US PC Charts Mar. 1-7: Empire wages Total War on retail

Both standard and collector's edition of Creative Assembly's strategy title debut strong; Warhammer Online resurgent.

The NPD Group's weekly US PC retail sales charts typically change little from one reporting period to the next, as Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft franchise jockeys for position with EA's Sims catalog. Such was not entirely the case for the week of March 1-7, however, as a pair of debuts, a resurgent massively multiplayer online game, and a resilient strategy title disrupted NPD's business-as-usual chart.

Sega and Creative Assembly's Empire: Total War made a dominant debut, as the standard edition topped NPD's chart while the collector's package slotted in at seventh. Perhaps riding the introduction of two new playable classes, Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online surged from nowhere to third, appearing just behind Blizzard's perennial chart-topper World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

THQ and Relic Entertainment continued their strong sales run with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II securing fifth, having been edged out by The Sims 2 Double Deluxe. The Sims Carnival: Bumper Blast replaced SnapCity from a week prior, landing in the sixth position, while Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising posted an eighth-place debut. Blizzard's WOW and WOW: Battle Chest rounded out the week's chart.

Week of March 1 - March 7, 2009*
1) Empire: Total War (PC)
2) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC)
3) Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (PC)
4) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (PC)
5) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC)
6) The Sims Carnival: Bumper Blast (PC)
7) Empire: Total War Collector's Edition (PC)
8) Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising (PC)
9) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (PC)
10) World of Warcraft (PC)

* The above chart reflects the NPD Group's sales data drawn from a cross-sampling of retailers nationwide. Therefore, it does not include game sales through nontraditional channels such as digital distribution.

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gameking5000
gameking5000

@Ryudog It's funny that you say it's 15 GB when on my computer it syas 3GB

DigitalTeknique
DigitalTeknique

PC gaming was dying a slow death. But this generation is different. PC gaming has evolved for the better with software like STEAM, which is pretty much the software that jumped start the PC gaming scene back from a coma. It is apparent and evident, that only quality PC games sell strong. Combine that with new high end hardware that is suprisingly inexpensive now, PC gaming can only go forward. As long as this trend continues, PC gaming will be the strong platform it once was, but still not as popular as the easily accessible console, but enough that developers will give PC gaming another chance.

Deathfish69165
Deathfish69165

This is great news, for both WAR (Warhammer Age of Reckoning) and ETW. I love strat games on the PC as they've always (except C&C:RE3) be great. And, with WAR, it's an awsome PvP MMORPG that's growing a great playerbase.

Cpt_Pugwash
Cpt_Pugwash

I just wish my laptop wold run warhamer online so that I could jump in when the low level population is high again.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

ecko1o1 and others, I am amzed how people can say, because they don't like a number, that it is wrong, and I must be an idiot! If YOU don't have any data you have no right to say anything! STeam give out no sales numbers AT ALL - so again all everyone is saying about how huge the numbers would be if Steam was included do not know what they are talking about! Just because you repeat a lie often enough does not make it the truth! I know everyone and their dog believes Steam shifts huge numbers, but as long as Steam do not give out ANY sales numbers NO ONE knows!! We have some idiotic immature people as gamers and posters on this thread, and it's bringing the market down. How low gaming sales would have to be, and how bad gaming would have to get before these 'gaming fanboys; admitted there may be something wrong is very very scary! The numbers I gave a not gospel, but they are more or less right. It was Bethesda that said Fallout 3 on PC sold 17% of what was sold on console, not me. It was Bioshock that got to No.1 on PC with 48,000 sales based on actual numbers, and Fallout 3 got to No.1 with under 100,000 sales for the month. It was only available for 3 days of that month. This means that the No.2 title could not manage 100,000 sales for the WHOLE month,or Fallout 3 would not have been No.1! The numbers are out there, but you just stay in your cocoon disbelieving numbers that you have NO idea are right or wrong, and just fall back on your 'belief' that all is 100% ok and anyone who goes against that gets called names!

Ryudog
Ryudog

Ohh, I forgot, that I didn't want to download STEAM or anything to do with STEAM or any other secondary crap. I wanted to insert the disk and install the 15GBs which i don't mind, To play Single Player, Campaign, MY own mode, Whatever...and not have to worry. I will never play this Game in multiplayer! It's RTS! like Chess, ment to challenge you! I payed Seventy-Five Bones for this game!! CA is so scared PC gamers will steal it that they go to this far? I'm seriously considering never buying a Total War game ever again even though I love this one. The world shouldn't be like that!!!!

Ryudog
Ryudog

Another example of PC absolutely ruling the Scene. Notice #1 and then realize #7(in the above game rankings). At this point we can all accept that 'Empire' is something Juicy. I got the collector's ed. and i'm loving it...No crashes, somewhat challenging AI, Battles are everything you would expect and to anyone that would Respect A Great strategy experience, Just Purchase It. Trust Me!

Mr__Peanut
Mr__Peanut

the sims 2 is still in the top ten, Jesus.

kemar7856
kemar7856

it only the mmopgs and strategy games that sell on pc everything else are just console ports that people pirate.PC ins't dead but soon only these types of games will exist since no1 wants to develop for it.

ShadowXStorm
ShadowXStorm

Finally Mythic is doing it right, new classes, 10 day free trail, this is what I've been waiting for I'm renewing my subscription now!

Hekynn
Hekynn

Hell ya wtg PC!!!

onething77
onething77

This proves pc gaming isn`t dead. It`s still very alive.

856891
856891

ya good job CA I payed 50 dollars for a buggy peice of crap

CoupeD
CoupeD

Warhammer is a great game and Mythic is constantly improving it. They do an excellent job handling all the QQin. They game has changed drastically since initial release and more changes coming soon!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Would of liked to have seen Empire on stand alone disk and not on Steam. Could not get the game to launch, so returned it, sadly to say. Had no problems with Medieval II gold edition on stand alone disk. Wish their could have been an option by Creative Assembly. Glad to read so many positive things about the game.

RomisSandthief
RomisSandthief

Amazon Delayed shipping my copy of Empire Total War to March 18 when I pre-ordered it in January! Needless to say I am not happy...

shawn7324
shawn7324

Got my copy of Empire: Total War, an awesome game.

Ghost_702
Ghost_702

I wonder if the number of times these games have been pirated exceeds the number of retail copies the companies sold. I would like to think not. I don't imagine that being the case for WoW since you need an actual copy to set up an account and play on Blizzard's servers.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Empire Total War is sooo awesome, best game ive played in ages.

djtim_3000
djtim_3000

@Humorguy_basic There may not be any numbers but the chart is still relative within itself and therefore achieves its goal of a summary of the top 10 games sold in retail channels for week. Assuming PC game sales through retail stays relatively static (which it has for the last couple of years) then the relativity can extend all the way back a number of years - there may not be detail but the data is still meaningful. If we were going to compare total to date Empire sales with Medieval sales using this chart, even with numbers the information would be considerably skewed - mainly to the larger proporation of digital downloads I imagine Empire would have had (being heavily advertised on Steam of example). Again the chart is still meaningful when comparing against its own data (past and present).

runstalker
runstalker

Hmm, seems people stopped getting on the Warhammer Online bashwagon, actually went to the website and downloaded the free trial to try it themselves, and decided - whoa, this is actually pretty good stuff, I should play a different MMO for a while. That might be part of it. It helps that the last three patches were quite good, so new players are seeing a better game.

programexpert
programexpert

Having 2000 line infantry line up in front of each other and start shooting with rank fire enabled is one of the best sequences of gaming... Ever. Empire: Total War totally deserves the spot!

K_M82
K_M82

6StringShredder i completely agree with you! i would definitely buy a new PC just to play "Warhammer 40K Total War" (if only they make them)! Total War has always been great since the beginning. i guess this chart means that we're going to see more Total War in the future. wonder where they'd go from here? World Total War (1900-2000) perhaps?

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator

Can't beat a $50 game that has more longevity and value than every single console game on the market today -- yes, the game has its minor problems like all early Total War games normally do, but after a few patches, the game is just a masterpiece. I can't put the game down. Bravo Creative Assembly. :)

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

What makes this special for PC gamers is that a game with such complexity and graphical prowess found in ETW could never exist on modern-day consoles. Hell, it's like having several strategy games all in one box. You can't ask for a better value, really. And the kicker? It's still cheaper than most console games.

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Hell yea. Proud owner of ETW right here. :-D

riptoe222
riptoe222

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising was worthless, gonna be a lotta disapointed people that trusted the c&c name like me

nenoshig
nenoshig

empire-total war is a good gamer but.... it's buggy..sometimes ..you have to own a super computer, because it crashes too much,even in medium graphic settings, i don't know why and my computer is very fast...they should have worked on it more...... But if they had put the sales number, that would be more sense.... that's my opinion..

phil-_-meh
phil-_-meh

an awesome game deserves an awesome place empire deserves it

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

@humorguy do you honestly think it takes that little to break the charts? fail.

halo24me
halo24me

ecko is right and humorgoy is really stupid.

ecko1o1
ecko1o1

@ Humorguy_basic You state that these figures are not credible because absolute sales numbers are not given but then you invent some 'figures' yourself and expect to be taken seriously? By the way this is the NPD sales data not some marketing effort by the publisher of the total war series. I would also like to add that D2D and Steam sales are not counted so I'm guessing sales would be much higher. Oh and I nearly forgot... you are an idiot.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

I am going to put this in an Total War sort of way, maybe to make it understandable: With a chart that has no sales numbers, it is like watching a battle as a General and seeing your army winning on the battlefield. You have no contact so you don't know your country has been lost despite winning this battle. The chart positions are like the battle, the sales numbers are like the country. At the moment, Creative Assembly can say 'We have had a number one with both Medieval II Total War and Empire Total War', but if we had sales numbers, we could reply, 'Yes, but at this point since release, Medieval II Total War had sold 200,000 units, Empire Total War however only sold 140,000. Hence Empire Total War is not as liked,so far, as Medieval II Total War was. So with sales numbers, we can have a more meaningful discussion, but without them, this is just a marketing exercise, to give good headlines, but if, to give an example, you knew it only took 20,000 sales in the U.S. in one week to get to No.1 in the PC sales chart, what would you think? Because actually, those figures are more or less correct!!!

Moppyp
Moppyp

I agree with Kokonut1971 i looked everywhere here n i can't find it (canada)

kokonut1971
kokonut1971

I am gonna sound like a broken record here because i made many threads here and there about the availability of the game. It ain't on the shelves in my part of the world! i have tried everywhere in my city and no one has the game, some stores barely got a copy that flew out the store as soon as it came in! Usually i have no problem getting a game this hyped in my town but i have had no luck so far and i have checked all the place whom would usually receive several copy of a game if the publisher if big on the market like SEGA but they have had nothing from them....I have talked to many people that are apparently facing the same deal and have to "hunt down" the game for a physical version or resort to buy a digital version of it. With many publishers crying afoul that they are losing money because of different reasons i am extremly puzzled to see that said game is not making it's way to my my city as release date as come and went...It seems that the game is everywhere but Canada...

6StringShredder
6StringShredder

only if they made Warhammer 40k TOTAL WAR. That would be cool.

tooki
tooki

As much as I love Empire (and I really do love it!), I can see why Gamespot gave it the score they did. It's certainly one of the best games I've played in a long time but the number of bugs is hard to forgive.

Cythwydd
Cythwydd

I love the Prussians, the morale boost they get alone makes them amazingly efficient in battles... got 30 turns left in the grand campaign and have all objectives, just sitting about, trying to decide whether to invade Moscow or not in the last 2-3 years.

ecko1o1
ecko1o1

Empire Total War was severely underrated by gamespot. It deserved at least 9.0. At the moment I'm fighting a war on 2 fronts as the prussians, slaughtering Ruskis by the tens of thousands (the polish having already been subjugated) and conducting a strategic war for the reunification of divided german territories in the west. Let's just say things are going smoothly ;)

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Wow, WoW is still in the top ten

McVaFfLe
McVaFfLe

Warhammer Online is back on track? :O thats something interesting..