The FIFA 18 juggernaut holds off Shadow of War to keep top spot

FIFA 18 has now been the top of the UK weekly physical charts for the third consecutive week.

Sales for EA’s title were down 55 per cent week-on-week but that was not enough for Warner Bros’ Middle-earth: Shadow of War to overtake the football behemoth and take the top spot. The follow-up to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor debuted at No.2 with sales decreasing 18 per cent compared to its predecessor. 

Back in 2014, Shadow of Mordor was also beaten by a FIFA title, as FIFA 15 was No.1 and Warner Bros’ game had to settle for No.2. 

But despite Shadow of War performing a little below expectations, it was a good week for Warner Bros, as the publisher now has three titles in the Top Ten, with Lego Worlds gaining one spot to No.9 with sales increasing five per cent, and The Lego Ninjago Movie Video game landing at No.10 for its second week on shelves, with sales only decreasing 22 per cent.  

Meanwhile, Bethesda’s The Evil Within 2 entered the charts at No.3 to rather disappointing sales. They were down nearly 75 per cent compared to the first entry, which debuted at No.2 back in October 2014.

Having debuted at No.2 last week, Forza Motorsport 7 settled for No.4 this week, with sales down 63 per cent. Meanwhile, Destiny 2 is out of the Top 5 for the first time since launch, and has landed No.6 with sales decreasing 42 per cent.  

The only other new entry in the charts this week was Gun Media’s Friday the 13th: The Game, which debuted at No.15. But some titles re-entered the Top 40, with Battlefield 1: Revolution taking No.29 thanks to a 73 per cent boost in sales, and 3DS title Luigi’s Mansion 2 re-entering the charts at No.40 thanks to its re-release via the Nintendo Selects collection.

Here’s the UK Top Ten for the week ending October 14th (data courtesy of GfK/Ukie):

  1. FIFA 18 (EA)
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros) – NEW
  3. The Evil Within 2 (Bethesda) – NEW
  4. Forza Motorsport 7 (Microsoft)
  5. Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft)
  6. Destiny 2 (Activision)
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
  8. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Activision)
  9. Lego Worlds (Warner Bros)
  10. The Lego Ninjago Movie Video game (Warner Bros)

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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