None shall pass – FIFA 18 prevents Shadow of War from claiming no.1

History tends to repeat itself. In 2014, FIFA 15 managed to prevent Shadow of Mordor from topping the UK chart. Skip forward three years, and we find FIFA 18 at no.1 for the third week running with Shadow of War being forced to settle for #2.

We doubt Warner Bros. are too concerned – they now have three games in the top ten, with LEGO Worlds at #9 and The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame at #10.

After months of silence, Bethesda finally started to promote The Evil Within 2 during the end of last week – just days from launch. Although it managed to make #3, Eurogamer reports sales were less than a quarter of the 2014 original. Seems it needed more than a last-minute promotional campaign.

At #4 and #5 it’s a double-whammy of Forza Motorsport, with Forza 7 at #4 and the popular Xbox One bundle pack-in Forza Horizon 3 at #5.

Activision’s Destiny 2 fell to #6, its lowest chart position yet, while GTA V dropped two places to #7.

Then at #8 it’s good old Crash Bandicoot. Still no official word on the Xbox One version, despite it having an alleged 7th December release date.

Outside the top ten, the retail release of Friday the 13th: The Game puts in a strong showing at #15 while Battlefield 1: Revolution made #29.

Curiously, Nintendo controls the lower echelon of the chart this week. Splatoon 2, Mario + Luigi, Layton’s Mystery Journey, Super Mario 3D Land, Pokken Tournament DX and the re-release of Luigi’s Mansion 2 occupy positions #34 to #40. Not bad going.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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