Tagged "FIFA 19"

Nov 27
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The Black Friday sales have given the UK chart a shake-up. In short: lots of new consoles were purchased last week, helping popular PS4 pack-in FIFA 19 reclaim no.1.

A minor price drop for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sees it rise from #7 to #2, while Red Dead Redemption 2 – which wasn’t on sale during Black Friday but did feature in hardware bundles – also saw a sales boost but fell to #3.

At #4 it’s the first of three new arrivals – EA’s Battlefield V. Perhaps launching it during Black Friday wasn’t the best of ideas, as sales were reportedly down 61% over Battlefield 1.

Forza Horizon 4 and Marvel’s Spider-Man both re-enter the top 10, meanwhile, back at #5 and #6. We had a feeling Spider-Man would climb back up the chart.

Fallout 76 – which we reviewed last week – dropped to #7 during its second week on sale.

Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu also dropped significantly, down from #4 to #8. Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee is now at #18, incidentally.

Last week’s chart-topper Spyro Reignited Trilogy plummeted to #9 but will likely rise in the run-up to Christmas as demand for family-friendly titles grows.

Lastly, good old Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sees us out at #10.

Farming Simulator 19 and the cartoon horror adventure Bendy and the Ink Machine were the two other new releases, taking #16 and #30 (respectively).

Towards the lower end of the top 40 we find a bunch of re-entries, including Minecraft: Master Collection, Forza 7, Detroit: Become Human, F1 2018, plus both Tekken 7 and Project Cars 2 – two titles Currys/PC World are currently bundling with Xbox consoles.

We’re surprised by the absence of Ubisoft’s Starlink, as it too was heavily discounted last week. Perhaps gamers are waiting patiently for it to hit that magical £20 mark.

Oct 01
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

It seems the ability to play FIFA 19 early, via either the digital Champions Edition or Ultimate Edition, was a tempting proposition. While the sports sim has managed to take the UK chart top spot, becoming the fastest selling game of 2018 in the process, physical sales were down a colossal 25%.

The PS4 version took the lion’s share of sales with 64%. The Xbox One version accounted for 35%, leaving the remaining 1% on Switch. The Xbox 360 and PS3 iterations still managed to break the individual format top 40 chart, however, arriving at #20 and #31 respectively.

Incidentally, the Switch version managed to claim no.1 in the Switch top 20, dislodging Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Check back next to see if FIFA 19 remains at no.1 – it’s likely to face stiff competition from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

With FIFA 19 riding the chart high, Marvel’s Spider-Man drops to #2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider follows suit, falling to #3.

Crash Bandicoot is at #4 while GTA V rises to #5.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fell one place to #6. At #7 it’s a re-entry for The Elder Scrolls Online, up from #21. We suspect hardware bundling. NBA 2K19 fell four places to #8 during its second week on sale, meanwhile.

At #9 it’s a new entry – SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles 4. Then finally at #10 it’s good old Minecraft: Xbox Edition. Hello, old chum.

Sep 28
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Thirty-three new releases make their way to the Switch eShop this week, which we’re pretty sure is a new record. We lost track of grand totals a few months ago, if we’re being honest – between 25-30 new games a week seems to be the norm currently. It’s both astonishing and ridiculous.

The big hitters are coming thick and fast. EA’s back with FIFA 19, which is apparently a huge improvement over last year’s edition. It has the potential to be a huge seller. There’s also a belated conversion of the remarkably well-received Dragon Ball FigherZ, SEGA’s JRPG Valkyria Chronicles 4, and a surprise release of South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Pilot Sports, which pays tribute to Pilotwings, may be worth investigating too. We’re also intrigued by Think of the Children – a co-op parenting simulator, of all things.

And proving that crime doesn’t pay, both This Is the Police 2 and The Escapists: Complete Edition should be available now, with the latter arriving at a pleasing £9.99. It must be said that some of the eShop prices are rather eyebrow-raising this week – twin-stick shooter Demon’s Crystals is available for £3.99 on Xbox One, yet the Switch conversion will set you back £13.49. We also had to do a double take at Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams’ price – a mammoth £26.99. Flippin’ eck.

With that off our chest, here’s the full rundown of new eShop releases, including pre-orders and discount highlights. There’s one new release for 3DS, too.

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Sep 26
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Outdated sports games are a common sight in charity shops, but one is found more commonly than others – EA’s FIFA 13. This instalment not only featured some much-needed improvements, resulting in a 90% Metacritic – a franchise all-time high – but it also launched during the peak of that generation’s popularity.

We have a feeling FIFA 19 will be the next FIFA 13; it offers some long overdue improvements – as well the return of the Champions League – and it’s arriving during this generation’s peak. The Switch version, in particular, has the potential to sell exceptionally well. The system’s user-base has grown exponentially since last year’s edition, and word has it that EA has put a noteworthy degree of effort into this year’s outing. According to early reviews, weak visuals in docked mode are the only major downer.

Scores for the PS4/Xbox One versions are mostly positive so far. God is a Geek opted for a lofty 9.5 while calling it potentially the greatest football game of all time – a statement which prompted a small amount of backlash. GameInformer, EGM, US Gamer, VideoGamer, GameSpot and The Metro all dished out a slightly more modest 8/10, meanwhile.

Forza Horizon 4 – available this week via the £79.99 Ultimate Edition – has been referred to as the greatest racing game of all-time, too. The visually sumptuous racer – set in the great British countryside – currently has an impressive 92% Metacritic, making it one of the highest rated games of 2018.

Sticking with gushing reviews, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is another franchise high note. Scores for SEGA’s lavish JRPG are clocking in as high as 9.5/10, exceeding all expectations along the way. It isn’t the only JPRG out this week either – Metal Max Xeno offers scrappy tank battling in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s part of a long-running series dating back to 1991. Amazingly, this is only the second instalment to make it to the west. We’ve rounded up scores below.

Despite Telltale Games’ sudden closure, the second part of The Walking Dead: The Final Season is apparently still on track to launch this week. There’s a chance this season will never reach a conclusion, so bear this in mind before purchasing. The Council also gains its fourth episode, while Life is Strange 2 is about to get underway. Big and brilliant things are expected.

Also of note this week: story-driven cop shop management sim This is the Police 2, oddball co-op parenting sim Think of the Children, rampaging robot smash’em up Pizza Titan Ultra, the intergalactic Overcooked alike Catastronauts, and the long-awaited return of Fire Pro Wrestling.

New release showcase:

Forza Horizon 4

Reviews:
10/10 – GameSpew: “It is, without a doubt, the best racing game available right now. In fact, it might be the best racing game of all time. If you own an Xbox One, you need Forza Horizon 4. It’s as simple as that”

9.6 – IGN: “Forza Horizon 4 is a gorgeous, rewarding, and self-renewing racing experience that I can’t tear myself away from”

9/10 – VideoGamer: “A beautiful Britain, an exuberant driving engine, and generosity of spirit make Forza Horizon 4 a masterclass”

FIFA 19

Reviews:
9.5 – God is a Geek: “This is without a doubt the best football game of the year – potentially of all time. With great improvements to how you play, additional modes in FUT, the addition of the Champion’s League, and visual enhancements in every mode, you’ll find it hard to put the controller down”

4.5/5 – Games Radar: “The Champions League expands FIFA’s exhaustive selection of licences – but thanks to lessons learned last year there’s plenty to love out on the pitch, too”

8.0 – GameInformer: “FIFA 19 sits relatively still this transfer window. We may want a shiny, new multi-million acquisition to come in and transform everything, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, developer EA Vancouver has added just enough to keep things ticking along. The gameplay cuts down on predictability, providing a layer of freshness to the familiar and producing a squad that can compete – but is also in danger of missing a Champions League spot”

Metal Max Xeno

Reviews:
8.0 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “There’s lots of menu-fiddling, number-crunching, and ingredient-gathering, but at the end of that grind is comeuppance for evil, jerk murder-bots as your painstakingly-curated ordnance tears them to shreds, and it’s hard to get more satisfying than that”

7.5 – Dual Shockers: “In a year filled to the brim with triple-A game releases, there’s no doubt some of the smaller games will be lost in the fray. I hope that Metal Max Xeno isn’t one of those games. While it may seem like I had a lot more to complain about than praise, I actually did really enjoy my time with the title, and it was a nice surprise considering how unfamiliar I am with the series”

6/10 – RPG Site: “While some of the tank building and character class systems in Metal Max Xeno are moderately interesting, nothing else in this RPG is remarkable enough to stand out, which makes this a difficult game to recommend”

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Reviews:
9.5 – ZTGD: As a title that carries the heavy burden of expectations following the original’s pedigree of excellence as well as having to make up for a string of lackluster sequels that followed, Squad E carries on with its head held high, exceeding lofty expectations as it improves on nearly every aspect of the original, proving with utmost certainty that this is one of the finest series the genre has to offer.

8/10 – The Metro: “As a game in its own right Valkyria Chronicles 4 is highly engaging and just as good as the original, but as a sequel there’s no pretending this isn’t a disappointment”

8/10 – Destructoid: “Ultimately, despite being the fourth game in its series, Valkyria Chronicles 4 really is the sequel Valkyria Chronicles needed, and I have to say that I’m pleased that war has never looked more pleasant”

This Is The Police 2

Reviews:
7/10 – Push Square: “Fans of the original will find what they’re looking for – an engaging story and crime dealing management – but they’ll also have to put up with alarming difficulty spikes that can seriously hinder the experience if managed incorrectly”

6/10 – Nintendo Life: “There’s a lot to do, and a fair amount of that is fun, but it feels like the game’s many systems and demands are competing both for scarce virtual resources and your strained attention. In that sense, you’ll come to relate to Sharpwood’s put-upon new Sheriff all too well”

6/10 – PlayStation Country: “This Is the Police 2 takes the first game and develops certain aspects whilst adding tactical battles to break up the daily routine. The story and presentation are strong but it falls into a similar gameplay loop to the first game, for better or worse”

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