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Microsoft's Halo 4 is a new entry at No.1 in the UK video game chart, but the game's chart position doesn't really tell the whole story.

According to Chart Track, Halo 4 sold slightly more units than last week's Assassin's Creed 3 and has become the 18th biggest SKU launch in terms of week one units. However, the big budget sequel failed to top the week one sales of Halo 3 (15th biggest launch) or Halo: Reach (12th biggest launch).

Assassin's Creed 3 slips to No.2 with a 73 per cent drop off in sales, FIFA 13 is at No.3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted climbs to No.4 and Football Manager 2013 takes fifth place.

Skylanders Giants records a 7 per cent rise in sales and climbs two places to No.6, followed by WWE 13 at No.7, Boderlands 2 at No.8 (up 180 per cent thanks to price cuts), Just Dance 4 at No.9 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter at No.10.

LittleBigPlanet Karting is the week's only other new entry, beginning its life at No.24.

UKIE Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track, (All Prices) Week 45, 2012

1. HALO 4
2. ASSASSIN'S CREED III
3. FIFA 13
4. NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED
5. FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013
6. SKYLANDERS GIANTS
7. WWE '13
8. BORDERLANDS 2
9. JUST DANCE 4
10. MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER
11. FORZA HORIZON
12. MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK
13. RESIDENT EVIL 6
14. DISHONORED
15. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
16. PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE MIRACLE MASK
17. F1 2012
18. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2
19. FORZA MOTORSPORT 4
20. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Given Halo 4's huge budget, both in terms of production and marketing, failing to beat the week one sales of Halo 3 and Reach will be seen as a massive disappointment. The shrinking UK games market and strong releases vying for attention must, however, be recognised. Halo titles typically launch in September, but Halo 4 went for a November launch and as a result found itself sandwiched between Assassin's Creed 3 and Black Ops 2.

Assassin's Creed 3 proved successful for Ubisoft, but we'll have to wait until next week to find out if Black Ops 2 manages to improve on previous Call of Duty launches.

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rbevanx@ FantasyMeister

And that's why I hate the TD option on this forum.

You disagree with the comment that much but don't explain why, and the rest of us wonder why you disagread with the post.

If it's tactics not to get on peoples bad books for MOTM mind, I say grow up!

Thumbed back up anyway.


Now back to the topic.

Yeah I agree with you to an extent FM but if the games are good (or better than the previous games) then I don't see why not.
It's when they milk them like COD which I don't like anyway. But I can see them saving up franchises for the next Xbox which is annoying.
Posted 17:31 on 12 November 2012
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FantasyMeister

I'm not really concerned about Halo 4's sales figures. It's the seventh Halo title, exclusive to a single platform, and considering that by now gamers must be screaming for a new IP it has done rather well to reach the top of the all-formats charts.

What should probably concern Microsoft is that they seem to have all their eggs in one basket with the franchise and I think they need to develop something wholly original to inspire a new generation of gamers rather than rest on their laurels.
Posted 13:16 on 12 November 2012
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Ghost5

Bit shocked that it didn't beat Halo Reach...

Its a good game and I can't wait for some Staff vs Forums so we can put Dave's skills to the test!
Posted 12:39 on 12 November 2012
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rbevanx@ MJTH

It's better than "all is good" it's GOTY material and the best of the series in my view :P

"It's Brilliant"
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Posted 12:12 on 12 November 2012
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MJTH

I think some people are still sceptical of 343, they need theirs friends to tell them all is good in the game. I can see sales not dropping that much next week for Halo 4.
Posted 12:07 on 12 November 2012
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Clockpunk

That is surprising, but I can see sales picking up right before Christmas (and a surge in online play come the 25th December!) It seems like a title which would make a good gift.
Posted 11:50 on 12 November 2012
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rbevanx

IT'S FAILED!!!!

END OF THE WORLD!!!



IT'S NOW GONNA MAKE FEWER MILLIONS!!!
Posted 11:49 on 12 November 2012
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Wido

Meh I won't express my own opinion when it becomes No 1 in the charts yet doesn't compare to previous titles for sales overall. I honestly do not care how much it has sold than compared to previous games.

Halo 4 is a great game and everyone should play it.
Posted 11:43 on 12 November 2012

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Release Date: 02/11/2012
Developer: Criterion
Publisher: EA
Genre: Racing
Rating: PEGI 7+
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