The fifth main entry in the Guitar Hero series seems to have beaten even the mighty Fab Four to the draw: GH5 leaped to the top of the UK charts upon its release last week, while Beatles: Rock Band took fourth.
Are you tired of endless installments of Guitar Hero? If you live in the UK, you're apparently in the minority - Activison's Guitar Hero 5 took first place in the weekly UK all-formats chart on its debut. GH5's top position is slightly surprising considering that last week saw the release of a very high-profile competitor: The Beatles: Rock Band, which entered the charts at the fourth spot.
Considering the popularity of the Beatles worldwide and the novelty of their music being playable in the rhythm game genre for the first time ever, this is slightly surprising. Also interesting is the fact that this is the first time a Guitar Hero game has ever nabbed the top spot in the all-format chart: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero World Tour had both entered the list at fourth place in their respective debuts, previously the series' best.
Though it may have failed to best Guitar Hero 5, The Beatles: Rock Band's fourth-place showing was - similarly to Guitar Hero - the best of the series thus far, outperforming the first Rock Band, which had entered the list at sixth. That's the silver lining in EA's cloud, though - after all, The Beatles set Viacom back a not-insignificant amount of cash.
I guess Courtney Love just might be drumming up some unintentional publicity for the game. Anyway, here's the full chart from last week:
* 01 Guitar Hero 5
* 02 Colin McRae: Dirt 2
* 03 Batman: Arkham Asylum
* 04 The Beatles: Rock Band
* 05 Wii Fit
* 06 Wii Sports Resort
* 07 IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
* 08 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
* 09 Mario Kart Wii
* 10 Ashes Cricket 2009