Ubisoft's gamble on Vegas sequel pays off


‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2’ strikes it rich at the top of the All Formats chart, awarding Ubisoft their first All Formats No1 of the year and giving the Tom Clancy franchise its 5th All Formats No1 (previous Tom Clancy No1’s were ‘Splinter Cell’, ‘Pandora Tomorrow’, ‘Lockdown’ and ‘Warfighter 2’).

The tactical shooter records 77% of sales on Xbox 360 and the remainder on PS3 with the Xbox 360 version selling 3.6 times more than the original had achieved on Microsoft’s next-gen format back in December 2006. ‘Rainbow Six: Vegas 2’ becomes the 4th fastest selling Xbox 360 game in the UK, behind ‘Halo 3’, ‘Call of Duty 4’ and only 1,000 units behind Ubisoft’s very own ‘Assassin’s Creed’. Despite a healthy 60% jump in sales, last weeks No1 ‘Mario and Sonic’ has to settle for second place. Activision claim the next 2 positions with ‘Call of Duty 4’ up from No5 to No3 and ‘Guitar Hero III’ up from No7 to No4. Renewed stock propels ‘Wii Play’ back into the All Formats Top 40 at No7, while EA’s ‘Army of Two’ is the only All Formats Top 10 title to lose sales, down from No2 to No8. ‘Sega Superstars Tennis’ manages to get its first serve into the Top 10, new at No10. The appearance of the Wii version of ‘CSI: Hard Evidence’ means a re-entry for the Ubisoft game at No24 and an improved second week for the film tie-in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ from Vivendi leads to its first Top 40 showing at No26. Easter promotions push amongst others ‘Cooking Mama’ from 505 Games and Sony’s ‘Resistance: Fall of Man’ back into the Top 40 at No’s 29 and 30 respectively.

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