Halo Reaches the Summit


Released on Tuesday, ‘Halo: Reach’ towers above the competition at the top of the Entertainment Software Chart, giving Microsoft their biggest ever launch week and the 5th biggest launch ever in the UK.

‘Halo: Reach’s debut week sits behind ‘Modern Warfare 2’ on Xbox 360 and PS3, ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ on PS2 and ‘GTA IV’ on Xbox 360.  ‘Halo: Reach’ improves on ‘Halo 3’s launch week by 20,000 sales and is almost 200,000 sales ahead of the launch week of ‘Halo 3: ODST’.  Sony’s top selling Playstation Move game ‘Sports Champions’ is a new entry at No2 with last week’s No1, ‘Mafia II’ (-47%) slipping to No3.  The only other new PS3 Move titles to break into the Top 40 are Sony’s ‘Start the Party!’ at No29 and Ubisoft’s ‘Racket Sports’ at No32.  However, there are several other titles with PS3 Move gameplay that feature in the Top 40: ‘Toy Story 3’ at No4, ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11’ at No9, ‘R.U.S.E’ at No11 and ‘Resident Evil: Gold Edition’ at No22. 

Out of these only the PS3 version of Tiger Woods manages an uplift in sales, the PS3 version up 41% on last week, helping push it back into the Top 10 from No17.  Ubisoft has 3 games in the Top 10 this week: ‘Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands’ (-11%) up from No9 to No5, ‘Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2’ (-42%) down from No2 to No6 and ‘Just Dance’ (this week’s only Wii-exclusive in the Top 10), up from No11 to No8 (-9%).  The only other new entry this week is EA’s ‘NHL 11’ at No26.

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