The original Command & Conquer stormed onto PCs 11½ years ago, debuting in the same week as the launch of Sony’s iconic Playstation console (week 39, 1995). This week EA’s revolutionary strategy franchise proves it is far from forgotten with ‘Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars’ again giving Sony’s console launch a run for its money by toppling ‘Resistance: Fall of Man’ on PS3 to claim No1 in the All Formats Chart.
It has taken the Command & Conquer series almost 7½ years to regain top spot in the All Formats Chart, having held on to No1 for 4 weeks with ‘Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun’ back in August 1999. Sony’s heavyweight PS3 exclusives have to make way, with ‘Resistance: Fall of Man’ down to No2, dropping 66% in sales and ‘Motorstorm’ slipping from No2 to No3 (down 62% in sales). Codemasters’ ‘Brain Lara International Cricket 2007’ has a solid 2nd innings thanks to improved 2nd week sales of the PS2 version (up from No2 to No1 in the PS2 Full Price Chart ahead of newcomer ‘Medal of Honor: Vanguard’ at No2), but still has to make way for Command and Conquer by dropping one place from No3 to No4. The PSP and PC versions of ‘Virtua Tennis 3’ are new this week, but are not enough to lift Sega above Codemasters, the tennis game also down one place from No4 to No5. Ubisoft’s ‘TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is boosted by the success of the new film, breaking into the All Formats Top 10, up from No21 to No6. EA’s ‘UEFA Champions League 2006-2007’ joins TMNT as the only Top 10 All Formats games to increase in sales this week. There are only 2 new releases in the All Formats Top 40 this week and both are from EA – ‘Command and Conquer 3’ on PC at No1 and ‘Medal of Honor: Vanguard’ for PS2 and Wii at No11. The PS3 version of ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent’ is the only new release for Sony’s new console this week, taking the total number of PS3 games available to 23.