Despite the first game having proven only a minor hit in Europe, largely thanks to a very low key marketing campaign, the sequel to God of War
has debuted at number one in the UK sales charts, beating out competition from Turbine’s new The Lord Of The Rings massively multiplayer online game.
God of War II
is Sony’s second number one of the year, after Resistance: Fall of Man
in March. Published in the UK by Codemasters, The Lord of the Rings Online
has become the second fastest selling online-only PC title ever in the UK, behind only World of WarCraft
Third place has gone to the multiformat release of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
, although its position is almost entirely to the new PlayStation 3 release, which accounts for 74 percent of all sales for the title this week. This is despite reports of a distribution argument with Ubisoft and leading specialist retailer GAME over the title.
Stock availability of the Wii has remained high for the second week, with Wii Play
falling only one spot to number four. Sega’s exclusive Sonic and the Secret Rings
has re-entered at number thirty-one, while The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
has also reappeared at number thirty-nine.
A number of Nintendo DS titles have also continued to perform well, with Pokemon Ranger
down only as far as number five and Brain Training
(aka Brain Age
still in the top ten almost a year after its initial release.
After selling out in previous weeks, Hotel Dusk: Room 215
has also risen eleven places to number eleven, while Diddy Kong Racing DS
has entered the chart for the first time at number thirteen.
God of War II
is not the only PlayStation 2 exclusive in the charts, with karaoke game SingStar Pop Hits
debuting at number six, Sony’s fellow casual gamer friendly franchise Buzz! The Mega Quiz
entering at number sixteen and Ubisoft’s Free Running
, also available on PSP, at number thirty-three.
|1||NE||God of War II||Sony||PS2||1|
|2||NE||The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar||Codemasters||PC||1|
|3||RE||The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion||Ubisoft||360/PS3/PC||23|
|6||NE||SingStar Pop Hits||Sony||PS2||1|
|7||2||TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Ubisoft||PS2/360/Wii/PC/GBA/DS/PSP||6|
|8||4||Harvest Moon DS||Nintendo||DS||2|
|9||6||Dr Kawashima's Brain Training||Nintendo||DS||47|
|10||12||Virtua Tennis 3||Sega||360/PS3/PC/PSP||6|
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2007. ELSPA