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Gears of War: Judgment sales well below Gears 3 in UK

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Gears of War: Judgment may have sold enough copies to end Tomb Raider's two-week stay at the top of the UK sales charts, but the fourth installment in Epic Games' Gears of War series failed to match that of its predecessor. According to GFK Chart-Track, Judgment sold just a quarter of what Gears of War 3 did during its launch week.

A more surprising story would be the successful launch of Activision's The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Although specific numbers weren't revealed, Survival Instinct debuted in the number three spot -- a surprisingly high rank given the poor reviews. I'd guess it's spot at number three had more to do with The Walking Dead brand rather than the actual gameplay. Let's not forget the story revolved around Daryl and Merle Dixon, two very popular characters in The Walking Dead TV show. Regardless of how unpolished gameplay might have been, I'm sure many fans of the show were looking forward to playing as those two characters. That Norman Reedus...

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was another new release, debuting seventh overall. Available on both major Nintendo consoles, the 3DS version accounted for 55% of sales and Wii U the rest. GfK also noted MH3U accounted for "almost 50% of the value generated by all Wii U software this week." 

Other games in the Top 10 of the UK Software Charts include Tomb Raider (second), FIFA 13 (fourth), Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (fifth), God of War: Ascension (sixth). Black Ops 2 fell from ninth to tenth. With speculation swirling about the next Call of Duty, rumored to be titled Ghosts, could Black Ops 2's staying power finally be wearing off?

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