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Rockstar smashes records with L.A Noire and boosts flagging UK game sales

LA Noire generated £10m in sales in the first two days of its UK release last week
 Screen shot from L.A Noire


Rockstar, which is responsible for the iconic Grand Theft Auto series, is celebrating another chart-topping success with its highly anticipated crime thriller L.A Noire.

UK games retail has had a tough year so far. Just two weeks ago 573,506 games were sold, which is the lowest retail figure in almost five years.

However, this all changed last week with the launch of L.A Noire.

Last week 876,986 games were sold at retail, generating £24m in sales. This is the highest total since the first week of 2011.

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Over half of these sales were from hit game L.A Noire.

The game, which took over £10m in its first two days of release alone, shot straight to the top of the game charts across all formats.

The detective title is the most successful new IP launch in the history of the UK games industry.

L.A Noire’s debut weekend sales performance is in line with last year’s Wild West action game Red Dead Redemption, which ended the year as the fourth biggest game. 

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