This week brings little of interest to the top 10 of ELSPA/ChartTrack's All Formats charts. The top seven positions remain unchanged from last week's chart, with the top four titles unmoved for the fourth consecutive week. Sony's Formula 1 04 bucks this trend - a new entry at number eight - making it the first top 10 new entry since Activision's Spider-man 2 swung in and claimed the top spot.
Overall, the sales are up just slightly in terms of units, but the lack of new titles means the chart remains placid - with just a few exceptions.
It's said that there's no such thing as bad PR, but last week it was difficult to see how Rockstar would be benefiting. The media reaction to the murderous teenager "obsessed" with Manhunt, a game which can only be described as a murder sim, was vocal if not unexpected. However, the tabloid fools would have done well to keep their mouth's shut and keyboards untouched. Thanks to the front-page headlines, Manhunt re-enters at 23.
Amazing progress is seen from the Sonic and friends. Sonic Heroes rockets from last week's 23 to number 10 this week. Perhaps this is the flip-side of the "games are evil" fallout, with parents playing things safe with the cuddly blue hedgepig.
Another cute hero can be seen making a comeback as Ubisoft's Rayman 3 returns at 29 thanks to promotion of the title's GBA incarnation. The last of the re-entries, fuelled by England's performance in the second test against the West Indies, is EA's Cricket 2004 landing at number 34.
Free falling on its way out of the top 40 is EA's UEFA Euro 2004 - last week number 10, 25 this.
MIA this week is Zoo Digital's PC version of Midway's The Suffering, a title also tarred with the "evil" brush, which manages only 28th place in the full price PC chart.
Next week, Catwoman lands on almost every format, Play It's paranoia-fuelled America's 10 Most Wanted comes to PS2 and Chaos League hits the PC.