This week’s video game charts have seen a great interruption as a high-profile AAA game competes for spots that are still open, with Konami’s football game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019—a direct competitor to EA’s FIFA—performing well on console rankings.
It’s also been a terrific week for Microsoft, with the company seeing the same results and controlling half of the video game charts. Meanwhile, Sony Computer Entertainment also had a great week, with five independently released games making it to PS4’s top 10 as well.
Just like the previous results, Nintendo Switch’s revised Nintendo Wii games have made it to the charts however, a strong AAA game from Electronic Arts is about to spice the records up as they currently hold 60% of the list.
Highlighted Game of the Week
With Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 breaking records on PS4, it proved to be a new number that debuted this week as the second sports game and second new number one overall in as many weeks.
Football game enthusiasts are familiar with Pro Evolution Soccer since it is essentially the only football match that can compete with EA’s FIFA series of games.
PES2019, the 18th PES game, has significant license agreements with leagues throughout Europe, including their venues and uniforms. Among the leagues mentioned are; Unexpectedly, the Scottish Premiership, which features fierce rivals Rangers and Celtic, would also be available for this year’s championship.
PES 2019 Arrives with a Bang
Since the summer is nearly gone, major AAA games are starting to be published in Quiarter 4. This week, we saw the debut of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 for Xbox One, where it debuted at positions one and five. It would be interesting to see whether this encourages sales of FIFA 18 before the impending release of FIFA 19.
Yakuza Kiwami and Firewall Zero Hour are two more recently released games for PlayStation 4 users to enjoy, and Sony Interactive Entertainment is still doing well with 50% of the top ten even though two of its bestselling games, God of War and Detroit: Become Human, have fallen to the bottom five.
The top place in the Xbox One charts is still held by F1 2019, while PUBG is still going strong at number two. Still, it’s fantastic news for Microsoft since the company already controls 50% of its charts with games like Sea of Thieves & State of Decay 2.
Monster Hunter Generation Unlimited is a rare new release for the Nintendo Switch, which is good news for fans, but the rest of the list still has the same old names, and things aren’t much different on the PC charts either. While competing with The Sims 4, which has most of its expansion packs dominating the top 10; Football Manager 2018 grabs the top place again. However, Bethesda gets a modest chance to shine since two of Elder Scrolls games made it into the top 10.
The UEFA Champions League is included in this year’s FIFA installment. However, it has not yet been published, and all UEFA championship licensing deals have still not been renewed for the current installment.
Career on Football
Master League has sadly not undergone any significant modifications. In the game’s Master League mode, you can play as both the team and the manager to lead your favorite team to victory in their league. In this mode, you will need the greatest miss, the absence of the Champion’s League. However, you can still participate in a preseason “International Champions Cup” to awaken your appetite for international play.
MyClub, which has some nice upgrades, also offers the standard online modes for a tougher challenge versus gamers in the real world. Players in the game will experience performance boosts based on their real-world performance. Instead of signing players individually as in the previous system, new players now arrive in packs of four, allowing you to assemble a stronger squad quicker. Duplicate players will also receive bonuses and advantages.
Major gaming sources have given Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 largely good reviews, since the game is presently selling quite well:
The game is still PES apart from the absent UEFA components. As with other PES games, it plays and feels the same and looks even better.
Attacking play shines in this year’s PES game, and in that way that PES is known for, which can be as realistic and nuanced as reflected by the skill of the person playing the game. When controlling players, the fluid and dynamic movement of running, passing, and dribbling between you and this same AI seems even more refined than the previous PES title from last year.
Both player and ball mechanics have been updated, and goalkeepers now seem and behave more realistically than ever. They may save the ball with their fingertips, make seemingly impossible jumps, and tuck it in when necessary.
God of War, a PlayStation 4 game that has achieved legendary status, has once again fallen down the rankings this week due to the arrival of another sports game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, which is a direct competitor to FIFA. Additionally, SEGA and Sony Interactive Entertainment have released two other new games, Yakuza Kiwami 2 ranking third and Firewall Zero Hour ranking sixth, respectively.
Grand Theft Auto V maintains its place at number four this week thanks to a consistent uptick in sales after GTA Online: After Hours release. PlayStation VR Worlds also maintains its position at number seven, which is more great news for Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Gran Turismo: Sport, another Sony self-published game, rockets up the charts and back into the top ten at position 10 on the PS4 video game rankings, just ahead of EA’s FIFA 18 at position nine.
It’s a setback for Codemasters this week as last week’s top game, F1 2019, drops to second place, joining Sony’s God of War and Pittsburgh: Become Human in the bottom ten.
The Xbox One video game rankings are not terrible for Codemasters as F1 2019 continues to keep the top place for a second week, closely followed by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has also managed to hang out at number two. Other non-movers include three AAA products from Microsoft that were self-published and clustered at strong spots.
The Sims 4 has reentered the Xbox One top ten, likely helped by the news that another expansion pack (The Sims 4:Get Together) is on the way. Grand Theft Auto V appears to have been performing well for Xbox One, moving up a few spots to the number three spot, along with another Microsoft game, Forza Motorsport 7, which is swinging on the edge of the charts at number nine.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy began a gradual but steady slide down the Xbox One video game rankings after an incredible run at the top, and it is now sitting in a still-strong number four.
There are no surprises here since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still the most popular game on the Nintendo Switch, and it is closely followed by Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate holding spot number 2.
Nintendo, however, should not be concerned since they make up an absurd 80% of the rankings, which also contain non-movers;
This week, there are no chart climbers, but there are a few chart tumblers due to a new release. Super Mario Odyssey is now at number three, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is down three spots to number six, and Mario Sports Aces, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are all now at positions seven, nine, and ten, respectively.
Football Manager 2018 is standing firm on top again by unseating World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, which had held the top place for the previous two weeks.
This week sees a (kind of) fresh entry as Battlefield 1: Revolution jumps right in at number seven, which also happens to be World War I Battlefield 1’s special version that comes with the Season Pass and all previously released DLC.
This week, some games are standing firm and not moving. Positions 6 and 8, respectively, are held by The Sims 4: Seasons and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition for another week.
Other games rising in the rankings include The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, which has reentered position nine, and The Sims 4: Get to Work, which finishes the list at place 10.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, which last week lost its top rank, is currently at position five.