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UK game charts: August 27-September 2

Saints Row overtakes Cars for pole position on this week's UK game charts, making it a double whammy for publisher THQ.


After a five-week run at the top of the UK all-format game chart, Cars has finally dropped down to number two. There's no reason for publisher THQ to feel too down, though, as its own Saints Row has replaced the movie tie-in at number one.

Arriving on the back of mostly positive reviews, the crime sim has taken pole position on its first week of release--not bad for an Xbox 360-exclusive title on the all-formats chart. Chart-Track reports that Saints Row is the second-fastest-selling Xbox 360 title to date, coming close to matching Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter's record from March 2006.

Elsewhere in the chart, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and New Super Mario Bros. continue to ride high at numbers three and four respectively. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (called Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day stateside) and Pro Evolution Soccer 5 also have a continued presence in the Top 10, although both drop places this week to numbers seven and eight respectively.

Following cut-price promotion from a number of retailers, The Sims 2 is enjoying a continued resurgence thanks to the budget release of the new Glamour Life Stuff add-on. The expansion pack debuted at number five, while The Sims 2 itself held on in the chart at number six.

Rounding off the chart at positions nine and ten are Reservoir Dogs from Eidos, and Animal Crossing: Wild World from Nintendo. Reservoir Dogs climbed up from number 14 where it entered last week, and while Animal Crossing has dropped three places since last week, television advertising has no doubt helped it remain in the top 10.

A couple of other new entries have also made an appearance further down the chart. Sony's Gangs of London, released on PlayStation Portable and developed by the team behind The Getaway, enters at a disappointing number 23. Sega's Let's Make a Soccer Team on the PlayStation 2 enters further down, with a first-week position of 31.

This Friday sees a number of high-profile Xbox 360 releases, with Enchanted Arms, Madden NFL 07, and--most notably--Dead Rising arriving on the console. Check back next week to see if Capcom's zombie horror game can shuffle its way into the top slot.

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