from Luca Riley dames editor, IGN Australia
Spyro Reignited Trilogy set Red Dead Redemption II as Australia's top selling retailer game last week, repeating the feats of the game already achieved in the UK.
Revolutionary trigraphy of Spiro has received generally positive reviews, although Activision faces criticism of leaving most of the game from retail discs (most of the game is not actually on the disk and must be downloaded, which completely discourages the benefit of buying a physical copy of the retail game first) rather than adding subtitles.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy has so far emulated the success of last year's Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. It seems that the two compilations have worked well for Activision, which has not actually been involved in producing the PlayStation originals (Activision acquired Crash and Spyro rights in 2008 after merging with Vivendi, which previously merged with the original Crash and Spyro publisher Universal Interactive in 2000). Remastered collections are good examples of hunger among some fans for revived versions of previous favorites.
The second place is Bethesda's Fallout 76, but things do not look great for a long time on the charts. Fallout is a powerful RPG brand and the game has an open world that is four times bigger than that of Fallout 4, but Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer experience with only one reaction that can be described as mixed at best case. The IGN Review called it "an experiment that has gone wrong".
The third and fourth positions are occupied by Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and go, Aye! These are the first Pokemon games for Nintendo Switch and are based on Pokemon Yellow since 1998. If the sales of each were combined, it is quite possible that they will obscure Spyro, but they are listed separately.
The two remaining new recordings last week were Battlefield V and Hitman 2 on the eighth and ninth respectively. Despite the large number of new records, this looks a bit lower for a big brand like Battlefield, but it is worth remembering that Battlefield V had a particularly long release program (the owners of some Battlefield V editions were able to buy and play the game well ahead of it's "Official" launch date on November 20) and is a series of PC heirlooms (most computer game sales are digital, and digital sales on any platform are not reflected in these retail charts).
It's good to see that Hitman 2 sneaks into the top 10, especially considering the future looks slightly grim for this cult series after former publisher Square Enix decided not to continue to support the franchise in 2017. IO Interactive developer .
This season has shaken the charts and will probably continue to follow aggressive retail discounts on a bunch of desirable evergreens games over the weekend.