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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning dominates UK sales

Heralding a victory for RPGs and original franchises everywhere, retail analyst Chart Track announced that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning debuted at number one in the UK in its first week on sale.

Developed by 38 Studios and Big Huge Games, Kingdoms of Amalur is the first new IP to lead the UK charts since Dead Island's release in 2011, and the first original RPG to dominate the competition since the release of Pokemon Red in 2000.

Elsewhere in the list, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII-2 traded its previous top spot for second place, and Digital Extreme's The Darkness II made its debut in third. The full top twenty multiformat list (by publisher) is as follows:

1 - Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (EA)
2 - Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix)
3 - The Darkness II (2K Games)
4 - Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Konami)
5 - FIFA 12 (EA)
6 - Battlefield 3 (EA)
7 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
8 - Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
9 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
10 - Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
11 - SoulCalibur V (Namco Bandai)
12 - Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft)
13 - Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
14 - Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Activision)
15 - Saints Row: The Third (THQ)
16 - Rage (Bethesda)
17 - Need For Speed: The Run (EA)
18 - Zumba Fitness 2 (505 Games)
19 - Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo)
20 - Catherine (Deep Silver)

Kingdoms of Amalur's success is proof that a new IP made by a relatively new studio can play in the same arena as the major franchises. Read why we dug 38 Studios' fresh approach to action RPGs in our recent review, and why we think it can even teach Bethesda a thing or even “5 things Kingdoms of Amalur does better than Skyrim” feature.

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4 comments

  • Bitchslapthehomeless - February 13, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    Honestly, I'm preferring The Darkness II over KoA: Reckoning.
  • smurfantista - February 13, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    It's not a perfect game, but it does enough right to be fun and it's refreshing to see a major publisher launching a new IP in 2012.
  • Bawheidbob - February 13, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Quite an achievement - I have not played it yet but it is one i will pick up at some stage.
  • TRueHEAdCasE - February 13, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Developers owe a thank you to GR. I know I would never have even heard of the game if not for this site. And now I can't stop playing.

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