UK Chart: Black Ops retakes the top

Latest Call of Duty battles back to the number one spot as sales treble; Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds brawls into second place, TDU2 slips back to four.

2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 managed nine weeks at the top of the UK sales chart, and after a four-week absence from the top spot, Call of Duty: Black Ops is making one last assault on that record. Sales for the military first-person shooter almost trebled last week securing the title its eight week at number one, within spitting distance of MW2's record.

There was good news for Capcom, too, despite Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds only entering at number two; it nearly sold more in its launch week than its predecessor managed over its entire lifetime in the UK. EA's sci-fi survival horror title Dead Space 2 slipped to number 3 despite a 61 percent sales bump, while Namco Bandai's Test Drive Unlimited 2 slipped from two to four.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 beat its predecessor's chart debut by 182 places.

FIFA 11 gave EA its second top-five place of the week, thanks to a 44 percent sales bump, while Ubisoft claimed six and seven with Just Dance 2 (sales up 74 percent) and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (sales down 10 percent). The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Nintendo’s Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem! at eight, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Complete Edition at nine, and Sony’s Little Big Planet 2 at 10.

Black Ops will have its work cut out for it if it hopes to claim its ninth week at the top next week, however. The last week in February sees a slew of new releases lined up in the UK; Killzone 3, Bulletstorm, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, de Blob 2, and Two Worlds II are all vying for a gamer's attention when they are released on Friday February 25.

Top 10 Entertainment Software (All Prices) - Week Ending February 12, 2011:
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
2. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom)
3. Dead Space 2 (EA)
4. Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Namco Bandai)
5. FIFA 11 (EA)
6. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
7. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
8. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (Nintendo)
9. Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition (Take 2)
10. LittleBigPlanet 2 (Sony Computer Ent.)

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Meteor7
Meteor7

CoD is overplayed as hell

WretchedSpecter
WretchedSpecter

The sheep will flock to the newest most popular shooter just like they always do. When MW3 comes out in DEC, Black Opts will be forgotten. UMAD?

campbell153
campbell153

I dont understand it? I have read most of the comments on here and everyone is pretty much slating CoD off.. and yet.. its still on the #1 slot? how is this? who is actually buying this game?

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Black Ops' camapign was great if not a bit short. Definitely one of the better CoD campaigns.... its MP on the other hand is the same re-hashed thing I played 3 years ago in CoD4

mcmesk99
mcmesk99

There really pooping these games out.

lsw3638
lsw3638

To stop this cash in strategy, don't buy no matter what... Unless corporate management see obvious downfall of sales number, they will never stop this effective strategy. In return, you'll get better games..

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

just one word:COD! (now all i have to do is slap that on one of my turds and it will sell for millions)

marxux_1
marxux_1

cod black ops sucks.....why coz everybody plays it and nobody likes it...there is too many cod these days its hard to differentiate one from other..i heard they are releasing MW3 by Dec!!! WTF

xerxesthegreat
xerxesthegreat

@campbell153 you might be right , i saw this happen to the PES series when FIFA suddenly changed their game. It could happen to COD if KZ3 or crysis 2 do something major , which i think KZ3 has done. But its FRANCHISE , Brand power, and COMMERICAL NAME. that will most likely keep COD alive.

xerxesthegreat
xerxesthegreat

as someone said before is it possible that the UK has the worst gaming community ? [im from the UK], seriously , the critic reviews , the fanboism and slating , Narrow mindedness , and slating anything that wasnt advertised on TV , following what others think ???? Its a scary thought but i seriously think it is so . I hope im wrong. ....i know their are great opend minded gamers, but they seem to be a minority. My personal op , sad to say lol but USA seems to have one of the best communities.

DKC4
DKC4

Theres not one game in that list that Ive bought or want too buy.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@King9999 People don't quite get that there's a difference between evolutionary and revolutionary. Everquest would be a revolution, for instance. World of Warcraft would be an evolution. Doom would be a revolution. Half Life would be an evolution.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Flatbattery What are you talking about? Many companies get away with it. Slap "Blizzard" or BlahCraft on the box and it'll sell, for instance. They could crap in a turd and pass it off as an expansion and it will sell. Some people argue that's the case for Halo or Final Fantasy and Grand Theft Auto or Metal Gear.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

@ NoDzombie, yeah its a shame about Testdrive Unlimited 2 not being up there, but agreed its defiantly in a state with all the bugs and server issues, maybe when the patch comes out it will rise up the chart, because as long as you look past the bugs this game is pretty awesome!

Flatbattery
Flatbattery

Just goes to show, slap Call of Duty on the box and it'll sell regardless of the quality. I do worry for the gaming community, if one publisher can get away with it then many others may follow. When that day comes I may have to hang up my controller for good.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@x-2tha-z good point, i was just wasting some time, lol

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I think TDU 2s biggest issue has been Gran Turismo 5 and the soon to release Shift 2. Gran Turismo 5 has a few issues but it does work and the ganmeplay is superb.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@King9999 I couldn't agree more. If a game nails every aspect of the game without being "revolutionary" it will be great: Metal Gear Solid 4 for instance. Whilst a game like Mindjack which attempted to change the fps genre has fallen flat because it has flawed mechanics.

King9999
King9999

@rharr257: Which games are revolutionary in your eyes, exactly? And why do we need something revolutionary when people are enjoying the games? Your other comment suggests you don't look at the subtleties of these games, which is what makes or breaks them. Revolutions don't count for much if the mechanics are broken.

TheDragonManiac
TheDragonManiac

I dont know about you but for me the number 1 is: kineckt sports

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

well i noticed black ops went on sale in a lot of places this last week, so the fact its now cheaper is probably why its back on top of the charts........... not surprised TDU2 is falling fast, its a great game when its working, the problem is that most of the features dont work most of the time, still really quite surprised it was released in such a poor state

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I'm just amazed that there's anyone actually left out there to buy the game.

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

The amount of marketing power held by publishers such as Activision means sales charts are pointless. Like @Phil-teh-Pirate said, Black Ops is being deliberately under-priced to ensure it beats MW2 sales figures (despite being just MW2-lite). Most people will agree that GTAIV wasn't the best, the Complete Edition is only charting because the add-ons were much better.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

BULLETSTORM is crap - that's the meaning of previous post. Wait for Duke Nukem - it will be crap with style worth buying.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

I just got to conclusion that average gamer from UK is like realy dumb:) Now just to watch BULLETSTORM to climb up in UK. No offense, but to buy BLACK OPS that much is not normal.

chrno914
chrno914

TDU is gonna slip some more.... Haha.. :P

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Probably because GAME are selling BlackOps for £22.99 which is roughly half the price of what Modern Warfare 2 still sells for. I haven't seen such price rape since MarioKart DS and Animal Crossing still selling for £34.99!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

LBP2, AC:B and MvC3 are the only games on there that I will end up buying... eventually (for those of you that know me now, I always wait until they drop below 20 quid). Oh, and in that order.

gothic_kane
gothic_kane

I aint going to defend CoD but in truth it does what its meant to. Its single player is short but I enjoyed it, did loose interest in online as truth be told I've gone back to Final Fantasy 7,8 and 9. I'm rather enjoying recalling those games by memory but suspect sooner or later i'll be drawn back. Maybe in March when the add-on comes out.

Kendojin
Kendojin

Only way I play CoD is at a friends place, borrowing it or playing it at a center, other than that maybe I'll buy it used but I don't ever plan on buying another Activision game. Even with one of my favorite childhood memories I'm thinking of just getting the next Transformers titles used because from what I've heard they're planning on releasing those annually after War For Cybertron selling so well.

focus0894
focus0894

Meh, will someone just assasinate Kotick already? I'm beginning to wonder why it's taking so long. I hope BF3 will destroy MW3 in sells, but sadly, I know it's not going to happen. :( Well nothing else to say but, BF3 ftw.

Kooken58
Kooken58

I seriously dont understand people...Sure CoD4 was great, after that its just the same old crap. No teamwork at all, same old thing every year just with a different look. I hope Battlefield 3 outsells MW3 come next fall...DICE and the battlefield series deserve more recognition.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

I hope everyone keeps playing black ops so that I can enjoy killzone 3 and bullet storm with the REAL gamers.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@GamerLegend10 So you make a list to state your opinion when you haven't played eight of the ten games? What's the point?

rharr257
rharr257

@King9999 Why research something that hasn't fundamentally changed? I used to love fighting games. Soul Caliber on 360 was my last attempt at playing them. Please tell me how any of the fighting games have fundamentally evolved on this generation of consoles. Games that have been revolutionary get relegated to obscurity and BlazeBlu or however the heck you spell it get the highest ratings. Seriously?

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

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GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

are the map packs for GTA4 worth getting still?

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

black ops campaign is good (though still too short) and the zombies is good fun, but the multiplayer is terrible, so i really dont think it should be selling this well. I foolishly payed full price for it at release, which was a big waste of money.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

oh an lol at the guy who thinks you just mash buttons in fighting games, suuuurreee just try an play me while you are mashing buttons an i guarentee you will be ko'd in less than 20 seconds!!! actually there are way more mechanics to fighting games than there are to fps's, dont belive me? well frankly i dont care but there are, an thats that!!! such an ignorant statement!!

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

oh my god with the buying of call of duty, people slow the f down already, dang there are other games out there besides call of freakin duty, as for me a find marvel vs capcom 3 the funnest game out of these on this list, it realy should have got 1st, its just endless entertainment and fresh, unlike a certain stale fps!!!!!!

beanofengland
beanofengland

Black Ops has seen a massive reduction in price recently though, thats the only reason sales have picked up, its been ranging from £24.99 to £29.99 new everywhere I look...

King9999
King9999

@rharr257: Please do some research on fighting games before making ignorant statements.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Ignoring Black ops, Seeing GTA4 was suprising!

benleslie5
benleslie5

I think I'm the only person who doesn't like Call of Duty in general. Nice to see LittleBigPlanet 2 still on the top 10 list

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

man who doesnt have CoD of game right now.... when they announce there will be another CoD game people will get crazy...

campbell153
campbell153

I think the CoD series is ending up like a Z list celebrity... if you google Katie Price you will see what i mean! lol. Anyway... are people still insane or something? dont waste your money because you will just end up going back to MW2... I hope due to the fact sooo many good games are being released this year CoD will just wither and die, looking forward to getting me hands on Killzone 3, Battlefield 3, Bulletstorm, Shift 2, not too sure when Halo Combat evolved is being released? but i want it!..

wis3boi
wis3boi

Next week we'll see an article with the same thing....Black Ops topping sales as the sheep are herded to purchase it

kweeni
kweeni

Wow wasn't expecting to see GTA4 in this list, nice.