Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 becomes biggest games launch of 2012
Activision's shooter enjoys fourth biggest games launch of all time.
Michael Plant is chief editor and writer of gaming ezine and blog GamesCatalyst.com, as well as editor of 'The Independent'’s games review printed in the Saturday supplement 'Information'. Established in February 2011, Games Catalyst endeavours to bring its unique brand of fact and satire to the videogaming community and, in tandem with 'The Independent', hopefully turn a few non-believers on to gaming while we’re at it.
Monday 19 November 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 galloped into the all formats games chart, becoming the biggest launch of 2012 and the fourth biggest of all time.
The Xbox 360 version enjoyed the lion’s share of the sales with a 60% share of the market, with PS3 taking 38%. Elsewhere, the heavily criticised Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for PS Vita entered at sixteenth to become the second biggest Vita launch of the year.
Last week’s biggest seller Halo 4 fell back to second but retained its position ahead of both FIFA 13 and Assassin’s Creed III, while the other major Activision Blizzard title of recent weeks, Skylanders Giants climbed up to fifth.
Releases of note to fail to break into the top ten include Sony’s Wonderbook: Book of Spells (25th), Codemaster’s F1 Race Stars (26th) and Sega’s Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (27th).
Predictions for next week: Hitman: Absolution.
Top 40 Entertainment Software (All Prices), Week Ending 17 November 2012:
1 – CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 2 – ACTIVISION
2 – HALO 4 – MICROSOFT
3 – FIFA 13 – EA
4 – ASSASSIN’S CREED III – UBISOFT
5 – SKYLANDERS GIANTS – ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
6 – NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED – EA
7 – JUST DANCE 4 – UBISOFT
8 – BORDERLANDS 2 – 2K GAMES
9 – THE SIMS 3: SEASONS – EA
10 – FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 – SEGA
UKIE Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track.
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