Chart shock - Halo: Reach outsold by racing game after one week

Well, well, well. After enjoying a single week on top of the UK charts, Halo Reach has been displaced by Codemasters' F1 2010. That's not even with a full week of F1 sales as the game only went on sale on Friday. This is across all formats, so the racer has undoubtedly benefited from having PS3 and Xbox 360 as bases for sale as opposed to Halo's Xbox-only userbase. But it's still an amazing showing for a title that a lot of people class as 'niche'.

I gave the game 9/10 in my review (that's one more than Halo: Reach scored) and have been playing it online this weekend more than is good for me. 

In case you haven't got it yet, here's what you're missing out on:

Is this the start of a resurgence of the racing genre? Or simply a sign that all the Halo fans bought Reach on day 1? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2010 UKIE Ltd

27 Sep, 2010




  • Lionzest7 - September 28, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    this is kinda a /care article. Yeah it's sort of nice to read the first sentence and say huh? but then you realize it doesn't even matter. (I didn't buy either one!)
  • The_King_of_Nothing - September 28, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    HAHAHAHA! That's even more funny than being beat by Pokemon! This news made my day brighter.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - September 28, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    I agree with Turboash in both statements.
  • Grif - September 27, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Despite the fact that F1 is cross platform and this is specific to the UK, it still shocks me that it's outselling Reach. (I'm also ignoring the fact that I just bought this for my friend in the UK for his birthday...)
  • LordPwnge18 - September 27, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    It probably makes me a bad person, but every time I hear a game outsold Halo: Reach in it's respective first week, my heart gets a little warmer and i fill up with joy.
  • TheSilentPenguin - September 27, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    Hello people, UK citizens have always favored Racing and Soccer more, plus Halo: Reach was ONLY for xbox 360 as apposed to being multi-platform.
  • Spybreak8 - September 27, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    Apologizes for being ignorant with this statement but US-Nascar Games, UK-F1 Games. Haha no I'm kidding, I'm from the US and I like F1 and despise Nascar! Go in a different direction or better yet don't make the cars so freakin fragile! I loved Grid, Dirt and Dirt 2 so I'm planning on picking this up sometime in the future.
  • Turboash - September 27, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    That's because people are sick and fucking tired of FPSs in a FPS saturated market. GT5 can't come fast enough!
  • bluscorp - September 27, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    It's all you Justin, It's all down to you ;). I definitely can't wait to get this, Codemasters are a great Dev and deserve this.
  • JakeyBaby - September 27, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    Your review of this game was excellent Justin. I think you were spot on, the driving is excellent but the "be the driver" aspect is held back a bit. My hunch is that it was a bit rushed out, because the season is nearly over. Thus, the character models, animations etc, just weren't what they could have been. Codemasters listen to us though, :P 2011 should be a near perfect game.
  • GR_JustinTowell - September 27, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    Formula One as a sport may be on the resurgence, but we're coming off the back end of a good five years of apathy. The UK used to be mad for F1, you're right GoldenMe, but I wouldn't have said that's still the case. It's definitely not a given like Madden in the US and nobody could argue racing games are as popular now as they were ten years ago. F1 2010 has done remarkably well to topple Halo.
  • MailMan - September 27, 2010 3:20 p.m.

    A) I am english B) I have bought Reach C) I am buying F12010 tomorrow -verdict- I am either: A) A greedy bastard -or- B) Not the kind of fool who has to nail his colours to a mast, and can recognise both of these games as stellar now you make of this what you will ;D
  • GoldenMe - September 27, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    Are you going to make an article everytime something sells better than Reach? For fuck sake, we get it. We know F1 is gonna sell better in UK. We know Pokemon is gonna sell better in Japan. Get over this shit, GR.
  • ChrisCultista - September 27, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    "After enjoying a single week on top of the UK charts" Call me silly, but arent F1 games sorta gobbled up by the UK since they are the ones that really care about them? It is kinda like the article that said that Pokemans and you-gi-oh out sold halo in Japan. Its kinda like a "no shit" moment. And all the top selling games in the UK charts are all skewed by Wii games. And I think that the UK likes hyper realistic FPS's like the Dute and Callit Dutty.
  • EdDeRs1 - September 27, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    Bloodstorm, the FPS market is massive in the UK, only in yanki land do u belive that sort of stuff, if u look at any bestsellign game list ANYWERE IN THE UK FPS games r allways top (except on will cos that has lots of little kids buying shit)
  • TJP75 - September 27, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    Well done to CM, pity there is a few career killing bugs in F1 2010 as reported on CM's own F1 forum plus on NeoGAF and rllmuk. Good news is online races are run without a hitch (idiots wanting to crash into everyone else aside).
  • Bloodstorm - September 27, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    It is the UK. Doesn't this stuff and soccer (football) always outsell everything over there?
  • MJHAYLETT - September 27, 2010 11:40 a.m.

    I bought F1 2010 and didn't buy Halo Reach
  • Slayer11496 - September 27, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    when everyone already bought halo reach it is hard to keep up sales
  • Channel4 - September 27, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    Well deserved sales, really good games. I was sort of led to believe it was going to be a sim, but once you learn a track and get into your first race the standard Codemasters handling it has really doesn't matter because the ai is so good. I'll completely forget about it once GT5 comes out though

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