Gamesindustry.biz notes that R2's debut sales only accounts for two-thirds that of the original Resistance: Fall of Man's debut numbers. While the site doesn't give out specific figures, sales for R2 probably don't sound as bad as it's made out to be. The first Resistance was a launch title and was the first PS3 title to sell over a million copies. When you think of it that way, the original has some advantages towards sales and some tough shoes to fill.
Whatever is keeping the Brits at bay, we just hope it's not because the game is now set in cowboyland instead of her majesty's empire. Seriously though, R2 is a vastly improved title over the first, so don't miss out on it.