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The Order: 1886 is on top in the UK

PS4 exclusive unseats Evolve despite uneven reviews

Ready At Dawn's The Order: 1886 demonstrated the hunger for exclusive games among PlayStation 4 owners, entering the UK software charts at No.1 despite disappointing review scores.

And it was at the expense of 2K Games' Evolve, which lost 66 per cent of its sales in the space of a week to leave the door open for The Order. This is Sony's first UK No.1 since Naughty Dog's remaster of The Last of Us in August last year.

The absence of comprehensive digital sales data was most keenly felt by The Creative Assembly's Total: War Attila, which placed only at No.21. With sales through Steam, that position would likely be very different. The same can't necessarily be said of Koei Tecmo's Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, which entered the chart at No.27, the lowest new entry.

The other notable change last week was the incredible resilience of MInecraft's console versions, which both increased sales by around 30 per cent due to the school holidays. Both finished inside the top 10.

Ukie Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1The Order: 1886
32Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
13Evolve
74Far Cry 4
55GTA V
66FIFA 15
87Minecraft : Xbox Edition
28Majora's Mask
119Minecraft : Xbox Edition
1010Destiny

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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
And people still say there is nothing wrong with the way games are reviewed! Having read and watched quite a few things on the whole gaming review ethics, it was pretty shocking to see how far up the developers ass some of these "supposed" professionals are.

Companies making big games like Evolve and Destiny wine and dine reviewers, sending them gifts and goodies in order to 'persuade' them to adhere to whatever review guidelines they want. Its no wonder less known developers hardly get a look in and when they do its usually to badmouth the game and company.

The Order: 1886 looked a pretty cool game with a nice setting and theme, it looked like a a really interesting game. I only ever use Angry Joe and TotalBiscuit these days for my game reviews, the likes of IGN, EuroGamer etc are about as trusted as the UK government!

I hope the game has a few weeks at the top just to stick the fingers up to all those back pocket reviewers. /cynic mode off

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Darren Adams on 23rd February 2015 4:51pm

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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee2 years ago
I'm finding UK chart movement somewhat unremarkable recently. Most of the same games have been dominant in the top 10 for months, but I guess that has its own level of significance.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
So unless this was mostly based on preorders I guess UK buyers didn't read the reviewers first.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
@Darren
"Aliens: Colonial Marines" also started in UK's top 1. The charts do not obey to quality more than marketing until a few weeks have passed. You are also ignoring the effect preorders have on them. Maybe you should rethink the way you see charts.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
Lol, it was Monday and I am always in full cynic mode on a Monday.

Besides I don't really use any kind of charts to inform me what to play, haven't done that for many years. So no, I don't really need to change the way I look at anything, thanks for caring though. ;)

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
I'd toss this thought around: Perhaps consumers who snap up games don't care much about reviews on certain titles and just wanted to play a new game on their PS4's? Whether they pre-ordered or not shouldn't be an issue. Pre-orders can be canceled and money shifted to a different game if early reviews are poor (unless the UK does it differently than we do in the US).

Hey, Two Worlds was number one in the UK for what, a few weeks or something back when it was released? That was a game that a lot of critics stomped all over (mostly here in the US), but I think it sold in decent enough numbers worldwide to get a sequel (which was somehow weirder than the first game in a few areas). Well, I actually liked both games, warts and all because that made me laugh with them more than at them. That and both had game worlds worth exploring once you got into them and over the stuff that was weird and wonky.

The Order isn't terrible at all. It's just not doing anything fantastic outside of looking great and playing too much like other cover-based shooters. I wonder what would happen if the industry didn't just track sales, but returns and how fast they rolled in. That might be an interesting set of numbers for sure... :D
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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 2 years ago
Having watched 4oD a couple of nights ago, The Order seemed to have an advert running in every single commercial break and I imagine that had a far greater impact than any reviews - there's still a strong base of game buyers who just plain don't look for reviews, be they in print, on youtube or on a website; they go to a shop to buy a game - not a specific game, just something that they haven't played before - and they come back with the one that looks best on the shelves or that the staff point them to.

Though I'm somewhat surprised that their ad saturation strategy isn't backfiring - if I see that TV spot two more times I will start reacting the same as I did to all those Jennifer Anniston movies and "Everything I Do".
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
Very true, oversaturation of advertising can be a big turn off for many people. We live in a world of choice and some people will go by charts/reviews and others will just want to try something different.

Personally, I hate anyone telling me what to do, so all decisions I make will be evaluated on my own terms. I suspect there are many who are sick of listening to other peoples opinions and ignore critics/charts when buying games.
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