EA’s ‘Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix’ is top of the class this week, heading a roster of 4 new games in the Top 5 of the All Formats Chart.
EA recorded 16 All Formats No1s in the first half of last year, but in 2007 has to settle for only 5. Last week’s No1 ‘Forza Motorsport 2’ from Microsoft takes a spin, down to No6, but the Xbox 360 format enjoys a strong week thanks to the successful launch of Take 2’s new I.P ‘The Darkness’ at No2 in the All Formats Chart (No1 in the Xbox 360 Full Price Chart). There are in fact 6 new games in the Xbox 360 Full Price Top 10 out of which Codemasters’ ‘Overlord’ and Midway’s ‘Hour of Victory’ break into the All Format Top 40 at No’s 13 and 23 respectively. Activision’s multi-format ‘Shrek the Third’ appropriately takes up the No3 position, up from a launch week No13 – selling only 11 units less than current Xbox 360 exclusive ‘The Darkness’. ‘Resident Evil 4’ also lives up to its title, re-entering the Top 40 at No4 thanks to the launch of the Wii edition, while ‘More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima’ debuts at No5, finally pushing its older namesake out of the Top 10, down from No8 to No12. The PS3 version of Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas’ is a new entry at the Top of the PS3 chart, while it re-enters the All Formats Top 40 at No7. There are now 4 film licenses in the All Formats Top 10 thanks not only to ‘Harry Potter’ at No1 and ‘Shrek the Third’ at No3, but Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End’ down from No4 to No8 and Take 2’s ‘Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ down from No2 to No9. The Top 10 is rounded off by ‘Wii Play’ which falls from No5 to No10. The release of an Xbox 360 version of ‘Call of Juarez’ from Ubisoft shoots it into the All Formats Top 40 for the first time, at No26, while Microsoft’s ‘Tenchu Z’, debuting at No31, makes it 7 new games in the All Formats Top 40 this week.