EA swept up in World Cup fever

But the British sunshine and blanket media coverage of the World Cup has meant that overall software sales have slumped by a third, the biggest fall since mid-2003.

Fellow footie title Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (Konami) drops one place to number five this week, while Codemasters' revived Sensible Soccer franchise makes a strong debut at number seven.

Eidos' impressive chart performance continues as the UK publisher claims the number two and three spots with Hitman: Blood Money and Tomb Raider: Legend respectively. Championship Manager 2006 also continues to do well at 14.

THQ claims the highest new entry at four this week with Moto GP '06,  followed by Nintendo's big 'New Ways To Play' title Dr Kawashima's Brain Training on DS at six.

EA's deal to snatch the publishing rights for Half Life 2 continue to pay off with the episodic expansion dubbed Episode One holding firm at number eight. Nintendo's Animal Crossing continues to be a solid seller at nine, while Activision's movie tie-in X-Men: The Official Game slips five spots to number ten.


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