South Park: The Stick of Truth taking the top spot of the UK chart provides some food for thought – could this have been the game that would have turned THQâ€™s fortunes around?
It certainly would have helped the publisher get back on track. The eagerly awaited cartoon adventure has become Ubisoftâ€™s first #1 of the year, and is also the first RPG to go straight to the top since Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch.
Chart-Track also reports that 51% of copies sold were on Xbox 360, 41% on PlayStation 3 and just 6% on PC – the only version which isnâ€™t censored in the UK.
Another small fact – South Park and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, which is at #7, are the only games in the top ten which arenâ€™t available for next-gen consoles.
With Cartman and co. at #1, Square-Enixâ€™s Thief drops to #2. At #3 – up one place – itâ€™s Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, then at #4 itâ€™s The LEGO Movie Videogame followed by FIFA 14 at #5.
After arriving at #10 last week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has dropped fourteen places to #24. Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is another heavy faller, now sitting at #36. Chances are it could leave the top 40 altogether next week.
The not-too-bad Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is the weekâ€™s only other release, biting its way in at #21. The highest it enters in the single-format charts is at #9 in the 3DS chart.