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GTA V passes Black Ops as the best-selling game in UK history

New gen versions beat Far Cry 4 to number one, Dragon Age enters the charts in fifth place

The new version of Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game in the UK last week, selling enough units to overtake Call of Duty: Black Ops as the UK's best-selling retail game of all time.

That isn't the first UK record to fall before Rockstar's irresistible open-world crime opus, with highest all-time revenue already in the bag after its release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. And despite considerable competition from Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V's Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions saw it return to the top of the chart.

This is all the more impressive when one considers that Far Cry's fourth instalment enjoyed the series' best ever first week sales - "by far," according to Gfk Chart-Track, and that doesn't take PC sales into account.

That caveat also applies to Dragon Age: Inquisition, a series with a considerable audience on PC. However, even without those sales included, EA may have expected it to place higher than fifth, selling "almost exactly the same" as its divisive predecessor, Dragon Age II.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1Grand Theft Auto V
New Entry2Far Cry 4
13Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
44FIFA 15
New Entry5Dragon Age: Inquisition
26Assassin's Creed: Unity
207WWE 2K15
58LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
79MineCraft: PlayStation Edition
310Halo: The Masterchief Collection

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Latest comments (5)

Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve7 years ago
I've got to say it's quite clever the way Rockstar have managed the second release of GTA V. They went away and gave the game a considerable upgrade (I was also quite impressed by the first person mode), and they've done it to such a degree that I know several people that have gone on to buy the game twice now.

It seems wise as a lot of studios that try to do both old and new platforms at the same time either seem to end up neglecting the old, or go with a lowest common denominator approach and just increase the detail sliders for the new. From what I've seen, by taking this approach Rockstar have done a good job of pushing both sets of games to their limits. I'm not sure how many games could get away with such a strategy though.

As for Dragon Age, it might be a case of "you're only as good as your last game". I think a lot of people have been cautious of the game due to the previous instalment. Hopefully as the reception seems to be good it will have a stronger long tail of sales, I'm certainly one of the people who have been holding back to see the reception of the game before buying.
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Anthony Chan7 years ago
@Thomas I completely agree. I really hope youdo pick up DAI sooner rather than later. I have been playing it all weekend, (finally cracked open the deluxe edition on Friday). It is worth every penny spent on it if you are looking for an open world game that has the allure of skyrim but the combat of DA2 (I really enjoyed DA2's combat).

I think DAI has the ability to become a super hit despite its slow start. Right now, I am just hoping for additional multiplayer content and DLC which I would be more than willing to pay for!
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2014 is a great vintage year.

Destiny / DAI / GTAV (next gen) !
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Alex Lemco Writer 7 years ago
It's official: gamers want more of the same instead of new products. If triple-A development wasn't already an incestuous business it soon will be, especially if the success curve for tarted-up re-releases continues to grow. 2014 has to be the worst year on record for innovation in mainstream gaming.

Thank the gods for indie developers, right?
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Peter Lovell Head of Talent Acquisition, NaturalMotion7 years ago
I soooo want someone to remake SimAnt :(
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