PlayStation 4’s Detroit: Become Human has won the battle of the new releases this week in the UK physical sales chart, beating Xbox One’s State of Decay 2 (No.2) and the multiplatform Dark Souls Remastered (No.3) to No.1 for the week ending May 26.
The trio of new titles send FIFA 18 down two places to No.4–despite the sports game’s sales increasing 59% thanks to retailer promotions and interest surrounding the upcoming World Cup 2018 update–while God of War‘s five week stay at the chart’s summit has come to an end, leaving Sony Santa Monica’s action game at No.5 this time round. Only one other title launched this week: Space Hulk Deathwing, which debuts at No.19.
We enjoyed this week’s No.1 here at GameSpot: critic Peter Brown awarded it a 7/10 in our Detroit: Become Human review. “Despite being built for multiple playthroughs, it’s difficult to imagine jumping back in to fix ‘mistakes’ or exhaust every possible outcome for the sake of completionism,” he wrote. “I played with my best intentions. Things didn’t always go the way I wanted, but that was a burden I chose to bear, and the story benefitted from my commitment, flowcharts be damned. After completing the game, I tried to go back and fight my instincts to see what would happen if I chose a darker path. It never felt justified nor worthwhile. Detroit is well worth playing, but it struggles to strike the right balance between giving you freedom of choice and reminding you that it’s all a game in the end. Cage and Quantic Dream are getting closer to nailing this style of game, but it’s obvious that there’s still room to grow.”
Microsoft’s latest exclusive didn’t fare quite so well. Our critic, Alessandro Barbosa, awarded it a 5/10 in our State of Decay 2 review. “Perhaps if State of Decay 2 had the kind of depth that drew you in, these technical faults would be easier to overlook,” he wrote. “But it’s because of the lack of meaningful motivations that they stick out so predominantly. State of Decay 2 settles into a rhythm that might be easy for you to pass some hours with, but it’s never a ride with genuine surprises, excitement or purpose. There’s promise in so many systems that it introduces, but they’re woefully underutilized to make space for repetitive activities that are nowhere near as exciting to engage with. State of Decay 2 feels like the lumbering enemies that populate its country mountains. Aimless, wandering, and just out of place.”
You can read the full top 10 sales chart below, courtesy of UKIE and GfK Chart-Track. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.
- Detroit: Become Human
- State of Decay 2
- Dark Souls Remastered
- FIFA 18
- God of War
- Far Cry 5
- Destiny 2
- Fallout 4
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe