Following up on the huge success of Red Dead Redemption exactly 12 months ago (which sold over 1.9 million units in week one and 8 million in total), Rockstar have done it again with L.A.Noire selling an estimated 1.6 million units in the week one (5 days in the Americas, 2 days in Europe).
L.A. Noire is the second-biggest game of the year so far in week one behind Pokemon Black / White, and has more than doubled the week one retail sales of other major PS3 / Xbox 360 releases this year such as Homefront, Portal 2, Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat and Brink.
Despite starting life as a PS3 title, the Xbox360 version saw the slightly larger sales - about 55% worldwide. Over 900,000 units were sold in the Americas and more than 250,000 in the UK.
L.A. Noire managed to comfortably outsell similar titles such as Heavy Rain (comparing just the PS3 versions) in the same timeframe and has exceeded most analyst expectations. Strong review scores for the title combined with some heavy marketing are the two main reasons behind the success (much as with Red Dead last year).
Stay tuned to VGChartz for the full charts on Thursday.