‘Batman: Arkham City’ explodes to the top of the All Formats Chart this week as the 4th biggest launch of the year so far (behind FIFA 12, Gears of War 3 & L.A Noire).
It is by far the biggest ever launch for Warner Bros, selling almost double the launch week sales of the Eidos/Square Enix published predecessor ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’. It is also a great week for UK developers with ‘Batman: Arkham City’ developed by North London outfit ‘Rocksteady Studios’ and the next highest new entry ‘Football Manager 2012’ by Sports Interactive who are also based in London, only a few miles away. ‘Football Manager 2012’ published by Sega, debuts at No3 only 1,800 sales behind ‘FIFA 12’ which holds on to No2 despite a 35% drop in sales. This means that last week’s No1 ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ (-52%) has to settle for No4, ahead of ‘Just Dance 3’ (-12%) which slips 2 places to No5. There is only one other new entry to break into the Top 10 this week: EA’s ‘The Sims 3: Pets’, new at No6. ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2012’ (-52%) falls two places, down to No7, ensuring that 3 football games feature in the Top 10 this week. ‘Rage’ (-63%) suffers this week’s biggest drop in sales for a Top 10 title, slipping from No4 to No8, while 505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ (-1%) shows good resilience, only slipping one place to No9 with sales holding steady. Previous No1 ‘Gears of War 3’ (-34%) rounds things off at No10, making Microsoft the only company to have at least two games in the Top 10 this week. There are two more Top 40 newcomers this week: ‘Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One’ at No24 and ‘Dance Central 2’ at No40.