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Resident Evil 2 races to top of UK charts as the only new release

Published: 11:25, 28 January 2019
Promo poster for the 2019 remake of Capcom's classic Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2

Just in case you needed a reminder on how highly anticipated Resident Evil 2's remake was, here it is - Capcom's second take at the iconic game has managed to storm to the top, making it their biggest UK launch since Resident Evil 7.

So, Capcom's second take on Resident Evil 2 brought about its second stint at the top of UK's physical sales chart, after slightly less than 21 years since the original game landed on Sony's first PlayStation. Perhaps it was only fair then to see PlayStation 4 hordes accounting for 74 per cent of sales.

Such was the hype over Resident Evil 2's remake that it's Capcom's biggest launch since Resident Evil 7 launched in 2017. The latter is the remake's main in-house competition and even though its physical sales were are some 18 per cent higher than Resident Evil 2 at this stage, we reckon that including digital sales would balance this out, even if only a bit.

The data covers physical sales in the week ending with 26 January 2019 and Resident Evil 2 was the week's only new arrival in the top 10. The remainder of the list is pretty much reshuffled, although some games took bigger tumbles than the others.

Last week's winner, New Super Mario Bros U, coincidentally also a remake, saw a 44 per cent dip in sales, which is actually a good result for the third week on the market. Unfortunately, it ended up demoting Nintendo's game to fourth place.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown took a tumble from second to sixth place thanks to 51 per cent lower sales in its second week, which is again a decent second-week performance. 

Bandai Namco Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

The rest of the titles dropped a single place to accommodate for Resident Evil 2, with Spyro Reignited Trilogy dropping out of the top ten. The list is as follows:

  • Resident Evil 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • FIFA 19
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy


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