Gran Turismo 5 pushes Black Ops from UK number one

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 WeekLast WeekTitle
1-Gran Turismo 5
21Call of Duty: Black Ops
32Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
44FIFA 11
55Just Dance 2
63Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
76Wii Party
827Art Academy
97Wii Sports Resort
1013Fallout: New Vegas
118Professor Layton and the Lost Future
129Kinect Sports
1311Wii Fit Plus
14-Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
1520Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
1618Sonic Colours
1710New Super Mario Bros. Wii
1814WWE Smackdown VS. RAW
1921LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4
2031Mario Kart Wii
2126Toy Story 3
2219Football Manager 2011
2322New Super Mario Bros.
2412The Sims 3
2516Medal of Honor
2623Just Dance
2717F1 2010
2815Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
2928Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
3025Dance Central
3124Fable III
32-Michael Jackson: The Experience
3330The X Factor
3429GoldenEye 007
3532Halo Reach
3636Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
3734Super Mario Galaxy 2
3935Red Dead Redemption
4038007: Bloodstone

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Latest comments (11)

Glad to see GT5, Black Ops and AC:B doing so well.
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Jon Burton Director/Head Designer, Travellers Tales8 years ago
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

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 8 years ago
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.
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Josef Brett Animator 8 years ago
Any ideas on GT5 sales figures?

I'm guessing with all the online havoc on release day, they must have been high.
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Private Industry 8 years ago
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.
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Josef Brett Animator 8 years ago
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.
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Rebellion Developments8 years ago
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.
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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College8 years ago
@ Josef -
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
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...

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Epic Mickey is out? Have they spent any money on marketing?
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Josef Brett Animator 8 years ago
Cheers Kevin
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