UK video game sales chart

UK game sales chart: the multiformat top 10 best selling video games in the UK. Data supplied by ELSPA.

1. Mafia II (-1)

The open-world template which Mafia II uses to tell its tale may be showing its age, but it doesn’t get in the way of one enjoying 2K’s epic tale of organised crime. The game’s compelling narrative, stunning action setpieces and beautifully realised game world envelope the player, drawing them in and refusing to let go. Mafia II is certainly not a contender for GTA’s crown, and as was the case with its predecessor, it’s not trying to be. From its opening look at a child growing up in poverty to its closing snapshot, themes of gain and sacrifice, of loyalty and betrayal, are always at the forefront.

2. Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 video game review (▲10)

An arcade flight sim aimed at the fan base of Top Gun rather than the hardcore, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 is still a challenging and enjoyable affair. The story is convoluted and nonsensical and mission design is lacking in places but the core dogfighting action is top notch. It also boasts a co-op four-player mode which, if your mates are willing to put the work in, is the most fun you can have while yelling: “There’s a bogey on my tail!!”

3. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (▼ 2)

Proving once and for all you can’t keep a bad man (or two) down, inept professional criminals Kane and Lynch return for a new adventure, Dog Days. This time around the action is set in Shanghai and involves the pair fleeing for their lives after accidentally killing the daughter of a particularly nasty Triad boss. The game’s visual style establishes new levels of grit: all the action is presented as though it was filmed by someone carrying a knackered camera phone and then uploaded to YouTube. The visuals are grainy and lo-fi, and when the action moves, the camera shakes as it follows it. The run and gun action is fast and furious and the multiplayer mode offers a satisfying experience in which players can betray each other during heists and bag a bigger share of loot.

4. Toy Story 3 (-4)

The video game tie-in for Pixar’s latest movie featuring Woody and Buzz Lightyear bucks the trend for games of this type by being actually rather good. The game’s story mode will delight fans of the film and gamers alike, but it’s the game’sToy Box mode which makes it truly shine. Players plop down in a free-roaming expanse of dust land based on Woody’s Roundup, the fictional cowboy town seen in the films and take on the job of sheriff, helping out Mayor Hamm and the townsfolk while expanding the settlement; building schools, barbers and banks. This is game that understand the essence of fun better than most children’s games, and is has enough content to keep adults glued to it too.

5. Tetris Party Deluxe (New entry)

Tetris Party Deluxe expands on the formula that was introduces as WiiWare almost two years ago. Up to four players can take part in over 18 different game modes which offer interesting and challenging spins on Tetris’s classic puzzle template. They can also battle away online, although this mode limits the game-types they can take part in. The game’s presentation and music is a little lacklustre but it’s core gameplay is just as addictive and enjoyable as it was when it was first released nearly thirty years ago.

6. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (New entry)

What’s better than a game starring your friendly neighbourhood Spider Man? How about a game starring four of them? In this new release, players take on the roles of four different versions of the web-head, from four very different universes. Each offers a different take on Spider Man, in terms of his costume, his enemies and the way in which he uses his powers. It’s all tied together by a plot that’s as joyously silly as it is impressively engrossing. A must for Marvel fans and gamers alike.

7. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (New entry)

The universes of Disney and Final Fantasy may never have been the most likely of companions, but Kingdom Hearts proves time and again that the odd couple really does work. This time, three different heroes take a jaunt through the worlds of Disney, meeting up with classic characters such as Snow White and Peter Pan. Everything from the combat to the platforming has been lovingly recreated in handheld form, making this prequel a surefire hit for Kingdom Hearts fans and proving the PSP still has some life in it yet.

8. R.U.S.E. (New entry)

Set during the Second World War, R.U.S.E. is an RTS game which puts as much of a premium on fooling your opponent as it does on marshalling troops and units. Both sides have the ability to spy on each other, as well as spread disinformation about their tactical strengths and weaknesses. The interface is pared down to make the game accessible via console control pads and it also supports the PS Move, for those PS3 owners fortunate enough to own one. The campaign is solid and entertaining but it’s really in the multiplayer where R.U.S.E. really shines; pitting your wits against another human, rather than the easily fooled AI, both ratchets up the tension and makes every victory all the more sweet.

9. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (▲10)

Released to conincide with the arrival of the Jerry Bruckheimer-helmed movie, Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands isn’t an official movie tie-in – even though the Prince bears a startling resemblance to Jake Gyllenhaal and even borrows his wardrobe from the film. Rather, this entry aims at recapturing the magic of the series high-water mark, Sands Of Time from the days of the PS2. The platforming is exciting and well handled and even if the combat is a little tepid at time, the game’s sense of pace is superb. It may rely a little too heavily on the franchise’s past glories, but The Forgotten Sands is still a solidly entertaining game in its own right.

10. Red Dead Redemption (▼5)

Who would have thought that the next great Western would arrive in the form of a video game? Red Dead Redemption would be easy enough to recommend on the strength of its plot and characters alone, but Rockstar’s latest open-world adventure impresses on several other levels too. The sheer scope of activities on offer boggle the mind and the multiplayer is essentially an MMO bolted to a lengthy campaign mode. An awe-inspiring package on every level.

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  1. As we’re on UK video game sales chart Lifestyle World Blog, People have been trying to play games on computers almost since the days of the very first computer. As early as 1950, Claude Shannon, a mathematician and engineer, believed that computers could be programmed to play chess in competition with humans. He became intrigued with the concept of artificial intelligence. In pursuit of this idea researchers and scientists designed crude games that could be played on the huge and clumsy computers of the 1950s and 1960s.


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