Not only did this week indicate the beginning of the end of the gaming industry’s annual summer slumber, it also heralded the releases of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Disney Infinity and Saints Row IV to name but a few. Undoubtedly, it was a competitive week, but according to figures published by UKie Chart Track, the Steelport gang claimed the coveted number one spot.
Here’s the ranked list for the week ending August 24th, 2013:
1. Saints Row IV
2. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
3. Disney Infinity
4. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
6. FIFA 13
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
8. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
9. The Last of Us
10. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
It seems, in the long run, the franchise legacy behind Sam Fisher was piped at the post by Volition, Inc’s ludicrous sandbox. The new entry in the quirky franchise, which was published by Deep Silver on this occasion, represents the fourth biggest software launch of 2013 – falling behind Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us and Tomb Raider.
While Saints Row IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist represented this week’s new heavy hitters, the other new entries include the Skylanders-esque Disney Infinity, which debuted at third spot, with Take 2’s new entry The Bureau: Xcom Declassified rounding off the top ten. The Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101 ranked at 22nd.
A notable absentee from this week’s chart was Payday 2, which debuted at number one only last week. In experiencing a 78% fall in sales, Overkill Software’s co-op shooter tumbled down to 18th place. Elsewhere, familiar titles such as Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and FIFA 13 retained their steadfast hold of the chart’s middle ground.
Let us know what you make of Saints Row IV‘s performance in this week’s UK charts in the comments below. Plus, be sure to check back next week to find out what Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends and the console debut of Diablo 3 will have to say about the current standings.