Anthem is still UK number one, as Dead Or Alive 6 flops

Dead Or Alive 6 – dead on arrival

Despite a host of new entries EA’s shared world shooter is still the best-selling game in the UK, beating The Lego Movie 2 and DiRT Rally 2.0.

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Even though it endured mixed reviews and a disappointing debut, Anthem is still number one in both UK sales charts; although that probably says more about this week’s new entries than it does anything else.

The most common problem with the UK charts is that they don’t include digital sales, but it’s the fact that there are also no sales numbers that’s more the issue this week.

Sales of Anthem dropped by 71% in its second week, which given its already weak start suggests that its sales, and by association everything below it in the charts, were extremely low. But without numbers you can’t tell exactly how low.

The highest new entry of the week was movie tie-in The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, which reached number four in the all formats charts. The Switch version won’t be released at retail until 15 March, even though it’s out now on digital, and so the PlayStation 4 version took 59% of physical sales.

Sales for the Lego games took a notable hit after the collapse of Lego Dimensions though and this latest one, which wasn’t sent out early for review, doesn’t seem to have reversed the trend.

You’d expect a Lego game to do well at retail but the low entry of DiRT Rally 2.0 is at least partially due to it being a more hardcore game that’s more likely to be downloaded, especially on PC.

Trials Rising will have almost certainly seen most of its sales as a download, on both consoles and PC, so it’s actually quite impressive that it still managed to get to number 10 in the all formats chart.

There’s no saving face for Dead Or Alive 6 though, which had an even worse start than we predicted in our review. It could manage only number 21 in the all formats chart, with the PlayStation 4 version scraping in at number 26 and the Xbox One version not making the top 40.

The new game sold half that of Dead Or Alive 5 in 2012, during its first week, which even accounting for the rise in digital suggests a significant downturn in interest.

This week the big new entry is Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 on Friday, a traditionally more niche franchise than Resident Evil but given the lack of competition and positive previews it has a good chance of reaching number one next week.

UK individual formats chart – 2 March

1 (1) Anthem (PS4)
2 (2) Anthem (XO)
3 (10)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
4 (4) Red Dead Redemption II (PS4)
5 (6) FIFA 19 (PS4)
6 (3) Far Cry: New Dawn (PS4)
7 (12)Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
8 (-) The Lego Movie 2 Videogame (PS4)
9 (-) DiRT Rally 2.0 (PS4)
10(5)Forza Horizon 4 (XO)

UK all formats chart – 2 March

1 (1) Anthem (PS4/XO/PC)
2 (3) FIFA 19 (PS4/XO/NS/360/PS3)
3 (2) Far Cry: New Dawn (PS4/XO/PC)
4 (-) The Lego Movie 2 Videogame (PS4/XO)
5 (4) Red Dead Redemption II (PS4/XO)
6 (-) DiRT Rally 2.0 (XO/PS4/PC)
7 (5) Metro Exodus (PS4/XO)
8 (8) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
9 (10)Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
10(-) Trials Rising: Gold Edition (PS4/XO/NS)

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