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UK Game Charts - March 27th - Just Because Ian's avatar
 
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Chart-Track have released the UK Sales charts for the week ending 27th March. We don't usually report on this, but I thought Josh would be happy to see that people other than him are obsessed with Just Cause 2 too. The people of the UK are sometimes known to dance, albeit poorly, so it is no surprise that Just Dance is continuing to dominate the chart. Maybe there is some sort of brand confusion or synergy between Just Cause and Just Dance. I personally hope we are about to see a wave of games that start with the word 'Just', like 'Just Stab' and 'Just Auto-Attack'.
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST 
 WEEK 
1  JUST CAUSE 2 EIDOS -
2  POKEMON SOULSILVER NINTENDO -
3  BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 EA GAMES 2
4  POKEMON HEARTGOLD NINTENDO -
5  JUST DANCE UBISOFT 4
6  CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 ACTIVISION 10
7  GOD OF WAR III SONY COMPUTER ENT. 1
8  FINAL FANTASY XIII SQUARE ENIX 3
9  WII SPORTS RESORT NINTENDO 8
10  WII FIT PLUS NINTENDO 6
11  NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII NINTENDO 15
12  FIFA 10 EA SPORTS 13
13  SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING SEGA 9
14  METRO 2033 THQ 5
15  HEAVY RAIN SONY COMPUTER ENT. 7
16  ALIENS VS PREDATOR SEGA 16
17  PRISON BREAK: THE CONSPIRACY DEEP SILVER -
18  BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE - VILGAX ATTACKS D3P 14
19  MARIO KART WII NINTENDO -
20  ASSASSIN'S CREED II UBISOFT -

(Using a picture of England in a UK sales data post credit to Kotaku. Arundel Castle image credit to Jonas Bengtsson)

Editor Opinions
 
Ian's avatar

Pokemon has robbed itself of the top spot by dividing sales between it's two SKUs. I'm still not entirely sure why they do this. There must be a some percentage of people who buy both versions just so they can get whatever it is that you can't get in the other one without having to rely on other people. I know originally it was supposed to be so different people within groups would have different pokemons available to encourage swapping. With all the connectivity options in the games these days, that doesn't seem like it would be a particularly good reason.

No offense to anyone who likes Just Cause 2, but I am actually quite astonished that the game is sitting at the top of the chart. The first game while novel was really janky, in a fun way of course, but still to beat so many big names is definitely impressive. The 360 version is in the lead, as it is for most of the multi-platform titles except for the Prison Break game, and Assassin's Creed 2. I quite liked Prison Break for a while, but it definitely peaked sometime during the first half of it's first season, which isn't ideal for a property that went for another three and a half more series. I haven't been able to motivate myself to watch the finale TV-Movie thing, how could I waste my time so terribly when I have all this Twin Peaks to watch?

Other surprises include Metro 2033 being on the chart at all. Did all sorts of hype and marketing go on for that game while I wasn't looking? I do think it looks really good, but not in a way that I think would lead to lots of sales. Assassin's Creed 2 is still hanging around, which is apparently how it went with the original as well. Ubisoft say that first game sold 8 million units, which seems crazy. Again, games with apparently non main-steam appeal selling ridiculously well does warm my heart. Almost enough to counteract the chilling effect of the usual load of casual stuff like the afore mentioned Just Dance, Wii Sports/Fit, and any game with Sonic in the title.

 
 
Josh's avatar

It may be my misplaced devotion to the high-flying antics of Rico Rodriguez speaking, but it makes a lot of sense that Just Cause 2 has managed to parasail to the top of this week’s sales chart. Whilst it’s true that this first quarter has seen far more games high in both profile and quality, a good deal of these have involved hacking dudes up with enchanted, cursed or just plain massive melee weapons. There haven’t been quite as many opportunities for players to get their high-calibre murder on, so it’s easy to see how the prospect of doing this in kilometre-upon-kilometre of lush South East Asian paradise would seem so appealing. This in part might also explain why Metro 2033 is selling well too, and it’s somewhat heartening to discover that Q1 is still a smart time to put out lesser known games.

Another contributing factor might be that this profusion of top-tier titles has been severely weighted in favour of the PlayStation 3. Having missed out on Heavy Rain, Final Fantasy XIII and God of War 3, it’s not hard to imagine how gamers who exclusively own an Xbox 360 (or PC for that matter) would jump at the chance to get in on as much triple-A action as they can right now.

Also, did you see Just Cause 2’s box art? Rico is quite literally escaping from a giant, exploding, half-building version of himself! I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of folks decided to pick up the game on the strength of that imagery alone. That being said, I’m quite disappointed that Square Enix decided not to go with the giant scorpion constructed of guns, although I’m holding on the to hope that it’ll make an appearance as the game’s final boss. Regardless of my fanatical theorising, I think there are plenty of good reasons why Panau would seem like an attractive destination this spring.

 
 
James's avatar

I am proud to continue my run of backing the more unpopular of the available Pokemon games for yet another generation. I like to think that, in some small way, it'll give me a better resale value ten years down the line when things become collectable.

I do agree that there probably isn't any need for two variants of Pokemon, now that the games include online interaction through the Global Trading Station and encourage trading by dint of omitting plenty of Pokemon from other generations, but I can understand why they haven't gone with a single version. If the Pokemon games have demonstrated one quality (besides staying power) since their inception, it's a strict adherence to their own formula, and I don't see that changing while it's still working.

Also Ian, the reason you didn't notice any Metro 2033 promotion is probably because it was the traditional shop window/newspaper kind. I saw a LOT of it, hence me asking you about the game the other day. The lack of online buzz might mean its chart success jars a little, but if nothing else, it suggests that a fair proportion of UK gamers are happy to walk into a shop and by whatever has the biggest poster that week. The idiots.

 
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