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Black Ops Beats MVC3 In UK Charts

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Felix Kemp
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Call of Duty: Black Ops, Games news, Marvel vs Capcom 3
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Call of Duty: Black Ops

Black Ops Beats MVC3 In UK Charts

You'd forgive Capcom for expecting MVC 3 to debut at the top of the charts, what with it being an established brand releasing early in the year with very little direct competition on the horizon. But alas, the videogame industry isn't so clear cut, as Black Ops - a game, I might mention, that has already sold millions and millions of copies - has shot to the top of the UK Top 40 Charts to ruin Marvel Vs Capcom 3's day.

But at least it managed to ship as many copies in one week as MVC 2 did in its entire time on sale, on both the PS2 and Xbox, no less. Still, Black Ops' sudden resurgence in the charts is an odd turn of events. CoD often burns bright for its launch month and Christmas following, racking up four or five million copies in no time, then settles for a slower pace, picking up the stragglers but still featuring in the top ten and twenty charts. Perhaps it's a case of fans displeased with Treyarch's entry initially, who sold their copy, suffering from intense withdrawal symptoms and buying it back again?

Or maybe it's because old Bobby Kotick's made a Faustian deal to ensure years of success with his most prized brand, but at the expense of his own perception? As if he cares. In other chart news, Dead Space 2 stood firm at number three in the charts, whereas as last week's winner, Test Drive Unlimited 2, dropped to a respectable fourth place. Bulletstorm releases at the end of the week, so it'll be interesting to see how the charts stand then. [Chart Track]

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Jerec  Feb. 21, 2011 at 12:28

Or the fact that Black Ops has been lowered to £25 at a few shops?

Matt Gardner  Feb. 21, 2011 at 12:29

That's almost certainly helped.

And I'm definitely not the only person I know to refuse to buy a fighting game for more than £30....

....except Soul Calibur, of course.

Gunn  Feb. 21, 2011 at 13:17

Looks like the UK charts are predictable enough. How often does an FPS sit at the top.

darthsteve333  Feb. 21, 2011 at 18:19

I was one of those who bought Black Ops shortly after release after reading rave reviews. However, I was hugely disappointed and traded it before even finishing the SP campaign or trying the MP.

As the article states, there are undoubtedly people like me, who will pick up the game again when its cheaper. However, £25.00 is still too much and I won't consider it until it reaches the magic £17.99 mark.

On MVC3, I think that there are many who may think that they will find the game to be too complex to pick up and play. Another reason could be that people are afraid of bruising their ego when after playing single player, it may be a case of being repeatedly pummelled by experts online, (as usually happens to me on SFIV).

After all, a one on one beat-em-up is a game where if you lose, there is nowhere to hide and no-one to blame but yourself (or lag!). Now compare that to any online FPS, where its possible for players to blame team-mates for losing instead and I think you have another valid reason for MVC3's sales being solid but not spectacular.

Jonathan Lester  Feb. 21, 2011 at 18:49

As much as anything, I think that most consumers believe £35+ is simply too expensive for a fighting game. There are a few deals out there, but I reckon that the majority are waiting for the price war to kick off before investing.

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