A slight dip in the market follows on from the Easter holiday, with a drop of 30% in value of total sales of entertainment software in the UK last week. The unsurprising news is that Lara Croft holds on to the number one slot, with nearly 45,000 copies of Eidos Interactive’s Tomb Raider: Legend flying off the shelves last week.
This is around half of the title’s sales in its previous week, but still enough to keep the lovely, pert-bottomed Lara safely on the top of the charts as supplied by ChartTrack. Vivendi’s Ice Age 2: The Meltdown stays frozen at two and - perhaps the best news of the week - Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Wild World crawls up the chart to take third slot, no doubt bolstered by the heavy TV advertising campaign which is really starting to take effect.
EA holds on to numbers four, five and six with FIFA Street 2, The Godfather and The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff respectively. This makes a fairly impressive total of three Sims 2 titles in the top 30 – with The Sims 2 at 12 and add-on The Sims 2: Open for Business at 21.
New releases are fairly thin on the ground, with only three new entries into the All Formats Top 40 this week. Sony’s Socom 3: US Navy SEALs on PS2 sails into the chart at 22, whilst its PSP little brother, Socom 3: US Navy SEALs Firearm Bravo just makes it in at 38. That title is also a strong contender for the coveted Longest Title of The Year award.
Finally, Square Enix’s release of the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XI Online pushes that title back into the chart at 40 – the title is a newly updated version of the game which was released on PC back in 2004 and is the first MMORPG to be released on Microsoft’s next gen console.