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]