THQ-published Saints Row, the 360-exclusive thug-em-up and GTA-alike from developer Volition storms to the top of the All Formats chart as provided by ChartTrack, finally levering its own Disney/Pixar Cars multi-format release from the top spot it has occupied for the past five weeks. It’s been a pretty good month or so for Thug HeadQuarters, oh yes.
Elsewhere in the higher reaches of the charts, it’s The Sims that seem to be taking up residence, something akin to a one bedroom flat full of cheap Eastern European labourers. The newest Sims bauble to dangle from the branches of the top ten All Formats sales is Glamour Life Stuff, the latest add-on for the original The Sims 2. In at number five, EA’s expansion features modern art, stylish furniture and elegant clothes with which to surround and spoil your Sims. The Sims 2 itself still features in the top ten, at number six, while The Sims is at 13.
Other than these new entries and stubborn buggers that will not be moved
from the upper reaches of the charts, things are pretty much at a standstill. Welcome to the summer slowdown, punters. Reservoir Dogs does however climb into the top ten at nine, boosted no doubt by the late availability of the Xbox incarnation - see here if you don’t know about the age rating fiasco
Elsewhere in the upper echelons, and apart from the aforementioned, it’s a mere shuffle in the top ten. New Super Mario Bros., Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training and Animal Crossing: Wild World are representing the DS at four, seven and ten respectively; sublime football experience Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is at eight; and a top ten at any time of the year without a GTA title would be an odd thing. Therefore, the presence of Liberty City Stories at three is no surprise, and something of a comfort.
Further down the listings, notable movers and shakers include Ninety-Nine Nights falling 11 places to 19, The Godfather shooting up from 40 to 22; the newly-released Gangs of London debuting at 23; and SEGA’s Let’s Make a Soccer Team making a belated appearance in the All Formats (no. 31) despite making a dent in the PS2-dedicated chart last week at 11.
Ones to watch for causing ripples in next week’s charts news include Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run, Dead Rising, Enchanted Arms and Test Drive Unlimited.