Sackboy finds success at last, while Mass Effect 2 isn't massively effective

LittleBigPlanet didn't set the world alight when it was released in 2008. Sure, it received rave reviews and got to the top of the PS3 charts, but the PS3 install base wasn't so great at the time so it never really got the attention it deserved. Sony then claimed it would be a slow burner. Media Molecule stated that there would not be a sequel as it wasn't that kind of game. Turns out a sequel was exactly what Sackboy needed to hit the big time - and now it's here, he has.

Above: Yay! It's all flowers and rainbows now. And well-deserved too if our 10/10 review is anything to go by 

In the UKIE All-Format Chart for Week 3 of 2011, Sackboy reigns supreme, displacing Call of Duty Black Ops from the top spot and sitting pretty as the top selling game across all formats (erm... not counting download sales but those charts are never included). LittleBigPlanet 2 is a success - especially compared to PS3's other latest big-hitter, Mass Effect 2, which sits at 7 this week - and that's including residual 360 sales.

But what caused the change for Sackboy? Word of mouth from long-time PS3 owners passing on the message to newbies? Or maybe the fact that Sony has actually been advertising the game's features rather than abstract suggestions of its content this time round?

That said, I do still remember the one with 'he got hit by a caaa' from the first time round:


Here's the full Top 20 for the UK charts, so you can see how strong the competition was:

        1) LittleBigPlanet 2
        2) Call of Duty: Black Ops
        3) Just Dance 2
        4) FIFA 11
        5) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
        6) Wii Fit Plus
        7) Mass Effect 2
        8) Kinect Sports
        9) Gran Turismo 5
        10) Need For Speed Hot Pursuit

Have you bought the game? Are you loving it? Let us know what you think in the comments.

24 Jan, 2011

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2010 UKIE Ltd 




  • flare149 - January 25, 2011 2 a.m.

    Remember, download sales are not included and Bioware has officially said that they didn't have enough copies to sell and had a shortage, so Mass Effect 2 for PS3 probably still has some room to move up
  • Eliath - January 25, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    I bought the collector's edition. I love LBP, and it's a great game to play with other folks. Even my dad played the first LBP with my wife, mother, and I over a holiday and loved it. I think that's the first time he's ever gotten into a video game. My only complaints with the game are the following: The story mode seemed a lot easier to ace and collect everything, but that could be attributed to all the time spent with the first game or that they were using the story more as an advert on what the create tools can do now. My other complaint is it seems to have minutely different physics. The reason I say this is there were a bunch of brilliant levels in the first game that would "play itself", which is somewhat akin to a Rube Goldberg machine. As to other posters' comments on ME2 and it being a kids game ME2 was not exclusive it was on PC (I have a 360 but bought the PC version) and LBP is quite complex if you take the time to dig into the create tools and other players' creations.
  • Clovin64 - January 24, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    I picked up Mass Effect 2 on release day. I'm about 20 hours into it so far and I've loving the sh*t out of it. Maybe its just because its a year old game that most PS3 owners arent bothering with it?
  • NaughtySnape - January 24, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    This game is what convinced me to buy a PS3
  • Spybreak8 - January 24, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Sorry for the double post, technical issues on my end.
  • bobbybroccoli - January 24, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    WTF? Wii fit plus! I mean i bought it, but that was when I was still stupid...
  • Spybreak8 - January 24, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    People are missing out but understadably I know a lot of people's wallets are empty after Christmas though. Still ME2 I think was a slow burner on the 360 anways. RPG genre right
  • Spybreak8 - January 24, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Man people are missing out but understandably I know people's coffers are low after Christmas. I think ME2 will be a slow burn as I think it was a slow mover on the 360 as well. RPG genre right
  • Sully8764 - January 24, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    I got Mass Effect 2. 15 hours into it and it's pretty good. I didn't really like the first LBP so probably won't get this one.
  • Mode - January 24, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    @k1ng94 Couldn't have put it better myself. I decided to buy LBP2 over ME2, and I must say that it might be the only game I'll be playing for a while.
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 24, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I can't believe it but it makes the first LBP look bad! But for some reason I just don't find LBP2 to be as charming as the first. The first was so care free and funny, this one was more on the epic side.
  • potpan0 - January 24, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    The advertising for both games really was a bit crap. The LBP2 ads were pretty crap, and made the game look pretty boring. As for ME2, in the UK at least I swear I saw no ads what so ever. If the advertising had of been better for Mass Effect, it would probably be higher. @Jasman Yeah, I noticed that too.
  • Jasman - January 24, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but Sony used LBP 2 to sponsor the Channel 5 movies. In retrospect, this seems like a smart bit of promotion, especially considering how well the game has charted.
  • Bawheidbob - January 24, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    Last game failed badly for me. I doubt this will be any better. A poor excuse for a platformer so they throw in all this other junk.
  • WillisTron - January 24, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    I JUST got a PS3 so I'm content with playing some of the older cheaper exclusives for now, save me some $$
  • cj12297 - January 24, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    i bought the collectors edition and have no regrets. its really fun
  • k1ng94 - January 24, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    @ALaPigeon Your a grumpy xbox fanboy. If you think about it, it's not that strange. Many people know Mass Effect as a very plot driven game they might not realise it has an interactive comic thing and just assume they wouldn't understand it. While LBP is a franchise they are used to and may have sank a lot of time into already. There's also that stigma attached to ME2 as it is already a year old, there are so many good games coming this year they might not have the time / money to invest in a year old game. And the dull remark many would say the same for ME1. If you had any experience of the vast level editor would would realise LBP is not just for kids. Saying that I would chose ME2 over LBP (haven't played 2 yet) any day.
  • Shuuvuia - January 24, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    I'm saving up for it. I really want Mass Effect 2... to... but I think this will get priority. The first is one of the best games on the PS3 and definately deserved better sales than it got. I'm glad Media Molecule is finally getting the huge attention it deserves.
  • ALaPigeon - January 24, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    call me a grumpy xbox fanboy, but i just dont understand ps3 users, they are given access to an updated version of not just one of the best 360 titles, but one of the best games ever made, and they instead buy a game that (through my limited experience of the first one) is a bit dull and designed for kids. mass effect is wasted on you guys
  • Bya - January 24, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    LBP2: One of the best games I have ever played :)

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