how the service works, I decided to buy Need For Speed:Undercover — for lack  of other better titles I was interested in. The service works, but there are some niggles which detract from the experience.

For starters, there’s no landing page or a prominent link to the downloads4u service. Navigation to the games available on downloads4u is limited by a drop down menu at the sidebar which is pretty easy to ignore and dismiss.

downloads4u location

The search results are pretty poor and there’s no way to filter only the games available for digital download. Once the title is purchased, the interstitial page was a rather bland page with title set as “Insert title here”.


The page offers you a direct link to a bootstrappable game executable — there’s no common downloads4u client available, so if you buy multiple games, your hard drive’s bound to be littered with bootstrapper for each game. Though the game downloader doesn’t have a pause/resume button on the UI, thankfully closing the app and then reopening it later does resume the download.

downloads4u client UI

I hope the downloads4u takes some time in improving these. Price wise, there’s no difference between the digital downloads and the retail unit. With Internet bandwidth at premium and ridiculous Fair Usage Plans(FUP) among Internet Service Providers in India, I’m not too sure if the service will take off. Perhaps a discounted approach at the games available might incite the users to try out the service.

Overall, I’m pretty happy that Game4u has started this service — digital distribution in India is still at a very nascent stage and with initiatives such as this and from EA’s Origin, I hope digital distribution becomes more commonplace.