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Final Fantasy XIII breaks 2010 records in UK

Square Enix RPG debuts at number one as Modern Warfare 2 earns new sales accolade

Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has entered straight in at number one in the UK all formats chart, becoming the fastest-selling title of the year so far.

Despite a more mixed critical reception than normal for a mainline entry in the series the game broke the record for the fastest selling title of 2010, which was set only last week by EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Unusually for a multiformat title it was the PlayStation 3 version that sold the most, with 54 per cent of sales, reflecting the series' long association with Sony consoles dating back to Final Fantasy VII.

The rest of the chart saw little other movement of note, with Bad Company 2 dropping only one space to number two as sales fell by 38 per cent. Ubisoft's Just Dance on Wii saw sales drop by only 9 per cent at number three, while PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain was a non-mover at number four with an 8 per cent decline.

Wii Fit Plus rose one place to number five with sales up 11 per cent on the previous week, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 just behind it with an increase in sales of 2 per cent.

This week also saw Modern Warfare 2 become the second highest selling title ever in the UK, taking over from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and now behind only Brain Training on the Nintendo DS.

Other new releases outside the top 10 include Namco Bandai's multiformat cartoon tie-in Ben 10: Alien Force - Vilgax Attacks at number 13 and THQ's PC exclusive real-time strategy standalone expansion Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising at number 14.

Sega's PS3 exclusive Yakuza 3 debuted at number 24, Disney film tie-in Alice in Wonderland at number 34 and retro compilation Sonic Classic Collection on DS at number 35.

The full top ten follows:

  • 01 Final Fantasy XIII
  • 02 Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • 03 Just Dance
  • 04 Heavy Rain
  • 05 Wii Fit Plus
  • 06 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • 07 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
  • 08 Aliens vs Predator
  • 09 Wii Sports Resort
  • 10 New Super Mario Bros. Wii
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David Jenkins