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Gran Turismo 5 pushes Black Ops from UK number one

By Dan Pearson

Mon 29 Nov 2010 10:13am GMT / 5:13am EST / 2:13am PST

Epic Mickey, Def Jam Rapstar miss out on top 40

Sony and Polyphony Digital's racer Gran Turismo 5 has made the top of the UK chart in its opening week, pushing the record-selling Call of Duty: Black Ops down to second.

The racing sim suffered inumerable delays and setbacks on the path to release, but all of the tweeking, testing and fine-tuning paid off with some excellent review scores and a corresponding retail performance.

GT5 is the only new entry in a resilient top ten which sees Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in third, FIFA 11 in fourth and Just Dance 2 holding on to fifth.

The next-highest new entry is Red Dead Redemption expansion, Undead Nightmare at 14, although GFK Chart-Track's figure's only cover boxed retail, not download sales.

It wasn't a week of bumper releases, as the industry winds down schedules to concentrate on Christmas marketing, but neither Def Jam Rapstar, nor Disney's Epic Mickey, both released last week, made the top 40. Ubisoft's Michael Jackson: The Experience outsold them both at 32.

This Week Last Week Title
1 - Gran Turismo 5
2 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops
3 2 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
4 4 FIFA 11
5 5 Just Dance 2
6 3 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
7 6 Wii Party
8 27 Art Academy
9 7 Wii Sports Resort
10 13 Fallout: New Vegas
11 8 Professor Layton and the Lost Future
12 9 Kinect Sports
13 11 Wii Fit Plus
14 - Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
15 20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
16 18 Sonic Colours
17 10 New Super Mario Bros. Wii
18 14 WWE Smackdown VS. RAW
19 21 LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4
20 31 Mario Kart Wii
21 26 Toy Story 3
22 19 Football Manager 2011
23 22 New Super Mario Bros.
24 12 The Sims 3
25 16 Medal of Honor
26 23 Just Dance
27 17 F1 2010
28 15 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
29 28 Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
30 25 Dance Central
31 24 Fable III
32 - Michael Jackson: The Experience
33 30 The X Factor
34 29 GoldenEye 007
35 32 Halo Reach
36 36 Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
37 34 Super Mario Galaxy 2
38 Re-Entry Vanquish
39 35 Red Dead Redemption
40 38 007: Bloodstone

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Glad to see GT5, Black Ops and AC:B doing so well.

Posted:5 years ago


Jon Burton Director/Head Designer, Travellers Tales

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Nice to see LEGO Harry Potter back in the top 20 - at number 19 and 21 no less!

UPDATE: They've fixed the article so that Potter only appears once in the chart, still at 19 though.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jon Burton on 29th November 2010 12:19pm

Posted:5 years ago


Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I'm glad to see Vanquish re-enter the chart, although it's no doubt largely due to heavy discounting. It's a shame, because it's one of the most intense and enjoyable TPSs I've ever played.

Anyway, no surprise to see GT5 sell so well initially, although it's long-term sales will be interesting to observe.

Posted:5 years ago


Josef Brett Animator

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Any ideas on GT5 sales figures?

I'm guessing with all the online havoc on release day, they must have been high.

Posted:5 years ago


Private Industry

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Yeah would be interested as well in sales numbers, the online servers where only designed for 500 000 people according to one report so hard to say how many copies where really sold. Too bad neither chart track nor NDP give away numbers for free and even if you buy them you are not allowed to release them, but I guess its probably above 2 million worldwide given that Prologue sold in total around 5 million copies. Although there was like zero marketing didn`t see a single TV commercial or things like it and some people who don`t follow gaming sites might not know that it was released last week.

Also interested in the PS3 sales what kind of rise there was, I know a few people who just bought one now for GT5.

Posted:5 years ago


Josef Brett Animator

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Good point Werner.

GT5 was always (originally anyway) going to be the killer app wasn't it.

I bet there was a decent bump in PS3 sales because of it.

Posted:5 years ago


Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Rebellion Developments

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Happy to see GT5 at the top, amazing series of games and a lot of effort went in to make a great game.

As Werner mentioned, I'd be interested in seeing the PS3 sales also, as I know a few people who have bought PS3s for GT5.

Posted:5 years ago


Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College

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@ Josef -

Posted:5 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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The GT5 TV ad here is short and hilarious, which is a good thing. Sony really doesn't need to over-market the game at all. Once you see it in motion, you're either going to want to play it or at least see what the fuss is all about.

Vanquish got unfairly slammed in a few spots, but those reviewers didn't quite understand Mikami was jamming all sorts of stuff he grew up with into a beefy Western-style action/shooter. I caught something like 8 or 9 references to manga, anime, movies and such and all had me cracking up and nodding as I mentally checked off that list of influences.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare might get a boost next week, what with the retail version in stores now (damn great move by Rockstar - bravo for that and GTA IV Complete)...

Also good to see Sonic Colors and F1 moving up - both games are great for a number of reasons...

Anyway, off to bed for me before I ramble off a cliff...

Posted:5 years ago

Epic Mickey is out? Have they spent any money on marketing?

Posted:5 years ago


Josef Brett Animator

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Cheers Kevin

Posted:5 years ago


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