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Mass Effect Andromeda tops UK charts but can't match Mass Effect 3

Lack of digital sales make historical comparisons tricky

Mass Effect: Andromeda enjoyed a strong launch in the UK, although its physical sales are down compared with previous games in the series.

Andromeda hasn't receive the high critical reception that the franchise has enjoyed historically, and the result is that Andromeda's week one sales are lower than Mass Effect 2 and 3 (but higher than Mass Effect 1, which was released only on Xbox 360 back in 2007).

The fastest-selling game in the series is 2012's Mass Effect 3, which sold over a third more units in its first week than Andromeda.

However, that was five years ago, and since then digital sales have risen significantly. Indeed, GfK says that 10% of physical Mass Effect 3 sales were made on PC (during week one), but only 4% of Mass Effect Andromeda sales came via PC physical. Digital is now dominant in the PC space, and is also growing in the console area, but GfK does not track those figures (yet). As a result, it's not clear how well Andromeda really did compared with its predecessors.

Regardless of how it compares, it was still a strong performance for EA. Mass Effect: Andromeda is the third fastest-selling game of the year, behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but ahead of Resident Evil VII and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Speaking of Zelda, that game enjoyed a 50% sales increase as some Nintendo Switch units begin to trickle their way back into retailers, while there were sales increase for FIFA 17, Rocket League, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Forza Horizon 3.

There was also a significant rise for Halo Wars 2. Microsoft's game just misses out on the Top Ten at No.11, boosted by some price cutting at retail. Sales for the RTS game increased by 129% last week.

No.2 in the charts is Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which suffered a 47% sales drop. Warner Bros's LEGO Worlds is down at No.3 with a small 29% sales dip, while Horizon: Zero Dawn drops to No.4 with a 23% decline.

Xbox One exclusives Rare Replay (up nine places to No.18) and Ryse: Sone of Rome (up six places to No.25) continue to perform strongly thanks to retail bundling with Xbox One hardware.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1Mass Effect: Andromeda
12Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
23LEGO Worlds
34Horizon: Zero Dawn
45Grand Theft Auto V
66The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
57FIFA 17
78Rocket League
89Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
1010Forza Horizon 3

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Latest comments (3)

Jordan Lund Columnist 6 months ago
Mass Effect 3 also faced a tremendous amount of fan backlash over the ending. I expect that sour taste along with the poor ratings drove people away.
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Ruben Monteiro Engineer 6 months ago
ME may prove to be a very interesting case study on what not to do with a franchise. Start with a beloved first entry and subsequently shoot yourself on the foot until your fans turn against you. Boggles the mind.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany6 months ago
Enjoying the game so far, but not sure if the DA:Inquistion formula works completely here. An open worl of such overwhelming size makes the lore and narrative get a bit diluted and stretching a bit thin, something that doesn't help in a game that is a fresh start with fresh characters.
But, just like in inquisition, the game takes off after a few hours and improves a lot. Still only 10 hours in, but getting a lot better in each step of the road.
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