Despite its bugs, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is still managing to sell itself. And sell itself enough as to break back into the top ten of the UK Sales Chart a few months after launch. This could be blamed on the fact that we’re all stuck at home – desperate for games to provide us with a digital distraction. But also by the fact that the series has always proven rather alluring, warts and all.
It just seems as though we can’t resist its formula of a historical conspiracy set in multiple – yet interconnected – timezones.
However, when I say it has broken into the top ten, it would be more accurate to say it has just broken into the top ten. That’s because it literally is sitting in the tenth place spot. Still, you can’t take the achievement away from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla by such a technicality. After all, the top ten runs from 1 to 10, inclusive.
Elsewhere, the list is very much as we’d expect it. You know, dominated by Nintendo with a sprinkling of Call of Duty, FIFA and Grand Theft Auto V for good measure. But it’s also a visual reminder of how few of the games that launched late last year have managed to leave their mark. I’m talking about Fenyx Rising, Miles Morales, and (dare I say it) Cyberpunk 2077. We were gifted by good games, though none that had a lasting effect.
In contrast, it seems at times as though Nintendo are always having that ‘big release’. The game that manages to hang around the top ten for much longer that it probably should. And that is only rivalled by a new game during that game’s launch week, with Ninty’s lovechild happily reclaiming its well-worn spot once the hype dies down. Now, it’s true that digital sales are missing from these statistics but I still think Nintendo would win on that front, too. So, all in all, I think we’re going to be looking at this list for some time to come.
At least until the next Horizon Zero Dawn drops…
Top Ten Games in the UK Sales Chart
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Minecraft (Switch)
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Just Dance 2021
- FIFA 21
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla