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Nov 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Call of Duty: WWII has managed to hold onto the UK chart’s top spot for a third week running, fending off EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2.

According to Eurogamer, physical sales of Battlefront 2 were down 60% over its predecessor. However, it’s highly likely that Battlefront 2’s digital sales were far higher than that of the original. If Destiny 2 was anything to go by, we’d wager by around 30%.

As you’ve no doubt heard, fans haven’t taken kindly to the game’s pay-to-win nature and the ludicrous requirements to unlock heroes.

The backlash was so immense that license holders Disney allegedly stepped in, concerned that EA’s actions were harming the Star Wars brand.

FIFA 18 moved down to #3, while Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon made #4 and #5 respectively.

AC Origins fell three places to #6, The Sims 4 made #7, LA Noire Remastered entered at #8 – with the PS4 version being the biggest selling – while Super Mario Odyssey sticks around at #9.

Then at #10 it’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, again with the PS4 version out in front.

The UK top 40 also sees two new iterations of Skyrim make an arrival. Skyrim VR managed to make #19, becoming the fastest selling third-party PSVR title, while Skyrim on Switch made a not-particularly-impressive #26.

Worry not, as it did manage to make a far more respectable #3 in the Switch chart.

Nov 15
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Not only is Star Wars Battlefront II one of the biggest releases of the year – it’s also one of the most controversial. Loot boxes and pay-to-win elements have been a major cause for concern since the open beta, and in the run-up to release things have spiralled further into despair.

It apparently takes 4,528 hours – or $2100 – to unlock all base-game content, which goes to show how heavily EA are pushing time-saving microtransactions this time around. We guess this is the price we must pay for of all future DLC being free.

Despite Battlefront II boasting far more content than its predecessor, we have a strong feeling that launch week sales will be lower than that of the original.

EA also releases The Sims 4 on PS4 and Xbox One this week. We haven’t seen a Sims game on consoles for quite some time, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one fares in terms of sales.

Staying on the subject of tardy conversions, Rockstar has dusted off their crime thriller L.A. Noire. The £34.99 asking price doesn’t seem to be going down too well, this being a six-year-old game and all. That said, the Switch version appears to have quite a bit of thought and effort put into it. It may even end up becoming the best-selling version. We shall see.

The Switch also gets The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is reportedly a very impressive conversion with fewer bugs and a steadier frame rate. Pokemon Ultra Moon/Sun on 3DS should have no problem setting the charts ablaze next Monday, either.

We’re also going to give Maximum Games’ Road Rage a shout out, not that it deserves it. The motorbike racer left us pining for an official Road Rash reboot even more, failing to capture anything that made EA’s celebrated series so great. It’s really quite a mess, as our review explains.

New release showcase:

Star Wars Battlefront II – PS4/XO

Reviews:
4/5 – Games Radar: “A very strong multiplayer offering tarnished by overly complicated character progression, and a lavish, beautiful story campaign lacking in substance or subtlety”

7.0 – EGM: “We are off to a rocky start with Star Wars Battlefront II, but I wouldn’t outright dismiss it without a fair look”

7.0 – Post Arcade: “There are frequent glimpses of what could have been a truly great game drawing us in with engaging solo and multiplayer modes, but they’re often obscured by preventable problems”

The Sims 4 – PS4/XO

Reviews:
8.0 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “Thankfully, most of the features of the PC version are intact, and this is a full-featured port you can happily play for hours from the comfort of your couch”

7.0 – GameInformer: “Although the console version features some dodgy controls, it largely delivers on its promise of bringing a faithful port to the console audience”

3.5/5 – We Got This Covered: “This console port – while not perfect – has been carried out with enough skill that those who want to create their own slices of domestic bliss will indeed be able to do so, even if they’ll occasionally trip over some of the less polished aspects of the control system”

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 – PS4/XO

Reviews:
8.0 – IGN: “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 doesn’t change much from the LEGO formula, but rarely has the variety been so satisfying”

7/10 – The Metro: “One of the best Lego games of the entire series, with a dizzying array of bizarre characters and some genuinely compelling gameplay for younger players”

6.0 – PSU: “Apart from a small UI overhaul, a fragmented hub, and a batch of new and redesigned characters, this is more Lego, more Marvel, and more collecting. For better or worse”

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Sep 15
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Destiny has toppled previous record holder Watch_Dogs to become the UK’s most successful launch of a new IP. And quite obviously, it’s the UK’s new number one.

Sales were spilt 50/50 against PlayStation and Xbox. The breakdown goes like this – 46 per cent on PS4, 4 per cent on PS3; 36 per cent on Xbox One and 14 per cent on Xbox 360. Digital downloads are however exempt from the chart.

To make way for Destiny last week’s number one The Sims 4 drops to #2. Watch_Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts and The Last of Us Remastered round-off this week’s UK top five.

At #7 it’s a new entry for NHL 15 – with the PS4 version coming out on top – while Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution makes its mark at #10.

Then at #17 the retail release of inFamous: First Light makes an appearance.

We speculated that Destiny could help a bunch of ‘older’ next-gen games reappear off the back of people buying a console to play it on. Aside Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition making a re-entry at #37, that doesn’t appear to have happened. Hmm.

Sep 08
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The UK chart has been pretty stagnant lately. Not this week however – there are three new entries, including a new number one, and the top ten has seen an unexpected shuffle.

That new number one is The Sims 4, becoming EA’s fourth #1 of the year. It’s also the first PC game to take the top spot since Guild Wars 2, just over two years ago. Of course, Chart-Track doesn’t take digital PC sales into account.

At #2 it’s Watch_Dogs, all the way up from #9. The individual format chart reveals that a sales surge for the Xbox 360/PS3 versions is the reason. Presumably one of the major retailers reduced them in price last week.

Metro Redux – last week’s chart topper – falls to #3, The Last of Us Remastered drops once place to #4 and then at #5 it’s Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

The next new entry is the PS Vita’s Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair at #29. We had a feeling this one may do surprisingly well. It’s also #1 in the PS Vita chart.

Then at #34 Warriors Orcochi 3: Ultimate makes an arrival.

We could see a few ‘older’ PS4/Xbox One titles re-appear in the chart next week – Destiny is going to shift a lot of shiny new systems, we’d wager.

Sep 03
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

This week’s new releases are an odd assortment of bits and bobs. We’d wager that this is because no publisher in their right mind would launch anything major in the run up to Destiny’s release.

The same goes for next week too, which is also looking rather random. Nintendo Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper, anybody?

Reviews of the PC only The Sims 4 should be starting to appear online as you read this. It was actually released in the US on Tuesday, so the lack of coverage is slightly worrying.

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Portueguse website Techtudo gave it an 8.5, praising the freedom and customisation options but panning the amount of overall content. The Geekiary felt the same, criticising the fact that many features (such as swimming pools) which were available in The Sims 3 are now oddly absent. “If EA actually makes players pay for swimming pools, toddlers, or other things that were present in previous core games, then the future of the franchise will be in danger. Fans can tell when a company is trying to take money from them without giving anything of worth in return,” they said. Oh dear.

We’ll be honest – it’s hard to tell if Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes will be making an appearance on PS4 and Xbox One this Friday. Amazon has it down for release this week, but the publisher’s site says 30th September. Zavvi and GAME meanwhile report 3rd October. Nothing like a spot of consistency, eh? Frogware’s previous Sherlock Holmes games have been rough around the edges – The Testament of Sherlock Holmes seems to be the series’ peek, with a Metacritic of 73%. It’s hard to say if the jump to next-gen will improve things, or simply make them worse.

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair

NIS’s visual novel Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is definitely out on PS Vita though. What’s more is that there are plenty of reviews around too. Hurrah! This sequel to Trigger Happy Havoc has gone down well, bagging a 9/10 from God is a Geek (“If you even remotely enjoy great stories and narratives, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is an absolute must-buy”) and an 8.0 from GameInformer (“it sticks with you long after you’ve watched the credits roll”).

The original didn’t make the UK top 40, but it did make #1 in the PS Vita chart when it launched earlier this year. Will it repeat this minor success?

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