Medal of Honor takes January

EA's World War II shooter takes first place on NPD's latest monthly list of best-selling PC games.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Electronic Arts' latest World War II shooter, took the top spot on NPD Techworld's list of best-selling games for January 2002. The game was followed by The Sims: Hot Date--EA's latest virtual-life game expansion--in second place and EA's Harry Potter fantasy-adventure game in third. Fourth place went to EA's The Sims, followed by RollerCoaster Tycoon, Infogrames' theme park management game, in fifth.

The latest weekly list of best-selling PC games was also dominated by EA, which took the top four spots with Medal of Honor, Harry Potter, Hot Date, and The Sims. RollerCoaster Tycoon came in fifth, followed by Microsoft's zoo management game, Zoo Tycoon, in sixth. One notable entry on the list was GodGames' first-person shooter sequel Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, which jumped into eighth place in its first partial week of release.

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 games for the month of January 2002:

Rank this month / Rank last month / Title / Publisher / Average price
1 / * / Medal of Honor: Allied Assault / Electronic Arts / $42
2 / 2 / The Sims: Hot Date / Electronic Arts / $29
3 / 1 / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Electronic Arts / $28
4 / 3 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $41
5 / 4 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $20
6 / 8 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $28
7 / 7 / Return to Castle Wolfenstein / Activision / $51
8 / 13 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $28
9 / 14 / Empire Earth / Vivendi Universal / $47
10 / 12 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $29
11 / 11 / Civilization III / Infogrames / $47
12 / 6 / Backyard Basketball / Infogrames / $19
13 / * / Diablo II: Lord of Destruction / Vivendi Universal / $31
14 / 15 / RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes / Infogrames / $20
15 / 18 / SimCity 3000 Unlimited / Electronic Arts / $29
16 / 10 / Backyard Football 2002 / Infogrames / $19
17 / * / Hoyle Casino 2002 / Vivendi Universal / $27
18 / * / Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings / Microsoft / $36
19 / * / Combat Flight Simulator 2 / Microsoft / $45
20 / * / Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon / Ubi Soft / $47

An asterisk indicates that the game did not appear on the list of best-selling games for the previous month.

Best-selling games for the week of February 3-9, 2002:

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / Medal of Honor: Allied Assault / Electronic Arts / $47
2 / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Electronic Arts / $26
3 / The Sims: Hot Date / Electronic Arts / $29
4 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $44
5 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $21
6 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $29
7 / Backyard Basketball / Infogrames / $18
8 / Serious Sam: The Second Encounter / GodGames / $20
9 / Empire Earth / Vivendi Universal / $44
10 / Civilization III / Infogrames / $48

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