Gran Turismo 5 Finally Arrives at No1


Sony’s long awaited ‘Gran Turismo 5’ starts the race in pole position. It’s been over five years since the previous iteration (released on PS2 in week 10 2005) and over two and a half years since the sneak peek ‘Gran Turismo 5: Prologue’.

Benefitting from a Wednesday release Gran Turismo 5 achieves the 6th largest PS3 launch week and is 6% up on Gran Turismo 4 launch week sales.  Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ (-42%) has therefore been demoted to No2 and Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’ (-32%) also falls one place to No3.  EA’s ‘FIFA 11’ (+76%) and Ubisoft’s ‘Just Dance 2’ (+24%) hold their positions at No4 and No5 respectively, overtaking EA’s racing title ‘Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’ (+2%) which has slipped down the grid to No6.  Nintendo claim the next three positions with ‘Wii Party’ (+63%), ‘Art Academy’ (+220%) and ‘Wii Sports Resort’ (+1%) at No7, No8 and No9, with ‘Art Academy’ seeing the highest rise in the chart from No27 to No8, boosted by TV advertising.

Bethesda Softworks’ ‘Fallout: New Vegas’ (+97%) is back in the Top 10 this week, up from No13 to No10. Outside of the Top 10 we have a zombie take on Rockstar/Take 2’s western with ‘Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare’ debuting at No14 and Ubisoft’s ‘Michael Jackson: The Experience’ at No32.

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