By Cam Shea, editor-in-chief, IGN Australia
Another week, another high profile game debuting at number one on the Australian retail games charts.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest title from acclaimed Japanese studio FromSoftware. From is best known for its brutally challenging Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls games, and Sekiro certainly retains the focus on punishing combat that demands mastery of its systems. It’s a very different game in other respects, however, taking players to a feudal Japan with heavy supernatural elements, where stealth is key and a grappling hook allows them to zip from point to point and get the jump on enemies. Regardless, it’s another first rate game from the studio.
Last week’s top title, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, has dropped down to second spot, while Far Cry New Dawn continues its strong sales. Where the rest of the charts are usually filled by Nintendo Switch classics and the biggest games of the last six months – such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and FIFA 19 – this week tells a different story, with a number of old PS4 games making the list, no doubt due to fresh discounts within the Australian retail environment. The New Zealand top ten, for instance, is much as you’d expect.
And lastly this week, we also have a very Australian first starter – PharLap Horse Racing Challenge. Will it be a stayer? I canter wait to find out.