UK game chart: March 4-10

GRAW2 enters the all-formats chart at number one, relegating Final Fantasy XII to second place.


When it launched back in March 2006, the original Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter peaked at the number two position on the UK all-format game chart. Its follow-up, the imaginatively titled Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, has managed to outdo its predecessor by hitting the top spot in its first week of release, despite only being available on the Xbox 360 at this point.

This means that Ubisoft's sequel has knocked the PlayStation 2-exclusive Final Fantasy XII down to second place after two weeks at the top, although the epic role-playing game remained the best-selling game on that console. GRAW2 also managed to hold off the budget release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the PS2, which helped propel the Rockstar title back into the Top 40 at number three, after spending a number of weeks in the chart last year after its release on the PlayStation Portable. Of the other games that were released last week, none of them managed to break into the all-formats top 10--Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis showed up way down at number 32.

The rest of the top 10 was made up of the usual suspects--football titles FIFA 07 and Pro Evolution Soccer 6, The Sims 2 and its Seasons expansion, and Brain Training. The exceptions are Microsoft's Crackdown, which fell from last week's number two to this week's five, and the Wii-exclusive Sonic and the Secret Rings, which gained one place to move up to four.

This week sees the release of Test Drive Unlimited on the PC and PlayStation 2, SSX Blur on the Wii, and Pimp My Ride on the Xbox 360, all of which could make an impact on next week's chart. On the handheld side, Nintendo's DS will see the release of Spectrobes, Phoenix Wright 2, and Rayman Raving Rabbids, while the PSP is finally being treated to Championship Manager 2007.

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