Surprising Results After Backlash
For all the flak Aliens: Colonial Marines has received–from an almost universal drumming in reviews to still evolving questions surrounding Gearbox’s alleged outsourcing of the game’s development–it must have been a relief inside Sega halls to read the GFK Chart Track results from last week.
The official results show A:CM was in first place for sales last week in the UK. The game was first on XBOX 360, Playstation 3, and PC individually, as well as the multiplatform top 40. The true test then becomes whether the game can stay on the top spot week to week–only then will we see if gamers really care about these controversies.
Elsewhere, it appears a full week’s release on the Nintendo 3DS reminded consumers about Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It moved up a place in the multiplatform top 40 to 9th overall, even as it dropped to 5th on the individual 3DS charts. Ultimately, the benefit came from a huge jump on home consoles. ASR Transformed moved up from 20th to 14th on the XBOX 360 charts, and from 19th to 12th on Playstation 3. It was also the top seller on Wii U in the UK last week.