LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens by
published Tuesday, Jul 19th

UK Chart: The Force Awakens Fends Off Adversaries

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (-45%) spends a third week at top of the chart ahead of aggressive titles benefiting from promotion-driven sales.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (+152%) leaps four places to second with Monster Hunter Generations, new on 3DS, launching to third.

As a result, Overwatch falls down the chart to fourth, proving more popular than Grand Theft Auto V (+91%) which utilises promotions to reach fifth.

DOOM and FIFA 16 both fall three places each to sixth and seventh respectively.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III moves up to eighth, pushing the retail release of Rocket League further down to ninth.

Fallout 4 (+85%) re-enters the top ten from twentieth following a retailer push.

Elsewhere, hardware bundles see Zoo Tycoon re-enter at eleventh, and Kinect Sports Rivals, coming back at twelfth.

Star Wars VR by
published Saturday, Jul 16th

Star Wars VR Experience Coming To HTC Vive, For Free

Anyone for Star Wars VR?

HTC Vive owners will soon be able to roam around Tatooine thanks to a free virtual reality Star Wars experience making its way to Steam.

Announced at the Star Wars Celebration event currently taking place in London, the ‘Trials on Tatooine’ experience will be available to download starting on Monday, July 18th.

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Described as a ‘cinematic VR experience’

The free-to-play Star Wars VR demo will see you take the role of a Padawan in training, on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine.  Once the classic opening crawl has played out, this short VR demo lets you look around a 360 degree landscape of the planet — and also features the much-loved Millennium Falcon, and droid-favourite RD-D2 (who gives you a lighstaber).

Those at the Star Wars Celebration event can demo the Star Wars VR experience on both Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th — everyone else will have to wait until Monday 18th to pick it up via Steam.

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens by
published Tuesday, Jul 12th

UK Chart: The Force Awakens Adds WiiU To Stay Top

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens (-54%) remains first with the addition of the WiiU format, giving the title seven platforms of sales.

Overwatch (-2%) and DOOM (+7%) both take one place to second and third respectively, pushing FIFA 16 (-30%) down to fourth.

Rocket League (-7%) climbs to it’s best chart position in the third week of sales to complete the top five.

Uncharted 4 is pushed out of the top five to sixth.

Up one place to seventh, GTA V is ahead of Ratchet & Clank which renters the top ten at eighth.

The Division pushes up to ninth as COD: Black Ops III completes the top ten.

Carmageddon: Max Damage, from Newport developer Stainless Games, releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to twenty-second place in the chart.


LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens by
published Tuesday, Jul 05th

UK Chart: The Force First

At the top spot, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases early this week to have the fourth largest LEGO release and the fourth largest Star Wars title launch.

FIFA (+17%) remains at second ahead of Overwatch (+9%), which rises to third, and Doom (-17%) which drops to fourth.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (-19%) drops two places to complete the top five.

A new release on the PlayStation 4, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness enters the chart at sixth.

Despite positive sales, Rocket League (+20%) drops to seventh from sixth, ahead of GTA V.

Telltales’s 7 Days to Die is the third new release in the top ten at ninth.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division (+72%) climbs back to tenth from twelfth thanks to promotions.

The last of new releases this week, The Technomancer lands at thirteenth and Minecraft: Wii U Edition drops at eighteenth.

DOOM 4 by
published Wednesday, Jun 22nd

UK Chart: DOOM Dominates

DOOM (+57%) knocks Overwatch off the top of the chart, thanks to promotions. It is developer ID Software’s first number one since DOOM 3 in 2004.

Overwatch (-24%) drops to second after three weeks at the top.

Uncharted 4 (+1%), FIFA 16 (+21%) and GTA V (+20%) all rise one place to complete the top five, due to a disappointing week for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (-62%), which drops four places to sixth.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (+52%) is back in the top ten at seventh from twelfth.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (+24%) improves on sales numbers but sticks at eighth.

Arguably the most improved title of the week, Star War Battlefront (+63%) takes seven positions to ninth.

LEGO Marvel Avengers (+4%) makes minor improvements to slip back into the top ten.

MotoGP 16: Valentino Rossi is the only other new release this week, landing at nineteenth.

Overwatch by
published Wednesday, Jun 15th

UK Chart: Third Top Week For Overwatch

Overwatch (-44%) holds top spot for a third week ahead of the debut for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at second. The original Mirror’s Edge for which Catalyst is a prequel/reboot had protracted success, selling only 60% of lifetime sales in the first twelve weeks.

DOOM 3 is at third for three consecutive weeks (-28% ) as Uncharted 4 (-45%) drops behind it from second.

FIFA 16 drops one place to fifth ahead of GTA V which sticks at sixth.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is up one place to seventh.

At the start of the tournament, UEFA Euro 2016 Pro Evolution Soccer (-4%) has reached the top ten for the first time in eight weeks at eighth.

Dead Island: Definitive Edition and Ratchet & Clank both slip down the chart, to ninth and tenth respectively.

There are two other new releases this week, Kirby: Planet Robobot, on 3DS, is at fifteenth, and Sherlock Holmes: The Devils’ Daughter is at thirty-seventh.

published Monday, Jun 13th

Mourn those lost. Worry about how to sell games another day.

The annual E3 gaming conference is taking place in Los Angeles this week, and many of the world’s biggest gaming publishers are lining up to show the public their latest big budget offerings.

LA Convention Center (via PrayitnoMany of the new games presented will share a common theme: guns.

The mid-90’s represented a turning point for the gaming industry, in which its focus on shooters grew stronger — going from Quake to Goldeneye, to more recent celebrated games such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.

The mass-market appeal of shooters such as these reached fever-pitch in recent years, with annual installments and frenzied launches marking what are now some of the biggest money makers in all of entertainment (raking in over half a billion dollars in just a matter of days).

For the past several years E3 has attracted critical commentary on the volume of games involving guns.

Some of that criticism is based on just a sheer lack of variety, yet sometimes it’s due to the real-world parallels that can be drawn. Sometimes those lines are obscure, but for E3 2016 the parallel for some is ostensibly clear.

Following yet another horrific mass shooting in the U.S, in which over 50 people were killed, some members of the gaming community are now beginning to question the role that such games play. Not only in promoting gun culture, but in how their flashy presentations can often seem tone deaf — particularly in the wake of such tragedy.

Chris Plante and T.C Sottek, writing for The Verge, pulled into question EA’s press conference for its apparent disregard for the very real events that had occurred just hours prior in Orlando.

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The Verge editorial questions the morality of showing footage where “humans kill each other with hyper-detailed guns” so soon after the worst shooting in the history of the United States.

EA’s conference is the first of many taking place this week, showing new ‘gun games’ like Titanfall and Battlefield. Yet, as The Verge points out, such heavy focus on the shooter genre is not the practice of just a single publisher, adding that E3 as a whole “regularly celebrates graphic violence”.

Many have taken The Verge article to be a either a cheap shot towards the gaming industry, or click bait at a time of mourning. Whatever you consider it to be, one thing is clear — the issue the editorial is attempting to address is by no means a binary one.

The Verge piece isn’t attempting to shame EA and others for the games they create. Nor is it a criticism of the gaming industries creative output.

Instead, I believe the commentary (misjudged or not) was attempting to start a timely dialogue on the brazenness with which various gun fantasies are flaunted, trailer after trailer.PS4 Controller - Blue

American gun culture, violent games, and popular entertainment in general have a longstanding (and lucrative) relationship which isn’t going away anytime soon.

The popularity of such entertainment has long been questioned, be it in games, TV or movies, such as those from Quentin Tarantino. Arguments on the how and the why are endless.

People will draw parallels, lines will be drawn. This is inevitable. Some will blame games, others won’t. Sometimes it will be justified, sometimes it won’t be.

Real people died, and hours later a corporation took to the stage to showcase how you can kill people in their new game. It makes for a flashy headline, but the connection is often tenuous and the subject much more nuanced.

Games are often a scapegoat, and gamers are often defensive. Either way, distinguishing fantasy from reality and remembering real people have suffered is what matters right now.

Nobody is calling for end to this form of entertainment, however we should take this as an opportunity for consideration, reservedness and to reflect on how popular gun-toting media fits into and informs our culture.

No matter what your stance, we should first and foremost mourn those lost. Worrying about how EA and others sell their games can be an issue for another day.

Overwatch by
published Wednesday, Jun 08th

UK Chart: Overwatch Holds On

An unchanged top three is headed by Overwatch (-54%), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (-27%) is at second, and DOOM (-33%) is at third.

An impending UEFA tournament in France gives FIFA 16 (+65%) promotion to fourth.

At fifth, Dead Island: Definitive Edition combines remastered versions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Rip Tide to release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Grand Theft Auto V (+66%) arguably benefits the most from half-term promotions by moving four places to sixth, demoting Ratchet & Clank to seventh.

Tom Clancy’s The Division sticks at eighth ahead of COD: Black Ops III, which drops to ninth.

Homefront: The Revolution falls six places to complete the top ten.

One Piece: Burning Blood, at thirty-seventh, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, is the only other new release.

Overwatch by
published Wednesday, Jun 01st

UK Chart: Overwatch Oversees

Overwatch has extended launch week, marking top spot and becoming the most successful on console for developer Blizzard. The bulk of sales were made on PlayStation 4 (47%), followed by Xbox One and PC.

The rest of the top five move down in tandem. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ( -37%) is ahead of Doom (-41%) and Homefront: The Revolution (-41%). Call of Duty: Black Ops III (+26%) improves to keep ahead of the resurgent Ratchet & Clank (+114%) at sixth.

FIFA 16 (+91%) is back up the chart at seventh thanks to retailer promotions.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division (+41%) does better with sales figures but drops to eighth.

Total War: Warhammer, a PC exclusive, rides into the chart to ninth ahead of GTA V (+49%) which drops two to complete the top ten.

The only other new release this week is TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan at eighteenth.

Uncharted 4 by
published Tuesday, May 17th

UK Chart: Uncharted 4 Fulfills Fond Farewell

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes top spot with +66% over Uncharted 3, to kickstart sales for the series finale.

Bethesda Softworks’ DOOM makes second at launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with +67% over Doom 3Call of Duty: Black Ops III (-46%) drops to third to make room for the new additions.

Ratchet & Clank (-50%) halves sales to drop one place to fourth.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division (-32%) and Far Cry Primal (-33%) stick at fifth and sixth against higher successes.

Dropping three places, GTA V lands at seventh ahead of FIFA 16, which rises to eighth, and LEGO Marvel Avengers, which falls to ninth.

Star Wars Battlefront (+28%) improves it’s position to complete the top ten.

Battleborn by
published Tuesday, May 10th

UK Chart: Battleborn Breaks No1

Battleborn, from Borderlands developer Gearbox Software, moves straight in at top spot in launch week.

Black Ops III (-3%) holds second as Ratchet & Clank (-51%) slips to third after a two week hold on first place.

GTA V (+20%) takes a significant boost to rise four places to fourth.

Tom Clancy’s The Division (-28%) takes it’s top five record to nine weeks since launch as it sits at fifth.

Taking three places, Far Cry Primal takes sixth, pushing LEGO Marvel Avengers down one place to seventh.

Dark Souls III and UFC 2 both move from the top five down to eighth and ninth respectively.

FIFA 16 is on the edge of the top ten after a three-point move from seventh.