Payday 2 knocks Minecraft from No.1

The team at 505 Games will be celebrating this week as its tactical shooter Payday 2 has topped the charts.

505 Games – best known for Cooking Mama, Sniper Elite and the Zumba series – has released a couple of promising little titles recently. It’s also the publisher of Starbreeze’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, which is a digital-only release that has received wide critical acclaim [Metacritic: 86]. Payday 2 has had a number of positive reviews, too, with a Metacritic score of 81.

It is the company’s first No.1 since Sniper Elite V2, which topped the charts in April last year. And it marks Payday’s retail debut. The last Payday title, The Heist, was a download-only game.

That means Minecraft has dropped to No.2. The Microsoft game was No.1 for three weeks and drops to No.2 following a 14 per cent dip in sales.

Elsewhere, Call of Duty continues its climb back up the charts. The game saw a 60 per cent sales spike, sending it to No.3.

The only other new release last week was Disney’s Planes. But the game failed to enter the Top 40.

The Chart-Track Top Ten in Full:

  1. Payday 2 – 505 Games
  2. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition – Microsoft
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Activision
  4. FIFA 13 – EA
  5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Nintendo
  6. The Last of Us – Sony
  7. The Smurfs 2 – Ubisoft
  8. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – Warner Bros
  9. Tomb Raider – Square Enix
  10. Grand Theft Auto IV – Rockstar

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