Microsoft/Bungie’s ‘Halo 2’ (Xbox) dethrones Rockstar North/Take 2’s ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ (PS2) to become king of the Entertainment Software Top 40 with the 3rd biggest UK sales week ever (behind Vice City and San Andreas).
‘Halo 2’ is now the UK’s 3rd biggest selling Xbox game of all time with only 3 days of sales under its belt (approximate total UK sales of 260,000 units/£9.7m). An estimated 1 in 6 Xbox owners bought a copy of ‘Halo 2’ compared to 1 in 10 PS2 owners who bought a copy of ‘San Andreas’. ‘San Andreas’ falls back to No2 followed by THQ’s ‘WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw’ (PS2), a new entry at No3. It is a bumper week for new releases with a total of 11 new titles entering the Entertainment Software Top 40, the next highest of which is Sony’s ‘The Getaway: Black Monday’ (PS2) which debuts at No6, in the same week that the original finds itself knocked off its position as the 3rd fastest-selling game in the UK by ‘Halo 2’. EA’s ‘The Urbz: Sims in the City’ (PS2/XB/GBA/GC) enters at No10 while Sony claims the next 2 new entries with ‘Eye Toy: Play 2’ (PS2) at No 16 (in its second sales week) and ‘Ratchet and Clank 3’ (PS2) debuting at No17. THQ’s multi-format movie tie-in ‘The Incredibles’ enters the Top 40 at No23, 2 places ahead of Ubisoft’s acclaimed MMORPG ‘Everquest II’ (PC) new at No25.