ChartSpot: October 2006

Scarface chops up the console charts, beating Double Agent and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon; The Sims 2 Pets takes a bite out of WOW.

With the Wii and PlayStation 3 now in stores--if you can find one--October 2006 will go down as the last month the Xbox 360 was the sole next-generation console on the market. So it must have burned Microsoft, then, to have its highest-profile next-gen release for the month be beaten by a game for a rival's six-year-old platform.

Yes, October saw the 360 edition of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent bested by Scarface: The World Is Yours for the PlayStation 2. The enthusiasm for the game's film inspiration overcame a lukewarm critical reception, helping the game sell more than half a million units on all platforms combined. The PS2 edition sold more than 366,000 units during the month, earning it a place at the top of NPD Funworld's combined console-handheld chart. The Xbox Scarface sold more than 110,000 units, enough to land it in 11th place. However, the game's little friend, the PSP spin-off Scarface: Money. Power. Respect., didn't say hello to enough gamers to make the top 20.

After second-place finisher Double Agent came the last two months' top dog, Madden NFL 07 for the PS2. Behind it was Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team for the Game Boy Advance, two slots ahead of its DS sibling, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team. Sandwiched in between was newcomer Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (PS2), showing that the venerable fighting franchise's high-flying fisticuffs remain popular.

In seventh place, the PS2 NBA Live 07 finished just ahead of newcomer FIFA Soccer 07 (PS2). Behind them, Take-Two's controversy-courting PS2 game Bully wedgied into ninth place. A more genteel title, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (PS2), putted its way into 10th place.

October saw the PC charts go to the dogs--literally. In its first month on the market, EA's Sims 2 Pets expansion was the best-selling PC title in the US, keeping perennial favorite World of Warcraft in the second slot. In third was another newcomer from EA--Battlefield 2142, which takes DICE's shooter series even farther into the future than Battlefield 2's semi-contemporary setting.

Sci-fi warfare was also the subject of October's fourth most popular title, debutante Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade. Four other newcomers also cracked the top 20--Microsoft's Flight Simulator X (10th), Guild Wars Nightfall (11th), Age of Empires III: WarChiefs (15th), and Guild Wars Nightfall: Collector's Edition (16th).

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: The World Is YoursPS2Vivendi Oct-06$50
**2Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent360UbisoftOct-06$59
13Madden NFL 07PS2Electronic ArtsAug-06$50
64Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamGBANintendoSep-06$31
**5Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonPS2MidwayOct-06$40
46Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamDSNintendoSep-06$31
117NBA Live 07PS2Electronic ArtsSep-06$40
**8FIFA Soccer 07PS2Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**9BullyPS2Take-Two Interactive Oct-06$40
**10Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07PS2Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**11Scarface: The World Is YoursXboxVivendi Oct-06$50
712Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyPS2LucasartsSep-06$39
**13Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07360Electronic ArtsOct-06$59
**14Marvel: Ultimate Alliance360Activision Oct-06$58
**15Mario Vs Donkey Kong 2: March Of the MinisDSNintendoSep-06$30
1016New Super Mario BrothersDSNintendoMay-06$34
1717Mario Hoops 3 On 3DSNintendoSep-06$30
**18Naruto: Clash Of Ninja 2GCND3 PublisherSep-06$39
519Madden NFL 07360Electronic ArtsAug-06$50
**20Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonXboxMidwayOct-06$40

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
** 1The Si2 PetsElectronic Arts$27
22World Of WarcraftVivendi$22
** 3Battlefield 2142Electronic Arts$48
** 4Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War Dark CrusadeTHQ$29
** 5Flight Simulator X DeluxeMicrosoft$65
16The Si2 Glamour Life StuffElectronic Arts$19
37Company Of HeroesTHQ$49
58Paws & Claws Pet VetValusoft (THQ)$13
49The Si2Electronic Arts$40
** 10Flight Simulator XMicrosoft$49
** 11Guild Wars NightfallNCsoft$49
1112Seaworld Adventure Parks Tycoon 2Activision$12
** 13Desperate HousewivesBuena Vista Games$18
614Civilization IVTake-Two Interactive$39
** 15Age Of Empires III: WarChiefsMicrosoft$29
** 16Guild Wars Nightfall: Collector's EditionNCsoft$69
717Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArts$27
1318Age Of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
1219Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$23
1020The Si2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$30

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: The World Is YoursVivendi Oct-06$50
12Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$45
**3Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonMidwayOct-06$40
34NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$40
**5FIFA Soccer 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**6BullyTake-Two Interactive Oct-06$40
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
28Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
**9Justice League HeroesWarner InteractiveOct-06$39
710Guitar Hero BundleActivision Nov-05$69

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: The World Is YoursVivendi Oct-06$50
**2Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonMidwayOct-06$40
13Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$45
**4FIFA Soccer 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
25Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
46NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$40
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**8Destroy All Humans! 2THQOct-06$39
39Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
**10Justice League HeroesWarner InteractiveOct-06$40

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double AgentUbisoftOct-06$59
**2Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$59
**3Marvel: Ultimate AllianceActivision Oct-06$58
24Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$58
65NBA 2K7Take-Two Interactive Sep-06$59
16Saints RowTHQAug-06$58
**7Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent Limited EditionUbisoftOct-06$70
58Dead RisingCapcom UsaAug-06$55
89NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$58
310Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$48

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
41Naruto: Clash Of Ninja 2D3 PublisherSep-06$39
12Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
33Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Oct-05$20
24Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
**5Avatar: The Last AirbenderTHQOct-06$38
66Paper Mario: The Thousand Year DoorNintendoOct-04$20
**7Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$31
88Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$29
**9Open SeasonUbisoftSep-06$29
710Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$29

GBA
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
**2Pokemon FireRedNintendoSep-04$20
**3Pokemon LeafGreenNintendoSep-04$20
44Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$34
35Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$19
**6Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2NintendoFeb-02$21
27Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$30
**8Mario Kart: CircuitNintendoAug-01$21
**9Over the HedgeActivision May-06$23
510CarsTHQJun-06$29

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
**2Mario Vs Donkey Kong 2: March Of the MinisNintendoSep-06$30
33New Super Mario BrothersNintendoMay-06$34
44Mario Hoops 3 On 3NintendoSep-06$30
**5Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsNintendoOct-06$27
86Mario KartNintendoNov-05$34
77Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayNintendoApr-06$19
68Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$19
**9Over the HedgeActivision May-06$22
**10Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$34

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: Money. Power. Respect.Vivendi Oct-06$40
12Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
23Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
**4NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$39
35Midnight Club 3: Dub EditionTake-Two Interactive Jun-05$20
46Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasartsNov-05$20
**7Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$22
**8Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$39
79Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two Interactive Oct-05$39
810NCAAFootball 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$39

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bendick44
bendick44

7 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent Limited Edition Ubisoft Oct-06 $70 If there wasnt a limited edition, then all of the people that bought the limited one would of bought the normal one, then the normal one would probably be in first. 360 is still great, and in november gears will be number one probably

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

man.... crazy how just one out of the DS top 10 titles isn't nintendo's....

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

lol I agree with Jeff's score for scarface. The game is horrible. It's a mockery to the movie. which is up there with the matrix and anything with robert dinero in it. lol

MtwnLgnd
MtwnLgnd

Get a grip PS fanboys. Anytime a game comes out on all systems plus PS2, the PS2 version gonna outsell everyone due to the sheer numbers of the system being on the market. PS2 games gonna outsell PS3 games also.

jackarse29
jackarse29

"nice to see a Gamecube game up there, its more alive than the xbox" what do you think will happen when Wii and PS3 hit the charts? PS2 and GC games will be replaced by them just the same as 360 has slowed whatever xbox sales there originally were. "It's good to see PS2 with so 7 games up there" PS2 game sales have still been high lately cause so many people still have PS2s- in other words there have been more PS2s bought over last six years than 360s over the last year and this is reflected by game sales.

mattacks
mattacks

ive played scarface, and its bad... gta pwns it anyday. ANY DAY.. cant wait for gta5 i heard its coming out for 360 too not just ps3,ps2.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Just because a game charts at the top does not make it a good game.

Pinkyimp
Pinkyimp

lol scarface i saw the commerical "better than Grand theft auto" LOL made me laugh out of my seat

Xobeee
Xobeee

Scarface rocks........... it requires better ratings......finished it already

faridmon
faridmon

nice to see a Gamecube game up there, its more alive than the xbox. and the DS is still going well, and best of all: - NO PSP game at top 20. i really feel sympathic for the handheld.

Dolacide
Dolacide

I haven't played it, but it reviewed poorly almost everywhere.

brandontek
brandontek

dude scarface is like the best movie made. (gangsta) and the game pwns. im guessing like over 50% of u havent played it.

Dat_Boi_SiLo
Dat_Boi_SiLo

its because most people that buy games dont do there research like most of us, they buy games on there history and foundation(Scarface and MK)

ChecoX
ChecoX

Scarface movie GOOD Scarface game BAD

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I bet everyone that bought Scarface soon became disappointed soon after.

ewjim
ewjim

Scarface - good game = good place! :)

diablobasher
diablobasher

Scarface and Mortal Kombat?! Man people don't 'alf buy some rubbish.

Method_Man
Method_Man

i think it's nice but, scarface.....? i don't think so

Cactuer
Cactuer

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Labinoti
Labinoti

It's good to see PS2 with so 7 games up there

demonik_360
demonik_360

why?..i really dont like scarface...it really sucks imo

Chariot17
Chariot17

For one thing Scarface is a clone of GTA but still fun in it's own right. And second thing don't think for one second that the ps2 is going keep dominating and the only reason it dominated those past years is because it was the only console out for that generation and xbox hadn't come out yet and i was so glad when xbox came out. And last thing i'm tired of hearing that the ps2 was better than xbox the only reason why is because it came out a year early and had more games but when it came to graphics and online play we all know who comes out on top XBOX!!!!!!!!! So all you ps2 fanboys out there grow up get a new system and wait until all the new gen consoles have a chance to each have enough games so we can judge all 3 new systems and see what games for each system come out on top.

death919
death919

I say next month it goes Twilight Princess, then Final Fantasy XII, then Gears of War.

AI3_Scarface
AI3_Scarface

1st off Scarface aint no GTA knock off its better thats y its at the top then y isnt 2k7 at the top live sucks 2k7 is the best basketball franchise

shadynate82
shadynate82

well obviously by the look of things...people are not bothered with how bad a game actually is...but mainly the name of the tittle can sell it as well..I mean come on Scarface?! I work in electronics and I warn people about that game all the time..GTA knock off that sucks Stay away...but I dont work all the time so look what happened...and pokemon....?....I guess I just don't get it..

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Scarface at the #1 spot?! *shakes head in disgust* Man, what the hell is wrong with consumers these days.

leon_trunks
leon_trunks

Where is the GOD HAND? God damnit buy that game! And Bully. Next sure winners are ofcourse FF12 on the Ps2, and Metal Gear Solid : Portable Ops could easily make its spot into top 20 giving the PSP a much needed boost. Surprised to see people still buying Xbox games. I would like to see how many pieces each game sold approx.

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Well , GTA : VCS will be there next month , I guarantee you that 8)

Inu7
Inu7

Amazing how far games can get by just their name. *coughs at the heaping pile known as Scarface: Money. Power. Respect.*

CadeFlayer
CadeFlayer

"100,000,000 Console base for the PS2... $50 or cheaper games and all they can muster is one 1st place game... How sad..." PS2 sold ~42mil in USA, ~40mil in Euro and ~25mil in Japan, these charts only count the 42mil in USA. Plus the fact that PS2s have been bought over 6yrs while the 360 over only one year so of course just about all those 360 owners will still be buying loads of games. FF12 top next month thanks.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

thekey "DeeCrutch "What I want to know is WHO IN THE BLUE HELL IS BUYING NBA LIVE 07?????" No the question is ...................... WHY?" Because of EA's TV ads. They've already got their money stockpile, but the 2K games' sports games are slowly making their way up into the list. Even NBA 2K7 is leading NBA Live 07 in the Xbox 360 chart by 4 places! Cool. I really think that this can be attributed to the fact that early adopters are usually hardcore players, and so they research the reviews & forum comments to see which game's better than the other one. Hence they buy more of NBA 2K7 games than EA's crap basketball game (at least for the Xbox 360). I've also often read 2 different kinds of comments from users who've played just about any of 2K games' sports games or Kojima's Pro Evo game after having played EA's counterpart and they say that they never look back again or tell you that the same thing will happen to you eventually. Though the latest FIFA games have made some improvements and is fairly competing well gameplay-wise and feature-wise against the Winning Eleven series, and the last NHL Live 07 game has a critical gameplay improvement, which have brought the realism of it closer to that of the real-life hockey game. thisissami "impossible... Final Fantasy XII sold more than 1 million units it's first day, over 2 million units in its first week, and is still the second best selling game of the week. Gears of War won't be all the way up there... it sold a million worldwide, not just in the US, so it can't compete with FFXII or Zelda, though it probably will be fourth (after Guitar Hero II) My guess is FFXII --> Twilight Princess --> Guitar Hero II --> Gears of War --> Resistance: Fall of Man --> other games... and if Wii Sports is counted, then it will definitely beat Zelda and possibly FFXII, since one is included with every Wii system." No, Zelda will never take over Gears of War in November because just look at this site: www.nexgenwars.com. Right now the Wii console have sold over 700,000 units and more will come out in Europe & Australia in December, and that not every Wii owner owns a Zelda game, plus GOW is STILL selling as well, not only Zelda. I bet it'll be above Guitar Hero 2 in the 2nd spot, just my guess.

blackthegame
blackthegame

i dont get it, if scarface sucks, why buy it?

Irve
Irve

Well to be fair 7 out of 10 are PS2 games .... that's not bad !!! your gonna have to face it the ps2 will be around in a big way for another year .. it's a shame that the Xbox has fallen away so quickly. the only exclusive in the top ten for PS2 is bully , and i'd rather play any of the others no the Xbox. I doubt 360 will have more than 2 entries in the top 10 next month either

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

100,000,000 Console base for the PS2... $50 or cheaper games and all they can muster is one 1st place game... How sad... 7,000,000 Console base for 360... $60 games and we mustered 2nd place... That speaks words... It's ringing the PS2 death bell... It's almost your time to go PS2.

thekey
thekey

DeeCrutch "What I want to know is WHO IN THE BLUE HELL IS BUYING NBA LIVE 07?????" No the question is ...................... WHY?

thisissami
thisissami

" november will be interesting, final fantasy Xll, zelda twilight princess and gears of war, and something's telling me gears of war will takes the number 1 spot by just a hair, number 2 would be nice, but i'd be surprised if it didnt get number 1." impossible... Final Fantasy XII sold more than 1 million units it's first day, over 2 million units in its first week, and is still the second best selling game of the week. Gears of War won't be all the way up there... it sold a million worldwide, not just in the US, so it can't compete with FFXII or Zelda, though it probably will be fourth (after Guitar Hero II) My guess is FFXII --> Twilight Princess --> Guitar Hero II --> Gears of War --> Resistance: Fall of Man --> other games... and if Wii Sports is counted, then it will definitely beat Zelda and possibly FFXII, since one is included with every Wii system.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

the last gen wars is over! it is exclamated with the ps2 kicking a next gen console's b**t. gears of war will own november but won't be there very long. shooting games after shooting games are just boring. as soon as wii and ps3 supplies catch up and their exclusives come out, the charts will look familiar once again ... of course until that shooting game comes out again. boring.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

PS2 continues to dominate!

AsylumEscapee
AsylumEscapee

Anyone doubt gears of war will own next months chart?

daqua_99
daqua_99

Can't wait until we can see Novembers ... compare the 360, PS3 and Wii ...

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

What I want to know is WHO IN THE BLUE HELL IS BUYING NBA LIVE 07????? That game is GAWD AWFUL...certainly on the 360 (I know, I had it...renta) and from what I could gather, it was horrid on the other platforms as well this time around. I used to love Live, and I am not a 2K fanboy, but I do not understand for the life of me why anyone would waste their money on this game this year. It is pathetic, IMO. Even EA knew this game blew, which is why they released it late to all the review sites. Good God people...wake up and stop buying pure slop. If you don't, EA and the rest of the money-grubbers of the world will continue to produce pure slop. Normally, I don't even care about sales charts and whatnot, but seeing Live 07 selling as well as it did when it was such a piss-poor effort this time just kinda pissed me off. /end rant