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Call of Duty: Ghosts by
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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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag by
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.


Batman: Arkham Origins by
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.


Grand Theft Auto V by
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.

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GTA V by
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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FIFA 14 - Borussia Dortmund by
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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Grand Theft Auto V by
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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Saints Row IV by
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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