It's been quite an eventful week for gaming and gamers, with four new releases and all of them in the top five. King of the hill, of course, is Activision and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which beat its predecessor.
We're talking about physical sales here, i.e. boxed copies, so Modern Warfare's victory over Black Ops 4 is an important one. With the general trend being that games sell about half of what those before them did, which has all to do with the industry's inevitable switch to digital, Infinity Ward is off to a great start.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beat Black Ops by selling 39 per cent more copies, where 62 per cent of the total was PlayStation 4 and 38 per cent was Xbox One. The sales are still not as high as Call of Duty: WWII, which launched in November 2017, but you could argue that much has changed in the preferred game distribution department since then.
FIFA 20 slipped to second place to accommodate Modern Warfare, with 2K's troubled WWE 2K20 sitting in third place. In spite of the mass outrage over the state of the game, Sony's decision to start refunding the game on PS4 , and 31 per cent lower sales than the predecessor, the initial burst sales have still been pretty kind to the dev and publisher.
Sitting in fourth place is Obsidian's spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas - The Outer Worlds, whose reviews and initial reactions should really make Bethesda worried for the future. Seriously, did the Fallout guys just get outFallouted? Granted, being on Game Pass helps, but still.
Fifth place belongs to MediEvil, a remake of the 1998 PS4 game, which did pretty well considering the sort of competition it fought. The remainder of the UK's physical sales chart is as follows:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- FIFA 20
- WWE 2K20
- The Outer Worlds
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
- Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
- Minecraft (Switch Edition)