Sonic went surprisingly fast - Tops UK charts

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (35001 posts) -

Sonic still doing the bizz.

Team Sonic Racing Tops UK Sales Charts In Launch Week

Rage 2 drops to number four following a decline of 73 percent in sales

Going extremely fast trumps driving around in a wasteland filled with mutants, it seems, as Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing manages to beat Bethesda’s Rage 2 for the top spot at the UK Charts.

Sonic’s karting shenanigans were nowhere to be seen for the past seven years, only coming out of the garage with Team Sonic Racing’s release last week. It launched on all platforms, including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and the Nintendo Switch, which may have helped its success in terms of sales.

Going by Gamesindustry.biz, it seems that Team Sonic Racing’s launch was successful, topping the UK Boxed Charts for the week ending May 25. This is across all formats, of course, and the figures for Team Sonic Racing show it more than doubling the launch week sales of its predecessor, 2012’s Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed. To add to this success story, this is the first time in more than a decade where a Sonic the Hedgehog title managed to top the charts, a feat it last did with 2008’s release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. That may even be considered cheating, as Sonic shared that title with his competitor, Mario.

Team Sonic Racing did the best on the PlayStation 4, which is surprising, since I would have expected it to do best on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo and Sega both enjoy a good working relationship now as opposed to back in the 80s to 90s, where Mario and Sonic titles competed head-to-head for market dominance. In fact, the last two titles for Sonic did relatively well on the Nintendo Switch, including Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces.

In other places on the UK Charts we find newcomer Everybody's Golf VR in number 22, the only newcomer for this week besides Team Sonic Racing.Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, which was already released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, saw a Nintendo Switch release last week which helped propel it to number 15.

Last week’s chart-topper, Rage 2, did a tumble and found itself down in fourth place with a week-over-week decline of 73 percent.

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#2 Posted by getyeryayasout (12495 posts) -

Nobody loves motoring like the UK.

If Bubsy had wheels it would've spent a week at the top, I rekon.

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#3 Posted by KBFloYd (21899 posts) -

not going to buy it. I already got burned with sonic all star racing. online was dead after a couple months. graphics are meh.

gameplay is even more nooby than mario kart.

crash racing will get my money instead.

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#4 Posted by Renegade_Fury (20675 posts) -

Will buy when I have more time to play games. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was phenomenal, and this one looks great as well.

Until then, I'll keep the OST on repeat.

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#5 Posted by MclarenMaster18 (1700 posts) -

I'm not buying Team Sonic Racing!

If Sega releases another Sonic racing game in next couple of years I will skip it too!

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#6 Posted by mandzilla (4188 posts) -

@KBFloYd: I picked it up and it's a pretty nice karting game actually, sure it's not on the Mario Kart level but good fun to play with friends.

Will have to give Crash Team Racing a go too someday.

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#7 Posted by Pedro (35626 posts) -

I enjoyed this game. :)

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#8 Posted by BenjaminBanklin (5026 posts) -

Yuck! Looks like the furry market still has buying power after all.

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#9 Posted by Nuck81 (7750 posts) -

Sonic team racing is such a huge step back for the series, it's depressing.

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#10 Edited by KBFloYd (21899 posts) -

@mandzilla said:

@KBFloYd: I picked it up and it's a pretty nice karting game actually, sure it's not on the Mario Kart level but good fun to play with friends.

Will have to give Crash Team Racing a go too someday.

idk, the other one felt very bland for me. This looks like more of the same to me.

i never played a crash racing game so it might not like it either? we'll see.

i need a new racing game. im burned out on mario kart 8. where is mario kart 9? :P

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#11 Posted by lamprey263 (36208 posts) -

Good thing the movie backlash didn't hurt the franchise.

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#12 Posted by sakaiXx (6064 posts) -

Surprised it sold best on ps4. Switch ver sould be better at local multiplayer session.

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#13 Posted by henrythefifth (2502 posts) -

You do know that all these charts are fake ads, right? They are fabricated to boost sales during first weeks. They are not based on any actual numbers.

Yet people fall for them... I ask you...

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#14 Posted by MclarenMaster18 (1700 posts) -

@sakaixx said:

Surprised it sold best on ps4. Switch ver sould be better at local multiplayer session.

Because most PS4/XB1 owners wanted a kart racer similar to Switch's Mario Kart so all they get at the moment is Team Sonic Racing.

Instead of begging PS4/XB1 to get kart racers why can't they just buy a Switch? so they can play Mario Kart (1st Party) and other 3rd party kart racers too!

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#15 Posted by Pedro (35626 posts) -

@mclarenmaster18 said:

Because most PS4/XB1 owners wanted a kart racer similar to Switch's Mario Kart so all they get at the moment is Team Sonic Racing.

Instead of begging PS4/XB1 to get kart racers why can't they just buy a Switch? so they can play Mario Kart (1st Party) and other 3rd party kart racers too!

I own a Switch and have no desire to play Mario Kart but I bought Team Sonic Racing. So much for your theory. :)

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#16 Posted by KBFloYd (21899 posts) -

@sakaixx said:

Surprised it sold best on ps4. Switch ver sould be better at local multiplayer session.

its the uk.

let wait for japan or npd

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#17 Posted by Random_Matt (4320 posts) -

Need another modnation.

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#18 Posted by KungfuKitten (26796 posts) -

@KBFloYd said:
@mandzilla said:

@KBFloYd: I picked it up and it's a pretty nice karting game actually, sure it's not on the Mario Kart level but good fun to play with friends.

Will have to give Crash Team Racing a go too someday.

idk, the other one felt very bland for me. This looks like more of the same to me.

i never played a crash racing game so it might not like it either? we'll see.

i need a new racing game. im burned out on mario kart 8. where is mario kart 9? :P

Fingers crossed for the Star Fox racing game XD They probably meant Star Link but who knows.

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#19 Posted by DocSanchez (5337 posts) -

Why oh why did they need to take out the other sega characters? Only furry freaks will be happy about that move.

Someone needs to send Gordon Ramsay to Sega HQ.

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#20 Posted by nintendoboy16 (36583 posts) -
@mclarenmaster18 said:
@sakaixx said:

Surprised it sold best on ps4. Switch ver sould be better at local multiplayer session.

Because most PS4/XB1 owners wanted a kart racer similar to Switch's Mario Kart so all they get at the moment is Team Sonic Racing.

Yep! Probably know somewhere that Nintendo will never be on their platform of choice, and even if they were, they would mass ignore them.

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#21 Posted by VagrantSnow (376 posts) -

Game isn't nearly as good as all stars, sadly.

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#22 Posted by Maroxad (15287 posts) -

Game is quite innovative. I commend it for testing new things out in a rather stale subgenre of games.

Kudos on getting up there.

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#23 Posted by Bond007uk (930 posts) -

But the frame rate man, the frame rate. All the videos I've seen show a 60 fps target game drop to the mid 50's and 40's far to often. Even the Pro and X have these issues, granted they're not as bad, but can this even be acceptable? Glad I've got a high end PC...

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#24 Posted by Jag85 (13634 posts) -

@getyeryayasout said:

Nobody loves motoring like the UK.

If Bubsy had wheels it would've spent a week at the top, I rekon.

It's not just a UK thing, but a Europe thing. Racing games do just as well across Europe.

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#25 Posted by Raining51 (1145 posts) -

Fine, fair enough for all I'd say.