Max Payne 3 Beats Diablo III to No1


‘Max Payne 3’ beats fellow newcomer ‘Diablo III’ to top spot this week to become Rockstar/Take 2’s first All Formats No1 since ‘L.A. Noire’ almost a year ago.

It’s the first Max Payne title to debut at No1, outperforming the launch week of ‘Max Payne 2’ (which charted in October 2003) by almost 10 to 1. The previous game was developed by Alan Wake developer ‘Remedy Entertainment’ while this latest instalment was taken on by Rockstar’s own studios. It’s the biggest All Formats No1 since ‘Mass Effect 3’ back in W10 2012. Released on Tuesday, Activision Blizzard’s in-demand ‘Diablo III’ has to settle for a debut at No2, despite becoming the 12th fastest selling PC game in the UK ever (selling more than either of the last 2 Football Manager titles). ‘Max Payne 3’ benefits from launching on both Xbox 360 and PS3 with 58% of sales going to Xbox 360 and 42% to PS3, although the gap between it and PC-only Diablo is only around 8,000 sales. Last week’s No1 ‘Sniper Elite V2’ (-68%) falls to No4, behind ‘FIFA Street’ (-17%) at No3.

The rest of the Top 10 gets shuffled about as ‘FIFA 12’ (-8%) and ‘Prototype 2’ (-15%) make way for the new entries by both slipping 2 places to No’s 5 and 6 respectively. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ (+21%) is the only Top 10 title to gain sales this week, moving up 4 places to No7. The Top 10 is rounded off by ‘Battlefield 3’ (-2%) at No8, ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’ (-6%) at No9 and ‘Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games’ (-9%) at No10.

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