Project CARS is the first racing sim to claim No.1 in UK retail charts since 2013

Matthew Jarvis
Project CARS is the first racing sim to claim No.1 in UK retail charts since 2013

Bandai Namco's long-anticipated crowdfunded driving game has zoomed to number one in the UK charts.

Project CARS shot to the top in its debut week, making it the first four-wheeled racing sim title to take the position since Codemasters' GRID 2 two years ago in 2013.

Launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC, the Slightly Mad Studios-developed game is also the very first boxed product to hit retail with support for 4K resolutions and upcoming VR headsets Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.

Project CARS' chart-topping success brings to an end Mortal Kombat X's three-week run at the top, with the title falling two places to third on the back of a 35 per cent drop in sales.

Meanwhile, Grand Theft Auto V maintained its solid second place, sales staying largely stable with only a three per cent decrease week-on-week.

Further down, Activision's sci-fi behemoth Destiny jumped back into the Top Ten from 16th place the prior week, thanks to retail promotions.

No other new release managed to crack the Top Ten last week; the next-best debut launch was seen by Nintendo's Wii U effort Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, which came in at number 21.

The only other fresh face in the Top 40 was 3DS compilation Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Edition, scraping in at number 32.

Two EA titles re-entered the Top 40: Skate 3, sales up 15 per cent to land it at number 38, and The Sims 4, which climbs back to 33rd.

Despite being released half a decade ago for PS3 and Xbox 360, Skate 3's sales in 2014 and 2015 now account for almost a quarter of its lifetime sell-through.

Here is the UK retail Top Ten, according to theUkie Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track,for the week ending May 9th:

  1. Project CARS (Bandai Namco)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
  3. Mortal Kombat X (Warner Bros)
  4. FIFA 15 (EA)
  5. Dying Light (Warner Bros)
  6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
  7. Battlefield Hardline (EA)
  8. Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
  9. Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Microsoft)
  10. Destiny (Activision)

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