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FIFA 19: EA Sports just managed to pull off the impossible

FIFA 19 holds off stiff competition from John Marsten and co.

FIFA 19 managed to hold off Red Dead Redemption to remain the biggest week one release of the year.

Rockstar’s Western epic still managed a very respectable second place – and will likely continue to sell strongly in the run-up to Christmas.

There are two factors to note. The first is that these are just physical sales – many would have opted to download the digital version of the game.

FIFA 19 has managed to hold off fierce competition from Rockstar

FIFA 19 has managed to hold off fierce competition from Rockstar

Secondly, Rockstar will be releasing the online part of the game next month – so some may be waiting for this before making a purchase.

However, RDR2 sales pale in comparison to GTA V’s launch week.

The Western achieved 60 per cent of the market share this week – compared to an enormous 89 per cent for GTA.

FIFA 19 achieved a market share of 75 per cent while Black Ops 4 bagged a 44 per cent stake.

So, what’s Red Dead 2 about?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third instalment in the series and a prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption.

The game is set in 1899, following the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch Van der Linde gang.

Red Dead 2 is game-of-the-year material

Red Dead 2 is game-of-the-year material

Here’s what Rockstar has to say about the game: “The end of the Wild West era has begun. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee.

With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive.

As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.”

And before you ask. Yes – it’s incredible.