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Black Ops 4 physical sales top charts despite series low

Monday, October 15th, 2018

It’s no surprise to hear that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is at the top of the UK boxed charts, but it’s not actually that strong a performance from the game when stacked up against the series history, as this is the weakest start to a game’s sales since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare all the way back in 2007 (as reported by GamesIndustry.biz).

What’s more is that these sales are almost 50% down on last year’s WWII, and 59% down compared to Black Ops III, although it’s worth noting that this could be due to a shift in preference for digital. After all, Black Ops 4 has set several records for Activision in this area, becoming the biggest digital day one launch ever for them.

So it’s not all doom and gloom for Call of Duty, as it’s impressed digitally, positioned itself as the second biggest boxed launch of the year behind FIFA, and is still number one. We also know that 58% of the sales were on PS4, with 41% on Xbox One and the rest on PC.

WWE 2K19 is another new release, coming in at number four in the charts despite physical sales also being down 37.5% compared to last year, with FIFA 19 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey holding firm at numbers two and three respectively.

For the full top 10 make sure you look down below.

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
2. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
4. WWE 2K19 / 2K Sports
5. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
6. Spider-Man / Sony
7. Super Mario Party / Nintendo
8. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy / Activision
9. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo

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There’s no stopping FIFA 19 at the top of the gaming charts

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s hardly surprising that FIFA 19 holds on to the top spot in the UK retail charts this week, even with formidable opposition in the shape of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4. It should be noted that while Odyssey came in second in the all formats chart, Forza Horizon 4 did sell more if the SKUs are separated (individual formats). Perhaps an indication that Odyssey sales came in a little soft, there was no comparison with previous Assassin’s Creed launches provided by GfK Chart-Track. Elsewhere, new releases Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise and Astro Boy Rescue Mission came in 21st and 22nd respectively.

All Formats:

1. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft (new)
3. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft (new)
4. Spider-Man / Sony
5. Super Mario Party / Nintendo (new)
6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
7. Tekken 7 / Bandai Namco
8. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
9. Project CARS 2 / Bandai Namco
10. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar

Individual Formats:

1. FIFA 19 / PS4
2. FIFA 19 / Xbox One
3. Forza Horizon 4 / Xbox One (new)
4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / PS4 (new)
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Xbox One (new)
6. Spider-Man / PS4
7. Super Mario Party / Switch (new)
8. Tekken 7 / Xbox One
9. Project CARS 2 / Xbox One
10. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / PS4

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FIFA 19 tops the UK gaming retail charts

Monday, October 1st, 2018

FIFA 19 is the best-selling game in the UK at retail over the last week, with the series knocking old Spidey off his spot at the top of the charts. According to early stats shared over at GI.biz, this year’s game is already the biggest video game launch of the year, despite the fact that week one retail sales are actually down 25% year-on-year. For the time being the UK charts don’t take digital sales into account, so it could well be that digital downloads account for nearly all of the aforementioned 25% drop (indeed, sales may even surpass those of last year).

It’s been a good week for the accountants at Sony, with Spider-Man becoming the second best-selling game of the year so far, overtaking Far Cry 5 – impressive when you think that Insomniac’s web-slinging adventure is a platform exclusive. Sony’s console also accounts for 64% sales of FIFA 19, and 54% of sales of the top ten’s other debut title, Valkyria Chronicles 4. Check out the GfK Chart-Track top ten below:

1. FIFA 19 / EA
2. Spider-Man / Sony
3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
4. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
5. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
6. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
7. The Elder Scrolls Online / Bethesda
8. NBA 2K19 / Take-Two
9. Valkyria Chronicles 4 / Sega
10. Minecraft (Xbox Edition) / Microsoft

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Spider-Man is still perched atop the UK gaming charts

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Insomniac is continuing to enjoy success with Spider-Man, with their platform exclusive web-slinging adventure making it three weeks at the top of the UK retail charts. Aristocratic grave robber Lara Croft has to make peace with yet a second week in second place, while Crash Bandicoot has spun up the charts a solitary place to complete the top three (replacing NBA 2K19 which drops to fourth). Otherwise, there’s not a ton of interesting movement to tell you about, so gaze at the GfK Chart-Track top ten below and then let’s all move on.

1. Spider-Man / Sony
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
3. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
4. NBA 2K19 / Take-Two
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
8. F1 2018 / Codemasters
9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
10. Sonic Mania Plus / Sega

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Spider-Man holds off Tomb Raider

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Two of the biggest releases of September have come out within a week of each other – Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider – and as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Spider-Man has actually held off competition from Lara Croft to stay at number one in the UK charts for a second week, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider making do with number two instead.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Shadow of the Tomb Raider though, as week one sales are 25% higher than Rise of the Tomb Raider, although that launched as a timed exclusive for Xbox One while this one launches for PC and PS4 too. Compared to the first game in 2013 though sales are more than 70% down (even if these charts don’t factor digital sales in), with 63% of sales coming on PS4, and the rest on Xbox One (PC is almost entirely digital).

Spider-Man sales are down 42% though, while NBA 2K19 comes in at number three, with 65% of sales on PS4 and 33% on Xbox One, with a tiny 2% on Switch. After a price cut we’ve also seen Elder Scrolls Online reappear in the charts too, and for the full top 10 take a look below.

Can Spider-Man get a third week?

1. Spider-Man / Sony
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
3. NBA 2K19 / 2K Sports
4. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy / Activision
5. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. F1 2018 / Codemasters
8. The Elder Scrolls Online / Bethesda
9. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
10. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo

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F1 2018 bests PES 2019 as competition heats up

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

In what has to be described as a surprise Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 did not manage to claim the number one spot in the UK retail charts from Codemasters’ F1 2018 (last week’s number one) as it launched. While the PS4 version was the best-selling single SKU of the week, clearly Xbox One fans were not as keen on it (only the 16th ranked single SKU), and overall sales dropped 42% compared to last year. Sega enjoyed a strong showing for Yakuza Kiwami 2 in fifth, and Capcom’s Switch exclusive Monster Hunter Generation Ultimate managed ninth, while Sony are no doubt pleased with PSVR title Firewall Zero Hour falling just outside the top 10 in the all formats chart at 11. Rebellion’s Strange Brigade has a slow start down in 16th. Larian’s excellent Divinity: Original Sin II launched on consoles but only managed to hit 23rd spot. Surely, the latter two are disappointments for their respective publishers.

All Formats:

1. F1 2018 / Codemasters
2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 / Konami (new)
3. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
4. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
5. Yakuza Kiwami 2 / Sega (new)
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
8. God of War / Sony
9. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate / Capcom
10. FIFA 18 / EA Sports

Individual Formats (units):

1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 / PS4 (new)
2. F1 2018 / PS4
3. Yakuza Kiwami 2 / PS4 (new)
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Switch
5. F1 2018 / Xbox One
6. Grand Theft Auto V / PS4
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Xbox One
8. God of War / PS4
9. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate / Switch (new)
10. Firewall Zero Hour / PS4 (new)

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F1 2018 takes pole position ahead of Shenmue I & II

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

It’s been a slow summer in terms of major video game releases, and as a result Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy has been racking up number ones in the UK retail charts, but this week there was a bit of action as both F1 2018 and Shenmue I & II overtook the bandicoot preventing him from a ninth (!) straight week at number one. Next week sees the likes of PES 2019, Strange Brigade, and Divinity: Original Sin II on console, releasing so there should be some big movements to look forward to.

All Formats:

1. F1 2018 / Codemasters (new)
2. Shenmue I & II / Sega (new)
3. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
4. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. God of War / Sony
7. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros.
8. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
9. The Crew 2 / Ubisoft
10. FIFA 18 / EA Sports

Individual Formats (units):

1. F1 2018 / PS4 (new)
2. F1 2018 / Xbox One (new)
3. Shenmue I & II / PS4 (new)
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Switch
5. God of War / PS4
6. Grand Theft Auto V / PS4
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Xbox One
8. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Xbox One
9. Shenmue I & II / Xbox One (new)
10. Super Mario Odyssey / Switch

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Crash Bandicoot is king of the Gamescom week charts

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

As we’ve reported many a time before, Crash Bandicoot and his Nsane Trilogy have held on yet again to the top spot in the UK charts, showing that fans aren’t bored of him despite the original remastered trilogy releasing in the summer of 2017 and the PC, Switch, and Xbox One versions now being almost two months old.

World of Warcraft’s expansion Battle for Azeroth has done well to storm into the number three spot too, sitting nicely behind Grand Theft Auto V, and in fact WoW’s epic conflict is the only new entry in the entire top 10, which you can see down below in full.

Is Crash going to be toppled in September?

1. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
2. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
3. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth / Blizzard
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
6. God of War / Sony
7. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
8. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Nintendo
10. Madden NFL 19 / EA Sports

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Nobody seems to be able to push Crash Bandicoot off the top of the gaming charts

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

It seems that Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy and the number one spot on the UK charts are a match made in heaven, as again Crash has held firm at the top position to make it a bright summer for the orange mascot, with three new entries in the top 10 unable to topple him.

These new entries are Madden NFL 19 (at 5), Overcooked 2 (at 8), and We Happy Few (at 10), but just behind Crash is Lego The Incredibles, so it seems family-friendly action has triumphed last week. The same can’t be said for Grand Theft Auto V at number 3 though…

For the full top 10 list, check down below:

1. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
2. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
3. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two Interactive
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. Madden NFL 19 / EA Sports
6. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
7. God of War / Sony
8. Overcooked 2 / Team 17
9. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
10. We Happy Few / Maximum Games

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Crash Bandicoot remains at number one for a fifth week

Monday, July 30th, 2018

There’s not a great deal of movement in the charts this summer and Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy enjoys its fifth consecutive week at the top of the UK retail charts. No Man’s Sky re-entered the charts at number 12 with the Xbox One release, while Dovetail’s Train Sim World came in at 20, and Switch party game Go Vacation managed a 23rd spot.

All Formats:

1. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
2. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros.
3. The Crew 2 / Ubisoft
4. God of War / Sony
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
7. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
8. Sonic Mania Plus / Sega
9. Jurassic World Evolution / Sold Out Sales & Marketing
10. Mario Tennis Aces / Nintendo

Individual Formats:

1. God of War / PS4
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Switch
3. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Xbox One
4. The Crew 2 / PS4
5. The Crew 2 / Xbox One
6. Mario Tennis Aces / Switch
7. Lego The Incredibles / PS4
8. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Switch
9. Super Mario Odyssey / Switch
10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Xbox One

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