Having scored a first All Formats No1 this year just 2 weeks ago with ‘Fable II’ on Xbox360, Microsoft are back on top with an even bigger 360 exclusive as ‘Gears Of War 2’ becomes the 3rd largest 360 week 1 title ever (behind GTA IV and Halo 3) and the 8th largest week 1 overall.
EA remain at No2 with steady sales of ‘FIFA 09’ (-1%) with Bethesda Softwork’s UK debut ‘Fallout 3’ dropping from No1 to No3 (-42%). Sony’s PS3 ‘LittleBigPlanet’ garnered very favourable reviews and debuts here at No4 and the big multi-format Christmas contender from THQ ‘WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009’ debuts at No5 with sales over 6 formats – PS3 and 360 virtually neck and neck with 34% and 33% of sales respectively. Nintendo’s new DS puzzler 'Professor Layton and the Curious Village' hopes to emulate the Kawashima’s and makes an honourable start at No6. Also new this week is Activision’s ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ debuting at No17 and released for 360, PS3, Wii, PS2 as solus or with guitar SKU’s. Sony’s PS3 ‘Motorstorm: Pacific Rift’ debuts at No29 and Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy Endwar’ is the last of the Top 40 new entries at No30 on 360/PS3/DS.