Any historian should be able to attest that crusades are not uniformly successful. However, Blizzard Entertainment's Burning Crusade, the enflamed expansion to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, most certainly is. Beyond selling 2.4 million copies in its first 24 hours on the market, the Burning Crusade topped the NPD Group's US retail PC game sales charts for the week of February 4 to 10.
As in previous weeks, Burning Crusade was followed in second place by its parent product, World of Warcraft, with Electronic Arts' virtual life game The Sims 2 in third. A new Sims offering, The Sims: Life Stories, came in fourth, with The Sims 2: Pets expansion representing the series' last top-10 entrant from the sixth spot on the charts. EA also claimed the seventh and eighth places on the charts with Madden NFL 07 and Battlefield 2142, respectively.
The non-Blizzard, non-EA section of the top 10 for the week was three games strong, with Sony Online Entertainment's Vanguard: Saga of Heroes in fifth, Take-Two's TV-based Deal or No Deal at nine, and Mumbo Jumbo's Bejeweled 2 at 10.