It’s an Activision Blizzard world this week as the favourite for Christmas No1 ‘Call of Duty: World at War’ tops the All Formats Chart, becoming the UK’s 3rd fastest selling video game of all time (behind ‘GTA IV’ and ‘GTA San Andreas’).
It is followed at No2 by ‘World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King’ which is now the fastest selling PC title – a record that has stood since March 2003 and ‘Championship Manager 4’. The recently merged Activision Blizzard has its eye on world domination with not just ‘World at War’ and ‘World of Warcraft’ but also ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ which shoots up the chart from No17 to No6 thanks to the launch of the complete band packs. Sales from these 3 games alone accounted for 25% of all games sold last week. Last year’s ‘Call of Duty 4’ was launched in the same week, also reaching No1, but having to wait until Christmas to reach No1 for a second time. The combined launch week sales of the XB360, PS3 and PC versions of the latest instalment have outsold those for ‘Call of Duty 4’ by more than 2 to 1. Sega’s ‘Football Manager 2009’ debuts at No3, making it 3 new games in the Top 3 as well as a very successful week for PC gaming, becoming Sega’s fastest selling game out of the 5 ‘Football Manager’ titles. Sales of Microsoft’s ‘Gears of War 2’ slip 64%, down from No1 to No4, while EA’s ‘FIFA 09’ also falls 3 places, down to No5. Nintendo maintain an All Formats Top 10 presence thanks to ‘Professor Layton’ and ‘Mario Kart Wii’, both down one place to No’s 7 and 8, but rising in sales, up 9% and 12% respectively. Konami’s ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2009’ remains a major league player, holding on to No9, while THQ’s ‘WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009’ falls 5 places to No10. Newcomers that didn’t make the All Formats Top 10 are Nintendo’s ‘Wii Music’ at No16 and EA’s ‘Mirror’s Edge’ at No20.