Last week’s No1, EA’s ‘Harry Potter – Prisoner Of Azkaban’ (PS2/XB/GC/GBA/PC) falls to No2 in the All Formats Chart, replaced by Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow’ (PS2/XB/PC/GBA) up from No2 to No1 thanks to strong sales of the PS2 version (up 34% on last week when the PS2 version debuted).
Ubisoft also benefit from retailer promotion of ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3’ (PS2/XB), which re-enters the All Formats Top 40 at No24. Atari’s ‘Driv3r’ (PS2/XB), the first of the Driver series to hit the next-gen consoles, makes an appearance at No6 due to broken release date sales, but will be expected to claim the No1 spot when it is officially released next week. The other 2 new entries in the All Formats Top 10 are both kids titles: Activision’s film tie-in ‘Shrek 2’ (PS2/GBA/GC/XB/PC) enters at No5, while Nintendo’s ‘Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour’ debuts at No10. Despite pressure from strong selling football titles during Euro 2004, Eidos’ ‘Thief: Deadly Shadows’ (PC/XB) sees its sales increase 5% on last week (although down one place from No7 to No8), while other non-football titles, such as EA’s ‘Need for Speed: Underground’ (down from No6 to No15) and Sony’s ‘GT4 Prologue’ (PS2) (down from No11 to No20) suffer slightly. Football titles perform well this week, especially Eidos’ ‘Championship Manager: Season 03/04’ which is the highest climber in the chart, up 29 places from No41 to No12 thanks to retailer promotion, while EA’s ‘UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal’ (PS2/XB/PC) is up from No4 to No3 and Konami’s ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 3’ (PS2/PC) is up 9% in sales but down one place to No9. The only other new entries in the All Formats Top 40 are Atari’s FPS ‘Shadow Ops: Red Mercury’ (XB) at No28 and Sega/THQ’s ‘Sonic Advance 3’ (GBA), debuting at No39.