Chart Games Analysis – 12/04/2018

By | 12/04/2018

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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.

PlayStation 4 Chart Games

Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

There are no new entries in this week’s PS4 chart games but our featured game Far Cry 5 continues to hold the number one spot for the second week running.

Set in the fictional town of Hope County, Far Cry 5 centres around a powerful cult known as the Project at Eden’s Gate and the player’s efforts to liberate Hope County from the dictatorial grip of the cult’s leader Joseph Seed.

The fifth main game in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 5 has received mixed reviews, some gamers and game sites hailing it as one of the best games ever made and others calling it a complete disaster. You can decide for yourself by reading the ChartX Games original review here.

Far Cry 5 gameplay - hunting

Long-time chart games FIFA 18 and Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy have seen more solid sales and are also holding their positions at slots two and three respectively. FIFA 18 has seen solid sales week after week since its release in September 2017 and continues to yo-yo up and down the charts, seeming to babysit the number one slot every now and then whenever there is a break in big AAA title releases.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

It has been an excellent performance for some of the rest the usual PlayStation 4 charts games with almost all of them having climbed the ladder from last week’s positions including Gran Turismo Sport at slot 4, Grand Theft Auto V at slot six, PlayStation VR Worlds at slot 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins at slot eight, Fallout 4 at slot nine and EA Sports UFC 3  which makes a return after slipping from the top chart games a few weeks ago, currently edging at slot ten.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

Surprisingly the only title to have slipped down the charts to the number five position this week is insanely popular historical FPS Call of Duty: WWII after having moved up the charts last week. CoD: WWII seems to have been dancing around the middle of the table for some time now however were it not for some hot new AAA releases and hefty competition from the likes of FIFA 18 and GTA V, I’m pretty sure it would be sitting right there at number one or number two.

Xbox One Chart Games

Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

As is the case with the PS4 charts, Xbox One also sees no new entries this week but some fan favourite chart games are holding their ground at the same positions as last week.

It will come as no shock that Far Cry 5 is also at the number one spot of Xbox One chart games having held there since its release on 27 March 2018, followed by the previous week’s massive Microsoft self-published AAA title, online pirate game Sea of Thieves.

In parallel to the PlayStation 4 ladder, Call of Duty: WWII sits at the number five spot the Xbox One charts also, having seen solid sales and holding on at that position for the second week in a row, immediately followed by FIFA 18 at number six.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

Release two weeks ago Forza Motorsport appears to be taking a slow and steady pace up the charts and gains a place over PUBG moving from position four to position three.

Forza Motorsport 7 in-game racing

Epic, open-world, criminal action game Grand Theft Auto V also sees itself rising through the ranks as it moves up the number seven slot. A welcome sales boost since it had been slowly slipping down the charts across all platforms for the past few weeks. This is followed by two chart games re-entries by Doom at number nine and Minecraft: Xbox Edition at number 10.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

Massively popular, insane, battle-royal game Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds seems to be taking a beating from the new kids as it is muscled out of the top three this week and now sits at the number four position. Assassin’s Creed Origins also appears to be slowly slipping back down the chart games as it moves down to the number eight spot after enjoying a sales resurgence the past few weeks thanks to a new DLC; Curse of the Pharaohs.

Nintendo Switch Chart Games

Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

Still holding at number one for the third week running is Mario Kart 8: Deluxe followed by Super Mario Odyssey bolted at the number two spot.

Super Mario Odyssey, published by Nintendo, sees our favourite moustached, shroom eating, Italian plumber travelling across multiple worlds in an effort once again to rescue Princess Peach who has been abducted by Mario’s long-time nemesis Bowser.

Odyssey is a return to the free-roaming exploration-based level design featured in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, with each world featuring unique designs ranging from photo-realistic cities to more fantasy-based worlds.

Mario Odyssey montage image

Another self-published Nintendo title, The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild retains its position at the number three slot this week as it sees another week of solid sales.

After having slipped a few places last week, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle seem to be comfortable in the number eight position.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

Super-cool, blue haired hedgehog Sonic continues to spin upwards through the charts after moving up the ladder once again this week, holding his position by the Knuckles at number nine, while other Nintendo Switch best-sellers Splatoon 2, 1-2 Switch and Pokken Tournament DX also enjoy an increase in sales this week sending them upwards to positions four, five and nine respectively.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

It seems that this week has turned its back on the crazies this week as Kirby: Star Allies slips down for the second week in a row from position four into position five, while FIFA 18 doesn’t seem to be enjoying the same success on Nintendo Switch as it’s more powerful console counterparts as the title seem to have been relegated to the number seven spot.

Windows PC Chart Games

Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

This week has once again been blissful for EA’s massively popular The Sims 4 which is sitting at number one (again) while two of its expansion packs are also holding their positions solidly in the PC chart games; The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs and The Sims 4: Get Together all still flashing their bright green plumbobs at positions three and six respectively.

Sims 4 Selfies

Evergreen PC management simulator Football Manager 2018 also enjoys a second week of solid sales, sitting nicely at the number two spot along with Star Wars: Battlefront II and Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

More good news for EA and The Sims as The Sims 4: City Living has swapped places with The Sims 4: Get to Work and now sits comfortably below The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs at the number four spot.

PC chart games, re-entry, serial offenders ultra-realistic X-Plane 11 and epic, adventure, FPS, RPG The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Legendary Edition have gained momentum as they now sit on the edge of the PC game charts at positions nine and ten respectively.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

The only dropper we have this week is The Sims 4: Get to Work which has swapped places with other Sims 4 expansion The Sims 4: City Living to move from number four to number five which isn’t really so bad since it is the still one of five The Sims 4 titles in the PC chart games at the moment.

At A Glance

Not a very interesting week for game releases as the Q1 AAA title releases appear to be done and over with, so we will probably see a waltz of existing games as they continue to dance around each other and battle for positions but I predict for the console charts this will be done below the feet of AAA masters Far Cry 5, FIFA 18 and Sea of Thieves for the foreseeable future.

As I stated last week, GTA V isn’t one to take it lying down and it appears I was right, since it has come back from the edges of the console charts into favourable positions. however it has seen poor PC performance this week and has actually left the top ten chart games possibly due to the ban-wave fiasco and the fact that it hasn’t actually gotten rid of any modders and things seem to be worse than ever.

As for the Nintendo Switch charts, Nintendo tries to keep us entertained but we are still stuck with the same titles which were available at launch which just seem to be yo-yoing and dancing around each other in a never-ending waltz of mediocrity. Some interesting games are on the way but they are quite far off with the next AAA title not being released until 24 April.

Finally, a Sims dominated PC ladder yet again, with half of the charts being occupied by Sims titles. this game really doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon and with EA’s recent announcement “exciting news” coming soon, one can only speculate, but whatever it is, I think it’s going to be very good for the success of The Sims going forward.

You can view this week’s charts here:

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

– Michael, Editor – ChartX Games

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