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After being denied the number one spot last week by the narrowest of margins, Eidos/Giant’s Lego Star Wars has usurped Rockstar’s Midnight Club 3, thanks to...

David Jenkins, Blogger

May 4, 2005

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After being denied the number one spot last week by the narrowest of margins, Eidos/Giant’s Lego Star Wars has usurped Rockstar’s Midnight Club 3, thanks to an 18 percent increase in sales. The game is the most successful Lego title ever in the UK, and will offer some stiff competition to the official Episode III game, due out next week. British publisher Jester Interactive are also celebrating a best-ever performance, with the entry of PlayStation 2 exclusive motorbike simulator TT Superbikes at number five. The entry of massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars at number eight will also be greeted with celebration at NCsoft, and shows the increasing acceptance in the UK market of online-only games, following in the wake of World of WarCraft’s breakthrough success. Elsewhere in the charts, the GameCube-only Star Fox: Assault has had a surprisingly high entry, considering its largely negative reviews, at number twenty-three. Stock problems continue with GameCube title Resident Evil 4, though, with some stores now charging up to £50 ($95) for the hard-to-obtain game. The only other new entries in the top forty are Take-Two’s Close Combat: First to Fight at number twenty-eight, and Vivendi’s Empire Earth II at number thirty. The only notable absentee from the chart is Capcom’s newly released Haunting Ground, which has failed to appear anywhere in the top forty.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Formats

Weeks

1

2

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game

Eidos

PS2/Xb/PC/GBA

2

2

1

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

Rockstar

PS2/Xb

3

3

3

FIFA Street

EA

PS2/Xb/GC

8

4

5

Gran Turismo 4

Sony

PS2

8

5

NE

TT Superbikes

Jester

PS2

1

6

8

World Snooker Championship 2005

Sega

PS2/Xb/PC

3

7

4

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Ubisoft

PS2/Xb/GC/PC

5

8

NE

Guild Wars

NCsoft

PC

1

9

6

Doom 3

Activision

Xb/PC

11

10

10

The Punisher

EA

PS2/Xb/GC

6

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

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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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