Saints Row IV maintains a commanding position on the UK chart, despite close competition from Rome: Total War II. The latter comes in at second, missing out on the top spot by sales in the hundreds. But publisher Sega can find comfort in a more successful launch over Rome: Total War, published by Activision in 2004.
Diablo III releases on consoles to boost the title to third ahead of Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-51%) and Disney Infinity (-22%) at fourth and fifth respectively.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition drops one place to sixth as Payday 2 (+51%) grabs plenty of growth and two places in the chart to seventh.
Killzone: Mercenary is a new release on PS Vita and takes eighth, with the release of Rayman Legends (-16%) on PS Vita unable to save it from a three point drop to ninth.
The 2013 edition of Farming Simulator (yup) completes the top ten with a release on Xbox 360 and PS3.
The last new release this week is Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate at thirty-fifth place.
Saint’s Row IV (-44%) is at the top spot, followed by Splinter Cell: Blacklist (-37%), for a second week.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launches on to PC and PlayStation 3 at third in the chart, ahead of Disney Infinity and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at fourth and fifth respectively.
Rayman Legends, the sequel to Rayman Origins, is a new release at sixth selling most on the Wii U.
Madden NFL 25 disappoints with less sales than record-holding Madden NFL 13, but takes seventh place nonetheless.
Payday 2 jumps nine places to ninth, between Call of Duty: Black Ops II, down three places to eighth, and FIFA 13 at tenth.
The last new releases this week come in the latter half of the chart, with Lost Planet 3 at twenty-sixth before Killer is Dead from Deep Silver/Koch at twenty-eighth.
It is all change at the top of the UK chart, as three new entrants dominate the top three positions.
Saints Row IV grabs the fourth biggest launch of the year so far for successful publishers, Deep Silver, which also published Dead Island: Riptide and Metro: Last Light straight to top spot. The audience have chosen their format of choice, with 69% of sales going to the Xbox 360.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist joins at second from Ubisoft on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, WiiU and PC.
Disney Infinity launches into second, with more than triple the sales of accompanying figures than the pioneering Skylanders. Again, the Xbox 360 takes the bulk of the format choice with 43%, against 22% on PlayStation 3 and 21% on the first Wii.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+3%), Black Ops II (-17%), FIFA 13 (-14%) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-9%) fall two places each between fourth and seventh, as LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (+1%) holds out at eighth.
The Last of Us (-9%) drops three places to ninth ahead of new release The Bureau: Xcom Declassified at tenth.
Payday 2 (-76%) is out of sight at eighteenth. The only other new release this week is Platinum Games’ The Wonderful 101 for the WiiU coming in at twenty-second on the chart.
Payday 2, from Swedish firm Overkill Software, marks the top of the chart, demoting long standing Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-14%) to second. The first Payday game, Payday: The Heist, was originally released on the PlayStation Network and PC in 2011 in a download only format — the sequel is available both as a downloadable and at retail for the 360, PS3 and PC.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+60%) continues a run up the chart with another four places taken this week. At the start of the Premier League season, FIFA 13 (-18%) drops two places as a result of higher chart movement.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-9%) and The Last of Us (-19%) stick at fifth and sixth respectively.
The Smurfs 2 (-31%) falls four places to seventh ahead of Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes (+0%) and Tomb Raider (-10%), both of which refuse to move from eighth and ninth position.
Grand Theft Auto IV (+6%) reenters the top ten as the release of its sequel approaches.
The BBC has launched a new children’s mobile game, CBeebies Playtime, on the Apple App Store, Android Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore.
In the app, children will be able to play four games based on shows aired on the CBeebies children’s television channel, with characters from programmes such as Alphablocks, Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom and Something Special’s Mr Tumble making an appearance.
CBeebies Playtime will also include a “grown up’s area” where profiles can be set-up for four players, with progression, custom content and access restrictions all able to be set by an adult overseer.
Adults can also record voice messages for their children along with research the educational benefits of the games found throughout the app.
The free app can be downloaded now.
As Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+13%) reaches eight million copies in total worldwide sales, it also celebrates its third week placed at the top of the UK charts.
In the week before the return of the new Premier League season, FIFA 13 (+24%) runs up the chart again to second.
The Smurfs 2 (+35%) is also up two places to third against new comer Tales of Xillia, the next instalment in the Tales series, at fourth.
Falling down as a result, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-16%) lands at fifth. The Last of Us (-25%) falls even further, from second, down to sixth.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+9%) gains sales along with a place in the chart at seventh, against Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes which loses both sales and a place, down to eighth.
Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed III (-7%) stick in at ninth and tenth respectively.
The Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft (-9%) mounts the top spot for a second week running. Pikmin 3 drops out of the picture down to fifteenth, allowing The Last of Us (-2%) to rise to second with Animal Crossing: New Leaf taking third.
FIFA 13 (+33%) rises two places to fourth ahead of The Smurfs 2 (+115%) which moves up twenty places to fifth following the films release in cinemas.
Far Cry 3 is one step ahead of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, which rises three places to seventh.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+48%) takes nine places back to the top ten at eighth as Tomb Raider (+1%) sticks in at ninth.
Assassin’s Creed III (+11%) takes a step in the right direction as it completes the top ten.
F1 2013 has been given an October 4th UK release date for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
It is an unusually late date for the Codemasters game, yet there are many Asian and American Grand Prix results to be decided after the October release.
This year’s game will be available in two editions, a Regular and Classic Edition. The Classic Edition features cars, drivers and tracks from past contests of the late 20th Century. However, the Classic Edition content will be available as downloadable content should buyers opt for the Regular Edition.
Minecraft for the Xbox 360 (+74%) receives a hefty boost in sales taking first place ahead of newcomer Pikmin 3, denying the WiiU title a debut at the top.
After a lengthy six week spell at the top, The Last of Us (-16%) drops to third. Animal Crossing: New Leaf sticks at fourth ahead of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros., which falls two places to fifth.
FIFA 13 takes three places up to sixth, displacing Far Cry 3 to seventh.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition holds at eighth against Tomb Raider at ninth and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes as it re-enters the top ten.
New Super Luigi U on WiiU is the only other new release this week at thirteenth. The Smurfs 2 (+213%) jumps to twenty-fifth with improved sales following a disappointing launch.
After six weeks at the top, The Last of Us equals records made by Call of Duty: Black Ops II and FIFA 12 — all of which can now lay claim to record stints at the peak of the UK charts.
For you stat fans, Naughty Dog’s post-apocolyptic hit has now sold more copies in its six weeks of availability than the entire European Wii U catalog has managed in six months.
Pokemon Rumble U now has an August 15th release date for Europe.
The game is the first to make use of the built-in NFC capability in the WiiU controller, launching alongside a set of figurines which can be used to unlock digital characters in the game.
A fifth week at the top for The Last of Us (-43%) takes it a step closer to matching the records held by Call of Duty: Black Ops II and FIFA 12, both of which enjoyed six consecutive weeks at the head of the UK chart.
Nintendo follow Sony with two titles on the 3DS. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-26%) grows two places to second, whilst new entry Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. takes third.
FIFA 13 (-31%) drops one place and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-54%) falls three to complete the top five.
Far Cry 3 (+18%) hops over Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-16%) as it gains four places at sixth. Assassin’s Creed III (-24%) and Tomb Raider (-24%) drop three places each to eighth and ninth respectively.
The cut price Aliens: Colonial Marines (+36%) takes a mighty leap up from twenty-second to complete the top ten.
Finally, add-on Civilization V: Brave New World enters the Top 40 at thirty-ninth.