Dead Island: Riptide (-32%) holds top position in the UK chart for the second week running.
Injustice: Gods Among Us (-40%) similarly remains at second as Tomb Raider trades places with Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (-41%) at third and fifth respectively. FIFA 13 (+13%) is up three places as the football season nears its end for another year.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (+34%) accepts a sales push to leap five places to sixth, dropping Bioshock: Infinite (-17%) to seventh. Two 3DS titles occupy eighth and ninth in the shape of Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (+7%) and Luigi’s Mansion 2 (-5%).
Finally, Star Trek (-52%) remains in the top ten as Into Darkness hits cinemas this week.
The only new release this week is Soul Sacrifice on the PS Vita at twenty-sixth.
Dead Island: Riptide, the sequel to Dead Island from Polish developer Techland, charges to the top of the UK Chart. It meets its predecessors’ success in the first week by taking the top honour, with only half the sales, 71% of those on Xbox 360.
Last weeks number one, Injustice: Gods Among Us, drops to second, ahead of another newcomer Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, which includes the original that also managed third at its launch.
The game running alongside the incoming movie, Star Trek becomes the best selling launch of the franchise at fourth. Tomb Raider completes the top five this week.
Bioshock: Infinite falls four places and lands ahead of FIFA 13, with the latter at seventh. The prequel to the recently released WiiU title Lego City Undercover, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins takes eighth solely on the 3DS.
Defiance drops four places to land at ninth, ahead of Luigi’s Mansion 2 as it completes the top ten.
Other new releases this week are found near the bottom of the Top 40, with Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut on the PS3 finishing at thirty-eighth.
Injustice: Gods Among Us topples Bioshock Infinite (-43%) at the top of the UK Chart. Developer Netherrealm, of Mortal Kombat reboot fame, land their first UK number one with another fighting game. The last time we saw the genre at the top was in early 2012 with UFC Undisputed 3.
Fire Emblem: Awakening hits at third along with the new 3DS XL Blue, the latter takes 31% of 3DS XL sales with a 49% overall increase over last week. Tomb Raider and Defiance drop two and one place respectively to complete the top five this week.
FIFA 13 falls down the pecking order as it drops three places ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops II at seventh. Luigi’s Mansion 2 also drops three places and stops the drive of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 during The Masters. Far Cry 3 is the only title to remain unchanged as it rounds off the top ten.
Blockbuster, recently bought out by Gordon Brothers Europe, which saved the company, its stores and staff from administration, is seeking further growth in the retail space.
Going against the rental model which gave it past success, Managing Director Gary Warren has pledged a retail push for games as part of its core business citing geographic advantage over the likes of GAME and HMV. Blockbuster stores can certainly be found in rather obscure places, with 264 outlets across the country.
Blockbuster hope to target the life-cycle of the new Xbox and PlayStation 4 specifically in order to gain a foothold, and Warren has already arranged meetings with suppliers to that end.
“We have an ambition to be much more of a partner to the games industry in the UK and less passive. We want more voice. We want the games industry to know us and to be key to plans. We want our suppliers to feel we have channels that are available to them which they can’t get from our rivals. We are serious about games at Blockbuster.”
2500 copies separate Bioshock Infinite (-44%) and Tomb Raider (-43%) this week as the top two remain the same for the third consecutive week.
FIFA 13 (-21%) swaps places with Defiance (-41%) as the latter remains comfortable; with a large majority of sales on Xbox 360. Luigi’s Mansion 2 (-35%) remains in place to complete the top five.
Both Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-35%) and Assassin’s Creed III (-30%) move up one place each, breaching Gears of War: Judgment (-50%) as it suffers heavy losses to land at eighth.
Lego Batman 2 makes its first appearance in the top ten for over sixth months as it rises four places to ninth ahead of Far Cry 3 which takes two places to complete the top ten.
BioShock Infinite (-75%) remains atop the UK chart for a second consecutive week, ahead of Tomb Raider (-34%), which sits at second for its third week.
New entry Defiance takes third, dropping Gears of War Judgement (-67%) to sixth, as FIFA 13 (-15%) and Luigi’s Mansion 2 (-46%) stick at fourth and fifth respectively. Defiance is the first console release for Rift developer Trion Worlds, which has its first foray released before the TV tie-in hits later this month.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-24%) maintains its position at seventh ahead of several titles on the rise; Assassin’s Creed III (-26%) up one to eighth, Skylanders Giants (-15%) up six from fifteenth and Need for Speed Most Wanted (-12%) up seven from seventeenth.
Bioshock Infinite strikes the skyline of the UK chart at launch week, toppling Bioshock 2′s launch sales by around 9000 copies.
Bioshock Infinite’s chart-topping release has failed to topple best launch of the year so far: Tomb Raider, despite a mid-week release. Tomb Raider sticks at second with promotions lifting weekly sales by 45%.
Gears of War: Judgement, the prequel to the hugely popular Gears of War trilogy, has taken control of the UK Chart, despite weak launch sales of around a quarter of the numbers made by Gears of War 3.
Last week’s number one Tomb Raider (-44%) drops to second, ahead of another new entry The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct at third. FIFA 13 (+32%) gains a significant rise in sales to jump up two places to fourth, marking an impressive 26 week run inside the top six. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 makes room by dropping one place to complete the top five.
Tomb Raider remains at the top of the UK Chart for a second week despite new competition.
God of War Ascension marks second, claiming the second most successful début of the series, behind God of War III with around half the sales.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is another new title, with an extra three days of sale this week leading it to third. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is the last new release in the top ten as it takes fourth, making it a successful chart endeavour as its predecessor only ever managed eighth.
SimCity (-50%) cannot keep up with new entries as it falls three places to fifth. FIFA 13 (-14%) drops one to sixth and Far Cry 3 (-3%) gains one to seventh, ahead of Crysis 3 (-42%) which falls from sixth to eighth. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-14%) is another to drop two places, ahead of The Sims 3: University Life (-57%) which plummets from fourth to complete the top ten.
Tomb Raider, the franchise reboot from Crystal Dynamics has shot to the top of the UK Chart at launch, overtaking Aliens: Colonial Marines by more than double as the best launch title so far this year.
In turn, this sets a new launch record for the franchise, passing Tomb Raider: Legend, the first game from Crystal Dynamics. The Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 are also the top selling launch platforms for the rebooted series so far, besting the PlayStation 2 version of Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness from 2003.
Despite rocky server issues preventing play which also led to the removal of game features, the SimCity reboot also has a strong start sales-wise, coming in at second. Highly publicised teething problems during the early US release obviously didn’t bother many of us here in the Europe.
Third and fourth positions also hold new titles with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and The Sims 3 expansion pack The Sims 3: University Life taking each spot respectively.
As a result from the highly-placed new entries, FIFA 13 (-32%) is forced down three places to fifth. Crysis 3 (-55%) tumbles from the towering position of first, landing at sixth. Call of Duty: Black Ops II marks seventh as it drops from fourth, staying ahead of Far Cry 3 at eighth and overtaking Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance as it falls from third to ninth. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim pops into tenth to complete the top ten.
There are no radical changes for the UK Chart this week. Crysis 3 (-43%) remains top against FIFA 13 (-35%), which rises against Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (-60%) to claim second. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-32%) sticks at fourth as Far Cry 3 (-23%) and Need for Speed Most Wanted (-19%) both move up two places to fifth and sixth respectively.
Less than one hundred copies separate Aliens: Colonial Marines (-55%) from Dead Space 3 (-45%) as both fill the void at seventh and eighth after decent launches. Assassin’s Creed III (-28%) and Hitman Absolution (-17%) remain steadfast at their positions from last week at the foot of the top ten.
There is a set of new titles at the top of the UK Chart this week, with Crysis 3 leading Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance, but neither mark the sales mark made by Dead Space 3 or Aliens: Colonial Marines on their respective releases.
There is a mere 5,500 copies between the top two, with Crysis 3 having the edge due to a PC release. Xbox 360 is the platform of choice for 57% of Crysis 3 buyers, whilst Metal Gear fans stick to their roots with the PlayStation 3 marking 61% of total copies.
FIFA 13 (+35%) has continued form from half-term sales and sticks at third in the table. Call of Duty: Black Ops II manages the same sales figure as last week to keep it in fourth and Aliens: Colonial Marines (-84%) drops from first to fifth. Dead Space 3 (-54%) falls four places to sixth, ahead of Far Cry 3 (-21%) dropping two to seventh and Need for Speed Most Wanted (+13%) slipping one spot to eighth. Assassin’s Creed III (-5%) manages to slip in ahead of Hitman Absolution (-2%) as the latter re-enters the top ten.