UK game charts: August 13-19

A good week for EA and the DS; a bad week for anyone looking for excitement from their games chart.

As the summer rolls on, the UK all-format game chart has something eerily familiar about it--the solitary title in the top 20 that wasn't there last week is Lego Star Wars, which climbed nine places to scrape in at number 20.

Moving to the head of the class, the top three for the week of August 13 to 19 are the very same as last week, the week before, and if you can believe it, the week before that. Cars, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and New Super Mario Bros. still lead the pack.

The only two games to break into the top 10 this week are perennial favourites FIFA 06, EA's fourth title that charted (coming in at 10), and Animal Crossing: Wild World, one of three DS exclusives on the chart, at number nine. Those entries rose from positions 15 and 16, respectively.

Despite its release some five years ago, The Sims is still in the top 10--buoyed by price cuts at major UK retailers no doubt--but it does slip four places to number eight. This drop puts its sequel, The Sims 2, above it in the fourth slot, two years after that title's original release.

The chart is rounded off by Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which climbs one place to seven, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training, which falls one to six, and Pro Evolution Soccer 5, which marked the start of the Premiership season by jumping up two places to five.

Written By

Want the latest news about The Sims?

The Sims

The Sims

Follow

Discussion

61 comments
HXCDEW
HXCDEW

PS2 rules in the UK, so does PSP. I never ever see anyone with a DS, only one of my friends has 360 but also PS2. I see 1 or 2 people every day on the train or bus with a PSP. The reason being games and gadgets more suited for young/mature adults in the UK who appearantly have more discretionary income than those in US or Japan. GTA for PSP is a top seller, I see ads everywhere. PS2 and PSP are always at the front of game stores, then DS and 360 all the way back. I have a good feeling PS3 will get the same reception when it's released.

Karjah
Karjah

"Does Msoft get love anywhere besides the USA" No and I can explain why. It's becuase with xbox and 360 you pay for every single little detail in your games. From maps to arcade games to simply the right to connect to play online. when you translate all the annual 360 fees into euros or Yen it tends to get a lot larger and harder on the wallet then it was to begin with. Thus no one really wants to give it a try and with the lack of microsoft marketing out there everyone sees flat out the 360 as an expensive console. Which in reality it really is when you are paying so much extra on everything.

anber500
anber500

28 of September 2006 in the launch day for the XBOX360 in South Africa. How Sad is that!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I didn't expect cars to be up there

jjsuper
jjsuper

thanks but i need to now what the price is

9997
9997

Japan=mostly ninty, little of Sony UK=mosty Sony, little of Ninty Does Msoft get love anywhere besides the USA

chris_lucas1
chris_lucas1

yeah, i think gamespot have got the #2 spot wrong, the psp is hardly ever in the top 10 over here

anber500
anber500

Sadly, I fall within this Pal region. Most so called “Hardcore Gamers” in South Africa don’t even know who Zelda, Metroid or what the DS are. A lot of titles sold in South Africa are imported from the UK and I think it is what screwing up the UK sales charts. That is why I import all my games. I don’t want to play Cars or Soccer games.

Dekuxutu
Dekuxutu

Liberty City Stories was such a horrible game IMO. I can't believe it still sells so much. UK is Sony land.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

lol the Cars fever still strong in UK

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Cars at number 1? Not a surprise. Cars for the PC at number 1? Huge surprise. It doesn't seem like people who play Cars would also have a good gaming PC. Very surprised.... EDIT: Nevermind that. This is a cross platform chart. :oops:

Our_VA
Our_VA

FIFA 06 is an amazing game, the only thing I could complain about this game is the Extras, I wanna MORE LOL. Oh have I mentioned that the manager mode is an amazing experience?

fordies
fordies

It never ceases to amaze how stupid and arrogant some people commenting on the UK industry that you probably know next to nothing about because if you did then you would know that in the UK the majority of players are young and you would also know that the hardcore gamer is a very small minority. In the UK video games still has more of 'kiddy' image than in usa and other countries but like i said you probably know next to nothing about the UK industry. I havent bought a game for ages and dont tend on buying another game for this gen because i am saving for the 360 and ps3.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Cars #1!?!?! WHY!?!?!?! and The Sims???

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

UK is a joke to the video game industry

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

So how in the world did the Sims 1 get back up there!?

shasam712
shasam712

1) All of you who say that the U.K has bad taste, look at what has been released here recently and tell me what games you would buy. There is a reason it is called the summer drought in games. Also, try to tell me that Cars isn't in the US chart, because you know it is. 2) The Reason the Platforms keep changing and why there is no Xbox up there is because this is the cross platform chart. So when it says "Cars (PC)" that includes all the versions of cars. Hence why it is number one, alot of different versions.

Shaner258
Shaner258

Dexter, the list you just put up, is it a list of games that shouldn't be on the list? If so you are an idiot because animal crossing wild world is one of the best games ever

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

every one stop bieng mad at cars for doing so well...its not like it hurts you or anyting

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

dexter111344 - Liberty City Stories on a PS3? What!?

dexter111344
dexter111344

So, here is the list without games they shouldn't be on the list at all: 1 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2) 2 New Super Mario Bros. (DS) 3 Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS) 4 Need for Speed Most Wanted (PS2) 5 Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) Good list. Also, that is the PS3 version of GTA: LCS. The list is wrong.

daqua_99
daqua_99

Good to see an equal eray of game companies ...

caesarbites
caesarbites

Blacktorn, don't come in here bashing the 360 for having no games on that list. The PC version of Cars is #1 on that list. Need I say more?? It's obvious you aren't buying the games for their quality.

fantasyfacade
fantasyfacade

The reason why this looks bad is because at the moment no good new games have been released in the UK let alone all of Europe. We either don't get games the US have or wait up to 6 months for them to come out. Hopefully at the end of Sep KHII will be up there.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

People in the UK have horrible taste in games. Too much Sony garbage.

KGB002
KGB002

WTF is there no mature gamers in UK or what why is Carz on top of the list every time I look at the sales charts...B.S.

TalesOfGazayan
TalesOfGazayan

Is #2 really a PSP game or did gamespot make a mistake since last week Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories @ #2 was for the PS2.

grizly-sword
grizly-sword

Maybe typical UK buyings, its much of different stuff. not a good week for XBOX.

Sh1nka
Sh1nka

It's the summer, the only people buying games in the U.K are small children and chavs, so yeah. Just wait till next month, this list will be much more exciting, with Saints Row, Dead Rising, and then eventually Kingdom Hearts 2.

azad_champ
azad_champ

Come on! this list is too dull. The UK have a typical taste for games: bad games. Simple as that!

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Wow, a psp game is up there.....but Cars as #1? pshhh

fordies
fordies

It almost identical to last weeks and thats because no good games have come out for months here in the UK the only people buying are casuals and there is a lot of them with bad taste as do most casuals. I wouldnt take any notice of the UK chart til the end of september because then there will be quite a few good games coming out but because the majority of gamers in the UK are casuals you can still expect to see some crap games on it. I still wouldnt expect to see many 360 games though because it isnt doing too well and the casuals are loyal to sony as you can see. I would love to see the actual figures of how many sold for each because it would be very very low number.

DarkKefka
DarkKefka

That chart is even more freaky than the Japanesse one.

the_sharko
the_sharko

Looks like the Casual and Pre-Pub gamers are influencing the charts across the Irish Sea.

Leick3
Leick3

THE SIMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shashmeer
shashmeer

I live in the UK and on its behalf id like to apologise for this crappy taste in games, you see here we have alot! of "chavs" who think that any game that doesn't let you gun down people or be able to kick a football around is poor, they only like good graphics and blood. as for Cars being #1 thats just kiddy crap

SR71halo
SR71halo

what is cars still doing there? It doesn't deserve #1. I'm telling ya, the UK must have some bad taste at games.

blacktorn
blacktorn

AHAHAHA no 360 games at all,my country doesn't need microsoft,we need sony!