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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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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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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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South Park probes its way into first place in this week's charts

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Jonathan Lester
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South Park: The Stick of Truth, UK Games Charts, UK retail

South Park probes its way into first place in this week's charts

The fallow season is well and truly over as March begins to rev up in earnest. South Park: The Stick Of Truth has launched straight into first place, thanks to both rave reviews and its unapologetically, wonderfully crude sense of humour. It's well-deserved, seeing as Obsidian's long-overdue RPG is one of the best licensed titles of recent years.

Solid if underwhelming Thief stays strong in second place (again, be sure to tinker with the difficulty settings to find a butter zone between accessibility, challenge and stealth) - while Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 plummets down to 24th. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is still enjoying strong sales, ensconced in third, making the most of its last week in the sun before fellow EA multiplayer shooter Titanfall launches this week. We expect that Respawn's anticipated FPS is going to do rather well in this week's charts, to put things mildly.

Anyway, as always, we've got the official UK Top Ten after the break. What games are you playing?

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Thief vs Vampires vs Plants vs Zombies plays out in this week's charts

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Jonathan Lester
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Chomps McGomps, UK Games Charts, UK retail

Thief vs Vampires vs Plants vs Zombies plays out in this week's charts

When it comes to a fight between Garret, a Peashooter, Dracula and a rotting cadaver wearing a traffic cone, I know who I'd put my money on. This week's charts are therefore a foregone conclusion, with Thief romping to first place on the back of impressive pre-order sales. Reviews are all over the shop, but Matt suggests that it's a good game that hinges on you picking the correct difficulty setting from the start. Meanwhile the decidedly mediocre Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 slinks in at tenth.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has also charted well, making its debut in an impressive fourth place on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Our review should be ready very soon - in short, it's good, but slightly overpriced for what it is.

Down in the this week's murky depths, bodacious 3DS brawler Senran Kagura Burst managed to secure a 38th place position, proving that sex definitely does sell. Thankfully a superb combat system makes it more than just eye candy.

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Microsoft flirts with competitive Xbox One digital prices, radically reduces Ryse RRP

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, UK retail, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Microsoft flirts with competitive Xbox One digital prices, radically reduces Ryse RRP

(For A Week)

On the back of a mighty Xbox 360 sale and promises to normalise their outrageous Xbox One digital prices, Microsoft is trialling a new initiative that will slash Ryse: Son Of Rome down to £34.99 - one of the cheapest prices you'll find anywhere. Is this the start of a new competitive push for digital dominance, or just a weekly sale by any other name?

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Fable Anniversary plants its acorns in the stagnant UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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UK Games Charts, UK retail, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Fable Anniversary plants its acorns in the stagnant UK Charts

Another slow week sees only a single new release enter the UK Games Charts, though "new" is arguably a relative term since Fable Anniversary is a remastered version of Molyneux's  2004 RPG. Still, it looks like the heady dose of nostalgia is resonating with UK gamers, thrusting straight into third place ahead of Tomb Raider's Definitive Edition. It's an impressive feat from the Xbox 360-exclusive remake, though unsurprisingly the usual suspects FIFA 14 and Call Of Duty: Ghosts still reign supreme.

Otherwise the same old faces jostle for position, enjoying the lull before the oncoming storm. With Thief, Castlevania: LoS 2, Lightning Returns, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and the delayed Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare all releasing before March, expect these charts to look very different in due course.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition definitively defines this week's charts

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Jonathan Lester
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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition definitively defines this week's charts

It's hardly a surprise that last week's only major new retail release has shot straight to the top of the UK charts. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition has romped to first place, and thoroughly deserved to by the looks of Brendan's 10/10 review.

If you're interested, 69% of all copies sold were on PS4, while "romped" might be a slightly relative term seeing as FIFA 14 was only 500 copies behind!

Elsewhere in the top 40, bugger all happened (that's the appropriate analytical term), beyond LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga making a re-entrance. It's also worth noting that no Xbox One exclusives remain in the top ten, with Forza 5 languishing down in 15th.

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No surprises in UK Charts, FIFA 14 still top dog

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Matt Gardner
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No surprises in UK Charts, FIFA 14 still top dog

The UK charts this week are almost exactly the same as they were last time around, with a couple of games shuffling places. But FIFA 14, COD Ghosts, and Battlefield 4 still hold sway at the top of the listings, and somehow Aliens: Colonial Marines is still in the top ten.

Elsewhere, Super Mario 3D World sneaks back in to the top 40, and Mario Party: Island Tour makes its debut at #18.

UK Charts: Week Ending 18th January, 2013 (previous chart position in parentheses, links to reviews where appropriate)

  1. FIFA 14 (1)
  2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (2)
  3. Battlefield 4 (3)
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (4)
  5. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (6)
  6. Killzone: Shadow Fall (8)
  7. Need For Speed: Rivals (7)
  8. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (9)
  9. Grand Theft Auto V (5)
  10. Aliens: Colonial Marines (10)

Click here for the full top 40, courtesy of GFK Chart-Track >>

 

Aliens: Colonial Marines mostly claws its way up the UK charts, mostly

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Jonathan Lester
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Aliens: Colonial Marines mostly claws its way up the UK charts, mostly

The January sales are a great opportunity to catch up on games you missed in 2013, enjoying some silly prices on software you passed on the first time around. Niche masterpieces like Ni No Kuni, Puppeteer and Bravely Default, perhaps. Wait, no, they're nowhere to be seen. Instead, this week's most prominent success story appears to be...

... Aliens: Colonial Marines?!

This week's charts are a bug hunt, not a stand-up fight, in that the Christmas sales have slumped and most of us are looking to throw a few disposable quid away on the cheapest deals. Aliens: Colonial Marines has managed to claw its way up to tenth place, while the deeply average Dead Island: Riptide has also shambled all the way up from the depths to twelfth position - leapfrogging the vastly superior Dead Rising 3 as it does so. Battlefield 4 is also still selling very well indeed, suggesting that its shambolic and deeply controversial launch has been all but forgiven by many gamers.

It's to be expected, of course, considering the lull in new releases and that the average price for Colonial Marines is less than a fiver according to UKIE's metrics. We've got the top ten below, as we await February and March's influx of next-gen software. Current-gen? New-gen. That'll do for now.

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Xbox One launch titles vie for the first 2014 top ten charts, but Gran Turismo 6 beats them to it

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Jonathan Lester
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Gran Turismo 6, PS3 games, UK Games Charts, UK retail, Xbox One

Xbox One launch titles vie for the first 2014 top ten charts, but Gran Turismo 6 beats them to it

The first UK games charts of the new year have emerged, and frankly, they're incredibly boring. The top ten at least, which is dominated by the big third-party multiplatform releases. Yawn. Hello again, FIFA and Ghosts.

We've got it after the break for completeness' sake, but the real action is happening below in the 11-20 positions. Three of the Xbox One's launch titles occupy 11th place, 13th place and 18th place (Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse respectively) while PS4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall has already sunk down to 21st. Mind you, Gran Turismo 6 is still sitting pretty in tenth position, beating them all to the punch. We've seen several retailers slash Xbox One game prices over the last week, so this is hardly surprising. Aliens: Colonial Marines has also shot up fifteen places into the top twenty, which is... macabre.

As you'd expect, this is a bit of a lull that will ramp up once February and March kick off - bringing us Titanfall, inFamous: Second Son and DriveClub amongst others. What have you been buying over Christmas?

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Game Buzz | Episode 58 - Fallout Boy

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Fallout, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, UK retail, WildStar, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 58 - Fallout Boy

This week on Game Buzz, we lament the demise of Blockbuster UK, chat about VGX and some of the reveals from that nadir of games entertainment, we mull over the Fallout 4 rumours flying about, and dish out some early opinions on the WildStar winter beta.

Game Buzz | Episode 58 - Fallout Boy. Recorded 13th December, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Blockbuster closing all UK stores this weekend, completely shutting down

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Jonathan Lester
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Blockbuster closing all UK stores this weekend, completely shutting down

'We Would Like To Thank Staff For Their Professionalism'

After several nervy months of administration, struggling retailer Blockbuster will sadly be shutting up shop here in the UK - closing all remaining stores by the end of this weekend.

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Please Understand: Xbox One Set To Overtake Wii U's Lifetime UK Sales In Less Than A Week

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U, Xbox One

Please Understand: Xbox One Set To Overtake Wii U's Lifetime UK Sales In Less Than A Week

After securing over a million day-one sales worldwide, the Xbox One is already set to beat the Wii U's lifetime UK sales total in less than seven days on shelves.

The Wii U is set for a reasonable Christmas, and boasts some truly outstanding games... but this is a somewhat embarrassing state of affairs considering that Nintendo's console has been available for an entire year. As Satoru Iwata famously likes to say: please understand.

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UK Games Charts | Marvellous LEGO Blocks FIFA (Groan)

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Jonathan Lester
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | Marvellous LEGO Blocks FIFA (Groan)

The next console generation starts this Friday in Europe, but frankly, it looks like us Brits are perfectly happy to play with LEGO instead. And quite right too. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes has smashed into second place (not quite unseating Call Of Duty: Ghosts) on account of it appealing to absolutely everyone. It's also really rather brilliant, as I'll explain in our full review at 17:00. I'm the Juggernaut, bricks.

Elsewhere the same old faces jockey for position, though Professor Layton has gracefully tipped his hat askance in tenth place. XCOM: Enemy Within has entered the charts in 25th, which is to be expected since many players will favour the PC download option. And, erm, it probably should have released in summer in a perfect world.

What are the charts going to look like next Monday once the Xbox One has finally released? Ghosts will probably retain its top spot, we shouldn't wonder, but can the likes of Forza 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3 get in on the action? Your guess is as good as mine [so why do we employ you, Jon? - Ed].

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UK Games Charts | 2nd November 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Football Manager 2014, Grand Theft Auto V, UK Games Charts, UK retail, WWE 2K14

UK Games Charts | 2nd November 2013

Plenty of new faces this week. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag steals first place from under the nose of Battlefield 4, which itself denies FIFA 14 and Grand Theft Auto V from their top spots. Football Manager 2014 and WWE 2K14 also make a strong debut, bumping the likes of Pokemon X, Just Dance 2014 and Disney Infinity off the top ten entirely.

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