July 25, 2007 - Even if the weather isn't particularly seasonal at the moment here in good old Blighty, there's absolutely no mistaking the fact it's the height of summer. Just one cursory glance at this week's UK Chart Track official UK full-price, all-format videogames top 20 should be enough to remind you we're firmly in movie blockbuster territory.
Currently, approximately half the top ten is bending under the weight of tat your granny probably bought you because you casually mentioned in passing once that you watched a Harry Potter movie and thought it, "Wasn't bad". And the outcome of such senility-infused generosity is that EA's Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix spends a further spell at number one, for the fourth week running.
Meanwhile, Transformers - the rubbish game of the passable movie - clangs straight in at two, knocking Shrek the Third back down to, yes, third place. There's brief respite from the movie licence madness at four for The Darkness, slithering up one position, while Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End sullies the top five with more celluloid spin-off action.
Swinging all the way up from 14, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 putts itself firmly into sixth place, while Forza Motorsport 2 pulls back one to seven. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas stays slotted firmly in at eight and Mario Strikers Charged Football slams into nine from last week's twelve. Finally then, Lara Croft displays her time-honoured acrobatic aptitude, shimmying back into the top ten from thirteen.
That's that then. As always, cast a wry glance downward for the full top twenty - consisting of little in the way of astonishing surprise - and we'll be back next time for more chart-based japes. Hooray!
UK ALL-FORMAT FULL-PRICE TOP 20, WEEK ENDING JULY 21
1 HARRY POTTER: OotP (X360, PS3, WII, DS, PSP, PS2, GBA, PC)
2 TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, WII, DS, PC)
3 SHREK THE THIRD (DS, GBA, PC, PS2, PSP, WII, X360)
4 THE DARKNESS (X360, PS3)
5 PIRATES OF THE CAR.: AT WORLD'S END (X360, PS3, WII, DS, PS2, PC, PSP)
6 TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, XB, WII, GC, PC)
7 FORZA MOTORSPORT 2 (X360)
8 TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS (PS3, PSP)
9 MARIO STRIKERS CHARGED FOOTBALL (WII)
10 TOMB RAIDER: ANNIVERSARY (PC, PS2)
11 SPIDER-MAN 3 (X360, PS3, WII, DS, PSP, PS2, GBA, PC)
12 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. (DS)
13 VIRTUA TENNIS 3 (PS3, X360, PSP, PC)
14 COLIN MCRAE: DIRT (X360, PC)
15 RESISTANCE: FALL OF MAN (PS3)
16 RESIDENT EVIL 4 (WII)
17 MARIO PARTY 8 (WII)
18 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS (WII)
19 MOTORSTORM (PS3)
20 COMMAND & CONQUER 3: TIBERIUM WARS (PC, X360)
Thanks to http://wii.ign.com/articles/807/807819p1.html for sharing the news with us!