Two years ago Rockstar’s ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ (PS2) overtook ‘Metal Gear Solid 2’ (PS2) as the fastest selling game in the UK, more than doubling the sales of Konami’s title and breaking a quarter of a million sales in one week. It was thought that no game could smash the records so comprehensively again, but this week ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ (PS2) has rewritten the record books, more than doubling Vice City’s launch week sales and breaking half a million sales in one week (575,156 units / £20.6m across all Chart Track panel retailers with estimated total market sales of 677,000 / £24.2m) – and these are the sales over just 2 days of trading (Friday/Saturday).
Incredibly, only 10 PS2 titles have sold more in their whole lifetimes, such is the demand for this title. In 2002 Vice City held on to become the Xmas No1 despite strong competition – there is strong competition again this year so only time will tell if San Andreas can repeat this feat. EA’s ‘FIFA 2005’ drops to No2 in the All Formats Entertainment Chart with sales down by only 4%, while at No3 Konami’s PS2 ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 4’ sales almost halve. EA’s titles in the Top 10 all perform well with ‘Burnout 3’ up one place from No6 to No5 and ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005’ re-entering the Top 10, up from No21 to No6 (due to PS2 version re-launch), while despite dropping from No5 to No9 sales of ‘The Sims 2’ (PC) were up 8%.