Tagged "FIFA 14"

Dec 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The sales may currently be on, and many shiny new consoles sit underneath people’s TVs, but the UK chart is largely unchanged from last week.

The top 4 are identical, in fact – FIFA 14 on top for a second week followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4.

At #5 it’s GTA V, which is up one place.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has however now left the top 10 – falling from #9 to #14 – while Knack has done the opposite and risen up from #23 to #16.

The Xbox One-exclusives have risen up a couple of places too. Forza Motorsport 5 is at a respectable #13 while Dead Rising 3 re-enters the top 20 at #19.

Things aren’t quite so good for The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World though which are on a slippery path out of the top 40, currently at #32 and #34 respectively.

Dec 23
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

FIFA 14. We guess the image above was kind of a giveaway.

It’s EA’s first FIFA to become Christmas number one since FIFA 09, and the publisher’s 14th Crimbo numero uno since the chart began 28 years ago.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is at #2 – Chart-Track claims that FIFA outsold it by a remarkable 17,000 copies.

We did hope that the more deserving Assassin’s Creed IV would become no. 1 off the back of GAME’s current £22.49 deal, but it has to make do with #3.

Battlefield 4 is at #4 and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes at #5.

The rest of the festive top 10 goes like this: GTA V at #6, Just Dance 2014 at #7, NFS Rivals at #8, PlayStation 4 pack-in Killzone: Shadow Fall at #9 and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at #10.

Remember when we predicted that Just Dance 2014 was going to flop?

Although Nintendo doesn’t haven any titles in the top 10, there are nine Nintendo games elsewhere in the top 40 with the highest of these being Animal Crossing: New Leaf at #17.

The delightful Super Mario 3D World has to settle for #33, down four places this week, while a trio of other Mario games finish off the Christmas chart including a re-entry for New Super Mario Bros. U at #40.

Dec 16
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Call of Duty: Ghosts is the UK’s number one for the third week running and the fifth time since launch. It was very nearly toppled by FIFA 14 however, with just 600 copies between the two.

A price drop to £22.49 at GAME has seemingly helped LEGO Marvel Super Heroes rise up from #6 to #3, while Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV round off the top UK’s top five for this week.

As we predicted a few weeks ago, sales of the surprisingly good Need for Speed Rivals have increased during the run-up to Christmas. EA’s racer was at #11 last week but now sits at #7, whereas Gran Tursimo 6 has shifted down from #8 to #10.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has left the top 10, but it may be back next week with Sony promising more PlayStation 4 consoles available in time for Christmas.

Knack meanwhile is down from #18 to #31 and – praise be – is no longer outselling Super Mario 3D World which is at #29.

After looking like they were about to depart the top 40, the ‘big three’ Xbox One-exclusives have all risen this week – Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 are both up a respectable #11 places while Ryse: Son of Rome is up from #34 to #30.

Finally, Aliens: Colonial Marines sneaks back into the chart at #33. You can bet your bottom dollar on this being due to GAME bundling it with Xbox 360 consoles in an attempt to shift surplus copies. It’s also £4.99 to purchase in-store. Hopefully not many people will find it stuffed in their Xmas stocking.

Oct 14
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

This week’s UK chart sees GTA V back on top, knocking FIFA 14 down to #2.

With Pokemon X and Y’s sales double that of last year’s Pokemon Black 2/White 2, the first 3DS monster battler arrives at #3 and #4.

Then at #5 it’s another new entry – Beyond: Two Souls. Quantic Dream’s last title – Heavy Rain – had no trouble topping the charts, although that wasn’t up against quite as stiff competition.

F1 2013, Just Dance 2014, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Disney Infinity and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD make up the rest of the top 10. It’s encouraging to see Link’s latest hang in there for a second week running.

It’s also pleasing to see Dragon’s Crown enter the top 20, albeit only just – it’s in at #19. It does, however, go in at #1 in the PS Vita chart.

Further down at #28 there’s yet another new arrival – Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed. No doubt that’ll rise in the coming weeks.

Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition and Dishonoured: GOTY Edition failed to make the top 40, but they are in at #22 and #26 in the Xbox 360 chart, while in the PlayStation 3 chart the latter makes an appearance but not the former. Odd.

Oct 07
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

FIFA 14 is still the UK’s number one, but that hasn’t prevented Grand Theft Auto V from breaking yet another record – Chart Track reports that it has already outsold GTA IV’s lifetime UK sales.

It’s no wonder the GTA Online severs are beyond crowded.

Chart Track also reports that FIFA 14’s sales are down 68 per cent from launch week.

Codemaster’s F1 2013 makes a pitstop at #3 while The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD sails in at #4.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition finishes off the top 5.

We don’t have to look very far for more new arrivals – NBA 2K14 enters at a surprisingly high #7 and then at #9 it’s Just Dance 2014.

The last Just Dance arrived at #4, confirming our suspicion that the series is starting to lose its swing.

Saints Row IV leaves the top 10 this week for the first time, falling from #9 to #11. Pro Evo 2014 could soon face the same fate, currently clinging in at #10.

Sep 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

If any mega franchise was going to be able to dislodge Grand Theft Auto V from the top of the UK chart after just one week, it was FIFA.

And that’s exactly what has happened, even with sales of FIFA 14 down 24% that of FIFA 13.

Chart-Track believes that’s “possibly due to all the money spent last week and also perhaps due to the nature of a transitional year, where consumers may be delaying this purchase until PS4/Xbox One versions are available”.

GTA V slips down to #2, with sales down 82% from launch week.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, PES 2014 and The Last of Us finish off the top 5.

Price cuts help Rayman Legends get a leg up back into the top 10 this week, where it’s back at #10.

Over in the single format charts, Disgea D2 enters the PlayStation 3 chart at #12 while Armoured Core: Verdict Day makes #32 in the Xbox 360 chart. Inzuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt, meanwhile, is booted in at #9 in the 3DS chart.

Sep 25
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Here’s food for thought – will GTA V harm FIFA 14’s sales? The demographic between the two are rather alike, and GTA V is a mighty big game – some may hold off buying anything else until they’ve finished it.

It has also been said that FIFA 14 won’t topple FIFA 13’s sales figures due to the loom of new consoles on the horizon. It will no doubt sell very well though, and review scores suggest that it deserves to.

Eurogamer put an 8/10 in the back of EA’s net: “You could argue that FIFA 14 shows EA Sports is running out of ideas [then], but for me this is a developer that knows exactly what it’s doing. Neither the football match engine nor Ultimate Team were broken in any major way, and the placebo effect of a suite of control and balance tweaks, along with its increasingly snug ties to the drama of real-life football, will be enough to carry its ever-growing audience of players through the next season.”

IGN meanwhile were slightly more praiseworthy, giving it a 9.0: “FIFA 14 isn’t a major landmark for the series in terms of innovation. Unlike recent iterations, it doesn’t ask you to relearn key skills. But the changes have made FIFA more attacking, fun, welcoming, and attractive, and ultimately it’s a stronger experience”. They did however point out that PES 2014 still has the upperhand on passing.

Then there’s GamesRadar’s 3.5/5 review: “FIFA 14’s a great game – of course it is -but the series seems too big and bloated now to make any substantial changes. FIFA 14 requires more patience than most of its predecessors, and even when your patience is rewarded, it often feels like it’s flattering to deceive. Slow and stodgy in midfield but dynamic and physical at either end of the pitch, it’s possible that some might think this the best FIFA ever – but you’d be splitting hairs, not defences.”


As always, the list of formats it’s on is a long one – PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS and PC. If you can wait, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are also lined up for launch day – November 21th and 29th respectively, if your mind needs a jog.

Also bear in mind that the PlayStation 2, PSP, PS Vita, Wii and 3DS versions are, for a second year running, simple kit and stat updates with no major changes. EA received a kicking about this last year, and so this year these versions now have ‘Legacy Edition’ on the cover to avoid another potential backlash.

The rest of this week’s releases are a surprisingly hardcore assortment – Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness on PS3, Armoured Core: Verdict Day on both PS3 and 360 and the paring of Inazuma Eleven – Lightning Bolt/Bomb Blast for 3DS.

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Jun 11
By Matt Gander In Blog 2 Comments

Just as we predicted under a month ago, FIFA 14 will be appearing on Wii but not Wii U. To add further insult to injury, it’s also being released on PlayStation 2 and PSP. Yes – PlayStation 2.

If last year’s efforts are to go by though, EA won’t be spending a great deal on development time on these versions – expect just a simple kit/fixture update and maybe – just maybe – some new menu music. Consider that a warning in advance.

We’re also hoping EA pays more attention to the PS Vita version this year – football fans were disgruntled to find that FIFA 13 had very few improvements over launch title FIFA Football.

The official list of formats now reads as (breathe in) PC, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and Android (breathe out).

A game in development for twelve formats simultaneously has to be a record of some kind.

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