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2005 UK Sales Review

Feature2005 UK Sales Review

Part One: How current-gen consoles did in 2005.

With Chart-Track's Annual Report now published and available for sale to publishers, Kristan prepares his own annual Statto impression and wades through the facts and figures to offer an interesting picture of UK retail. In part one, we look at the state of the market and the fate of the current generation of console platforms. (Data from Chart-Track's annual report. Used with permission.)

The backdrop of 2005 was one of doom and gloom, with independent retailers in particular feeling the squeeze as all the major high street firms went to war with each other. After years of tolerating online retailers undercutting them by over £10 on a full price title, the high street was seeing their market share steadily eroded and decided to strike back with full force.

Suddenly, with all the mainstream types forced to price-match, UK retailers were making next to nothing on the games they were selling, and putting pressure on publishers to reduce their selling price - something that many under-pressure publishers were extremely reluctant to do.

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FeatureCall of Duty 2: Big Red One

Walker reports from the front line on Treyarch's latest.

Being in the middle of Poland, hundreds of miles from the nearest town, having reached where we are by an hourís violent shaking in a twelve-seater bi-plane, is a peculiar way to see a game. Being ambushed by German officers in the middle of the woods, while on the way to visit Hitlerís Camp Wolf on the back of a WWII jeep, is even stranger. But this was how we were introduced to Call of Duty: Big Red One. It could have been hideous. It could have been a nasty, distasteful PR stunt, pissing on the history of where we were, and what the games were recalling. Itís not quite clear how, but somehow this wasnít the case. Somehow, it was respectful, educational, and affecting. Which, in many ways, reflects the games it was intended to promote.