Charts Update: LEGO Batman fights off Spider-Man and the Olympics
|2nd July 2012||Matt Bailey|
We may be entering the tradition summer games release drought, but there are actually four new entries in this week's all-format charts. Perhaps unexpectedly, Activision's film tie-in The Amazing Spider-Man launched straight into the number 2 spot with a game that launched across the 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS and DS - although it failed to top Warner Bros.' LEGO Batman 2 which is also released across these formats. This is the second week on top for the caped crusader's minifig form.
The next new entry is 2K Games' Spec Ops: The Line, and the company will likely be pleased with third placed for shooter which has more depth to it than you would appreciate at a first glance. It also managed to beat the debut of SEGA's London 2012: The Official Video Game, which will likely continue to sell well throughout the summer. Unless we don't win any medals. All the new games means that EA's FIFA 12 has to settle for fifth ahead of Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Solider. The last new entry is Sony's HD re-release, The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy: Classics HD.
As we predicted last week, the arrival of the PS Vita version has given Metal Gear Solid HD Collection a significant sales bump. While sales of the PS3 and 360 versions are included, it's really the handheld release which has projected Konami's HD re-release all the way up to 10th from outside the top 40. What we didn't expect was Microsoft's HD re-release Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary to also re-enter the top 40 in 21st place. Presumably it's going cheap somewhere. The same is likely true for Mass Effect 3 which jumps up from 36th to 15th place.
Looking at this week's release schedule there isn't anything which is likely to top the charts, but there are a few potential top 40 entrants, including the Wii version of Nintendo's Rhythm Paradise, Square Enix's Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on the 3DS and the official Tour de France game on the PS3 and 360. Also likely to perform strongly is Deep Silver's "Game of the Year Edition" of Dead Island. We gave it some praise last year and it topped the charts on its initial release, so a strong retail performance is quite possible again.
For the full UKIE All-Format Top 40, head over to our charts section.