Resident Evil Village and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition both topped the UK sales charts in May, defeating FIFA 21 and Grand Theft Auto V.
By Scott Baird
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition?and?Resident Evil Village?topped the UK sales charts in May, while the rest of the top ten list featured games that have historically appeared there quite frequently. May had some big releases, but few games could hope to keep up with the new?Resident Evil?or the triumphant return of the original Mass Effect?titles.
The video game sales discourse in 2021 has been focused on consoles, as the Nintendo Switch tries to hold its place against the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. To date, the PS5 is outselling the Switch in the UK, with the Xbox Series X/S in third place. The focus has shifted away from games, due to how sparse the release schedule is for the second half of 2021, though E3 2021 should hopefully have announcements that will help fill out the rest of the year.
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The UK sales figures for May 2021 are in. According to?GamesIndustry.biz,?Resident Evil Village?was the best-selling game of the month, with?Mass Effect: Legendary Edition?in second place.?Mass Effect: Legendary Edition?did manage to push?Resident Evil Village?to the second-place spot when it launched, but it didn’t win out for the month.?Resident Evil Village?sold nearly double the copies of?Mass Effect: Legendary Edition,?with 43% of its sales being on PS5 and 31% on Xbox. The PS5 itself was the best-selling console of the month, while the Nintendo Switch dropped to third place, likely due to the lack of any big releases.
The rest of the list is dominated by the usual games.?FIFA 21?is #3,?Grand Theft Auto?V?is #4,?and?NBA 2K21?is #5.?Spider-Man: Miles Morales?is #6, as it saw a surge in sales following a PS5 restock in the UK.?Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War?is #7,?Animal Crossing: New Horizons?is #8,?Red Dead Redemption 2?is #9, and?New?Pok└mon Snap?is #10.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition?and?Resident Evil Village?were highly-acclaimed games that belonged to big franchises, so it’s no surprise that they were able to uproot the regular entries in the sales chart. It’s doubtful that they will retain their positions, as June has some big titles of its own, including?FF7 Remake Intergrade, Scarlet Nexus, Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart,?and?Mario Golf: Super Rush,?all of which have the potential to be a hit in the UK. E3 2021 is also around the corner, and who knows what games could be shadow-dropped during the event?
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Scott has been writing for Screen Rant since 2016 and regularly contributes to The Gamer. He has previously written articles and video scripts for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz.
A graduate of Edge Hill University in the UK, Scott started out as a film student before moving into journalism. It turned out that wasting a childhood playing video games, reading comic books, and watching movies could be used for finding employment, regardless of what any career advisor might tell you. Scott specializes in gaming and has loved the medium since the early ｀90s when his first console was a ZX Spectrum that used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set. Scott now writes game reviews for Screen Rant and The Gamer, as well as news reports, opinion pieces, and game guides. He can be contacted on LinkedIn.
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