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The LEGO Movie Videogame by
published Tuesday, Feb 18th

UK Chart: LEGO Leading

Newly released film tie-in, The LEGO Movie Videogame,  is the most successful title of the week, as FIFA 14 tumbles down the chart. The release of the film has also boosted popularity in past titles, with the likes of Lego Batman 2 and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga re-entering the chart.


FIFA 14 - Borussia Dortmund by
published Tuesday, Feb 11th

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Top For Tenth Time

FIFA 14 (-22%) is at the top of the UK chart for the tenth time since launch, being the sixth EA title and third FIFA title to do so.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (-15%) returns to second place from third.

Fable: Anniversary, a remastered release of Fable on the Xbox 360, takes third ahead of former number one Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (-57%).

At fifth, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (-14%) sticks in place ahead of Grand Theft Auto V (+54%), which rises sharply thanks to retailer promotions.

Battlefield 4 (-26%) sinks three places to seventh, and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-7%) drops one to eighth.

Killzone: Shadow Fall (+5%) climbs one place to ninth as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-31%) falls four to complete that top ten.

GFK Chart-Track


Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition by
published Monday, Feb 03rd

UK Chart: Tomb Raider Definitively First

The title that claimed the best launch week of 2013, Tomb Raider, hits back with a next-gen Definitive Edition to claim the top of the UK chart. FIFA 14 (-4%) is less than 500 copies behind in second place.

Much of the top ten falls one place to make room for the top entrant. Call of Duty: Ghosts (+19%) registers a significant increase in sales at third. Battlefield 4 (-5%) is still ahead of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (+11%), despite the latter title also picking up sales this week at fifth.

Assassin’s Creed IV and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition both fall one place each to sixth and seventh respectively.

Grand Theft Auto V and Need for Speed: Rivals remain in place, as Killzone: Shadow Fall falls from seventh to tenth.


FIFA 14 by
published Tuesday, Jan 28th

UK Chart: FIFA Leads Again

FIFA 14 remains at the peak of the UK chart for the first month of the year, making it a massive nine weeks at the top.

With the top three in place again, Call of Duty: Ghosts (-2%) and Battlefield 4 (-13%) stay in position.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (-2%) swaps places with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-35%) at third, the latter suffering heavily this week to fifth.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+2%) gains sales from eighth to sixth to drop Killzone: Shadow Fall (-12%) one place to seventh.

Stepping back up the chart, Grand Theft Auto V (-4%) lands in front of Need for Speed: Rivals (-17%), which falls two places to ninth.

From Namco Bandai, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z enters at tenth in the chart for the best release in the franchise for five years.

GFK Chart-Track


FIFA 14 by
published Tuesday, Jan 21st

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Top Again

FIFA 14 (-23%) is at the top of the chart for an eighth week, second best to a record held by the original Zumba Fitness of all things.

The top four are all in place, with Call of Duty: Ghosts (-39%), Battlefield 4 (-26%) and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-31%) ahead of Lego Marvel Super Heroes (-12%) at fifth from sixth.

Killzone: Shadow Fall (-6%) jumps two places from eighth, before Need for Speed: Rivals (-28%) at seventh.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-7%) is up one place to eighth as Grand Theft Auto V (-56%) drops from fifth to ninth.

Sticking in place, Aliens: Colonial Marines (-10%) completes the top ten.

The first 2014 release in the Top 40, Mario Party: Island Tour arrives on the 3DS at eighteenth.

GFK Chart-Track


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published Wednesday, Jan 15th

UK Chart: Trading Places

FIFA 14 (-32%) remains in place at the top of the UK chart and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-41%) holds at second, with minor movement throughout the rest of the chart.

Battlefield 4 (-48%) is third, swapping places with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-52%) at fourth.

Grand Theft Auto V sticks at fifth ahead of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which rises against Need for Speed: Rivals, that now sits at seventh.

Rising to eighth from twenty-first, Killzone: Shadow Fall (+63%) demotes Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition to ninth.

Aliens: Colonial Marines (-14%) rises five places to complete the top ten.

GFK Chart-Track


FIFA 14 - Borussia Dortmund by
published Tuesday, Jan 07th

UK Chart: FIFA 14 Top In 2014

FIFA 14 is at the top of the UK chart for a sixth week. Now available on two new formats, FIFA 14 has 21% more in sales compared to FIFA 13 against the same week last year, in which FIFA 13 was also first.

The top seven remain in place, including Call of Duty: Ghosts (-55%) at second, with just 4,000 copies separating it from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag (-50%) at third.

Grand Theft Auto V (-64%) is hanging around at fifth in the chart this week, and could go on to become the best selling game of all time in the UK within the next three months.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-42%) is at eighth as it swaps places with Just Dance 2014 (-60%) at ninth. WWE 2k14 completes the top ten.


Call of Duty: Ghosts by
published Tuesday, Dec 17th

UK Chart: Ghosts Grabs Third Week Running

Call of Duty: Ghosts (-21%) holds the chart top spot for a third week in a row. FIFA 14 (-3%) follows closely behind with fewer than 600 copies separating the two.

Retailer promotions lead Lego Marvel Superheroes (+70%) to third from sixth.

Battlefield 4 (-5%) and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (-12%) drop one place each to fourth and fifth respectively. Conversely, Just Dance 2014 (-5%) takes one place at sixth.

Up four places at seventh, Need for Speed: Rivals (+35%) comes in ahead of GTA V (-40%), which is down three places from fifth.

WWE 2K14 (+12%) continues climbing to ninth as Gran Turismo 6 (-37%) falls further from a disappointing start to complete the top ten.

GFK Chart-Track

 UK All Format Top 10 – 14/11/2013

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  2. FIFA 14
  3. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. Just Dance 2014
  7. Need for Speed: Rivals
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. WWE 2K14
  10. Gran Turismo 6

UK All-Format Top 40


Gran Turismo 6_logo by
published Tuesday, Dec 10th

UK Chart: Gran Turismo 6 Gravely Trailing

Sony released Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3 last week, entering at eighth place in the UK chart, claiming around a fifth of the sales of Gran Turismo 5. It looks like Sony will pay the price for a sole release on the now ‘older’ platform.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (+2%), FIFA 14 (-15%) and Battlefield 4 (-35%) claim the top three positions at the top of the UK chart.

Assassin’s Creed IV (-15%) gains one place and Grand Theft Auto V (+19%) jumps two to complete the top five.

Still at sixth, LEGO Marvel Superheroes (-13%) stays ahead of Just Dance 2014 (+70%) as it climbs two places to seventh.

PS4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall drops five places ahead of Batman: Arkham Origins, which sticks at tenth.


Blockbuster by
published Sunday, Dec 08th

Administrators Close Further 62 Blockbuster UK Stores

62 Blockbuster stores across the country will shut their doors for the last time this weekend, as announced by administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery. 427 employees across the affected locations will also lose their jobs, just weeks before Christmas.

The closures come as the search for an “acceptable offer” for the entertainment retailer drags on. If an agreement can not be made with a potential buyer, Moorfields may be forced to close the remaining 91 stores which will see a further 808 employees without work.

Blockbuster has entered administration twice this year, and has already seen 400 stores close.


fifa-14-bg by
published Tuesday, Nov 26th

UK Chart: Xbox One Sells Twice As Many Launch Units As The Xbox 360

Microsoft’s Xbox One arrived last week claiming twice as many sales of the Xbox 360 in its launch week back in 2008. The console arrived with more than a dozen launch titles, including FIFA 14 and Forza Motorsport 5 bundles.

EA’s FIFA 14 (+328%) swaps with COD: Ghosts (-16%), from second to first.

Battlefield 4 (+134%) jumps from fifth to third as Assassin’s Creed IV (+123%) holds at fourth.

Forza Motorsport 5 debuts at fifth place.


Call of Duty: Ghosts by
published Tuesday, Nov 19th

UK Chart: Ghosts Remains Top With Early Xbox One Release

Activision prepares for the launch of the Xbox One releasing the Call of Duty: Ghosts for the new console one week early, resulting in the shooter staying top of the UK chart for a second consecutive week.

At second, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, from Cheshire-based developer Traveller’s Tales, has the second most successful launch of any LEGO title, after LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures.

FIFA 14 (-7%) swaps with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-37%) to reach third with a less dramatic drop in sales.

Battlefield 4 (-48%) falls three places to complete the top five.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+8%) takes a place to seventh, behind Grand Theft Auto V (-11%) which falls one place to sixth.

Also taking further sales with next generation releases, Skylanders Swap Force (+11%) pushes Batman: Arkham Origins further down the chart to ninth.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (+33%) is helped up the table to tenth with hardware bundles from retailers.

Other new releases include Ratchet & Clank Nexus at twenty-first place and Xcom: Enemy Within at twenty-fifth.