Life finds a way on to the console charts as Frontier Developments’ Jurassic World Evolution game sets it’s Raptors loose, Crash Bandicoot holds excellent positions across the board and The Sims are still enjoying their time in the sun with The Sims 4: Seasons and other Sims 4 expansions still doing very nicely for Electronic Arts.
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New entry Jurassic World: Evolution stomps it’s scaly claws all over to take the number one position this week driving The Crew 2 away.
Still, a good week for Sony while their currently best-selling AAA titles God of War and Detroit: Become Human hold their positions for a second week running as does Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which skirts the top ten determined not to go down.
The only climber this week is Far Cry 5 which has had a yo-yo time of it lately, but sales will probably increase somewhat as we expect the second Far Cry 5 DLC, “Lost on Mars” due for release on 17th July.
The arrival of this week’s new number one has pushed most titles down the table as see a slip in position from:
- The Crew 2
- FIFA 18
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Fallout 4
- Grand Theft Auto V
This Week’s PlayStation 4 Number One
A fresh number one game this week from excellent simulation developers Frontier Developments known for such titles as Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Elite and more recently the absolutely brilliant Planet Coaster. Jurassic World: Evolution which was released for PC a few weeks back, has arrived on to PlayStation 4 straight to the top spot.
A business/management simulation similar to Frontier’s previous titles, Evolution has all the great hallmarks of a great game in the genre being spiced up by Jurassic Park content such as DNA sequencing, dinosaur management and fossil research plus much more that you would associate with the Jurassic Park series of movies.
Being a Jurassic Park based game, Jurassic World: Evolution’s best feature is of course the dinosaurs, of which there are around forty to acquire. The dinosaurs will interact with each while in player built enclosures in order to satisfy their basic needs such as social, health and hunger depending on their diet whether it be carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.
One main part of the game is DNA sequencing which will allow players to unlock new species and update species’ stats including how long they live and their strength/resilience. This DNA sequencing also allows gene splicing of modern day species into that of the dinosaurs to create unique species which can completely change the base dinosaur in terms of looks and personality.
However, dinosaur fun aside, Evolution is a park management simulation so the game comes with all the expected features such as tourist attraction around dinosaurs, amenities, entertainment centers, monorail and the ultra-cool Gyrosphere tours from the newer movies. All of this contributes towards generating the money required to fund the genetic research in to the DNA sequencing.
If you are a fan of either Jurassic Park or park simulators then this is one heck of a game to get hold of. Evolution will satisfy the more dedicated park management game fans as well as the Steven Spielberg film buffs and dinosaur enthusiasts. Everything in this game seems solid and authentic from the science behind the DNA sequencing to keeping with Jurassic Park canon and lore.
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A second week at the top spot for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy proves there’s still a lot of love for everyone’s favorite gaming marsupial.
Jurassic World: Evolution can’t quite seem to splice it’s way in to the number one position for Xbox One while the prodigal game The Sims 4 makes a welcome return to the Xbox One top ten.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds dons a Ghillie suit and holds down the fort for another week, refusing to be moved from it’s firing position while one of the title’s main competitors, Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition makes a massive leap back in to the top ten as Far Cry makes gains some small ground.
The new Jurassic Park game Jurassic World: Evolution has an impact, pushing down most of the other titles:
- The Crew 2
- FIFA 18
- Grand Theft Auto V
- State of Decay 2
This Week’s Xbox One Number One
Still running and jumping hard, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is enjoying a second week at the number one position this week.
The make-over trilogy from Activision combines the three best Crash Bandicoot titles; Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped in to a single collection.
The re-released trilogy from Naughty Dog (Uncharted) and Activision features updated graphics, HD cut-scenes and audio (much of which has been re-recorded) and more.
The excellent level design and the need of pin-point timing and accuracy to play the crazy platformer are what has kept Crash Bandicoot as one of the most beloved titles for all these years. Similar to other AAA titles of the same genre Crash Bandicoot sees the typical running, jumping and item collecting with a Naughty Dog twist of humour and excellent use of physics.
Other features added to the update include:
- Auto and manual saving
- New Time Trial modes
- Play as Crash’s sister “Coco”
If you are a fan of the Uncharted series then you will certainly be familiar with the excellent injection of humour that Naughty Dog are capable of while retaining a game which seriously sticks to it’s genre, all the while making use of the genre’s necessary gaming mechanics such as physics and required gameplay elements, and as thus you will not be disappointed with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy if you enjoy either Naughty Dog games, platform games or indeed both.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is out now: Get it from Amazon.
You can see other games in the Xbox One game charts here:
No new entries this week but a solid top five remain as last week’s top half refuse to shift including last week’s number one Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy:
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild
Mario Rabbids + Kingdom Battles also keeps it’s position near the bottom of the Nintendo Switch top ten.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze re-enters the top ten giving back Nintendo their dominance of a 70% hold on the Switch charts while we see another re-entry from FIFA 18 which managed to slip out of the top ten last week and Splatoon 2 has also climbed the ladder moving up a place.
All of this drama means that there is only one title slipping down this week as Minecraft manages to lose ground and has moved down one position.
This Week’s Nintendo Switch Number One
Retaining it’s number one position is 2018’s fastest selling Nintendo Switch AAA title of 2018 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
An essential platform game experience from Naughty Dog, the combined Crash titles (Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped) have had an HD makeover with new HD cut scenes and re-worked audio, both voice acting and music.
Players can now also take on a new Time Trial mode and play as Crash’s sister Coco while navigating the excellently designed platform game levels. Other newly installed features include auto/manual save and unified checkpoints.
Crash Bandicoot is an excellent example of what a great platform game should be and one that I highly recommend to any gamer however please be aware that disappointingly there are no new features for the Nintendo Switch version such as multiplayer or Joy-Con control etc.
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Another solid performance from The Sims 4 this week as The Sims 4: Seasons sticks to the top spot like a kid’s tongue on an icy pole in Winter, does The Sims 4 right below.
The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs and The Sims 4: Get to Work and The Sims 4: City Living have moved up the table this week giving Electronic Arts a massive 50% hold on the PC video game charts. It’s also more good news for Bethesda as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition both gain some ground moving up a place each as Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition makes a return to the top ten.
It doesn’t seem like PC gamers enjoy platformers as much as console gamers as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has slipped down five places and now sits right on the edge of the PC top ten.
This Week’s Windows PC Number One
It’s a third week in a row for The Sims 4: Seasons which is still sitting at number one this week. Bringing weather, holidays and seasonal activities the latest The Sims 4 expansion pack was much anticipated and has not disappointed.
Having Sims enjoy all their favourite activities related to seasons just adds a new kind of joy to the already multi-faceted life simulator. Water balloon fights in the Summer and Snowman building in the Winter just feels right and I’m always disappointed that it takes The Sims Studio so long to bring seasons to the game franchise with each new incarnation. That being said, it is always worth the wait.
The weather effects are joyfully realistic from torrential rain, blizzards and lightning storms there is all manner of fun to be had:
- Splashing in mud puddles (or indeed seeing Sims slip and fall)
- Snow covered Sims!
- Electrocuted Sims!
Weather and seasons aside their is the brilliant new event/holiday feature which comes via a new calendar on the control panel. Opening the calendar will display various upcoming holidays and events associated with each season such as Winterfest and Harvestfest in Winter and Autumn respectively. Each holiday has associated activities and should Sims take part then they can get large amounts of satisfaction points and exclusive items.
Other activities include but are not limited to:
- Ice and roller skating
- Holiday decorations (this is awesome)
- New seasonal foods
- Overhauled gardening system
For some more information on The Sims 4: Seasons, read our article here, or you can read our Sims 4 custom content guide for Seasons here:
- Sims 4 Seasons Custom Content Part 1: Clothing and Accessories
- Sims 4 Seasons Custom Content Part 2: Furniture and Items
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The Video Game Charts This Week – Life Finds a Way as Jurassic World: Evolution is Spliced in to the Charts
If you enjoy park management games similar to Rollercoaster Tycoon and Planet Coaster and you happen to have side hobby as a Geneticist then this week’s hot new release Jurassic World: Evolution is the game for you. Coming straight in at number one for PS4, knocking off The Crew 2 is no easy feat, as the open world racer is one of the most anticipated AAA titles of the year. Jurassic World: Evolution should be a boon for Frontier Developments but hasn’t really seen the sales on PC, a platform on which it really should thrive. Time will tell if this excellent builder will dominate or become extinct.
Honorable mention needs to go to Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy as the classic platform anthology series re-master from Naughty Dog is still performing well across the board, even on PC, a platform for which it wasn’t really meant. Second on PS4 and top spot for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch serves to remind that the practice of re-mastering classic games is a tried and true recipe which really seems to be working for a lot of developers lately. I personally would prefer that the same time and money is spent on developing new IP however if we can play our favourite AAA titles with some new features and updated graphics without losing the fidelity of what made the game so great in the first place, then, who am I to complain?
Yet again, The Sims 4 is absolutely storming the Window PC video game charts with the title and four of it’s expansion packs, including the number one game The Sims 4: Seasons taking up half of the available real estate in this week’s top ten. You may not know this but I am a huge Sims fan and I cannot wait to see what the next expansion is, as The Sims Studio and their insanely creative brains never fail to amaze me, and I hope to see a Sims 5 announcement sometime this year.
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.
Thanks for reading, Michael.
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– Michael, Editor – ChartX Games
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