Last week's best-sellers, today. Most of the recent mainstays are still hanging on in there, but it's goodbye to Dead by Daylight (for now, at least). We do get two intriguing new entries, one glowering and one that is ALL THE FISH. Number one, meanwhile, is probably the number one you expected. That's right: Limbo of the Lost is back-back-back!
1. No Man's Sky
Um. Disclaimer. Late in the day, I contributed some writing to No Man's Sky. As such clearly I cannot discuss the game on RPS myself. I will pass you over to Pip instead.
"The hype train for one of the most eagerly anticipated games in the last few years, and one to which people have pinned various hopes, dreams and opinions, is finally pulling into the station this week. It's officially out today for some regions if you play on something called a "console" but if you're a PC princess like us there are a few more days on the countdown.
I was looking at things you could do in 72 hours if you're waiting and found this Benedictine nun's blog entry about making elderflower champagne and the danger of things exploding. Only the first part takes 72 hours and that's basically waiting but if you end up following it through you'll have 5 gallons of elderflower champagne sometime in September which seems like a decent investment."
Like that three-legged cat with the scabby spine that you made the mistake of giving some ham rind to once, Hell just keeps on coming back. And, like that cat, Hell is a joyful affair despite how gruesome it is. Though, in this instance, it's because Hell was half-price last week, in order to promote the first multiplayer DLC. Well, that's two of DOOM's players pleased, now can we get some singleplayer stuff, eh?
There's rarely a specific reason for the gazillion-selling dino-survival title being in these here charts, but news that once free to play spin-off Survival of the Fittest has now been folded back into the main, paid game probably contributed to its particularly high showing here.
4. Fallout 4
Spent most of last week half-price, therefore a no-brainer re-entry. It's also had the Vault-Tec Workshop and the 1.7 patch added in recent days, donchaknow. Includes the tragic fix "Fixed issue with companions unequipping clothing when fast traveling with player."
A true second wind for Ubisoft's team shooter. It's perhaps still benefiting from the free weekend at the end of the July, and from the Rio-set Skull Rain update with its new characters, map and 'Tactical Realism' mode, but mostly it just seems that good word of mouth is snowballing. I've seen smart people being extremely fond of Siege recently.
I continue to be very pleased for this sandbox strategy-management gem's wild success, but what, no RimmerWorld mod for it yet?
Not Telltale's finest hour - noble intentions in terms of being an even split between the Batlike-man and the man-like Bruce, but it drags and it's a bit too busy being a half-dozen same-but-different origin stories to tell a fresh tale. Batman is Batman though, and the people will always pay for Batman. Gauntleted-fingers crossed for a more exciting rest of season.
Hooray for ALL THE FISH. Its real name is ALL THE FISH, you knew that, didn't you? ABZU is a ridiculously beautiful game, the sort of thing one might call 'ethereal' if it weren't for the constant explosion of colour. Has a few ever-so-slightly annoying tics, but I'll be damned if this isn't the most amazing sight I see on my screen this year.
Dammit, so close. So very close to not having to post a snarky GIF about Grand Theft Auto for the umpteenth week. I know you live for this. I know that you think it is meaningful criticism of GTA. I know that my posting these GIFs means that Rockstar will take note and enrich GTA VI with a humanist streak. That's the kind of incredible power I wield. These GIFs will save the world from itself.