Tagged "UK Charts"

Jul 04
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Fore! With tennis on the television this weekend both Virtua Tennis 4 and Top Spin 4 re-enter the top ten at #5 and #8 respectively. Oddly though, Fight Night Champion dropped down the chart despite boxing being on the picture box as well.

As predicted last week, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon now out in cinemas, it too makes the top ten rising like the fallen up from #17 to #6. Zumba Fitness is still #1. Is it any good, or is it just selling on name alone?

The new arrivals in the top ten have forced both The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Duke Nukem Forever down, to #11 and #12.

Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D is the next highest entry at #21, followed by UFC: Personal Trainer at #22.

Remember – if you buy a copy of Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D pre-owned, somebody from Capcom comes over your house and does a dirty on your doorstep. Either that or you won’t be able to make new save files. I forget.

Jun 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 10 Comments

With more negative reviews of Duke Nukem Forever appearing (EDGE’s 3/10 is one of the latest), 2K’s shoddy shooter has lost the top spot of the chart. But not to Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D as you may expect but rather Zumba Fitness.

Link rides in at a respectable #2 with 20% of all current 3DS owners making a purchase. Nintendo only has themselves to blame for it not being #1 – they started the whole fitness game trend with Wii Fit back in 2008. Well, that and the fact that Zumba is absurdly popular.

At #9 there’s another new entry in the form of Square-Enix’s Dungeon Siege III. It’s not the PC version that’s been shifting loads, which is odd given the series’ heritage, but rather the Xbox 360 version that has charted the highest. It should be pointed out though that the chart doesn’t include all PC downloads. Despite what we said last week, it would appear that it’s actually worth a look – the average score on Metacritic is currently 75%. Sorry about that, Square-Enix.

Also charting surprisingly highly is Alice: Madness Returns at #12. For a new IP with not that much promotion and a few mediocre reviews behind it that’s not bad going.

But we are going to have to end this week’s UK chart round up on a duff note – Child of Eden has only managed to get to #25. With Kinect sales still strong we could see it rise up next week. Even if it doesn’t, it’s bound to re-enter once the belated PlayStation 3 version is released in a couple of months.

Jun 13
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 3 Comments

Publishers – if you want your game to go straight to #1 no matter how rubbish it is, just delay it for 13 years and release it without letting anybody review it first. Case point: Duke Nukem Forever, which takes #1 in the UK chart this week. Take 2’s own L.A. Noire is at #2 so I expect lots of back patting has been going on in their offices today.

Chart Track tells us 56% of all copies of Duke Nukem Forever sold so far have been on Xbox 360, followed by 30% on PlayStation 3 and 14% on PC.

PlayStation 3 owners were too busy buying iNFAMOUS 2 it would seem, which makes it in at a respectable #4.

THQ’s Red Faction: Armageddon tunnels in at #8. The Chart Track chaps come to our statistical needs here yet again – Xbox 360 takes the majority of sales at 70%, then PlayStation 3 at 26% and PC with 4%.

EA Sports MMA makes a re-entry at #21 due to being cut in price both online and on the high street. I’ve been playing it recently and it’s actually pretty good; less of a button basher than UFC: Undisputed and fights can be wildly unpredictable.

Both Green Lantern and Kung Fu Panda 2 fail to make the top 40 but they’re knocking around in the lower parts of the single format charts. White Knight Chronicles 2 also marches in at #13 in the PlayStation 3 chart while White Knight Chronicles: Origins arrives at #7 in the PSP chart.

Jun 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

For a third week in a row L.A. Noire holds onto the top spot of the chart. Brink celebrates a fourth week in the top 5 too but Bethesda’s own Hunted: The Demon’s Forge hasn’t been so lucky having to make do with #14. Considering the lack of reviews and hype though, that’s still not bad going.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean rises from #3 to #2 while DiRT 3 does the opposite. PC add-on pack Sims 3: Generations makes #10.

May 09
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Despite being around since the days of the PlayStation 2, Zumba Fitness was 505 Games’ first ever #1 when it was released about a month ago. It has now taken the top spot for a third time, knocking off Portal 2 which was #1 last week. Portal 2 is now at #2, followed by Mortal Kombat at #3.

A belated PlayStation 3 version of Sniper: Ghost Warrior – which was ruddy rubbish on Xbox 360 but still sold very well – sees it re-enter at #15. I wonder if it would have sold this well if PSN was back up? It’s primarily a single player game, after all.

Worryingly, there isn’t a single 3DS title in the top 40. Proving that the original DS isn’t dead yet though is Plants vs Zombies, which makes a surprisingly high entry at #16 in the DS chart.

Apr 18
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Zumba Fitness became 505 Games’ first ever #1 last week. It’s still at #1 this week, so it’s not hard to imagine that they’re pretty pleased about that. If another Zumba game isn’t released in time for Christmas I’ll happily eat my own weight in lard.

Promotion, of some kind, has helped FIFA 11 rise back into the top 10 – it was at #12 but now it’s back at #4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 to 4 has risen back up too, presumably thanks to the DVD release of whatever the last film was called.

The Kinect and Move versions of Michael Jackson: The Experience were amongst last week’s new releases and have helped Jackson re-enter the chart at #15. 64% of sales were for the Kinect iteration, according to the ever-so informative chaps at Chart Track.

In the single formats Patapon 3 marches in at #10 in the PSP chart, WSC Real 2011 at #36 in the Xbox 360 chart and LEGO Ninjago at an impressive #8 in the DS chart.

Apr 11
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

I should have saved last week’s ‘Aye carumba – it’s Zumba’ headline for this week – Zumba Fitness now at #1 in the chart, pushing Crysis 2 to #2. It’s the first ever #1 for 505 Games and also the first fitness game to take the top of the chart since Wii Fit Plus in 2009.

Following Crysis 2 are Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 and Shift 2: Unleashed. Dynasty Warriors 7 enters at #10. Surprised? Don’t be – Chart-Track tells us due to the hot weather last week was a very slow week with heavy drops in sale figures.

Over in the Xbox 360 chart Brunswick Pro Bowling enters at #29 while Carnival Games: In Action makes an appearance at #38. The US name for the later is Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do, would you believe?

A random fact, there.

Jan 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Super sequel LittleBigPlanet 2 has managed to take the top spot of the all formats chart this week. Shoving Call of Duty: Black Ops off the top must surely feel like an achievement for Media Molecule. Or should that say ‘like a trophy’? Probably not, as that wouldn’t make much sense.

With the bleated PlayStation 3 version now out, Mass Effect 2 works its way back up to #7. I thought that the Xbox 360 version may be on the rise thanks to the extra press coverage Mass Effect 2 has gained recently but this isn’t the case – it was at #3 in the Xbox 360 budget chart last week and it’s now down to #9.

DC Universe Online made a strong appearance last week at #10 but it’s had a bad second week dropping to #22. There are still very few reviews online so I think Sony Online only have themselves to blame. How are people meant to know about it if they don’t send out review code in good time? Or at all?

Lastly, Square-Enix’s Mindjack has had a very dismal launch. Not only has it failed to make it into the top 40, it’s also nowhere to be seen in any of the top 40 single format charts.

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