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published Tuesday, Oct 15th

UK Chart: GTA V Grabs First

GTA V (-53%) reclaims the top spot from FIFA 14 (-66%) with the two trading places in their fourth week on sale.

The next generation of Pokemon games on Nintendo 3DS lands at third and fourth, with Pokemon X preferred over Pokemon Y. The combined first week figures are around double that of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, perhaps aided by the hardware release of the Nintendo 2DS this week.

Beyond: Two Souls, from Parisian developer Quantic Dream and starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, debuts this week at fifth on the PS3.

F1 2013 is pushed down three places with the new entries, but is ahead of Just Dance 2014, which rises two places to seventh.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Disney Infinity also fall three places to eighth and ninth respectively, due to high flying new entries. 

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U drops six places to tenth.

Other new releases this week include Dragon’s Crown at nineteenth and Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed at twenty-eighth.

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published Tuesday, Oct 08th

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Forges Ahead

FIFA 14 (-64%) remains top, but the gap between it and Grand Theft Auto V (-34%) shrinks to just 31,000 copies.

After three weeks, GTA V has overtaken the lifetime sales of GTA IV to become the twelfth best-selling UK game of all time, and fourth best based on revenue.

F1 2013 takes third ahead of the return of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in HD format on the Wii U.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+4%) and Disney Infinity (+22%) improve sales in-front of newcomer NBA 2K14 at eighth.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-23%) falls one place, but comes in ahead of the return of Just Dance, now in an annual format. 

A hefty drop in sales results in a six-place slide down the chart for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 as it completes the top ten.

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published Tuesday, Oct 01st

UK Chart: FIFA 14 First

FIFA 14  is the best-selling game  in the UK during the last week of September. Released on eight platforms, including the incoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the game takes a -24% cut in comparison to FIFA 13 week-one sales.

The record-breaking GTA V (-83%) drops to second, yet scores enough sales in it’s second week to rank eighteenth against all week-one releases to date.

GTAV & FIFA 14

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-2%) takes third, with a minor dip in sales pushing it up three places.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (-46%) and The Last of Us (-41%) drop two places to fourth and fifth respectively.

Disney Infinity gains two places and Splinter Cell: Blacklist drops two, ahead of Saints Row IV and Diablo III at eighth and ninth.

Rayman Legends (+34%) turns positive sales into a top ten finish after price promotion from retailers.

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published Tuesday, Sep 24th

UK Chart: Grand Entrance

Grand Theft Auto: V enters the UK chart in first place, as expected, breaking all UK game launch records to date.

GTAV is the fastest selling game at launch, with more copies sold in week one than all previous GTA titles combined, including more than twice the sales of Grand Theft Auto IV and around 250,000 more than Call of Duty: Black Ops. Rockstar’s latest has already claimed twenty-fourth best selling game of all time after just five days on sale, gathering 89% of all games sold in the week. Xbox 360 is the preferred console, with 57% of the share against PlayStation 3.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 is another new release at second, ahead of the release of FIFA 14 next week.

The Last of Us (+536%) has been bundled with consoles to raise sales significantly and take it to third in the chart.

Saint’s Row IV (-45%) ends a run of four consecutive weeks at the top of the chart by falling to fourth. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-8%) drops one place to fifth ahead of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+1%), which gains sales but stays at sixth.

Dropping sales and places in the chart, Diablo III (-49%) collects at seventh and Disney Infinity (-20%) at eighth.

Retailer promotions propel Aliens: Colonial Marines (+913%) to ninth as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (-70%) drops eight places to tenth.

Interesting to find that all but GTA V in the top ten make up just 4% of weekly sales.

Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning is the last new release this week at twenty-second.


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published Tuesday, Sep 17th

UK Chart: Saints Row IV Snares Fourth Week

Saints Row IV (-30%) savours the top spot for a fourth, and quite possibly last, consecutive week, with the release of Grand Theft Auto V looming.

Much of the chart remains unchanged, ensured by Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix entering at second.

Diablo III (-50%), Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-16%), Disney Infinity (-22%), Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-9%), and Payday 2 (-33%) all hold third to seventh.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes (+5%) and LEGO The Lord of the Rings (-5%) are back in the top ten at eighth and ninth respectively.

Former number two, Rome: Total War II (-87%) tumbles to tenth.

NHL 14 comes in just behind at eleventh, whilst Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection arrives at twenty-fourth and Puppeteer manages last place in the Top 40.

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published Tuesday, Sep 10th

UK Chart: Saints Row IV Resists Roman Siege

Saints Row IV maintains a commanding position on the UK chart, despite close competition from Rome: Total War II. The latter comes in at second, missing out on the top spot by sales in the hundreds. But publisher Sega can find comfort in a more successful launch over Rome: Total War, published by Activision in 2004.

Diablo III releases on consoles to boost the title to third ahead of Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-51%) and Disney Infinity (-22%) at fourth and fifth respectively.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition drops one place to sixth as Payday 2 (+51%) grabs plenty of growth and two places in the chart to seventh.

Killzone: Mercenary is a new release on PS Vita and takes eighth, with the release of Rayman Legends (-16%) on PS Vita unable to save it from a three point drop to ninth.

The 2013 edition of Farming Simulator (yup) completes the top ten with a release on Xbox 360 and PS3.

The last new release this week is Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate at thirty-fifth place.

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published Tuesday, Sep 03rd

UK Chart: Saints Row IV Second Ruling

Saint’s Row IV (-44%) is at the top spot, followed by Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-37%), for a second week.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launches on to PC and PlayStation 3 at third in the chart, ahead of Disney Infinity and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at fourth and fifth respectively.

Rayman Legends, the sequel to Rayman Origins, is a new release at sixth selling most on the Wii U.

Madden NFL 25 disappoints with less sales than record-holding Madden NFL 13, but takes seventh place nonetheless.

Payday 2 jumps nine places to ninth, between Call of Duty: Black Ops II, down three places to eighth, and FIFA 13 at tenth.

The last new releases this week come in the latter half of the chart, with Lost Planet 3 at twenty-sixth before Killer is Dead from Deep Silver/Koch at twenty-eighth.

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published Tuesday, Aug 27th

UK Chart: Saints Row IV Soars

It is all change at the top of the UK chart, as three new entrants dominate the top three positions.

Saints Row IV grabs the fourth biggest launch of the year so far for successful publishers, Deep Silver, which also published Dead Island: Riptide and Metro: Last Light straight to top spot. The audience have chosen their format of choice, with 69% of sales going to the Xbox 360.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist joins at second from Ubisoft on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, WiiU and PC.

Disney Infinity launches into second, with more than triple the sales of accompanying figures than the pioneering Skylanders. Again, the Xbox 360 takes the bulk of the format choice with 43%, against 22% on PlayStation 3 and 21% on the first Wii.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+3%), Black Ops II (-17%), FIFA 13 (-14%) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-9%) fall two places each between fourth and seventh, as LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (+1%) holds out at eighth.

The Last of Us (-9%) drops three places to ninth ahead of new release The Bureau: Xcom Declassified at tenth.

Payday 2 (-76%) is out of sight at eighteenth. The only other new release this week is Platinum Games’ The Wonderful 101 for the WiiU coming in at twenty-second on the chart.

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published Tuesday, Aug 20th

UK Chart: Payday 2 Plucks Premier Position

Payday 2, from Swedish firm Overkill Software, marks the top of the chart, demoting long standing Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-14%) to second. The first Payday game, Payday: The Heist, was originally released on the PlayStation Network and PC in 2011 in a download only format — the sequel is available both as a downloadable and at retail for the 360, PS3 and PC.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+60%) continues a run up the chart with another four places taken this week. At the start of the Premier League season, FIFA 13 (-18%) drops two places as a result of higher chart movement.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-9%) and The Last of Us (-19%) stick at fifth and sixth respectively.

The Smurfs 2 (-31%) falls four places to seventh ahead of Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes (+0%) and Tomb Raider (-10%), both of which refuse to move from eighth and ninth position.

Grand Theft Auto IV (+6%) reenters the top ten as the release of its sequel approaches.

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published Saturday, Aug 17th

BBC Launches Children’s Game ‘CBeebies Playtime’

The BBC has launched a new children’s mobile game, CBeebies Playtime, on the Apple App Store, Android Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore.

In the app, children will be able to play four games based on shows aired on the CBeebies children’s television channel, with characters from programmes such as Alphablocks, Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom and Something Special’s Mr Tumble making an appearance.

CBeebies Playtime will also include a “grown up’s area” where profiles can be set-up for four players, with progression, custom content and access restrictions all able to be set by an adult overseer.

Adults can also record voice messages for their children along with research the educational benefits of the games found throughout the app.

The free app can be downloaded now.


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published Tuesday, Aug 13th

UK Chart: Minecraft Makes It Three

As Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+13%) reaches eight million copies in total worldwide sales, it also celebrates its third week placed at the top of the UK charts.

In the week before the return of the new Premier League season, FIFA 13 (+24%) runs up the chart again to second.

The Smurfs 2 (+35%) is also up two places to third against new comer Tales of Xillia, the next instalment in the Tales series, at fourth.

Falling down as a result, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-16%) lands at fifth. The Last of Us (-25%) falls even further, from second, down to sixth.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+9%) gains sales along with a place in the chart at seventh, against Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes which loses both sales and a place, down to eighth.

Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed III (-7%) stick in at ninth and tenth respectively.

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published Tuesday, Aug 06th

UK Chart: Minecraft Maintains Run

The Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft (-9%) mounts the top spot for a second week running. Pikmin 3 drops out of the picture down to fifteenth, allowing The Last of Us (-2%) to rise to second with Animal Crossing: New Leaf  taking third.

FIFA 13 (+33%) rises two places to fourth ahead of The Smurfs 2 (+115%) which moves up twenty places to fifth following the films release in cinemas.

Far Cry 3 is one step ahead of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, which rises three places to seventh.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+48%) takes nine places back to the top ten at eighth as Tomb Raider (+1%) sticks in at ninth.

Assassin’s Creed III  (+11%) takes a step in the right direction as it completes the top ten.

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