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Special Feature: The Race to number one

Special Feature: The Race to number one

As we edge ever closer to Christmas and the end of 2018, as has become tradition, we are taking a look at how this year’s annual Top 10 is shaping up in the race to be number one.

The below charts have been supplied by NPD and track the total unit sales at retail across all platforms for the period Monday January 1, 2018 through Sunday November 18, 2018. As such, the obvious red herrings are Fallout 76, which was only on sale for four days (November 14), and Battlefield V, for which the Deluxe edition went on sale on November 16, with the Standard edition following on November 20. We fully expect to see both of these feature in 2018 All Platforms Top 10.

So with out further delay, here’s how things are shaping up in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

  1. Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Games
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII – Activision
  3. Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft
  4. Marvel’s Spider-Man – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  5. God of War – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  6. FIFA 19 – Electronic Arts
  7. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy – Activision
  8. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey  – Ubisoft
  9. NBA 2K19 – 2K
  10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo

As you would have already gathered from the title image, Rock Star’s highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 leads the charge in Australia ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and Ubisoft’s March release, Far Cry 5. Given the many cries for Game of the Year honours for Red Dead and the long established pre-Christmas performance of Call Of Duty, you can probably expect to see these two titles challenging for the overall number one in around month’s time. Given Far Cry’s Q1 release and the continued strong performance of sister title, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, currently 8th, its very likely this will slide down a few spots before the year is out, though with Black Friday Sales and bundle season just ahead, anything is possible.

A huge factor of the chart is single platform success. Sony Interactive Entertainment is the obvious leader here with its PS4 exclusive titles, Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War, fourth and fifth respectively, with 2017’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sitting in tenth spot.

Fellow 2017 release, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, which took home second spot over all in the 2017 IGEA Top 100, has continued to perform well this year, currently 7th, thanks to its release on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC at the end of June.

Finally, in our sports mad nation, both FIFA 19, currently 6th and NBA 2K19, currently 9th, are both currently featuring in the Top Ten, a strong sign for the category.

New Zealand

  1. Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Games
  2. God of War – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII – Activision
  4. Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft
  5. Marvel’s Spider-Man – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  6. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy – Activision
  7. Call of Duty: WWII – Activision
  8. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games
  9. FIFA 18 – Electronic Arts
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Ubisoft

Whilst on the surface New Zealand may look to be tracking on par with Australia, as always, there are a few unique differences. Yes, Red Dead Redemption 2 is in the box seat to claim the New Zealand number one spot for 2018, but just below it, Sony’s God of War is tracking three spots higher than it is in Australia, currently in second place – an astonishing achievement for a single platform title. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII sits one spot lower, rounding out the top three.

Thought many of the titles are similar, sitting in the same or slightly different slots, two titles from previous year’s have continued to perform well in the territory. 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII is currently the 7th best selling title in NZ. In all of the past four years, the previous year’s Call Of Duty has featured in the Top Ten alongside it’s more current sister title. In fact, in 2016 Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015) took home the number three spot for the year, two spots higher than Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Additionally, Grand Theft Auto V, which first released in September 2013 is sitting inside the Top 10 for a sixth consecutive year. Rockstar’s dedication to the title with ongoing free updates and game modes has made the title a watershed moment in the industry. Back in October we took a deep dive into the title’s continued success with our special feature, The Constant. In the 248 weeks previous to the article, GTA V had featured in the NZ Top 10 a staggering 212 times.

In closing

So here we sit, some five week’s out from Christmas – what do we think?

More so than previous years, we think the above Top Tens will have a shake up. The addition of Fallout 76 and Battlefield V is inevitable. With Christmas bundles and traditional strong performers among parents there is every chance that Red Dead Redemption II can be caught, but personally I don’t think it will.

In what is shaping up to be one of, if not the best year’s in software across this generation of consoles, its amazing to see so many big franchises filling out and fighting for the Top 10!

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