Bethesda conquers UK charts

Fallout 3 enters at number one; eight publishers share the top 10 places in the UK all-formats game chart.

There's been a revolving door by the top of the UK all-formats chart in recent weeks. FIFA 09 was displaced by rival Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, and then Peter Molyneux's Fable II debuted at number one. Another new entry at the top of the chart this week sees Fallout 3 crowned as top seller and means Bethesda has its first self-published UK number one; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the company's last megahit, was published in the region by 2K.

Fallout 3 also tops the individual Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC charts, although the bulk of its sales have come on Microsoft's console--55 percent, according to UK sales-tracking organisation Chart-Track, versus 28 percent on the PS3 and 17 percent on the PC. The latest game in the Fallout series has sold more copies in two days than all its predecessors (including Fallout Tactics and Brotherhood of Steel) have shifted to date--indicating that gamers have been saving up during the 10 years since the last official Fallout game.

Chart Track reports that Wii Fit has had its third-best week ever, perhaps reflecting that the stock-shortage problems are ending, which has pushed the game back up to number three. Nintendo is the only publisher with two games in the top 10 (Mario Kart Wii is hanging on at number nine), as recent releases have shaken up the chart and pushed perennial big-sellers, such as Wii Play and Brain Training, down to numbers 13 and 14 respectively.

EA's Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 arrives in the top 40 at number 15, although it is number two, behind Fallout 3, in the PC full-price chart. Other new entries in the top 40 include MySims Kingdom and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and there are re-entries for Nintendogs and More Brain Training, perhaps reflecting the success of Nintendo's recent marketing campaigns based around both games.

With Epic's Gears of War 2 set to arrive in UK shops on Friday, Fallout 3 will face a tough battle to remain the UK number one next week.

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45 comments
bedsheet73
bedsheet73

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tudyniuz
tudyniuz

Bethesda is now my favourite game producer,I just love Oblivion

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

great game company, love their games

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

@BontraXenderKyl. Why would you compare a game released on three platforms as oppose to a game that's exclusive to one?...Idiot. Odds are games that are multi-platform will sell more. Though there's a good chance that Gears will surpass Fallout...in time.

Neo1O1
Neo1O1

Fallout 3 is amazing! It's what I was expecting & then some x 10!

HalfBak3dM0nkey
HalfBak3dM0nkey

This definitely deserves a nomination for Game of the Year! Such a good game.

mrkame16
mrkame16

I have 5 new games... and i have to say, Fallout 3 sucks you in. Great F*** ing game!!! ill be playing this way past xmas.......i nominate it for GOTY

Leamg2000
Leamg2000

amazing game and the 2nd best game released this year... slightly behing MGS4 lol

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

Interesting stuff... It still surprises me how Nintendo have so many "repeat hit" titles. You just don't really see that with other companies... Nintendogs, Mario Kart to name just a couple... that they can demand full price for these games way over 12 months after they were first released is testament to the real quality and demand that is behind them. I still prefer my 360 though heh

StarFox-Elite
StarFox-Elite

"Fallout 3 enters at number one" So many games rated as 1st place in a chart, yet so few are so deserving. Fallout 3 rightfully has been given number 1, especially after all the other decent games released these past 2 weeks which were also awesome.

king_bobo
king_bobo

@ craigymail: the reason everyone gave you negative ratings is because it's not out in the UK yet. Still, I think now it's not going to do as well as it would have before because of under advertisement and a stilted release.

king_bobo
king_bobo

'With Epic's Gears of War 2 set to arrive in UK shops on Friday, Fallout 3 will face a tough battle to remain the UK number one next week. ' Hmm... I think Fallout deserves to do better because it is more original. Gears of War 2 will be fantastic, but it's case of 'why fix something when it's not broken'.

Stabby
Stabby

football_legend - Let me guess, No Mutants Allowed member? Anyway, its nice to see a change, the last UK charts have been cluttered with half baked casual games.

Tetratrance_CK
Tetratrance_CK

Fallout 3 has been sitting in its plastic wrap on my coffee table for three days now, I am still deeply involved in Oblivion IV. If Oblivion kept me busy for months, I cringe at the thought of what fallout will do

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game rocks, I can see how its doing so well

Andrew0824
Andrew0824

Why do all the good games have to come out at the same time? I go months waiting for a decent game and now there are like 5 that come out within 2 weeks and I want to play all of them.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Farcry 2, Fallout 3 & GOW2 are all amazing games, who gives a **** what becomes the "Number 1" game!! so long as we enjoy playing them.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I've not noticed any bugs on the 360 version (read review for details)its mainly the PS3 that is plagued by them..

loopyed
loopyed

oh yh i got fallout 3 for my birthday and been playing it since 4:00 cant wait 4 the nest sequel

DecadesOfGaming
DecadesOfGaming

'Football Legend' said.. "Guess U.K people have no idea about the bugs" ! .. Great Britain isn't made up of idiots mate !

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

Fallout 3= Game of the Year (for now)

ukpet_anime
ukpet_anime

Yeah the only instances I've seen bugs (me being a "UK person" too :-p) is that the game will pause momentarily when a person signs in or out on the Playstation Network. There's some pop up in the distance sometimes, a sound glitch rarely here and there but I've seen nothing to hamper gameplay. These issues drop like flies in the overall score I believe. Every game ever made will have it's share of glitches and bugs, some just more noticeable/damaging than others.

FallenAngelXBL
FallenAngelXBL

Gears 2 will hit no.1 easily i think, however i stand by my opinion that Fallout 3 will be the better game. GotY i dare say?

YTP_1991
YTP_1991

id like to know about these bugs in fallout 3 cos ive yet to encounter any n yeh im british

phoenix_style
phoenix_style

Eventhough makaatsu has his showing off of gamer knowledge, go make a forum or something, because Fallout 3 vs Gears is the important part. No offense...........So I think that gears of war isn't going to sell that well at first because everyone is going to be playing fable 2, fallout 3, or saints row, and won't buy gears 2 till they fiinish. Gears 2 will eventually rise the top, but I think that it will take some time before everyone is gonna buy it.

TheClown24
TheClown24

fallout 3 deservedly on top, now back to killing super-mutants

OpWolf
OpWolf

Yeah Makatsu is correct. If you look at the actual chart for sales where 1 game has its own sales then Fallout 3 is not 1st. Interesting to find out why Gamespot do it that way?

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Jabaty What i said is correct, that is not stupid. Gamespot just chose to show you the chart if all the platforms were added up i.e if you add up the sales of fallout 3 across PS3,PC and 360 = more then any other game. But that is not how the charts work in here in England. As Lozza said what she said is 100% correct Chart-Track did report that. But they also reported the numbers i presented just she/he chose not to present them. All the other websites have done it the other way round, does that make them stupid?

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

I say Fallout 3 will get displaced by Gears 2 considering how popular Gears 2 is in UK.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Lozza Ah i see. Bit strange that you report "All formats" and not the actual chart. Of course combined sales of Fallout 3 across 360,PC,PS3 will see the game number 1. But again as i said that is not the real chart. I am from London, i work for an international company and the figures that actually matter are the individual ones. Combined sales make the market unfair, it doesn't reflect how well other games have done by doing it that way. In fact you are the only ones who report it that way http://kotaku.com/5075438/british-sales-charts So Fallout 3 was number 1 COMBINED SALES. But Wii Fit was number 1 in chart sales. If you walk into a shop and look at the number 1 game you will not see all the Fallouts at the top you will see Wii Fit. That is the correct number 1.

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

The news everyone's been waiting for (Other then the releases)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

F3 is amazing, have taken on to many quests to early on and keep getting my backside kicked. Gonna start again and explore & develop my character. Fantastic job Bethesda, well worth the wait!!

Jbaty660
Jbaty660

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Chaudzff
Chaudzff

Well at least he challenged it properly, with citing.

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

fallout3 has restored my faith in bethesda, after being disappointed from oblivion

ukpet_anime
ukpet_anime

For a game that got a lot of flack for being buggy, flawed graphical draw distances and wooden characters (yeah I have the Playstation 3 variant) it is actually pretty good. The aforementioned issues never bother me whilst playing anyway. It's definitely got the RPG aspect at heart akin to it's previous titles, especially the laugh out loud humour at certain quotes you can fire back whilst in conversation with NPCs. Weapons are very simple 'n straight forward to wield and you just generally make your own way throughout the game. It's done well to come out on top at the charts and it's certainly about time something other than a gun-and-run FPS or sport related game made it's way up there!

LozzaGS
LozzaGS

No we haven't. If you look at the 'Individual Formats' chart then your numbers are correct, but that's not the chart we report on. The UK all-formats games chart, according to Chart-Track and ELSPA, has Fallout 3 at number one, above FIFA 09 and Wii Fit.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

Nope you got the numbers wrong Gamespot Fallout 3 on the 360 came 2nd to Wii Fit which was 1st. The top 10 list was 1. Wii Fit (Wii) 2. Fallout 3 (360) 3. Fable 2 (360) 4. Mario Kart (Wii) 5. Fallout 3 (PS3) 6. Fifa 09 (360) 7. Far Cry 2 (360) 8. Wii Play (Wii) 9. DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING (DS) 10. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2009 (PS2) http://vgchartz.com/forum/thread.php?id=47679 You have got confused over the individual chart and collective chart. Fallout 3 was top in the 360 and PS3 charts but not in the overall chart. As you can see from the top 10, 4 are on xbox 360, 3 on Wii, 1 on DS and 1 on PS2 & PS3.