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Gears Of War: Judgment is UK's #1

Gears Of War: Judgment is UK's #1

Mon 25 Mar 2013 10:38am GMT / 6:38am EDT / 3:38am PDT
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While Walking Dead and Monster Hunter also debut in top ten

Gears Of War: Judgment arrived in a hail of gunfire at the top of the UK software chart this week, doing what Kratos couldn't and knocking Lara Craft off the number 1 spot. Despite the victory the Microsoft shooter couldn't beat its predecessor Gears Of War 3, which sold four times as many units in its launch week.

The new entry and a drop in sales of 44 per cent pushed Tomb Raider down to 2, while another new entry debuted at number 3 in the form of Activision's The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Monster Hunter: Ultimate Edition entered at 7, with 55 per cent of sales on 3DS. The remaining sales, on Wii U, accounted for nearly 50 per cent of the value of all Wii U software sales this week.

They were the only three new arrivals, but there were some notable re-entries, with Aliens: Colonial Marines jumping from 21 to 16, thanks to a price promotion, and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed appearing at 18, up from 28.

Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance also gets a special mention for jumping from 19 to 11 this week, also thanks to price promotions.

UKIE Games Charts courtesy of GfK Chart-Track

Last Week This Week Title
New entry 1 Gears Of War: Judgment
1 2 Tomb Raider
New Entry 3 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
6 4 FIFA 13
4 5 Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
2 6 God Of War: Ascension
New entry 7 Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate Edition
5 8 SimCity
7 9 Far Cry 3
9 10 Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
19 11 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
8 12 Crysis 3
11 13 Assassin's Creed III
13 14 Skylanders Giants
14 15 Need For Speed Most Wanted
Re-entry 16 Aliens: Colonial Marines
16 17 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Re-entry 18 Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
12 19 Hitman Absolution
17 20 LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes

5 Comments

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

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while another new entry debuted at number 3 in the form of Activision's The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
Really? Okay, I know reviews are subjective, and Metacritic is not the be-all-and-end-all, but...

http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/the-walking-dead-survival-instinct

When IGN gives something 45, you know it's pretty rotten... And it debuts at #3? Urgh.

Posted:A year ago

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Steven Wemyss
Senior QA Engineer

32 31 1.0
People bought it off the strength of the name basically, either that or the poor sodds are gonna be reeeeaaaallly disappointed when they realise it isn't the GOTY release of the Telltale game everyone was raving about!

Posted:A year ago

#2

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

1,372 1,018 0.7
Yeah... I just can't help but read the charts here and the two articles about press/publisher relationships, and think that they should be referencing one-another.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

319 253 0.8
@Morville
I thought the exact same thing. It's sad that people will blindly buy anything with a name they recognise. It's just going to keep sending the message to publishers that they can half-arse any tie-in title and it'll still sell by the bucket-load. By the time these people realise what a mess of a game it is, the publisher is already laughing their way to the bank with their money.

Posted:A year ago

#4

David Radd
Senior Editor

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Aliens: Colonial Marines sold a decent number of copies in its first week as well based almost purely on the strength of the brand and whatever hype existed. You might notice SimCity hanging on and that's not due to a glowing reception post release - its simply one of the larger mainstream gaming brands out there and people are buying it because of the brand.

If it makes things less depressing, other mediums aren't immune to this phenomenon as well - plenty of movies capitalize on a famous brand or actor and rake in a bit before its widely known how bad it is.

Posted:A year ago

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