Despite sales slowing by 22%, Take 2/Rockstar’s ‘GTA IV’ holds on to pole position for a 5th consecutive week ahead of ‘Race Driver: GRID’ from Codemasters which lines up on the All Formats Chart at No2.
The latest game in the TOCA series also debuts at No2 in the Xbox 360 chart behind ‘GTA IV’, but has to settle for No3 in the PS3 chart behind ‘GTA IV’ at No1 and ‘Haze’ at No2. All Formats Top 10 regulars ‘Mario & Sonic’ and ‘Wii Play’ increase sales by 66% and 40% respectively – each rising one place, up to No’s 3 and 4. Euro 2008 kicks off next week and both ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2008’ and ‘FIFA 08’ climb the All Formats Top 10 in anticipation – PES08 up 2 places to No5 and FIFA up 1 place to No8. Sales of EA’s official offering also rise, with ‘UEFA Euro 2008’ up from No20 to No17. A strong retailer promotion reignites the career of ‘Sega Superstars Tennis’, serving up an All Formats Top 10 re-entry, up from No15 to No7. On the back of half-term, every game in the All Formats Top 10 gains sales except ‘GTA IV’ and Ubisoft’s PS3-exclusive ‘Haze’, down from No3 to No6 and ‘Mario Kart Wii’, which slips 2 places to No10. In its second week of release EA’s ‘Rock Band’ is outplayed by Activision’s ‘Guitar Hero III’ with sales down 39%, dropping out of the Top 10, down from No6 to No12, while Activision’s 6 month old title rocks steady, down one place to No11. Activision have a Top 40 re-entry as ‘Quake Wars: Enemy Territory’ shoots back in at No15, boosted by new Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. After an impressive launch week, sales of ‘Age of Conan’ are down 69%, falling from the lofty heights of No2 to No16, while continued stock problems mean ‘Wii Fit’ remains outside the All Formats Top 40 – and even drops out of the Top 40 Wii Chart.