UK game charts: February 18-24

Final Fantasy XII hits the top slot, becomes the UK's fastest-selling game in the series so far; Crackdown debuts in the second spot.


Square Enix's Final Fantasy XII beat the only other new entry, Microsoft's Crackdown, to number one in the UK all-formats top 40 last week. FFXII grabbed 53.5 percent of all full-price PlayStation 2 sales, making it the fastest-selling game in the series in the UK so far.

The week's highest climber was Sudoku, which rose 19 places to 16, whereas the biggest plunge of the week went to Football Manager 2007, which fell 18 spaces to 39, almost disappearing from the chart altogether.

Budget software was a hit in last week's chart, with publisher Grabit/GDL making the top 10 with Bad Boys 2 at seven, along with Sudoku at 16, Sheep at 17, Warrior Kings: Battles at 27, Warrior Kings: Remastered at 40, and Ford Racing 2 at 34.

Electronic Arts maintained a strong presence in the all formats top 40, with FIFA 07 at three, Need for Speed Carbon at five, and The Sims 2: Pets at six.

Next week sees the release of several big titles, including Sonic and the Secret Rings for the Wii, The Sims 2 Seasons for PC, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 for the PS2, and Resident Evil 4 for PC.

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