Weekly Rentrak game rental chart: December 1-7

Need for Speed Underground comes in first, while Medal of Honor Rising Sun fights its way back onto the chart. Only one Xbox title makes the top 10.

The twelfth month of 2003 began with Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Underground finishing first. According to figures from Rentrak, Electronic Arts' street-racing game was the best-renting title in our car-crazy nation from December 1 to 7. EA captured the second slot as well with the critic-proof WWII shooter Medal of Honor Rising Sun.

The Xbox version of Rising Sun also infiltrated the rental chart at number eight after a week AWOL, the only game for the Microsoft console to do so. The only other new entry for the week was Take Two's snuff-actioner Manhunt, which had a stranglehold on fifth place. Two of the previous week's entries, the movie-based Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Enter the Matrix, dropped out.

The rest of the chart saw returning titles engaged in a grudge match for the highest position. Behind EA, Activision was the top dog, with its True Crime: Streets of LA and Tony Hawk’s Underground coming in third and fourth. WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes the Pain kept its headlock on seventh place and Final Fantasy X-2 stepped up a notch to ninth. The list's biggest loss belonged to Madden NFL 2004, which fell seven places to tenth.

Top console-game rentals for the week of December 1-7, 2003:

Rank / Title / Console / Publisher
1 / Need for Speed Underground / PS2 / EA
2 / Medal of Honor Rising Sun / PS2 / EA
3 / True Crime: Streets of LA / PS2 / Activision
4 / Tony Hawk’s Underground / PS2 / Activision
5 / Manhunt* / PS2 / Take Two
6 / SOCOM II: U.S. Navy Seals / PS2 / SCEA
7 / WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes the Pain / PS2 / THQ
8 / Medal of Honor Rising Sun* / Xbox / EA
9 / Final Fantasy X-2 / PS2 / Square Enix
10 / Madden NFL 2004 / PS2 / EA

*=new entry

The lists above ranks games according to rental revenues. To see a list of games ranked according to GameSpot review score, visit our Top 100 page.

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