You know your game is ridiculously popular when you can sell 85% fewer copies than you did a week ago and still be the biggest game in town.
By now, we all know that Call of Duty: Black Ops had a big launch. In fact, it had a very big launch. It’s hard to put the overwhelming dominance of Black Ops in perspective, though – with such a huge launch, what can you really compare it to except other blockbuster releases?
So, here’s some perspective: According to the UK All Formats chart, Black Ops suffered a staggering 85% week-on-week drop-off in sales from its week on launch to its second week on sales. For every ten copies it sold launch week in the UK, it sold a measly one-and-a-half copies last week.
It was still the top-selling game on the market, beating #2 Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood by an estimated 63,000 units. This was, by the way, reportedly the strongest launch ever for a title in the reasonably popular Assassin’s Creed series. To paraphrase Ms. Gwen Stefani, this crap is bananas. Absolutely bananas.
The Xbox 360 version accounted for 54% of all copies of Black Ops sold, with 40% of copies shipping on the PS3. Either that means that PC versions only made up a meager 6% of retail copies sold, or someone at the All Formats chart needs to read up on their mathematics.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, FIFA 11 and Just Dance 2 rounded out the top five.