UK Charts - Xbox Gamers do Like Racers

Codemasters takes pole position as Doctor Norton says "not tonight, lads"

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The wall just jumped out into the road - there was nothing I could do!
The wall just jumped out into the road - there was nothing I could do!
ToCA Race Driver 2 for PC and Xbox takes the lead this week. With the vast majority of sales in the Xbox flavour it's clear that Xbox owners actually are fans of the genre in spite of the poor performance of previous racing titles. Norton Internet Security continues to demonstrate the state of the security offered in a certain popular operating system as the package moves up to number 2. Go Norton! Go Norton! Perhaps it will make the number one spot? SEGA's Sonic Heroes loses its top billing and steps down to number three, as Acclaim's World Championship Rugby also drops to number six. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and 007: Everything or Nothing hold firm at four and five respectively, with the rest of the top 10 being occupied by The Sims (9) and the footballing trinity, FIFA 2004 (7), LMA Manager 2004 (8) and This Is Football 2004 (10).

With no new entries other than the mighty ToCA, we're left a with bunch of re-entries powered by cross-platform releases. After several weeks lurking in shadows, Manhunt returns at number 16, thanks in some part by the release of the PC and Xbox versions. Atari's Unreal 2 makes a surprising return at 27. Released for Xbox last week, it's not its return that is the surprise, but the poor sales performance of the Xbox incarnation. SOCOM 2 curiously re-enters at a 37 - perhaps some people just forgot to buy it at release? Other movement this week sees Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leap to 14 from 24, crossing paths with The Sims: Bustin' Out, which drops from 18 to 28.

Next week, expect a visit from everyone's favourite uncle, that lovable slaphead, Agent 47, as Eidos releases Hitman: Contracts on PS2 and Xbox. There's also a showdown between Dead Man's Hand from Atari and Rockstar's Red Dead Revolver to look forward to. Spit buckets at the ready.


scanman 27 Apr 2004 07:50
I guess the PGR1/2 guys need to go back to the drawing board and figure out why there game sold a tiny fraction of TOCARD2. LOL. I thought MSR was great on DC but it just lost so much of what made it special in the move to Xbox. And PGR2 was just a crappy addon to PGR it was a crime to sell it as anything else.

Its very important in a simulation driving game that the cars act like real cars. When you crash them bit should fall off and its the end of the race. This is the big problem I have with PGR and even Gran Turismo

Brown Force 27 Apr 2004 08:53
Well I can't really understand why PGR2 hasen't sold, it still is the most popular Online game on Xbox (other than RD2 now though) Though I agree, the handleing along with the incredibly narrow tracks ruined the game for me. Oh well theres always PGR3 on Xbox 2.
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