Tagged "GTA V"

Jan 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With no new entries and GTA V holding the top spot for a second week running, this week’s UK chart isn’t exactly a thrilling one.

The fact that a handful of Nintendo titles have moved up the ranks hasn’t escaped us, however. We put this down to last week’s impressively strong Nintendo Direct.

In the individual format chart Mario Kart 8 shifts back into the top 20 (albeit at #20) while fellow pack-in Nintendo Land reappears at #25. The Wii U iteration of Super Smash Bros. rises from #32 to #27 in the same chart.

And after almost vanishing last week, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker crawls back up to #38.

On top of all this, the original Disney Infinity saw a sales boost due to sizeable discounts. That’s back at #33 in the UK top 40 and re-enters at #5 in the Wii U chart.

As for the UK’s top ten, it’s pretty much unchanged from last week. Chart topper GTA V is followed by FIFA 15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4 and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition to form the top five.

Next week’s chart should be a touch more interesting – Saints Row IV Re-elected & Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is out this Friday, along with a few other new releases.

Jan 12
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Despite being both the UK’s fastest selling and biggest selling game of all time, GTA V has only topped the UK chart five times. This week is one of those weeks.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – last week’s no. 1 – falls to #2 while FIFA 15 and Far Cry 4 hold at #3 and #4 respectively.

Then at #5 it’s The Crew, marking the first time Ubisoft’s star striped racer has entered the top five.

Notable risers this week include Shadow of Mordor, rising from #13 to #10, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag somewhat more significantly leaping from #27 to #11. That’s down to Xbox One bundle sales, apparently.

The biggest fallers of the week meanwhile are WWE 2K15 – falling from #8 to #17 – and Wii U-exclusive Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker toppling all the way from #16 to #40.

There were no new arrivals this week, and only two re-entries – Forza Motorsport 5 at #28 and Mario Kart 8 at #39. Poor old Toad – forever living in Mario’s shadow.

Dec 30
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

It’s a little hard to muster up enthusiasm for the final chart of the year. There are no new arrivals and very few re-entries, plus the titles in the top ten are likely to remain there for weeks – if not months – to come.

Every game in the top ten did however see a sales boost, with GTA V and DriveClub in particular enjoying stronger sales than during last week’s pre-Christmas chart. It’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that occupies the top spot though, making it five non-consecutive weeks for the future set shooter.

At #2 it’s GTA V, which is then followed by FIFA 15, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 to form the UK’s top five.

The Crew holds fast at #6, DriveClub moves up from #12 to #7 while the next three titles remain unchanged – Minecraft: Xbox Edition, Minecraft: PlayStation Edition and LEGO Batman 3.

Glancing down the top 40 our attention is drawn to a couple of notable risers – LittleBigPlanet 3 is up from #20 to #13 while Alien Isolation goes from #35 to #24.

As for the previously mentioned re-entries, Wolfenstein: The New Order is back at #32 while Sunset Overdrive leaps in at #34. Then at #39 Call of Duty: Ghosts makes a not particularly spooky reappearance.

We thought Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker might have entered the chart due to the broken street date but that’s not the case. Not to worry – Toad’s arrival will make next week’s chart slightly more thrilling.

Dec 22
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has become the fifth game in the franchise to take the UK’s Christmas number one spot.

Strong sales of the PS4 version – which reportedly received a spot of extra promotion last week – helped Activision’s exo-suited and booted shooter to dethrone FIFA 15.

GTA V took #1 in the individual format chart, so if you’ve read elsewhere that Take 2’s crime caper is the festive number one that’ll be why. We always go by the standard all-formats top 40.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare topped the PS3 and Xbox One charts while FIFA 15 took #1 in the Xbox 360 top 40. GTA V meanwhile claimed top position in the PS4 chart.

Going back to the all-formats, FIFA 15 fell to #2 while GTA V and Far Cry 4 remained at #3 and #4 respectively. Assassin’s Creed: Unity leapt from #10 to #5 due to price drops, with sales up 97%.

At #6 it’s the return of The Crew, up from #11. Again, this was down to discounts – GAME cut the price to a mere £21.99 on Saturday as a one day deal.

Destiny, Minecraft: Xbox Edition, Minecraft: PlayStation Edition and LEGO Batman 3 then finish off the festive top ten.

The biggest riser of the week was Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, which went from #27 to #15. The biggest faller on the other hand was Halo: The Master Chief Collection which fell from #14 to #22.

There were no new entries and just two re-entries – Alien: Isolation at #35 and LEGO The Hobbit at #39.

Nov 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

Grand Theft Auto V has retaken the top spot of the chart, becoming the UK’s best selling game of all time in the process. Sales generated during last Tuesday’s PS4/Xbox One launch alone were enough to push it past Call of Duty: Black Ops, Chart-Track reports.

Ubisoft also has a reason to be cheerful. Far Cry 4 – which entered at #2 – has become the most successful iteration of the franchise in terms of week one sales.

To make way for the above Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare falls to #3. FIFA 15 holds onto #4 and then at #5 Dragon Age: Inquisition makes an appearance. Chart-Track claims sales were almost equal to that of Dragon Age II.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity drops from #2 to #6 while WWE 2K15 is on the rise from #20 to #7 due to the new PS4/Xbox One versions.

LEGO Batman 3, Minecraft: PlayStation Edition and Halo: Master Chief Collection round off this week’s top ten.

Leaving the top ten are Assassin’s Creed: Rouge (now at #12), Destiny (#13) and Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (#19). Also spare a thought for Alien: Isolation which falls all the way from #15 to #36.

Escape Dead Island, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show are, somewhat predictably, top 40 no shows.

Watch_Dogs on Wii U also failed to set the charts alight. It limps in at #14 in the Wii U chart, outsold by launch title FIFA 13. Now that’s ruff (rough) going.

Nov 19
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

After next week’s heavily Nintendo-oriented slew of releases the annual barrage of big name games starts to slow. December is looking very quiet indeed. This is no surprise – the last month of the year is usually void of major new releases. Why publishers can’t hold a couple of titles back until then, instead of releasing games ten to the dozen in Oct/November is beyond us.

This week it’s Far Cry 4, GTA V and Dragon Age: Inquisition that are setting tills ringing. All three are well worth considering, bagging some impressively high review scores.

Ubisoft can happily boast of a perfect 5/5 from The Guardian for Far Cry 4, along with 9/10s from God is a Geek, The Metro and Destructoid.


JoyStiq meanwhile handed out a 4.5/5: “There’s a staggering number of adventures to extract from Far Cry 4, whether you chase the ones laid out by the game explicitly, or the ones that develop naturally as you take in the sights. It’s another interesting and absorbing world to fall into, shoot through, burn and then guide to new beginnings. Far Cry 4 may have installed a despot, but it’s still the undisputed king of the open-world shooter”, they said.

There were no ridiculous ‘embargoed until launch day’ shenanigans with Dragon Age: Inquisition, thanks to EA sending out review code well in advance. Reviews started to surface as early as the start of last week, including 9/10s from both EGM and The Official Xbox Magazine, 8.8 from IGN and 8/10 from The Metro. “An excellent return to form for the Dragon Age series, and the biggest and most ambitious Western role-player since the new generation began,” came The Metro’s verdict.

We hope Inquisition does well as this is EA giving gamers what they want. To wit – a colossal adventure that doesn’t have loads of gaps requiring premium-priced DLC to fill.


As for GTA V, Rockstar has managed do the unimaginable and get PS4 and Xbox One owners excited about a year old game that they probably already own. It’s more than your standard HD conversion, adding a first-person mode, vastly improved visuals and more. Quite possibly the first next-gen revamp deserving of a full-price release. The PS4 version currently stands with a 96% Metacritic, formed of a long list of 10/10s and 9/10s. In fact, there isn’t a single review lower than 9/10 currently.

From good to bad. As our review round-up indicated, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is getting a critical mauling. Not just the Wii U version but the 3DS iteration – from a different developer – too. When the most “positive” review of a game is a 2.5/5 you know you’re in murky territory.

Also out on Wii U this week: the incredibly belated Watch_Dogs and lukewarm underwater racer Jett Tailfin. That last one is a budget release, currently available for just under £17 on Amazon.

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Feb 10
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

After being cut to £20 in-store at Tesco and on Amazon – and still available for that price at the time of typing – we anticipated GTA V to retake the top spot of the UK chart.

That hasn’t happened, but FIFA 14 has managed to dislodge last week’s chart topper Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which now rest at #4.

This makes it the 10th time FIFA 14 has claimed no.1 since launch, a feat which only two other FIFAs have managed in the past.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is at #2, and then at #3 we find newcomer Fable: Anniversary. Unless we’re mistaken, it’s the first Xbox 360-exclusive from Microsoft since March 2013’s Gears of War Judgment. That’s crazy that is.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes rounds off the top 5, just like it always does. Expect The LEGO Movie Videogame – out Friday – to join it in the upper echelon of chart next week.

Just where is GTA V, you ask? That’s at #6, up a mere two places.

And there we were thinking the UK is a nation of bargain hunters.

Jan 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Quite how we’re supposed to write something interesting about this week’s UK chart is a mystery – the top seven remain unchanged from last week.

This means FIFA 14 is on top for a sixth week, although not consecutively, and is followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4 and GTA V.

Chart-Track does however note that last week’s sales of GTA V have helped it to become the UK’s 4th best-selling game of all time. It’s estimated that it’ll become the UK’s no.1 biggest seller within the next three months.

As for the new console exclusives, Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3 are up this week with Forza nearly re-entering the top 10 at #11 and Dead Rising 3 at #13.

The highest PS4-exclusive meanwhile is Killzone: Shadow Fall at #21, down from #15.

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