As of this week the old All Formats Chart has been replaced with the new ELSPA/Chart-Track Entertainment Software Chart which only includes games & children’s’ software. ‘Spider-Man 2’ (PS2/XB/GC/GBA/PC/N-G) is No1 for a fourth week, topping the new Entertainment Software Chart in another very quiet period for the software market, with Sony’s ‘Formula 1 04’ (PS2) the only significant new release, entering the Chart at No8.
The Top 7 titles are all non-movers and with the exception of ‘Need for Speed: Underground’ they all drop in sales with ‘Spider-Man 2’ down 24% and ‘Driv3r’ down 9% across all formats. There are 3 re-entries in the Top 40, the highest being Take 2/Rockstar’s ‘Manhunt’ (PS2/XB/PC) which re-enters the Top 40 at No23 on the back of renewed controversy and adverse publicity. The other re-entries are ‘Rayman 3’ (GBA/PS2/XB/GC/PC/N-G) in at No29 due to retailer promotion of the GBA version and EA’s ‘Cricket 2004’ (PS2/PC) in at No34, due both to retailer promotion and England’s success in the Test series against the West Indies. Sega’s ‘Sonic Heroes’ (PS2/XB/GC) is the highest climber, up 13 places from No23 to No10. · This week sees the debut of the new Home Software Chart, based on sales of Education, Home Office, Reference and Utility PC software. The Top 3 titles on the new Chart this week are all AV/Security titles: McAfee Internet Security V6 is at No1, Norton Internet Security 2004 is at No2 and Norton Anti-Virus 2004 is at No3. Focus claim the No4 spot with ‘Driving Test Success Theory 03/04'.