An old favourite storms across the top ten of each platform as the charts go “N. Sane” for new Crash Bandicoot which is shaking things up across the board, causing the much anticipated sequel The Crew 2 to just miss out on the top spot of the Xbox One charts, while The Sims 4: Seasons and indeed The Sims 4 franchise continues its dominant position in the PC top ten.
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The Crew 2 cruises in to the PS4 game charts this week straight in to the top spot, knocking off Sony’s mighty God of War and pushing down on Detroit: Become Human.
The only game strong enough to hold its position this week is supreme football simulation FIFA 18, still going strong holding off all competition above and below.
Popular crim-sim Grand Theft Auto V manages to squeeze itself up a place followed by other climbers Far Cry 5 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.
Moving down this week we see last week’s top two Sony self-published titles God of War (which has been dethroned) plus Detroit: Become Human accompanied by Activision’ s platformer Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
This Week’s PlayStation 4 Number One
Ubisoft gives us a brand new number one this week for PlayStation 4 as The Crew 2 screeches in to pole position, felling the long term number one game God of War.
Follow up title to The Crew from 2014, The Crew 2 features an open world similar to GTA V with the emphasis on racing rather than third person across a scaled down United States in cars, motorbikes, seacraft and aircraft.
Switching between vehicle type is instant and vehicle class is dependent upon the theme of the hub world being played such as off-road, sports race, street race etc.
The game comes with a single player story mode however it is optimised for online multiplayer with a strong emphasis on personality displayed through heavy vehicle and character customisation.
The Crew 2 also comes with a Season Pass giving players access to:
- 22 post launch vehicles
- three exclusive vehicles
- home location for showcasing collections
- 20% discounts
- new outfits
A very different kind of racing game and perhaps the future of racing simulation, The Crew 2 is currently at the number one spot for PlayStation 4 and is proving to be a classic in the making. Falling just short of perfect, the racing epic delivers a pulse pounding racing experience with extreme graphics and effects not quite seen before in a game of this class. The Crew 2 is available for PlayStation 4 right now.
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Two new entries this week as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy finally comes to Xbox One and The Crew 2 trails behind both of which manage to give FIFA 18 a run for its money by pushing the epic football sim from EA down a couple of places.
Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 5 manage to climb a place each while Middle Earth: Shadow of War re-enters the top ten after a while in exile.
Massive AAA titles FIFA 18 and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are muscled into inferior positions this week due to a couple of new releases while another big title State of Decay 2 makes a colossal fall for Microsoft moving down six places.
This Week’s Xbox One Number One
A surprise number one this week as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy manages to beat The Crew 2 to the front of the grid.
Having already been a smash hit on PlayStation 4, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has ventured on to other platforms. The zany platformer from Naughty Dog and Activision which dates back to the original PlayStation has had a HD makeover and combines the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
Crash Bandicoot is in essence a typical platformer however the game’s excellent level design, physics and game play mechanics made it a stand-out title right from the very beginning, being compared with titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and Oddworld. The game uses familiar platform game techniques such as running and jumping, spinning and collecting items (Wumpa Fruits) for extra lives.
Familiarity aside, the re-master does have some added features:
- Unified checkpoints
- Pause Menus
- Manual Save
- Time Trials
- Play as Coco – Crash’s Sister
Other features added to the HD version are updated and improved HD cut-scenes for all three titles, remastered audio and newly added voice recordings.
If you have been living under a proverbial (or possibly literal) rock and haven’t yet played Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy then you are truly missing out on one of gaming’s greatest game franchises. If you are familiar with the epic Nathan Drake series Uncharted then you will know the truly quality potential of Naughty Dog Entertainment so it won’t take you long to figure out that you need to play this stunningly creative remaster of an already legendary game series.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has hurtled in at number one for Xbox One and is available now.
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A great and rare week for Nintendo Switch as we see three new AAA titles explode on to the game charts this week. As with other platforms Xbox One and PC, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has spun its way onto the Nintendo Switch video game charts and landed straight in at the number one position in a shocking defeat for Nintendo’s just-released Mario Tennis Aces. Bethesda seems to be keeping up its winning streak as we see hard-core, Nazi-killing FPS Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus blast in to the top ten also, followed by A Switch version of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope.
Insanely popular building/construction/platform game Minecraft has retained its position this week being the only one refusing to budge.
While a huge downward shift has occurred thanks to three new top ten releases Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom has managed to gain some ground moving up a place.
Going down this week we see a massive knock on effect caused by those new releases mentioned earlier causing these games to lose ground:
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild
- Splatoon 2
This Week’s Nintendo Switch Number One
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy has been released for Nintendo Switch also and has gone straight to the number one position and being the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game of 2018 so far.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy combines three Crash Bandicoot games; Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All three of these games have been re-worked and re-mastered from the ground up adding:
- HD cut-scenes
- New and improved voice acting
- Remastered audio
The series now also features auto-save and manual save, unified checkpoints, play as Crash’s sister Coco and more.
Crash Bandicoot is an epic game series and its quite surprising that it has taken this long to come to Nintendo Switch, a platform where I feel Crash will feel right at home. Don’t miss out on a great platformer experience and pick up Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy today. Just a little pointer though, the Nintendo Switch version does not come with any Switch specific features, it is essentially just a clone of the PlayStation 4 version, so don’t expect any Joy-Con multiplayer etc.
For more information on the current Nintendo Switch charts, check the current top ten here:
The Sims 4: Seasons holds off the competition for a second week in the PC video game charts to remain at the top spot helping The Sims 4 series to take 50% of the top ten.
As with the other three platforms, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has also earned a place in the top ten PC video game charts however only managing to attain a mid-table ranking.
Football Manager 2018 and The Sims 4 plus The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs have all also refused to be moved retaining their respective positions this week as they continue excellent sales runs for Sega and Electronic Arts respectively.
More good news for The Sims Studio as The Sims 4: Get to Work re-enters the top ten and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare sees a small push to gain a place upwards.
The Sims 4: City Living has slipped down a place however this only due to Crash Bandicoot spinning his way in to the middle of the top ten, while Bethesda sees a rare multi-title slippage as massive AAA titles Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition also slip downwards a little.
This Week’s Windows PC Number One
At the number one spot this week is still The Sims 4: Seasons which is enjoying second week at the top spot.
Being the long-awaited expansion to bring weather and seasons to the world of The Sims 4, The Sims 4: Seasons has not disappointed fans.
Weather and seasons brings a whole new dimension to the game play of the life simulator by including seasonal activities like water balloon fights, seasonal gardening/foods and holidays such as Winterfest, Harvestfest and Spooky Day. It’s also possible to create and pen-in your own holidays using the new calendar feature.
Sims can be scared of the heavy weather such as lightning storms and gales while other Sims can get excited by it. Each type of weather brings unique activities like snowball fights and playing in puddles plus a ton of new interactions.
Other new features include but are not at all limited to:
- Scouts career for children and teens; completing the Scouts career unlocks a powerful new trait.
- Gardener career for adults; the gardening system has been overhauled and is now easier and includes seasonal produce.
- Ice/Roller Skating Rinks; rinks have returned to the world of The Sims 4; get practicing those spins while no one is looking.
The Sims 4: Season brings a whole new dimension to the game play of The Sims 4 and is an expansion that I would recommend picking up before all others. So if this is your first Sims 4 expansion then you should pick up a copy ASAP as the inclusion of weather and seasons just makes an already great game that much better. The Sims 4: Seasons is available now, so get those Sims out there to enjoy the weather like they should.
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 – The Triumphant Return of an Old Favourite
A lot can be said for a remaster of a classic whether you love it or loathe it and Crash Bandicoot is a classic. I was a huge fan of the original way back on PlayStation One so I am happy to see it delighting gamers across all platforms this week and glad to see that Activision have decided to allow Crash to stretch his legs away from the PlayStation brand.
Going straight in at number across two platforms is quite the achievement so hats off to Crash, however I think has been a gravely missed opportunity to make more of the game by not including any Nintendo Switch specific features, something I think Nintendo Switch fans will agree with. That being said getting three completely re-mastered games in one, with added features is nothing to turn up your nose at.
I was especially surprised to see that Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy had beaten The Crew 2 to the top spot of Xbox One video game charts however I don’t believe this will last for more than a week and I feel that The Crew 2 will manage to overtake Crash next week.
The PC charts are as we have come to expect with The Sims series dominating yet again, with the latest expansion sitting right there at number one followed by The Sims 4 base game with other three other expansions a little further down. Can this franchise power-house be stopped? Let me know what you think.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s video game charts breakdown and I would love to know what you guys think of this week’s action.
Thanks for reading, Michael.
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– Michael, Editor – ChartX Games
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