Previously-cancelled IP Sleeping Dogs debuts at top spot
Sleeping Dogs Game

Sleeping Dogs from Square Enix and United Front has dethroned all takers and made a triumphant leap to the top of the UK charts for the week ending August 18. This is surely good news for the fresh new IP which is making quite a wave, and being heralded as one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Having released on August 17 in Europe and the United Kingdom, the game’s managed to secure the top spot against some new releases – most notably a debut on Nintendo’s platform – clearly showing there’s interest in the new title. The game sees players assume the role of Wei Shen, an undercover cop who’s tasked with taking down the Hong Kong Triad from the inside. Forced to prove himself to the higher-ups, Wei quickly fights his way up the organization, but in time, begins to question his own motives as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become permanently blurred.

Sleeping Dogs is quickly followed by Nintendo’s newest debut, New Super Mari Bros. 2 for the Nintendo Wii, of which has opened in second, and released alongside Square’s open-world cop drama on August 17.

The prior reigning champions of the charts – SEGA’s London 2012: The Official Video Game and Warner’s LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – of which had battled each other for the top spot the past few weeks, have both been knocked down to third and fourth in this week’s charts, respectively. Though, after the run they’ve both seen – with LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes having controlled the top spot for five weeks running, before London 2012: The Official Video Game’s took over for a hatrick – it’s certainly not surprising.

The top 20 chart entries for the week ending August 18 in the United Kingdom are as follows:

  1. Sleeping Dogs – Square Enix [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC ]
  2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo [ Nintendo Wii ]
  3. London 2012: The Official Video Game – SEGA [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, OnLive ]
  4. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – Warner Bros. Interactive [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii, DS, 3DS, Mac ]
  5. Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games – SEGA [ Nintendo Wii and 3DS ]
  6. Batman: Arkham City – Warner Bros. Interactive [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, OnLive ]
  7. The Amazing Spider-Man – Activision [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo Wii, 3DS, DS, iOS and Android ]
  8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Ubisoft [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC ]
  9. Dead Island GOTY (Game of the Year) Edition – Deep Silver [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC ]
  10. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Warner Bros. Interactive [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii, 3DS, DS, PC, OnLive, Mac, iOS and Android ]
  11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Bethesda Softworks [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC ]
  12. FIFA 12 – EA Sports [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PC, Mac, Nintendo Wii, 3DS, DS, Xperia Play, PSP, iOS and Android ]
  13. Battlefield 3 – EA Games [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC ]
  14. Mario Kart 7 – Nintendo [ Nintendo Wii ]
  15. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Activision [ Xbox 360 Classics collection, game also available on PlayStation 3 and PC ]
  16. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Activision [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii ]
  17. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Ubisoft [Xbox 360 Classics collection, also available on PlayStation 3 and PC ]
  18. Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo [ Nintendo 3DS ]
  19. Grand Theft Auto Episodes Liberty City – Rockstar Games [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC ]
  20. Sonic Generations – SEGA [ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo 3DS ]

Sleeping Dogs is available now in North America and Europe on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, whilst New Super Mari Bros. 2 is available on Nintendo Wii, exclusively.