Game Charts Analysis – 17/03/2018

By | 22/03/2018

Here is this week’s run down of the top ten charts this week for all four major platforms as of week ending 17 March 2018.

Get the latest on the uppers, downers, non-movers and new entries for this week’s game charts across all major platforms, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

This Week’s Playstation 4 Game Charts and Xbox One Game Charts Analysis

Two new entries into this week’s PS4 and Xbox One game charts, with Burnout Paradise Remastered swerving itself up to the number one and two positions in PS4 game charts and Xbox One game charts respectively, and Devil May Cry HD hacking and slashing it’s way to the number four spot on PS4 game charts as predicted for both new entries in a previous game charts analysis.

Burnout Paradise Remastered Gameplay; Hot Rod

Burnout Paradise Remastered is an open world racing video game developed by Criterion Games and was originally published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was the first game in the Burnout series to be released on Microsoft Windows although the remastered edition is only available for consoles Playstation 4 and Xbox One and their extended console versions.

Burnout Paradises gameplay is set in the fictional “Paradise City”, an open world in which players can compete in several types of races. Players can also compete online, which includes additional game modes, such as “Cops and Robbers”.

Burnout Paradise Remastered delivers the complete original game and all Burnout Paradise DLC ever released in addition to a complete visual overhaul; Burnout Paradise Remastered plays natively in 1080p on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and in 4K at 60fps on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Moving up the Playstation 4 game charts is yo-yo game Fifa 18 which sees very fluctuating sales, not being able to stay in one spot for too long, settling in this week at number two (and has left Xbox One game charts), being held back by this week’s number one game Burnout Paradise Remastered.

It seems to have also been a good week for science fiction fans as epic, post-apocalyptic, RPG action game Fallout 4 climbs up to the number five position (whilst slipping to nine over on Xbox One game charts) and dark space-based, sci-fi action RPG Prey slips back in to the top ten games at number nine.

Meanwhile over on Xbox One game charts this week’s number one game Burnout Paradise Remastered takes an extended pit stop at the number two position, being sandwiched between battle royale king Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds at pole position and the supreme leader of open world action games Grand Theft Auto V trailing at the number three spot.

The usual AAA titles such as Call of Duty: WWII, EA Sports UFC 3 and Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One) are doing well, although EA Sports UFC 3 is the only title which seems to have been able to rise to the occasion, gripping the number five and ten positions in the PS4 game charts and Xbox One game charts respectively.

This Week’s PC Game Charts Analysis

Again this week there’s only one new entry into the PC game charts with Farming Simulator 17: Expansion 2 ploughing straight in at the number 6 spot, which has had the added benefit of boosting sales for Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition which has re-entered PC game charts at number nine.

However, dominating the PC game charts yet again, is fun filled life simulator The Sims 4, pushing it’s way past Football Manager 2018 to knock it off the number one spot and sees it followed by The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs expansion pack and The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack at positions three and four respectively with The Sims 4: Get Together expansion pack claiming a re-entry into PC game charts at the number ten spot. I suspect the recent releases of The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure” game pack (CXG full review here) and The Sims 4: My First Pet stuff pack are contributing to the sales of The Sims 4 and it’s expansion packs.

The Sims 4 gameplay image

Grand Theft Auto V and Skyrim Legendary Edition have all moved up the ladder to stay in the major player’s club of the PC game charts, with GTA V having never left the game charts across all major platforms since it’s release almost five years ago with Call of Duty: Infinite War re-appearing at the number eight spot, possibly helped along by last week’s announcement of Call of Duty: Special Ops 4.

This Week’s Nintendo Switch Game Charts Analysis

An even better week for Nintendo as their self published titles once again dominate this week’s Nintendo Switch game charts with seven of their own titles sitting in the top ten Nintendo Switch game charts. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has finally been knocked off the number one spot (but still retains at number two) as Kirby Star Allies bounces its way in straight at number one.

Kirby Star Allies is a platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo as part of the Kirby series, a popular franchise across Nintendo devices.

On the planet Jambastion far away from Kirby’s home planet, a dark, crystalline heart explodes due to a mysterious ritual, sending its numerous fragments, Jamba Hearts, hurling into deep space. Many characters are possessed by investigating the hearts, such as King Dedede and Meta Knight. While a heart does come in contact with Kirby, it gives him the ability to befriend enemies.

Kirby Star Allies is a 2.5-D platform game played from a side-on perspective. Players control the series’ titular protagonist Kirby who can be accompanied by up to three companions. Kirby can throw hearts at enemies to turn them into his allies. The game can be played alone with the game’s AI controlling companions or cooperatively with other players controlling companions.

Kirby Star Allies gameplay: Kirby

As a result of Kirby Star Allies, Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have slipped down one spot each but are still looking pretty at positions three and four respectively.

This week’s non-movers include Splatoon 2 and Pokken Tournament DX both solidly seated at numbers five and nine for the second week in a row, with LEGO Worlds and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Switch Edition also gripping tight at positions eight and ten respectively.

At a Glance

To sum up, this week’s charts has some interesting new entries, existing titles moving up and down and some heavyweights having fallen somewhat. There are some movers but the majority of games seem to be sitting securely. However notable titles in the form of remasters such as Burnout Pardise Remastered and Devil May Cry HD have had some effect on the current console charts, shaking things up a little and moving some of the console chart’s major players, while The Sims 4 and Nintendo stable titles continue to dominate the PC game charts and Nintendo Switch game charts respectively.

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– Michael, Editor – ChartX Games

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