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UK Game Charts: September 3-9

Zombie-killing Dead Rising snatches top-of-the-crop slot from gangster-killing Saints Row; three new entries debut in the top 10.


Unlike the shuffling zombies featured in the game itself, Dead Rising has raced up the UK game charts to take the top slot in its first week of release. The game knocks previous number one occupant Saints Row down to number two after only a week in pole position.

As retail tracking service Chart-Track reports, Dead Rising is Capcom's first UK all-formats number one in over five years. The fact that Saints Row sales slid 43 percent last week will be a sore blow to THQ, but Microsoft is faring well with three Xbox 360-exclusive titles near the top of the chart. With the arrival of Test Drive Unlimited at number four, the company only narrowly missed out an an Xbox 360-exclusive top three.

The game that did manage to break into the top three was Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, despite only being on sale since Monday. The game's release on multiple platforms helped it chart high, and it's last week's second-highest new entry.

All these new entries meant that every other game on the chart suffered a drop since last week. The Sims 2 is still proving a winner, though, with the game at number nine and the Glamour Life Stuff pack at number six. Though it narrowly missed out on the top 10, Sony's Gangs of London made an impressive jump from last week's number 23 to this week's 11.

This Friday sees the release of Broken Sword: The Angel of Death, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, and Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Vol. 1. Check back next week to see if Dead Rising has the legs to make it a second week at the top of the UK game charts.

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