Speed kills... the competition


The Christmas Chart is only a week away and EA has the All Formats No1 firmly in its sights for a third successive year as ‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted’ holds on at the top and ‘FIFA 06’ jumps one place from No3 to No2 (both titles are available on 8 formats: PS2, PSP, 360, XB, DS, GBA, PC and GC).

‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted’ accounts for almost twice the sales of nearest rival ‘FIFA 06’ even with a drop this week of 24% in sales. Retailer promotion of ‘Call of Duty: Big Red One’ (PS2/XB/GC) adds firepower to Activision’s war-themed FPS, up 3 places from No6 to No3, while anticipation for next week’s film release boosts Ubisoft’s ‘King Kong: Official Game of the Movie’ (PS2/360/XB/GBA/DS/PC/GC) from No8 to No4. Konami’s ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 5’ (PS2/PSP/XB/PC), down from No2 to No6 and Vivendi’s ‘50 Cent: Bulletproof’ (PS2/XB), down from No5 to No9 are the only other Top 10 games to decrease in sales (along with ‘Need For Speed: Most Wanted’). The release of the Narnia film helps Buena Vista Games enter the All Formats Top 10 with ‘Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ (PS2/DS/GBA/PC), up from No14 to No8, while the release of the XB, GC and PC versions propels Ubisoft’s ‘Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones’ from No29 to No15 (PS2 out last week). Other strong performers include Sony’s ‘Buzz! The Music Quiz’ on PS2, up 9 places to No18 and THQ’s ‘The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer’ (PS2/GBA/DS/XB/GC/PC), released 5 weeks ago and entering the Top 40 for the first time this week at No25. After scoring 10 new releases in the All Formats Top 40 last week, XB360 games are still well represented with 8 Top 40 games.

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