GTA Stalked By Prey

17/Jul/2006

Take 2’s ‘Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories’ on PS2/PSP takes a 4th week at No1 (-34%), driven in all of those weeks by the launch of the budget-priced PS2 version. 2K Games/Take 2 can celebrate the long-awaited arrival of ‘Prey’ at No2, originally a PC concept from 10 years ago – now out on PC and Xbox 360. ‘Prey’ was produced by 3D Realms (of Duke Nukem fame) and developed by Human Head on PC / Venom Games on 360 and claims No1 on both format charts, although the Xbox 360 version is by far the lead format, accounting for 77% of unit sales.


Nintendo’s DS ‘New Super Mario Bros’ (-27%) drops one place to No3, while Disney/Buena Vista rise 4 places to No4 with the hand-held versions of ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ (+73%) benefiting from a very successful cinematic release. Activision’s ‘Over The Hedge’, based of course on the movie (-19%) drops 2 places to No5, whilst unusually this week, the other new entries are both movie tie-ins – Ubisoft release PS2 ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Legend Of Jack Sparrow’ (No10) and THQ debut at No16 with ‘Cars’ on 7 formats. Even this week’s big re-entry has a movie-related slant, as EA come back in at No9 with the Xbox 360 version of ‘Lord Of The Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth II’ (90% of sales are 360 and 10% are the original PC version which came out in March this year).


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