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MONDAY JANUARY 11th: TODAY’S CHARTS  PRICE CHECK  NEW RELEASES

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

The iconic shooter franchise strikes back

OUT: FEBRUARY 12th Read the preview in MCV this Friday

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 9th 2010

[ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES]

[1]

TOP 40ALL FORMATS [2]

1 LAST WEEK

[3]

[4]

[5]

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 PUBLISHER

21

5

2

WII FIT PLUS

NINTENDO

7

3

JUST DANCE

UBISOFT

4

4

WII SPORTS RESORT

NEW

5

BAYONETTA

6

6

FIFA 10

2

7

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

8

DARKSIDERS

8

9

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

10

10

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME

3

11

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

9

12

MARIO KART WII

11

13

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

13

14

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

16

15

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

12

16

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

15

17

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

18

18

GTA EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY

19

19

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

17

20

WII PLAY

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

Highest New Entry

DEVELOPER: INFINITY WARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

THIS WEEK

TITLE

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

24

22

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

22

23

BORDERLANDS

NINTENDO

33

24

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

SEGA

14

25

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

ELECTRONIC ARTS

31

26

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

UBISOFT

29

27

COLIN MCRAE DIRT 2

THQ

25

28

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

NINTENDO

20

29

TEKKEN 6

UBISOFT

23

30

THE SABOTEUR

SEGA

UBISOFT CODEMASTERS ROCKSTAR ATARI EA

31

THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND UP

MICROSOFT

28

33

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

32

34

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING CODEMASTERS

35

DR KAWASHIMAS BRAIN TRAINING

RE

TAKE 2

CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR MONOPOLY

RE

38

YOUR SHAPE

39

LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA

40

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

PC CD-ROM

1

NINTENDO

36

RE

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

NINTENDO

37

26

NINTENDO

EA THQ

RE

27

KONAMI

DEVELOPER: SPORTS INTERACTIVE PUBLISHER: SEGA

SEGA WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

32

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

THQ 2K GAMES

36

RE

ELECTRONIC ARTS

PUBLISHER

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

NINTENDO

WARNER BROS.

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

21

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD EA UBISOFT LUCASARTS EA

[BUDGET PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

WOW: BATTLE CHEST DEVELOPER: BLIZZARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

2

2

THE SIMS 3

ELECTRONIC ARTS

NEW

2

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2010

3

3

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES

ELECTRONIC ARTS

3

3

COMMAND & CONQUER: THE FIRST DECADE

4

4

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

4

4

SNIPER: ART OF VICTORY

8

5

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR

SEGA

2

5

ASSASSIN'S CREED

9

6

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

7

6

MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER

6

7

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

8

7

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

5

8

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

ELECTRONIC ARTS

6

8

ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3

MASTERTRONIC

10

9

BORDERLANDS

2K GAMES

9

9

MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES: EDGAR ALLAN POE

GSP/AVANQUEST

13

10

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

ROCKSTAR

5

10

WOLFENSTEIN

EIDOS ELECTRONIC ARTS CITY INTERACTIVE FOCUS MULTIMEDIA FOCUS MULTIMEDIA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

[SOURCE] (c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack


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LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

PS3

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

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

1

2

MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

3

2

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

3

3

DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

NEW

3

BAYONETTA

4

4

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA'S BOX

NINTENDO

2

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

5

5

MARIO KART DS

NINTENDO

NEW

5

DARKSIDERS

11

6

NINTENDO PRESENTS: CROSSWORD PRESENTS

NINTENDO

5

6

FIFA 10

ELECTRONIC ARTS

9

7

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

NINTENDO

4

7

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

ELECTRONIC ARTS

6

8

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS

NINTENDO

7

8

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

13

9

DR KAWASHIMA MORE BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

6

9

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

12

10

COOKING MAMA 3

505 GAMES

10

10

THE SABOTEUR

PLAYSTATION 2

WII

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

FIFA 10

4

2

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

3

3

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

2

4

CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

6

5

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

7

6

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

5

7

SINGSTAR MOTOWN

8

8

DISNEY SING IT: POP HITS

13

9

GUITAR HERO 5

9

10

NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER

PSP LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

SONY COMPUTER ENT. SEGA UBISOFT THQ

EIDOS UBISOFT ELECTRONIC ARTS

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

WII SPORTS RESORT

KONAMI

2

2

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

4

3

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

3

4

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

28

5

YOUR SHAPE

DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA

THQ

DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

SEGA UBISOFT

ELECTRONIC ARTS

6

6

RABBIDS GO HOME

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

5

7

F1 2009

DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS

7

8

CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

9

9

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

UBISOFT

20

10

RESIDENT EVIL: DARKSIDE CHRONICLES

CAPCOM

ELECTRONIC ARTS

XBOX 360

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

1

LITTLEBIGPLANET

1

2

FIFA 10

6

3

GRAN TURISMO

3

4

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS

4

5

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BLOODLINES

9

6

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

5

7

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: ELITE SQUADRON

NEW

8

7

9

8

10

F1 2009

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

DEVELOPER: SCEE CAMBRIDGE STUDIO PUBLISHER: SONY ELECTRONIC ARTS SONY COMPUTER ENT. TAKE 2

UBISOFT CODEMASTERS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

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

NEW

2

BAYONETTA

3

3

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

NEW

4

DARKSIDERS

UBISOFT

2

5

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

SEGA MICROSOFT THQ UBISOFT

SEGA

5

6

GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES - LIBERTY CITY

LUCASARTS

6

7

FIFA 10

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR

UBISOFT

7

8

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

KONAMI

4

9

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

ELECTRONIC ARTS

CODEMASTERS

9

10

BORDERLANDS

2K GAMES

TAKE 2 ELECTRONIC ARTS UBISOFT

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

SEGA

[SOURCE]

NINTENDO DS


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Bayonetta PS3 Sega

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28% Not Sure

19%

85%

77%

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77%

66%

Phantasy Star Zero DS Sega

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INDIE CHARTS - ALL FORMATS 2

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1

3

4

TITLE/FORMAT

5

PUBLISHER

WII FIT PLUS FORMAT: Wii

2

1

3

RE

The speaker systems are stylish space savers and still offer clear sound quality

DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 360 COMMAND & CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 PC

4

6

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII Wii

5

7

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3

6

RE

FIFA 10 360

7

4

ASSASSIN’S CREED II 360

8

RE

MARIO KART WII Wii

9

8

LEFT 4 DEAD 2 360

10

5

ASSASSIN’S CREED II PS3

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD EA NINTENDO

The XPS 2.0 40 Slim, the latest speaker set from gadget specialists Hercules, offers both premium sound quality and the slimmest speaker package available. Designed to fit in with today’s minimalist desktops, it can produce crystal clear sound from any PC, laptop or even TVs and consoles. The 2.0 system features two slender satellite speakers, while the XPS 2.1 40 Slim combines them with a powerful subwoofer for stronger bass and greater output. Both come with a compact remote control, headphone jack and a line-in input, meaning they can even be used with iPods and MP3 players. Guillemot: 01932 557546

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PRICE CHECK [PRE ORDERS] James Cameron’s Avatar PS3, Ubisoft

Borderlands 360, 2K Games

Rabbids Go Home Wii, Ubisoft

TOP 10

Halo 3: ODST 360, Micorosft

Planet 51: The Game Wii, Sega

£29.98

£24.98

£29.99

£37.99

£29.99

£25.00

£34.99

£39.99

£34.99

£34.99

2. HEAVY RAIN: THE ORIGAMI KILLER

£43.99

£34.49

£29.39

£38.99

N/A

5. GOD OF WAR III

£24.98

£27.98

£14.98

£24.98

£14.98

4. MASS EFFECT 2

FINAL FANTASY XII

IN STORE: MAIDSTONE

PS3 SQUARE ENIX PS3 ......................................................................SONY PS3 ......................................................................SONY 360 ..........................................................................EA

5. MAG COLLECTORS EDITION

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

6. SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION

ONLINE

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

£24.99

£34.99

£29.99

£33.00

£14.95

£24.98

£18.98

£17.98

£34.99

£15.98

£22.99

£19.98

£18.98

£41.89

£16.98

£29.95

£22.95

£24.85

£24.85

£17.65

7. DANTE’S INFERNO

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

8. BIOSHOCK 2

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

9. MAG COLLECTORS EDITION

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

10. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

360 ......................................................................SEGA Week ending January 8th Source: SHOPTO.COM

FROM THE FRONTLINE This week’s frontline interviewee is N1 Games’ Sam Seamann…

[PRE ORDERS]

TOP 10

What were your Christmas sales like? They’ve been good so far. The usual hits have been selling well, such as Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin’s Creed II. We’ve also seen big demand recently on DSi and even the DS Lite. Has the handheld market been performing well, then? Absolutely, particularly towards the end of last year. I’m not sure if it will see a big improvement this year – it depends what games come out. It might pick up in the summer as usual because people go on holiday. Last year, it was a little slow all year round but it really started to peak at Christmas. Do you feel you’re set up well for a prosperous 2010? Well, It’s early stages yet but after everything we went through in 2009, I think we can do it. I don’t think there are going to be many major new challenges to overcome. We’ve seen High Street stores in our area shut

MASS EFFECT 2 360 EA

2. MASS EFFECT 2

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

3. BIOSHOCK 2: SPECIAL EDITION

PC ........................................................................SEGA

Seamann is confident N1 Games will still be around for years to come

down in the last year and yet we’re still here, so we must be doing something right.

4. FINAL FANTASY XIII

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

5. GRAN TURISMO 5

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

“We’ve seen High Street stores in our area shut down, and yet we’re still here.”

What are you most looking forward to this year? I want to see better prices – particularly trade prices. We have to work hard to price match the High Street if a game is going for £40, for example. Not only do we have to make sure we can offer a similar price, we’ve also got to find a way of attracting customers that don’t immediately come to us.

6. STAR TREK ONLINE

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

7. MAG

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

8. SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION

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

9. ALIEN VS PREDATOR

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

10. GOD OF WAR 3

PS3 ......................................................................SONY Week ending January 8th Source: PLAY.CO.UK


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Vancouver strikes gold for retail Sega’s official video game companion to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games glides onto shelves, escorted by D3P’s Astroby tie-in. Also on its way is Army Of Two, Ben 10, BioShock, Dark Void, Final Fantasy, Mass Effect 2, Star Trek and more... TITLE

FORMAT

GENRE

PUBLISHER

TELEPHONE

DISTRIBUTOR

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

FPS Action Action/Adventure Action Casual Sports

City Interactive EA D3Publisher Capcom Zushi Sega

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Ubisoft Capcom

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Gem/Trilogy Gem Gem Centresoft

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

Action/Adventure Action RPG RPG/Action Strategy Casual Racing Casual Casual MMORPG Action/Adventure Casual Casual

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

PC / PS3 / XBOX 360

FPS

2K Games

01279 822 800

Gem

PSP PS3 / XBOX 360 DS PSP / PS3 / XBOX 360 DS PC DS PS3

Adventure Fighting Action Action Music Casual/Adventure RPG RPG

Zushi pQube Sega EA Disney Interactive Mamba Games Sega Square Enix

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

Adventure Action Mini-games Casual/Adventure RTS Racing Strategy Simulation

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Trilogy Open Namco Bandai Lace Koch Gem Lace Gem

JANUARY 15th Alcatraz Army Of Two: The 40th Day Astroboy Dark Void Love is... in Bloom Vancouver 2010: Olympic Winter Games

JANUARY 19th Combat Wings: The Great Battles Of World War II

JANUARY 22nd 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... 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 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Bleach: The Third Phantom Dante's Inferno Jonas Memento Mori Phantasy Star Zero Star Ocean: The Last Hope International

FEBRUARY 19th Art Of Murder Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Family Party: Winter Fun Ghosts Pirates of Vooju Island History Great Battles: Medieval Indianapolis 500 Evolution Making History 2: War Of The World Reel Fishing: Anglers Dream

MUSTSTOCK ..........................VANCOUVER 2010 Released: January 15 Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Publisher: Sega Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

Sega follows up its 2008 Beijing hit with the latest officially licensed Olympic video games. In Vancouver 2010, players take on every snow-covered event of the Olympic Winter Games. A new first-person perspective makes the action all the more immersive for sports fans.

MUSTSTOCK ....................................ASTROBOY Released: January 15 Format: Wii, DS, PS2, PSP Publisher: D3Publisher Distributor: Namco Bandai Contact: 0208 222 9700

The video game tie-in to the upcoming CGI movie, based on the classic Japanese manga. The game follows the exploits of a heroic robot modelled on a scientist’s dead son. Using his powers of flight and other abilities, players battle against the corrupt military.


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