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Sleeping Dogs dominates the UK Sales charts on release

By: Musa Afridi

  |   August 23rd, 2012   |  
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The weekly UK sales charts are in and it turns out that Activision is left embarrassed as Sleeping Dogs brawls its way to the top.

Developed by Square Enix, the title was slated by Activision during the early days of development as the studio claimed that the game “wasn’t going to lead to a title at or near the top of the competitive open-world genre…to be blunt it just wasn’t going to be good enough.”

Judging by the game’s first week’s sales it seems that Activision may just regret having made their thoughts public as Sleeping Dogs has the fifth best opening week of any video game in the United Kingdom for 2012.

The game beat out the likes of the Nintendo 3DS exclusive, New Super Mario Bros. 2, which came in second place and London 2012: The Official Video Game, which came in third.

London 2012 saw quite some success in the charts during the Olympic games, despite being beaten by Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The latter has also been doing decent business in the charts and was in the top spot for quite some time.

Another game which benefitted from the Olympic Games and has been in the charts for a number of months now is Sega’s Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The review scores for the game were not the best but having both Mario and Sonic in the same game is bound to move some copies.

Riding on the success of the Dark Knight Rises, as well as the fact that it’s a great game, is Batman: Arkham City, which comes in sixth place, despite having been in the market for quite some time.

The Amazing Spider-Man is bringing in a steady flow of revenue to its publisher, Activision, as it settles for seventh place in the charts and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier haunts it way to the eight spot in the charts as anticipation for the game’s DLC heats up.

Dead Island makes a come back into the top ten and one can only expect that the interest in the game could be due to the hype surrounding both DayZ and WarZ making their way to the consoles and debuting on the PC respectively.

Rounding up the top ten is Lego Harry Potter: years 5-7 as the light hearted game continues to give potter heads something to keep themselves in the Potter-verse for a while longer at the very least.

That’s it for this week, tune in next time to see which games topped the charts in the United Kingdom.