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UK Charts: Streets too tough for GRAW

Strong single-format debut unable to shift EA's soccer sim.

Electronic Arts continues to dominate the UK's All Formats Entertainment Charts this week, with seven titles clogging up the top ten, barely leaving room for rival publishers Ubisoft, Codemasters and Konami to steal a little glory.

Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter manages an impressive position for a currently single-format title, claiming the number two position just behind EA's urban soccer title FIFA Street 2, which is enjoying its second week at number one.

The second highest new entry is Xbox 360 boxing sim Fight Night Round 3, which punches into third position, while acclaimed shooter Black and expansion pack The Sims 2: Open for Business both drop two places to numbers four and five respectively.

Codemasters' multiformat TOCA Race Driver 3 just misses out on retaining a position inside the top five, sitting at number six and trailed by three more EA titles; Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II at number seven, The Sims 2 at number eight and chart stalwart Need for Speed: Most Wanted at number nine. Goal hanging at number ten is Konami's ever-popular Pro Evolution Soccer 5.

Two other new entries break into the top 40, both of which are retro PSP titles. Sony's suicidal Lemmings land at a respectable number 12, while Capcom's Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max takes up position at number 28.

This Friday sees the release of a number of high profile titles to challenge EA in the top ten, including Sony's TV tie-in 24: The Game, the return of Sega's blue hedgehog in Sonic Riders, Atari's Driver: Parallel Lines and new IP from THQ, The Outfit. And the Xbox 360 version of Christmas favourite Burnout: Revenge, just in case you thought Electronic Arts was resting on its laurels.

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.

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