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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.

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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.


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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.

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 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


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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.

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