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UK Charts: SOCOM goes to number one

Sony's PS2 Online launch title, SOCOM: US Navy SEALs, has taken the top spot in the UK sales charts for the first time in its third week on sale, knocking Atari's Enter The Matrix out of the number one position.

Sony's PS2 Online launch title, SOCOM: US Navy SEALs, has taken the top spot in the UK sales charts for the first time in its third week on sale, knocking Atari's Enter The Matrix out of the number one position.

We don't have figures for the sell-through of Sony's PS2 network adapter as yet, however, so we can't guess at a tie ratio between SOCOM and the network kit. When those figures do emerge, it'll be interesting to see how many people are buying into online gaming - and how many are prepared to pick up SOCOM simply for the singleplayer game.

Atari's Enter The Matrix is down to number two this week after a six week run at the top, and with the exception of the PS2 chart, it continues to drop down all of the single-platform charts - falling to number five on the Cube chart, number six on the Xbox chart and number 15 on the PC chart this week.

Only one new entry made the top ten this week, with Codemasters' World Championship Snooker 2003 scraping in at number ten, while Koei's Dynasty Warriors 4 debuted at number 13, just ahead of Microsoft's Live-enabled Xbox title, Midtown Madness 3.

The top-selling GameCube title of the week was a new release, Sega's Sonic Adventure DX: Directors Cut, but it managed a dismal placing in the All-Formats chart at number 35. The Xbox fares far better, with the best selling game being Brute Force, placed at number seven in the All-Formats chart.

Overall, the market is slowing down as the summer progresses - as evidenced by the reappearance of many older titles in the All-Formats Top 40, with Gran Turismo 3, James Bond 007: Nightfire, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring, Spider-Man The Movie and several others all floating around the bottom of the chart.

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.

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