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UK game charts: June 18-24

Grand Theft Auto takes liberties as football titles lose their edge; DS games continue to surge as DS Lites hit retail channels.


The latest from Rockstar Games rose to the top of the UK all-formats games chart this week, as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories jumped 36 places (thanks to its recent debut on the PlayStation 2) all the way to number one. In doing so, it knocked 2006 FIFA World Cup down to second, although three football titles still featured in the top 10 as the actual World Cup rages on in Germany.

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (known as Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Just Minutes a Day in the US) moved up a place to third, continuing the good showing for Nintendo DS titles--Nintendogs: Dalmations & Friends was up five to seventh and Animal Crossing: Wild World dropped two to tenth.

Elsewhere, Eidos' duo of Hitman: Blood Money and Tomb Raider: Legend dropped to fifth and sixth respectively, just below Pro Evolution Soccer 5, which was fourth. Rise & Fall: Civilisations at War had a good sales week and jumped up six places to eighth, while Sensible Soccer 2006 fell to ninth.

Three new entries just failed to make the top 10 this week, with Over the Hedge debuting at 12, Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires hitting 13, and Metroid Prime: Hunters popping in at number 16. Management simulations Football Manager 2006 and Championship Manager 2006 both dropped out of the top 10, but the week's surprising underachiever was LocoRoco--despite a buzz surrounding the quirky platformer's release, it only managed 25th place in its first week of release.

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