Empire Earth climbs the charts

Sierra's epic real-time strategy game shoots to number four on NPD's latest weekly list of best-selling PC games, behind EA's Hot Date, The Sims, and Harry Potter.

While the top three slots in NPD Techworld's latest weekly list of best-selling PC games look like last week's shuffled around, Sierra's real-time strategy game Empire Earth jumped into the number four spot, up from ninth place the week before. The jump in sales could be due in part to a significant drop in the game's average sale price. This week's chart lists the average sale price for the game at $36, approximately 23 percent lower than the $47 average price tag the week before.

Unsurprisingly, Electronic Arts' games again captured the top spots on the list this week, with the virtual-life game expansion The Sims: Hot Date taking first place, followed by The Sims itself in second. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, EA's adventure game based on the popular J.K. Rowling fantasy novel, came in third place.

The list below ranks games according to retail sales. To see a list of games ranked according to GameSpot review score, visit our Top Games page.

Best-selling PC games for the week of December 30, 2001-January 5, 2002:

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / The Sims: Hot Date / Electronic Arts / $30
2 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $40
3 / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Electronic Arts / $25
4 / Empire Earth / Vivendi Universal / $36
5 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $21
6 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $30
7 / Return to Castle Wolfenstein / Activision / $55
8 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $29
9 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $30
10 / Max Payne / GodGames / $43

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