The traffic jam continues at the summit of the All Formats Chart with all top 3 games non-movers for a third consecutive week. THQ’s ‘Cars’ is still streets ahead at No1 despite a sales drop of 17%, while Take 2’s ‘Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories’ is cruising at No2, followed close behind by Nintendo’s ‘New Super Mario Bros.’ at No3.
Older budget titles are the only Top 10 games to increase in sales with retailer promoted ‘The Sims’ climbing 2 places from No6 to No4 ahead of younger brother ‘The Sims 2’, also up 2 places from No8 to No6, while ‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted’ moves to a budget price point on PS2 and accelerates back into the Top 10, up from No14 to No8. Sony’s ‘Singstar Anthems’ hits the right note in its second week, up 9 places from No20 to No11, while Lucasarts’ ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ benefits from a second week of Platinum release with a huge jump of 24 places to No12. EA’s ‘FIFA 06’ and ‘FIFA Street 2’ both make the most of the approaching new football season, moving to budget price points. ‘FIFA 06’ climbs from No24 to No15, while ‘FIFA Street 2’ shoots from No27 to No17. The ‘Monster House’ film opened its doors over the weekend, pushing THQ’s game into the Top 40, laying its foundations at No18 in its second week of release. Retailer promotions mean the Top 40 now houses 6 ‘The Sims’ games with ‘The Sims: Unleashed’ re-entering at No30, ‘The Sims: Superstar’ up from No37 to No31 and ‘The Sims: On Holiday’ and ‘The Sims: Makin’ Magic’ reappearing at No37 and No38 respectively. No new releases make the All Formats Top 40 this week, but Ascaron’s space action-adventure ‘Dark Star One’ does debut at No4 in the PC Full Price Chart.