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Starhawk Scrapes Into UK Charts At Number 17

Sniper Elite still top.

Sony’s Starhawk, the follow up to Warhawk, has charted this week but at a disappointing 17th place, with 505’s Sniper Elite V2 still at the top, even though sales for the title were down nearly 40%.

EA’s dominance of the rest of the charts, along with strong games from the likes of Ubisoft and Activision, complete the picture.

We’re not really sure what went wrong with Starhawk – the game’s great but perhaps the advertising wasn’t up to scratch and, maybe, people would have preferred it on PSN rather than disk.

1. Sniper Elite V2 (505 Games)
2. FIFA Street (EA)
3. FIFA 12 (EA)
4. Prototype 2 (Activision)
5. Mass Effect 3 (EA)
6. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (EA)
7. Kinect Star Wars (Microsoft)
8. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
9. Battlefield 3 (EA)
10. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
12. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
13. Saints Row: The Third (THQ)
14. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Activision)
15. Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros)
16. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Namco Bandai)
17. Starhawk (Sony)
18. Foobtall Manager 2012 (Sega)
19. SSX (EA)
20. Forza Motorsport 4 (Microsoft)

  1. halbpro
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Mar 2009

    I think Starhawk will probably have quite a long tail, but it doesn’t seem like they’ve advertised it all that much.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 09:59.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      Fact is that if i didn’t visit here so often, i woulnd’t have even known about it. Not seen a single piece of advertising about it.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 14:32.
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    While this is bad news for Sony and whoever the developers are, its quite possibly good news for me. These sorts of first week sales (starhawk) often result in a quick price drop. I’m yet to buy it, but am interested so may wait now til it drops in price.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:05.
    • Cutter.T
      Since: Jun 2009

      Well LittleBigPlanet ‘bombed’when it first came out, and now its Sony’s 3rd best selling IP of the generation (Behind only Uncharted and Gran Turismo, and yes ahead of God of War!). However, a lot of games seem to ‘bomb’have a price-cut and then get a long tail. Warhawk had an exceptionally long one (and still does.)

      Honestly though I hope it does well, but I really would only get it as a 30 quid download. A game like that needs to on a hard-drive for quick diving-in.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:11.
  3. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I suspect the reason why Starhawk has done so badly in the charts this week was because of the SCEE only confirming it would be retail only a few days before release and i suspect a lot of people had already bought a PSN voucher just for that thus rendering them unable to get it. Shame really. :(

    It seems despite the bad things i’ve heard about it, Fifa street is doing well. :O

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:08.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      That’s really not why.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:11.
      • Cutter.T
        Since: Jun 2009

        Sony’s invisible marketing force strikes again!

        Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:12.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Well I was planning to get it via PSN so didnt preorder it on physical and have to buy it.

        Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:25.
    • Tomhlord
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Apr 2009

      Worth bearing in mind that FIFA Street, ME3, Tiger & SSX are all reduced down to £25 seemingly across all outlets, in the usual EA price cut that comes a month or two after release.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 11:20.
    • quinkill
      Since: Oct 2010

      I know this is the case as a few of my buddies were so pissed when it didn’t come out on PSN day and day!

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 17:01.
  4. JoshHood
    Small briefcase w*nker
    Since: Forever

    Maybe Sony should actually hire someone in distribution. It only went up for preorder on UK retail websites a couple of weeks ago, and half the stores here in York at least aren’t even stocking it.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:21.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever


      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:29.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Yeah you’re right, Amazon are out of stock too. Thats gotta be a kick in the teeth for poor Dylan and his faithful minions.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:31.
    • Tomhlord
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Apr 2009

      Yup, sad but true.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 11:21.
  5. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    SCEE have been up to their usual standard with regards to advertising & distribution, haven’t even seen so much as a banner ad online for it, nevermind something substantial.

    Also looking around to pre-order it, most publishers you can pre-order months or even year or so in advance, up until a couple of weeks ago most online sites had a variety of different release dates, Amazon never even had it listed & neither did GAME… So Europe’s biggest retailer & one of, if not /the/ biggest online retailers never even had it for pre-order.

    This low key, shower of shit approach to publishing & distributing the game this side of the pond must be why my local GAME only received a few copies on launch day… Of which I had the last one by midday, anyone arriving later would have been told they were out of stock.

    So, whilst I’m sure SCEE has some good eggs working there, as a structure it stinks & is barely, if at all, fit for purpose.

    Aside from SCEE, I think the addition of a campaign was a mistake although plenty of people like it, but as a PSN multiplayer only title it wouldn’t have been able to command the £40 price they so obviously need to cover a few years of development.

    Anyway if you like multiplayer mayhem, there is nothing better really. This will live on with a long tail of activity for a few years so it could well be the best value purchase you ever make, even if SCEE can’t be arsed to point out why.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:28.
    • jikomanzoku
      Since: Jan 2010


      Only I and a few others who had pre-ordered got copies at my local store, and whilst I was in store 3 people were turned away on launch day due to their not having pre-ordered it.

      Sony’s typical and usual pish poor marketing, combined with the Parlous state of Game have combined to damage early sales of this frankly great game.

      As an aside, I also read the Guardians review of it on the weekend and it was moronic, Nick Gillet knows little of anything of gaming. Of the whole review it focused almost entirely on the Single Player campaign, saying only of multiplayer that “even with multiplayer Starhawk is a slight game”. Facepalm. Missed. The. Point.

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:40.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Since: Jun 2009

      well said cc_star…I’ve not seen any advertising for it at all. It was only a few weeks that I realised from TSA that it was coming out so I pre-ordered online.

      Its a good game online that needs a few tweeks but its enjoyable.

      Oh and cc_star, I see you got me good in a hawk the other night you bastard. ;-)

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:45.
  6. An-dz
    Since: Oct 2010

    I was really suprised how few people signed up for the starhawk meet, there are so few servers on too there is often barly enough to scrool down at all, leaving little choice of matchs.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:33.
  7. Mickey2010
    Since: Jan 2010

    Well i went to buy it in my local Gamestation (Carlisle) on Friday and was told they were not stocking it until next week

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:40.
  8. Death_In_Flamez
    Since: Feb 2011

    I have said countless times that I would love to get Starhawk if a good number of mates were playing it. 4 people really is not enough.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:41.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      I’m sorry, i’m afraid there were only 5 copies made by the sounds of it! :D

      Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 17:51.
  9. An-dz
    Since: Oct 2010

    not holding it aginst anyone. but you have a poin, playing by yourself really is not fun, more so when you end up with a team thats wont leave the spawn zone. I hope they do something to pick the numbers up. im starting to remember certain players that show up everywhere from lack of people. ( that or they are stalking me )

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:48.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    SCEE really need to get some infrastructure in place for future releases, it all seems a bit last minute, the way in which pre-orders only appeared a few weeks before release, it was a couple of days before release when they confirmed it wouldn’t be appearing on PSN – it’s these sort of things which lost them sales.

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 10:58.