F1 2010 knocks Halo: Reach from top of UK chart

Racing simulator sells more than Reach and Dead Rising 2 combined in opening week

Codemasters' racing simulator F1 2010 has knocked Halo: Reach into second spot in the UK charts, selling more last week than both Bungie's Xbox 360 exclusive and Capcom's latest, Dead Rising 2, combined.

Halo: Reach saw an 80 per cent drop in sales last week, indicating a rush of sales to gamers who saw it as a day-one purchase. 2K's Civilization V joined Dead Rising 2 and F1 2010 as the third new entry in the top four, jumping straight in at four as one of two PC-only releases in the chart.

Last week's number two game, Sony's Move-enabled Sports Champions, dropped down to fifth, with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock debuting at sixth.

Square-Enix's Final Fantasy XIV takes tenth spot in the chart, despite only having been released as a PC special edition last week, with the regular PC edition coming this week. The PS3 version of the MMO is due in March, 2011.

This WeekLast WeekTitle
1New EntryF1 2010
21Halo: Reach
3New EntryDead Rising 2
4New EntryCivilization V
52Sports Champions
6New EntryGuitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
75Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
83Mafia II
94Toy Story 3
10New EntryFinal Fantasy XIV
118Just Dance
129Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
1310Red Dead Redemption
1412Super Mario Galaxy 2
157kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
1616Mass Effect 2
1721Need For Speed: Shift
1814New Super Mario Bros.
1918Wii Sports Resort
2015LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D11 years ago
Well done Codies!
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wow, i thought reach would have lasted longer in the number 1 spot. Bravo Codemasters!
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Josef Brett Animator 11 years ago
Well done Codies. F1 2010 is very deserving of the top spot (though I thought Reach would've lasted a bit longer than that).

Wonder if MS will react and drop the price soon. From what I remember Halo 3's price dropped fairly quickly after it started to slide in the charts.
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Joe Bognar PR Specialist, Asus11 years ago
I think the reason for this is the lck of F1 games in the recent years.
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Ricky Hodgson Studying BA (Hons) Computer Games and Visual Effects, Anglia Ruskin University11 years ago
There was no question that it would be a day one purchace for me, been waiting for a decent F1 game for ages! They delivered, i love it.
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Rebellion Developments11 years ago
Grats Codemasters. I'll be buying F1 shortly. Kinda surprised it knocked reach off so soon though.
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Matthew Stewart Writer 11 years ago
Great news - Codies deserve this for producing a fantastic title.
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Private Industry 11 years ago
Well deserved, still need to get into a good racing team and away from lotus :D
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Andy Grimbal  Game Production, Turner Entertainment Network Asia11 years ago
Apart from the UK being general petrol heads who love the sport, I think the more obvious reason is there are two British F1 champions competing for the F1 title this year. That would naturally boost interest in the UK.

In any case, good going Codemasters.
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@ werner - Indeed. How the world a car can flame up is quite....worrying in modern F1
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