UK chart: Empire topples Killzone 2

Fastest-selling Total War to date.

SEGA has claimed its first UK All-Formats number one of the year in the shape of Empire: Total War, which pips Killzone 2 to the summit by around 1,600 units according to compiler Chart-Track.

Empire is SEGA's first number one since Football Manager 2009, and the fastest-selling Total War game yet, eclipsing Rome and Medieval II by almost two-to-one.

Like FM2009, it also achieves this despite a simultaneous launch on Steam, although its 4th March (Wednesday) release also gave it a bit more time to find its footing.

Chart-Track has said that Killzone 2 sales dropped 58 per cent, but that still kept it neck-and-neck, while Wii Fit rose to three, Tom Clancy's HAWX flew in at four and last week's second-place game, Halo Wars, fell to five with a 54 per cent dip in sales.

Professor Layton, Street Fighter IV, FIFA 09, Call of Duty: World at War and Ben 10: Alien Force make up the top ten.

The other new entry this week is New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis at 23, as recent releases including 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (last week's 22) and RACE Pro (27 last week) slipped out of the top 40 entirely.

Otherwise the usual candidates do the usual shuffle, with Wii Play, GTAIV, Mario Kart Wii, Mario & Sonic, Guitar Hero: World Tour and others in or around the top 20, while there are re-entries at the foot of the chart for Fallout 3 and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.

No prizes for guessing what will be number one next week though, with Resident Evil 5 set to launch on Friday 13th March.

Check out the full chart below.

This Week Last Week Title Platform(s)
1 New entry Empire: Total War PC
2 1 Killzone 2 PS3
3 4 Wii Fit Wii
4 New entry Tom Clancy's HAWX PS3, Xbox 360
5 2 Halo Wars Xbox 360
6 5 Professor Layton and the Curious Village DS
7 3 Street Fighter IV Xbox 360, PS3
8 7 FIFA 09 PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS
9 8 Call of Duty: World at War PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS
10 9 Ben 10: Alien Force Wii, DS, PS2, PSP
11 6 SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection Xbox 360, PS3
12 14 Disney's Bolt PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS
13 11 Silent Hill: Homecoming Xbox 360, PS3
14 12 Wii Play Wii
15 13 Grand Theft Auto IV Xbox 360, PS3, PC
16 10 Mario Kart Wii Wii
17 16 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Wii, DS
18 17 Guitar Hero: World Tour Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii
19 19 Need for Speed Undercover PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS
20 15 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Xbox 360, PS3, PC, DS
21 21 My Fitness Coach Wii
22 23 Dr Kawashima's Brain Training DS
23 New entry New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Wii
24 25 Carnival: Funfair Games Wii
25 33 LittleBigPlanet PS3
26 29 Tomb Raider: Underworld PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS
27 26 Football Manager 2009 PC, PSP
28 30 Puzzler Collection Wii, DS, PSP
29 28 LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS
30 39 Halo 3 Xbox 360
31 20 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin PC, Xbox 360, PS3
32 24 The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii
33 31 LEGO Batman: The Videogame PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS
34 32 Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 PC, Xbox 360, PS3
35 18 Warhamer 40,000: Dawn of War II PC
36 New entry Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir DS
37 Re-entry Fallout 3 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
38 Re-entry LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS
39 35 WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, PS2
40 36 Saints Row 2 Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Leisure software charts compiled by Gfk Chart-Track, 2008 ELSPA (UK) Ltd.

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