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L.A. Noire becomes fastest-selling new IP ever in UK

By David Jenkins

Mon 23 May 2011 8:30am GMT / 4:30am EDT / 1:30am PDT

Rockstar's latest tops weekly sales charts, as The Witcher 2 debuts at number five

Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire has become the fastest-selling new intellectual property ever in the UK, as it debuts at number one in the weekly sales chart.

Although as usual no specific sales data has been released, chart creators Chart-Track indicate that L.A. Noire sold on par with Rockstar's previous hit Red Dead Redemption, released at the same time in 2010.

Sales of the game, which started life as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, were fairly evenly split at 58 per cent for the Xbox 360 version and 42 per cent for the PlayStation 3. As a result L.A. Noire becomes the 13th fastest-selling Xbox 360 of all time in the UK and the 11th fastest on the PlayStation 3.

The other major new entry of the week, released on Tuesday rather than the Friday of L.A. Noire and most other new games, is PC exclusive The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game debuted at number five in the all format charts and sold three times more than the original game in its launch week.

There was little other movement in the chart, with Lego Pirates of the Caribbean down only 6 per cent at number two, but Brink dropping by 48 per cent to number three.

Retail promotions saw an increase in sales of 71 per cent for Crysis 2 at number six. There was also a 266 per cent increase in sales for Mario Kart Wii thanks to the launch of the new lower priced Wii hardware bundle. The game remained just outside the top 20 though, at number 23.

This Week Last Week Title
1 New Entry L.A. Noire
2 2 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
3 1 Brink
4 3 Zumba Fitness
5 New Entry The Witcher 2
6 9 Crysis 2
7 4 Portal 2
8 8 FIFA 11
9 6 Mortal Kombat
10 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops
11 11 Just Dance 2
12 7 Lego Star Wars III
13 Re-entry Wii Sports Resort
14 18 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
15 15 Red Dead Redemption
16 12 Operation Flashpoint: Red River
17 10 MX vs. ATV Alive
18 13 Wii Fit Plus
19 Re-entry Homefront
20 16 Pokémon Black

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Glad L.A. Noire is doing well, it's once again proven that Rockstar knows exactly how to cater their costumers, kudos for them, looking forward to more games from R*

Posted:5 years ago


Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart

219 7 0.0
The Witcher 2 success is more interesting given that it is a PC only game. It's also amazing. At least there are 2 new IP in the top 10 (Brink / L.A Noire)

Posted:5 years ago


Antony Johnston Writer & Narrative Designer

112 18 0.2
I think the success of both is great news for those of us who advocate for more "mature" titles in games (where "mature" means more than "guns, blood and boobs"). Well done to both :)

Posted:5 years ago


Alex Norris n/a

6 0 0.0
I'd really like to see one of these charts adjusted for marketing budgets - when the big publishers are racing each other to see who can splash more on getting word about their game out, it doesn't seem like flat out stating "this one sold better" is conducive to much in terms of analysis.

Maybe it's just me, though.

In any case, well done to LA Noire and The Witcher 2; it's nice to see quality and originality rewarded.

Posted:5 years ago


Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College

295 28 0.1
Well I helped by buying two...except one hasn't shown up yet! Grrrr!

Good old bricks and mortar, saving the day against internet retailers!

Posted:5 years ago

Great news for a title that I highly admire.

Great gameplay, story and environment. Pushing story telling in a way many wouldn't have even thought before!

Really hope they support it with good DLC, hopefully more then one case per download session.

This is a major point to publishers, dont move to the movie industry standard of making loads of 12-15 titles to cater to a mass audience.

We need mature titles like this that push our industry forward (That aren't all a military shooter), I love the fact I have spoken to several "joes" of the street who all are very impressed with where "gaming" has come just from watching the LA Noire adverts.

It's a shame we don't see enough titles like this pushing our industry!

Posted:5 years ago


Mike Wells Writer

62 29 0.5
The performance of The Witcher 2 is even more remarkable when you consider they kind of hefty PC needed to run it. I wonder if that will impact sales over the next few weeks as pre-orders and die hard fans feature less in the figures... I too welcome more mature and original IP so let's hope the final global sales figures are good enough to encourage other studios and publishers down this route.

Posted:5 years ago


Darren Stewart Videogame investor

52 19 0.4
Great start from LA Noire but the real test will be how many returns they get from people who thought they were buying GTA in the 1940s.

As many have pointed out (but I'll do it again) this isn't a Rockstar developed title - it was developed by Team Bondi in Oz and published by Take Two/Rockstar. It's unclear how much of this game, if any, came from Rockstar.

Posted:5 years ago


Max Priddy

64 12 0.2
I'm so glad to see both The Witcher 2 and L.A. Noire up there, both are amazingly brilliant and simply 2 games that have rekindled my love for playing videogames simply to enjoy them, not because I feel inclined to play the next big multiplayer game because my friends are also getting it and that feeling of possibly missing out on some fun times to be had. I'm yet to finish The Witcher 2 but I can really see myself going through multiple playthroughs of both games, and I've gotta say I'm actually fully satisfied getting both of them. I hope that they both put the message out that the bar has been raised in terms of detail, narrative and immersion, and that not every game needs multiplayer ducktaped onto it.

@Darren - Looking from the credits list, it looks like some of the work was sourced to at the very least Rockstar Leeds, I remember some Rockstar studios coming up but I was too sleepy being as I finished it about 4am in the morning :p

P.S. I don't intend to sound like a rampant fanboy, just that both games have me...satisfied. ;P

Posted:5 years ago


Neil Strugnell Embedded Tester, EA Bright Light

1 0 0.0
Assuming that sales figures for The Witcher 2 don't include digital downloads, I expect the real numbers are even better, especially considering all of the stuff that comes bundled with the download version. It's a great game and deserves great success.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Neil Strugnell on 24th May 2011 7:27am

Posted:5 years ago


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