UK charts: Guitar Hero 5 beats Beatles

Plus: McRae sees off Batman. 

Guitar Hero 5 has become the first in the leading music series to debut at the top of the UK all-formats chart, outselling colossal rival The Beatles: Rock Band to do so.

The latter makes its own little piece of history, however, by reaching a series entry high-point of four.

Codemasters enjoys more chart success as Colin McRae: DiRT 2 turns up at two, nudging previous leader Batman: Arkham Asylum down to three. With Ashes Cricket 2009 at 10, the publisher finally has a partnership worth shouting about.

505 Games can be pleased with IL-2 Sturmovik, too, after a strong second week at seven with only a 3 per cent dip in sales.

There are more new entries further down, as Championship Manager 2010 begins its campaign at 13, Mini Ninjas pops up at 15 and Section 8 wobbles down at 22.

Champions Online, meanwhile, makes a swift exit from the top 40, disappearing to number five in the PC top 20 after two weeks on sale.

The PC release of Batman: Arkham Asylum this week may muddle the top five once more, as could the arrival of Need for Speed: Shift. Otherwise, we see little that will upset these strong frontrunners.

This Week Last Week Title Platform(s)
1 New entry Guitar Hero 5 PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
2 New entry Colin McRae: DiRT 2 DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
3 1 Batman: Arkham Asylum PS3, Xbox 360
4 New entry The Beatles: Rock Band PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
5 4 Wii Fit Wii
6 2 Wii Sports Resort Wii
7 6 IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey DS, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360
8 3 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Xbox 360, PS3, PC, DS
9 12 Mario Kart Wii Wii
10 5 Ashes Cricket 2009 PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
11 7 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
12 9 Fight Night Round 4 PS3, Xbox 360
13 New entry Championship Manager 2010 PC
14 8 Call of Duty: World at War PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS
15 New entry Mini Ninjas DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
16 10 Dissidia: Final Fantasy PSP
17 11 Wolfenstein PC, PS3, Xbox 360
18 15 Grand Theft Auto IV Xbox 360, PS3, PC
19 14 LEGO Batman DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
20 25 Brain Training DS
21 13 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood PC, PS3, Xbox 360
22 New entry Section 8 PC, Xbox 360
23 21 G-Force DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
24 27 Professor Layton and the Curious Village DS
25 16 FIFA 09 PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS
26 24 Guitar Hero: World Tour Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii
27 17 The Sims 3 PC
28 30 Killzone 2 PS3
29 29 Mario Kart DS DS
30 23 Wii Play Wii
31 22 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
32 31 Mystery Stories DS, PC
33 34 SEGA Superstars Tennis DS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
34 20 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
35 26 Assassin's Creed PC, PS3, Xbox 360
36 36 Sonic Unleashed PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
37 19 Fallout 3: Add-On Pack 2 Xbox 360
38 28 LittleBigPlanet PS3
39 38 Carnival: Funfair Games Wii
40 40 Halo 3 Xbox 360

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