Need for Speed says follow my lead


EA’s ‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted’ is No1 in the All Formats starting grid for 2006, notching up 6 weeks as All Formats No1, more than any other game in the past year.

EA’s multi-format racer may have been deposed by Ubisoft’s ‘King Kong: Official Game of the Movie’ two weeks ago, but now looks comfortable at No1, selling almost twice as many this week as Ubisoft’s monster movie tie-in, which is a non-mover at No2. 2005 started with ‘Need for Speed: Underground 2’ holding on to No1 for 4 weeks: its successor could well repeat this feat, despite pressure from EA’s forthcoming Xbox 360 ‘Ridge Racer 6’, due out in two weeks time. In a week devoid of new releases, the Top 10 all jostle for position, with EA’s ‘The Sims 2’ (PS2/PC/GBA/XB/DS/GC/MAC) performing well, up 4 places from No8 to No4 (the PSP version is due out next week). Other post-Christmas climbers include Ubisoft’s ‘Crazy Frog Racer’ (PS2/GBA/PC), up 18 places from No37 to No19, while EA’s ‘From Russia with Love’ (PS2/XB/GC) re-enters the Top 40 at No24.

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