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EMEAA charts: Slam dunk for NBA 2K20 in launch week

Strong digital sales push older games into the top ten, while Game Pass sees Gears 5 barely rank

NBA 2K20 enjoyed a strong launch week, topping the European charts for combined digital and retail.

Despite attracting criticism for its aggressive monetisation -- complete with overwhelmingly negative Steam user reviews -- consumers' thirst for the annual basketball title appears unaffected.

Also a new entry in the latest charts is a remaster of the 1999 meme-factory Final Fantasy VIII, which came in at No. 2.

Meanwhile, Rainbow Six Siege continues to have a strong presence in the charts, four years after its release, coming in at No. 3. The latest charts place it at No. 3 the week prior too, but previous charts had Switch-exclusive Astral Chain in that spot. This is because Ubisoft's data was incomplete when the charts were originally posted.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy returns to the charts once again, climbing from No. 66 to No. 4, helped along by the recent PC release.

Then, reliable as the tide itself, Grand Theft Auto V continues its chart omnipresence. Though down a few spots from the week prior, it still sits happily at No. 5.

Supermassive Games' interactive horror movie The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, has slipped from No. 1 the week prior to No. 6, still resonating with consumers despite more lacklustre reviews than its predecessor, Until Dawn.

Gears 5 -- one of two AAA exclusives published by Microsoft this year -- has snuck into the charts at No. 7. While this could be considered a lacking performance from an Xbox tentpole release in launch week, the numbers are no doubt impacted by the title's inclusion in the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, meaning it's impossible to tell how popular the game is without figures directly from Microsoft.

Spurred on by huge sales in digital, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has squirmed its way into the combined charts, coming in at No. 8, up from No. 314 previously.

Another new release breaking into the charts is Catherine: Full Body. The PlayStation 4 exclusive performed notably better at retail than digital.

Finally, Red Dead Redemption 2 rounds out the charts, up four places from the week previous, to place at No. 10.

Here's the Top 10 best-selling games by units (combined digital and physical) in EMEAA for the week ending September 6, 2019:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 NBA 2K20
New Entry 2 Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
3 3 Rainbow Six Siege
66 4 Spyro Reignited Trilogy
2 5 Grand Theft Auto V
1 6 The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan
New Entry 7 Gears 5
314 8 Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
New Entry 9 Catherine: Full Body
14 10 Red Dead Redemption 2

Participating companies in the GSD charts (run by B2boost on behalf of ISFE) are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, EA, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.

Digital data includes games sold in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UAE.

Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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