Top 10 UK Sales Chart: Sea Of Thieves Beats A Way Out To No.1
Out at sea.
Sea of Thieves beats competition from EA's new co-op game A Way Out to top the UK physical games chart this week. The Xbox One and PC exclusive finishes at No.1 in its debut week, ending March 24, according to sales monitor Chart-Track.
In a bumper week for new releases, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom and Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered debut at No.3 at No.4 respectively. The week's other new games are Attack on Titan 2, which manages a No.17 finish, and 3DS's Detective Pikachu at No.23.
Sea of Thieves is Microsoft's first big console exclusive of the year, and it's off to a good start in the charts. Our full review is coming soon, but until then you can check out our initial Sea of Thieves impressions. Despite Sea of Thieves' high finish, combined sales of all six of this week's new releases are still lower than what Mass Effect Andromeda achieved in the same week last year upon its debut. However, it's worth noting that Microsoft's pirate game is the company's first to be included in its Game Pass scheme at launch for no extra charge, and so fewer people may have bought the game at retail.
Meanwhile in our A Way Out review, we awarded EA's co-op game a 6/10. "By the time the credits rolled, my partner and I didn't really feel like we'd been on much of a journey with Leo and Vincent," we said. "We'd been on a geographical tour, sure--one that was often trite, gimmicky, or cringeworthy--but we didn't feel the pair had learned anything or grown in any meaningful way. I did, however, enjoy the journey I'd been on with my friend sat next to me. We had to look out for each other while escaping prison, work together to solve puzzles, and save each other's life on multiple occasions. Our characters might not have grown closer together, but A Way Out's forced co-op is worth it for the few standout moments it provides."
Finally, Peter Brown's Ni No Kuni 2 review awarded the JRPG an 8/10. "Ni No Kuni 2 is a robust game that offers ample ways to spend your time, and even if they aren't all up to the same level of quality, it's easy to appreciate how they collectively contribute to the bigger picture," he wrote. "It's chock full of excellent battles and surprising moments that make for a far more memorable experience than you initially expect and leaves you impressed by your own accomplishments. If you didn't play the first game, don't let this one pass you by too."
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.