Pandora Tomorrow shoots straight to top of charts

Official ELSPA Top 20 Software Chart (all prices) - week ending 27 March

1 (NE)
(Xbox, GBA)
2 (1)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, GBA)
2 (3)
(PS2, Xbox)
4 (NE)
5 (5)
6 (4)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube)
7 (NE)
8 (3)
9 (6)
10 (15)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, PSone, GBA)
11 (7)
12 (10)
13 (10)
(PS2, Gamecube, PC, GBA)
14 (13)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)
15 (NE)
16 (8)
(PS2, PC)
17 (14)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)
18 (17)
(PS2, PC)
19 (NE)
20 (19)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube)

The excellent Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow from Ubi Soft comes straight in at number one and it's nice for once to see a game that truly merits the top slot getting its just rewards. Its status is further reinforced in being the third best-selling Xbox title over one week of all time, with only Halo and the original Splinter Cell performing better.

The impressive Far Cry, also from Ubi Soft, is the next highest-selling new entry of the week, debuting at number four, and becomes the highest-selling PC game over one week ever. It's good to see Ubi Soft's premier titles doing so well as their recent high profile releases (such as Prince of Persia) haven't really met with the commercial success they deserved.

Three more new entries make it into the top 20. The Gamecube-exclusive Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, which is a remake of the original PSone MGS, sneaks in to seventh place. This is Football: 2004 manages to reach 15, while the final new entry is at 19 and is the much delayed-but-finally-here Counter-Strike: Condition Zero on PC.

It's been quite a week for Xbox in general with software units racking up a sales increase of 40%, week on week. Which translates into the second best performance of Xbox games in one week since Microsoft's mean green (and black) machine first hit the streets two years ago.

Leisure software charts compiled by ChartTrack
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