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Constantly refreshing Twitter’s trending tags? Reddit permanently set to “new”? Drawn to the latest gaming fads? Checkpoint’s got you covered. Take a look at this week’s ‘Top and Trending’ to see the best selling and most popular video games, and find out what all the kids are talking about!
(26/04 – 02/05) Data sourced from IGEA
1. New Pokémon Snap
3. Total War: Rome Remastered
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
5. Mortal Kombat 11
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. Little Nightmares
8. NieR: Automata
9. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
10. Tekken 7
Another slew of new releases has taken the nation by storm this week, with Nintendo’s much-anticipated New Pokémon Snap hitting all the right poses. This monster-snapping sequel to the Nintendo 64 classic takes you across a brand new region to take pics of wild Poké-pals. Edie had a blast playing through this nostalgic safari, which you can read all about in her review! Up next is the PS5-exclusive Returnal, a true next-gen marvel. Touted as a AAA-roguelike that brings a unique twist on the third-person shooter genre, this title is “sombre, curious, and at times horrifying” – check out Elliot’s review for more details. Also new this week is Total War: Rome Remastered, a 4K makeover of the 2004 strategy classic. Other trending titles are enjoying some attention thanks to similarly hyped new releases: Mortal Kombat 11 and Tekken 7 are basking in the recent Mortal Kombat films awakening of bloodlust in the population, Little Nightmares presents a slightly more stylised take on the new Resident Evil title, and the NieR series has been in the news lately after the release of NieR: Replicant.
(26/04 – 02/05) Data sourced from SteamDB
1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
2. CS: GO
3. It Takes Two
4. Valve Index VR Kit
5. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
6. Death Stranding
7. Total War: Rome Remastered
8. Resident Evil Village
9. NieR: Automata
A new update to the game that sparked the battle royale phenomenon of the last decade, PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, brings a new season pass and a whole host of new content. A slumber party-themed suite of cosmetics, map changes, and balance adjustments have proved enough to attract a hefty amount of PC players to the title. Other titles trending on Steam reflect new releases, like the infamous Resident Evil Village which features the internet’s favourite tall lady – you can read Omi’s impression of the spook-em-up in his review.
This week in VR Corner, Luke got to play with a pal in co-op puzzle platformer Carly and the Reaperman. He found the experience “simply delightful and satisfying to share with a friend”. Check out his thoughts here!
(30/04 – 06/05) Data sourced from SullyGnome
1. Grand Theft Auto V
2. League of Legends
5. Call of Duty: Warzone
6. Apex Legends
7. CS: GO
9. Dota 2
10. FIFA 21
Once again, we’re seeing the usual cast of Twitch trending on the charts, similarly to last week. A new toon skin for Fortnite‘s feline mascot Meowscles may have bumped up the attention on the battle royale title, while Apex Legends is garnering a few more viewers thanks to its latest season launching. As always, Grand Theft Auto V and League of Legends sit above the pack despite their age, with the former still awaiting news of a sequel and the latter still smashing it on the global e-sports scene.