Two new releases top the UK physical sales chart this week, as Monster Hunter World debuts at No.1 and Dragon Ball FighterZ launches at No.2. The pair usurp Call of Duty: WWII and FIFA 18—which previously occupied the top two spots–for the week ending January 27.
Sales monitor Chart-Track notes that World gained “far higher week one sales” in the UK than any other Monster Hunter game. Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s second-placed finish is also a series record in terms of chart position; the previous record holder for any Dragon Ball game was Dragon Ball Xenoverse, which debuted at No.3 in 2015. Two other new games launched this week, with Sony’s PSVR exclusive The Inpatient debuting at No.10 and Nintendo’s boxed re-release of Pokemon Crystal coming in at No.12.
We enjoyed the two games topping the chart this week. In our Dragon Ball FighterZ review-in-progress, critic Peter Brown wrote: “FighterZ is complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there’s no question that it’s been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball’s most dedicated fans, and no doubt those same qualities will win people over who’ve never given the series a chance. Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, FighterZ has bottled the essence of what makes the series’ characters, animation, and sense of humor so beloved and reconfigured it into something new: a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre.” He awarded the game a 9/10.
Meanwhile our Monster Hunter World review scored the game as an 8/10. “Ever since the title was first announced last year, it was clear that Capcom was gunning for something grander than Monster Hunter Generations,” wrote our critic, Ginny Woo. “It has succeeded, and this is likely the biggest and best that the franchise has ever been. It’s not just the comparative depth of the narrative; it also boasts almost seamless integration between combat systems that were previously incomprehensible for amateurs. The Monster Hunter formula has definitely honed its claws, and all the above factors play their part in making Monster Hunter World a meaningful evolution for the series at large.”
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.