EA’s ‘Medal Of Honor: Rising Sun’ (PS2/XB/GC) remains No1 in the All Formats Chart for a fourth week in succession and as such claims the coveted Official Christmas No1, the first time a wargame has held the Christmas Top Spot.
EA demonstrate a stranglehold on this year’s Christmas Top 10, with 6 titles, up from 4 last year which was also a record-breaker as no publisher had ever held more than 3 in the Christmas Chart Week Top 10 (since 1997 as that is when the Overall All Formats Chart was launched). EA remain at No2 with ‘Need For Speed: Underground’ (PS2/XB/GC/PC) but cannot claim the Top 3 as Vivendi have another storming week with ‘The Simpson: Hit & Run’ (PS2/XB/GC/PC) and the title rises another place to claim No3. EA take No4 with ‘FIFA 2004’ (PS2/PSX/GC/GBA/XB/PC and N-Gage, new this week) and also take No5 with ‘Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King’ (PS2/XB/GC/GBA/PC). Activision take No’s 6 & 7 for a third week with ‘True Crime: Streets Of LA’ (PS2/XB/GC) and ‘Tony Hawk’s Underground’ (PS2/XB/GC/GBA) respectively. EA debut at No8 with PS2/XB/GC/GBA ‘The Sims: Bustin’ Out’ and remain at No9 with PS2/GBA/PC/GC ‘Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup’. Disney/THQ bring up No10 with PS2/XB/GC/GBA/PC ‘Finding Nemo’. Also of note is Universal/Vivendi’s ‘Crash Nitro Kart’ (PS2/XB/GC/GBA) which climbs 13 places to take No11 – thanks to some major price promotional activity on the PS2 version. Sony take No12 with PS2 ‘Eye Toy: Play’ whilst Ubisoft climb 9 places to No13 with their big Christmas title, ‘Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time’ (PS2/GBA/PC).