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Kratos takes control of UK chart

God of War wasn’t able to strip Far Cry 5 of its title as the fastest-selling new release of 2018, but it did have the strongest launch in the franchise so far, taking no.1 in the process.

The previous fastest-selling entry in the series was God of War III, incidentally; one of just two past God of War titles that went straight to number one. The other was God of War II.

SEGA’s Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is also now a record holder in terms of week one sales, beating Yakuza: Kiwami, albeit by only 300 units (according to GamesIndustry.biz).

Yakuza 6 had to settle for #3, with Far Cry 5 – last week’s chart-topper – dropping to #2.

FIFA 18 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moved down two places, taking #4 and #5 respectively.

Super Mario Odyssey rose to #6. The ever-popular Fallout 4 held onto #7, PUBG – which was free to play over the weekend – fell to #8, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild re-entered the top ten at #9. Then at #10 it’s the evergreen GTA V.

Both Sea of Thieves and GT Sport departed the top ten, meanwhile.

The physical release of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap was the only other new arrival, making #11 in the Switch chart. The PS4 version didn’t get a look-in, sadly.

Matt Gander: Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles for the site since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.