FEAR 2 Jumps to Second in the UK Charts
Monolith Productions’ FEAR 2 has jumped to second place in the UK all-format charts following a strong début week at the retailers.
According to data provided by GfK Chart Track, the FPS sequel has landed second spot in the weekly all-format rankings while earning first in the PS3 and Xbox 360 full-price charts. The game also hit second place in the PC charts, just behind Sports Interactive’s Football Manager 2009.
Chart Track explains that around half of the title’s combined sales come from the Xbox 360 edition, with 31 percent of sales driven by the PS3 version, and the remaining 19 percent for PC.
Yet the title, published by Warner Bros, could not surpass the runaway success Wii Fit has enjoyed during the new year. Wii Fit now celebrates its fifth consecutive week atop the UK all-format charts, with a combined total of nine weeks at number one. If Wii Fit can manage two more weeks above the pack it will become Nintendo’s longest-serving UK number one. The title did see a 10 percent drop in sales, however; an accelerated drop from last week’s 2 percent fall in unit turnover.
FIFA 09 slipped out of the top three, to fifth this time, though past performances show the game has an allure in the UK which could see it rise back to the top once again. World At War, despite a six percent climb in sales, slips one place to fourth.
Above both EA and Activision flagship titles is Nintendo’s newest release, Mystery Case Files: Millionheir, which climbs up one place to third following a 25 percent boost in sales. Chart Track suggests that sales of the new DS title has essentially usurped the success of Professor Layton, which sees sales fall by 24 percent and drops to ninth.
But Nintendo won’t be too concerned with cannibalising the success of its hardware exclusives if that really is the upshot of chart dominance. Seven titles in the top ten are exclusively relased for Nintendo’s home and handheld systems.
Mario Kart Wii and Wii Play once again hold their ground at sixth and seventh respectively, a position tied to both games together for three consecutive weeks. Ubisoft’s My Fitness Coach returns to eighth place through prolonged retailer promotions, while Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games continues to make a strong justification for its successor, holding out at tenth.
EA’s Skate 2 falls out of the top ten, all the way down to number 21, while Sega’s Wii gun game, The House of the Dead: Overkill, jumps in at fifteenth.
All Format top-ten provided by Chart Track follows:
1. Wii Fit
2. FEAR 2: Project Origin
3. Mystery Case Files: Millionheir
4. Call of Duty: World at War
5. FIFA 09
6. Mario Kart Wii
7. Wii Play
8. My Fitness Coach
9. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
10. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
UK 2009 Chart History.