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Resident Evil 2 debuts at No.1 in UK charts (again)

Strong first week for remake, more than 20 years since the original

Resident Evil 2 has debuted at No.1 in the UK charts, more than 20 years since it last managed the feat.

The original PS1 game launched in the UK in April 1998.

It's Capcom's biggest UK launch since January 2017 when Resident Evil 7 topped the charts. Resident Evil 2 didn't manage to beat the sales of that game (sales are around 18 per cent lower), but it's an impressive result considering this isn't a full new sequel. The data only includes physical game sales.

The game, which was revealed on stage at PlayStation's E3 press conference, sold best on PS4. In fact, Sony's platform accounted for 74 per cent of the sales.

It means New Super Mario Bros U's stay at the summit of the charts has ended. The Nintendo Switch game actually drops to No.4 following a 44 per cent drop in weekly sales.

Last week's No.2, Ace Combat 7, also drops down the charts to No.6. Sales slipped 51 per cent, which is a decent second week performance for a game with a core audience.

Price activity for Just Cause 4 sees that game return to the charts at No.22, whereas a number of PlayStation VR games has risen up the charts, including Astro Bot Rescue Mission (No.38) and PlayStation VR Worlds (No.27).

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending January 26th:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Resident Evil 2
3 2 Red Dead Redemption 2
4 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
1 4 New Super Mario Bros U
5 5 FIFA 19
2 6 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
6 7 Super Smash Bros Ultimate
7 8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
8 9 Grand Theft Auto V
9 10 Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.