The month of August is always an interesting one for the gaming community. It is usually ridden with the information flying out of the door at E3, but also includes various AAA title releases, as you shall see below, due to the fact that it is in the height of the summer holidays. However, some older titles have reared their heads again this week, presumably as thousands of bored school kids mope around looking for something to do. And of course, Minecraft and Call Of Duty fit perfectly into this cross section of the gaming community.
- Saints Row IV – After receiving an 86 rating on Metacritic, and obtaining numerous 90 percent or higher ratings from various media outlets, Saints Row IV has stormed the sales market this week. You can read our Saint’s Row IV review here.
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist – is the sixth installment of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series and is the direct sequel to Splinter Cell: Conviction. The game boasts an 82 on Metacritic.
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Just to put it into context, this game sold so many copies that the the company behind it, Square Enix, have had to stop selling copies of the game due to the fact that their servers have been failing under the huge influx of players trying to play.
- Disney Infinity – Infinity definitely lives up to its name. Live out your childhood dreams in this sandbox free-roam game. However, be ready to pull out your wallet if you wish to unlock certain items or play with your friends. The game received a 70 score on metacritic. You can read our take on the game here.
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition – What can I say, Notch is still swimming in his pool full of money, not water; In the garden of his house made of gold. The game was released on May 9th 2012, yet still boast sales in the top 5. I guess that is a testament to how originality is key is the gaming industry.
- Rayman Legends – Is a new entry this week. Bursting with colour and brimming with new ideas, Rayman Legends raises the platforming bar, somehow improving on 2011’s excellent Rayman Origins in every way imaginable. The game scored an AMAZING 89 on Metacritic, and you can read our review of the game here.
- Madden NFL 25 – Madden NFL 25 is not a perfect football game, but the overall package and satisfaction you will receive from game to game is so overwhelmingly genuine and good that you will be willing to overlook its faults and realize that this is just about as good as it gets for virtual football. Of course, the game was released by EA and was a AAA title, so by nature it sold well.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – This game has been sat in the top 10 charts for absolutely ages. Why? I have no idea.
- Payday 2 – Payday 2 has seen a jump in sales this week, probably something to do with the fact that it has received stellar reviews all round.
- FIFA 13 – Coming in at last place is FIFA 13, which has undoubtedly received a boost in sales due to the release of the FIFA 14 trailer at Gamescon.
UKIE Games Charts courtesy of GfK Chart-Track
Overall, the month of August has been a positive experience. Seeing the likes of Saint’s Row IV and Rayman Legends getting into the top 10, where they rightfully belong. It’s sad to see no Indie games other than Minecraft in the top 10, however this is understandable, the month of August is always dominated by AAA titles simply due to the fact that they are pushed so hard at expo’s such as E3.
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