UK Chart: Football Manager scores number one

Sports Interactive's annual juggernaut storms to top place; neither new Bond game shakes or stirs top 10.

Football Manager 2011, the latest iteration of Sega's football management sim, debuted in first place in the UK sales chart for the week ending November 6, with FIFA 11 holding in second and Fable III dipping from first to third.

Neither of Activision's just-released James Bond duo, GoldenEye 007 for the Wii and the multiformat 007 Blood Stone, landed in the top 10. Blood Stone, an action adventure game with driving segments, came in at number 18. GoldenEye, a shooter based on the classic 1997 Nintendo 64 game, fared better, entering the chart at 13.

Bigger than Bond.

Blood Stone's muted reception comes after a relatively low-key marketing campaign, without the benefit of being a tie-in product for a high-profile movie; though it features Daniel Craig as 007, Blood Stone isn't connected to any Bond film. By comparison, the tie-in game for 2008's Quantum of Solace, released in late October 2008, entered the UK chart at number seven. GoldenEye, on the other hand, enjoys the recognition of being a "reimagining" of the well-loved N64 title.

Top 10 Entertainment Software (All Prices), Week Ending November 6, 2010


1. Football Manager 2011 (SEGA)

2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports)

3. Fable III (Microsoft)

4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)

5. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo)

6. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo)

7. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda Softworks)

8. Medal of Honor (EA Games)

9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (LucasArts)

10. The Sims 3 (EA Games)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2010 ELSPA Ltd for the week ending November 6, 2010.

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32 comments
ducati101
ducati101

@ lilynipper I wasn't talking about sales. Just about sports, but he is right about the sales comment. Btw the Football Manager series is a world wide seller.

lilynipper
lilynipper

@ ducati101 Correction, this is UK sales, not world sales. So he was right to say, UK loves their football.

ducati101
ducati101

@Pete5506 - Correction, the world loves their football. It's the biggest sport in the world.

Petch1984
Petch1984

Football Manager doesn't have a review up so I wrote one. Check it out if you are considering getting it, also ask me any questions on it. Been playing it a lot. Awesome Game.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

well give goldeneye some time i mean it already outsold mw reflux in 2 days, it just came out last week , not every one can rush andbuy it same for bloodstone but then again this is uk no the us or jap ,

Pete5506
Pete5506

The UK love their football

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

Funny that they even bother doing this and often just right before a big game launch which will demolish the board. COD:Black Ops will hit soon, and whether you like it or not, it's going to make a splash on that board from its name/franchise alone.

Adziboy
Adziboy

Football Manager remains in my top 10 games ever. No game has ever kept me playing that long and wanting the sequel every year, downloading every patch, striving to win, never cheat and to replay the game countless times.

SamiRDuran
SamiRDuran

i expect at least a 9.0 from gamespot

Zeller--
Zeller--

Expect Black Ops to shun it back down. Shame! don't see the hype of COD.

campbell153
campbell153

football is rubbish! i cant believe games devolopers actually make these games??? boring...

MystikRex
MystikRex

Halo is nowhere to be seen. Very interesting. Glad to see Football Manager on top, it deserves it. I just wish that SI would bring the series back onto Xbox 360 as I don't have a laptop powerful enough to play the game.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Most likly the sale chart will change again by this week due to Call of Duty Black Ops

Calum947
Calum947

Football manager - A fantastic series that keeps on improving.

Janccg
Janccg

Omg! i still remember Goldeneye! loved that game! lots of fun memories with friends!

chaoskingz
chaoskingz

Oh too Oh too be Oh too be a, GOOONER!

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

Love FM games, but disappointed at neither James Bond game getting into the top 10. Also, FM this year is awesome!

QuiCkz_Alex
QuiCkz_Alex

Goldeneye is great but I think alot of people will be getting COD Black Ops

pszone
pszone

well looks james bond gone and i still dont get star wars 9 level game rubish and i pp dont have taste in games no more and games know falling ps3 id scootermix or comment or thumbs up you agree

Mr_Intense
Mr_Intense

Football Manager is brilliant this year (it is every year), well worthy of the top spot.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

if goldeneye had been a multiplatform release then it would of been much higher up the charts, shame really as it is a good game, but the wii has such terrible online that it ruins it for me really

imbusydoctorwho
imbusydoctorwho

Goldeneye is great but I think alot of people will be getting COD

arun_pullat
arun_pullat

Groan... just managed to drag myself out of an FM 2010 (10.3) game at 6 AM last Sunday.

andalore
andalore

I might pick up Fm2011 futher down the year, Although I've loved the FM games since they first came out I think they peaked in FM2009, Although I like the idea of going through a player's agent before you can buy them.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I can't stand Football Manager. It's boring as anything, but I guess some people don't mind it.

Petch1984
Petch1984

Also FM only came out on the 5th so it sold more in 1 day than the others did in a week.

Petch1984
Petch1984

I love Football Manager, It's like the most in depth RPG ever except it's about real people and the battles are football matches. It takes into account every aspect of the sport I can think of whilst being fun. It is only for football fans though as a certain amount of knowledge is assumed.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

@ricardo-sene It's like smoking. You'll probably find it pointless at first but if you get over the hump, you'll be addicted for life.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

The absence of both the Bond game shows that people don't really care about the franchise as much as they used to (or did they ever?) FM is a good solid franchise with deep strategic and management components. Good to see it doing well.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Never tried Football Manager.. is that so good?