After a week-long fall from grace, Need for Speed: Most Wanted returns to the number one spot in this week's All Formats chart from ChartTrack, for the ninth time. One more week at the top and it will equal its predecessor Need for Speed: Underground 2, which managed 10 weeks at the top throughout late 2003/early 2004.
Last week's number one, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 champion title Dead or Alive 4 drops down to number six, with a disappointing 54% drop in sales over last week, contributing to a corresponding drop in Xbox 360 sales, which are down 42% in units since last week.
There are no major new movers in the top five. Its still the usual suspects at numbers two, three and four - The Sims 2, Pro Evo 5, and FIFA 06. Ubi’s King Kong drops a couple of places down to number five.
Its good news elsewhere for Ubisoft however, with Rugby Challenge 2006 the only new entry in the top ten, debuting at number seven. The game has been released just in time for the Six Nations, and seems to have been well received by rugby fans across the UK.
It's also a good week overall for sports titles, with another seasonal sports tie-in climbing up the chart this week in the shape of Take 2’s Torino 2006, which whooshes up from number 38 to number 13.
However, it's a bad week for inspired original IP, with EA/Namco’s sticky-ball-rolling beauty of a game "We Love Katamari" not even making the top 20, scraping in at a pitiful 23.
Its official. UK Gamers seem to prefer average licensed sports titles to inspired and original videogaming genius.