Sunday, December 21, 2014
Borderlands 2 Outsells Borderlands 4-1, Becomes 2012’s Biggest Launch, 71 Percent Sales On Xbox 360

Borderlands 2 Outsells Borderlands 4-1, Becomes 2012’s Biggest Launch, 71 Percent Sales On Xbox 360

Borderlands 2 received critical success from the media and that’s translated into a resounding success at retail. The game’s become this year’s biggest launch title, outpacing the first by more than four to one. Gearbox should be throwing a party as we speak.

Borderlands 2 stormed the UK game sales chart like a hurricane, beating every other title released this year by miles, including Mass Effect 3, selling 4,000 more copies than Bioware’s latest effort.

On consoles, Borderlands 2 saw its greatest success on Xbox 360, selling 71 percent of units on said platform, with PS3 accounting for only 22 percent, while PC managed 7 percent (it likely sold many more units digitally).

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, Week 38, 2012:

1. BORDERLANDS 2
2. F1 2012
3. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013
4. SLEEPING DOGS
5. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES
6. LITTLEBIGPLANET PS VITA
7. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2
8. TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2
9. GUILD WARS 2
10. MAX PAYNE 3
11. LONDON 2012: THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME
12. DEAD ISLAND GOTY EDITION
13. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
14. LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 5-7
15. MARIO & SONIC LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
16. THE SIMS 3: SUPERNATURAL
17. SKYLANDERS: SPYRO’S ADVENTURE
18. TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
19. MADDEN NFL 13
20. DIRT SHOWDOWN

Said Ukie:

‘Borderlands 2’ from 2K Games/Take 2 debuts at the top of the All Formats Chart this week with the biggest launch so far in 2012, toppling the previous best, ‘Mass Effect 3’. The original, launched back in W43 2009 only made it to No7 when it was released on XB360 and PS3 (the PC version came out the following week). The sequel’s launch week has outdone the original by more than 4 to 1 with the Xbox 360 version the big winner, accounting for 71% of sales compared to 22% on PS3 and 7% on PC.

Ukie said that the games industry is finally picking up in 2012, will titles like F1 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 and Sleeping Dogs helping lift it:

The games industry has finally got into gear after a slow summer with ‘F1 2012’ and ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2013’ also new this week at No2 and No3 respectively. Last week’s No1 ‘Sleeping Dogs’ (+1%) has to settle for No4 ahead of ‘Lego Batman 2’ (-19%) which also makes way for the new releases, down 2 places to No5. Sony’s ‘LittleBigPlanet PS Vita’ has the biggest sales week for a non-hardware launch week Vita title, debuting at No6, ahead of ‘New Super Mario Bros. 2’ (-13%) at No7 and ‘Tekken Tag Tournament 2’ (-51%) which drops 6 places to No8. Former No1 ‘Guild Wars 2’ (+11%) holds on to a Top 10 position at No9, while Take 2 are the only publisher to have 2 titles in the Top 10 thanks to ‘Max Payne 3’ (+34%) being a non-mover at No10.

We have a collection of the game’s reviews through here.

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  • nick

    not exactly surprising.
    what however is surprising is i dunno why but i just cant get into this!
    been playing it for 4 nights now and i dunno i just find it so god dam boring!
    they REALLY need to expand on the weapon customization!
    and hell even weapon variety!
    every single god dam time i find a weapon its either a pistol or a shotgun, i mean come on for crying out loud how about some variety here!
    i think thats whats spoiling the game for me, its just so basic, simplistic, and restrictive!
    oh and repetitive, really, really, repetitive!

  • nick

    O, not to mention every single god dam time you find a weapon its lower specced than the ones you have.
    what is the point of exploring and looting every nook and cranny if everything you find is lower than what you have?
    out of all the crap ive found, been playing for like 30 hours now, ive found maybe 10 weapons that are higher specked than the ones i have!
    10!

  • benzo

    @Nick, sucks that you cant get into Borderlands 2 sir. I feel you frustration as well about the crappy loot. I’m only a few hrs in, but I find myself dying more often due to the weapons I loot being weaker than a 100yr old right handed woman’s left hand grip.
    But very very happy that Gearbox is finding the success that this franchise deserves! Kudos!!

  • nick

    yea, its nice to see the game doing well!
    they really need to beef up some of the weapons.
    i found this grenade launcher tonight which takes like 6 shots to kill a level 2 shotgun midget!
    i mean come on its a freaking grenade launcher, against one of the games weakest enemies!
    it should be a one hit kill, not 2, let alone 3, 4, 5, 6!