Last week saw the release of two heavyweight rhythm games, Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band. Guitar Hero 5 was promoted on the strength of a brand-new party mode and the ability to play any combination of instruments, while The Beatles: Rock Band brought with it three-part harmonies and, well, the Beatles!
With all the press hype last week around the Fab Four, including rave reviews, the release of the remastered Beatles catalogue, Beatles week on the BBC, and the Times dedicating an entire fortnight to them, many were expecting The Beatles: Rock Band to jump straight in at number one in the UK all-formats sales charts.
It turns out that the pulling power of the Beatles isn't as strong as the urge to watch Kurt Cobain rap, as the game debuted at number four, with Guitar Hero 5 going straight in at number one. Chart Track is reporting that this is the first Guitar Hero game to score a number one on the all-formats chart, with previous titles Guitar Hero III and World Tour managing to hit only the number-four spot. Though not managing to outsell its rhythm rival, The Beatles: Rock Band's entry at four marks the series' highest debut, with previous entries only reaching number six.
Last week's other heavyweight title, the critically acclaimed Dirt 2, jumped straight in at number two, again marking the series' highest position in the chart. The original Dirt only reached number three.