UK Charts: Who Lives in a Pineapple at Number Three?

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Somewhere, a number one is to be found...
Somewhere, a number one is to be found...
Good news this week for the UK and arguably the wider human cause as SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie - which is the game of the movie of the TV series from THQ - hits number three in this week's Entertainment Software listings as supplied by ChartTrack. What brand-expanding times we live in.

More good news comes from the fact that the rather excellent Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction from LucasArts takes the number one slot.

And it will be Cava and Marks and Sparks sandwiches all round for LucasArts today as the similarly excellent Knights of the Old Republic II RPGs its way into the number two position.

The rest of the field sees little change with Need for Speed: Underground 2 at four and Rockstar?s massive Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in five.

As ever, see SPOnG for the freshest in chart news and hit the links above for full, resplendent reviews.

Comments

Joji 22 Feb 2005 13:20
1/7
Fairplay to Lucasarts for giving us some top games to play. Gonna have to bag Mercenaries, because it looks a lot like Freedom Fighters which I love.

To have KOTOR2 on the go as well is a major coup for Lucasarts. Well done.
tyrion 22 Feb 2005 14:09
2/7
Given the attitudes of many on these boards towards the "mainstream" or "casual" gamers that actually drive these charts, does anybody care much about them?

We allways seem to be lauding the unnoticed gems in our discussions, the "Prince of Persia"s and "Ico"s of this world.

Do you lot, as mostly "hardcore" gamers, derive any satisfaction from seeing your favourite games arrive at the top of the charts? Do you approve of the recognition that games get from these positions, or do you just think "great, another huge load of pillocks on live tonight"?

Do chart positions influence your buying decisions, or do you go on word of mouth or reviews?
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Rod Todd 22 Feb 2005 15:11
3/7
tyrion wrote:
Given the attitudes of many on these boards towards the "mainstream" or "casual" gamers that actually drive these charts, does anybody care much about them?


I live by them.

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vault 13 22 Feb 2005 17:12
4/7
Joji wrote:
Fairplay to Lucasarts for giving us some top games to play. Gonna have to bag Mercenaries, because it looks a lot like Freedom Fighters which I love.
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Except Freedom Fighters kind of sucked and Mercenaries kind of doesn't.

I don't think any hardcore game would fully enjoy seeing their game at number one. It's great because a good game will be pushed to the forefront for all to see. Good games deserve credit. But on the otherhand, too much publicity will garner the attention of the meatheads, the jocks, and the 12 year old GTA players. Possible future effects include watered down sequels and possible awful action figure line-ups. Only if a company realizes what makes the game great and doesn't stray from that can games have any sort of redeemable sequel.
Alan is my first name 22 Feb 2005 23:04
5/7
I don't think the UK charts have changed once in the last five years.
Joji 22 Feb 2005 23:24
6/7
I don't choose what I buy depending on chart positions, I read good reviews like those on this site and others, along with whether it looks like something I will enjoy.

UK charts are really a bit of backslapping for the industry. It very bittter sweet because some mainstream people haven't a clue what is any good, then you get bs stuff like Spongebob gracing the top spot.

Fair enough you might not like FF but I do and I'm looking forward to te sequel. Mercs will do nicely until then.
kid_77 23 Feb 2005 09:46
7/7
Alan is my first name wrote:
I don't think the UK charts have changed once in the last five years.


Let's have a look...

1) Diablo II
2) Crazy Taxi
3) Quake III Arena
4) Baldur's Gate II
5) Shenmue
6) Disciples: Sacred Land
7) Lemmings Revolution
8) NFL2K
9) Aerowings 2
10) Space Channel 5

Yup. Still going strong ;)
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