No prizes for guessing what's at number one in this week's ELSPA/ChartTrack All Formats chart. DRIV3R holds on to its number one spot, powered by Atari's ongoing "throw money at it" marketing strategy and a desolate release landscape. Right behind, again, is Shrek 2, another title that has receive some less than glowing reviews, and another example of brand winning over good game play. It's interesting to note that Shrek 2 is being lapped up by PS2 and GBA owners, with Xbox and Gamecube sales making for less than a fifth of the units sold.
In the face of England's miserable defeat at the tournament, EA's UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal steps up two places to claim the number three spot, silencing the doubters that predicted that the game would follow England's lead and make an exit. Stable mate Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban slips to four, making EA's top ten portfolio total a rather unusually modest two titles.
Ubi's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow also slides one place to five, where the title can sit and enjoy its 15th week on the top 40. THQ's "only on Xbox" title Full Spectrum Warrior refuses to move from its debut number six position despite interstitial placement during Sky One's Star Trek showings.
The perennial top 10 Internet security product holds at number 7 in the form of McAfee Internet Security.
This week's only top 10 new entrant comes in the form of the PS2 exclusive Athens 2004, a title that is sure to gain ground once the games get underway. How things have changed since the days of furious button bashing, huddled over a HyperOlympics cabinet in the corner of a smoky arcade!
Low-cost kickabout Pro Evo Soccer 3 digs in its heels at nine and continues to ride the Euro '04 wave. With the championship done and dusted, it can't be long before interest in the aging top 10 footy titles wanes.
On the cusp of the top 10 is Rockstar's Red Dead Revolver, down two places from it number eight ranking last week.
Other new and re-entries include Soul Calibur 2 back at a super budget price of 9.99 GBP on the PS2. Acclaim's Showdown: Legends of Wrestling debuts unspectacularly at 18 on the PS2 and Xbox. Coktel has two new GBA releases entering this week, in the shape of former Playstation platform friends Crash Bandicoot: Fusion and Spyro: Fusion at 24 and 31 respectively. Lurking in the shadows on its second week of release is Sierra's Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus, debuting in the top 40 this week at number 40.
Big movements can be seen from Codemaster's World Championship Snooker 2004, jumping from 24 to 16 with the release of the PC version of the game. Activision's True Crime: Streets of LA is reinvigorated thanks to a new budget price point, taking the number 20 spot from last week's 34. Eidos' Championship Manager: Season 03/04 make a spectacular tumble to 29 while looking puzzlingly over its shoulder, Beckham-style, at its former number 16 spot.
The absentee list this week is short, in part thanks to the few new releases. Missing in action are Dance: UK on Xbox and Doom Collector's Edition the PC.
Next week; the fall of criminally over-rated DRIV3R at the hands of multi-format web-slinger Spider-man 2, plus the Syphon Filter series comes into the third place on PS2,
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege also on PS2 and Richard Burns Rally on PS2 and PC.