Football Manager trips up FIFA


England may be on the verge of not qualifying for the European Cup, but football is on a winning streak at the top of the All Formats Chart as Sega’s ‘Football Manager 2008’ replaces ‘FIFA 08’ at No1 with FIFA dropping one place to No2.

It is Sega’s first All Formats No1 since the previous Football Manager this week last year, and accounts for 38% of all PC games sold this week. Football Manager 2008 matches the sales of the last two versions, selling only 2,000 units less than FM 2006 and 1,000 less than FM 2007. The Sports Interactive developed Football/Championship Manager games account for 7 out of the Top 10 biggest launch weeks for PC games with ‘World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade’, ‘The Sims 2’ and ‘Half-Life 2’ the only other titles. EA make-up for FIFA’s decline with the release of ‘The Orange Box’ on PC and Xbox 360 – the latest installment in the Half-Life franchise, new at No3 with the Xbox 360 version accounting for 77% of the sales and outselling both ‘Halo 3’ and ‘PGR4’, while the PC version equals the sales of last year’s ‘Half-Life 2: Episode One’. There are three new releases that make it into the All Formats Top 10 with Nintendo providing the third – ‘The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass’ at No4. Xbox 360 exclusives ‘Halo 3’ and ‘Project Gotham Racing 4’ slip 2 places and 4 places respectively, down to No’s 5 and 6. A better second week as well as the launch of the DS version gives Vivendi’s ‘Crash of the Titans’ a nudge in the right direction, up from No19 to No10. The only other Top 40 new entries are on DS and Wii with Disney’s ‘High School Musical: Making the Cut!’ on DS new at No18, 2KPlay/Take 2’s mini-games for Wii ‘Carnival: Funfair Games’ at No25, while the Wii version of ‘Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis’ gives the publisher a re-entry at No36.

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