It’s a completely new 1-2-3 this week with EA debuting at No1 with Maxis’ second expansion pack to ‘The Sims 2’ on PC – ‘Nightlife’ takes No1, selling slightly more than ‘University’ (the first expansion pack, launched back in week 10 this year – but only No5 on this chart).
EA also take No2 thanks to Criterion’s first Burnout outing on PSP with ‘Burnout Legends’. Atari turn up the heat at No3 thanks to Quantic Dream’s ‘Fahrenheit’ debuting strongly on PS2/Xbox/PC and showing strongest sales of close to 40% on the Xbox version. The euphoria of The Ashes sees Codemasters’ ‘Brian Lara Cricket 2005’ rocket 40% in terms of sell-through compared to last week, although the new release trio means that it actually drops 2 places to No4. Vivendi remain at No5 with ‘Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction’ (PS2/XB/GC) whilst Ubisoft drop from No1 to No6 with ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Lockdown’ (PS2/XB). There are a total of 5 new releases this week and unusually, they are all concentrated within the Top 10. The final 2 are Eidos’ ‘Total Overdose’ at No7 (PS2/XB/PC) developed by Copenhagen-based Deadline Games and EA’s ‘Madden NFL 06’ (PS2/XB/GC) debuting at No9 – previous best performance for a Madden game was ‘NFL 2004’ which debuted at No11 in week 37, 2003.