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January 10, 2011

FIFA 11 stays top of the UK game chart

by Darren Allan
EA has remained on top of the UK all-format game chart for the start of 2011, with footballing franchise FIFA. According to Chart Track, FIFA 11's sales might have halved since last week, but it did enough to avoid being dislodged. It has now spent four weeks at number one in total (two weeks in a row is its ...



January 4, 2011

FIFA ousts Black Ops from number one spot

by Darren Allan
Which game was top of the UK all-format video game chart for the final week of 2010, according to Chart Track? It was EA's FIFA 11, in a surprise result which saw Call of Duty: Black Ops being knocked off the top. While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 managed nine consecutive weeks at the top, despite more impressive week ...



December 20, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is Christmas number one

by Darren Allan
In the music chart, the X-Factor predictably recaptured the Christmas number one spot this year (after Rage Against the Machine last year). And the UK video game chart proved equally predictable. According to Chart Track, we're not dreaming of a white Christmas but a black one, with Call of Duty: Black Ops staying firmly at the top. In the ...



December 13, 2010

Warcraft Cataclysm fails to unseat Black Ops

by Darren Allan
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was launched last week, but the latest expansion for the juggernaut MMORPG failed to dethrone Black Ops from the top spot of the UK game chart. Indeed, Cataclysm only made number three, with strong sales from FIFA 11 (15% up on last week) meaning that EA's footy game held on to the number two spot. ...



December 6, 2010

Black Ops back on top of UK game chart

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops is back at the top of the UK game chart, after Gran Turismo 5 displaced it last week. Black Ops sales still slipped slightly, down 6%, but GT5 slipped more, by 61% in fact, seeing it fall to number four. FIFA 11 was up at number two, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood stayed steady at ...



November 29, 2010

Gran Turismo 5 screeches into number one spot

by Darren Allan
Gran Turismo 5 has dethroned Call of Duty: Black Ops from the top of the UK video game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. Despite notching up record sales for the franchise in its first week, Black Ops only managed two weeks at the top. At this time last year, Modern Warfare 2 tied up the top spot for ...



November 24, 2010

PS3 owners start Black Ops refund petition

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops has been number one in the UK game chart for two weeks running since launch, and it racked up $650 million in its first five days on sale, $100 million more than Modern Warfare 2 managed. But the undeniably hot pace of initial sales has given way to a slowing down (Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood ...



November 22, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops holds number one spot

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops has unsurprisingly remained at number one in the UK video game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. However, despite recording better numbers than Modern Warfare 2 for its launch week, Black Ops has dropped by 85% in terms of sales. That wasn't enough to allow it to be overtaken by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which ...



November 18, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops racks up $650m in five days

by Darren Allan
We knew Black Ops, the latest in Activision's Call of Duty series, was going to be a big release, but it's surpassed perhaps even the company's own expectations. In terms of its worldwide figures, the game has generated revenue to the tune of $650 million, which is $100 million more than its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 managed. Those figures ...



November 15, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops tops UK chart and breaks records

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops is the predictable number one when it comes to this week's UK all-format game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. In fact, the shooter got off to a record breaking launch week, smashing the previous sales benchmark set by Modern Warfare 2. In five days, it shifted two million units in the UK, which was ...



November 11, 2010

Thursday NewsBytes: Twitter joker has appeal denied; Black Ops outsells Modern Warfare 2

by Darren Allan
The case of Paul Chambers came to court again today, the man who tweeted a joke about blowing Doncaster airport “sky high” when it was closed in bad weather back in January. Chambers posted the flippant message on Twitter, and when the authorities saw it, he was taken in for questioning, and subsequently fined and given a criminal record. The ...



Call of Duty: Black Ops makes $360m in first 24 hours

by Darren Allan
Activision has released the first numbers for the sales of Black Ops, the latest in the company's best selling Call of Duty saga. And apparently, according to CFO Thomas Tippl, it has outdone Modern Warfare 2 (which sold so much over the previous year, it has become the best selling video game in the UK ever). Gamasutra reports that Black ...



November 10, 2010

Black Ops: 1 million players on Xbox Live straight away

by Darren Allan
It seems that Call of Duty: Black Ops had almost a million gamers blasting each other on Xbox Live just after the game was launched. Softpedia points to Treyarch's Community Manager, Josh Olin, who posted on Twitter just an hour after the midnight launch (1am Pacific Time): “Am I getting solid intel? Is there really almost 1,000,000 players on ...



Call of Duty: Black Ops player reactions

by Darren Allan
Yesterday, Call of Duty: Black Ops was launched, and we took a look at the reviews from the critics. The game averaged 90% over 37 reviews on the Xbox, according to Metacritic, and 89% over 21 reviews on the PS3. It sneaked a better score on the PC, with 92%, although that figure is based on only 7 reviews. So ...



November 9, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops review round-up

by Darren Allan
So, the next Call of Duty game is out, with fanatical gamers queueing since midday yesterday to buy it at the midnight opening last night. Black Ops places the player in the role of a covert operative behind enemy lines, and is a guaranteed number one seller. But never mind the sales figures, how has the gaming press received ...



Queues for Call of Duty: Black Ops

by Darren Allan
Black Ops, the latest game in Activision's massive selling Call of Duty shooter series, went on sale at midnight last night. Loads of stores around the UK opened literally first thing, to start off the sales bonanza that will see Activision with another number one hit. The previous game in the series, Modern Warfare 2, was number one in ...