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Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XII for PS2 has crashed into the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest ever selling FF game in the country, closely followed by X360 exclusive Crackdown and a raft of “super budget” PC re-releases.

David Jenkins, Blogger

February 27, 2007

2 Min Read

Epic role-playing game Final Fantasy XII for PlayStation 2 has entered straight in at number one in the UK game sales charts, at the same time becoming the fastest selling game in the series so far in the country. The game accounted for over 53 percent of all full price PlayStation 2 sales during the week and also became the fifth new number one of the year so far – the highest number since 1999. The second highest new entry of the week was Real-Time Worlds’ Crackdown at number two, which became the fourth fastest selling Xbox 360 ever in the UK, behind Gears of War, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 and Call of Duty 3. Also in the top ten, ”super budget” PC release Bad Boys II was the second highest climber of the week - likely boosted not only by the sub-£10 ($19) price point, but also continual references to the film in recent cinema release Hot Fuzz. Other new super budget releases from GDL, which make regular appearances in the UK charts at this time of the year, included Sheep at number seventeen, Warrior Kings: Battles at number twenty-seven, Ford Racing 2 at number thirty-four and Warrior Kings: Remastered at number forty. Similarly priced budget compilation 50 Games Blue from Extra Level Media also made a strong entry at number thirty. The highest climber of the week was the Wii’s Excite Truck which entered only at number thirty-six last week but jumped fifteen places to number twenty-one as a result of more stock of Wii hardware. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was similarly helped, rising eight places to number twenty-six. The only other full price new entry in the top forty was Mario Slam Basketball (aka Mario Hoops 3 on 3) at number thirty-six.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Formats

Weeks

1

NE

Final Fantasy XII

Square Enix

PS2

1

2

NE

Crackdown

Microsoft

360

1

3

1

FIFA 07

EA

PS2/Xb/GC/360/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

22

4

3

Pro Evolution Soccer 6

Konami

PS2/360/PC/PSP

18

5

2

Need for Speed: Carbon

EA

All Formats

17

6

7

The Sims 2: Pets

EA

PS2/GC/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

19

7

17

Bad Boys II

GDL

PC

6

8

12

The Sims 2

EA

PS2/Xb/GC/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

120

9

9

Sega Mega Drive Collection

Sega

PS2/PSP

4

10

11

New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo

DS

35

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2007. ELSPA Ltd

About the Author(s)

David Jenkins

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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