Star Wars knocks EA off its perch
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:57 PM
EA's dominance at the top of the all-format gaming chart has come to a close after Terminal Reality/Lucasarts/Microsoft's 'Kinect Star Wars' ended its five-week command of the number one slot.
In doing so, this latest console version of Star Wars has become the first title to top the charts using the Kinect sensor technology, which allows players to wield a lightsaber without a controller.
Navigating the Star Wars universe, players of the Kinect game can engage in lightsaber combat, pull off "force" moves, pilot speeder bikes and ships, and Podrace.
A second player can also jump in for some arm-swinging chaos in the living room.
Although it deposes EA's 'FIFA Street', which has enjoyed a fine run at the top the gaming league, to number two, the publisher can still boast that it occupies four of the top five places.
'Mass Effect 3' shuffles down a place to three, while 'FIFA 12' actually climbs a place to four, having been a top five regular since its release.
However, 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13' is on the wane, down two places, much like its namesake whose performance at the real-life Masters tournament over the weekend was his worst ever as a pro.
The next non-EA title after Star Wars is 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3', up a place to six, closely followed by resurgent EA game 'SSX', up three places to seven.
'Mario and Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games' is putting in a marathon performance, climbing to eight from ninth, while EA's sixth top-ten title 'Battlefield 3' is down one at nine.
Rounding out the top ten games is Bethesda's 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' sneaking up from 11th.
The big loser this week is Capcom with its 'Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City', with gamers seemingly avoiding it like a virus as it plummeted from fourth to 21st.