Warner and Traveller’s Tales’ ‘Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes’ takes a third consecutive week at No1 (-30%)
Last week’s third biggest new entry, Sega’s ‘London 2012: The Official Video Game’ is the only one of the three to increase in sales, climbing from No4 to No2 (+81%). Last week’s top new entry, Activision’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ drops from No2 to No3 (-15%) and the 2nd biggest new release from last week, 2K/Take 2’s ‘Spec Ops: The Line’ drops from No3 to No4 (-24%).
Switching to this week and it is the return of Koch Media’s smash hit ‘Dead Island’ in ‘Game of the Year Edition’ (includes all additional content previously only available digitally) as the highest new entry at No5. Note that ‘Dead Island’ was released last year in September and went on to become the 2nd biggest new IP of 2011, behind Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘L.A. Noire’. Also of note this week is the return of Activision’s ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ to the Top 10, up 26 places to No8 (+193%) thanks to across-the-board retail price promotional activity. MW3 therefore chalks up 30 of 35 weeks since launch within the Top 10 and is currently the 5th all-time highest unit seller in the UK and the 3rd in terms of revenue (behind ‘Black Ops’ and ‘MW2’).
Also new this week is Square Enix’s ‘Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy’ for 3DS at No19, a new twist in the series since this is in fact a rhythm game featuring music from the original Final Fantasy right up to FF XIII. The final new release within the Top 40 is EA’s MMO ‘The Secret World’ at No38 which was developed by Funcom, makers of ‘Anarchy Online’ (2001) and the more recent ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’ (2008). ‘The Secret World’ was a Tuesday release (74% of week 1 sales occurred within the first 24 hours) and is already the 6th game this year to release mid-week, compared to just 3 over the same time-scale of 2011.