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.
Saints Row is a franchise known for being pretty insane — anything goes and the use of giant purple appendages is the norm. However, developers Volition might have just outdone themselves this time with a one-of-a-kind Special Edition that surpasses anything anyone has done before.