ChartSpot: August 2004

While Madden-mania sweeps the console charts, the PC best-sellers face certain Doom at the hand of id's shooter.


In what has become a tradition, the 2004 August game charts were dominated by the latest Madden NFL game. EA Sports' footballer proved once again why it is the best-selling franchise of all time as its Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 2: Collector's Edition occupied four of the top 10 console slots.

But even though it took the top prize, Madden's sole rival was hot on its heels. As a result, the PlayStation 2 version of Sega and Take-Two's ESPN NFL 2K5 took the bronze in the console race, while the Xbox version came in at fifth place. Even more impressive was the fact that each game only slipped one slot from its July position, despite the Madden onslaught.

Pro football games aside, the console top 20 was made up mainly of returnees. All Activision's Spider-Man 2 games were back, albeit far lower down on the list. Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction and NCAA Football 2005's positions remained largely unchanged. The Halo 2 prerelease hype helped propel the first Halo game into the number nine slot, while San Andreas Fever helped its forebear, Vice City, reenter the top 20 at number 19. Besides Madden, the only all-new entries in the charts were Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow (#6) and Hot Shots Golf Fore! (#14).

In the PC charts, there was a changing of the guard at the top. Not only did id and Activision's Doom 3 knock NCsoft's City of Heroes out of the number one spot, but also it kicked it out of the top 10 entirely, forcing it all the way down to number 11. The top 20 was still dominated by Sims packages (Deluxe--#2, Mega Deluxe--#5) and expansions (Makin' Magic--#7, Superstar--#9, Unleashed--#16, Vacation--#20 ). Zoo Tycoon, Age Of Mythology, Rise Of Nations, and Halo continued to rake in cash, as did Call of Duty and Battlefield Vietnam. The only new non-Sims entry into the top 20, other than Doom 3, wasn't new at all. It was the resurgent Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Madden NFL 2005PS2Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
**2Madden NFL 2005XboxElectronic ArtsAug'04$49
23ESPN NFL 2K5PS2Take-Two Jul'04$20
**4Madden NFL 2005: Collector's EditionPS2Electronic ArtsAug'04$59
45ESPN NFL 2K5XboxTake-TwoJul'04$20
**6Rainbow Six 3: Black ArrowXboxUbisoftAug'04$39
37Spider-Man 2PS2ActivisionJun'04$47
18NCAA Football 2005PS2Electronic ArtsJul'04$50
129Halo: Combat EvolvedXboxMicrosoftNov'01$30
**10Madden NFL 2005GCElectronic ArtsAug'04$49
1011Tales Of SymphoniaGCNamcoJul'04$50
1112Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of DestructionGBAKonamiJun'04$30
713Spider-Man 2GBAActivisionJun'04$29
**14Hot Shots Golf Fore!PS2SonyAug'04$40
915Driv3rPS2 AtariJun'04$43
1616Pokemon Ruby VersionGBA NintendoMar'03$33
617Spider-Man 2XboxActivisionJun'04$47
818Spider-Man 2GCActivisionJun'04$47
**19Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityPS2Take-TwoOct'02$21
1420Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros.GBANintendoJun'04$17

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
8061Doom 3Activision$53
32The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$20
73Age Of MythologyMicrosoft$29
24Rise Of NationsMicrosoft$35
65The Sims Mega DeluxeElectronic Arts$36
126Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$30
187The Sims: Makin' Magic PackElectronic Arts$27
108Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$32
59The Sims: SuperstarElectronic Arts$21
2210Star Wars: Knights Of The Old RepublicLucasArts$26
111City Of HeroesNCsoft$47
812Battlefield VietnamElectronic Arts$38
1513Warcraft III Battle ChestVU Games $40
1714Counter Strike: Condition ZeroVU Games $37
1115Call Of DutyActivision$39
2416The Sims: Unleashed PackElectronic Arts$25
917Flight Simulator 2004: Century Of FlightMicrosoft$34
418Far CryUbisoft$38
1619Unreal Tournament 2004Atari$38
2120The Sims: Vacation PackElectronic Arts$20

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
22ESPN NFL 2K5Take-TwoJul'04$20
**3Madden NFL 2005 CollElectronic ArtsAug'04$59
34Spider-Man 2ActivisionJun'04$47
15NCAA Football 2005Electronic ArtsJul'04$50
**6Hot Shots Golf Fore!SonyAug'04$40
**8Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityTake-Two Oct'02$21
89Dragonball Z: Budokai 2AtariDec'03$20
**10Yu-Gi-Oh! DuelistsKonamiFeb'03$17

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
12ESPN NFL 2K5Take-Two Jul'04$20
**3Rainbow Six 3: Black ArrowUbisoft Aug'04$39
44Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft Nov'01$30
35Spider-Man 2ActivisionJun'04$47
26NCAA Football 2005Electronic ArtsJul'04$48
**7Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicLucasartsJul'03$21
**8The Elder Scrolls: MorrowindBethesda SoftworksOct'03$23
**9T. Clancys Rainbow 3Ubisoft Oct'03$21
**10Grand Theft Auto PackTake-Two Oct'03$42

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
22Tales Of SymphoniaNamcoJul'04$50
13Spider-Man 2ActivisionJun'04$47
54Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendoDec'01$30
45Zelda: Four SwordsNintendoJun'04$47
66Sonic Mega CollectionSegaNov'02$20
107Mario Kart: DoubleNintendoNov'03$48
38Mega Man AnniversaryCapcom UsaJun'04$30
79Soul Calibur IINamcoAug'03$20
910Pokemon ColosseumNintendoMar'04$49

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of DestructionKonamiJun'04$30
12Spider-Man 2ActivisionJun'04$29
63Pokemon Ruby VersionNintendoMar'03$33
44Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros.NintendoJun'04$17
95Pokemon SapphireNintendoMar'03$33
36Mario Vs. Donkey KongNintendoMay'04$32
107Mario Bros 3: Mario 4NintendoOct'03$30
**8Donkey Kong CountryNintendoJun'03$19
89Sonic Advance 3ThqMay'04$29
510Dragonball Z: SupersonicAtariJun'04$29