EA's Need for Speed: Underground 2 takes pole position


This week last year EA’s ‘Medal of Honor: Rising Sun’ overtook ‘FIFA 2004’ at No1, holding on to become Xmas No1 three weeks later - only to be deposed the following week by ‘Need for Speed: Underground’. This year looks like it could be Need for Speed’s year as the sequel ‘Need for Speed: Underground 2’ (PS2/XB/PC/GC/GBA) knocks ‘San Andreas’ off the No1 spot in the Entertainment Software Top 40.

‘San Andreas’ drops one place from No1 to No2, while EA’s ‘FIFA 2005’ is up from No6 to No3, suggesting that it may have the legs to go the distance. Konami’s ‘Pro Evolution 4’ is propelled from No8 to No4 thanks to the release of the Xbox version (a new entry at No3 in the Xbox Full Price Chart). It is a good week for Eye Toy compatible games with Sony’s ‘Singstar Party’ (PS2) celebrating a leap of 20 places from No40 to No20 and ‘Sega Superstars’ (PS2) powering into the Chart for the first time at No21 after 6 weeks on release, thanks to retailer promotion. Sony’s ‘Eye Toy: Play 2’ is down 3 places from No19 to No22, but sales are actually up 8%. Disney Interactive/THQ’s ‘The Incredibles’ soars into the Top 10 on the back of the movie release, up from No18 to No7 (PS2/GBA/XB/GC). There are 5 new entries this week, but the highest (EA’s Goldeneye: Rogue Agent – PS2/XB/GC) does not make the Top 10, in at No11. It is followed by Sony’s contender ‘Killzone’ (PS2) which debuts behind it at No12. Nintendo’s critically acclaimed Gamecube ‘Metroid Prime 2: Echoes’ can only manage No33 with Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2’ (XB/PS2) at No34 thanks to strong sales of the Xbox version (76%) and Sony’s ‘Jak 3’ (PS2) at No37.

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