The UK chart has finally woken from winter slumber – this week sees four new arrivals in the top ten alone.
Battlefield: Hardline manage to prevail over Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in taking the top spot, becoming EA’s first number one of the year in the process. Incidentally, Battlefield 4 had to settle for #2 when it launched back in November 2013.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD makes do with #2. The individual format chart reveals that the PS4 version (unsurprisingly) proved to be the most popular. And by quite some margin – even the Wii U’s Mario Party 10 outsold the Xbox One version.
Mario’s latest colourful get-together entered at #6 – a far higher position than imagined given the rough reception. It had the strongest first week sales the series has seen since Mario Party 8.
The retail version of Resident Evil Revelations 2 makes its mark one place below at #7. Again, the PS4 version was the biggest selling.
GTA V – last week’s chart topper – moves down to #3 while Dying Light drops from #2 to #4. Then at #5 it’s good old FIFA 15.
The rest of the top ten is dully formed of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Minecraft: Xbox Edition and Minecraft: PlayStation Edition at #8, #9 and #10 respectively.
Oddly, there were more than a few notable fallers this week. DmC: Definitive Edition dropped twenty places to #25 while the vastly satisfying Zombie Army Trilogy fell from #9 to #27. Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition meanwhile fell from #10 to #21.
Fellow newcomer Dragon Ball Xenoverse had a bad week too, dropping eleven places to #22.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection and The Order: 1886 are now back in the top 20 though. We’d wager that they’ve been cut in price somewhere. Either that or Battlefield and Final Fantasy actually helped to fuel console sales last week. We wonder.