Sony Bend’s PlayStation 4-exclusive Days Gone may have been busy dividing opinion since its release on April 26, but that hasn’t stopped it from topping the UK physical sales charts.
The open world survival game/douchey biker sim/zombie romp managed to fend off NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 11, which had to settle for second place ahead of FIFA 19, because FIFA will outlive us all.
It was a good time for Sony all round in fact, with 71 percent of all physical copies of Mortal Kombat 11 being shifted on PlayStation 4 to complement its chart-topping exclusive game. Physical sales for Mortal Kombat 11 are apparently down 43.6% in comparison to Mortal Kombat X, though digital sales aren’t tracked.
I imagine the digital sales for NetherRealm’s brawler will be considerably higher, especially since publisher Warner Bros recently claimed Mortal Kombat 11 enjoyed the biggest launch yet for the brutal fighting game franchise.
Meanwhile, World War Z has suffered a 70 percent drop in sales after topping the charts last week, and now sits at the bottom of the top 10. Clearly there can only be room for one slightly disappointing zombie game at a time.
The rest of the UK top 10 is as follows:
Mortal Kombat 11
Red Dead Redemption 2
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Forza Horizon 4
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
World War Z
It’s great to see Red Dead Redemption 2 (our 2018 game of the year, fact fans) holding on in there, while Nintendo have a decent showing thanks to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe chilling in the top 10.
It’s worth noting that both Switch titles are actually ports of old Wii U games, which proves once and for all that the Wii U had some great games – it just didn’t have an audience to enjoy them.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is another welcome addition to the top 10. Clearly people do have an appetite for intensely challenging games, and I’d imagine Sekiro’s continued success will result in a lot more broken controllers in the coming weeks.
When Days Gone launched, it was to a fairly muted critical reception. In our own review, we said there were some inspired moments, but found the majority of the experience to be a disappointing grab-bag of tired AAA tropes.
With that said, if you’re enjoying Days Gone, who are we to tell you you’re wrong? As long as people get to enjoy the games they want to enjoy, we can all go home happy.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.