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UK game charts: July 16-22

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories makes it five weeks at the top, followed by THQ's Cars, which jumps 14 places to number two.


Take-Two Interactive's Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is still the game to beat on the UK all-format chart this week, as it enjoys its fifth week in a row at the top. Most of the same titles remained in the top 10 this week, making the chart look incredibly similar to last week's. The most notable change was THQ's Cars, which jumped a massive 14 places from last week's 16 to this week's number two.

As predicted last week, the jump in the chart for Cars, based on Pixar's film of the same name, coincides with promotional activity around the movie's July 28 release. The game's success may also be due to the start of the school holidays in the UK, with the handheld formats (PlayStation Portable/Nintendo DS/Game Boy Advance) being the major contributor to Cars' sales, according to the chart's compiler Chart Track.

The top 10 saw no other new entries this week, with Sierra's Miami Vice: The Game and Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga both failing to even reach the top 40. The highest new entry was actually a reentry on the chart, as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion made an appearance at number 33.

Nintendo had two nonmovers in the top 10, with New Super Mario Bros. at number three and Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training at number six. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 and 2006 FIFA World Cup both continued their decline, while the two Pirates of the Caribbean games plundered the middle of the chart at numbers four and five. Elsewhere, both Prey and Over the Hedge dropped five places this week, sitting at numbers seven and 10, respectively.

July 28 sees a number of high-profile releases that could make an impact on next week's chart. Civilization IV: Warlords is hitting the PC, and PSP games Field Commander and Juiced Eliminator arrive in the UK.

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