THQ knock themselves off the top of the All Formats Chart in what amounts to their most successful spell of the year so far with their first No1 of 2006 ‘Cars’ parked at the top for 5 straight weeks and now Xbox 360 exclusive ‘Saints Row’ claiming the coveted top spot with the UK’s second fastest selling Xbox 360 game.
‘Saints Row’ comes very close to toppling Ubisoft’s ‘Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter’ which was launched in March 2006, while Saints Row’s THQ studio Volition enjoys its first Top 10 game since ‘The Punisher’ reached No7 in March 2005. ‘Cars’ drops to No2 while ‘Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories’ and ‘New Super Mario Bros.’ also drop one place to No3 and No4 respectively. It is a strong week for ‘The Sims’ games as EA’s franchise now totals 4 games in the Top 40 and the Top 8 games in the PC Budget Chart thanks to add-on ‘The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff’ debuting at No5 ahead of ‘The Sims 2’ at No6, the original ‘The Sims’ at No13 and ‘The Sims: Unleashed’ at No38. ‘Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training’ falls one place from No6 to No7, but with renewed TV advertising achieves this week’s highest sales increase for a Top 10 game, up 34%. ‘Reservoir Dogs’ from Eidos breaks into the Top 10 in its second week of release, up from No14 to No9, while Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game ‘Ninety-Nine Nights’ has a sleepy second week, down 11 places from No8 to No19, suffering in the face of competition from ‘Saints Row’. The only other new release to make the All Formats Top 40 is PSP ‘Getaway’ game ‘Gangs of London’, new at No23 and No1 in the PSP Full Price Chart. Sega’s ‘Let’s Make a Soccer Team!’ shoots into the Top40 at No31 in its second week, ahead of Sega’s very own ‘Football Manager 2006’ which drops 5 places from No28 to No33.