By Luke Reilly games editor, IGN Australia
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy has revoked Red Dead Redemption II as the best-selling game at retail in Australia last week, repeating achievements in the UK.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy has been received The reviews are generally positive, although Activision has faced criticism for leaving most of the game die retail discs (most games aren't really on the disc and need to be downloaded, it's really useful to buy a physical copy of the game at retail in the first place) and not add subtitles.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy has so far mimicked the success of the Trilogy Crash Bandicoot N. Sane last year. Both of these compilations seem to have worked well for Activision, which was not really involved in the original PlayStation production (Activision took the rights to Crash and Spyro in 2008 after joining Vivendi, who previously joined the original Universal Interactive Crash and Spyro publisher in 2000). Remastered collections are real examples of hunger among certain fans for revitalized versions of previous favorites.
In second place was Bethesda's Fallout 76, but things didn't look good for a long time on the charts. Fallout is a potential RPG brand and this game has an open world four times greater than Fallout 4, but the Fallout 76 axis for online multiplayer experiences has been filled with reactions that will be described as the best mix. IGN's review called it a "faulty experiment".
The third and fourth positions are occupied by Pokémon: Let 's Go, Pikachu! and Come on, Eevee! This is the first Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch and is based on Pokémon Yellow 1998. If each sale is combined, it's very likely they eclipse Spyro, but they have been listed separately.
Two new entries left last week were Battlefield V and Hitman 2 in eighth and ninth respectively. Although the large number of new entries seems a little low for big brands like Battlefield, but keep in mind that Battlefield V has a protracted release program (owners of certain Battlefield V editions can buy and play games well in front of "Official" November 20 release date ) and it is a series with strong PC inheritance (most PC game sales are digital, and digital sales on any platform are not reflected in this retail graph).
It's good to see Hitman 2 slip into the top 10, especially considering the future looks a bit bleak for this cult series after former publisher Square Enix decided not to continue its support for franchising again in 2017, choosing to sell the rights back to Interactive IO developers.
It's quite a shock in the charts this week, and it's likely to continue to follow aggressive discounts in retail on a group of desired games, green all weekend.