UK game charts: July 30-August 5

Cars, Liberty City Stories, and New Super Mario Bros. all hold steady as newcomers get caught up in the midsummer retail doldrums.

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A lack of high-profile releases means that the UK all-format games chart for the week of July 30 to August 5 remains largely unchanged from the prior week. Cars managed to hold on as the UK's top-selling game for the second week in a row, no doubt buoyed by the movie's success at the box office. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and New Super Mario Bros. also held onto their positions at two and three respectively, while Brain Training managed to jump from five to four.

Facing the height of the summer season, new releases are faring badly in the UK games chart compiled by Chart-Track. Sony's SingStar Anthems entered the chart at number 20, while THQ's Juiced: Eliminator limped in at number 38. Faring much better is EA's The Sims, with both the original and its sequel now featuring in the top 10. Promotions from retailers such as Amazon have helped the original game to make it back into the top 10 at number six, while The Sims 2 holds steady at number eight.

FIFA World Cup 2006 has dropped steadily since the end of its titular tournament, slipping from 9 to 21 this week. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is faring much better, though. The budget-priced rerelease of Konami's football title has helped it stay in the top 10 for 14 weeks, and the game gains two places on this week's chart. The movie tie-ins for The Pirates of the Caribbean continued to do well, despite both dropping places this week, while Sony's Formula One 06 jumps four places from 14 to 10.

The summer games drought continues this week. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey finally makes it to the Xbox, along with Panzer Elite Action, while the Cargo Pilot add-on for Flight Simulator 2004 hits PC.

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