F1 2018 prevents PES 2019 from taking UK chart top spot

Codemasters’ F1 2018 has managed to fend off all competition, remaining at no.1 for a second week running. More than a few big hitters were up against it, including PES 2019 which made #2.

However, Chart-Track reports physical sales of Konami’s soccer sim were down 42% over last year. This may not entirely be down to waning popularity – digital distribution is forever on the rise, and there are no last-gen iterations this year. Maybe it’s time for Konami to bring PES to Switch, eh?

Yakuza Kiwami 2 was the next highest new entry, making #5. Its arrival seems to have impacted sales of Shenmue I & II, which falls all the way from #2 to #33 this week. Either that, or stock shortages are perhaps to blame. We recall Amazon being sold out, albeit briefly.

Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate took #9, while Sony’s Firewall Zero Hour narrowly missed out on a top ten placing, making #11.

Strange Brigade – new IP from Rebellion – made its debut at #16. Digital sales may paint a slightly brighter picture. Finally for new releases, Divinity Original Sin II entered at #23. This means it’s a no-show for Naruto to Boruto, which we expect to make the top 20 at the very least.

Rewinding back to the top ten, LEGO The Incredibles, The Crew 2, and Call of Duty: WWII all depart this week to make way for the new arrivals. GTA V, Crash Bandicoot, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, God of War and FIFA 18 all remain in the top ten, meanwhile.

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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