UK Sales Chart: Shadow of Mordor is the Biggest Launch Ever for a Game Based on LOTR

October 6, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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Not even a 70% drop and the arrival of three big new games could stop FIFA 15, with EA’s soccer title taking home first place yet again in the UK.

Looking at one of those new releases, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor finished in second place, marking the biggest launch ever for a game based on The Lord of the Rings. Only releasing on new-gen consoles (last-gen comes out in November), Shadow of Mordor saw 56% of sales on PlayStation 4, 41% on Xbox One, and 3% on PC.

Elsewhere, Forza Horizon debuted in third (73% on Xbox One, 27% on Xbox 360), Super Smash Bros on 3DS in fourth, and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments in 27th. Also, with Minecraft: PS4 Edition coming to retail, the Minecraft: PlayStation Edition combined SKU of PS4 and PS3 jumped up 176%, with the split seeing 64% on PS4 and 36% on PS3.

Here’s the top 20 selling retail games in the UK for the week ending October 4, 2014, according to GfK Chart-track:

  1. FIFA 15 (down 70%)
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Forza Horizon 2
  4. Super Smash Bros
  5. Destiny (down 30%)
  6. Minecraft: PlayStation Edition (up 176%)
  7. Disney Infinity 2.0 (down 26%)
  8. Minecraft: Xbox Edition (+/- 0%)
  9. Call of Duty: Ghosts (down 12%)
  10. The Sims 4 (down 18%)
  11. Watch Dogs (Down 28%)
  12. The LEGO Movie Videogame
  13. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  14. Grand Theft Auto V
  15. The Last of Us Remastered
  16. Tomodachi Life
  17. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  18. Terraria
  19. Fantasy Life
  20. Frozen: Olaf’s Quest

Where do you think DriveClub will wind up on the UK chart this week?

[Source: GfK Chart-Track (1), (2)]