Gran Turismo 5 should be very big

Slight shock-horror – Gran Turismo 5: Prologue has reached the top of the all-format charts, making it the fastest selling PS3 game to date and possibly the first PlayStation 3 game to take the chart’s top spot – perhaps, we haven’t actually bothered to research that, feel free to find out and correct us. The even more shocking thing? The chart only counts sales of the Blu-ray retail package, ignoring sales of the game downloaded via the PSN Store (as we bought it). The horrifying element – it’s a demo that people are paying £25 for. People are buying it though, so now we’ve all justified Sony’s strategy of selling us demos. What fools we are!

In other chart news: everything else is pretty much the same in the top ten, but Sega’s Viking: Battle for Asgard is a new entry at #8. The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return makes it in at #21, and God of War: Chains of Olympus enters at #29 which isn’t too terrible for a PSP exclusive. Capping off the chart is Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz which makes a feeble entry at #40, which is probably deserved seeing as Sega have milked those monkeys on every format possible. It’s probably not a bad game, though they’re clearly whoring the franchise now, even on the bloody iPhone.

Next week: Dark Sector might enter the charts, that looks vaguely alright. April 18th sees the release of UEFA Euro 2008, which we’re strangely excited about – the demo (available on both Xbox Live and the PSN Store) is very good, similar to Fifa 08 but with a few things (speed, controls, response) immensely improved. Some people are saying it’s the best football game around, which is odd for a licensed EA title.

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