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[ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES]

[1]

TOP 40ALL FORMATS [2]

1 LAST WEEK

[3]

[4]

[5]

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

1

TITLE

PUBLISHER

3

2

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

5

3

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

4

4

WII SPORTS RESORT

NINTENDO

6

5

WII FIT PLUS

NINTENDO

2

6

FIFA 10

ELECTRONIC ARTS

12

7

JUST DANCE

7

8

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

9

9

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

8

10

JAMES CAMERON’S: AVATAR

10

11

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

14

12

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

ELECTRONIC ARTS

14

13

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

11

14

22

UBISOFT SEGA

UBISOFT

11

21

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

RE

22

BORDERLANDS

2K GAMES

RE

23

THE SABOTEUR

EA

23

24

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

38

25

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

32

26

LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA

RE

25 RE

UBISOFT

36

MICROSOFT

27

CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR

28

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS

29

COLIN MCRAE DIRT 2

30

LEGO INDIANA JONES: ORIGINAL

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

THQ ROCKSTAR LUCASARTS

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD NINTENDO CODEMASTERS LUCASARTS

31

31

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

RE

32

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING CODEMASTERS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

24

33

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

39

34

LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: CONTINUES

15

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

34

35

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

RE

16

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

RE

36

UP

17

17

WII PLAY

RE

37

GUITAR HERO: METALLICA

20

18

GTA EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY

21

19

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

29

20

TEKKEN 6

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

Highest New Entry

DEVELOPER: INFINITY WARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

THIS WEEK

WARNER BROS. NINTENDO

PUBLISHER

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010 DEVELOPER: SPORTS INTERACTIVE PUBLISHER: SEGA

ELECTRONIC ARTS THQ ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

38

F1 2009

39

LIPS: NUMBER ONE HITS

MICROSOFT

RE

40

HALO 3: ODST

MICROSOFT

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

SEGA LUCASARTS

RE

28

ATARI

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

TAKE 2 KONAMI

UBISOFT

CODEMASTERS

[BUDGET PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

WOW: BATTLE CHEST DEVELOPER: BLIZZARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

2

2

THE SIMS 3

ELECTRONIC ARTS

2

2

ASSASSIN'S CREED

4

3

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES

ELECTRONIC ARTS

10

3

COMMAND & CONQUER: THE FIRST DECADE

ELECTRONIC ARTS

3

4

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

3

4

SNIPER: ART OF VICTORY

CITY INTERACTIVE

5

5

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

ELECTRONIC ARTS

5

5

WOLFENSTEIN

6

6

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

7

6

ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3

7

7

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2010

EIDOS

4

7

MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER

8

8

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR

SEGA

9

8

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

9

9

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

13

9

MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES: EDGAR ALLAN POE

13

10

BORDERLANDS

19

10

ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 2

2K GAMES

FOCUS MULTIMEDIA

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MASTERTRONIC FOCUS MULTIMEDIA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD GSP/AVANQUEST SOLD OUT

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LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

PS3

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES DEVELOPER: SEGA PUBLISHER: SEGA

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 DEVELOPER: INFINITY WARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

4

2

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS.

NINTENDO

2

2

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

2

3

DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

4

3

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

1

4

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA'S BOX

NINTENDO

5

4

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

ELECTRONIC ARTS

8

5

MARIO KART DS

NINTENDO

3

5

FIFA 10

ELECTRONIC ARTS

5

6

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS

NINTENDO

6

6

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

26

7

GUITAR HERO: ON TOUR MODERN HITS

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

11

7

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

12

8

PUZZLER WORLD

UBISOFT

7

8

CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

6

9

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

NINTENDO

9

9

TEKKEN 6

34

10

UP

THQ

13

10

THE SABOTEUR

PLAYSTATION 2

WII

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

FIFA 10

3

2

CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR

5

3

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

2

4

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

4

5

SINGSTAR MOTOWN

6

6

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

11

7

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

12

8

DISNEY SING IT: POP HITS

9

9

NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER

8

10

GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR

PSP LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

UBISOFT SONY COMPUTER ENT.

UBISOFT EIDOS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD ATARI ELECTRONIC ARTS

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

WII SPORTS RESORT

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

2

2

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

3

3

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

KONAMI

4

4

MARIO KART WII

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

5

5

F1 2009

THQ

6

6

RABBIDS GO HOME

ELECTRONIC ARTS

9

7

CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS

19

8

GUITAR HERO: METALLICA

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

ELECTRONIC ARTS

15

9

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

RE

10

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA

XBOX 360

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

1

LITTLEBIGPLANET

1

2

FIFA 10

6

3

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS

4

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BLOODLINES

9

5

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: ELITE SQUADRON

3

6

GRAN TURISMO

RE

7

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

8

8

F1 2009

5

9

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

RE

10

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

DEVELOPER: SCEE CAMBRIDGE STUDIO PUBLISHER: SONY

NINTENDO SEGA NINTENDO CODEMASTERS UBISOFT

UBISOFT ELECTRONIC ARTS

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 DEVELOPER: INFINITY WARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

ELECTRONIC ARTS

3

2

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

TAKE 2

4

3

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

UBISOFT MICROSOFT

UBISOFT

5

4

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

LUCASARTS

6

5

GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES - LIBERTY CITY

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

2

6

FIFA 10

KONAMI

7

7

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

CODEMASTERS

9

8

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

SEGA

15

9

BORDERLANDS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

12

10

CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

ELECTRONIC ARTS TAKE 2 ELECTRONIC ARTS UBISOFT ELECTRONIC ARTS 2K GAMES ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[SOURCE]

NINTENDO DS

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1

ASSASSIN’S CREED II 360

UBISOFT

5

6

ASSASSIN’S CREED II PS3

UBISOFT

6

3

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII Wii

7

4

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3

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LEFT 4 DEAD 2 360

9

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10

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FORZA MOTORSPORT 3 360

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COD: Modern Warfare 2 360, Activision

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FIFA 10 360, EA

Wii Sports Resort Wii, Nintendo

TOP 10 DARKSIDERS PS3 THQ

IN STORE: STOCKPORT £24.37

£39.41

£37.71

£37.71

£39.71

£29.99

£44.99

£37.99

£39.99

£44.99

2. BAYONETTA

£29.70

£39.70

£39.70

£23.70

£49.99

3. FINAL FANTASY XIII

£32.99

£44.99

£39.99

£39.99

£44.99

4. DARKSIDERS

360 ......................................................................SEGA PS3 ............................................................SQUARE ENIX 360 ........................................................................THQ

5. MASS EFFECT 2

360 ..........................................................................EA

6. HEAVY RAIN: THE ORIGAMI

ONLINE

PS3 ......................................................................SONY

£27.31

£39.71

£36.00

£29.99

£34.05

£29.97

£39.97

£37.97

£38.97

£35.97

£29.99

£44.99

£39.99

£39.99

£39.99

£25.95

£39.95

£36.95

£37.95

£34.95

7. GOD OF WAR III

PS3 ......................................................................SONY

8. TOM CLANCY’S: CONVICTION

360 ..................................................................UBISOFT

9. DANTE’S INFERNO

PS3 ..........................................................................EA

10. BAYONETTA

PS3 ......................................................................SEGA Week ending January 4th Source: SHOPTO.COM

FROM THE FRONTLINE This week, we catch up with Virtual Games’ Sebastian Navin… What are your hopes for 2010? For the PS3 to pick up a bit. The Xbox 360 still seems to dominate the market – perhaps because it had such a big headstart on the PS3. What has been performing well? Modern Warfare, obviously. Same as everyone else. Mind you, Ghostbusters was pretty good – quite surprising, given that most people bought the PS3 version about six months beforehand. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has been a disappointment. The first one did really well, so this one has been something of an anticlimax.

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3. BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2

360 ..........................................................................EA

4. BAYONETTA

360 ......................................................................SEGA

5. BAYONETTA

PS3 ......................................................................SEGA

7. MASS EFFECT 2

“Half the industry’s sales are preowned – the PSPgo cuts that out. It’ll bite Sony in the arse later.”

What would you change about games retail? I don’t really like the way that Sony has decided to release the PSPgo with download-only games. Given that pretty much half the industry’s sales are preowned sales and Sony is cutting that out completely, I reckon it’s going to bite Sony in the arse later.

PC ............................................................................EA

7. DARKSIDERS

PS3 ........................................................................THQ

8. FINAL FANTASY XIII

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Sci-fi shooters flank January Popular BioWare RPG Mass Effect returns while Capcom’s newest IP, Dark Void, brings jetpack-fuelled action to retailers in January, leading the way for a wave of big hits, including Final Fantasy, BioShock, Splinter Cell, Dante’s Inferno and more... TITLE

FORMAT

GENRE

PUBLISHER

TELEPHONE

DISTRIBUTOR

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Action Action

Sega THQ

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JANUARY 8th Bayonetta Darksiders

JANUARY 15th Alcatraz Army Of Two: The 40th Day Astroboy 2009 Dark Void Love is... in Bloom

JANUARY 22nd Combat Wings: The Great Battles Of World War II Might And Magic: Clash Of Heroes Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero

JANUARY 29th Arthur And The Revenge Of Maltazard BC Kings Exodus From The Earth Mass Effect 2

FEBRUARY 5th Ben 10: Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks Chicken Blaster Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers History Engineering an Empire Egypt Jig-a-Pix: Love is... a Puzzle MX vs AV Reflex Mystery Cookbook Natalie Brooks Star Trek Online The Princess And The Frog The Treasures Of Mystery Island Titanic Mystery

FEBRUARY 9th BioShock 2

FEBRUARY 12th Adventures To Go Bleach: The Third Phantom Dante's Inferno Indianapolis 500 Evolution Jonas Phantasy Star Zero Star Ocean: The Last Hope International

FEBRUARY 19th Art Of Murder Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Family Party: Winter Fun History Great Battles: Medieval Reel Fishing: Anglers Dream

FEBRUARY 26th Sacred 2: Gold Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction

MUSTSTOCK ..............................MASS EFFECT 2 Released: January 29 Format: Xbox 360, PC Publisher: Electronic Arts Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

The follow up to BioWare’s acclaimed 2007 sci-fi epic, Mass Effect 2 continues the fight against the Reapers. Once again, the developer’s expertise with narrative will draw new gamers into this universe, while the ability to use their previous character will appeal to fans.

MUSTSTOCK ....................................DARK VOID Released: January 15 Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Publisher: Capcom Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

Capcom provides shooter fans with an adventure that seamlessly merges gunfights and flight. Players soar through the skies with a jetpack, gunning down their enemies from behind cover. It’s an IP so promising, Brad Pitt is hoping to make a movie from it.


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