This week sees Konami storming in to a commanding lead in the All Formats Top 40 as ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 6’ (PS2, XB360, PC) kicks everyone into touch with the biggest week 1 figure on this chart since the PS2 phenomenon ‘GTA: San Andreas’ way back in November 2004.
Compared to the week 1 of ‘FIFA 07’ five weeks ago, ‘PES 6’ sell-through is almost 23% higher – not bad considering ‘FIFA 07’ launched on 7 formats. ‘PES 6’ on PS2 is slightly under the equivalent PS2 ‘PES 5’ launch for last year (down 14K) but more than makes up for this on Xbox 360, the new de facto standard in terms of highest first week sales for this format, beating the previous record holder (Capcom’s ‘Dead Rising’) by quite a margin. There are a further 7 big new releases in the Top 40 and a roster of new formats joining recent new entries: ‘FIFA 07’ remains at No2 with sales climbing 96% over last week thanks mainly to the new Xbox 360 version. EA remain at No3 with ‘The Sims 2: Pets’, sales up 44% as the PS2 version takes off and the DS version is new this week. Sega’s PC ‘Football Manager 2007’ drops from No1 to No4, while Rockstar/Take 2 debut at No5 with PS2 title ‘Canis Canem Edit’. Ubisoft’s ‘Splinter Cell: Double Agent’ drops one place to No6 having launched last week on XB360 and is now joined by PS2, Xbox and Gamecube versions. EA’s ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07’ rises one place to No8 thanks to the launch of the Xbox 360 version. Also new this week is NCSoft’s PC online-only ‘Guild Wars: Nightfall’ at No15, Sony’s PS2 ‘Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party’ (No21), Sony’s PS2 ‘Singstar Legends’ (No24), Midway’s PS2 ‘Mortal Kombat: Armageddon’ (No27), Vivendi’s multi-format ‘Legend Of Spyro: A New Beginning’ (No28) and finally Ubisoft’s PC ‘Dark Messiah Of Might And Magic’ (No34).