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MONDAY FEBRUARY 1st: TODAY’S CHARTS  PRICE CHECK  NEW RELEASES

IN THIS WEEK’S

RETAILBIZ CHARTS

KART ATTACK

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

Sonic swaps his trainers for tyres as he and a multitude of iconic Sega characters join forces for this colourful racing title

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

OUT: FEBRUARY 26th

RELEASE SCHEDULE

Read the preview in MCV this Friday

HIGH STREET NEWS & DATA

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 30th 2010

[ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES]

[1]

TOP 40ALL FORMATS

[2]

1

[3]

[4]

[5]

1

Highest New Entry

DEVELOPER: EA BIOWARE PUBLISHER: EA

LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

1

2

JUST DANCE

2

PUBLISHER

19

21

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

UBISOFT

26

22

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING CODEMASTERS

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

23

23

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

NEW

4

MAG

SONY

22

24

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS

5

5

WII SPORTS RESORT

NINTENDO

14

25

BAYONETTA

SEGA

3

6

WII FIT PLUS

NINTENDO

28

26

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

THQ

6

7

FIFA 10

ELECTRONIC ARTS

24

27

GTA EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY

7

8

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

35

28

PURE

4

9

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

EA

25

29

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

8

10

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME

UBISOFT

21

30

UP

9

11

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

UBISOFT

RE

31

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

10

12

MARIO KART WII

32

COLIN MCRAE DIRT 2

16

13

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

13

14

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

12

15

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

15

16

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

17

17

BORDERLANDS

11

18

DARKSIDERS

18

19

WII PLAY

NINTENDO

20

20

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

ROCKSTAR

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

MASS EFFECT 2 TITLE

TITLE

MASS EFFECT 2 DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA

1

2

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

2

3

THE SIMS 3

3

4

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

4

5

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES

5

6

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR

6

7

7

8

8

9

11

10

ROCKSTAR DISNEY UBISOFT THQ EA

WARNER BROS.

39

33

ASSASSIN’S CREED

MICROSOFT

30

34

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

SEGA

34

35

SEGA MEGA DRIVE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

SEGA

36

36

LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA

2K GAMES

31

37

DR KAWASHIMA’S BRAIN TRAINING

RE

38

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

RE

39

LEGO INDIANA JONES: ORIGINAL

LUCASARTS

40

LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: CONTINUES

LUCASARTS

32

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

CODEMASTERS UBISOFT EA SEGA LUCASARTS NINTENDO EA

[BUDGET PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

ASSASSIN’S CREED DEVELOPER: UBISOFT MONTREAL PUBLISHER: FOCUS MULTIMEDIA

SEGA

1

2

WOW: BATTLE CHEST

ELECTRONIC ARTS

8

3

THE MYSTERY OF THE CRYSTAL PORTAL

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

5

4

SNIPER: ART OF VICTORY

ELECTRONIC ARTS

3

5

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2010

23

6

HIDDEN MYSTERIES: TITANIC

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

7

7

MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

6

8

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

ROCKSTAR

11

9

TRAPPED: THE ABDUCTION

FALLOUT 3: GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION

BETHESDA

9

10

THE SIMS 2

SEGA

NINTENDO

29

PC CD-ROM PUBLISHER

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

NINTENDO

THQ

[FULL PRICE]

KONAMI

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

[SOURCE] (c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack


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OFFICIALUKCHARTS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY JANUARY 30th 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

1

MAG

PUBLISHER

DEVELOPER: SONY PUBLISHER: SONY

2

2

DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

1

2

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

3

3

MARIO KART DS

NINTENDO

4

3

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

4

4

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA'S BOX

NINTENDO

3

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

5

5

MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SEGA

5

5

FIFA 10

7

6

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

NINTENDO

2

6

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

8

7

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS

NINTENDO

6

7

DARKSIDERS

6

8

NINTENDO PRESENTS: CROSSWORD PRESENTS

11

9

MYSTERY STORIES

10

10

DR KAWASHIMA MORE BRAIN TRAINING

PLAYSTATION 2

1

FIFA 10

2

2

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

3

3

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

4

4

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

6

5

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

5

6

SINGSTAR MOTOWN

8

7

BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE

11

8

GTA: THE TRILOGY

12

9

MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD

10

10

GUITAR HERO 5

PSP LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

LITTLEBIGPLANET

2

2

FIFA 10

3

3

GRAN TURISMO

4

4

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BLOODLINES

8

5

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS

7

6

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

5

7

6

8 9

DISSIDIA: FINAL FANTASY

10

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

10

EA THQ

7

8

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

9

9

BAYONETTA

SEGA

NINTENDO

8

10

RATCHET & CLANK: A CRACK IN TIME

SONY

WII PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

UBISOFT

[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

ELECTRONIC ARTS

5

5

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

SONY COMPUTER ENT.

SEGA UBISOFT

6

TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM: ULTIMATE ALL-STARTS

CAPCOM

D3P

6

7

YOUR SHAPE

UBISOFT

ROCKSTAR

7

8

F1 2009

THQ

8

9

MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

13

10

FIFA 10

XBOX 360

[FULL PRICE]

1

ELECTRONIC ARTS

NINTENDO

DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA

TITLE

SONY UBISOFT

GSP/AVANQUEST

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

DEVELOPER: SCEE CAMBRIDGE STUDIO PUBLISHER: SONY

CODEMASTERS SEGA EA

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

MASS EFFECT 2 DEVELOPER: EA BIOWARE PUBLISHER: EA

ELECTRONIC ARTS

1

2

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

SONY

3

3

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

UBISOFT

2

4

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

ROCKSTAR

4

5

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

SEGA

6

6

FIFA 10

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR

UBISOFT

7

7

GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES - LIBERTY CITY

YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE 4

KONAMI

9

8

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

SQUARE ENIX

10

9

BORDERLANDS

KONAMI

5

10

DARKSIDERS

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MICROSOFT ELECTRONIC ARTS UBISOFT ELECTRONIC ARTS ROCKSTAR UBISOFT 2K GAMES THQ

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[SOURCE]

NINTENDO DS


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POLL WAS SONY RIGHT TO DELAY THE LAUNCH OF THE PS3 MOTION CONTROLLER?

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

96%

Mass Effect 2 360 EA

Yes

48% No

34% Not Sure

18%

90%

84%

No More Heroes 2 Wii Rising Star

Half-Minute Hero PSP Rising Star

78%

74%

MAG PS3 Sony

The Saboteur PC EA

Sony recently announced that the PS3 Motion Controller has been delayed until an autumn release. This pushes the unnamed peripheral away from its original March date and much closer to the launch of Natal. Not only will it now have to compete with Microsoft’s new hardware, it will also battle with any other products vying for consumers’ attention this Christmas. Despite this, 48 per cent of participants in the latest MCV online survey believe Sony was right to delay the controller.

Given how little is already known about the hardware, the added time will allow the platform holder to refine the device and present a strong launch line-up. Over a third are convinced the delay will have a negative impact on the Motion Controller’s potential, presumably due to competition with Natal. Just under 20 per cent are undecided either way.  Take part in MCV’s next poll at www.mcvuk.com

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INDIE CHARTS - ALL FORMATS 1

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

5

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY PS3

3

9

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 360 FIFA 10 360

EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

4

RE

5

4

BAYONETTA 360

SEGA

6

3

DARKSIDERS PS3

THQ

7

2

DARKSIDERS 360

THQ

8

7

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

9

10

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010 PC

SEGA

10

8

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII Wii

EA

The Mionix Naos 5000 positions itself as one of the most comfortable gaming mice available, thanks to an innovative weight tuning system. This allows gamers to tweak the mouse’s weight distribution, making it easier to grip and move around the desk. It features a good ergonomic design that offers support for all five fingers and a rubber coating that ensures the device

won’t slip out of the user’s hands during heating gaming sessions. The 5000 also boasts high precision thanks to its 5040dpi laser sensor and Surface Quality Analyser Tool that measures the tracking quality on a certain surface. Gamers can further customise this with three dpi values that can be switched between on the fly. Meroncourt: 01462 680 060

DEAL OF THE WEEK

NINTENDO

Charts compiled by Game Guide/Complete EPOS Solutions. For more information about Complete EPOS Solutions call 01543 370002. For more information about the Game Guide call 01606 836347.

Consumers that pre-order any three titles at GAME – including Aliens vs Predator, BioShock 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Final Fantasy XIII – before the end of February will also receive money off vouchers worth £15 for their next purchase.


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PRICE CHECK [PRE ORDERS] Dark Void 360, Capcom

Left 4 Dead 2 360, EA

Darksiders PS3, THQ

Dead Space Extraction Wii, EA

Resident Evil: Darkside Wii, Capcom

TOP 10 BIOSHOCK 2 360 2K GAMES

IN STORE: ROMFORD N/A

N/A

N/A

£14.00

£22.87

£34.99

N/A

£39.99

£29.99

£24.99

2. BIOSHOCK 2

£29.71

£39.71

£37.71

N/A

£29.71

3. FINAL FANTASY XIII

£34.99

£42.99

£42.99

£29.99

£34.99

4. HEAVY RAIN

PS3 ................................................................2K GAMES PS3 ............................................................SQUARE ENIX PS3 ......................................................................SONY

5. FINAL FANTASY XIII: COLLECTORS ED

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

6. GOD OF WAR III

ONLINE

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

£29.99

£39.99

£39.99

£14.99

£29.99

£29.99

£39.99

£27.99

£17.98

£19.98

£28.73

£37.73

£34.73

£14.73

£27.73

£28.89

£39.98

£33.89

N/A

£27.89

7. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

8. DANTE’S INFERNO

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

9. BIOSHOCK 2: LIMITED EDITION

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

10. POKÉMON SOULSILVER

DS..................................................................NINTENDO Week ending January 29th Source: SHOPTO.COM

FROM THE FRONTLINE

“Are games really worth what they’re being priced at?”

This week, MCV speaks to Kingkonsole’s Mark Husband How good have your holiday sales been over? Not as good as last year, or the year before. Call Of Duty sold very well, obviously, but I think that was the only real success. The thing is, we’re quite small on games – we focus on trade-ins, and we don’t sell many new games, so it’s difficult to judge how well the latest releases perform. What is the biggest challenge you face? Trying to get new customers. The only way to do this is to advertise – we’ve been advertising the store online, and with flyers around our local area. What would you change about games retail? Reduce the retail prices of new games. I just think they’re overpriced for what they are. Some games come out at £40 to £50 and within a week they’re down by £10 to £20 because they’re not selling too well. But obviously the popular games hold their value. At the end of the day, are they really worth what they’re being priced at?

[PRE ORDERS]

TOP 10 BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PC EA 2. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

3. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

4. FINAL FANTASY XIII

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

5. BIOSHOCK 2

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

6. BIOSHOCK 2: LIMITED ED.

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

7. GRAN TURISMO 5

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

8. THE SIMS: DESIGN & HIGH TECH STUFF PC ............................................................................EA

9. ALIENS VS PREDATOR What are your hopes for 2010? Expansion. We’re almost definitely moving to a bigger retail outlet in our town centre.

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

10. HEAVY RAIN

PS3 ......................................................................SONY Week ending January 29th Source: PLAY.COM


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FEBRUARY 19th Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigates Aliens Vs Predator Art Of Murder Blood Of Europe Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Family Party: Winter Fun Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island Grand Ages Rome: Gold Edition Guitar Hero: Van Halen Imagine Journalist Indianapolis 500 Evolution Making History 2: War Of The World Resident Evil 5 (Platinum/Classics) TNA! Impact: Cross The Line

FEBRUARY 26th Adventures To Go

MUSTSTOCK ..........................DANTE’S INFERNO Released: February 5 Format: 360, PS3, PSP Publisher: EA Distributor: Centresoft Contact: 0121 625 3388

Electronic Arts explores Hell as described by 13th Century poet Dante Alighieri. Players are tasked with bringing down the demons that inhabit the various circles of Hell as they search for the soul of Dante’s beloved. This adventure stays true to its literary source material.

MUSTSTOCK .......................STAR TREK ONLINE Released: February 5 Format: PC Publisher: Atari Distributor: Namco Bandai Contact: 020 8222 9700

Developer Cryptic invites fans to go boldly where no MMO has gone before: namely, the Star Trek universe. Taking the helm of a starship, gamers get to explore Gene Roddenberry’s vision of humanity’s future, battling with Klingons, Borg, Romulans and other Trekkies.


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