It’s been a long week of Black Friday deals for consumers around the globe, and that’s been reflected in the UK retail video game sales last week.
The annual celebration of all things capitalist saw FIFA 17 rise to the top of the charts, finally dislodging Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, knocking the space shooter down a peg into second place. As noted by GFK Chart-Track, the Black Friday sales on console bundles are likely the reason the soccer game has seen a resurgence last week, being bundled in pretty much every console bundle.
Pokémon Sun & Moon‘s record-breaking début has seen the two games come in at third and fourth place, behind Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and FIFA 17. The newest entries in the twenty-year-old franchise recently broke Gamestop’s five-year record for pre-orders, after the demo broke Nintendo records for downloads. The Pokémon pair were only likely denied a top spot by the frenetic Black Friday sales, but it’s also worth noting that the two games would have taken the top spot with combined sales.
World War One shooter Battlefield 1 continues to drop down the charts, falling to fifth place from last week’s fourth, while two-week-old Watch Dogs 2 has seen a larger drop, falling down to sixth place from last week’s second. Dropping down to eleventh position, Titanfall 2 has finally fallen out of the top ten entirely – a trend that’s likely to continue for Respawn’s shooter. Dishonored 2 has experienced a similar plummet, falling from seventh place to twelfth position.
Inside the top twenty, the biggest losers are WWE 2k17 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, dropping ten and nine places respectively. But Bethesda can’t be too disappointed; Skyrim‘s run in the charts is pretty remarkable for a remaster of a five-year-old game and just goes to show how much love gamers still held for the frozen north of Cyrodil.
Black Friday was always going to shake things up a lot, and as always it’s worth noting that these sales are representative of retail sales in the UK only. But that’s usually where Black Friday hits hardest, and it’s not surprising to see games bundled with consoles to do so well this last week. It’ll be interesting to see how the charts change next week, with a lot of games likely dropping back out of the charts.
Check the charts out for yourself right here. Did you pick anything amazing up in the sales? Can Titanfall 2 make up for lost sales, or is it time to hit the eject button? Lets us know any of your thoughts in the comments down below!