Square Enix has secured a second week at number one in the UK all-format game chart.
The publisher’s open-world action romp Sleeping Dogs mostly maintained its sales momentum, although it shifted around 15 per cent less than its debut week. That was still enough for the game to keep the freshly launched Darksiders 2 off the top spot.
Darksiders 2 only managed number two, although it sold a lot more than the original Darksiders – around 80 per cent more, in fact, so not far off double.
Darksiders 2 has been pretty well received by critics, too, chalking up an 84 per cent average review score on Metacritic for both the Xbox and PS3. Users reviews have pitched an average of 8.7, which is a good sign that the reviewers aren’t talking out of their… hats, shall we say, after one too many all-expenses paid “preview trips” to Las Vegas (or similar).
Sleeping Dogs racked up an 80 per cent average on Metacritc, incidentally, although it tended to have a wider variance in scores, with some plunging as low as 40 per cent. Evidently the game isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Back to the chart, and at number three we have New Super Mario Bros 2, which dropped a spot from the number two position. Its sales are impressive, though, given that this is a 3DS-only title.
London 2012: The Official Video Game might have dropped by a third in terms of units shifted, but it still managed to hold at number four. That’s mainly because there weren’t really any big impact releases save for the new Darksiders – and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
The latter only managed to reach number five, though, and was the only other new entry this week. That’s quite surprising, as by all accounts, Transformers is that rare beast – a license turned good game. It’s a real shame that it hasn’t done better in that light, although maybe the title will claw its way up the chart next week.
As for the rest of the top ten, Lego Batman 2 is still doing reasonably well at number six, with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier following stealthily behind.
Mario & Sonic London 2012 is still in the top ten at number eight, followed by the other more serious Batman game, Arkham Asylum. Finally, we have another dose of bricks at number ten with Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7.
Are there any big releases to look forward to which might impact next week’s chart? The only one that springs to mind is EA’s Madden NFL 13, which goes on sale this Friday.