UK Chart: F1 2010 takes top step from Halo: Reach

F1 2010F1 2010 has taken pole position in the GFK Chart-Track chart in its first week on sale, knocking Halo: Reach down to second place.

In an extremely impressive debut week, F1 2010 outsold second place Halo: Reach and third place Dead Rising 2 combined. The result makes F1 2010 the first Formula 1 game to top the charts for almost ten years when F1 2001 took the title. F1 2010 has sold more than ten times the Formula 1 game from 2001. Codemasters are sure to be popping open the champagne.

Microsoft’s Halo: Reach sees an 80% drop in sales from its hugely successful debut week and drops down to second position. The multiplatform Dead Rising 2 enters the chart in third, while the PC only Civilization V impressively makes its debut in fourth.

Sony PlayStation Move game Sports Champions drops three places to fifth in its second week on release. There’s another new entry at number six, with Activision Blizzard’s sixth Guitar Hero game, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock sneaking ahead of seventh placed Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Prince of Persia drops two places from fifth.

Mafia II and Toy Story 3 are the biggest losers inside the top ten, with both of the past chart toppers dropping five places each down to eighth and ninth respectively.  The Collector’s Edition of online only Final Fantasy XIV takes tenth spot, with the standard edition set to be released in the coming week.

Red Dead Redemption drops from tenth to thirteenth, marking the first time Rockstars’ western has been outside the top ten since its release in May.  Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Just Dance and Kane & Lynch 2: Dogs also all drop out of the top ten.

The full GFK-Chart Track top ten for the week ending September 25th 2010 is as follows:

1. F1 2010 (Codemasters)
2. Halo: Reach (Microsoft)
3. Dead Rising 2 (Capcom)
4. Civilization V (2K)
5. Sports Champions (Sony)
6. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (Activision)
7. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
8. Mafia II (2K)
9. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
10. Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

If you’ve yet to try F1 2010 , you’ll be able to see it for yourself as the game will be playable at the Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court, London  this weekend.

Train2Game will be giving away the new PlayStation Move controller with a PlayStation 3 320GB slim at Eurogamer 2010.

To enter the prize draw, pick up a entry form at Stand 12 in the Career fair. We look forward to seeing you there.

So Train2Game, is it surprising to see F1 2010 knock Halo: Reach off the top step after only one week? Will Codemasters’ F1 2010 suffer a similar fate when FIFA 11 is release at the end of this week? And how do you think the other entries will fare?

Leave your thoughts on F1 2010, or any of the other games in the top ten, here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Chart: Halo: Reach is Number 1 – No one is suprised.

Halo: ReachHalo: Reach has inevitably claimed the top spot in the GfK Chart-Track All Formats chart following a hugely successful first week on sale. Halo: Reach has given Microsoft their biggest ever launch week and the fifth biggest ever game launch in the UK.

Over 300,000 copies of the Xbox 360 exclusive Halo: Reach were sold in the Microsoft title’s debut week. The only games to have more successful launches in the UK are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the PlayStation 2, and Grand Theft Auto IV on the Xbox 360. A combination of impressive review scores and heavy marketing has therefore paid off for Microsoft and Halo: Reach.

It’s another new entry at Number two with PlayStation Move title Sports Champions claiming the position after the motion controllers release last Friday.

The combined success of Halo: Reach and PlayStation Move Sports Champions has bumped 2K’s Mafia II down to third. The mob shooter had previously been top of the pile for three weeks following its release towards the end of August.

Toy Story 3 is once again a non-mover, remaining in fourth for the third week in a row, while Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands jumps four places up to fifth.  Prince of Persia has overtaken a fellow Ubisoft title on its way up the chart, passing Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 which drops from second to sixth.

Meanwhile, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days drops four places to seventh, Just Dance re-enters the top ten in eighth, while PlayStation Move support helps Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 climb from 17th to ninth. Red Dead Redemption is a non-mover, remaining just inside the top ten in tenth spot.

R.U.S.E and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions both drop out of the top ten following their debuts.

The full the GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the the week ending September 18th 2010 is as follows:
1. Halo Reach (Microsoft)
2. Sports Champions (Sony)
3. Mafia II (2K Games)
4. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
5. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
6. HAWX 2 (Ubisoft)
7. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Square Enix)
8. Just Dance (Ubisoft)
9. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (EA)
10. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)

So Train2Game, no one is surprised that Halo: Reach has dominated the chart right? Will it remain at Number 1 for the foreseeable future? Or do you think one of this weeks big new releases – Dead Rising 2, Formula 1 2010, or Civilization V – will mount a significant challenge to Halo: Reach?

You can leave your thoughts on the UK chart or Halo: Reach here on the new look Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Chart: Mafia II remains top

Mafia IIMafia II holds on to number one spot of the charts for the third consecutive week in a vastly shaken up GFK Chart-Track top ten. Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 sees massive boost in sales, jumping eight places from eighth to second position.

Square Enix’s Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days drops one position down to third this week, while Disney’s Toy Story 3 is still selling strongly and is a non-mover in fourth place.

The biggest jumper this week is Nintendo’s Tetris Party Deluxe which jumps almost 20 places from 23rd to fifth.

However, that boost doesn’t make Tetris this week’s biggest mover with Metroid: Other M disappointingly dropping twenty eight places from twelfth to fortieth in just its second week.

Things are tight between this weeks new entries into the chart, with Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and R.U.S.E. debuting at sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Meanwhile, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands stays in ninth place while Red Dead Redemption drops from fifth to tenth, the Western’s lowest position since entering the charts in May.

Just Dance, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Sniper: Ghost Warrior and Wii Sports resort all drop out of the Top Ten this week, will any of them make a return?

The full top ten of the UK Software Chart for the week ending September 11th is as follows:

1.       Mafia II (2K Games)
2.       Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 (Ubisoft)
3.       Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Square Enix)
4.       Toy Story 3 (Disney)
5.       Tetris Party Deluxe (Nintendo)
6.       Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Activision Blizzard)
7.       Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Square Enix)
8.       R.U.S.E (Ubisoft)
9.       Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
10.      Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)

So Train2Game students, has anyone played this weeks new releases in the form of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, or R.U.S.E? If so, what do you think? With Halo: Reach being released this week, do you think time is up for Mafia II?

Is there anyone who doesn’t think Halo: Reach will be a must buy?

As usual, you can leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or over on the Train2Game forum.

UK Charts: Mafia II is still the boss

Mafia IIGangster shooter Mafia II holds its position as Kingpin of the UK Software charts for the second week in a row.  It may have suffered a drop in sales compared to its first week of release, but Mafia II isn’t sleeping with the fishes yet.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days still remains the biggest threat to Mafia II, with the Square Enix title at number two for the second consecutive week. Nintendo Wii Sports Resort takes third place, securing its highest chart position since December 2009.

Toy Story 3 and Red Dead Redemption continue their gradual declines in the UK sales charts, dropping one place each to fourth and fifth respectively. Meanwhile, there are no changes in sixth or seventh with Ubisoft’s Just Dance and Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy both non-movers in this week’s chart.

Somehow Sniper: Ghost Warrior moves up one to eighth place, while Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands also rises one position into ninth. The only new entry into the top ten this week is another Ubisoft game, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 which claims tenth position in its debut week.

The only other new entries to enter the charts this week were Metroid: Other M in 12th place, while Tetris Party Deluxe on the Nintendo DS enters in 23rd.

The full top ten of the UK Software chart for the week ending September 4th is as follows:

1. Mafia II (2K Games)
2. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Square Enix)
3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
4. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
5. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
6. Just Dance (Ubisoft)
7. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
8. Sniper: Ghost Warrior (City Interactive)
9. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
10. Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 (Ubisoft)

So Train2Game students, do you think Mafia II is deserving of holding onto top spot? And will it do it again next week? Why on earth is Sniper: Ghost Warrior climbing the charts? And is can Metroid: Other M only entering the charts in 12th place be seen as a failure?

Leave your thoughts on Mafia II, Kane & Lynch 2 or any of the other games in the UK Software charts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Charts: Mafia II is the boss.

Mafia II is the don of the UK charts as it takes down its competitors to clinch top spot in its first week on sale. Mafia II has taken first place despite the mobster title from 2K Czech receiving somewhat mixed reviews. 52% of Mafia II sales have been on the Xbox 360, 41% of Mafia II sales are for the PS3, while just 7% of Mafia II sales are on PC.

Mafia II’s rise to the top has bumped Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days from its previous position as the top dog.  Meanwhile, Toy Story 3 and Red Dead Redemption are still selling strongly, despite having dropped one place each to third and fourth respectively.

Wii Sports Resort jumps from sixteenth up to fifth place, out manoeuvring Ubisoft’s Just Dance which has fallen one place to sixth. Super Mario Galaxy still remains in seventh while the magic appears to be fading for Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 which has dropped down to eight in the UK charts.

Surprisingly, Sniper: Ghost Warrior has re-entered the top ten in ninth place securing its highest chart position in the process. The final entry in this weeks top ten is Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands which drops two positions from eighth to tenth.

Elsewhere in the charts, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 shows that Activision’s shooter still has some life in it jumping from 18th to 12th. Could Modern Warfare 2 re-enter the top ten once again next week?

EA’s Madden NFL 11 drops down to 34th in its third week in the charts, while Super Mario Galaxy, Grand Theft Auto IV, Crackdown 2, Blur and Halo 3 have all re-entered the Top 40.

The full top ten for the week ending 28th August 2010 is as follows:

1. Mafia II (2K Games)
2. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Square Enix)
3. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
5. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
6. Just Dance (Ubisoft)
7. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
8. LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 (Warner)
9. Sniper: Ghost Warrior (City Interactive)
10. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sand (Ubisoft)

So Train2Game students, do you believe Mafia II deserves to be the Don? Or should it be Kane & Lynch 2 that is the top dog? Why is Sniper: Ghost Warrior back in the top ten? And will Modern Warfare 2 make yet another comeback next week?

As usual, leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog or on the Train2Game forum.

A useful developer diary for Train2Game students: The technology of Mafia II

2K Games have released a developer diary that provides an insight into their upcoming title Mafia II. It should hopefully be of interest to all Train2Game students be they a Games Designer, Games Developer or Games Artist & Animator.

The Technology of Mafia II gives us a glimpse behind the scenes at 2K Czech and demonstrates the effort that’s been put into giving the sandbox action game an authentic 1940’s and 1950’s feel.

The developers tell us how they want the player to become fully immersed in the Goodfellas inspired rags to riches story. 2K Czech decided the best way to do this was to build their game engine – the Illusion Engine – from the ground up. It appears to have worked with Mafia II looking very impressive, with 2K Czech promising plenty of attention to detail.

We’re also told how the Game Developers and Game Designers want Mafia II players to feel like they’re playing a part in a classic gangster film, with the cut scenes designed to reinforce this impression.

The video gives an interesting insight into Game Development and could be very useful indeed to Train2Game students. Mafia II itself looks impressive and is released on August 27th. You can see gameplay footage and hear the developers’ insights by watching the video below.


So Train2Game, how would you feel about attempting to build a game engine from the ground up? What would you do to fully immerse players into your game world? And are you looking forward to Mafia II?

As usual, leave your thoughts here or on the Train2Game forum.