Need for Speed Carbon holds onto the top spot, fending off strong competition from WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 and Call of Duty 3.
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2001 ELSPA Ltd
Entertainment Software (All Prices) Week 45, 2006
1: NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON
2: WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2007
3: CALL OF DUTY 3
4: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 6
5: FIFA 07
6: THE SIMS 2: PETS
7: GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY STORIES
8: LEGO STAR WARS II: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY
9: MEDIEVAL II: TOTAL WAR
10: CANIS CANEM EDIT
11: TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL: DOUBLE AGENT
13: TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07
14: POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON: BLUE RESCUE
15: SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS
16: FOOTBALL MANAGER 2007
17: DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING
18: THE LEGEND OF SPYRO: A NEW BEGINNING
19: GRAND THEFT AUTO: LIBERTY CITY STORIES
It's two weeks at the top for Need for Speed Carbon, and sales are up 4% over last week. Newcomers, WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 and Call of Duty 3 enter at No.2 and No.3 respectively, with PES 6 at No.4 and FIFA 07 dropping to No.5.
The PS2 version of WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 beats its predecessor's launch week by 10,000 units and also becomes the fourth fastest selling game of the year. Call of Duty 3 becomes the second fastest selling Xbox 360 game ever, only beaten by PES 6, with sales up by 62% over Call of Duty 2 in its launch week.
Elsewhere, SEGA's Medieval II: Total War enters the All Formats chart at No.9 and tops the PC chart, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue is at No.14 (Red Rescue on GBA manages No.34), F.E.A.R. for the Xbox 360 pushes the game back into the chart at No.20, and Buzz! The Sports Quiz is a new entry at No.31.
This week's biggest release is unquestionably Gears of War for the Xbox 360. The game is expected to be massive for Microsoft and should break Xbox 360 sales records. Whether or not it can dislodge the multiplatform giant Need for Speed Carbon from the top spot is a whole lot more difficult to predict.
Other releases of note are Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception for PSP, Cars for Xbox 360, Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus for PS2, Lumines II for PSP, and Scarface: Money. Power. Respect. for PSP. The only release likely to challenge Gears is Tony Hawk's Project 8, which is coming to Xbox 360, PS2 and Xbox.