Aussie game charts: February 23-March 1

Halo Wars grabs top spot despite fierce competition from Killzone 2.

Last week's sales charts were always going to be interesting, with Sony's Killzone 2 going head-to-head against Microsoft's Halo Wars. But who won? Despite receiving a tepid response from critics, Halo Wars managed to take the lead and claim the throne in the overall Australian game charts, according to GfK Australia. Meanwhile, Sony's flagship PlayStation 3 game Killzone 2 came in at number two. Sony had a specific Killzone 2/PlayStation 3 bundle available last week, but copies of games sold in bundles don't count towards the overall charts, according to GfK Australia. On the other hand, Halo Wars was given as a promotional game for people who bought a 360 at retail stores and was therefore allowed to be counted in overall sales figures.

The third place goes to Wii Fit for the week of February 23-March 1. Despite not making it to the top, PS3 fans can rejoice in the knowledge that Street Fighter IV for the PlayStation 3 continues to outsell the Xbox 360 version, taking out the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Mario Kart Wii dropped down one place from the previous week, finding itself in sixth position. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II continues to sell strong during its second week of sales, taking out the seventh place. In an impressive feat, Sega managed to clean up the remaining three spots in the charts with Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (SMDUC) on the PS3 in eighth, House of the Dead: Overkill in ninth, and the Xbox 360 version of SMDUC in 10th place.

All sales stats, including console-by-console breakdowns, can be found below:

Top 10 Full-Priced Games
1. Halo Wars, Xbox 360
2. Killzone 2, PlayStation 3
3. Wii Fit, Wii
4. Street Fighter IV, PlayStation 3
5. Street Fighter IV, Xbox 360
6. Mario Kart Wii, Wii
7. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, PC
8. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, PlayStation 3
9. The House of the Dead: Overkill, Wii
10. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, Xbox 360

Top 10 PS3 Games (over A$60)
1. Killzone 2
2. Street Fighter IV
3. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
4. Grand Theft Auto IV
5. Call of Duty: World at War
6. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
7. FIFA Soccer 09
8. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
9. Guitar Hero World Tour super bundle
10. Need for Speed Undercover

Top 10 Xbox 360 Games (over A$50)
1. Halo Wars
2. Street Fighter IV
3. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
4. Grand Theft Auto IV
5. Halo 3
6. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
7. Call of Duty: World at War
8. Guitar Hero World Tour super bundle
9. Gears of War 2
10. FIFA Soccer 09

Top 10 Wii Games (over A$50)
1. Wii Fit
2. Mario Kart Wii
3. HOuse of the Dead: Overkill
4. Guitar Hero World Tour super bundle
5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
6. Guitar Hero World Tour bundle
7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
8. Top Spin 3
9. Wii Play bundle
10. Super Mario Galaxy

Top 10 PC Games (over A$20)
1. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
3. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
4. The Sims 2: Double Deluxe
5. The Sims 2: Apartment Life
6. Call of Duty: World at War
7. World of Warcraft
8. Grand Theft Auto IV
9. The Sims 2: Seasons
10. The Sims 2: Bon Voyage

Top 10 Nintendo DS Games (over A$40)
1. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain
2. New Super Mario Bros.
3. Mario Kart DS
4. More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain?
5. Maths Training The Hundred Cell Calculation Method
6. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
7. Pokemon Diamond
8. Pokemon Pearl
9. Mario Party DS
10. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Top 10 PS2 Games (over A$50)
1. SingStar ABBA
2. Ben 10: Alien Force The Game
3. Guitar Hero World Tour super bundle
4. The Simpsons Game
5. Need for Speed Undercover
6. SingStar Hottest Hits
7. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
8. SingStar Amped bundle
9. Gran Turismo 4 Platinum
10. Lego Batman

Top 10 PSP games (over A$40)
1. FIFA Soccer 09
2. Need for Speed Undercover
3. Star Ocean: Second Evolution
4. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Platinum
5. LocoRoco 2
6. Ben 10: Alien Force The Game
7. NBA Live 09
8. Secret Agent Clank
9. Midnight Club: Los Angeles
10. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009

All data supplied by GfK Australia.

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anotherwraycool
anotherwraycool

Halo Wars does not deserve to be #1 on the charts, the game is basicly a handjob to the fan boys. However, having played it I will say that it does at least deserve a 7.5 - 8.0 score because it is the most fluid contol system for a consol RTS I have ever had the experience of playing. Once this game's price lowers (if it ever does) I recomend you at least try it (or rent it) to get a feel for the control scheme because I honestly think thats how consol RTS's should be done. (yea Ensemble Studios! wait your dead? NOOOOOO!)

Sassal
Sassal

LAWLAWLAWL....Halo wars is only there because all the bloodthirsty fan boys bought it....in a couple of weeks it will be forgotten by everyone except those dang fanboys!

The_Third_Place
The_Third_Place

a 6.5 is what it deserves. I love how just because it has Halo in the title everybody buys it. Pathetic

gameking5000
gameking5000

Fierce competition in those charts, maybe we can add Empire:Total War to Num 1. I'll be expecting it in those charts next week.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

Halo wars = Halo bores The Lost and Damned FOR XBOX 360!! is way way better than any of the full priced games (except sfiv ofcourse) and the Lost is only $30. Best 360 gaming bargain since the Orange Box. PS3=Jealous 4 the LOST! LOL

Spartan_458
Spartan_458

And also, "tepid" response? An 82 metacritic score, 9/10 from Game Informer and GameSpy, and an 8.4 from IGN? Tepid? GS has the lowest score for this game that I have seen, and it really doesn't deserve it. Halo Wars is the best console RTS I have ever seen. Ensemble has truly put together the first real console RTS, and it should be commended.

Spartan_458
Spartan_458

I don't trust reviews from GS anymore. 6.5, really? Only a 9 for BioShock? And you gave LOTR: Conquest, which was a terrible game, the same score as Halo Wars? Stop reviewing games and go play your beloved Killzone on the PS3. We can tell where the bias is.

mr0806
mr0806

so much game reviewers i guess the from now on i will wait until the sale charts to come to see how a game is...

Jellocube
Jellocube

Even as a 360 fan, i believe Killzone should have beaten Halo in the charts... its just a better game; Halo Wars is a bland cash-in from Microsoft (who killed off a studio to make that game). Would have also liked to see house of the dead higher on the charts, but yeah...

TheWarMachin3
TheWarMachin3

Having played Halo Wars i can't understand why Fanboys continue to whinge about the score GS gave it. I admit that it should have got higher but not much. 7.5 imo. Fanboys just need to except that compared to RTS juggernauts like starcraft, C & C or the total war series that Halo Wars is a very plain RTS with not much depth. And before the Fanboys start the onslaught of comments, i have been playing games for longer than some of you have been alive so i know what i'm talking about.

Inconnux
Inconnux

GS gave it a 6.5 because the people doing the review didn't like it. It is not some corporate conspiracy against the 360. Much like I have read good and bad reviews of KZ2... a lot of complaints is because of the controls being overly difficult. We all have to remember that reviews are really glorified opinions and should be taken as such.

Lord-Rasay
Lord-Rasay

Gamespot gave Halo Wars a pathetic 6.5!! and it still toped its charts had a very sucessful game marathon and has an AVERAGE of 8/10 with some sites giving it much higher than that and like 20 sites gave it an 8+ so i dont think giving 6.5 to such a game is fair! and gamespot is the only site to give it such a rating!

hector530
hector530

"Then that practically proves that GS is biased." gamespot always shows games chats, how the hell is this bias? also didnt halo wars get like a 7 on gamespot. so much for being bias.

gameOwl45
gameOwl45

Then that practically proves that GS is biased.

Lord-Rasay
Lord-Rasay

and if it sucked like gamespot rated it then how come it beat killzone 2 which was given a 9 and was very anticipated so it has its fanboys already! and gamespot criticized the multiplayer and then i sign to xbox live to find a game marathon and it being a very popular game! plus it even had first place on gamespot's most popular charts. Gamespot: Not being so truthful anymore.

Lord-Rasay
Lord-Rasay

@andrew ribbons You are so right! all other websites have given Halo Wars a good review, IGN gave it 8.4/10 then how come all the websites are diffrent then gamespot? theres something fishy goin there!

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

"Despite receiving a tepid response from critics, Halo Wars managed to take the lead and claim the throne in the overall Australian game charts" Or just Gamespot. Average review score from across the board was 82%. That's hardly tepid. 72% would be tepid. This game got 9/10 for OXM-UK, that's confirmation enough from me that the game is good. GS has no credibility any more.

TicTac8745
TicTac8745

Wow that's a surprise - would have expected SF4 to have taken top spots...

Payback7
Payback7

While I'm happy that Nintendo is constantly in the charts I just wish they'd bring out MORE RPG'S DANG IT!!!!!

walker1846
walker1846

finally only 3 wii games got a mention sick of aussies wasting thier money.

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

wow i thought killzone 2 would be up there num1 but my bro got kz2 and its pretty average game,nothing special!

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

I'm going to wait for Halo Wars to drop into the bargain bin before I pick it up. I will pick it up eventually though.

jasopan
jasopan

Um it say's KZ2 bundled with the PS3 wasn't included... If we added those figures in.... Besides KZ2 has outsold Halo Wars outside of Australia

gameking5000
gameking5000

Killzone 2 number 2 and Halo Wars number 1 just shows what can happen with a little advertising.

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection cost 29.99 NOT "over 50$"

bennae66
bennae66

oh, i did get sf4 though, for xbox live to play against mates.

bennae66
bennae66

i own both 360 and ps3 and i bought neither. im waiting for star ocean 360 to come out in aus and currently playing valkyria chronicles on ps3. lets get those imperials out of galia!

Csalbertcs
Csalbertcs

Yay, all consoles got in the action.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Halo Wars is good, but so is Killzone 2

SR71halo
SR71halo

Alright, Halo Wars deserves it.