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Chart Track reports that Microsoft is back on top of the All Formats All Prices video game chart thanks to the release of Epic Games' Gears of War 2. The game becomes the third largest week one title on Xbox 360, behind GTA 4 and Halo 3, and the eighth largest week one on all formats.

Sony's LittleBigPlanet also got off to a good start, but was unable to match the sales of Gears 2, making its chart debut at No.4. Splitting the console exclusives are FIFA 09 at No.2 and Fallout 3 at No.3. THQ's WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009 is a new entry at No.5.

Nintendo's Professor Layton and the Curious Village is new at No.6 on Nintendo DS, Mario Kart Wii is at No.7, Activision's Quantum of Solace is down to No.8, PES 2009 can't match the pace of FIFA and is at No.9, while Wii Fit slips to No.10.

Other new entries include Guitar Hero: World Tour at No.17, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift at No.29 and Ubisoft's EndWar at No.30.

The coming week promises to be one of the busiest in UK video game history so expect plenty of change in next week's chart. Look out for new entries from Call of Duty: World at War, Mirror's Edge, Football Manager 2009, WoW: Wrath of the Lich King and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2001 ELSPA Ltd Entertainment Software (All Prices) Week 45, 2008

1: GEARS OF WAR 2
2: FIFA 09
3: FALLOUT 3
4: LITTLEBIGPLANET
5: WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2009
6: PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE
7: MARIO KART WII
8: QUANTUM OF SOLACE
9: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2009
10: WII FIT
11: WII PLAY
12: DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING
13: LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME
14: FAR CRY 2
15: MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
16: FABLE II
17: GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR
18: MIDNIGHT CLUB: LOS ANGELES
19: CARNIVAL: FUNFAIR GAMES
20: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR

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There is simply more of an attach rate with 360 to PS3 the games to console ratio with 360 is 8:1 and with the ps3 3.5:1 and wii 5:1. So therefore my comment that the 360 sells more games is just. PS3 is catching up however and its terrible first few months of an attach rate of 0.5:1 are long behind them.
Posted 15:37 on 19 November 2008
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I think LBP could have sold more had a demo been released before release. Gears of War being a sequel is pretty much a known quantity and the mass of people that bought and enjoyed the original would know what to expect from the sequel.

As PB said, LBP is a new IP and Sony could have done more to promote it. I haven't bought it as I'm not sure about it and a demo would have been of benefit to people like me and I believe it would have boosted sales.

They did the beta, why not release that version as a demo and get potential customers playing and possibly enjoying the game?

Sales figures might not matter to gamers but they do to Sony and MS as they like to do a bit of 'our game sold more than yours'.
Posted 16:45 on 14 November 2008
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Right lets work this out. Your saying a wednesday rls is going to sell less games in a week than a Friday rls even though it had 2 more days of sales?

I'd say that it's certainly an issue if the release day is not the original date, not so much that it was a Wednesday.


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And for the throw away comment that there won't be any sales of games after week one its ridicolous.

I' agree with that, many games do sell more in their first week than any other week, but their continued sales can be quite strong if the game is good enough for people to continue to pick it up new a long time after release.[/quote]

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Its a simple fact theres an installed base of fans for GOW franchise more people wanting the game than new IP LBP. And again proves the fact that most PS3 owners don't buy that many games.

Yes, I think the biggest reason for sales of GOW2 has to be the fans of the original (plus the glowing reviews) and the number of 360 owners. I'd say attach rates don't factor too much into it, it's not the quantity of titles people buy that make the difference to a single game, in fact it could have the opposite effect, with people being more picky about their game titles and only picking up a major title like LBP.
Posted 15:56 on 14 November 2008
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Karlius you can't say PS3 owners don't buy many games. They buy as many as the 360 and wii.

Actually, they do have a higher attach rate, so technically he's right. However, this doesn't necessarily have much bearing on a single games release.
Posted 15:43 on 14 November 2008
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RecoN

I agree with Pblive who gives a monkeys who sells more of 1 game than the other. If a game sells, its sells. Enough said really.

Karlius you can't say PS3 owners don't buy many games. They buy as many as the 360 and wii.

Its a hard week to buy any game seeing as theres 3 titles out. I think all of them have done very well.
Posted 07:57 on 14 November 2008
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Overall, LittleBigPlanet is the better game.
Posted 23:28 on 12 November 2008
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Karlius

Right lets work this out. Your saying a wednesday rls is going to sell less games in a week than a Friday rls even though it had 2 more days of sales? That has got to be the biggest load of RUBBISH I have ever heard spouted. I've seen as much advertisement if not more about LBP granted not release dates than GOW2.

And for the throw away comment that there won't be any sales of games after week one its ridicolous. GOW and HALO3 still sell well as does GTAIV. I'll gaurantee almost every 360 console sold between now and christmas will atach a copy of GOW2 as last year with HALO3.

Its a simple fact theres an installed base of fans for GOW franchise more people wanting the game than new IP LBP. And again proves the fact that most PS3 owners don't buy that many games.
Posted 13:26 on 12 November 2008
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I'd say that was quite a strong result for LBP, considering the delay and confusion around the launch and the fact it was launched on a Wednesday. I've not seen one ad for LBP so those are word of mouth sales.

Also LBP being a more casual game is likely to hang around in the charts for several months - whereas Gears 2 is the type of game all the hardcore fans go out and buy day one, so consequently it falls down the charts more rapidly.

The promised LBP Console bundle, that isn't out in the UK yet, will also help sales. I think LBP will continue to do quite well right up to Christmas...

It's a shame Chart Track don't include hard sales numbers like NPD do in the US...
Posted 12:21 on 12 November 2008
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pblive

Well, of course. LBP was release on a wednesday instead of it's planned release date, confusing many people, it didn't have the mass media coverage of GOW2 (Sony really need to put some adverts out there) and GOW2 was always going to be a big seller (I went and got a LE on friday, couldn't wait)

Still, it's not a case of who sells the most as long as they all sell and LBP didn't do badly. Not sure what everyone has with this obsession for one thing selling more than the other, surely the important thing is that they all make a profit to continue producing decent software?
Posted 11:09 on 12 November 2008
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Mr Magguire wont be happy , Sony again got beaten ;)
Posted 10:56 on 12 November 2008

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