By, Luke Reilly, games editor, IGN Australia
There have been almost no changes to the top 10 retail games sales according to the latest charts. The top three games – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and the much-maligned Fallout 76 – are unchanged. The single new entry is Nintendo’s ever-popular Mario Kart 8, which has snuck back into the top 10, displacing one of the many Sony first-party developed games in the list (Detroit: Become Human).
They’re also, as you may note, all from 2018 (there are only two games in the top 10 this week that were released this year, and they’re the same two games as the week before: Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11).
There are a few reasons for the dominance of older games in the charts for the past fortnight; it’s been another quiet week in terms of new releases, and many of these games are currently available for deep discounts (the mid-year sale at specialist games retailer EB Games, for instance, has seen prices for some games in stock cut by 50%). Expect this to change next week, however. Activision’s highly-anticipated Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled was just released on Friday and is probably an absolute lock for next week’s number one.