Chart Games Analysis – 31/03/2018

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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

New Entries – Hot New Games

It might come as no surprise that straight in at number one this week is this week’s CXG featured game, the highly anticipated new release from Ubisoft; open-world FPS, action RPG Far Cry 5.

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

Reviews aside, Far Cry 5 looks to have a solid story and delivers the usual RPG combat, vehicle and aerial action that players have come to expect from the series. The game’s antagonist, Joseph Seed is the nastiest and creepiest Far Cry villain yet, as the opening sequence to the game will show you. Hope County seems huge with plenty of things to see and do, from protecting citizens from religious Zealots to hunting and fishing.

Whatever way gamers rate this title, I predict that Far Cry 5 is going to be solidly placed in the top ten chart games for PS4 and Xbox One for a long time yet.

Another new entry this week sees a spin-off title for Playstation fans of the Uncharted series of games with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. From critically acclaimed developer Naughty Dog, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the first game of the series without lead character Nathan Drake and instead brings us a new adventure with a female lead character, Chloe Frazer, a main story character from previous Uncharted titles.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy looks set to be a welcome departure from Nathan Drake’s story, bringing a fresh perspective to the series. It jumps straight in at number seven this week however I feel that this one is a climber.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

Yo-yo title FIFA 18 is still sporting well sitting at the number two spot having moved up (again) along with familiar face chart games Crash Bandicoot N.Sane and Call of Duty: WWII sitting nicely at spots three and four respectively.

Historic open-world, action adventure game Assassin’s Creed Origins has made a re-entry to the top ten this week moving up to the number nine position, probably being helped along by the release of the title’s second DLC Curse of the Pharaohs while Sony self-published racing Gran Turismo: Sport speeds up to the top ten of PS4 chart games once again thanks to a series of recent updates that have breathed new life into this little brother online, VR version of Playstation racing simulator King, Gran Turismo.

Gran Turismo Sport Screenshot

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

This week’s sliders are Asian RPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and EA’s ambitious multi-genre co-op game A Way Out, which are currently loosely holding on at positions six and eight respectively.

Surprisingly though, amongst this week’s sliders at number ten is epic crim-sim Grand Theft Auto V which has been losing ground of late which I don’t think is a reflection of the game’s quality or gamers’ interest in the title (since GTA Online is updated every week) but probably more to do with the fact that everybody on the planet now owns a copy. However still being a top ten chart game is impressive considering that the game was released in 2013.

Xbox One Chart Games

New Entries – Hot New Games

Straight in at number one this week is this week’s CXG featured game, the highly anticipated new release from Ubisoft; open-world FPS, action RPG Far Cry 5 as Xbox One players also get the chance to save Hope County from cult villain Joseph Seed.

Another new entry this week as Forza Motorsport 7 comes racing in across to the number four position. The seventh main release of the Forza series, Forza Motorsport 7 is Microsoft’s self-published racing action answer to Sony’s Gran Turismo.

In comparison to Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport 7 has all the same bells and whistles such as an impressive array of vehicles, stunning graphics and plenty of track and racing mode options and car customisations, however most gamers consider it a very different game since Forza focuses more on arcade action style racing over simulation.

Forza Motorsport 7 in-game racing

Forza Motorsport 7 features over 700 cars and more than 200 different configurations across 32 locations. The graphics have been overhauled and with an Xbox One X the game can run in full 4k at 60 fps and includes HDR. However long-term fans of the series have been complaining about some changes to the game such as car limitation for certain race modes and the inclusion of micro-transaction and purchases to get the higher end vehicles. Sadly, these kind of novelty sales in AAA titles is becoming a primary tactical feature of game developers to squeeze more money from gamers, the Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle as a prime example.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

Moving up this week are the usual suspects which have dominated the charts across PS4, Xbox One and PC for the past few months; epic battle-royale Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, war classic Call of Duty: WWII and king of football games FIFA 18 holding at positions three, five and six respectively.

Also climbing up the Xbox One ladder to the number seven position is Assassin’s Creed Origins which has seen a steady increase in sales since the release of the second DLC for the title, Curse of the Pharaohs.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

Grand Theft Auto V has fallen to the number ten position in the Xbox One charts also, followed by A Way Out at nine and Forza Horizon 3 at number eight.

Were it not for the release of Far Cry 5 this week, I have no doubt that Microsoft’s beautifully crafted open-world, online pirate adventure, RPG Sea of Thieves would be enjoying another week at the number one spot. Sea of Thieves is an ambitious chart game with plenty to offer. The game has a distinct advantage over other open-world games currently available being the only pirate-based AAA title out there. You can read about Sea of Thieves in our CXG original review here.

Nintendo Switch Chart Games

New Entries – Hot New Games

There are no new releases for Nintendo Switch this week and AAA titles have a sparse schedule for this platform. That being said the top ten chart games currently available are of an excellent quality, but there seems to a distinct lack of developers and most of the games currently available which are worth purchasing are published by Nintendo themselves.

However, there are some excellent AAA titles coming in the next few weeks and beyond starting with South Park: The Fractured but Whole which is available on 24/04/2018. You can see the Nintendo release schedule here.

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

Also holding their positions for another week are motor controlled, competition based mini-game 1-2 Switch and crazy and colourful comical caper Splatoon 2, firmly seated at numbers seven and five respectively.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

Super-cool, blue haired hedgehog Sonic has re-entered the charts after moving up the ladder this week, holding his position by the Knuckles at number ten. While Nintendo Switch best-sellers Just Dance 2018, FIFA 18 and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the have all risen through the chart game ranks this week, comfortably seated at numbers nine, six and three respectively.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

It seems that this week has turned its back on the crazies this week as Kirby: Star Allies and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom have fallen to the numbers four and eight positions respectively. Kirby has only been in the Nintendo Switch ladder for a few weeks but has seen a steady fall after doing so well upon initial release, while Mario and the Rabbids are going up and down like a bouncy ball on a trampoline, making them long-time residents of mid-chart.

Windows PC Chart Games

New Entries – Hot New Games

Surprisingly there are no new entries for top ten PC chart games this week, with Far Cry 5 and Sea of Thieves selling mostly on Playstation 4 and Xbox One and the near future looks bleak as well as there are no AAA titles upcoming for April.

Moving on Up – Climbing the Ladder

This week has been an absolute triumph for EA’s massively popular The Sims 4 which is sitting at number one (again) while four of its expansion packs have also moved up the charts; The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, The Sims 4: Get to Work, The Sims 4: City Living and The Sims 4: Get Together all flashing their green plumbobs at three, four, five and six respectively.

Sims 4 Selfies

The Sims 4 has been in the top ten PC chart games since 2014, always gaining ground over other releases because of the steady flow of expansion and stuff packs churned out at The Sims Studio.

Other climbers include Star Wars: Battlefront II, Overwatch: GOTY Edition, Grand Theft Auto V and Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition which have all risen to secure spots at seven, eight, nine and ten respectively.

Falling Down – Taking a Tumble

Unbeatable sports management simulator Football Manager 2018 is the only dropper this week and has been pushed to number two this week by The Sims 4 as we once again witness the never-ending tango between these two huge titles.

At A Glance

Quite the drama this week as we see Far Cry 5 trailblazing its way through the console charts and sequels to some major AAA titles as we can see with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Forza Motorsport 7.

It will be interesting to see over the next few weeks which titles will be dancing around the number one and two spots for consoles as I don’t think Sea of Thieves is going to be beaten so easily by Far Cry 5 and FIFA 18 doesn’t like to be kicked around.

A strange week for GTA V as it falls pretty far in the console charts, however GTA is not one to just take it lying down. Its strange that the title seems to have sold more on PC given the recent ban wave fiasco and the horrendous amount of modders, hackers and cheats. Rockstar Games however are currently working on fixing the issue but due to the size of GTA Online this will take some time.

A disappointing past few weeks for Nintendo Switch as it just doesn’t seem to be able to produce enough AAA titles to keep gamers entertained as we are 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 its 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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