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MONDAY FEBRUARY 8th: TODAY’S CHARTS  PRICE CHECK  NEW RELEASES

LUCKY THIRTEEN The stalwart Final Fantasy franchise is back. Could it be this quarter’s biggest game launch?

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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 FEBRUARY 6th 2010

[ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES]

[1]

TOP 40ALL FORMATS

[2]

1 LAST WEEK

[3]

[4]

[5]

MASS EFFECT 2

1

TITLE

PUBLISHER

22

21

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING CODEMASTERS

UBISOFT

17

22

BORDERLANDS

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

21

23

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010

NEW

4

DANTE’S INFERNO

EA

23

24

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

SONY

7

5

FIFA 10

EA

26

25

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010

THQ

5

6

WII SPORTS RESORT

NINTENDO

24

26

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS

NINTENDO

4

7

MAG

SONY

20

27

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

ROCKSTAR

8

8

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

NINTENDO

31

28

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

EA

6

9

WII FIT PLUS

NINTENDO

19

29

WII PLAY

10

10

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME

UBISOFT

29

30

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

NEW

11

STAR TREK ONLINE

ATARI

34

31

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10

11

12

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

UBISOFT

27

32

GTA EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY

12

13

MARIO KART WII

NINTENDO

38

33

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

9

14

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

EA

33

34

ASSASSIN’S CREED

13

15

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

RE

35

SUPER SMASH BROS BRAWL

14

16

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

25

36

BAYONETTA

SEGA

15

17

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

SEGA

18

37

DARKSIDERS

THQ

NEW

18

MX VS ATV REFLEX

THQ

28

38

PURE

16

19

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

SEGA

32

39

COLIN MCRAE DIRT 2

CODEMASTERS

NEW

20

THE SIMS 3: DESIGN & HIGH-TECH STUFF

SEGA

RE

40

ASHES CRICKET 2009

CODEMASTERS

2

2

JUST DANCE

3

PC CD-ROM LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

Highest New Entry

DEVELOPER: EA BIOWARE PUBLISHER: EA

THIS WEEK

WARNER BROS. MICROSOFT

PC CD-ROM

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

2K GAMES KONAMI

NINTENDO UBISOFT EA ROCKSTAR EA UBISOFT NINTENDO

DISNEY

[BUDGET PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

THE SIMS 3: DESIGN & HIGH-TECH

SEGA

2

1

ASSASSIN’S CREED

EA

3

3

MYSTERY OF THE CRYSTAL PORTAL

STAR TREK ONLINE DEVELOPER: ATARI PUBLISHER: CRYPTIC STUDIOS

DEVELOPER: THE SIMS STUDIO PUBLISHER: EA

2

2

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

1

3

MASS EFFECT 2

NEW

4

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. CALL OF PRIPYAT

KOCH MEDIA

2

4

WOW: BATTLE CHEST

3

5

THE SIMS 3

EA

6

5

HIDDEN MYSTERIES: TITANIC

5

6

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES

EA

NEW

6

BIOSHOCK & OBLIVION

4

7

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

5

7

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2010

7

8

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

7

8

MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER

8

9

DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS

ELECTRONIC ARTS

4

9

SNIPER: ART OF VICTORY

CITY INTERACTIVE

6

10

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR

SEGA

10

10

THE SIMS 2

ELECTRONIC ARTS

FOCUS GSP/AVANQUEST ACTIVISION BLIZZARD GSP/AVANQUEST 2K GAMES EIDOS FOCUS MULTIMEDIA

[SOURCE] (c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

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LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

PS3

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

1

PUBLISHER

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

1

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

[FULL PRICE] TITLE

PUBLISHER

MAG DEVELOPER: SONY PUBLISHER: SONY

3

2

MARIO KART DS

NINTENDO

NEW

2

DANTE’S INFERNO

2

3

DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING

NINTENDO

2

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

5

4

MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

4

5

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA'S BOX

9

6

MYSTERY STORIES

6

7

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

15

8

TAKE A BREAK’S PUZZLE MASTER

7

9

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS

NEW

10

TITANIC MYSTERY

WII

TITLE

WII SPORTS RESORT

2

2

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII

3

3

MARIO KART WII

4

4

MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

5

5

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

10

6

FIFA 10

7

7

YOUR SHAPE

RE

8

COD 4: MODERN WARFARE

8

9

F1 2009

9

10

MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

5

4

FIFA 10

3

5

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

GSP/AVANQUEST

4

6

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

NINTENDO

6

7

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

UBISOFT

8

8

JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: THE GAME

NINTENDO

13

9

NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

S.A.D

NEW

10

MX VS ATV REFLEX

PSP PUBLISHER

EA

1

2

LITTLEBIGPLANET

NINTENDO

3

3

GRAN TURISMO

SEGA

5

4

GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS

UBISOFT

4

5

ASSASSIN'S CREED: BLOODLINES

EA

6

6

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010

UBISOFT

7

7

JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR

9

8

DISSIDIA: FINAL FANTASY

CODEMASTERS

RE

9

DISGAEA 2: DARK HERO DAYS

SEGA

8

10

YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE 4

XBOX 360

1

EA THQ

DEVELOPER: HB STUDIOS PUBLISHER: EA

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

PUBLISHER

EA UBISOFT

PUBLISHER

NINTENDO

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

UBISOFT

TITLE

FIFA 10

[BUDGET PRICE]

SONY

[FULL PRICE]

1

DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO

TITLE

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

SONY SONY ROCKSTAR UBISOFT SEGA UBISOFT SQUARE ENIX KOEI KONAMI

[FULL PRICE]

TITLE

PUBLISHER

1

JUST DANCE

2

2

WII FIT PLUS

NINTENDO

NEW

2

DANTE’S INFERNO

3

3

WII PLAY

NINTENDO

2

3

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

6

4

SUPER SMASH BROS: BRAWL

NINTENDO

3

4

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

4

5

EA SPORTS ACTIVE

EA

6

5

FIFA 10

RE

6

INDIANA JONES AND THE STAFF OF KINGS

LUCASARTS

4

6

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY

5

7

MONOPOLY

EA

5

7

ASSASSIN'S CREED II

9

8

MY FITNESS COACH: GET IN SHAPE

UBISOFT

7

8

GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES - LIBERTY CITY

15

9

FERRARI CHALLENGE: TROFEO PIRELLI

SYSTEM 3

NEW

9

MX VS ATV REFLEX

11

10

PEPPA PIG: THE GAME

P2 GAMES

9

10

BORDERLANDS

DEVELOPER: UBISOFT (FRANCE) PUBLISHER: UBISOFT

MASS EFFECT 2 DEVELOPER: EA BIOWARE PUBLISHER: EA EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MICROSOFT EA EA UBISOFT ROCKSTAR THQ 2K GAMES

(c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack

1

WII

SEGA NINTENDO

[FULL PRICE]

LAST THIS WEEK WEEK

[SOURCE]

NINTENDO DS

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POLL WILL APPLE'S IPAD BENEFIT GAMES RETAILERS?

REVIEW SCORES

No

77%

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95%

Mass Effect 2 PC EA

Yes

14%

89%

79%

76%

69%

BlazBlue: Trigger PS3 PQube

MX Vs ATV Reflex 360 THQ

Endless Ocean 2 Wii Nintendo

White Knight Chron. PS3 Sony

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2

THIS WEEK

LAST WEEK

3

4

TITLE/FORMAT

5

PUBLISHER

1

MASS EFFECT 2 FORMAT: 360

DEVELOPER: EA BIOWARE PUBLISHER: EA

2

NEW

MAG PS3

SONY

3

NEW

MAG: COLLECTOR’S EDITION PS3

SONY

4

3

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 360

5

4

FIFA 10 360

6

10

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII Wii

7

RE

JUST DANCE Wii

8

RE

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY 360

9

8

COD: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3

10

2

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY PS3

9%

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Echoing the views of the majority of games retailers we’ve spoken to, the participants of the latest online MCV survey are unconvinced by the potential of Apple’s download-only iPad. The device is due for release in March with a 3G-enabled version to follow in April, and some retailers such as GAME have already pledged support to it, enticed by the promise of a strong games drive by the likes of EA.

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As the annual Oscars talk begins to heat up, Gem offers retailers the chance to cash in on the movie hype with this duo of Paramount movies on USB. Available through a partnership between the two firms, stores can stock digital versions of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Star Trek. Each flick comes on a specially constructed 4GB USB stick based on familiar emblems from the films. These devices are compatible with most DivX-certified machines, including PC, Mac and PS3. The movies come in a special collector’s tin and are ideal for gifting. Exspect: 01782 748 732

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PRICE CHECK [PRE ORDERS] Mass Effect 2 360, EA

Mario Kart Wii Wii, Nintendo

MAG PS3, Sony

Mario & Sonic: Winter DS, Sega

COD: Modern Warfare 2 Activision Blizzard

TOP 10 BIOSHOCK 2 360 2K GAMES

IN STORE: CHESTER £39.99

£34.98

£39.99

£22.98

£44.99

£39.71

£27.71

£39.71

£24.71

£44.71

2. BIOSHOCK 2

£39.99

£39.99

£44.99

£29.99

£44.99

3. FINAL FANTASY XIII

£39.99

£39.99

£39.99

£29.99

£44.99

4. HEAVY RAIN

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

5. BIOSHOCK 2: WITH LITTLE SISTER

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

6. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

ONLINE

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

£34.99

£27.71

£34.73

£23.18

£37.99

£39.99

£29.99

£39.99

£25.99

£39.99

£36.85

£26.85

£39.95

£22.95

£42.99

£37.95

£26.95

£34.95

£24.95

£38.95

7. FINAL FANTASY XIII: COLLECTORS ED

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

8. GOD OF WAR III

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

9. BIOSHOCK 2: WITH LITTLE SISTER

PS3 ................................................................2K GAMES

10. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

360 ......................................................................SEGA Week ending February 5th Source: SHOPTO.COM

FROM THE FRONTLINE

“None of the High Street stores pose a serious threat to us because we give good customer service.”

We chat to Aki Querishi from London’s Awesome Games… How much competition do you have to face in your area? We’ve got all the big multiples here: GAME, Gamestation, HMV, Currys Digital. But none of them pose a serious threat to us because we give good customer service. People come to us because of our knowledge of the games industry, and we tend to stock a lot more variety than the others put together. The main chains focus on the Top 20 or Top 50 games, while we also offer much more in the way of back catalogue titles.

[PRE ORDERS]

TOP 10 BIOSHOCK 2 360 2K GAMES

2. BIOSHOCK 2

PS3 ................................................................2K GAMES

3. ALIENS VS PREDATOR What is the biggest challenge you face? Supermarkets, because of the pricing. Over Christmas, it was a nightmare because they were undercutting us on key titles like Modern Warfare and FIFA. Apart from that, we’re okay.

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

4. ALIENS VS PREDATOR

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

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

6. HEAVY RAIN What makes your store unique? I think it’s the friendly environment you get here, which you don’t really find in the big multiples. We have people that know us quite well and pop in just to say hello.

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

7. FINAL FANTASY XIII

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

8. FINAL FANTASY XIII: COLLECTORS ED

PS3 ..........................................................SQUARE ENIXA

9. DANTE’S INFERNO

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

What are your hopes for 2010? That things will probably start picking up now that we’re technically out of the recession.

10. BIOSHOCK 2: COLLECTORS EDITION

360 ................................................................2K GAMES Week ending February 5th Source: AMAZON.CO.UK

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BioShock returns to High Street The eagerly awaited BioShock 2 is just days away, inviting gamers back to Rapture. The 2K Games title is not the only hot title due out soon, with Aliens Vs Predator, Heavy Rain, Battlefield, Half-Minute Hero and more on the horizon... TITLE

FORMAT

GENRE

PUBLISHER

TELEPHONE

DISTRIBUTOR

PC / PS3 / XBOX 360

FPS

2K Games

01279 822 800

Gem

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

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

Rising Star Games 505 Games Zen United Sega Excalibur Publishing Rising Star Games Disney Interactive Konami Mamba Games Activision Blizzard Sega Zushi Square Enix Sega Excalibur Publishing

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Mastertronic Advantage Centresoft Centresoft Open Mastertronic Centresoft Open Lace Centresoft Centresoft Gem Open Centresoft Open

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

Mystery Action Adventure RPG Action Mini-games Casual/Adventure Strategy Music Imagine Racing Strategy Survival Horror Fighting

Capcom Sega City Interactive Excalibur Publishing Tecmo Koei D3Publisher Mamba Games Kalypso Media Activision Blizzard Ubisoft Zushi Mamba Games Capcom South Peak

0121 625 3388 0121 625 3388 0845 362 7769 01869 338833 01462 476 130 0208 222 9700 01273 202220 0121 506 9585 0121 625 3388 01279 822800 01279 822800 01273 202220 0121 625 3388 0121 625 3388

Centresoft Centresoft Trilogy Open Open Namco Bandai Lace Advantage Centresoft Gem/Trilogy Gem Lace Centresoft Centresoft

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

Adventure Strategy Simulation Adventure Music Puzzle/RPG Strategy Action Sports Racing Action Action

Zushi Ubisoft First Class Simulations Sony Microsoft Ubisoft Sega Namco Bandai South Peak Sega Tecmo Koei Rising Star Games

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Gem Gem/Trilogy Open Centresoft Gem Gem/Trilogy Centresoft Advantage Centresoft Centresoft Open Mastertronic

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

Casual Action Puzzle FPS Action Simulation Casual Puzzle

S.A.D Disney Interactive S.A.D EA Zushi First Class Simulations S.A.D City Interactive

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PlayV Centresoft PlayV Centresoft Gem Open PlayV Gem/Trilogy

FEBRUARY 9th BioShock 2

FEBRUARY 12th Animal Kororo Big Catch Bass Fishing 2 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Bleach: The Third Phantom Driving Simulator Half-Minute Hero Jonas Karaoke Revolution Memento Mori Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Phantasy Star Zero Reel Fishing: Anglers Dream Star Ocean: The Last Hope International Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll 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 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 Anno 1404 Venice Add-on Discover Arabia Heavy Rain Lips: Party Classics Might And Magic: Clash Of Heroes Napoleon: Total War Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Sled Shred Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Undead Knights Way of the Samurai 3

MARCH 5th Alabama Smith: Escape From Pompeii Alice In Wonderland Around The World In 80 Days Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Defendin De Penguin Discover Great Britain Gourmania Jewels Of Sahara

MUSTSTOCK ...................................BIOSHOCK 2 Released: February 9 Format: 360, PS3, PC Publisher: 2K Games Distributor: Gem Contact: 01279 822800

The biggest game of the month finally arrives. Players don the diving suit of the first Big Daddy and search the sunken ruins of Rapture for the fiend that has been kidnapping young girls from the surface. The game features new power-ups and the series’ first multiplayer mode.

MUSTSTOCK ......................HALF-MINUTE HERO Released: February 12 Format: PSP Publisher: Rising Star Distributor: Mastertronic Contact: 0845 234 4242

An innovative take on the RPG genre, this 8-bit inspired adventue challenges players to save the world in quickfire chunks of 30 seconds. The game swaps lengthy statmanagement for ‘pick up and play’ action and should appeal to RPG fans everywhere.


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