Hot Date holds off Harry Potter

Electronic Art's The Sims: Hot Date virtual-life expansion pack tops NPD's latest list of best-selling PC games, followed by EA's latest adventure game, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Electronic Arts was competing with itself for the top spot in NPD Intelect's latest list of best-selling games, which covers the week of November 11-17, 2001. EA's latest virtual-life expansion pack, The Sims: Hot Date, edged out its latest adventure game, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, for first place. Infogrames' popular turn-based strategy game Civilization III slipped to third place from second place the week before, followed by the family-friendly sports game Backyard Basketball from Humongous. EA's very popular virtual-life game, The Sims, took fifth place.

On NPD's monthly list of best-selling games for October 2001, the top slot went to Dark Age of Camelot, the online role-playing game inspired by Arthurian legends from Mythic Entertainment. Westwood's latest real-time strategy game expansion, Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge, took second place, followed by The Sims in third. Civilization III snagged fourth place on the list, while Infogrames' theme park management game, RollerCoaster Tycoon, took fifth.

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

Best-selling games for the week of November 11-17, 2001:

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average price
1 / The Sims: Hot Date / Electronic Arts / $30
2 / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Electronic Arts / $28
3 / Civilization III / Infogrames / $41
4 / Backyard Basketball / Infogrames / $18
5 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $39
6 / Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon / Ubi Soft / $47
7 / Empire Earth / Vivendi Universal / $49
8 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $19
9 / Backyard Football 2002 / Infogrames / $18
10 / Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds / LucasArts / $49

Best-selling games for the month of October 2001:

Rank this month / Rank last month / Title / Publisher / Average price
1 / * / Dark Age of Camelot / Vivendi Universal / $39
2 / * / Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge / Electronic Arts / $28
3 / 1 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $40
4 / * / Civilization III / Infogrames / $49
5 / 5 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $21
6 / 2 / Diablo II: Lord of Destruction / Vivendi Universal / $32
7 / 3 / Operation Flashpoint / Codemasters / $40
8 / 4 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $29
9 / 7 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $28
10 / * / Asheron's Call Dark Majesty / Microsoft / $20
11 / * / SimCity 3000 Unlimited / Electronic Arts / $26
12 / * / Flight Simulator 2002 / Microsoft / $70
13 / 12 / Sim Theme Park / Electronic Arts / $19
14 / * / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $26
15 / * / Stronghold / GodGames / $38
16 / * / Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 / Electronic Arts / $35
17 / 8 / Max Payne / GodGames / $46
18 / 6 / Madden NFL 2002 / Electronic Arts / $38
19 / 10 / Diablo II / Vivendi Universal / $34
20 / * / Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor / Ubi Soft / $48

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