It achieved the bronze medal two weeks ago, silver last week, but this week Sony’s ‘Athens 2004’ (PS2) is the gold champion of the Top 40 chart in the final week of the Olympics - Sony’s first No1 since ‘Eye Toy: Play’ one year ago.
Activision have to settle with No2 and No3 as ‘Spider-Man 2’ climbs one place from No3 to No2 and last weeks No1 ‘Doom 3’ (PC) falls to No3. It is a good week for budget software with half of the Top 40 made up of budget titles. The newly budgetised ‘The Simpsons: Hit and Run’ (PS2/XB) from Vivendi is the highest climber, up 17 places from No26 to No9, while budget EA titles ‘FIFA 2004’ (up from No10 to No7) and ‘Medal of Honor: Rising Sun’ (up from No14 to No10) are both strong sellers. There are only 2 new entries in the Top 40, Microsoft’s Xbox action RPG ‘Sudeki’ debuts at No25 (No2 on the Xbox Full Price Chart) and Sega’s sequel ‘Headhunter: Redemption’ (XB/PS2) debuts at No32. Retailer promotions mean re-entries for Take 2/Rockstar’s ‘Red Dead Revolver’ at No20, Eidos’ ‘Hitman: Contracts’ at No30 and Codemasters’ ‘England International Football 2004’ at No31. Chart-Track will be at EGN (European Games Network) from 1-3 September 2004 (ExCeL – London Docklands). Come and see us at stand 410 (close to the EGN Press Office in The Market Place).