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Guitar Hero 5 beats The Beatles: Rock Band to UK number 1

GH5 becomes first in series to top all-formats chart; Rock Band rival reaches number four

Guitar Hero 5 has gone straight to number one in this week's UK all-formats chart while its high profile rival The Beatles: Rock Band has entered at number four.

The Activision Blizzard title's placing marks the first time a game in the Guitar Hero series has reached number one in the all-formats chart. Its highest placing previously had been number four, reached by both Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero: World Tour.

Meanwhile, EA's Rock Band only managed a number four placing, below new entry Colin McRae: Dirt 2 at number two, and former number one Batman: Arkham Asylum at number three. It was however a chart début higher than either of the previous Rock Band titles. The original Rock Band game, when released, entered the chart at number six.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Wii Fit dropped one place to number five and Wii Sports Resort four places to number six.

IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey dropped just one place on last week to number seven with impressive second week sales that dropped just three per cent on its initial week.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare dropped to number eight, Mario Kart Wii re-entered the top ten at number nine, and Ashes Cricket 2009 dropped from number five to number 10.

The top 40 saw six new entries in total - as well as the three top ten entries Championship Manager 2010 charted at number 13; IO Interactive's Mini Ninjas reached number 15, and SouthPeak's Section 8 debuted at number 22.

The full UK all-formats chart from Chart-Track for the week ending September 12 is as follows:

  • 01 Guitar Hero 5
  • 02 Colin McRae: Dirt 2
  • 03 Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • 04 The Beatles: Rock Band
  • 05 Wii Fit
  • 06 Wii Sports Resort
  • 07 IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
  • 08 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • 09 Mario Kart Wii
  • 10 Ashes Cricket 2009

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