For the week of February 15-February 21, Warhammer toppled World of Warcraft from the lead position on the NPD Group's weekly PC sales charts. Massively multiplayer online gaming fans need not worry about Blizzard Entertainment's continued dominance in the genre, though, because it was THQ's real-time strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II that scored the win over WOW: Wrath of the Lich King, not Mythic Entertainment's fantasy-themed MMOG.
Dawn of War II was the only new game to crack NPD's recap, with the remainder of the chart toppers mostly falling in line with the week before. EA's Sims 2 Double Deluxe and Sims 2 Deluxe outpaced Spore during the period, placing a respective third, fourth, and fifth. With Wrath of the Lich King in second, the WOW: Battle Chest--which contains both the original game and its first expansion, Burning Crusade--and WOW proper placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
The bottom of the week's top 10 saw the most substantive change, with Monolith and Warner Bros. Interactive's F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin falling from its debut in second position to seven. That game was followed by The Sims 2 Apartment Life, and Crytek's Crysis Warhead hung on to the 10th slot.
Week of February 8 – February 14, 2009*
1) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC)
2) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC)
3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (PC)
4) The Sims 2 Deluxe (PC)
5) Spore (PC)
6) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (PC)
7) World of Warcraft (PC)
8) F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (PC)
9) The Sims 2 Apartment Life (PC)
10) Crysis Warhead (PC)
* The above chart reflects the NPD Group's sales data drawn from a cross-sampling of retailers nationwide. As such, it does not include game sales through nontraditional channels such as digital distribution.