Forza Starts in Pole Position


Microsoft’s ‘Gears of War 3’ was knocked off the No1 spot three weeks ago by ‘FIFA 12’, but this week the format holder gets its revenge as their new title ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ pips FIFA 12 (-62%) by just over 700 sales to take No1.

‘Forza Motorsport 4’ claims the biggest launch week ever for an Xbox 360 racing game and is just one of 7 new entries in this week’s All Formats Top 20. In many ways it’s similar to the corresponding week last year when FIFA 11 also only held on to No1 for two weeks despite a hugely successful launch. It’s also uncannily similar to this week last year with ‘Just Dance 3’ debuting at No3 (the same as Just Dance 2). In a big week for new releases, ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2012’ is the next highest new entry at No5 (its predecessor was also at No5 in the chart this time last year, however it had launched a week earlier, debuting at No2).

Other newcomers are ‘Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge’ at No10 from Alternative Software, ‘Ace Combat: Assault Horizon’ at No12, ‘Dead Rising 2: Off the Record’ at No14 and ‘Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure’ at No16. Bethesda’s ‘Rage’ (-38%) slips 2 places to No4, while Namco Bandai’s ‘Dark Souls’ (-58%) falls 4 places to No7. ‘Zumba Fitness’ (-12%) hasn’t lost its grip on the Top 10 despite falling 2 places to No8, ahead of ‘F1 2011’ (-42%) at No9.

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