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UK game charts: Titanfall drops in at first, biggest launch of 2014, Xbox One sales up 96%

Monday, 17 March 2014 09:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Titanfall and Dark Souls 2 have entered the UK charts at first and second respectively, marking a strong release for both new titles.

It follows our Titanfall review round-up and Dark Souls 2 review list. Both games have scored very well indeed.

Chart-keeper UKIE reveals that Titanfall is the UK’s biggest game launch of the year so far, and has more than doubled the sales of EA’s other big-hitter FIFA 14. It has helped Xbox One hardware sales jump 96%, thanks in part to Microsoft’s new Xbox One Titanfall bundle, which accounts for 70% of the console’s sales.

The firm added that Dark Souls 2 launch sales are up 20% on its predecessor.

Here’s the UK top ten in full:

  1. Titanfall
  2. Dark Souls 2
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  4. The LEGO Movie Videogame
  5. Thief
  6. FIFA 14
  7. Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  8. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  10. Battlefield 4

Fellow newcomer Yoshi’s New Island entered the chart at 12, marking a strong start for the 3DS platformer.

What to you make of this week’s positions?

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19 Comments

  1. Joe Anderson

    96% of 0 = 0.

    The 96% boost is PR talk really. What is more interesting is how many it was selling before the boost. Then we get our answer on how well Xbox One is really performing. The other question is, can it sustain this boost over time now that there are no games coming out other than MGS, Kinect Sports and Watch Dogs?

    You’d have to ask the same question of PS4 really.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Mike W

    @Joe Anderson

    I agree, we have no idea when Quantum Break is going to be release and after Infamous drops this week Sony doesn’t have another big title until November (maybe).

    I guess we have to depend on third parties as usual, but even they have a lackluster line up. :(

    #2 1 year ago
  3. SuaveArmadillo

    @Joe Anderson C’mon man… a 96% boost in sales is huge no matter what the sales were before. It tells you that there has been a huge boost in consumer interest. Of course it can’t sustain that kind of boost over time, it spiked because Titanfall is an exclusive. The REAL interesting question is how long can the sales can stay above that pre-Titanfall mark.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. johnapocalypse

    @SuaveArmadillo

    You say its impressive but I remember after the Xbone was announced there was a news article where it said that WiiU sales went up %800 then but when the PS4 came out it outsold the WiiU here on its first day of release

    #4 1 year ago
  5. SuaveArmadillo

    @johnapocalypse I’m sure Nintendo was happy that the wiiu was up 800% if that is in fact true. You don’t need to make direct comparisons to judge success. 96% increase is good for Microsoft no matter how you slice it, this isn’t about how it compares to PS4, it’s about the fact that Titanfall has helped the Xbox increase its sales by almost 100%, that’s the story, that’s it. How you choose to interpret that in comparison to Sony and Nintendo does not change this from good news to bad news.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Djoenz

    According to vgchartz.com last week’s hardware sales of Xbox One in UK was about 150k.
    VGchartz.com take it with a grain of salt ofcourse, but 15k is not impressive IMO.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Djoenz

    @Djoenz
    15k my bad!
    EDIT button .

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Major Mayhem 70

    None of this should be surprising.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. The_Red

    Dammit, I was hoping that Dark Souls 2 could reach the top spot. Nothing against Titanfall (It’s a great multiplayer game) but after the relatively decent hype surrounding DS2 and the great reviews, it felt like this amazing series could finally debut at number 1.

    Anyway, can’t wait for the PC version.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    @Joe Anderson
    Their (PS4 & Xbox One) sales will drop and rise according to the release schedule. Nothing too drastic for PS4, for Xbox One… Thats an uncertainty at this point.

    Point: Uh huh: thats a new shake up for the UK charts: although i expected we should have heard about Titanfall sales figures by now must not be worthing gloating about or ain’t at a point MS & EA like. Dark Souls 2 performed better, thats good.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    TOP 10 ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE (ALL PRICES), WEEK ENDING 15 March 2014

    01 (NE) TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – Over 125.000
    02 (NE) DARK SOULS II (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
    03 (01) SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH (UBISOFT)
    04 (04) THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE) – 13.100
    05 (02) THIEF (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE) – Between 11.200 and 12.000
    06 (05) FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
    07 (03) PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – Over 11.200
    08 (06) CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD) – 7.300
    09 (07) MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (MICROSOFT)
    10 (08) BATTLEFIELD 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – 5.600

    Dark Souls II

    360 (51%)
    PS3 (49%)

    Dark Souls

    PS3 (58%)
    360 (42%)
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=104700519&postcount=83

    Food for thought.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. The_Red

    @Legendaryboss
    DS2 selling better on 360 is really interesting, seeing how Souls was born as a PS franchise.

    Hopefully the game keeps steadily selling on both as well as PC so we can see a true next-gen sequel on XB1, PS4 and PC.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. bobnice

    Well so much for all the people saying that titanfall wasn’t gonna be a system seller, since it helped increase xbox one sales by 96% with 70% of those numbers being titanfall bundles. And it’s very early, hasn’t even been out a week yet

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Major Mayhem 70

    @13
    And this is just UK numbers, for a game that hasn’t been out for a week, and only being sold on the X1 and PC. Wait for the 360 numbers to drop when it gets released on it. Safe to say, Titanfall will be a success. Once again, not surprised.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. TheWulf

    And while everyone is being belligerent platform fans, I’m just happy for TT Games continued success with the LEGO movie video game. Woo! I love their stuff, so much.

    Man, it wasn’t this bad back in the days of the home computers. There was friendly ribbing about the Speccy versus the C64, but ever since the 16-bit era of consoles it’s all been completely barmy. I remember the Mega Drive vs. Super Nintendo wars (both of which were good machines that had good games), and that was just as ridiculous as this all is now.

    That’s why I hate platform exclusivity so much, it only engenders this sort of silly, extroverted tribalism.

    I’m more than happy for PC games to be released on the consoles, and I’m pleased when developers aren’t foolish enough to buy into platform exclusivity. It’s like how I feel about PopCap, really. They were developing these rad games for the PC and quickly porting them over to every other platform imaginable, and those times were great. Then EA bought them out and they started up with this mobile and console exclusivity malarkey.

    The next thing you know, PopCap’s staff has all but completely been laid off. It couldn’t be that platform exclusivity serves no one, could it? No, no. No. I’d love to hear what deranged excuse EA has.

    I really long for a day when this shitty tribalism ends. I feel that people can still have their tribes and be proud of their platforms, we can have Sony tribes, Microsoft tribes, and what have you, but they don’t need to be going to war all the time like angry little poop-flinging monkeys.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. theduckofdeath

    @SuaveArmadillo Some would imply that the previous month had very low sales, so the 96% bump would be insignificant. On the order of 100 sold previous week/month? vs. 196 sold with Titanfall release.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. SuaveArmadillo

    @theduckofdeath
    If 100 were sold then I bet Microsoft was very happy to see almost 200 sold the next week. We all know that the numbers are in the tens of thousands range though so selling double means a lot no matter what the actual number is. In addition, such a spike in sales doesn’t normally drop off over night, it usually trends back down over time, plus, we might not have seen the end of this sales spike yet. It is never insignificant to double your sales even when you are doubling some imaginary number like 100, how could selling 200 the next week be insignificant?

    #17 1 year ago
  18. antraxsuicide

    @TheWulf +1000

    Exclusivity is ridiculous. Absolute garbage. I, too, can’t wait for the day when this practice is completely dissolved. It’s no different than a DVD Player having exclusive movies. That’s laughable.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Arcnail

    @antraxsuicide Do you know the history of Titanfall? Do you know why its even exclusive?

    You do know that both MS and Sony were freely able to have it, but Sony couldn’t/wouldn’t provide the dedicated server infrastructure. Google it.

    What’s absolute garbage is people barking about games, and have no fn clue what they were talking about in the first place.

    #19 1 year ago

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    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]