UK Charts: Minecraft builds throne, but Tales of Xillia surprises

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13th August 2013 Matt Bailey

The sub-£20 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continues to dominate the UK all-format charts, essentially building a throne for itself as it remains untouchable while there is a lack of meaningful competition. Skipping straight to this Friday there's Payday 2 which we might expect to see in the Top 10 considering it's pre-order success on Steam for PC owners, but it looks like Minecraft might be on to a fourth week already. Even at just three weeks at the top it's Microsoft's longest running reign in the charts since Forza 2 back in 2007.

With the football season beginning again it isn't particularly surprising to see EA's FIFA 13 on the rise, with a 24% sales gain helping it climb from an already high-flying fourth (despite being out for nearly 11 months) to second place, while The Smurfs 2 again benefits from the cinema release with a 35% rise in sales to take it up to third. It's the sole newcomer this week in fourth place; Namco Bandai's Tales of Xillia begins in fourth, and does well for the 'Tales' series which isn't a particularly big name here in the UK. Dropping to fifth is Nintendo's 3DS-exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

This leaves Sony and Naughty Dog's former champion of the charts, The Last of Us all the way down in sixth. However, it's doing a lot better than Nintendo's Pikmin 3; despite the game receiving very strong reviews, the Wii U's poor userbase is seeing the game struggle in the all-formats listings, this week dropping down to 23rd from 15th. On the plus side, it is still in the Top 40 - and the only Wii U exclusive there - but this is a sharp decline for a game which was Number 2 only a couple of weeks ago.

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