Diablo III enters at No. 2, 8,000 units behind Rockstar's shooter.
Max Payne 3 has entered the UK All Formats All Prices video game chart at No.1, beating off competition from click-fest Diablo III.
Rockstar's well-received third-person shooter is the first game in the May Payne series to debut at No.1, outperforming the launch week of Max Payne 2 by 10 to 1 - although the second game was only available on PC initially before coming to consoles.
While Max managed the biggest UK launch since Mass Effect 3, Blizzard's Diablo III wasn't too far behind in second spot. The fantasy RPG was 8,000 units behind Rockstar's game (despite only launching on one platform), and still managed to be the 12th fastest selling PC game in the UK ever.
Elsewhere in the chart, last week's No.1, Sniper Elite V2, slips down to 4th spot, while EA have FIFA Street at No.3 and FIFA 12 at No.5.
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2011 UKIE Ltd (All Prices) Week 20, 2012
1. MAX PAYNE 3
2. DIABLO III
3. FIFA STREET
4. SNIPER ELITE V2
5. FIFA 12
6. [PROTOTYPE 2]
7. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3
8. BATTLEFIELD 3
9. ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS
10. MARIO & SONIC LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
11. MASS EFFECT 3
12. SKYLANDERS: SPYRO'S ADVENTURE
13. TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 13
14. KINECT STAR WARS
15. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
16. BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
18. SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD
19. FOOTBALL MANAGER 2012
20. RAYMAN ORIGINS
Sales figures for Max Payne 3 haven't been released, so it's hard to judge just how well the game has performed, but beating Diablo III is no small achievement - although the PC game will likely have sold a considerable number of units digitally.
This week sees the release of Ghost Recon Future Solider, DiRT Showdown and Dragon's Dogma. We reckon Ubisoft's shooter has the best chance of toppling Max and Diablo.