This week’s video game charts breakdown sees The Sims 4 and God of War return to their top spots this week while Crash Bandicoot stays for Xbox One and there’s a new number one for Nintendo Switch as highly anticipated Nintendo Switch game Octopath Traveler is finally released. Meanwhile, Jurassic World: Evolution is pushed down the charts and The Incredibles LEGO game just can’t seem to force it’s way to the top spots of the console charts.
Check this week’s video game charts action:
God of War returns as the number one PlayStation 4 game this week pushing down last week’s number one Jurassic Park World: Evolution, while new entry LEGO: The Incredibles takes its place.
There are still a few Bethesda games in the PlayStation 4 top ten this week however the only one to hold its position is Fallout 4 which has been selling extremely well as of late.
Moving up this week we see FIFA 18 and Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition which has blasted straight back into the top 10 while Far Cry 5 has also gained a couple of places.
There’s some slippage for Sony this week as Detroit: Become Human moves down as does The Crew 2 and Jurassic World evolution.
This Week’s PlayStation 4 Number One
Sony’s massive AAA title God of War is back as it sits at the number one spot yet again.
The PlayStation 4 self-published title has had massive success since its release in late April and follows the action of well-known God of War Kratos as he hacks and slashes his way through ancient Scandinavia
The latest title in the God of War series makes some departures from the original titles and also brings in some new game mechanics.
Kratos no longer wields his trademark double-chained blades but rather a more Scandinavian appropriate battle-axe, and the game also uses a series first, continuous shot element which means that play is not interrupted by any cutscenes and all of the action is viewed via an over the shoulder third-person camera.
God of War is available now exclusively for PlayStation 4.
See who else Kratis is up against this week:
It’s another week at the number one position for crazy action, platform game Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which has been selling extremely well across all consoles.
Also holding its place this week is the king of football simulation FIFA 18 which has seen extremely good sales, probably being helped along by this year’s World Cup which has been held in Russia over the summer.
There’s a new entry as LEGO: The Incredibles smashes straight in at the number two position pushing down one place Jurassic World: Evolution.
However just as with the PlayStation 4 game charts Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition has moved up, as has Fallout 4 which has re-entered the Xbox One video game top ten.
As well as Jurassic World: Evolution, also moving down this week we see;
- To Crew 2
- Far Cry 5
- Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
- Grand Theft Auto V
This Week’s Xbox One Number One
Crazy marsupial Crash Bandicoot is still running and jumping in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which is still at the number one position in this week’s Xbox One video game charts.
The recently released trilogy series includes the best Crash Bandicoot titles;
- Crash Bandicoot
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
- Crash Bandicoot: Warped
The recently released update doesn’t just include the three titles mentioned it also features re-recorded audio, HD cutscenes and HD Graphics.
There are also added features to the games which include;
- Playing as crashes sister “Coco”
- A new time trial mode
- Updates to the saving technique
Fans of Naughty Dog entertainment will feel right at home with this game series if they haven’t before played it because they will recognise the excellent level design, humour and game mechanics usually associated with the Uncharted developer.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy is available from Amazon right now for Xbox One
Crash has some competition this week:
Something we don’t usually see with Nintendo Switch too often and that’s the release of new AAA titles, however this week there are three new titles to choose from;
- Octopath Traveler
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- LEGO: The Incredibles
Octopath Traveler has gone straight in at number one replacing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which has held its position for two weeks.
The second new entry Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has also knocked off a Switch best-seller Mario Tennis Aces another self-published Nintendo title.
The rest of the titles in the Nintendo Switch video game charts have all been moved down in position thanks to this week’s new entries and as such there are no climbers.
Titles that have been moved down are;
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Splatoon 2
This Week’s Nintendo Switch Number One
Octopath Traveler is a role playing game blending old school graphical features such as a 2D isometric perspective and sprites with modern day effects such as HD textures and polygons, which makes excellent use of the Unreal Engine 4 which is usually reserved for high-end first and third person action games with immense graphical quality.
A typical RPG Style game where the player selects from eight different characters, each of whom start the game in a different way in different parts of the game world and interact with NPCs in different ways.
The game lends itself well to Nintendo switch and short play in that the game utilises turn based battles featuring typical RPG elements such as elemental attacks, unique abilities and weapons and items.
Octopath Traveler has been critically acclaimed by many well-established gaming sites and reviewers such as Polygon, GameSpot and IGN, receiving mostly high scores across the board, and in some cases 9 out of 10, which makes it a worthy contender for any currently released Nintendo Switch games including the vast array of already released self-published Nintendo AAA titles.
Octopath Traveler is available now exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
See how three new entries this week has shaken up the Switch charts:
Yet again it’s an excellent performance from The Sims 4 as The Sims 4 base game replaces its own recently released expansion The Sims 4 Seasons at the number one position.
Quite a few non-movers this week including three The Sims 4 expansions;
- The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
- The Sims 4: City Living
- The Sims 4: Get to Work
Other non-movers include Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
Another PC video game charts main-stay title Football Manager 2018 has managed to grasp a top spot behind The Sims 4 since it has recently been pushed down thanks to the release of new titles over the past couple of months.
Also moving up this week we see another The Sims 4 expansion The Sims 4: Get Together and a top ten re-entry for Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset.
The only game having been pushed down this week if the Sims 4: Seasons which has enjoyed the number one spot since release a few weeks ago
This Week’s Windows PC Number One
The king of life simulators is back at the number one spot this week and that is The Sims 4.
Even though The Sims 4 has been absent from the top spot for a few weeks its new expansion the Sims 4 Seasons has enjoyed being at number one which has also boosted sales for the other The Sims 4 expansions, which in turn sees Electronic Arts holding 60% of the PC video game charts this week.
The Sims 4 is the fourth generation in the massively popular The Sims video game series from Electronic Arts and The Sims Studio (formerly Maxis).
Game features of The Sims 4 include many of the features which the game is known for such as house building, life simulation which includes raising a family, creating Sims, getting those Sim a job and all in all looking after them until they die, and even then, you can carry on playing with those Sims as they turn into ghosts, each with special visuals and features based on how they died!
There are many other life simulation games out there but nothing quite compares to The Sims or the Sims 4.
Many of the features mentioned only The Sims Studio seems to be able to implement in a way that is both fun and satisfying and unique.
They also just keep adding to the fun with regular updates to the base game, and the regular release of content and expansion packs such as The Sims 4: Seasons and the Sims 4: Cats & Dogs which were previously mentioned.
The Sims 4 is available for PC and consoles and sells well across the board making it one of the best, well-known games available and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Indeed, I think the only thing that will ever remove The Sims 4 from the top ten of the PC game charts is the release of the Sims 5, which we will probably see sometime in the next two years.
Check out EA’s domination of the PC video game charts:
The Video Game Charts This Week – An Old God Fends Off the New Superheroes
A shame that last week’s exellent new release and indeed PS4 number one Jurassic World: Evolution started losing ground especially to God of War on PS4. Still, don’t be put off since Jurassic World Evolution is an epic game and one that deserves a place on any simulation fan’s games shelf.
A triumphant return for God of War however and it has to be asked, will this game ever be stopped? Topping the charts yet again the action hack and slash from Sony is practically an eternal number one, only being moved from the position upon the release of a new AAA title.
Crash Bandicoot still seems to be having a great time as everyone’s favourite, crazy marsupial is still number one for Xbox One and enjoys excellent chart positions across the board.
And The Sims 4. Yes, The Sims 4. It’s back again as the king of PC. Only ever really being knocked off by it’s own expansions the epic life simulation game is still selling extremely well for EA four years after release. After Sims 4: Seasons’ recent release, and excellent expansion by the way, I can’t wait to seew what they come up with next.
But of course, and honorable mention has to go to LEGO: The Incredibles which is sitting comfortably at the number two spot for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, only being held off by two massively popular and hard-selling AAA titles God of War and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy respectively.
Anyway, that’s all from me this week and I hope you enjoyed this week’s video game charts breakdown. I would love to know what you guys think of this week’s action so please leave some comments and/or questions below and I will get back to you.
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