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Oct 02
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

EA eases us into October with FIFA 18 riding the UK chart high, pushing Destiny 2 to #2 in the process.

Chart-Track reports 60% of FIFA 18’s sales were on PS4 (up from 53% last year, thanks to hardware bundling), and that the PS4/XO versions alone accounted for 97% of sales.

Proving what a colossal seller FIFA is, the individual formats chart reveals that both the Xbox 360 and Switch still versions managed to break the top ten.

FIFA 18 on Switch also managed to take no.1 in the Switch chart.

FIFA 18 hardware bundling shows surprise results elsewhere in the chart – Forza Horizon 3 is back at #3, just days before Forza 7’s launch, while Halo 5 re-enters at #11.

Going back to the top ten, Project Cars 2 only fell a few positions during its second week on sale, falling to #7.

PES 2018 and Pokken Tournament DX both depart the top ten meanwhile, now at #12 and #14 respectively. Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite had a bad week too, dropping to #30.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony was the only other top 40 entrant, arriving at #36, although One Piece: Unlimited World Red did manage to make #14 in the Switch chart.

Sep 25
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

This week’s UK chart includes a couple of surprises. Firstly though, here’s something that doesn’t come as a shock – Destiny 2 sits astride the UK top 40 for the third week running.

This means Activision has spent 11 weeks at no.1 in total, split across a trio of titles – Destiny 2, Crash Bandicoot, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

With the almighty FIFA 18 out Friday, chances are Destiny 2 won’t take the top spot for a fourth week.

Project Cars 2 put in a strong showing, arriving at #2. The original took no.1 on release, with 35% of its lifetime sales generated on day one. While it’s reasonable to assume Slightly Mad Studios hasn’t been as fortunate second time around, debuting at #2 is still something to be proud of.

Nintendo’s Pokkén Tournament DX made #5. More surprisingly, Pokémon Gold and Silver both managed to make top 40 appearances, with the code-in-a-box retail releases taking #18 and #21. Eurogamer notes that if sales were combined, they would have entered the top ten. Not bad going at all.

Capcom’s Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite had to settle for #12. We imagine Capcom had it pegged for the top five, at the very least. The fighter has been up against a fan backlash, due to ugly art direction and a slim character roster.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and Metroid: Samus Returns both depart the top ten on their second week of release meanwhile, falling to #6 and (scrolls down…) #35. Poor Samus.

On the other hand, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is enjoying a resurgence – it’s up from #33 to #13 this week thanks to supermarket price promotions.

Sep 20
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

Forever striving for comprehensiveness, our hallowed new release round-up evolves once again.

Hopefully, it’s a step in the right direction – last week’s cut ‘n paste effort left us feeling unclean. Only the laziest of journos resort to re-posting press releases, after all.

This week sees a trio of new beat’em ups battle it out, while fan favourite Final Fantasy IX makes a surprise arrival on PS4. Those who claim FF VIII was the better game are clearly mistaken.

The Raiders of the Broken Planet beta and the open-world space adventure Morphite appear to be worth a look, too. SteamWorld Dig 2 also hits the Switch eShop tomorrow, ahead of next week’s PS4/PS Vita release.

New release showcase:

Project Cars 2 (PS4/XO)

Arriving with less fanfare than expected, Project Cars 2 is nevertheless off a decent start with the Metacritic score of 87% currently surpassing the original (83%). Improving on almost every aspect, some reviewers even claim it’s the best console racer currently available.

Reviews:
9.2 – IGN: “The handling has been tuned to a T, the content is excellently curated, and the amount of variety and racing available in it is delightfully daunting. Even if you don’t care about the developer’s esports aspirations there’s still a mammoth solo racer here that’s always ready to roll whenever you are”

8.5 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “A solid focus in its career mode combine with tight community integration, which all mixes with a heaping helping of esports activities, giving fans and new racers alike plenty of reasons to buy Project CARS 2”

8.0 – God is a Geek: “While it is much more accessible than its predecessor, thanks to the new controller settings (that remain fully customisable, and I suggest you do just that to get the most out of the handling), it is still far more brutal and unforgiving than anything else in its niche. But it’s also the most comprehensive racer out there, and even its AI issues won’t stop you from having a fun and rewarding time”

Pokken Tournament DX (Switch)

The Switch receives another Wii U hand-me-down, and guess what? It fits like a glove. While the lack of content remains a concern, it’s still a decent alternative to ARMS.

Reviews:
9/10 – TheSixthAxis: “With an expanded roster that only improves on an already great lineup, fantastic gameplay, and an increased range of challenges and modes, Pokkén Tournament DX is true fighting game gold”

9//10 – Nintendo Life: “Pokkén is also a solid choice for Switch because it perfectly suits the console’s local multiplayer ethos; the game’s control scheme fits perfectly on a single Joy-Con, which means you can take the fight with you anywhere you wish”

8/10 – The Metro: “A Pokémon fighting game may not seem like the most obvious spin-off idea, but the end result is a surprisingly fun and inventive multiplayer game”

Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite (PS4/XO)

Those who keep a close eye on the gaming scene will have no doubt noticed the backlash against Capcom’s latest brawler. Marvel licenses aren’t as easy to obtain as back when this franchise started, resulting in a sporadic rooster that’s missing some key inclusions. The art direction has come under fire too, prompting Capcom to give the likes of Chun-Li a last-minute makeover before launch.

Reviews:
8.25 – GameInformer: “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is a fighting game that tries to appeal to everyone, and it largely succeeds (unless you’re a die-hard Wolverine fan)”

7.5 – Polygon: “Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite is an Eyesore, but an exciting and expressive one”

7.5 – Destructoid: “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is sterile on the surface, but a functional as hell fighter. I’m fine with that. Are you?”

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