It took Activision Blizzard almost half the year to do it, but the huge US publisher has finally scored its first All Formats No1 of 2009.
Sales of ‘Prototype’ are down 20% in its 2nd week of release, but with sales of last week’s No1 ‘The Sims 3’ falling by 49% , ‘Prototype’ pushes the popular PC phenomenon down to No2. Xbox 360 remains the dominant format for Activision Blizzard’s new open-world action title, Microsoft’s format accounting for 61% of sales, PS3 36% and PC 3%. ‘Wii Fit’ (-12%) climbs one place, skipping back into the Top 3 for the first time since it was deposed from the No1 spot over 4 weeks ago. The Ghostbusters film might be 25 years old, but a debut at No4 for the new Sony-published video game proves that it’s still a well-loved franchise. ‘Ghostbusters: The Video Game’ (98% PS3 & 2% PS2) debuts one place higher than Sony’s previous PS3 title ‘Infamous’ which was a new entry at No5 four weeks ago. The price drop 2 weeks ago on ‘Call of Duty: World at War’ is still in effect, boosting sales by 59% this week as it jumps from No7 to No5, leaping ahead of THQ’s ‘Red Faction: Guerrilla’ (-46%) and ‘UFC 2009: Undisputed’ (-28%). Red Faction drops 3 places to No6, while UFC slips 2 places to No7. The bottom end of the All Formats Top 10 has a sporty theme with ‘EA Sports Active’ (-27%) down 2 places to No8, while Sega’s Virtua Tennis 2009’ (+33%) pops back into the Top 10, up 2 places to No9, helped by the release of the Wii MotionPlus compatible version. With Wimbledon starting this week EA’s ‘Grand Slam Tennis’ volleys its way into the Top 10, up 3 places to No10. Launched 2 weeks ago as the UK’s first Wii MotionPlus compatible title, sales this week are up 47%, more than double that of Virtua Tennis 2009 on Wii. There is also a strong second week for ‘Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings’ (+158%) which leaps from No32 to No13, while 505 Games have this week’s only other Top 40 new release with ‘ArmA II’ at No19.