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Hitman 3 beats series record in UK top 10 – Games charts 23 January


Hitman 3 has been… a hit (pic: IO Interactive)

IO Interactive’s first attempt at self-publishing has been a success, with Hitman 3 selling even more than its predecessor.

The first major new release of 2021 has gone straight to the top of the UK physical sales charts, with Hitman 3 selling 17% more than Hitman 2. Given most sequels nowadays see a major decrease, due to the rise of digital sales, that counts as an important success for IO Interactive, who have only just started publishing their own games.

Interestingly, the PlayStation 5 version was the most successful, accounting for 49% of sales, compared to 27% for Xbox and 25% for PlayStation 4. That marks the first time a multiformat game has sold more on PlayStation 5 than other formats.

That’s a milestone that has come earlier than might have been expected – although that’s in part because new stock of the PlayStation 5 console became available last week, which also encouraged a 161% rise in sales for Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

UK all formats retail chart – 23 January

1 (-) Hitman 3 (PS5/XO/PS4)
2 (1) Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
3 (2) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
4 (12) Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5/PS4)
5 (7) Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS4/XO/PS5/XSX)
6 (4) Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4/XO/PS3/360/PC)
7 (10) Ring Fit Adventure (NS)
8 (3) Just Dance 2021 (NS/PS4/XO/PS5)
9 (5) Minecraft (NS)
10 (6) FIFA 21 (PS4/XO/NS/PS5)

Ukie Games Charts©, compiled by GfK

Japanese console chart – 17 January

1 (1) Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa No Teiban! (NS)
2 (2) Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
3 (3) Ring Fit Adventure (NS)
4 (4) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
5 (5) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
6 (6) 51 Worldwide Games (NS)
7 (7) Minecraft (NS)
8 (9) Splatoon 2 (NS)
9 (10) Super Mario Party (NS)
10(11) Pokémon Sword/Shield (NS)

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U.S. all formats chart – December

1 (1) Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5)
2 (-) Cyberpunk 2077 (XO/PS4/PC)*
3 (2) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (XO/PS4/PS5)
4 (3) Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4/PS5)
5 (4) Madden NFL 21 (XO/PS4/PC)
6 (8) Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)*
7 (11) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)*
8 (5) NBA 2K21 (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5)*
9 (-) Immortals Fenyx Rising (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5/PC)
10(12) Super Mario 3D All-Stars (NS)*

*does not include digital sales

Note: U.S. charts are organised by revenue, not unit sales

The NPD Group/NPD Funworld

GameCentral Top 20 – 2020

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
2. The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS4)
3. Spelunky 2 (PS4/PC)
4. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (XO/XSX/PC)
5. Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
6. Half-Life: Alyx (PC VR)
7. Nioh 2 (PS4)
8. Hades (NS/PC)
9. Cyberpunk 2077 (XO*/PS4*/PC/Stadia)
10. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4/PC)
11. Doom Eternal (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
12. The Pathless (PS4/PS5/PC/iOS)
13. Star Wars: Squadrons (XO/PS4/PC)
14. Horace (NS/PC)
15. Ghostrunner (XO/PS4/NS*/PC)
16. Paper Mario: The Origami King (NS)
17. Streets Of Rage 4 (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
18. Immortals Fenyx Rising (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5/PC/Stadia)
19. Mortal Shell (XO/PS4/PC)
20. Wasteland 3 (XO/PS4/PC)

The chart above lists our best reviewed titles of 2020 but as usual does not include remakes (with the special exception of Final Fantasy 7), remasters, expansions, re-releases, compilations, games not yet released in the UK, or versions of games previously released on other formats.

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Readers’ Top 20 – 2019

1. Resident Evil 2 (XO/PS4/PC)
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (XO/PS4/PC)
3. Devil May Cry 5 (XO/PS4/PC)
4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (XO/PS4/PC)
5. The Outer Worlds (XO/PS4/PC)
6. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (XO/PS4/PC)
7. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (NS)
8. Wreckfest (XO/PS4/PC)
9. Outer Wilds (XO/PS4/PC)
10. Control (XO/PS4/PC)
11. Borderlands 3 (XO/PS4/PC)
12. Death Stranding (PS4)
13. Apex Legends (XO/PS4/PC)
14. Untitled Goose Game (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
15. Gears 5 (XO/PC)
16. Metro Exodus (XO/PS4/PC)
17. A Plague Tale: Innocence (XO/PS4/PC)
18. Kingdom Hearts 3 (XO/PS4)
19. Blood & Truth (PSVR)
20. Pokémon Sword/Shield (NS)

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