Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (+1%) makes a small improvement in sales to remain top of the chart for a record-matching fifth consecutive week.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (+94%) almost doubles sales with promotions to rise to second.
Grand Theft Auto V (+37%) does well to take third from fourth.
FIFA 16 and Overwatch suffer as a result, landing at fourth and fifth.
DOOM is doomed to sixth, a drop from fifth, but is ahead of Rocket League and Black Ops III which swap places at seventh and eighth respectively.
Minecraft: Xbox Edition moves up once more from tenth into ninth.
The summer holiday provided many improvements this week, not least of which is Ratchet & Clank (+143%) which comes back into the top ten.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (-39%) holds the top spot for a fourth consecutive week with no new entries in the top forty to add competition.
FIFA 16 (-13%) takes five places from seventh to second in the weeks before the start of the Premier League season.
Overwatch (-30%) at third, GTA V in at fourth, and DOOM at fifth, all take one place each to new chart positions. Uncharted 4 drops to sixth to make room.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Rocket League move up to seventh and eighth respectively.
In the second week of sale, Monster Hunter Generations (-66%) plummets to ninth.
Minecraft: Xbox Edition comes back into the top ten from sixteenth.
Alongside the Pokemon Go craze, other Pokemon titles have reappeared in the Top 40. Pokemon Omega Ruby sits at seventeenth, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire at twenty-fourth and Pokemon Y at twenty-ninth.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (-45%) spends a third week at top of the chart ahead of aggressive titles benefiting from promotion-driven sales.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (+152%) leaps four places to second with Monster Hunter Generations, new on 3DS, launching to third.
As a result, Overwatch falls down the chart to fourth, proving more popular than Grand Theft Auto V (+91%) which utilises promotions to reach fifth.
DOOM and FIFA 16 both fall three places each to sixth and seventh respectively.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III moves up to eighth, pushing the retail release of Rocket League further down to ninth.
Fallout 4 (+85%) re-enters the top ten from twentieth following a retailer push.
Elsewhere, hardware bundles see Zoo Tycoon re-enter at eleventh, and Kinect Sports Rivals, coming back at twelfth.
Anyone for Star Wars VR?
HTC Vive owners will soon be able to roam around Tatooine thanks to a free virtual reality Star Wars experience making its way to Steam.
Announced at the Star Wars Celebration event currently taking place in London, the ‘Trials on Tatooine’ experience will be available to download starting on Monday, July 18th.
Described as a ‘cinematic VR experience’
The free-to-play Star Wars VR demo will see you take the role of a Padawan in training, on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. Once the classic opening crawl has played out, this short VR demo lets you look around a 360 degree landscape of the planet — and also features the much-loved Millennium Falcon, and droid-favourite RD-D2 (who gives you a lighstaber).
Those at the Star Wars Celebration event can demo the Star Wars VR experience on both Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th — everyone else will have to wait until Monday 18th to pick it up via Steam.
LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens (-54%) remains first with the addition of the WiiU format, giving the title seven platforms of sales.
Overwatch (-2%) and DOOM (+7%) both take one place to second and third respectively, pushing FIFA 16 (-30%) down to fourth.
Rocket League (-7%) climbs to it’s best chart position in the third week of sales to complete the top five.
Uncharted 4 is pushed out of the top five to sixth.
Up one place to seventh, GTA V is ahead of Ratchet & Clank which renters the top ten at eighth.
The Division pushes up to ninth as COD: Black Ops III completes the top ten.
Carmageddon: Max Damage, from Newport developer Stainless Games, releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to twenty-second place in the chart.
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Kinect Star Wars uses its influence over the minds of the British public to assume control over the UK All-Format Top 40, making it the first time a Kinect title has ever taken the top spot.
Its reign brings a swift end to the five week run of Electronic Arts as the hoarder of sales above all others, with the likes of FIFA Street, which drops to second (with a small 3% increase in sales). Mass Effect 3 is down to third. FIFA 12 gains a 48% sales gain over last week to take fourth, whilst Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (-10%) completes the top five.
Sales improve the performance of Modern Warfare 3 (+76%) at sixth, SSX (+72%) is up three places to seventh and Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games (+66%) comes in at eighth. Battlefield 3 (+55%) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (+57%) land at ninth and tenth respectively, having not quite matched mid-table acceleration.
The only new title in the Top 40 this week is Devil May Cry HD Collection, comprising of the first three titles in the series, landing at 18.
While the Star Wars series has had a number of hit-and-miss videogames since the franchise was devised, probably one of the best was 2008’s Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.