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UK charts: Max Payne 3 pips Diablo 3 to number one

Monday, 21 May 2012 09:28 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Max Payne 3 has beaten Diablo III to the number one spot in this week’s UK charts.

The gap between the two games was by 8,000 units.

It’s the first number one for the Payne series, making a return eight-and-a-half years after the Remedy-developed Max Payne 2, with MP3 outselling MP2 by a figure of 10-1. It’s also the biggest launch of this year so far, beating Mass Effect 3.

On a platform breakdown, a majority of sales for Max went to Xbox 360 at 58%, while the remaining 42% are on PS3. The PC version releases next Friday in the UK.

The Blizzard RPG will have to settle for second behind the Rockstar shooter, despite becoming the 12th biggest PC launch in the UK ever and selling more than the past two Football Manager games.

Last week’s number one Sniper Elite V2 falls to four behind FIFA Street, while FIFA 12 rounds off the top five.

Full top ten for the week ending May 19 is below. Last week’s data is here.

  • 1 – Max Payne 3
  • 2 – Diablo III
  • 3 – FIFA Street
  • 4 – Sniper Elite V2
  • 5 – FIFA 12
  • 6 – Prototype 2
  • 7 – Modern Warfare 3
  • 8 – Battlefield 3
  • 9 – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • 10 – Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics

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29 Comments

  1. merseymal

    I suspect a lot more than 8,000 copies of Diablo III were bought directly from Blizzard and aren’t included in the sales figures for the chart.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Glad to see a good game taking the spot.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Judicas

    And I suspect dramatically more then 8,000 copies were given out “free” via Annual Pass.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. voxelman

    so in other words including digital Diablo III outsold Max Payne 3 on PS3/360 combined. Add in the no console cert costs and Diablo 3 likely made a lot more money, especially as digital copies are only brought direct from Blizzard so they get 100% of the price.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. daytripper

    Both games are doing well so who cares? Congrats to both.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    If you look at the chart, it just shows how stale it is. Not really a shock that these two both entered in the top 2 spots. And Diablo 3 probably out sold Max Payne 3 with those digital purchases.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Wow, I don’t want a single video game from that list.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. loveaya

    The reason is that many of the players have chosen to buy Diablo 3 digital version~

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Christopher Jack

    I have Revelations which I still have yet to complete, bought Prototype 2 but still waiting on arrival, intend to eventually purchase BF3 & am interested in Max Payne 3.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. viralshag

    Max Payne is so far really good. I’m just about to start the second disc later in between bouts of more Diablo lootiness.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    Kinda disappointed to see MP3 come out on top personally, I was so disappointed with it :(

    #11 3 years ago
  12. viralshag

    @11, Out of interest, what didn’t you like about it? I like the story so far up to the end of disc one and I like the look of the first 5 mins of disc two…

    I do have some gripes though, the fuzzy effects during the talking/story portions are getting a little annoying and actually give me bit of a headache haha. But the dialog that pops up, voice acting and script is pretty fantastic.

    Sometimes there’s a little too much non-interaction during some scenes but I can live with it. So far it’s above LA: Noire and below RDR for me.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. AHA-Lambda

    @12 – my biggest problem was that I just generally didn’t find it a satisfying experience to play, and in fact a little infuriating. It just doesn’t seem anything like a max payne game and was closer to an Uncharted or Gears game but with slow-mo. If you play this game like a normal Max Payne game you will fail.
    By the end the shit ending didn’t even bother cos I was just glad to have finished it.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @13, Ok I can see that, yeah. I’m playing on hard and I am using cover a fair bit and I didn’t really think about Uncharted or Gears until you mentioned it but yeah, like I said, I can see the resemblance.

    I wouldn’t know how to play this like a “normal Max Payne game” though so maybe I don’t have enough reference to make a decent comparison.

    I can’t say I’m overly thrilled from what I have seen in the MP so far.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    @14 – i’ve not even played the MP, I have no interest in it.

    I take it you’ve not played MP1 and 2 then? MP1/2 were sooo much fun in their OTT John Woo slow-mo, shoot-dodging epicness :)
    You can do that in MP3 but you will just fail miserably if you do; and heck i was playing on normal =/

    It’s when a game disappoints me this much, personally, that I’m glad I tend to rent most of my games nowadays.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. viralshag

    @15, Well I do have MP1 & 2 on the PC as I also bought the game on PC thinking it was out on the 15th or whatever until I realised it was in June :/

    So I might go back and give them a go once I’m done with D3 and MP3.

    I was trading in a few games and MP3 only cost me £4 and I was tired or waiting to play it. I’m going to trade in the 360 version I have when it unlocks on PC.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    Wait, they took the OTTness out of Max Payne 3? Well then…

    It just goes to show that marketing sells a game, not being a good game. Everyone by this point has come around to the fact that Diablo III is an incredibly mediocre and broken game. Not bad, but simply mediocre and broken. Between the DRM, the washed out palettes, and the samey gameplay, pretty much every commentator I’ve heard on Youtube has been panning it. It’s really only Diablo in name.

    And Max Payne sounds like they just went GTA lite with it and ignored everything that made it Max Payne. The OTTness that had you diving around and doing action filmy things in a cheesy film noir storyline is what made Max Payne what it was. Take away that, and it’s only Max Payne in name.

    So, what’s the secret to success?

    Buy a well known name, make a tremendously average game, and then market the fuck out of the name. People will buy it in droves.

    I’m personally glad I bought neither, so no buyer’s remorse for me. It sucks for the people who were suckered in by the big names, though, doesn’t it? But maybe they’ll think twice before being suckered in by big names in the future.

    No, no they probably won’t. That’s just naive of me.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. viralshag

    Ah yes, Youtube commentators, Metacritic user score and your own imagination… the true voice of gamers around the world speaks once more.

    Well I bought both (one of them twice) and have no buyers remorse (unlike my feelings on GW2). Tell me again, what experience of either game are you basing this on?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    Iam surprised that Sniper elite is in number 4 position,after two strong tittles coming the prior week, great thing kudos to that, i will pick it as soon as i have some spare money to spend, the thing is that all hope is not lost yet, because funny games that are not based on the game alone,and that deliver a fresh idea, and that do this good, really proves that there is still a little, tiny bit of hope and/or light in the end of the darkest tunnel.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. sb319

    @17 Spoken like a person who has not played Max Payne 3. It’s fantastic, and you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. viralshag

    @17, Do you know what misinformation does?

    It makes you look like the town idiot, the kind of drunken moron you find on a street corner spewing out endless conspiracy theories.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. daytripper

    “tremendously average game” lol after a few hours playing the game I came to the conclusion that it is much better than some of the utter shit that has topped our charts over the years.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    #21 I will not argue if the commenter, the one you are refering the previous comment, has a point or holds some water, and my comment will not have any point in this particular discussion, but do you realize that is not the fault of the drunken moron on the street who is shouting endless conspiracy theories, the fault is in the people that has and or hold the information, but for some reason or another, which can be in itself a conspiracy, they decide to not comment or instead deny antyhing with any solid investigations/proofs, therefore my point is dont attack the people that shouts, attack that people that shut their mouth, they are the ones with most fault in that, they give oxigen to the flame of conspiracy theories alive.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. viralshag

    @23, I was actually just quoting some of his own words to be honest. ;)

    I prefer open discussion about subjects, whether or not the person starting the conversation is in the right or wrong. But some people on here talk as if they are speaking for the masses and often as if their viewpoint or opinion is actual fact. And some people, are simply delusional.

    Often it is a difference of opinion. I like to think that I’m not patronising or rude, unlike some, when I comment or talk to others on this site.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    #24 ah sorry then, i didnt knew, never mind

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Da Man

    Some people need to check themselves and discover the meaning behind the mysterious word ‘marketing’ before they urinate all over video game website comment sections.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antipsychotic

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Derpy

    Quote below pretty much sums up this article. Quote source is from: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/5150759166?page=1#15

    —————————————

    By what I see… Max Payne 3 on CONSOLES “outsold” Diablo 3 on PC….

    Also, Max Payne 3 is not out in the UK for PC yet according to the article…

    A game that is releasing on multiple platforms will always outsell releases on a single platform because its the size difference between the target audiences. It’s a bad comparison when you compare companies who develop a game for multi-platform use to companies who develop games for a single platform.

    Only horrible websites and writers don’t see this flaw when writing articles for attention and traffic to fool the silly people who just read the headline and skim the article.

    Also, before someone tries to twist this into a troll fan statement: no I don’t own either of those games.

    —————————————

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Da Man

    A game that is releasing on multiple platforms will always outsell releases on a single platform because its the size difference between the target audiences
    Halo 3…

    Yeah.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. t4nzkie

    MP3 was really great, i just finished it now. This game is really worth buying :)

    #29 3 years ago

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    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]