Activision Blizzard's long-awaited real-time strategy sequel, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, has managed to do what its predecessor couldn't, and smashed the UK all-format software charts. And in its first week on sale too! We guess that's what happens when you keep a high-profile game locked away for refinement for twelve years.
Week 30 All Format Chart
(Previous week at the start. Weeks on chart at end)
(NE) - 1 - Starcraft II: Wings Of Liberty - Activision Blizzard - (1)
(1) - 2 - Toy Story 3 - Disney Interactive Studios Disney - (3)
(2) - 3 - Red Dead Redemption - Rockstar - (11)
(3) - 4 - Dance On Broadway - Ubisoft - (5)
(4) - 5 - Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - Warner Bros. Interactive - (6)
(8) - 6 - Just Dance - Ubisoft - (35)
(9) - 7 - Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels Starry Skies - Square Enix - (2)
(11) - 8 - Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Activision Blizzard - (38)
(6) - 9 - Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Nintendo - (8)
(12) - 10 - Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Electronic Arts - (22)
In comparison, Starcraft debuted at #24 when it was released in 1998, and according to GfK Chart-Track wasn't even the best-selling PC game that week. That went to Lucasarts' Star Wars Supremacy. Starcraft II has sold more boxed copies in its first week than the original did in its entire lifetime.
No other new entries to contend with Blizzard's mighty war game means that the rest of the Top 10 is nothing but a reshuffle. The previously top four titles have politely shuffled down a place to make room for Starcraft II, While Just Dance and Dragon Quest IX bounce up the lower end of the chart. Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 have climbed out of Top 10 relegation to reach #8 and #10 respectively.