UK Charts: L.A. Noire breaks records to take No.1

The Train2Game blog has dedicated many of its pages to the game’s impressive Art & Animation techniques, but sales show that L.A. Noire may be more than just a visually impressive game; it’s taken top spot in the UK Charts in a  record breaking debut week.

It’s become the fastest ever selling new video game IP in the UK; a promising sign to Train2Game students that you don’t have to be developing a sequel to a successful franchise for the game to be a hit.

58% of L.A. Noire sales were for the Xbox 360, showing that the 3 discs the Train2Game blog reported the game comes on wasn’t an issue for gamers.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean remains at No.2, while last week’s chart topper – as reported by the Train2Game blog – Brink, drops to No.3 in its second week on sale.  Zumba Fitness drops one spot to No.4, while PC exclusive title The Witcher 2: The Assassins of Kings takes No. 5 in its first week.

The high chart position of The Witcher 2 is arguably yet more evidence that the PC is far from dead, but rather provides an excellent opportunity for Train2Game students to develop games.

The rest of the top ten is filled by familiar titles; Crysis 2 moves up three to No. 6, Portal 2 drops three to No.7, FIFA 11 remains at No.8,  Mortal Kombat drops three to No.9, while Call of Duty: Black Ops slips five to No. 10.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 20th May 2011 is therefore as follows:

1. LA Noire (Rockstar)
2. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney)
3. Brink (Bethesda)
4. Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
5. The Witcher 2 (Namco Bandai)
6. Crysis 2 (EA)
7. Portal 2 (Valve)
8. FIFA 11 (EA)
9. Mortal Kombat (Warner)
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)

Releases in the upcoming week include Dirt 3 and Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the 3DS.

Have you played L.A. Noire yet? Does it deserve to be the record for the fastest selling new IP? Is its success good for the games industry? And what are your thoughts on PC exclusive The Witcher 2?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: UKIE Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track]

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