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Atari’s highly controversial DRIV3R has not only hit the number one spot in the UK, in its first official full week on release, but has also recorded the strongest...

David Jenkins, Blogger

June 29, 2004

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Atari’s highly controversial DRIV3R has not only hit the number one spot in the UK, in its first official full week on release, but has also recorded the strongest sales for a PlayStation 2 title so far this year. The game achieved the eleventh best-selling week of all time for a PlayStation 2 title in the UK and the fifth best-selling week of all time for the Xbox. This is despite increasingly widespread, but so far unsubstantiated, allegations of score fixing in certain UK magazines. However, neither the burgeoning scandal nor the game’s majority of negative reviews seem to be affecting its sales, although these factors could have an effect on Atari’s ability to reach its sales target of 2.5 million units worldwide. Elsewhere in the charts, advance showings of the Shrek 2 movie have had a predictable effect on the game’s chart position, while the only new entry in the top ten is Full Spectrum Warrior, which has suffered somewhat as an Xbox-exclusive title released in an already busy week.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Formats

Weeks

1

6

DRIV3R

Atari

PS2/Xb

2

2

5

Shrek 2

Activision

All

2

3

2

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

EA

All

5

4

1

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

Ubisoft

PS2/Xb/PC/GBA

11

5

3

UEFA Euro 2004

EA

PS2/Xb/PC

8

6

NE

Full Spectrum Warrior

THQ

Xb

1

7

4

Red Dead Revolver

Rockstar

PS2/Xb

3

8

8

Pro Evolution Soccer 3

Konami

PS2/PC

15

9

11

Hitman: Contracts

Eidos

PS2/Xb/PC

9

10

13

Need for Speed: Underground

EA

All

30

Official UK Leisure Software Charts (c) ELSPA compiled by Chart-Track

About the Author(s)

David Jenkins

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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