FIFA 22 is No.1 for a fourth consecutive week in the UK boxed retail charts.
After a disappointing start for the physical version (the game has been primarily downloaded), things have improved with FIFA 22's boxed sales declining relatively slowly, at least compared with previous iterations. This week FIFA 22's boxed sales have dropped just 12% over the week before.
Far Cry 6 is still at No.2 with a 42% drop in sales week-on-week. The Ubisoft game sticks ahead of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, which raced up two places to No.3 after a 12% sales increase. The rest of the Top Five includes Animal Crossing: New Horizons at No.4 (up four places with a 17% sales increase week-on-week), and Minecraft on Switch at No.5 (up two places after a 6% sales improvement).
The highest charting new entry is The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes. The third game in the horror series debuts at No.6. Bandai Namco was wary of the potential impact of the console transition on the Dark Pictures series, and indeed physical sales are down 27% compared with the launch of last year's title. However, the numbers are too small to draw any meaningful conclusions until we see the download data.
48% of House of Ashes boxed sales were on PS5, 36% on PS4 and 16% on Xbox.
Elsewhere in the charts is My Friend Peppa Pig, which is new at No.26. As a kids game, this is the sort-of title that was never going to do big numbers week one, but will likely keep selling over a long period of time. 74% of sales were on Nintendo Switch, with 16% on PS4 and 9% on Xbox One.
The final new game of the week is Dying Light: Platinum Edition, which sees the zombie horror game come to Nintendo Switch for the first time. That title reached No.32.
It's a bit of a horror-themed chart this week, which is fitting ahead of Halloween. And another notable horror performer this was is Resident Evil Village, which returns to the charts at No.12 after a 227% spike in sales. Capcom's game received some price promotion, and a plethora of PR activity, including classic characters appearing in the game Fortnite and the return of the game's free demo.
In terms of recent releases, Metroid Dread falls from No.3 to No.7 after a 58% sales tumble. Back 4 Blood drops 76% in sales during its second week, and falls from No.4 to No.13. Sega's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles slips six places to No.17 after a 34% sales dip. And finally Alan Wake Remastered is down to No.31 after a 32% sales drop week-on-week.
Here is the GfK top ten for the week ending October 23, 2021:
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|2||2||Far Cry 6|
|5||3||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|7||4||Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|New Entry||6||The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes|
|9||8||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury|
|6||9||Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|10||10||Grand Theft Auto 5|