Chart Games Analysis – 02/05/2018

By | 02/05/2018

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Welcome to the CXG Chart Games Analysis

Get comfortable and settle in for an intuitive and informal review, inspection and overview of the hottest new entries, ups, downs and non-movers of the revised top ten chart games across all major current generation platforms; PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Nintendo Switch.

Quite a variety and a little bit of controversy this week, so, read on and please let me know what you think in the comments section below.

PlayStation 4 Chart Games

No new entries this week however some solid and consistent sales see pretty good places for familiar titles while a solid sales run over the last few weeks dramatically falls, moving one, self-published Sony title to the end of the line.

PS4 Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

Last week’s hot new game God of War continues to punish the PS4 chart games this week as it refuses to relinquish the number one spot.

Self-published Sony title God of War came hurtling in straight to the number one spot last week, stealing the crown from Far Cry 5 which had been at the top spot since its release a month ago.

God of War is the eighth God of War title and a direct sequel to 2010’s God of War III.

God of War PS4 gameplay image

The God of War series’ main character Kratos seems to have had a re-think on where he fits in, since in this new God of War title he has moved from the sunny islands of Greece and headed over to Scandinavia to cause some trouble there, which evidently sees a shift in the direction of the mythology in the game from Ancient Greek to Norse. God of War is available now on PlayStation 4.

God of War may be mighty; however, it seems to be hiding behind Far Cry 5 at number two which is holding off all other competition.

Also for the second week running Crash Bandicoot N.Sane has enjoyed solid sales and is firmly seated at the number seven position.

PS4 Climbers – Moving on Up

It’s a table of climbers this week for PlayStation 4 chart games as long-term resident FIFA 18 slides up a position to number three while Call of Duty: WWII re-enters the top ten again this week to hunker down and settle at the number six position, as does Start Wars: Battlefront II which resides at number nine.

Fallout 4 continues to impress as its weekly climb progresses up in to the number four spot followed by fellow Bethesda Softworks title Prey at number five.

All the while we see Grand Theft Auto V also begin to start moving again, settling for the number eight position after seeing poor sales over the past few weeks.

PS4 Fallers – Taking a Tumble

Just one slipped game remains in the top ten PS4 chart games this week and that is PlayStation VR worlds, which has had excellent sales over the past few weeks but it now sits at the number nine spot, having previously enjoyed the sun at six where it had hung around for a while.

Also, this week’s surprise is that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has made a quick exit from the top ten after going straight in at number six last week.

Xbox One Chart Games

A pretty solid defence at the front line as the top five haven’t budged at all. An Xbox One favourite makes a re-appearance and some long-term residents lose their grip.

Xbox One Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

A solid display from last week’s top five and another good week for Microsoft; two Microsoft titles in the top five as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Sea of Thieves sit bolted to the number two and three positions respectively.

PUBG promotional art

However Far Cry 5 which seems to be enjoying pretty impressive sales for Xbox One retains the number one position for yet another week. While Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout 4 is enjoying a resurge in sales on Xbox One also, has it sitting at the number four position for a second week followed again by Star Wars: Battlefront two at the five spot.

Xbox One Climbers – Moving on Up

Call of Duty: WWII makes a dramatic re-entry to Xbox One chart games also, as it speeds up from fifteen last week back in to the number six position followed by two more top ten re-entries LEGO: Marvel Superheroes II and Destiny 2 getting comfortable at positions nine and ten respectively.

Xbox One Fallers – Taking a Tumble

Some slightly fewer sales for Xbox One chart games long term residents Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft: Xbox Edition this week as they both lose their grip and manage to slip down a spot each to seven and eight respectively.

PC Chart Games

A couple of new entries, an epic climb and some surprising drops in this this week’s dramatic PC chart games.

PC New Entries – Hot New Games

The PC is known for its excellent city-building and strategy games, so this week’s hottest new entry may come as no surprise as its sold over 250,000 copies this week. Frostpunk has entered the PC top ten chart games straight in at number five; millions have died in an alternative 1886 due to snowstorms and therefore loss of crops.

Starting with some survivors and a meagre amount of supplies, the player must find a plot of land on which to found a settlement and begin to harvest resources. From there a city must be built.

Frostpunk is a game we will be keeping our eye on and may possibly review in the near future so check back for details.

Another new entry at number seven this week is another Sims 4 bundle, Sims 4 Bundle Pack 11, which contains The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure, The Sims 4: Fitness Stuff and The Sims 4: Toddler Stuff.

PC Climbers – Moving on Up

An excellent week for Bethesda Softworks as they see three titles moving up the PC chart games this week with a total of four in the top ten.

Since the release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset gameplay trailer, The Elder Scrolls Online has been steadily moving up the charts until top-ten re-entry two weeks ago. Since then the epic MMORPG has moved on up to where it currently sits at the number one spot, immediately followed by another Bethesda title Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus which is sitting comfortably at number two.

Elder Scrolls Online Summerset Screenshot

It appears that because of the Elder Scrolls Online sales, The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind has also seen a sales surge which sees it re-enter the top ten and has now settled in at the number nine position.

PC Fallers – Taking a Tumble

The Sims has been enjoying a comfortable stay at the top spot for months now, as has Football Manager 2018, and it seemed pretty much impossible that they could have been moved by anything.

However, the impossible has been done; The Sims 4 and Football Manger 2018 have been knocked off positions one and two where they seemed to have settled in for the duration.

The Sims 4 and Football Manager 2018 have been moved along to positions three and four respectively thanks to Bethesda Softworks’ epic run of sales across all their main AAA titles.

The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (another Bethesda Softworks title) and ultra-realistic flight simulator X-Plane 11 have all been shifted downward where they now sit at positions six, eight and ten respectively.

Nintendo Switch Chart Games

Exciting news for Nintendo Switch as it finally gets some new games, well, kind of.

Nintendo Switch New Entries – Hot New Games

Two of the four new entries this week come courtesy of Nintendo Labo, the gaming and construction toy platform developed by Nintendo and used as an extension for the Nintendo Switch.

The platform uses kits that include cardboard cut-outs and other materials that are to be assembled in combination with the Nintendo Switch console display and Joy-Con controllers to create “Toy-Con” that can interact with game software and vice versa.

“Nintendo Switch Labo: Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit” and “Nintendo Switch Labo: Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit” fly straight at positions one and five respectively.

Long-awaited Nintendo Switch port South Park: The Fractured but Whole finally gets its release and heads straight in at number six followed by Kickstarter platform game Shantae: Half Genie Hero which comes hurtling to the number nine position.

Nintendo Switch Fallers – Taking a Tumble

Having four new releases this week has had an effect on the entire roster of Nintendo Switch chart games and has profoundly shifted all other positions downwards.

The introduction of Labo has removed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from the top spot in to the number two position followed by Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, both of which sit at positions three and four respectively.

Splatoon 2, 1-2 Switch and Just Dance 2018 have also been shifted and now reside at numbers seven, eight and ten respectively.

At A Glance

An excellent week for Bethesda Softworks which has seen a sales resurgence thanks to The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset.

The publisher currently has five titles across three platforms seeing solid sales, with The Elder Scrolls Online currently sitting happily at the PC chart games number one spot four years after initial release.

The Sims 4 continues to lose ground as EA has not announced or released anything new concerning the Sims 4 for quite some time now.

A little bit of same old, same old across the console charts as Q1 AAA titles continue to dominate the top ten and indeed top five of Xbox One chart games and I cannot foresee much of a change going in to next week either, as Far Cry 5 and Sea of Thieves seem to be performing like seasoned professionals.

Finally, at last some new games for Nintendo Switch, well, kind of, as Nintendo Labo isn’t technically a game and South Park: The Fractured but Whole has been out for years on other platforms.

The release schedule for Nintendo Switch isn’t very exciting and the console continues to disappoint, however that doesn’t stop it from having solid sales; perhaps a reflection of the poor state of the current games industry? Let me know what you thin in the comment section below. You can check the Nintendo Switch release schedule here.

You can view this week’s current chart games here:

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

– Michael, Editor – ChartX Games

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