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MONDAY JANUARY 18th: TODAY’S CHARTS  PRICE CHECK  NEW RELEASES

DADDY’S BACK... Return to the world of Rapture, Little Sisters and Big Daddies as 2K Games’ hotly anticipated BioShock 2 finally arrives...

OUT: FEBRUARY 9th Read the preview in MCV this Friday

IN THIS WEEK’S

RETAILBIZ CHARTS Our full rundown of today’s All Formats Top 40, plus individual charts for Wii, DS, PS3, 360, PC, PS2 and PSP

HIGH STREET NEWS & DATA A digest of all the biggest retail headlines, plus indie sales charts, MCV’s price check, this week’s Metacritic scores – and our Deal Of The Week

RELEASE SCHEDULE Keep up to date with all the games headed to retail this week, next week and beyond

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OFFICIALUKCHARTS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY JANUARY 16th 2010

[ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES]

[1]

TOP 40ALL FORMATS

[2]

1 LAST WEEK

[3]

[4]

[5]

JUST DANCE

1

TITLE

PUBLISHER

28

21

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

NINTENDO

26

22

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

18

23

GTA EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY

NEW

4

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

EA

17

24

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

4

5

WII SPORTS RESORT

NINTENDO

22

25

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

THQ

8

6

DARKSIDERS

THQ

32

26

UP

THQ

5

7

BAYONETTA

SEGA

16

27

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

6

8

FIFA 10

ELECTRONIC ARTS

33

28

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS

10

9

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME

UBISOFT

27

29

COLIN MCRAE DIRT 2

7

10

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

UBISOFT

34

30

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING CODEMASTERS

9

11

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

25

31

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

12

12

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

32

LEGO INDIANA JONES: ORIGINAL

LUCASARTS

23

13

BORDERLANDS

2K GAMES

35

33

DR KAWASHIMAS BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

13

14

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

MICROSOFT

40

34

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

11

15

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SEGA

35

LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: CONTINUES

LUCASARTS

15

16

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

EIDOS

LUCASARTS

20

17

WII PLAY

24

18

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

21

19

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

19

20

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

2

2

WII FIT PLUS

1

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

Highest New Entry

DEVELOPER: UBISOFT PUBLISHER: UBISOFT

THIS WEEK

KONAMI

DEVELOPER: SPORTS INTERACTIVE PUBLISHER: SEGA

2

THE SIMS 3

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

3

4

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES

5

5

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR

9

6

BORDERLANDS

6 7

ELECTRONIC ARTS NINTENDO CODEMASTERS

SEGA

EA

36

LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA

37

EA SPORTS ACTIVE

EA

38

TEKKEN 6

39

PURE

RE

40

SEGA MEGA DRIVE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

UBISOFT ROCKSTAR

RE

29

WARNER BROS.

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

4

39 RE

SEGA

PUBLISHER

2

RE

NINTENDO

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

RE

ROCKSTAR

ATARI DISNEY SEGA

[BUDGET PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

WOW: BATTLE CHEST DEVELOPER: BLIZZARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

ELECTRONIC ARTS

2

2

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2010

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

3

3

COMMAND & CONQUER: THE FIRST DECADE

ELECTRONIC ARTS

5

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED

SEGA

4

5

SNIPER: ART OF VICTORY

2K GAMES

6

6

MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER

7

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

17

7

MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X

8

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

14

8

HIDDEN MYSTERIES: BUKINGHAM PALACE

10

9

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

ROCKSTAR

7

9

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

8

10

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

ELECTRONIC ARTS

12

10

BEJEWLED TWIST

EIDOS ELECTRONIC ARTS FOCUS MULTIMEDIA CITY INTERACTIVE FOCUS MULTIMEDIA MICROSOFT GSP/AVANQUEST ACTIVISION BLIZZARD FOCUS

[SOURCE] (c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

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OFFICIALUKCHARTS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY JANUARY 16th 2010

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

PS3

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

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

3

2

DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

NEW

2

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

5

3

MARIO KART DS

NINTENDO

5

3

DARKSIDERS

4

4

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA'S BOX

NINTENDO

4

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

2

5

MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SEGA

3

5

BAYONETTA

SEGA

6

6

NINTENDO PRESENTS: CROSSWORD PRESENTS

NINTENDO

2

6

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

SONY

7

7

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

NINTENDO

6

7

FIFA 10

8

8

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS

NINTENDO

9

8

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

11

9

TAKE A BREAK’S PUZZLE MASTER

UBISOFT

8

9

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

9

10

DR KAWASHIMA MORE BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

7

10

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

PLAYSTATION 2

WII

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

FIFA 10

2

2

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

2

3

CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR

3

4

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

5

5

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

7

6

SINGSTAR MOTOWN

6

7

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

12

8

BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE

20

9

GTA: THE TRILOGY

8

10

DISNEY SING IT: POP HITS

PSP LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

EA THQ UBISOFT

ELECTRONIC ARTS UBISOFT EIDOS ELECTRONIC ARTS

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

WII SPORTS RESORT

KONAMI

2

2

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

3

3

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

4

4

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

THQ

5

5

YOUR SHAPE

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

7

6

F1 2009

ELECTRONIC ARTS

9

7

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

D3P

10

8

RESIDENT EVIL: DARKSIDE CHRONICLES

ROCKSTAR

14

9

GUITAR HERO: METALLICA

DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS

10

13

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA

XBOX 360

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

1

LITTLEBIGPLANET

2

2

FIFA 10

3

3

GRAN TURISMO

4

4

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS

5

5

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BLOODLINES

7

6

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: ELITE SQUADRON

6

7

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

8

8

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR

9

9

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

10

10

F1 2009

DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

DEVELOPER: SCEE CAMBRIDGE STUDIO PUBLISHER: SONY

SEGA UBISOFT CODEMASTERS UBISOFT CAPCOM ACTIVISION BLIZZARD EA

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY DEVELOPER: INFINITY WARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

ELECTRONIC ARTS

1

2

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2

SONY

3

3

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

ROCKSTAR

2

4

BAYONETTA

UBISOFT

4

5

DARKSIDERS

LUCASARTS

5

6

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MICROSOFT SEGA THQ UBISOFT

SEGA

10

7

BORDERLANDS

2K GAMES

UBISOFT

6

8

GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES - LIBERTY CITY

ROCKSTAR

KONAMI

8

9

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

CODEMASTERS

7

10

FIFA 10

UBISOFT ELECTRONIC ARTS

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[SOURCE]

NINTENDO DS

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POLL IS THERE STILL A MARKET FOR MATURE WII TITLES?

REVIEW SCORES MCV provides the most important average review scores of the last few days – all sourced from Metacritic...

84%

Darksiders PS3, THQ

Yes 34%

No 66%

79%

76%

75%

68%

MX Vs ATV Reflex, 360, THQ

Army of Two: 40th, 360, EA

Phantasy Star Zero, DS, Sega

Touchmaster 3, DS, Warner Bros.

The poor sales performance of mature titles on the Wii such as MadWorld and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles has been discussed regularly over the last year. However, in recent weeks, the likes of Sega and Capcom have shown their faith in the potential of a more hardcore Wii market to be dwindling.

It turns out the participants of the latest MCV online survey are inclined to agree with these publishers. Two thirds were convinced that there is no longer a viable market for mature titles on the platform, while 34 per cent remain hopeful.  Take part in MCV’s next poll at www.mcvuk.com

*Metacritic scores correct at the time of going to press

MARGIN MAKER INDIE CHARTS - ALL FORMATS 1

2

THIS WEEK

LAST WEEK

3

4

5

TITLE/FORMAT

PUBLISHER

1

BAYONETTA

2

DARKSIDERS 360

THQ

FORMAT: 360

NEW

DEVELOPER: PLATINUM GAMES PUBLISHER: SEGA

3

RE

JUST DANCE Wii

UBISOFT

4

NEW

DARKSIDERS PS3

THQ

5

1

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 360

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

6

5

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

COMMAND & CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 PC

7

3

8

RE

9

RE

10

4

WII FIT PLUS Wii

AntiGrav releases the latest fighting stick from notable Japanese manufacturer Hori, this time designed for Wii. The controller matches the white and blue Nintendo colour scheme and boasts all the features a gamer could want for a more arcade-style beat-‘em-up experience. As well as quality arcade components adding to the stick’s authenticity, the device boasts an easy-to-use button layout. There are also Turbo settings for every input device, which will give gamers an advantage in combat. The fighting stick is powered by plugging it into the Wii Remote. AntiGrav: 01932 454 929

DEAL OF THE WEEK

EA NINTENDO

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010 PC NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII Wii

SEGA NINTENDO

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"I'm looking for the perfect job with an award winning publisher." "According to this OPM have loads of those."

GAME is offering a saving of £60 when customers pick up and Xbox 360 Elite with Forza 3 and Bayonetta or James Cameron’s Avatar for £199.99.

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PRICE CHECK [PRE ORDERS] Bayonetta 360, Sega

LittleBigPlanet PSP, Sony

TOP 10

Darksiders PS3, THQ

Just Dance Wii, Ubisoft

Zelda: Spirit Tracks DS, Nintendo

£39.71

£37.71

£22.71

£27.71

N/A

£44.99

£39.99

N/A

£29.39

£29.39

2. HEAVY RAIN

£39.99

£39.99

£24.99

£32.99

£24.99

3. MAG: COLLECTORS EDITION

£42.99

£39.99

£29.99

£32.99

£24.99

4. GOD OF WAR III

FINAL FANTASY XIII

IN STORE: WARRINTON

PS3 SQUARE ENIX PS3 ......................................................................SONY PS3 ......................................................................SONY PS3 ......................................................................SONY

5. MASS EFFECT 2

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

6. MAG: MASSIVE ACTION

ONLINE

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

£39.99

£39.99

£17.99

£29.99

£17.99

£33.89

£33.89

N/A

£26.89

£19.98

£39.97

£39.97

£29.99

N/A

£22.97

£37.99

£37.99

£24.99

£29.99

£17.97

7. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

8. BIOSHOCK 2

360 ................................................................2K GAMES

9. SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION

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

10. DANTE’S INFERNO

PS3 ..........................................................................EA Week ending January 15th Source: SHOPTO.COM

FROM THE FRONTLINE

“We tend to stick to pre-owned stock because you make absolutely naff all on new releases.”

This week, MCV speaks to Alan Davidson from Halifax’s GameSave… How good have your sales been over the holidays? Probably about 50 per cent down on 2008. Some things are just not selling as well as they used to. The DS is on a downward spiral, what with the R4 cards – especially with these market guys we’ve got near us. What are your biggest challenges? We’ve got a Tesco and an Asda near here, so we stick to pre-owned because you make absolutely naff all on new releases – except when they’ve got an offer on and we can buy all their stock. Another thing we’ve introduced is a printing side, and that’s balancing things out.

[PRE ORDERS]

TOP 10 MASS EFFECT 2 360 EA

2. STAR TREK: ONLINE - GOLD EDITION

PC ........................................................................ATARI

3. MASS EFFECT 2

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

4. FINAL FANTASY XIII

PS3 ............................................................SQUARE ENIX

5. BIOSHOCK 2: SPECIAL EDITION

360 ................................................................2K GAMES

6. BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY 2

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

7. MAG Have you noticed any change in your customers? Oddly, people aren’t buying new games. If you put a game at full price with a ‘new’ sticker, no one buys it. If you put a pre-owned sticker on it, they will. Don’t ask me why – it’s bizarre.

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

8. GRAN TURISMO 5

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

9. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

10. SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION

360 ..................................................................UBISOFT Week ending January 15th Source: PLAY.COM

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Classic Disney returns to retail Q1 2010 is crammed full of promising core gaming experiences. However, there’s also a few gems for the more mainstream player out there – including the tie-in to Disney’s upcoming 2D animated blockbuster The Princess and The Frog TITLE

FORMAT

GENRE

PUBLISHER

TELEPHONE

DISTRIBUTOR

Wii PC / PS3 / XBOX 360 Wii

Simulation Action Survival Horror

City Interactive Capcom Capcom

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Trilogy Centresoft Centresoft

PC DS / PC / Wii / PS3 PC PC PC PS3 XBOX 360 / PC Wii PC

Simulation Action/Adventure Strategy FPS Simulation FPS RPG/Action Fighting FPS

Just Flight Ubisoft Zushi Zushi Excalibur Publishing Sony EA Capcom cdv

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PSP / DS / Wii / PS2 / XBOX 360 DS / Wii PSP / PS3 / XBOX 360 PSP Wii PC Wii PC PSP / DS / PC DS PSP / DS / PS3 / XBOX 360 PC PC PSP / Wii / PS2 PC DS / Wii PC DS / PC PC

Action/Adventure Action Action RPG Simulation Strategy RPG/Action Simulation Strategy Casual Racing Casual Casual Survival Horror MMORPG Action/Adventure Casual Casual Simulation

D3Publisher Zushi EA Tecmo Koei Nintendo Excalibur Publishing Square Enix First Class Simulations Slitherine Zushi THQ S.A.D S.A.D Konami Atari Disney Interactive S.A.D S.A.D Excalibur Publishing

0208 222 9700 01279 822 800 0121 625 3388 01462 476 130 0870 027 0985 01869 338833 020 7324 5200 01869 338833 0870 027 0985 01279 822 800 0121 506 9585 01582 436043 01582 436043 0208 987 5706 0121 506 9585 0121 625 3388 01582 436043 01582 436043 01869 338833

Namco Bandai Gem Centresoft Open Koch Open Open Open Koch Gem Advantage PlayV PlayV Open Advantage Centresoft PlayV PlayV Open

PC / PS3 / XBOX 360

FPS

2K Games

01279 822 800

Gem

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Adventure Fighting Action Simulation Music Casual/Adventure Puzzle/RPG RPG RPG Strategy

Zushi Zen United Sega Excalibur Publishing Disney Interactive Mamba Games Ubisoft Sega Square Enix Excalibur Publishing

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Gem Centresoft Centresoft Open Centresoft Lace Gem/Trilogy Centresoft Open Open

DS PC / PS3 / 360 DS PC PS3 / XBOX 360 Wii

Mystery Action Adventure RPG Action Mini-games

Capcom Sega City Interactive Excalibur Publishing Tecmo Koei D3Publisher

0121 625 3388 0121 625 3388 0845 362 7769 01869 338833 01462 476 130 0208 222 9700

Centresoft Centresoft Trilogy Open Open Namco Bandai

JANUARY 22nd Combat Wings: The Great Battles Of World War II Dark Void Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero

JANUARY 29th 767-200/300 Arthur And The Revenge Of Maltazard BC Kings Exodus From The Earth Forklift Truck Simulator MAG: Massive Action Game Mass Effect 2 Tatsunoko Vs Capcom Ultimate All Stars Serious Sam HD

FEBRUARY 5th Ben 10: Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks Chicken Blaster Dante's Inferno Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days Endless Ocean 2 Farewell to Dragons Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Flight Deck 6 History Engineering an Empire Egypt Jig-a-Pix: Love is... MX vs AV Reflex Mystery Cookbook Natalie Brooks: Secrets Of Treasure House Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Star Trek Online The Princess and The Frog The Treasures Of Mystery Island Titanic Mystery UK Truck Simulator

FEBRUARY 9th BioShock 2

FEBRUARY 12th Adventures To Go BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Bleach: The Third Phantom Driving Simulator Jonas Memento Mori Might And Magic: Clash Of Heroes Phantasy Star Zero Star Ocean: The Last Hope International Theatre Of War: Afrika Corps

FEBRUARY 19th Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigates Aliens vs Predator Art Of Murder Blood Of Europe Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Family Party: Winter Fun

MUSTSTOCK .......THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Released: February 5th Format: DS, Wii Publisher: Disney Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

The Disney of old returns this month with the 2D animated adventure, The Princess and The Frog. And the publisher is preparing a tie-in video game to launch alongside it for Nintendo DS and Wii. Expect Disney fans and younger gamers to go crazy for the title come launch.

MUSTSTOCK ..................................BIOSHOCK 2 Released: February 9th Format: PC, PS3, 360 Publisher: 2K Games Distributor: Gem Contact: 01279 822 800

Hype is reaching fever pitch for 2K’s triple-A first person shooter, BioShock 2. The first game remains one of this generation’s defining new releases, and expectations are naturally high for its follow-up, which includes an all-new multiplayer mode.


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