For the first time in eons thereâ€™s an almost entirely new UK top five.
Switch exclusive Astral Chain leads the way, becoming Platinum Gamesâ€™ first UK no.1 in the process. We canâ€™t say weâ€™re surprised â€“ it has been the talk of social media for almost a week now, fuelled by glowing reviews. Switch owners tend to opt for physical over digital, too.
THQ Nordicâ€™s Wreckfest makes #2, which has come as a surprise to some. We had an inkling it would perform well – not only has it gained positive reviews, but racer fans been have been longing for a new Destruction Derby-style racer. Bugbear has something of a dedicated following too, amassed during the days of the original Flatout.
We were expecting to see Control â€“ published by 505 Games â€“ in the top three but itâ€™s forced to settle for #4, elbowed out the way by The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan.
Again, this is a surprise â€“ Control received more press coverage than Man of Medan. Perhaps Supermassive Games has also managed to accumulate a cult following over the years. Until Dawn definitely had its fans. Itâ€™s worth noting only 1,500 sales separated no.1 and no.4 this week, however â€“ it was a very close chart.
One other new release managed to break the top 40 â€“ the belated physical release of Collection of Mana on Switch at #22.
The rest of the top ten comprises of familiar faces. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – last weekâ€™s surprise chart-topper – is down to #5. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled took #6, down from #3, while Super Mario Maker 2 fell to #7.
Marvelâ€™s Spider-Man crawled back at #8, up from #34. The PS4 exclusive saw a minor price drop last week ahead of the GOTY edition. The ever-popular GTA V sticks around at #9, while Tom Clancyâ€™s The Division 2 sees us out at #10.
To make way for the surge of new releases Red Dead Redemption 2, Minecraft, Mortal Kombat 11, and Super Mario Odyssey departed the top ten. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution had the roughest week of all, falling from #10 to #40.