UK Charts: Saints Row Fuels THQ Take Over at the Top

Thereís a riot going on.

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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. Itís been a pretty good month or so for Thug HeadQuarters, oh yes.

Elsewhere in the higher reaches of the charts, itís 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, EAís 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 donít know about the age rating fiasco.

Elsewhere in the upper echelons, and apart from the aforementioned, itís a mere shuffle in the top ten. New Super Mario Bros., Dr Kawashimaís 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 SEGAís Letís 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 weekís charts news include Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run, Dead Rising, Enchanted Arms and Test Drive Unlimited.

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Comments

fluffstardx 5 Sep 2006 18:32
1/4
There's not much new great stuff out. Dead Rising should be top next week.

Then again, I'm playing Saints Row at the minute, and can honestly say this ain't no cheap knockoff GTA. It just feels different. And it certainly doesn't deserve the 6/10 EDGE gave it.
Rod Todd 5 Sep 2006 21:33
2/4
fluffstardx wrote:
And it certainly doesn't deserve the 6/10 EDGE gave it.


Edge is rarely correct.

Clearly R* is paying more then THQ this month.

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thane_jaw 6 Sep 2006 10:27
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fluffstardx wrote:
There's not much new great stuff out. Dead Rising should be top next week.

Then again, I'm playing Saints Row at the minute, and can honestly say this ain't no cheap knockoff GTA. It just feels different. And it certainly doesn't deserve the 6/10 EDGE gave it.


As i see it Saint's Row is GTA 3 with all the additions that the fans wanted. I can't say its the best game ever but its certainly keeping me coming back. I especially like the way that activities are organised, so you don't have to do a couple of hundred taxi drops in a row. It rewards the more casual gamer more then gta ever did.
Joji 6 Sep 2006 14:52
4/4
I can see a lot of GTA fans getting a 360 to play Saints Row because GTA is really on PS2. Saints Row is a step forward for online gaming, from the typical fantasy genre that plagues it, and despite Edge's review is a welcome alternative.

Go online and have your gangsta fun people, I do agree Dead Rising will take the charts by storm though putting Saints Row at number two or so.
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