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KISS ‘N’ SELL Disney’s teams work as one to bring the amphibian-smooching fairy tale to gamers

OUT: FEBRUARY 5th 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 The latest MCV online survey results, 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 23rd 2010

[ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES]

[1]

TOP 40ALL FORMATS

[2]

1 LAST WEEK

[3]

[4]

[5]

JUST DANCE DEVELOPER: UBISOFT PUBLISHER: UBISOFT

THIS WEEK

PUBLISHER

26

3

2

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

1

TITLE

2

3

WII FIT PLUS

NINTENDO

4

4

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

EA

5

5

WII SPORTS RESORT

NINTENDO

8

6

FIFA 10

11

7

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

9

8

10

21

UP

28

22

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS

24

23

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

23

24

GTA EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY

22

25

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

ELECTRONIC ARTS

30

26

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING CODEMASTERS

NINTENDO

16

27

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME

UBISOFT

25

28

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

9

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

UBISOFT

29

29

COLIN MCRAE DIRT 2

12

10

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

34

30

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

6

11

DARKSIDERS

THQ

33

31

DR KAWASHIMAS BRAIN TRAINING

15

12

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SEGA

35

32

LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: CONTINUES

14

13

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

NEW

33

DARK VOID

7

14

BAYONETTA

SEGA

40

34

SEGA MEGA DRIVE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

18

15

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

SEGA

39

35

PURE

19

16

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

WARNER BROS.

36

36

LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA

13

17

BORDERLANDS

2K GAMES

31

37

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

17

18

WII PLAY

NINTENDO

RE

38

MARIO KART DS

20

19

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

RE

39

ASSASSIN’S CREED

21

20

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

RE

40

RATCHET & CLANK: A CRACK IN TIME

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

Highest New Entry

MICROSOFT

KONAMI ROCKSTAR

PC CD-ROM

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010 DEVELOPER: SPORTS INTERACTIVE PUBLISHER: SEGA

2

2

THE SIMS 3

4

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

3

4

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES

5

5

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR

7

6

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

THQ

TITLE

1

WOW: BATTLE CHEST

2

ASSASSIN'S CREED

2

3

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2010

ELECTRONIC ARTS

7

4

MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X

SEGA

5

5

SNIPER: ART OF VICTORY

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

9

6

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

7

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

ROCKSTAR

10

9

LEFT 4 DEAD 2

8

10

BORDERLANDS

EIDOS THQ CODEMASTERS EA NINTENDO LUCASARTS CAPCOM SEGA DISNEY LUCASARTS SEGA NINTENDO UBISOFT SONY

DEVELOPER: BLIZZARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

4

8

UBISOFT

PUBLISHER

ELECTRONIC ARTS

9

ROCKSTAR

[BUDGET PRICE]

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

8

NINTENDO SONY COMPUTER ENT.

6

7

MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER

NEW

8

THE MYSTERY OF THE CRYSTAL PORTAL

ELECTRONIC ARTS

11

9

THE SIMS 2

2K GAMES

12

10

TREASURE SEEKERS 1&2: COMPLETE SERIES

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

[SOURCE] (c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack


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OFFICIALUKCHARTS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY JANUARY 23rd 2010

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

3

2

DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

2

2

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

5

3

MARIO KART DS

NINTENDO

4

3

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

4

4

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA'S BOX

NINTENDO

6

4

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

2

5

MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SEGA

7

5

FIFA 10

6

6

NINTENDO PRESENTS: CROSSWORD PRESENTS

NINTENDO

3

6

DARKSIDERS

7

7

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

NINTENDO

8

7

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

8

8

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS

NINTENDO

26

8

RATCHET & CLANK: A CRACK IN TIME

11

9

TAKE A BREAK’S PUZZLE MASTER

UBISOFT

5

9

BAYONETTA

9

10

DR KAWASHIMA MORE BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

11

10

BORDERLANDS

PLAYSTATION 2

WII

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

FIFA 10

2

2

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

4

3

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

5

4

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

6

5

SINGSTAR MOTOWN

7

6

11

7

8

8

BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE

10

9

DISNEY SING IT: POP HITS

12

10

GUITAR HERO 5

PSP LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

EA UBISOFT SONY ELECTRONIC ARTS THQ UBISOFT SONY SEGA TAKE 2

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

WII SPORTS RESORT DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

KONAMI

2

2

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

3

3

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

THQ

4

4

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

7

5

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

ELECTRONIC ARTS

5

6

YOUR SHAPE

NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER

ELECTRONIC ARTS

6

7

F1 2009

D3P

12

8

MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

10

9

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

16

13

LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: ADVENTURE CONTINUES

TITLE

LITTLEBIGPLANET

2

2

FIFA 10

3

3

GRAN TURISMO

5

4

8

UBISOFT CODEMASTERS

DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS

XBOX 360

[FULL PRICE]

1

SEGA UBISOFT

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

DEVELOPER: SCEE CAMBRIDGE STUDIO PUBLISHER: SONY

SEGA EA LUCASARTS

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 DEVELOPER: INFINITY WARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

ELECTRONIC ARTS

1

2

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

SONY

3

3

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BLOODLINES

UBISOFT

6

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

5

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR

UBISOFT

5

5

DARKSIDERS

NEW

6

YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE 4

KONAMI

10

6

FIFA 10

7

7

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

4

8

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS

6

9

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: ELITE SQUADRON

9

10

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

SEGA

8

7

GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES - LIBERTY CITY

ROCKSTAR

4

8

BAYONETTA

LUCASARTS

9

9

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

KONAMI

7

10

BORDERLANDS

ELECTRONIC ARTS MICROSOFT UBISOFT THQ ELECTRONIC ARTS ROCKSTAR SEGA UBISOFT 2K GAMES

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[FULL PRICE]

[SOURCE]

NINTENDO DS


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POLL IS GAME RIGHT THAT MOTION CONTROLLERS WILL UNLOCK 'AN UNPRECEDENTED INSTALLED BASE'?

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

84%

Tatsunoko vs Capcom Wii Capcom

No

55% Yes Not Sure

15%

30%

78%

76%

Sky Crawlers Wii Namco Bandai

Army of Two: The 40th Day PS3 EA

61%

59%

Guitar Hero: Van Halen PS3 Activision

Dark Void 360 Capcom

As excited as the industry is about Project Natal and the PS3 Motion Controller, it seems its members are also divided over the limits of the peripherals’ potential. More than half of those who voted in the latest MCV online survey disagree with GAME’s recent comments that the two hardware releases would bring substantial new audiences to gaming in a similar way to the Wii’s launch.

Almost a third of the voters are divided over the matter, preferring to wait and see how the controllers fare when released later this year. Only 15 per cent are confident that the pair will change the face of the gaming audience at large.  Take part in MCV’s next poll at www.mcvuk.com

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2

THIS WEEK

LAST WEEK

1

3

4

5

TITLE/FORMAT

PUBLISHER

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40th DAY FORMAT: 360

DEVELOPER: EA MONTREAL PUBLISHER: EA

2

2

DARKSIDERS 360

3

4

DARKSIDERS PS3

THQ

4

1

BAYONETTA 360

SEGA

5

NEW

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY PS3

6

NEW

BAYONETTA PS3

7

5

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3

8

4

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII Wii

THQ

EA

Hundreds of consumers are currently fighting the winter fat and many are doing so through Wii Fit Plus and various other fitness titles. Venom offers gamers the equipment to help them have a more productive workout. The company’s Step Up Pro (£17.99) pack stands will make any exercises that

require stepping on and off the Wii Balance Board will help users expend more energy as they work out. The Step Up pack also comes with weighted neoprene gloves. These weigh 500gsm each and provide more resistance during arm exercises. Venom: 01763 284 181

SEGA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

DEAL OF THE WEEK

NINTENDO

9

2

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 360

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

10

RE

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010 PC

SEGA

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PRICE CHECK [PRE ORDERS] Army of Two: The 40th Day PS3, EA

Vancouver 2010 360, Sega

Professor Layton: Pandora’s Box DS, Nintendo

James Cameron’s Avatar Wii, Ubisoft

WOW: Lich King PC, Blizzard

TOP 10 FINAL FANTASY XIII

IN STORE: WARRINTON

PS3 SQUARE ENIX

£39.99

£44.99

£29.99

£39.99

£22.99

£39.71

£39.71

£29.71

£15.00

N/A

2. MASS EFFECT 2

£42.99

£37.99

£32.98

£34.99

£19.99

3. MAG: COLLECTORS EDITION

£39.99

£44.99

£29.39

£38.99

£24.99

4. HEAVY RAIN

360 ..........................................................................EA PS3 ......................................................................SONY PS3 ......................................................................SONY

5. GOD OF WAR III

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

6. BIOSHOCK 2: LIMITED EDITION

ONLINE

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

£37.73

£34.87

£23.48

£17.99

£17.73

£37.95

£29.95

£27.95

£17.95

£17.95

£37.99

£32.95

£24.85

£19.99

£17.85

£37.97

£34.97

£28.97

£29.97

£23.97

7. MAG: MASSIVE ACTION

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

8. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

9. BIOSHOCK 2

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

10. BIOSHOCK 2

PS3 ................................................................2K GAMES Week ending January 22nd Source: SHOPTO.COM

FROM THE FRONTLINE We speak to former GAME man Billy Walker, now at G Force... What are the major differences between working at GAME and independent retail? GAME was very structured and there wasn’t much leeway, but with an indie you’ve got a bit more freedom to do your own thing and customer service can only benefit from that. Obviously, we sometimes face stock problems – I worked in some of GAME’s bigger stores so I never had problems with the triple-A titles – unlike here.

“Working at GAME was very structured but with an indie you’ve got more freedom.”

What are the big challenges indies face? Fighting against the supermarkets, and trying to make it look like we’re good value for money when supermarkets can offer triple-A titles at ridiculous prices. It’s tough to get our regulars to come in rather than buying elsewhere. So what we do is get in the special editions and stuff like that, things that make us a little bit different from our competitors. We focus on our pre-owned service, our customer service and we even have a loyalty service that rewards anyone that keeps coming back to us.

[PRE ORDERS]

TOP 10 MASS EFFECT 2 360 EA

2. MASS EFFECT 2

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

3. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

4. FINAL FANTASY XIII

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

5. BIOSHOCK 2

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

6. NAPOLEON: TOTAL WAR

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

7. HEAVY RAIN

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

8. BIOSHOCK 2 What can indies offer customers? Customer service. When you go into GAME, they don’t really speak to you, whereas we can help customers find the game they’re looking for, give them information on thier purchases.

PC ..................................................................2K GAMES

9. FINAL FANTASY XIII

360 ............................................................SQUARE ENIX

10. BIOSHOCK 2

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MAG mobilises as January ends Sony’s ambitious FPS MAG arrives on shelves next week, alongside the latest Vs Capcom beat ’em up lashing out on Wii. Also approaching release is BioShock 2, Dante’s Inferno, Star Trek Online, The Princess and the Frog and more... TITLE

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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

FEBRUARY 5th Astroboy 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 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat 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 Animal Kororo BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Bleach: The Third Phantom Driving Simulator Half Minute Hero 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 Ghosts Pirates of Vooju Island History Great Battles: Medieval

MUSTSTOCK ...............................................MAG Released: January 29th Format: PS3 Publisher: Sony Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

Standing for Massive Action Game, Sony’s MAG is a promising multiplayer-driven first-person shooter that boasts support for up to 256 players simultaneously. Taking online deathmatches to new heights, the game puts players in command of an army of other gamers.

MUSTSTOCK ...............TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM Released: January 29th Format: Wii Publisher: Capcom Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

Universes clash in this upcoming beat-’em-up up from Capcom. The publisher’s own Street Fighter characters team up with Viewtiful Joe, Mega Man and more as they battle with various familiar faces from the world of Tatsunoko’s animations.


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