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Dealspwn's Games Retailer of the Year 2014 - Community Vote

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Game of the Year Awards 2014, Games Retailer of the Year, UK retail

Dealspwn's Games Retailer of the Year 2014 - Community Vote

It's December, Black Friday is behind us (though plenty of Christmas games deals are out there waiting to be snapped up), the review silly season is almost over, and so it's time to have a look back over 2014 and start dishing out awards. We'll be handing out our personal staff picks across the rest of this week, but we're going to be kicking off our Game of the Year 2014 extravaganza with two community polls, letting you, our awesome readers/listeners/viewers/lurkers vote on your favourite retailer in 2014 and, of course, your game of the year. This voting will run throughout December, and we'd love for you to jump into the comments on both and let us know how you voted and why.

First up, it's the community vote for Dealspwn's Games Retailer of the Year 2014. Who do you think delivered the best deals this year? Or perhaps the finest customer service or rapid delivery? Do you get a sweet console bundle deal that swung a particular retailer in your favour? Did GAME's phoenix-like return to the forefront of the scene make your year? How about ShopTo's propensity for breaking street dates? We've got high street stores, supermarkets, online retailers, and digital distribution channels all on this list, and there's an option for you to add in your own shout if we've missed one out. Cast your votes and let us know what you looked for in a games retailer this year, we'll certainly jump into the discussion too in the comments.

Games Retailer of the Year 2014 - click here to cast your votes >>

The Last Of Us is the First In Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

The Last Of Us is the First In Charts

The Last Of Us may be old news, but its rebuilt Remastered version is proving to be a massive hit with dedicated PlayStation fans and new converts alike. Naughty Dog's cinematic thriller is once again sitting pretty atop the UK Games Charts, while also proving to be the fifth biggest gaming launch of 2014 (behind Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Wolfenstein and InFamous: Second Son).

Otherwise it's a slow old week for new releases, while even the familiar mainstays are just jostling for position. A lull, then, before the upcoming September-October storm. Make hey with your backlog while the sun shines, because Winter Is Coming.

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Watch Dogs sells 8 million copies, now top dog in the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Watch Dogs sells 8 million copies, now top dog in the UK Games Charts

Watch Dogs is still one of the most divisive game releases of 2014, but there's no quibbling with the numbers. Love it or hate it, thrilled or disappointed, eight million copies sold is a huge start for a new franchise. Not to mention a chart success guarantee. What did you make of Aiden Pearce's debut?

On the subject of new franchises, though, Tomodachi Life has sneaked into the Top Ten this week. Nintendo's quirky life sim is is bizarre and banal, but surprisingly fun to dip into little and often. It's also screenshot gold, as you can see above. Yes, that is Reggie and The Cat from Red Dwarf X in the background.

Otherwise expect plenty of familiar faces in the UK Games Charts, as detailed below.

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Another direct hit for Sniper Elite 3 in the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Another direct hit for Sniper Elite 3 in the UK Games Charts

Sniper Elite 3 has found its mark for a second week running, turning the top spot in the UK Games Charts into pink mist in the process. Brendan has delivered our final verdict on the cathartic and controversial shooter, describing it as "better than a bullet in the nads." Remembering, of course, that you'll witness every bullet to the crown jewels in gory slow-motion.

The remainder of the Top Ten is fairly unsurprising as Titanfall maintains its strong sales and FIFA regains its position, whereas the likes of GRID Autosport and UFC are gradually sliding down the rankings. However, there's some interesting action in the lower leagues. Tomodachi Life and Mario Kart 8 are both holding strong, while Rayman Legends and South Park: The Stick Of Truth are both shooting back into contention following some competitive deals. And, perhaps, a bit of a summer drought to fill with games we missed earlier this year.

Buggy, sub-par yet incredibly compelling experiment Murdered: Soul Sacrifice is also still selling well considering its niche appeal, making Airtight Games' recent closure even more tragic. Either way, click below for the details.

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GAME brings back console rentals

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK retail

GAME brings back console rentals
Remember how Blockbuster used to rent consoles as well as games, so you could play a couple of major exclusives without having to buy the system outright? GAME definitely seems to, because their new promotion lets you do just that for £19.99 -- and a big deposit, mind.

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Sniper Elite 3 assassinates UFC in the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Sniper Elite 3 assassinates UFC in the UK Games Charts

One shot, one kill, straight to the head of the UK Games Charts for Sniper Elite 3. UFC didn't know what hit it as Rebellion's sharpshooter hit the top spot in its debut week, despite ongoing controversy and confusion about the decision to cancel hundreds of Steam Keys bought from third-party resellers. Rebellion claims the codes were stolen -- either leaked/intercepted or bought in bulk via a stolen credit card -- and then sold to resellers en masse, though the problem appears to affect over 50 retailers.

If you've been affected, be sure to claim a refund from the seller in question. The situation is still ongoing and deeply murky.

In better news, we have another new chart entry this week in GRID Autosport, which could well be one of the best racers of 2014 unless Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2 pull their socks up. And you don't count Mario Kart 8, which has sadly spun off the top ten and is in the process of Lakitu recovery.

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UFC takes down Watch Dogs in the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA Sports, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UFC takes down Watch Dogs in the UK Games Charts

Watch Dogs' three weeks at the top of the UK charts has come to an end courtesy of big sweaty lads punching each other in the gonads. EA Sports UFC -- just in case you were in any doubts about who developed it, they put it in the title -- is now top dog and joins three other EA games in the top ten.

MotoGP clocked in at a very respectable 15th place considering its relatively niche appeal, as the second big new release of the week. Elsewhere in the charts we see the same old faces jostling for position, with Titanfall in the upswing and Mario Kart 8 on the slow decline, while Wolfenstein impressively holds its own.

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Watch Dogs becomes most successful new franchise launch of all time - UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Watch Dogs becomes most successful new franchise launch of all time - UK Games Charts

So a game called Watch Dogs released last week, then.

I'm sure you know that already, because apparently pretty much everyone in the UK bought a copy by the looks of the latest gaming charts, which proclaim that Ubisoft's sandbox is the biggest-selling new IP launch in British history. Most of you probably received your copy before our review code arrived too, but I'll put the finishing touches on our final verdict soon. Fun, but a bit too serious and far too flabby for its own good.

However, it's not the only big success story of last week. Mario Kart 8 has screeched straight to second place, the first Wii U game to do so since the console launched. The free game promotion didn't hurt, and neither did the fact that it's ruddy marvellous. A well-deserved and long-overdue milestone for Nintendo's console.

Otherwise it's business as usual - we've got the official UK top ten after the break.

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Wolfenstein marches straight to the top of the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Wolfenstein marches straight to the top of the UK Games Charts

Wolfenstein: The New Order has successfully made its next-gen debut at the very top of the UK Charts and set a personal best in the process. It's not just the second biggest launch of 2014 -- after Titanfall, no less -- but it's also the most successful Wolfenstein game since records began. We suspect that not sucking helped it to beat the frankly abysmal last effort from Raven. Matt will have our full review ready very soon indeed.

Otherwise, it turns out that people still really love Minecraft. Despite the PS4 and Xbox One sequel being newly confirmed for August, it's still flying off shelves faster than you can say "fine, let's see what all the fuss is about."

We suspect that Watch Dogs will do quite well this time next week.

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Minecraft trounces Kirby in the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Minecraft, UK Games Charts, UK retail

Minecraft trounces Kirby in the UK Games Charts

Will there ever come a time when more kids recognise Creepers than Mario or Kirby?

I'm deadly serious, since Minecraft's universal appeal shows no signs of stopping. Despite being available on PSN for some time, the PS3 version has now released on Blu-Ray... straight into third place in the UK charts. Again, considering that Mojang's legendary sandbox has already been selling like hot cakes for ages, this is seriously impressive. The next-gen version is slated for Q2/Q3 if you're interested.

Meanwhile Kirby Triple Deluxe quietly shuffles into sixteen place. Nintendo once again didn't deign us worthy of review code, but if I pick it up I'll scribble something down. Otherwise expect football and Titans and blah in the official top ten below.

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Be Advised: Titanfall back on top of the UK charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Be Advised: Titanfall back on top of the UK charts

EA will be thrilled to learn that their stompy robots and sequelised football sim are back on top of the UK charts once again. Meanwhile the next console generation is paying off and delivering truly new gameplay experiences, including... Call Of Duty... FIFA... Minecraft... LEGO games... and tie-ins. Gosh, what an age we live in!

Speaking of being truly happy with our lot (honest), Matt was overjoyed to find a review copy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on his doorstep. How he laughed. "It doesn't even have the decency to be truly awful," apparently, which is almost a compliment if you don't think about it too hard. Or if you're concussed, which might make the game more enjoyable, at least courtesy of the delirium.

Please don't try that at home, though - either the concussion or the game itself. Enjoy the full official UK top ten after the break instead.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings to the top of the UK charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Child Of Light, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, UK Games Charts, UK retail

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings to the top of the UK charts

Movie tie-ins may have a bad reputation based on years of atrocious shovelware, but that doesn't stop us Brits from buying them in droves. Case in point: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has rocketed straight to the top of the UK Charts in its first week on sale. We haven't reviewed Beenox' web-slinging adventure, but by all accounts it's... okay. Not exactly a ringing endorsement -- "mediocre" or "fit for task but not much else" would also be broadly acceptable -- but hey, at least it could be worse.

Never mind, though, because I'm going to focus on a game we have reviewed instead. Child Of Light enters at a very respectable ninth place, especially considering that its retail edition likely sold far slower than its fully-digital version on PSN, XBLA, the Wii U eShop - so the bulk of its sales probably haven't been taken into account. It's a superb and whimsical thing, a gorgeous interactive poem powered by exceptional turn-based RPG mechanics. Sounds pretentious, but in practice it's stupendous. Go check it out.

Elsewhere, expect robots, football, guns and LEGO. We've got the top ten below.

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Titanfootball tops the UK Charts again, EA dominates top ten

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, UK Games Charts, UK retail

Titanfootball tops the UK Charts again, EA dominates top ten

Us Brits love our footy and most of us aren't adverse to the idea of stomping around in massive bipedal war machines, so it's no surprise that Titanfall and FIFA's world cup tie-in lead the pack in the charts this week. I'm absolutely chuffed, but only because I can re-use the same banner two weeks running. Hurray!

Titanfall's Xbox 360 version and heavily-discounted Xbox One bundle are still pulling in the punters despite many players clamouring for more content and a deeper metagame. EA are clearly laughing all the way to the bank, since they've got no less than five games in the top ten, including Battlefield 4 (which DICE claims to have fixed, yay?) and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (which now has micro-transactions, boo hiss etc).

Otherwise expect the same old faces after the break.

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EA should make huge robots play football, suggests UK charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

EA should make huge robots play football, suggests UK charts

I hope you're well-rested after a relaxing long weekend of a thousand annoying chores (fingers crossed that you managed to sneak in a beer somewhere between Ronsealing the fence and driving up the M1 to see the folks), so let's ease back into the swing of things with the latest UK charts.

Trials Fusion was last week's best new entry, which released on next-gen consoles as a £15.99 download or £30 retail box including the season pass. It's a fantastic game, though it debuted at seventh, since its physical copy was thoroughly outgunned by the likes of Titanfall and FIFA World Cup. EA should seriously look into combining football and massive robots soon, surely? Even as a Titanfall mode, it'd practically print money.

I'm also delighted that Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is sticking around. PopCap are constantly adding new free content to their surprisingly deep and addictive shooter, which deserves a thriving player base.

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Last-gen Titans & next-gen Hobbits do battle in this week's UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kinect Sports Rivals, Lego The Hobbit, Titanfall, UK Games Charts, UK retail

Last-gen Titans & next-gen Hobbits do battle in this week's UK Charts

Titanfall is now available on Xbox 360, and practically everyone bought it according to this week's UK charts. Respawn's shooter is back on top, with 71% of sales being the new... old... last-gen version. It's clear that we're not ready to say goodbye to generation seven just yet.

LEGO: The Hobbit has also released and is flying off the shelves, though word on the street is that TT Games have played things a little too safe this time, especially following the incredible Marvel Super Heroes. We'll have a review soon.

Kinect Sports Rivals also launched this week, straight into 14th place. Kinect's delayed killer app failed to ignite much interest, seeing as it's delayed and underwhelming, and frankly should have been a free pack-in. Meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online is plummeting down the charts, though intensely enjoyable PvZ: Garden Warfare has leapt back into the top ten. See how the other familiar faces fared after the break.

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The Elder Scrolls Online schools Titanfall, inFamous & MGS in the UK charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online, UK Games Charts, UK retail

The Elder Scrolls Online schools Titanfall, inFamous & MGS in the UK charts

The Elder Scrolls Online may have attracted plenty of controversy over the last year or so, but it's clear that legions of fans are seizing the opportunity to return to Tamriel. Zenimax' new MMORPG has launched straight into second place in the UK, despite only releasing on PC and requiring monthly subscriptions after the first 30 days. Matt has emerged fairly impressed from his first few days in the saddle, finding all the extra players more social than immersion-breaking. He'll deliver our full review in due time, ahead of the planned PS4 and Xbox One versions.

Sadly, TESO couldn't beat FIFA 14, which we're sick and tired of seeing in the charts. Yawn.

The bickering between inFamous: Second Son and Titanfall has shifted gears yet again, with Respawn's refreshing shooter climbing back above its PS4-exclusive nemesis, which drops from first to sixth. Dark Souls II and Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney continue their descent down the charts. We've got the full UK top ten after the break.

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inFamous & Ground Zeroes deny Titanfall, Dark Souls II tumbles - UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

inFamous & Ground Zeroes deny Titanfall, Dark Souls II tumbles - UK Charts

inFamous: Second Son is appropriately enjoying its second week in the sun; once again sitting pretty as the king of the UK charts and attended by Big Boss' short yet impressive next-gen debut. Titanfall may still be selling well, but it's pretty clear that the PS4's bigger install base is paying dividends - and paying out.

Our only major top ten entry comes in the form of Diablo III's long-awaited expansion pack, Reaper Of Souls. Though pricey, I'd argue that it's worth every penny. Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton may be a tag team for the ages, yet languishes down in 15th.

Dark Souls II's rise to prominence and two weeks in the chart was seriously impressive considering that it's a niche proposition, but From Software's brutal new masterpiece is now slipping down the pecking order. Whether it's just a blip, or a perfectly natural sign that most of the hardcore fanbase now owns a copy, remains to be seen. That said... who's holding out for the PC version?

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Steam & XBLA prices could rise after budget kills tax loophole

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Digital Distribution, Steam, Taxpayer, UK retail, Valve, XBLA

Steam & XBLA prices could rise after budget kills tax loophole

George Osborne's latest budget closes off a key tax loophole that Steam exploits to provide cheaper games.

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inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita, PS3, PS4, UK Games Charts, UK retail

inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

PS4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son has shot straight to the top of the UK Charts in its first three days on sale, hardly surprising considering that it's the major exclusive that many early adopters were waiting for. Fighting our way around Seattle with Smoke and Neon powers is fantastic fun, as Matt explains in our Editor's Choice review.

Sony will doubtlessly be delighted, especially when they look at the figures for this week's runner up. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes pushes Titanfall down to third, owing mainly to strong sales on PlayStation platforms. 58% of copies sold were on PS4, while 15% were PS3, meaning that Xbox owners only made up 27% of the install base.

Finally... ooh, that works on so many levels... Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD has debuted in at fourth place, showing that Square remakes 'em like they used to.

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Titanfall dominates this week's charts, surprises absolutely no-one

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Titanfall dominates this week's charts, surprises absolutely no-one

The latest UK charts play host to a plucky underdog success story, as a practically unknown game called "Titanfall" swoops out of left-field and becomes the UK number one. Apparently this charming little title is some sort of shooter with robots and parkour elements. We love to see obscure little indie games make the big time, and will keep you posted once we know more about it.

Okay, so let's cut the pretence before that joke gets even more terrible. Titanfall has sold incredibly well (becoming the biggest launch of 2014 thus far by a considerable margin), on the merits of being rather brilliant indeed. The tasty £399.99 Xbox One bundle is apparently contributing towards the impressive figures, comprising 70% of all Xbox One hardware sales.

Otherwise, Dark Souls II has been punishing loads of us over the weekend, clocking in at a well-deserved second place and beating sales of the original by 20%. We're glad to see that this week's top five consists entirely of games that came out this year, as opposed to the tedious posturing between FIFA and CoD.

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