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GameFly Charts Go West With Call of Juarez, 360 In Charge

This week's top game rental charts from U.S. firm GameFly sees Xbox 360 games again controlling the service's top three, with Ubisoft's Western themed Call of Juarez leading the pack, followed by Shadowrun and DiRT.

Jason Dobson, Blogger

June 12, 2007

5 Min Read

This week's top rental charts from U.S. game rental company GameFly, representing the most requested games for the week ending June 11, highlight both to-be-released and already released games in a unique demand-specific chart. Interestingly, it was Ubisoft's Xbox 360 shooter Call of Juarez that topped all other requests for the week, forcing Microsoft's Shadowrun to fall slightly among GameFly requests, somewhat echoing that game's lukewarm reception among video game critics, following its recent retail debut. Remaining strong for the week was Codemasters' next-gen off road driving game DiRT, which brings the company's popular Colin McRae franchise to the Xbox 360 on June 19. What follows is a break down of the top titles requested by GameFly subscribers across each of the major platforms: Xbox 360 1. Call of Juarez (Ubisoft), 2. Shadowrun (Microsoft), 3. DiRT (Codemasters), 4. Tenchu Z (Microsoft), 5. Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft). As mentioned, Call of Juarez was the most popular request for the week, satisfying Xbox 360's owners' thirst for Western themed shootouts. The futuristic shooter Shadowrun, which emphasizes multiplayer deathmatch combat across both the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista platforms, ranked second for the week, while DiRT, which will support up to eight racers online over Xbox Live, held onto the chart's third place rung for the second week. Nintendo Wii 1. Resident Evil 4 (Capcom), 2. Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Nintendo), 3. Mario Party 8 (Nintendo), 4. Super Paper Mario (Nintendo), 5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney Interactive). After a short reign on top of the charts, Nintendo's recently released Mario Party 8 gave way to Capcom's zombie machine, as the upcoming Wii port of Resident Evil 4 took the week's top spot on the chart. The upcoming Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree ranked second among GameFly Wii users, as players anticipate growing their grey matter on their televisions as well as their handhelds. PlayStation 3 1. Ninja Gaiden Sigma (Tecmo), 2. Rainbow Six: Vegas (Ubisoft), 3. Darkness (Take Two), active), 4. Transformers: The Game (Activision), 5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney Interactive). Disney's Pirates adaptation continued to take on water, falling another two spots from last week among GameFly subscriber requests. The top requested PS3 title for the week was Tecmo's upcoming Ninja Gaiden Sigma, while the upcoming port of Rainbow Six: Vegas, shipping for the PS3 on June 26, rounded out the console's top three requests for the week. PlayStation 2 1. God of War II (Sony), 2. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 (Namco), 3. Transformers: The Game (Activision), 4. Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Eidos), 5. Odin Sphere (Atlus). Sony's sequel to 2005's smash hit God of War trumped all other PS2 requests for the week, including last week's favorite Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2, which fell to second place. Amazingly, Atlus' niche action title Odin Sphere remained once again in the chart's top spots, this week coming in as the fifth most requested PS2 title for the week. Xbox 1. Halo 2 (Microsoft), 2. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II (LucasArts), 3. Star Wars: Republic Commando (LucasArts), 4. Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (LucasArts), 5. Scarface: The World Is Yours (Vivendi). Microsoft's Halo 2 remained tops among Xbox requests for the week. However, the chart also saw heavy representation from LucasArts, specifically Star Wars branded action titles such as Knights of the Old Republic II, the second most requested Xbox title for the second straight week. GameCube 1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo), 2. Mario Party 7 (Nintendo), 3. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo), 4. Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo), 5. Mario Superstar Baseball (Nintendo). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, now practically an institution unto itself, again remained as the top requested GameCube title for the week. Ubisoft's movie adaptation of Surf's Up ranked second for the week as one of the few new titles making its way to the platform. Nintendo's multiplayer mini-game collection Mario Party 7 continued to hold onto the chart from the third position, mirroring that of it's Wii sequel. Nintendo DS 1. Sim City DS (Electronic Arts), 2. Pokemon Diamond (Nintendo), 3. Planet Puzzle League (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Pearl (Nintendo), 5. Naruto: Ninja Council 3 (D3P). Electronic Arts' Sim City DS pulled ahead of all other DS requests for the week as armchair city planners anticipated being able to realize the metropolis of their dreams on the go. The game pushed aside long standing DS champ Pokemon Diamond, which fell to second place, followed by the recently shipped Planet Puzzle League. Game Boy Advance 1. Pokemon: Emerald (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon: Fire Red (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon: Leaf Green (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon: Ruby (Nintendo), 5. Pokemon: Sapphire (Nintendo). The Game Boy Advance chart remained unchanged from last week, and is once again controlled by Pokemon, with Pokemon: Emerald taking the top spot for the week, followed byPokemon: Fire Red and other color-coded series entries. PlayStation Portable 1. Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. Rainbow Six: Vegas (Ubisoft), 3. Transformers (Activision), 4. Crush (Sega), 5. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (Sony). Lastly, while in recent week's PSP requests have been dominated by Sony's Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, the title fell in dramatic fashion to just fifth place, while Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy remake climbed to the top of the PSP specific chart. Transformers continued to hold onto the chart as well, while Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Vegas took the second most PSP game requests for the week.

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