This week's top rental charts from U.S. game rental company GameFly, representing the most requested games for the week ending May 1, now highlights the popularity surrounding video game titles that have been already released, as well as those that are yet to debut.
The change in ranking represents a shift for the major online video game rental company, which previously ranked its charts based purely on the number of physical rentals, but now provides data on what its members have in their to-be-rented queues.
Across all platforms, the overall most requested game for the week was Agent 47's upcoming Hitman: Blood Money
, currently scheduled to sneak up on retail shelves on May 30 for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PC with piano wire in hand. Sexy spelunker Lara Croft proved to be the second most popular request on the all format chart with Tomb Raider: Legend
, followed by Nintendo's highly anticipated revisit to the classic 2D gameplay that made the company a household name with New Super Mario Bros.
For the Nintendo DS. The portable title is currently scheduled to ship on May 15.
Eidos' dominance across all platforms was echoed on the Xbox 360 chart as well, as both Hitman: Blood Money
and Tomb Raider: Legend
took the top two spots respectively. Electronic Arts' recently released next-gen port of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
took the third spot, followed by yet another EA release, 2006 FIFA World Cup
. Meanwhile, Tomb Raider: Legend
took the top spot for weekly Xbox requests, followed by Aspyr's adventure title Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
which has since its release strongly divided critics into two diametrically opposed camps. EA's The Godfather: The Game
remained on the chart as the third most popular Xbox request for the week, further proving the strength of the license.
The latest entry in Namco's long running aerial combat series was the most popular PlayStation 2 request for the week with Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
. Square Enix's partnership with Disney for Kingdom Hearts II
continued its successful run with the game ranking as the second most popular request for the platform, followed by the ever popular Tomb Raider: Legend
Midway's recent retake on its venerable Rampage
franchise ranked at the top GameCube request for the week with Rampage: Total Destruction
, followed by the latest entry in the popular anime fighting game series, Naruto: Clash of Ninja
. The top three was rounded out by Natsume's popular farming sim, Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
remained as the top requested Game Boy Advance title for the week, followed by yet another Square Enix release in Final Fantasy IV
. D3P's action adventure title Naruto: Ninja Council
took the third spot. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's upcoming New Super Mario Bros.
was the most popular DS request for the week. The unconventional Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
was the second most requested DS release, followed by Ubisoft's recently shipped RPG, Lost Magic
For Sony's PSP, Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming strategy title Field Commander
was the most popular request, as players continue to wait for its May 22 release. SCEA's Daxter
took the second spot, followed by Gabe Logan's latest adventure in Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror