The Top 40 Entertainment Software Chart sees EA taking a fourth consecutive week at No1 (although sales only climb 3% over last week) claiming the Christmas No1 spot thanks to ‘Need For Speed: Underground 2’ (PS2/XB/GC/PC/GBA) - the original ‘NFS Underground’ was No2 last year behind EA’s own ‘Medal Of Honor: Rising Sun’.
There is actually no change in the Top 6 over last week, with Rockstar/Take 2 claiming No2 in the Christmas Chart thanks to PS2 ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ (+10% over last week) – the title also claims 8 unbroken weeks at No1 on the PS2 chart since launch. Activision’s attempt at repeating EA’s feat last year with a yuletide wargame FPS nearly paid off as ‘Call Of Duty: Finest Hour’ (PS2/XB/GC) manages a respectable 3rd place in the Chart with sales climbing 15% overall compared to last week. Disney/THQ remain at No4 with the 5 formats of ‘The Incredibles’ (up 15% over last week) and EA’s 7 format ‘FIFA 2005’ remains at No5 (also up 15% over last week). Ubisoft’s PS2/XB/GC/PC ‘Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within’ climbs 13% over last week and remains at No6 – this is a substantial improvement on ‘Prince: Sands Of Time’ which got to No13 this time last year. Konami climb 2 places to No7 (+37%) thanks to PS2/XB/PC ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 4’ with EA down one place to No8 with PS2/XB/GC ‘Goldeneye: Rogue Agent’ (+7%). Sony’s PS2 ‘The Getaway: Black Monday’ drops one place to No9 (+10%) and finally, we have a game that was actually in the chart in week 51, 2003 – Vivendi’s ‘The Simpsons: Hit & Run’ was No3 last year at full price and this year climbs 3 places over last week to reach the Top 10 as a popular budget title on PS2/XB/GC/PC (No10 / +60%).