On the Money


Eidos makes a contract killing at the top of the All Formats Top 40 as ‘Hitman: Blood Money’ takes out the boss ‘FIFA World Cup Germany 2006’ to give the British publisher their 2nd All Formats No1 game so far this year. ‘Hitman: Blood Money’ hits all its marks, making No1 on every format – Xbox 360, PS2, PC and Xbox.

Eidos chalk up 4 games in the top half of the chart with price promotion on ‘Lara Croft: Legend’ pushing sales up 37% (although down from No4 to No5), while ‘Championship Manager 2006’ is still playing in the top flight despite losing 4 places from No5 to No9 and fellow UK developed title ‘Urban Chaos: Riot Response’ makes a charge towards the Top 10 with a strong 2nd week of release (up from No18 to No11). Football finds itself on the substitutes bench as both ‘FIFA World Cup Germany 2006’ and ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 5’ drop one place, down to No2 and No3 respectively. However, there is a place for a new sport in the All Formats Chart as ‘Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis’ for Xbox 360 hits No4 on its first serve. The Xbox 360 Chart has 2 new releases at the top with ‘Hitman: Blood Money’ at No1 followed by ‘Table Tennis’ at No2. Sales from these 2 titles account for more than the rest of the Xbox 360 Top 20 combined. Film tie-ins perform well with the release of the 3rd X-men film powering sales of ‘X-men: The Official Game’ up 65% (although stays at No6), while ‘The Da Vinci Code’ breaks into the Top 10 up 4 places from No12 to No8 (sales up 67% on last week). Nintendo’s ‘Super Princess Peach’ bolsters the Japanese giant’s DS catalogue before the launch of the new ‘Lite’ console on June 23rd, debuting at No29, while Microsoft’s critically acclaimed ‘Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends’ for PC just makes the Top 40 at No37.

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