Aussie Charts: Can Gay Tony Top Forza?

Aussie Charts: Can Gay Tony Top Forza?

Surely a new Grand Theft Auto would be capable of knocking a racing sim off the top of the charts?

OK, count me surprised. I hadn’t realised Forza had such staying power. Anyone care to enlighten me as to the appeal and popularity of Forza?

Elsewhere, not a great has changed since last week. Mario Kart’s shifting a truckload due to retailers presently bundling it with (almost) every Wii sold. Uncharted 2 looks to be a solid hit for Sony. Likewise Borderlands for 2K and Gearbox.

All Format Full-Priced Games Top 10 for the w/e November 1:

1. Forza Motorsport 3 (360)
2. Episodes From Liberty City (360)
3. Mario Kart (Wii)
4. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
5. Borderlands (360)
6. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
7. WWE: Smackdown VS Raw 2010 (PS2)
8. Borderlands (PS3)
9. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
10. Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games (DS)


  • The appeal of Forza? It is without doubt the best all around driving simulator ever released. I’ve been playing solidly since launch and there is so much content and so many different ways to enjoy the game that I can’t see me stopping anytime soon – even mith MW2 on the horizon… I can happily live the rest of my life without venturing into COD public matches again…

  • Forza 3 is the best racing sim out, the only problem I faced was a lack of a certain recent Nissan GT-R, the game is brillant, it deserves number 1 for this week, well done Turn Ten.

  • I think the popularity of Forza stems from a few points:

    1). It’s a great game in it’s own right and there’s plenty to love about it with great graphics (cars and track scenery). They’ve expanded it from the track racing sim to include drifting and there’s a greater variety of vehicles in this latest incarnation (SUV’s etc).

    2). The addition of the in car camera view that was sadly lacking in FM2 would get people back.

    2). The closest competitor would have to be The Need for Speed franchise which by all accounts has lost it’s way with some of it’s fan base of late so they might be willing to try something a little different.

  • could it have anything to do with gay tony/L&D being downloadable? im not sure how many people actually downloaded L&D but presumabley those people wouln’t have bought episodes of liberty city beacuse they already own half?

  • I was really excited for Forza 3 but Im a little disgusted at the AI. They hit me, push me off the track. Its not as bad as Motorstorm but WTH!

  • Did he just ask what the appeal of Forza was? Being a games journalist he should already know the answer. I’d be a bit concerned if he hadn’t tested the game nor reviewed it.

    But no doubt GT5 will have the same staying power. I mean they are basically level with each other and on opposite consoles. SO it makes sense.

    I wonder if the disc version of Gay Tony sold more than the DLC on XBL. Any chance of finding that out by MS????

    +1 to Borderlands and Uncharted!

    • Yes, I’ve played Forza. It’s not really my kinda thing, but I can appreciate it’s a well-made game.

      Anyway, my question was intended to encourage discussion, which is exactly what we’re doing.

  • I was certainly tempted to get Stories from Liberty City but couldn’t justify $60 for TLAD which I already have. But I have to say, TBoGT should be downloaded by any GTA fans disappointed by Rockstar’s new direction with the series. The only disappointing thing about it is that I wish Niko could have been doing all these cool missions.

    • Agreed. The weapons in TBOGT alone make it the most fun chapter yet. My only gripe (aside from the lack of safehouses) is that you can’t access the new weapons from the older chapters. Surely a patch would let Niko and Johnny in on the fun?

  • The reason Forza 2 is on top is simple. GFK does not include sales at EB which would be 40% of what GTA would do week 1. The fact that journalists continue to be surprised by the charts makes me laugh. They are incomplete. Just ask GFK.

    • True, EB sales are not tracked by GfK and until EB agree to have them tracked the charts won’t tell the full story. Their absence tends to skew chart placings away from “hardcore” games, which may explain the dominance of Mario Kart and Wii Fit over the course of this year. But I’m not sure it would make much difference to the rankings of titles like Forza and GTA.

      • I’ve seen most of my friends list fire up forza3 over the past week, about 30. They’ve also been partied up with heaps of people playing it. I’ve also seen my mate’s friends list pretty much the same.

        You don’t see that very often, didn’t see it with ODST.

        • Yoou obviously have a different list of friends then. See, i saw that exact thing with ODST on my friends list.

          I also saw a lot more people playing Halo 3, which a lot turned out to be the Matchmaking disc from ODST for the new maps etc…

          I guess it depends on who you are friends with. At the moment, i got friends playing Halo, Forza and Borderlands. I got 2 or 3 starting to play COD4 again probably leading up to MW2. I gave COD4 a rest so that i will enjoy MW2.

          Its just the case of… some RPG players not liking FPS or Racing Games and vice versa over the different genres.

  • Funilly enough, I am more interested in the paint shop/auction house than the cars or racing. I have beeen painting cars in game for a PC game called RFactor (hardcore racing sim) and a number of friends also have Forza. Good online and solid sim, but I have spent hours just painting cars adn designing logos. There is much more to this game than just racing… which is part of the reason it has been so popular (however, I have DL’d both GTA expansions so no disc for me either!

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