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Need for Speed: Shift takes UK number 1

EA title shunts Guitar Hero 5 into second position in latest chart

EA's Need for Speed: Shift has gone straight to number one in the UK chart in its debut week.

The game, developed by the newly formed London-based Slightly Mad Studios, enjoyed high enough sales to knock last week's number one - Guitar Hero 5 - off the top position after just one week there.

Shift's sales were split fairly evenly between PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with the former just pipping the Microsoft hardware with 52 per cent of the sales. Xbox 360 took 44 per cent and PC and PSP the remaining five per cent.

Colin McRae: Dirt 2, which made its debut last week at number two, dropped to number three this week. Eidos' Batman: Arkham Asylum dropped one place this week to number four, and Wii Sports Resort gained one place to number five.

The only other new entry in this week's top ten, alongside Need for Speed, was Bethesda's WET, which entered at number six.

Dropping three places to number seven was The Beatles: Rock Band, while Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remained at number eight for a second week. Nintendo's Wii Fit fell four places to number nine and EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 rounded off the top places at number ten, after climbing one position.

The full UK all-formats chart from Chart-Track for the week ending September 19 is as follows:

  • 01 Need for Speed: Shift
  • 02 Guitar Hero 5
  • 03 Colin McRae: Dirt 2
  • 04 Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • 05 Wii Sports Resort
  • 06 WET
  • 07 The Beatles: Rock Band
  • 08 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • 09 Wii Fit
  • 10 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

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