It’s no mystery as to what is No1 this week, as Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘L.A. Noire’ debuts at the top of the All Formats Chart, becoming the fastest-selling new video game IP ever in the UK.
Sales are on a par with the launch of Rockstar’s previous chart topper ‘Red Dead Redemption’ which was released exactly a year ago. Both titles were launched on Xbox 360 and PS3 with Red Dead Redemption showing a 65% Xbox 360 and 35% PS3 split, compared to L.A. Noire’s share of 58% on Xbox 360 and 42% on PS3. L.A. Noire positions itself as the 13th fastest-selling Xbox 360 game in the UK and the 11th fastest on PS3. Disney’s ‘Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’ (-6%) holds on to No2 as last week’s No1, ‘Brink’ (-48%) slips to No3. Sales of ‘Zumba Fitness’ (-6%) remain relatively stable, as it makes way for L.A. Noire by only dropping one place to No4. Namco Bandai’s ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’ on PC is the only other new entry to break into the All Formats Chart this week, entering at a very respectable No5 – outselling the original title’s launch week sales by more than 3 to 1. Price promotion on ‘Crysis 2’ (+71%) sees it jump from No9 to No6, while EA’s other sequel ‘Portal 2’ (-22%) moves in the opposite direction, down from No4 to No7. EA’s 3rd Top 10 title this week, ‘FIFA 11’ (+17%) stays put at No8, having only spent one week outside the Top 10 since it was launched 34 weeks ago.
‘Mortal Kombat’ (-22%) hangs on to a Top 10 position despite slipping from No6 to No9, while ‘Black Ops’ (-35%) also clings on to the Top 10, down from No5 to No10. The launch of a new Wii value hardware bundle with Mario Kart sees the Nintendo classic motor back into the Top 40 at No23 (+266%).