GTA V may have broken numerous records and been lauded as the saviour of console games, for the time being at least, but it has been knocked off its perch by the Caped Crusader. The highly anticipated (by us, at least) Batman: Arkham Origins has gone straight in at number 1 pushing GTA V into second, FIFA 14 into 3rd, and Skylanders: Swap Force into 4th position. There’s still no separating Pokemon X and Pokemon Y as they take 5th and 6th position respectively.
1 (-) – Batman: Arkham Origins
Rarely do film franchises translate well into games, and even more rarely do thos film franchises that include superheroes make the grade. The Batman: Arkham games have bucked that trend though. The third title in the series, Arkham Origins, takes everything that was great about the first two games, combines Old and New Gotham, and makes a few minor tweaks. It is well deserved of its place at the top.
2 (1) – GTA V
GTA V broke all sorts of records. It was the most expensive game ever made but it broke first day sale records and profit records too. It has even been accredited with dragging console game sales back into growth for the first time in five years. However, it couldn’t do enough to hold off the repelling Batman.
3 (2) – FIFA 14
FIFA 14 has been a little unlucky in some respects. We’re not convinced that the even more realistic gameplay mechanics of this title improve on the series but it is another FIFA game and if it hadn’t been released at the same time as GTA V and, now, Arkham Origins, it would have enjoyed longer at the top. Still, it will almost certainly still be in the charts in 10 or 11 months’ time so EA shouldn’t be too bothered.
4 (3) – Skylanders: Swap Force
Skylanders: Swap Force is a really quite good game but it is wrapped up inside a massive money making franchise. You can’t buy the latest figures unless you have the latest game, although if you do own Swap Force then you will be able to play with your old characters from the original two titles.
5 (4) – Pokemon X
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are, for the most part, pretty much the same game and nothing has come between them in the charts yet. We’re presuming that Pokemon X is selling more than Pokemon Y because it appears slightly earlier in alphabetical listings.