EA knocks itself off the top spot


‘Need for Speed: Underground’ (PS2/XB/GC/PC) from EA overtakes EA’s ‘Medal of Honor: Rising Sun’ (PS2/XB/GC) which falls to No2, to claim the No1 spot for the last week of the year.

EA’s ‘FIFA 2004’ (PS2/PSX/GC/GBA/XB/PC/NG) moves up from No4 to No3 ahead of Vivendi’s ‘The Simpsons: Hit and Run’ (PS2/XB/GC/PC) which drops from No3 to No4. After being denied last week by Vivendi, EA once again have all Top 3 titles in the All Formats Chart, but with ‘Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup’ (PS2/GBA/PC/GC) falling out of the Top 10 from No9 to No13, EA now have 5 rather than 6 Top 10 titles. However, 65% of the total unit sales from the Top 10 All Formats titles are attributed to EA, compared to a similar figure of 68% last week. ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ consolidates its position at No5 with strong sales, while ‘Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (PS2/XB/GBA) re-enters the Top 40 due partly to the cinema release of the last instalment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 2 other titles re-enter the Top 40 All Formats Charts thanks in the most part to retailer Christmas sale promotions: Eidos’ ‘Hitman 2: Silent Assassin’ (PS2/XB) re-enters at No34, while EA/Nintendo/Namco’s ‘SoulCalibur II’ (PS2/XB/GC) re-enters at No38. The highest climbers this week are EA’s ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004’ (PS2/XB/PC/GBA) which is up 11 places from No27 to No14 and Ubisoft’s ‘XIII’ (PS2/XB/PC/GC), up 8 places from No19 to No11. The ‘Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack’ (PS2/XB) enters the All Formats Chart for the first time this week at No18 thanks to the release of the Xbox version.

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