ME3 has instant effect on game chart
Monday, March 12, 2012 3:15 PM
'Mass Effect 3' has stormed straight to the top of the gaming charts in its first week of release.
Bioware's final instalment in the Commander Shepard trilogy was one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year having already been given the title of 'Best Role-Playing Game' in IGN's 'Best of E3 Awards' in 2011.
Published by EA, ME3 is top of GFK Chart-Track's software rankings, despite it not being stocked by the Game Group in its high street stores following a supply dispute.
Last week's chart-topper 'SSX', which sees players controlling snowboarders on a variety of real-world mountains, has managed to hold off the advances of another newcomer 'Street Fighter x Tekken' for second spot.
Capcom's beat-em up sees the collision of characters from the two legendary arcade titles 'Street Fighter' and 'Tekken'.
It displaces football title 'Fifa 12' and Nintendo's 'Mario Party 9' into 4th and 5th places respectively.
'The Sims: Showtime 3' is another newcomer at six, which lets gamers play out a "rags-to-riches" story with their entertainer characters.
A 'Katy Perry Collector's Edition' even allows fans of the popstar to control a look-a-like avatar.
Steve Schnur, worldwide executive of music for EA, said he felt "no performer could better represent the humour and fun of The Sims brand."
The "Simlish" recording of her hit 'Hot and Cold', which appeared in 'The Sims 2' is, according to Schnur, the most popular such music video to date.
Sega's 'Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games' fell two places to 7th, Activision's 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3' also fell one place to 8th and, having climbed 22 places last time out, 'Assassin's Creed: Revelations' from Ubisoft was a non-mover at nine.
Rounding out the top ten was Pipeworks' 'Zumba Fitness', up four places.
The fitness game based on the method of working out to Latin music devised by South American dancer Alberto Perez is currently 2nd on the Wii chart.