Not a lot happening in this week’s video game charts as there are no new releases and while most titles hold across the board with just a little shuffling around The Sims 4 expansion packs are holding 50% of the PC video game charts.
The PC game charts are no stranger to The Sims and this week is no different. The Sims 4 is dominating with five titles in the PC top ten.
An impressive feat by anyone’s standards and an absolute money machine for Electronic Arts who will undoubtedly continue the trend of steady expansion releases until The Sims 5 is released.
Elsewhere in the charts Grand Theft Auto V has seen an increase following the release of GTA Online: After Hours a couple of weeks ago (click here for details) after seeing some poor sales since the start if this quarter. See this week’s GTA Online update here: GTA Online Weekly Update.
Other notable mentions for the console charts include;
- The Crew 2; still seeing exceptional sales for Ubisoft.
- Call Of Duty WWII; back in the top ten after a small absence.
- Jurassic World Evolution; life still finding a way while JW:E still sells very well.
See the full top ten video games charts here;
A Prodigal Return
No Man’s Sky was an ambitious game to say the least and we all had high hopes. A procedurally generated universe with endless possibilities. That was the dream anyway.
While a promising title the game was plagued with flaws and in my opinion was just released unfinished with no multiplayer, terrible AI, last-gen graphics and a clunky control system.
However, No Man’s Sky is back after a complete overhaul.
Dubbed No Man’s Sky “Next”, the update is free for owners of No Man’s Sky on PlayStation 4, PC and now Xbox One, and has made some major improvements;
- Third Person Action
- Character Customisation
- Complete Visual Makeover
Using the new game features players can now build based and invite friends, build giant space freighters and fast travel while carving out their own destiny in a new universe.
No Man’s Sky Next is available now as a free update across PS4, Xbox One and PC.
PC Specs are as follows:
- OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
- Processor: Intel Core i3
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: nVidia GTX 480, AMD Radeon 7870
- Storage: 10 GB available space
For the most part, the top ten games across all platforms remains largely unchanged and all of last week’s number one video games have retained their positions;
- God of War for PlayStation 4
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for Xbox One
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch
- Football Manager 2018 for Windows PC
This Week’s Top Games
Seeing an older Kratos battle his way across ancient Scandinavian mythology of Midgard rather than Greece, God of War returns to its grass roots style while introducing various new elements.
Kratos now has a young son in tow and wielding a rather large axe instead if the usual double-chained swords we are accustomed to.
The game also implements a continuous shot element which means that all action enjoyed without any cut-scenes or interruptions in one continuous flow, taking the immersion of the game to another level.
God of War has been an excellent seller for Sony Computer Entertainment since it’s release in late April this year. The AAA title serves as constant place-holder for other big release games that come and go from the number one position.
Since being released for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in June, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has seen an unexpected lashing of sales across the board mostly on Xbox One.
The remastered trilogy packs you might expect comes with three Crash Bandicoot titles bundled in to one;
- Crash Bandicoot
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
- Crash Bandicoot: Warped
The three titles are considered the best of the massive roster of sixteen Crash Bandicoot games including racing and party games from the past 22 years.
The re-mastered titles all come with HD audio and visuals, re-acted voicing and re-animated cut-scenes as well as new gameplay elements such as playing as Coco (Crash’s sister), Time Trial Mode and upgraded game mechanics.
However, the titles do still suffer from frustrating play in the platform elements and the fluctuating and unbalanced difficulty of levels is still present. But if you are a Crash fan then there isn’t really any better game for you as all the great features and humour we know and love have been retained and even improved in some areas.
Having been initially released on Nintendo Wii-U, Mario Kart 8 got a remaster for Nintendo Switch combining all the great features of the original with some new element such as an improved Battle Mode, all the DLCs of the original and new characters.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a constant sitter at the top spot for Switch only being moved when a new big release comes calling.
The Deluxe version of Mario Kart 8 sports the following features;
- Characters; Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo and Inklings
- 8 New Battle Arenas
- 1080p Graphics
- 4 Player Mulitplayer
- Customisable Karts
The remastered game has been the fastest ever selling Mario Kart game and has sold over 10 million copies to date.
A lot could be said for a game that has been around year after year since the 1990s and to this day still frequently still takes the number one spot. Football Manager 2018 has seen impressive sales since release in November 2017 seemingly battling with The Sims 4.
The title does what it says on the tin and has a solid formula which it sticks to year after year only introducing small but significant changes. The latest version for example has introduced the new Dynamics system which serves as an overall team morale system.
Introducing new players in to the squad for example will have a positive or negative impact on one or more players or even the new players themselves. They need to fit in to the team. This new system is seemingly taken from real life football and all the locker room drama that comes with it. Football being more a day care center these days than it is a professional game among men.
However, Football Manager 2018 still does what it does best and that is allows you to manage the team of your dreams and take them to glory or rescue a failing team making the champions of their league.
Hope You Enjoyed Your Stay
Not a lot happening this week with no new entries, no new number ones and just a little shuffling. A largely unchanged top ten across the board as the usual suspects remain with a lot of non-movers including The Sims 4 on PC, Jurassic World Evolution for Ps4, CrashBandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for Switch and GTA V for Xbox One.
An excellent week for EA as they see 5 top games in the PC charts all of which are Sims 4 expansions and Naughty Dog not content with the insane sales of the Crash Bandicoot trilogy bundle has The Last of Us: Remastered also in the top ten for PlayStation 4.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this small overview of this week’s video game charts.
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