UK Chart: Little Big Planet 2 takes first

The Sackboy-fronted PS3 platformer debuts at number one, bumping Call of Duty: Black Ops to two. The new PS3 version boosts Mass Effect 2 back into the top 10.

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753230- PlayStation 3-exclusive Little Big Planet 2 took first place in the UK sales chart following launch on January 21. The Sackboy-fronted DIY platformer bumped Call of Duty: Black Ops from the top spot, which fell to number two with a 15 percent drop in sales. Wii dance title Just Dance 2 held firm in third place, while FIFA 11 dropped to number four.

Mass Effect 2 reentered the top 10 at number 7, thanks to the release of the PlayStation 3 version of the game, after being originally released as an Xbox 360 console exclusive in January 2010. Superpowered massively multiplayer online role-playing game DC Universe Online, available for the PC and PS3, landed at number 10 in its first week, but fell to 22 this week with the PS3 version still representing the lion's share of retail sales for the title.

Return of the Sack.
Return of the Sack.

The UK-developed Little Big Planet 2 was delayed from its original November launch date to ensure fans would get "the best experience imaginable," said Little Big Planet studio Media Molecule. Those fans had Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves to tide them over, at least, with that Move-based multiplayer spin-off released in December.

As well as giving Media Molecule time to put the finishing touches to the game, the shifted launch date served Little Big Planet 2 in the chart stakes. Little Big Planet 2's sales were on par with those of its predecessor, tallying 95 percent of the original game's sales, but it still made the UK number one spot, whereas Little Big Planet debuted at number four in a more competitive week of game releases (Gears of War 2 placed first in November 2008).

Top 10 Entertainment Software (All Prices) - Week Ending January 22, 2011:


1. Little Big Planet 2 (Sony Computer Ent.)

2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)

3. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)

4. FIFA 11 (EA)

5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

6. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)

7. Mass Effect 2 (EA)

8. Kinect Sports (Microsoft)

9. Gran Turismo 5 (Sony Computer Ent.)

10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2011 ELSPA Ltd for the week ending January 22, 2011.

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