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For Honor and GTA V come out top in quiet February for UK games retail

A drop in releases equals a drop in sales

For Honor was the UK's best-selling boxed game in February, mirroring its success in the US.

GfK figures show that GTA V was snapping at its heels at No.2, continuing that game's remarkable ability to keep selling. The only other new games to crack the Top Ten sales charts was Sniper Elite 4 (No.6), Hitman: The Complete First Season (No.9) and Nioh (No.10).

Just over 1m games were sold, which is ten per cent down on the previous February. Month-on-month analysis can be challenging in this business, especially when you consider that February 2016 featured a slightly stronger release slate of Street Fighter V and Far Cry Primal.

The performance of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Nintendo Switch (plus Zelda) suggests that March will be a significantly stronger period for the physical retail space.

As a result of the success of For Honor, Ubisoft was February's No.1 games publisher, just ahead of Electronic Arts in terms of units. Take-Two (because of GTA V) and Capcom (due to Resident Evil 7) continue to perform well and benefitting from a lack of new games in the marketplace.

However, Microsoft will be disappointed with the physical performance or Halo Wars 2 - although it would certainly have done better as the PC version will have predominantly been sold digitally.

Last Month This Month Title
New Entry 1 For Honor
3 2 Grand Theft Auto V
1 3 Resident Evil 7
4 4 FIFA 17
2 5 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
New Entry 6 Sniper Elite 4
5 7 Battlefield 1
8 8 Rocket League
New Entry 9 Hitman: The Complete First Season
New Entry 10 Nioh
7 11 Forza Horizon 3
12 12 Minecraft: Xbox Edition
6 13 Watch Dogs 2
18 14 Overwatch
New Entry 15 Halo Wars 2
13 16 WWE 2K17
15 17 LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
14 18 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
11 19 Pokemon Sun
9 20 Mafia III
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Christopher Dring

Head of Games B2B

Chris is a 15-year media veteran specialising in the business of video games. And, erm, Doctor Who