PC game charts: February 4-10

Blizzard Entertainment's Burning Crusade maintains momentum as Electronic Arts' The Sims: Life Stories debuts in top five.

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.

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neo16161616
neo16161616

thats alot of copies sold in 24 hours

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

MMO's are so different, it is not fair to have them in the normal PC games chart, they should have their own chart, they operate on a very different basis. The Sims games have more right to be in this chart than WoW, but I would also have a separate chart for add-ons and expansions too. There are too many good titles that are not well known or stocked in retailers just because they only got to 14 in the chart or so. The only thing I like about the PC games chart is that it is not the multi-format chart that so many retailers and gaming websites now use EXCLUSIVELY! The multi-format chart was originally designed for the trade, it has n place in the consumer arena. This is due to the fact that chart position is based more on how many formats the game was released on than the interest in the title. A PC only game can sell a million, but it will never get to No.1 if a game sells just 300,000, but on PS2, X-Box, 360, DS and PSP making total sales of 1.5 million. Individually, 300,000 sales on each format is a minor hit, whereas a million sales on one format is a major hit. And yet the title released on multi-formats gets to No.1 and all the attention!

GerrieB
GerrieB

I think the other thing that gets me about this review ....the very first paragraph: QUOTE: It's no secret that Blizzard has dominated the massively multiplayer online game scene since the launch of World of Warcraft, so developer Sigil and publisher Sony Online Entertainment have some understandably lofty expectations to fulfill. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is SOE's newest entry into the massively multiplayer RPG market, so we dove into the fantasy world of Telon and embarked upon an adventure. While it's hard to say quite yet if Vanguard will swipe some of Blizzard's sizable share of the market, it does at least offer a solid first impression. - End quote Blizzard or World of Warcraft are mentioned at least three times before they say anything essentially important about their "review on Vanguard". I just got an e-mail update directing me back to this thread..and wondered if they got their titles confused, the first thing that sprang off the page at me..was all about Wow. Biased much? Its bad enough that the kiddies ingame blather on about Wow this wow that..wow the other thing. But Wow is NOT the only game on the planet. Wow has 8 million subscribers...or maybe accounts. I know several of my acquaintances and I played it at one point or the other. Its a good game..for beginners...or people who don't have alot of time to get things done. It doesn't maintain MY interest however. QUANTITY..does NOT equal QUALITY in my books. When I am reading a review on Vanguard...or ANY other game..it could be Warhammer or what have you...I EXPECT information on the game that I am trying to read about. Now Wow may be the "Holy Grail" to you...but personally I can do without the baby pap. Steak and potatoes types of games are where I am at..I am a seasoned gamer. I pay to be a member of these sites, because I EXPECT some honesty and objectiveness in these reviews. I am NOT seeing that in this review. What I am seeing is the author ..perhaps subconsciously...promoting the game of "his" personal choice. Which seems to me...an unfair and biased advantage. Try to do better next time. Thanks GerrieB

SpaceAlex
SpaceAlex

Deal or no Deal? WTF WTF WTF WTF...are people really that stupid to buy that crap? Someday i would like to see top 10 selling PC games in Europe.

BloodMist
BloodMist

WoW is, as the UT2004 announcer would say, "UNSTOPPABLE!!!"

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

It looks like WoW has taken up the majority of the hardcore PC gamers.

mismajor99
mismajor99

That's good news for Vanguard, nice to see it 5th. 2142 still going strong....I think it's a safe bet to see SupCom on there for this week.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

blackace u r right. There r still many great PC games out there, but for some reason people dont get old of Sims and WOW.

blackace
blackace

Still nothing to play on the PC. WoW and the Sims have topped the charts for the last year. This simple tells people that there is nothing great to play on the PC and even if there is, no one is actually buying and playing it. We'll see if Crysis can make a dent on the charts when it's released since PC gamers have been hyping it to death. I heard that Surpreme Command was decent. Maybe that will make the charts as well.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Viennoiserie The Sims Life Stories? Bejeweled is better than that. :) I agree.

Doolum
Doolum

Its burns still.

Viennoiserie
Viennoiserie

The Sims Life Stories? :| Bejeweled is better than that.

XxKnightHawkxX
XxKnightHawkxX

WTF.... DEAL OR NO DEAL AND BEJEWELED!?!?!?! Cmon the PC game industry can do better then that!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

PC market is pretty stagnant these years, eh?

mp21a1
mp21a1

the top 3 are always going to be the same..

pardue
pardue

wow yea, bf2142 sucks my balls how'd it get up there. that's to show what good advertising will do for ya. yea lol, i think the sims is on its 34,565,434,245 exp as of today.

kart006k
kart006k

What surpries me is that Battlefield 2142 is still there in top 10. I liked the game, but its no halo.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Re fonzieahmed: I always wondered and nobody seemed/seems to know: does PC gamers have to pay for XBL?

CheetahL
CheetahL

Man, how many expansions for the Sims has been made now, 100-200?

Edward1211
Edward1211

The Sims is Dead!! It's all about Spore!!!!!

vip3r666
vip3r666

There are always different trends in gaming. Consoles are always bigger than PCs, and its nice to see some PC games take over the top spot once in a while.

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

nicely said WPack911. And when both forces are joined together via live anywhere, its gonna be awesome!

WPack911
WPack911

draak3000, the PC games industry will never die, but it also will never be as big as the console games industry. This is for the simple fact that while consoles are build to play games, PC's are not and so games will always be secondary on them, while on consoles they are the main event by far. -WPack911

draak3000
draak3000

*Sigh... Warcraft and The sims again... come on pc guys diversify! Do you want our industry to die?!!