Chart Games Analysis – 25/04/2018

By | 25/04/2018

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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

Only new AAA titles to really speak of this week as two new entries make an appearance while all other games take a fall down the ladder.

PS4 New Entries – Hot New Games

Two new entries in this week’s PlayStation 4 chart games.

Self-published Sony title God of War comes hurtling in straight to the number one spot, stealing the crown from Far Cry 5 which has been at the top spot since its release a month ago, with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life arriving straight in at the number three spot; these new arrivals have had a big knock-on effect across the rest of the PlayStation 4 ladder.

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.

Another new entry is the long-awaited Yakuza 6: The Song of Life which has kicked and punched its way to the number three position. The seventh game in the Yakuza series, Yakuza6: The Song of Life follows Kazuma Kiryu who willingly surrenders to arrest and is imprisoned for three years only to discover upon release that his adopted daughter Haruko is in a coma and has a baby son. Kazuma decides to take the baby and set out to find out the truth behind what happened to his daughter.

Yakuza 6 gameplay image

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life isn’t technically a new title having been released for PlayStation 4 in Japan and South East Asia back in 2016, however the game saw consistent delays between original Asian release and world-wide release.

PS4 Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

Sony’s VR application PlayStation VR Worlds is holding the number six position for a second week having been enjoying solid sales over the past month or so, presumably being helped along by the recent price cut to Sony’s PlayStation VR platform.

PS4 Fallers – Taking a Tumble

Since there are no climbers in the PlayStation 4 chart games this week, we have a packed house of tumblers.

First of all, given this week’s excellent new release titles God of War and Yakuza 6, then it will come as no surprise that Far Cry 5 has finally been shifted from the number one spot to second position, sitting nicely between the mentioned titles.

Following Far Cry 5 is chart games’ permanent tenant FIFA 18 which has also been shifted due to this week’s new releases into fourth place. FIFA 18 seems to be a never-ending seller, with some weeks better than others, but actually, has never left the top ten chart games since its release in September last year.

Gran Turismo Sport has also been levied down a spot trailing FIFA 18 at fifth place. Gran Turismo Sport has had a resurgence of late due to huge upgrade (version 1.15) which has delivered some important changes to the game (making it the game it really should have been upon release) such as new VR modes, a ton of new cars and new tracks as well as bug fixes.

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Fallout 4 have also felt the push as they now sit at positions seven and eight respectively.

Massive AAA title Grand Theft Auto V is still performing well five years after release holding on at number nine followed by Minecraft: PlayStation Edition on the edge of the PlayStation 4 chart games at the number ten spot.

Xbox One Chart Games

No new releases for the Xbox One this week sees a little bit of same old, same old with the Xbox One chart games not having seen much action for a month now. Q1 new AAA titles Far Cry 5 and Sea of Thieves plus various Xbox One chart games main stayers still dominate and dance around each other for positions.

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

Given that there are no new releases into the Xbox One chart games it probably won’t come as a surprise that Far Cry 5 is still holding the number one spot, however Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has held off competition from Sea of Thieves for a second week running, which, given the enormity and hype surrounding Sea of Thieves is remarkable.

PUBG promotional art

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a hugely popular “Battle Royale” game, which sees up to one hundred players at a time competing on a decreasing world map for in game money, which can be used to buy extra character customisations and weapon upgrades. Currently PUBG is sitting tight at the number two spot.

Following PUBG is Sea of Thieves which is currently anchored at second place for the second consecutive week. Microsoft’s first self-published title of 2018, Sea of Thieves is an open-world/sea, action/adventure, RPG based around pirates. Players’ pirates can embark on voyages to earn gold, find treasure and do all kinds of pirate type things.

Solid sales are holding the title in place however Sea of Thieves doesn’t seem to able to push past PUBG but also doesn’t look like will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Also bolted in to place is Grand Theft Auto V which is currently holed up at the number six position, still enjoying a solid sales performance across current generation consoles.

Xbox One Climbers – Moving on Up

A game of thrones this week as the rest of the Xbox One chart games consist of risers. Star Wars: Battlefront II (X) wings its way back in to the top ten from thirteen to five this week playing swaps with Fallout 4 which now rests at the number four spot.

Other chart games risers include yo-yo titles which make an appearance every now and then including Minecraft: Xbox Edition, DOOM, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege and Rocket League: Collector’s Edition, all of which are at numbers seven, eight, nine and ten respectively.

PC Chart Games

It’s a great week for Bethesda Softworks as there are two Bethesda AAA titles in the PC chart games this week; The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition are performing well and EA are also having another good week with The Sims 4 and expansions.

PC Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

If you are a regular reader or you keep an eye on the charts then you will know that the past months have really been a two-horse race concerning the top games. Strategy life simulator epic The Sims 4 is still at number one followed by the king of sports management games Football Manager 2018. Both of these titles have seen solid sales month after month and show no signs of going anywhere.

PC Climbers – Moving on Up

The Elder Scrolls Online has moved up to the number three spot after re-entering the charts last week, followed by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition at seven.

Presumably the re-entry of Elder Scrolls Online into Xbox One chart games has been helped along by the new gameplay trailer for its latest expansion pack Summerset which releases in June this year.

Elder Scrolls Online Summerset Screenshot

The Elder Scrolls Online is a persistent and evolving fantasy, online RPG which see regular updates, DLCs and yearly expansions which began in June last year with Morrowind, a fan favourite which hasn’t been seen since The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind which was released in 2002.

Also moving up this week, reflecting some players’ taste for carnage are Star Wars: Battlefront II and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare sitting at positions four and six respectively.

These are followed by hugely entertaining Planet Coaster at the number eight spot, ultra-realistic flight simulator X-Plane 11 at number nine and Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition at number ten; the less said about that the better.

PC Fallers – Taking a Tumble

Shockingly the only faller this week is The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs. The Sims 4 expansion packs have had solid sales for months now, however they seem to have started to steadily exit the chart games over the past couple of weeks. This could be due to the fact that there has been no new content for a while from The Sims Studio and their official site hasn’t had any decent news either, only that there will be no update for April but they have some exciting news. Either they are concentrating too much on the newly released The Sims Mobile or they are gearing up for something huge. We shall see.

Nintendo Switch Chart Games

A one-horse race for the Nintendo Switch chart games this week as the top fifty percent is made up of Nintendo self-published titles with the rest consisting of the usual suspects and no new entries (unsurprisingly) in this lacklustre roster of games.

Nintendo Switch Non-Movers – Solid Sales or Poor Competition?

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe holds the number one spot for the second week in a row followed by Super Mario Odyssey at number two. these two titles seem to enjoy a tango performance as they often switch places and appear to be driving the sales of Nintendo Switch chart games.

These two behemoth titles are followed by The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild at the number three position. Both Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild performed admirably in this year’s BAFTA Games Awards, earning three BAFTA awards between them.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe promotional art

Other long-term Nintendo switch chart games Splatoon 2 and 1-2 Switch also hold solidly in their positions at four and five respectively.

Nintendo Switch Climbers – Moving on Up

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Just Dance 2018 and Pokken Tournament DX have climbed the Nintendo Switch chart games ladder this week to grab positions six, nine and ten respectively.

Nintendo Switch Fallers – Taking a Tumble

Kirby Star Allies and FIFA 18 have fallen this week to positions even and eight respectively. FIFA 18 has seen solid sales for the Nintendo since its release earlier this year, having also been credited with boosting sales for the AAA sports title across other platforms.

At A Glance

An interesting week for Xbox One and PS4 as new titles continue to fight hand over fist for positions, the next couple of weeks will be entertaining. Considering the quality of some of the new AAA titles it will be interesting to see which games stay on top. Far Cry 5 and PUBG appear to be solidly placed in the Xbox One chart games while the two new PS4 entries God of Wat and Yakuza 6 have had a huge impact on the positions of the rest of the PS4 chart games.

PC charts have been spiced up a bit by the solid sales of Elder Scrolls Online so maybe Bethesda can breathe new life into a classic and get people back to Tamriel in preparation for saving the Altmer homeland of Summerset. I have actually already started playing again myself!

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.

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– Michael, Editor – ChartX Games

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