Far Cry 5 tops the UK gaming charts

April 3rd, 2018

Far Cry 5 has marched straight to the top of the UK charts after the strongest launch in the history of the series (in the UK, at least). Taking advantage of a relatively meager lineup of new titles during the springtime, Ubisoft’s game has enjoyed a strong critical and commercial release, so much so that the fifth core entry in the series is the best-selling launch in ‘week 13’ ever, displacing previous record holder Bioshock: Infinite. Not bad going.

Further down the charts we see a little movement, with Xbox (and Windows 10 PC) exclusive Sea of Thieves sinking down to third, while A Way Out is stuck in the top ten, albeit it down to seventh thanks to a 61% drop in sales. Detective Pikachu enjoyed a much stronger second week according to Games Industry, although not strong enough for a top ten finish (it’s up to 15th from 23rd).

In general, the top ten this week sees strong sales for a number of big IPs that were discounted in time for the Easter holidays:

1. Far Cry 5 / Ubisoft
2. FIFA 18 / EA
3. Sea of Thieves/ Microsoft
4. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
6. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
7. A Way Out / EA
8. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
9. Forza Motorsport 7 / Microsoft
10. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two

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Rudimental claim third Number 1 on Official Singles Chart

March 30th, 2018

Rudimental’s latest single These Days takes the top spot on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

After a mammoth seven consecutive weeks at Number 2 – a record jointly held with Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger – the group’s latest track These Days ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen climbs a place to become their third Number 1.

Rudimental told OfficialCharts.com: “It feels amazing! The fact the fans are still sticking by us and keeping our song in the charts for as long as they have is amazing. A massive thank you to all the fans who are supporting us out there.”

The Hackney-based quartet previously topped the Official Chart in 2012 with Feel The Love ft. John Newman and in 2013 with Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre.

Rudimental’s third Number 1 single means guest feature Jess Glynne sets a new Official Chart record this week, claiming the most chart-topping singles for a female solo artist ever.

Following the release of his chart-topping new album Staying At Tamara’s, George Ezra’s Paradise climbs from 5 to Number 2 – his highest charting single to date after his debut single Budapest topped out at 3 in 2014. Another album track, Shotgun, is new at Number 35.

Elsewhere in the Top 5, US rapper and comedian Lil Dicky cracks the Top 10 with Freaky Friday ft. Chris Brown, racing 11 places to Number 5.

New entries and high climbers

Sigala & Paloma Faith’s Lullaby lifts three spots to 9, earning the producer his sixth Top 10 and Paloma her fifth, while Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes scores the two highest new entries of the week following his double release – In My Blood opens at Number 13 and Lost In Japan is at 27.

Further down, Yxng Bane’s Vroom lifts five places to Number 40, earning the rapper his third UK Top 40 single.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

Gaming charts: Sea of Thieves steals the top spot

March 26th, 2018

This week’s charts have now landed, and it’ll be no surprise for many given the previous months of hype and testing periods that Microsoft and Rare’s Sea of Thieves has sailed into the top spot on its debut week, meaning that it has triumphed over another three debuts in the top four.

Just below Rare’s pirate adventure is EA’s co-operative game A Way Out, closely followed by Bandai Namco’s stellar RPG Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and the return of Assassin’s Creed Rogue in the form of a remaster, meaning that all these new games have been particularly popular with gamers.

Below that Burnout Paradise Remastered has slipped to 5, while the usual suspects like FIFA 18 and Grand Theft Auto V share the rest of the success in the top 10 with Nintendo’s mascot Mario and EA’s UFC 3. For the full top 10, however, you can check below.

1. Sea of Thieves / Microsoft
2. A Way Out / EA
3. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom / Bandai Namco
4. Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered / Ubisoft
5. Burnout Paradise Remastered / EA
6. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
7. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
8. UFC 3 / EA Sports
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
10. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo

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Football Manager heads to Nintendo Switch

March 24th, 2018

Football Manager Touch 2018 has been rated in Korea, as grabbed at ResetEra. The game showed up at the classification system today, with a release date TBA in 2018.

It’s worth noting though that, while this isn’t the full package Sports Interactive and Sega release on PC every year, neither is it the cut-down version the company launches on mobile phones, but something much closer to the former, aimed at portable devices with a touchscreen. In fact, Football Manager Touch 2018 released at the end of 2017 on PC (Windows/Mac/Linux) and tablets (iOS/Android), for £22 (€30) (it’s currently discounted on Steam and costs half of that), including several additional online modes compared to the mobile game. Watch the trailer below for more info.

Sega hasn’t made the Nintendo Switch version official as of yet, but it’d also be the first FM on console this generation.

Drake holds off Rudimental to claim a ninth week at Number 1

March 23rd, 2018

God’s Plan by Drake has secured a ninth week at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.

The Canadian’s latest single joins 20 other songs in the Official Chart’s 66-year history to have logged nine or more weeks at the top. God’s Plan is the star’s second hit to achieve this after his 2016 summer smash One Dance spent 15 weeks at the summit. View the longest reigning Official Singles Chart Number 1 hits here.

Rudimental’s These Days ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen put up another good fight this week, finishing just 3,200 combined sales behind Drake at Number 2. In turn, the song has now matched an Official Chart record for the most weeks spent at Number 2; These Days shares this feat with All-4-One’s 1994 hit I Swear, and the 2011 single Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera.

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, George Ezra score his highest chart entry since July 2014, as Paradise climbs seven places to Number 5. Lullaby is now Paloma’s highest charting track since Changing with Sigma debuted at Number 1 in September 2014.

New entries and high climbers

Bebe Rexha’s country crossover hit Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line continues to climb, up eight places to Number 12 this week. One slot behind are Sigala & Paloma Faith with Lullaby, up six to 13. Lullaby is now Paloma’s highest charting track since Changing with Sigma debuted at Number 1 in September 2014.

US rapper and comedian Lil Dicky and Chris Brown score this week’s highest new entry with Freaky Friday at Number 16, plus XXXTentacion makes two appearances in the Top 40 this week, at Number 20 with Sad! (up eight places) and Number 31 with Moonlight (new).

Finally, girl group M.O vault four places with Bad Vibe ft. Lotto Boyz and Mr. Eazi (23), while Love Lies by Khalid and Normani, taken from the upcoming Love, Simon film, climbs six rungs to Number 24.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full here

Charts: Burnout Paradise Remastered gets heavenly start

March 19th, 2018

Burnout Paradise Remastered is a game we enjoyed a lot, as you can tell from our review, and it seems to have garnered a lot of popularity as well, since it has debuted at number one in this week’s UK charts, beating out the debut of Kirby Star Allies to get there, which sits just behind at number two.

The rest of the top 10 is peppered with household names like FIFA 18, Grand Theft Auto V, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, so in terms of surprises we’re pretty much let off this week, aside from perhaps UFC 3 which sits at number 8. For the whole top 10 though, take a look down below.

It should be noted that Kirby Star Allies has still had a very successful start, as GamesIndustry.biz reports that the game is the fastest-selling boxed Kirby release ever – out of the 19 retail releases since 1996 – and is in fact sold out in most UK retailers.

Is Burnout deserving of the top spot?

1. Burnout Paradise Remastered / EA
2. Kirby Star Allies / Nintendo
3. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
4. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
8. UFC 3 / EA Sports
9. Fallout 4 / Bethesda
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Nintendo

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Drake edges out Rudimental to claim eighth week at Number 1

March 18th, 2018

Drake has edged out Rudimental to claim an eighth week at Number 1 in the closest Official Chart race of 2018 so far.

Just 937 combined sales separate God’s Plan and These Days this week, with Drake claiming the most streamed track and Rudimental the most downloaded.

God’s Plan is Drake’s third Number 1 on the Official UK Chart, following What’s My Name with Rihanna (2010) and One Dance (2016).

Menawhile, These Days, which features Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, has now spent six weeks in the runner up slot.

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5 US band Portugal. The Man reach a new peak with Feel It Still, climbing a place to Number 3 some 33 weeks after it first entered the Top 100, and Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s FRIENDS also lifts a spot to a new high at Number 4.

New entries and high climbers

Zedd claims his fourth Top 10 on the Official Chart with The Middle ft. Maren Morris & Grey, up eight places to 10, and George Ezra’s Paradise zooms seven places to a new peak at 12.

Two more songs climb into the Top 20 this week: Sigala & Paloma Faith’s Lullaby moves two slots to 19 and Bebe Rexha’s Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line shifts 13 places to Number 20.

Two songs from the chart-topping Greatest Showman album – A Million Dreams and Never Enough – are at 22 and 24 respectively, and Years & Years net their sixth Top 40 hit with new single Sanctify at 25.

Further down, M.O’s Bad Vibe ft. Lotto Boyz & Mr Eazi vaults 23 spots to make its Top 40 debut at Number 27, the trio’s second Top 40 entry, and Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers rebounds 12 places to 32.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

Grand Theft Auto V tops the gaming charts for a 15th time

March 15th, 2018

The charts were a bit late in arriving this week, in fact, the full lists with individual formats has yet to arrive, but regardless it was another big week for Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V as it scored its 15th (!) number one since launching just under five years ago. In second place was new release from Big Ben Interactive, TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge. A surprisingly strong debut was also seen from PSVR title Bravo Team as it managed third in spite of a rather negative critical reception (read our review). The boxed retail release of Life is Strange: Before the Storm came in a modest 18th, while Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition (with cheese?) landed in 31st.

All Formats:

1. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
2. TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge / Big Ben (new)
3. Bravo Team / Sony (new)
4. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
5. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
8. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
9. Monster Hunter: World / Capcom
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Nintendo

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God’s Plan by Drake holds at the top of the Official Singles Chart

March 10th, 2018

Drake’s God’s Plan is the UK’s Official Number 1 single for the seventh week in a row.

The Canadian rapper holds onto pole position keeping Rudimental’s These Days featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen as runner-up for a fifth week. The last track to spend five weeks at Number 2 was Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl, which got stuck behind his own chart topper Shape Of You in early 2017.

Dua Lipa’s IDGAF holds firm at Number 3, while Portugal. The Man’s Feel It Still rises two to Number 4. Marshmello & Anne-Marie keep it locked at Number 5 with FRIENDS.

New entries and high climbers

Following her performance at the Oscars, Keala Settle’s This Is Me flutters back up the Top 10 one place to Number 7, while Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton’s Say Something reaches a new peak of Number 9. There’s also a new peak for Mabel & Not3s following their Live Lounge rendition of the track on BBC Radio 1; Fine Line leaps three to Number 11.

Two songs enter the Top 20 for the very first time this week. Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey are this week’s high climbers of 13 places with The Middle, up to Number 18, while George Ezra’s Paradise scales 11 positions to Number 19. Sigala & Paloma Faith also climb 11 rungs to Number 21 with Lullaby.

US rapper XXXTentacion scores his highest charting single with Sad at Number 26, four slots ahead of the next highest new entry from Dave – Hangman becomes his third UK Top 40 single at Number 30.

Bebe Rexha scoops her first chart hit as a lead artist with Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line at Number 33, MoStack manages the same feat with What I Wanna, new at 38. Finally, taken from the soundtrack to upcoming movie Love, Simon, Khalid and Fifth Harmony’s Normani chart at Number 39 with Love Lies.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full here

FIFA 18 stays on top of the gaming charts in static week for sales

March 6th, 2018

Sometimes the weekly retail sales news pieces we share with you are full of interesting observations, stunning debuts, and even the odd tale of games crashing and burning at retail. Sad to say, but this is not a week like that.

Simply put, the charts are largely how they were seven days ago, with the top three remaining as they were with FIFA 18 still sitting pretty in top spot, and with only subtle movement behind it (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bumped up to fourth, Metal Gear Survive tumbled out of the top ten into seventeenth, for example). So yeah, there’s not much to report, so we’ll leave you with this week’s top ten, courtesy of GfK Chart-Track, and then move onto something else…

1. FIFA 18 / EA
2. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
3. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. Monster Hunter: World / Capcom
6. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
7. UFC 3 / EA
8. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Nintendo
10. Shadow of the Colossus / Sony

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