Well isn’t this a surprise – Facebook Messenger and Minecraft pretty much lead the 2014 iOS App Store charts.
The top free iPhone app was Facebook Messenger while the top paid iPhone app was the game Heads Up!, with Minecraft: Pocket Edition in second place. The top iPad app was Minecraft: Pocket Edition with YouTube as the top free iPad app.
Free iPhone apps:
1. Facebook Messenger
6. Pandora Radio
7. Google Maps
9. Spotify Music
Paid iPhone apps:
1. Heads Up!
2. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
4. Plague Inc.
5. Sleep Cycle alarm clock
7. Cut the Rope 2
8. Bloons TD 5
9. A Dark Room
10. 7 Minute Workout Challenge
Free iPad apps:
3. Calculator for iPad Free
4. Skype for iPad
5. Microsoft Word
6. Facebook Messenger
8. Candy Crush Saga
10. Clash of Clans
Paid iPad apps:
1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
2. Cut the Rope 2
3. Heads Up!
4. The Room Two
8. Plants vs. Zombies HD
9. Hide N Seek : Mini Game With Worldwide Multiplayer
10. Card Wars – Adventure Time
Another week and another busy week for the UK all-format gaming charts. One things is for certain this month, next-gen consoles are off to a rock solid start and while many will be debating who the winner is, truth is Sony and Microsoft are both winning in their own respects and it’s a promising start for the games industry as we enter 2014. The new consoles have helped along game sales too and with 11 of the top twenty games being available on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in one respect or another, and three of them being exclusively next-gen (Knack, Forza 5 & Dead Rising 3) its clear that software sales are doing well.
Still amazed this week to see that Aliens: Colonial Marines is back in the charts, it returned to 20th place last week and is still there this week, seriously, who is buying this game? Collect-em-all family fun is still going strong with Disney Infinity and Skylanders: Swap Force and will keep up all heavily indebted to publishers for at least another few months with a steady release of new characters.
Lego Marvel has dropped down to 7th place to make way for both Grand Theft Auto V and Need For Speed: Rivals, but beyond that we see that the big four, Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Fifa 14 remain in the same spots as the previous week, showing some clear Christmas favourites for the holiday season.
CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS
ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG
GRAND THEFT AUTO V
NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS
LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
JUST DANCE 2014
MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION
GRAN TURISMO 6
SONY COMPUTER ENT.
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
FORZA MOTORSPORT 5
KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL
SONY COMPUTER ENT.
SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE
SONY COMPUTER ENT.
FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014
DEAD RISING 3
ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES
What games did you pick up this Christmas, been hitting the chart toppers or bargain hunting in this months massive Steam sale?
The pre-Christmas sales figures have been counted and while we will not know the full extent of the Christmas rush, or of course the boxing day sales that follow it for another week or so, we can already see that there are some clean trends in the market right now. The PlayStation 4 was ahead by over 600k units, but this gap has been growing ever since and it’s safe to say that Sony will have around a 4:3 sales ratio against the Xbox One. While Sony may be ahead in hardware sales, Microsoft are far from losing, selling millions of hardware units in such a short space of time is an incredible achievement and the transition to next-gen consoles has been incredibly quick, Microsoft and Sony are both doing great right now, despite what some internet forums may tell you.
Nintendo are still going steady and while it may look like they’re Wii U console is in the lead (technically it is), keep in mind that it has had an extra years head start over its new rivals, which have already sold half of the Wii U’s lifetime total in less than a month! Software is a big win for PlayStation again, with Sony fans picking up over 1.3 million more software titles than on Xbox One, obviously there are more PlayStation 4’s being sold and this will help, but it also looks like PlayStation customers are picking up more games on average.
The top five games are fairly predictable, with call of duty taking two spots in the charts with Xbox taking the number one spot and PS3 taking the number three spot, and other favourites such as Puzzle & Dragon Z, Pokemon X/Y and Just Dance 2014 show the world that Nintendo still knows how to turn a good profit, despite their new console being little behind the pace in terms of sales.
Gen 8 Hardware Lifetime Totals:
PS4 374,879 (+40%) 2,753,910
XOne 306,436 (+19%) 2,126,782
WiiU 264,627 (+53%) 4,749,539
Gen 8 Software Lifetime Totals:
WiiU 1,403,817 (+42%) 15,983, 418
PS4 1,000,956 (+11%) 6,531,17 2
XOne 818,064 (+34%) 5,203,605
Weekly Software Sales (all formats)
1 – Call of Duty: Ghosts (X360) Activision, Shooter 550,854
2 – Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS) GungHo, Puzzle 540,821
3 – Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3) Activision, Shooter 495,843
The Christmas frenzy is in full swing and last minute shoppers have made a big impact on the sales chart this week. Amazingly Aliens: Colonial Marines placed at 20th, no doubt due to some crazy discounts or unwitting consumers picking up a copy of one of 2013’s worst received titles for a quick stocking filler. Even more incredible that Aliens: Colonial Marines making the charts is Angry Birds Star Wars, the fact that publishers had the audacity to put a free mobile game on to disc and charge £40 / $60 for it upsets me to no end, this should have been a couple of quid as a digital download at best!
There are plenty of big hitters in the charts too, including several next gen efforts such as the Xbox One based Forza Motorsport 5 in 15th place and Killzone: Shadow fall in 9th. Grand Theft Auto V take’s the 6th spot up from 8th, Battlefield 4 holds steady in 4th.
the top three spots are no surprise overall, with Assassin’s Creed IV still going strong, Call of Duty in 2nd place and Fifa 14 in first. I am impressed that Fifa hit the top spot and not Call of Duty, although PlayStation 4 Fifa bundles may have had a big hand in this.
What titles are you hoping for this Christmas, anything from the charts or do you have your heart set on something else?
Another week has sailed past and Grand Theft Auto V is showing no sign of slowing down despite strong sales from many other titles this week. The game has already gone on to break multiple world records, has sold millions of copies and gained many great reviews, but Grand Theft Auto V will likely not budge from that top spot until Call of Duty or Battlefield launch their next title, even then I wouldn’t expect the game to drop from the top 20 for many month yet.
Other big hitters include Skylanders Swap Force, I personally expected this to take the top spot, but on reflection I suspect this is a game that many people won’t be opening until Christmas Day. Both Pokemon X and Y are doing well here in the UK, although likely not as well as they are in Japan after gamers waiting in line for hours just to pick up a copy.
Other new entries are Sonic: Lost World, I’m not sure if it’s done well to chart or if the games below it on the list did badly, but it’s still nice to see Sonic on the gaming scene (sometimes).
Finally we have our favourite game of the week, Beyond Two Souls, which we recently reviewed. It’s a major change of pace from most anything else in the charts this week and it is great to see if getting some attention.
The next few weeks are going to be crazy for new releases, we’ve got next-gen consoles launching and the holiday season to contend with. There are already a lot of incredible games in the charts that are begging for the cash in your wallet and it’s going to be months before things slow down.
The latest weekly charts are in and its great news for Sony as their current flagship title The Last Of Us is still sitting at the top of the charts and continues to dominate sales. I’m not the least bit surprised either as The Last Of Us is one of the best games I’ve played in a long time, and I’m glad to hear that many people agree with me on this one.
Another digital sensation sits at number two, and I just can’t help but wonder how many people there can be left that haven’t bought Minecraft that actually want to, surely everyone has this game by now? Yet here it is still selling like crazy on every platform it ever gets released on, absolutely amazing.
Other than that, the rest of the charts are a little slow, with a few Nintendo games doing well in 3rd and 4th place and below that we just have a few fan favourites trailing around from the last 18 months, many of which have been dragged through various Steam sales this last week and it’s no surprise they’re still charting.
Some of these older titles will no doubt drop off the charts over the next few weeks and we’ll make way for some of the other big hitters that are on the horizon, fortunately the slow release schedule should give us all time to catch up on the games we amassed in the Steam sale.
This week has been quite a good one for gaming, with a few new entries to the all format charts and a few surprises too. First of all we have Dead Island: Riptide landing straight into first place, and while I’m not so sure that it will stay there for long it’s certainly off to a good start and it show there is still a market for the Zombie shooter.
Next up we have Injustice: Gods Among Us, the latest entry to the fighting genre from the same developers that made the latest Mortal Kombat title, its certainly looking like a great game and you can be sure we’ll have a review for you soon enough.
The biggest surprise however is that Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen has placed in 3rd this week and its great to see a hardcore RPG making it this far up the charts, especially in a gaming market that is flooded with FPS titles, let’s just hope it does well enough for Capcom to keep investing in the future of the series.
All the usual favourites are still doing the rounds to with Tomb raider, Bioshock, Fifa, CoD and ACIII to name but a few still moving up and down the charts as much as ever, but with fewer and fewer games being released this year as we approach the dawn of next-gen consoles I wouldn’t expect there to be any major changes to the charts for some time now.
Last week saw the release of the highly entertaining Tomb Raider, the new lease of life given to the Lara Croft sage by Crystal Dynamics and for any of you who have played it, its not hard to see why its at the top of the charts this week. So much so that I would expect to see it in the #10 for quite a while as word spreads of the games success.
This success has already cemented as the biggest game launch of 2013 (so far), beating the previous #1 spot that was held by the somewhat disappointing Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Next up we have the much troubled Sim City which, unless you’ve had your head buried in the ground this last week, you’ll have heard has been suffering some serious issues, most notably the online DRM servers that have been preventing a massive proportion of the gaming community from being able to play their single player game. The backlash against EA has been endless, and the pain runs deep with this one, yet that hasn’t stopped the game selling like crazy, landing the #2 spot this week and likely one of the better selling titles of the year. Lets just hope EA can sort out the DRM issues soon.
Crysis 3 is still going strong and so it should too, it’s easily one of the best shooters available right now, check out our review here.
An interesting week in the all format charts, as you can see Aliens: Colonial Marines has shot to the number one spot despite the controversy surrounding the games overall quality. Many gamers and gaming media have been slamming the title this week that the game wasn’t up to scratch when compared to early demo footage, yet that hasn’t affected its sales figures much as it seems there is still some strength behind the Aliens brand name that just can’t be ignored.
Right behind Aliens we have the glory of Dead Space 3, which has been bumped down to second place, but is still going strong. Another game that never seems to slow down is Black Ops II which despite the Christmas rush now being long behind us is still selling by the bucket load, impressive for a game widely regarded as an average title, even by many fans of the series.
Returning to form this week we have Assassin’s Creed III, back up from 12th place and showing that there is still love in the gaming community for the free-roaming assassins adventures. One thing that is immediately obvious though is that this year still hasn’t seen many big game releases as all the major hits of 2012 still dominate the charts, which is no bad thing of course as last year had some of this generations greatest gaming moments with Hitman, Halo 4, Skyrim and Dishonoured, in my opinion at least.
Are there any charting games that your still saving up for after last years over crowded Christmas release schedule? lets us know in the comments section below.