Darksiders 2 must settle for second place.
Sleeping Dogs holds on for a second week at No.1 despite strong sales of THQ's Darksiders II, which moved 80 per cent more units in week one than the original in January 2010.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 drops to third, London 2012 is down to No.4 and Activision's Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is new at No.5.
Elsewhere, Modern Warfare 3 surges up to No.17, up from No.34.
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2011 UKIE Ltd (All Prices) Week 34, 2012
1. SLEEPING DOGS
2. DARKSIDERS II
3. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2
4. LONDON 2012: THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME
5. TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON
6. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES
7. TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
8. MARIO & SONIC LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
9. BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
10. LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 5-7
11. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
12. FIFA 12
13. BATTLEFIELD 3
14. DEAD ISLAND GOTY EDITION
15. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
16. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
17. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3
18. SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD
19. MARIO KART 7
20. SKYLANDERS: SPYRO'S ADVENTURE
A second place for Darksiders II will be disappointing for THQ, but an 80 per cent sales increase over the first game has to be seen as a success. THQ will be hoping the game shows the same kind of holding power of Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs, which achieved a hugely impressive 15 per cent drop off on week two – it's not uncommon to see games drop around 50 per cent of their first week sales.
With Guild Wars 2 set to clean up on PC and Madden NFL 13 unlikely to attract major attention, there's a good chance this week's top two will continue to sell well on consoles.