UK Chart update

UEFA scores, virus-powered invasion.

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Eidos' Hitman: Contracts stays at number one for a second week in the ELSPA/ChartTrack All Formats Top 40, holding off the EA football behemoth UEFA Euro 2004, entering at number two. Its stablemate, Fight Night 2004, lacks the stamina to hold on to second place and drops back to number four. Norton Internet Security 2004 keeps on going strong, moving up a place to number three. In at number five is Atari's mega-licence Transformers. Sonic Heroes slips one to number six, while ToCA Racer Driver 2 loses significant ground going from three to seven. Norton Antivirus 2004 gets straight in at number eight, knocking Codemasters' England International Football 2004 back one place to nine, and EA's James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing decends to number 10.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow slips out of the top 10 to number 12, though World Championship Rugby does it with style, dropping cleanly from nine to 20, nestling next to McAfee Internet Security V6.0, a new entry at number 19.

One can't fail to notice the prevalence of security products messing up the All Formats chart, with newcomers Norton Antivirus 2004 and McAfee Internet Security V6.0 following Norton Internet Security 2004's footsteps. Surprised at this anti-virus onslaught? Take a quick look at the ELSPA/ChartTrack PC software Top 100 on our charts section. You'll find that a frankly shocking 17% of the titles are virus and security related. Symantec and McAfee must be jumping with glee as Microsoft's Outlook and Windows continue to provide fertile ground for email viruses and security exploits.

Next week's big releases include the movie tie-in Van Helsing on PS2, Xbox and GBA, Midway's scare-em-up The Suffering for PS2 and Xbox, and Namco's Deadly Skies III on PS2.


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