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.

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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.
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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