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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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published Wednesday, Nov 13th

UK Chart: Ghosts At The Top With Early PS4 Sales

Call of Duty: Ghosts swoops in as the best selling title of last week, but unlike its predecessors does not break as many records.

Despite being top, Ghosts takes third behind GTA V and FIFA 14, in terms of 2013 launch week sales.

Peculiarly Call of Duty: Ghosts was also released for the PlayStation 4, a whole three weeks before the console is due to launch. The PS4 version of Ghosts managed to accumulate sales numbers to rival Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4 sales on PlayStation 3. Other sales of this years COD comprised of a 62% share on Xbox 360 and 34% on PS3. The PS4 version also outsold the Wii U version.

Battlefield 4 (-63%) is entrenched at second as Assassin’s Creed IV (-54%) tumbles to third. FIFA 14 (-16%) and GTA V (-31%) follow suit, to fourth and fifth respectively.

PC, Wii U, and 3DS releases can’t help Batman: Arkham Origins (-55%) recover sales as it crashes to sixth.

WWE 2K14 (-57%) and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) hold on at seventh and eighth, the former with significantly less sales this week.

Football Manager 2014 (-65%) drops to ninth from sixth, but is saved from tenth by Skylanders: Swap Force (+2%).

The last in the Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy debuts on 3DS at thirteenth.

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published Tuesday, Nov 05th

UK Chart: Black Flag First

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag tops the chart following a midweek release, with Battlefield 4 taking second due to slightly less time on shelves. Both failed to better the release performance of their predecessors.

FIFA 14 (+5%) sticks at third with an increase in sales from console bundles. Grand Theft Auto V (-13%) drops to fourth, but comes in ahead of last week’s number one Batman: Arkham Origins (-56%).

Football Manager 2014 releases to sixth, but is another title that falls short of past ventures, selling 7% less than Football Manager 2013′s debut.

WWE 2K14, picked up by 2K before THQ folded, is a new release at seventh.

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition (+53%) is still in the Top 10 and, like FIFA 14, is bundled with consoles this week to give it a sales boost, but drops one place to eighth.

Falling five places, Skylanders Swap Force (-9%) lands at ninth.

Pokémon Y (-20%) swaps with Pokemon X (-22%) to keep the latter out of the Top Ten.

The console release of Angry Birds Star Wars arrives at thirtieth to help the PC version up the chart.


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published Tuesday, Oct 29th

UK Chart: Brilliant Batman Dominant Despite Disappointing Demand

Batman: Arkham Origins sits on top of the UK chart, having been released last week. Developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, rather than London-based Rocksteady Studios, it achieved around half the launch sales of Batman: Arkham City. 

The remaining titles in the top six all drop one places from last week. FIFA 14 (-21%) closes the gap on GTA V (-28%). Skylanders Swap Force (-50%) takes half the sales of the opening week at fourth. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y slot into fifth and sixth respectively.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sticks to seventh place, as LEGO The Lord of the Rings (+266%) and Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed (+350%) are bundled into hardware promotions to raise sales numbers to push them to eighth and ninth.

Just Dance 2014 is the only title in the top ten to lose a place, as it falls from ninth to tenth.


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published Tuesday, Oct 22nd

UK Chart: GTA Top Again

Not much has changed in the UK top ten this week, with Grand Theft Auto V (-31%) still the best selling title.

FIFA 14 (-29%) remains second, ahead of the only top ten new entry this week - Skylanders: Swap Force. New developer Vicarious VisionsBeenox, and 3DS developer N-Space, do not match the sales of last years Skylanders Giants, with around -35% over the first week. In the same week that Nintendo revealed they are continuing the manufacture and sale of the Wii in Europe, the console becomes the most popular platform for Swap Force with a 37% share.

Pokemon X (-59%), Pokemon Y (-58%) and The Last of Us (-60%) all fall one place to cover fourth to sixth.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+19%) takes sales and a place in the chart at seventh, and has now remained in the Top 10 for the seventeen weeks since its release.

F1 2013 (-36%) and Just Dance 2014 (-30%) fall two places each to eighth and ninth respectively.

Disney Infinity (+20%) falls to tenth, despite making the best top ten improvement in sales this week, but stops new entry  Sonic: Lost World at eleventh.

GFK Chart-Track


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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.

GFK Chart-Track


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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.

GFK Chart-Track


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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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