Despite mixed reviews across the board from gaming critics, Mass Effect: Andromeda has shrugged off all criticism to top the UK sales charts in its debut week. This gives Electronic Arts its first UK chart-topping title since the release of FIFA 17 late last year.
For the week ending March 25, 2017, Mass Effect: Andromeda has managed to bring Ghost Recon: Wildlands' reign at number one to an end, pushing Ubisoft's well-received open-world title to the number two spot. Rounding out the top five are LEGO Worlds, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Rockstar's sales juggernaut Grand Theft Auto 5, coming in at number three, four, and five respectively.
While Electronic Arts will be pleased with Mass Effect: Andromeda's chart-topping effort, the game's projected 3 million first week sales target may be too high of a bar to climb. Andromeda's launch is only the third biggest for the franchise, falling behind Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 in terms of debut week sales.
Things are a bit more promising when looking beyond the Mass Effect franchise, however. Andromeda's debut week currently ranks as the third biggest launch of 2017, coming behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Horizon Zero Dawn's impressive chart-topping effort last month.
There is little change week-on-week for the remainder of the UK sales chart. For instance, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild continues to sell well and holds onto its number six spot, FIFA 17 comes in at number seven, Rocket League at number eight, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare at number nine, and Forza Horizon 3 at ten.
Here’s a rundown of the top ten games in the UK sales charts for the week ending March 25, 2017. This chart does not take into account digital sales data, and thus should not be considered representative of all UK game sales:
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- LEGO Worlds
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- FIFA 17
- Rocket League
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Forza Horizon 3
It remains to be seen if Andromeda can build upon its promising start given all the negative word-of-mouth surrounding the game's various technical issues, such as the awkward facial animations. With a slew of highly-anticipated games, such as Prey, Persona 5, and Yooka-Laylee, scheduled for launch next month, retaining that number one spot will certainly require a big effort from Andromeda.
Whether Mass Effect: Andromeda will be able to match its predecessors' sales numbers is still up in the air. Nevertheless, given how players can already pick up the game at discounts of up to 25%, expect it to at least be a consistent seller over the next few weeks.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.