PC games charts: November 19-25

The Sims 2: Pets retains top spot as Black Friday bargains drive PC game sales for the week of Thanksgiving.

While many US gamers' Thanksgivings were marked by abject gluttony, no amount of gravy-drenched turkey with piles of stuffing could possibly match the traditional consumer overindulgence of the morning after. That day, known as Black Friday to many poor souls in the retail workplace, is marked by heavily marked-down specials meant to draw tremendous crowds to stores as the holiday shopping season begins in earnest.

This year the effects of Black Friday were clearly visible on the NPD's PC game charts. While the lineup of titles in the top 10 (based on units sold) didn't raise many flags--Electronic Arts' The Sims 2: Pets expansion pack remained perched at number one just like the week before, and the week before that--the average selling price of those games was more interesting.

In its second week in stores, Sega's Medieval II: Total War plummeted from the second spot to the 10th spot, but it also was the only resident of the top 10 with an average selling price of $50. The next most expensive offering on the charts was Atari's Neverwinter Nights 2 in fifth place, with an average selling price of $31. Neverwinter Nights 2 still retails for $50 in many stores. Also placing on the charts in part thanks to price slashing were Electronic Arts' Battlefield 2142 (second place, ASP $29), Microsoft Flight Simulator X (sixth place, ASP $29), and THQ's Company of Heroes (eighth place, ASP $24).

The discounts were by no means limited to AAA titles. Buena Vista Games' budget TV tie-in Desperate Housewives jumped into the fourth spot on the charts with an ASP of $9, beaten out for number three by Mumbo Jumbo's Bejeweled 2 and its $7 ASP.

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Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Don't forget. Housewives got to No4 because of a $9 selling price! And those those saying 'why do people keep buying the sims?' well, to be honest, they're not really, not in large numbers anyway. It's just that PC games sell so few copies now, nothing can touch a game like the sims that sells in numbers that PC games used to sell 5+ years ago. If the Sims had been released in 1995 they would not have got into the top 10. That tells you how much lower PC games are nowadays compared to then. Doom 3 sold half of what Doom sold, Half Life 2 sold half of what Half Life did, and that's from the publisher's themselves!. If PC games continue to sell less and less, you are going to see some very strange titles in the PC games chart. You are also going to see games come and go in the chart more often, as the few games that sell are sold quicker than the much higher number that used to sell. And eriksom, every 'breakthrough game mentioned, and indeed every game mentioned, except for Housewives and SIms are based around violence. Is it any wonder Sims sells in such vast numbers month after month? If you want a non-voilent games, what else is there? PC gaming needs to get broader, and hardcore gamers need to hope for more mainstream games like the Sims, or PC gaming is done for!

_Sam_
_Sam_

oh, I didn't think that Battlefield 2142 would still be doing so well

vtime
vtime

My gf loves sims 2. Need to go get sims: pets for her :D

dysguised22
dysguised22

Little bit of note here. For those of you greatly wondering how it is that something like Desp Housewives could ever be on a gaming list, keep in mind that it's basically The Sims as well. Hence why The Sims expansion pack and that game both sold moderately well. Throw in the bargain price and that basically sells itself to the casual gamer. Dont get me wrong though, as a person who has been playing videogames since the first nintendo was released, I am in no way condoning it (lol) but for the handful of you that cant wrap your minds around why this is, just think: Cheap price + mass advertising = sales. Stay-at-home and work-from-home parents need something to do for entertainment as well you know. I also would assume that while many people were out starting their christmas shopping on black friday, they most likely picked up the budget priced time eaters for themselves. Notable Titles on there: Medieval 2, NWN2, and Comp of Heroes.

Kholdstare_fire
Kholdstare_fire

Chart please. I still don't understand why people buy Sims games, they are terrible. It's not even orignal anymore.

killerfist
killerfist

desperate housewife's: the game??? oh my god jesus christ....why? to sink that deep. ok I know the series are a uge hit in the us and also in europe and the rest of the world...but to make a game out of it??? what's the reason? money?..no they are allready loaded... i just don't understand. we allready got the sims wich isn't a superb game also in my opinion.

XandZero
XandZero

to Chazzx21...Uhhh...see in the original Sims, there was the pet expansion pack. Which came out like 2 or 3 years before nintendogs, so basically your argument has no merit.

chazzx21
chazzx21

To the parents of the world: EA is not actually a babysitting service. Please stop buying their games.. gamers don't buy EA games (except Madden for some strange reason) and so we are letting you know not to buy them either. Although SIms pet edition may seem cool, it's really just a nintnedo DS rip off of their dog game. And not a good rip off at that. NFS, SIMS, sports games, they may seem cool and hipster like... but they are crappy games and you are only supprting the production of crappy license friendly games. STOP IT!!

ekisom
ekisom

I dunno what the deal is but a lot of the my most anticipated pc games of the year are getting lower in quality in many aspects: gameplay, animation, storyline, hardware playability, etc. Take for example neverwinter nights 2, a lot of the gameplay features of neverwinter nights 1 are more logical than the sequel; transparent map, inventory system, camera control, quickslot allocation for skills.. Mark of Chaos could'v impressed more had its combat been animated as properly as at least Rome Total War is. evilness, heroes of might and magic 2d gameplay is better than in 3d. Chronicles of Riddick had outstanding graphics compared to a handful of more recent FPS games. On the other hand, we'v had a good number of breakthrough games also for this year. Company of heroes, oblivion, warhammer 40k, total war, fear... i hope devs would continue innovating games outside the traditional rather than stick with the medeocre..

ThugNMe
ThugNMe

I couldnt have said that better my self... indigoAK200

indigoAK200
indigoAK200

SunnySimantov They buy it and like it until they find out that The Sims 2's technical aspects are years behind the curve, they find out that the each expansion is progressively more riddled with bugs than the last, they find out that what they're getting isn't worth $30. The Sims 2 franchise is not about great games and a strong community, it's a lesson in what a company can accomplish when they take advantage of the fact that they have millions of exploited customers under their thumbs. Pets added nothing for the Sims themselves and they still charged $30. It's pathetic. And not to mention that fact that hardly any of it works off install (glitchy, teleporting cats anyone?)

mgsninja
mgsninja

I see that GameSpot has not yet reviewed Desperate Housewives. Now that will be one interesting read.

finnjohn
finnjohn

SunnySimantov, there are lots of games that are good but didn't sell well such as Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts and Oddworld Stranger's Wrath.

Mooshu92887
Mooshu92887

You're wrong, GFofgaming. BF2142 is Battlefield 2 with a new coat of paint. Battlefield 2 is clearly superior to 2142... Heck 1942 is still better than that game, and 1942 came out in, what? 2001? 2002? and dont get me started on the in-game ads. "2142 Battlefield" is a disgrace to the entire Battlefield series. KingofTrolls, please. Bratz: Diamonz r 4eva.

Dante565
Dante565

I must admit EA as a company is getting very boring in their game production lately and I believe they are secretly trying to take over the world.

slickr
slickr

wooow, arent people geting bored with all those sims 2 expansions? I gues they are mostly lifeless persons, that live their life in virtual Sims world! And no this is not an insult or anything GAMESPOT STAFF this is FAQ and sadly it's soooo true!

SunnySimantov
SunnySimantov

What's your problem with The Sims? People love it and buy it, do you really have to care? Geesh.... And: Good game = game sold well. If a game doesn't get sold, well then, that means not many think it's not good.... or worthy to buy. A good game is a game that people buy... and LIKE it. The Sims franchise is both a game people buy and a game people like. Can you say it's not good? It's doing its job - be sold. Can you say games nobody has ever bought are good games?

Colsworl
Colsworl

I guess gamespot is right in that reviews don't matter that much. Its all about the name/reputation of the type of game. Good to see FSX seling well

faizali86
faizali86

thats the worst pc chart ive seen

wheater
wheater

I would have thought that CoH would have been in the top 3 at least. Its very popular. But thats alright coz the sims 2 is a great game and battlefield 2142, spite all them glitchs, is a game i was expecting to see high in the charts.

noizbot
noizbot

Er, this isn't as bad a list as people are making it out to be. Tons of people that aren't "hardcore" about gaming have PCs but not consoles, thus casual stuff like Bejeweled and The Sims are on the list. Medieval 2, CoH, 2142, NWN2, WoW and even Flight Sim X, are all fine on any list of games, and that's 6 of the 10 listed. "Desparate Housewives", on the other hand .. I guess the gaming market is -really- expanding. :(

mrhankeydinks
mrhankeydinks

CoH is still on the list. Also people quit slamming EA, BF2142 is actually fun and The Sims series has always been addictive. KingofTrolls....i hate america as much as the next person and i live in the country. Why don't you shutup because honestly no one cares what you think and most of us have no clue why Desperate housewives is on the list.

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

You go America. You keep buying that EA rehashed crap. What is next The Sims 2 Disco DJ or Sims 2 College. Focking EA. I hate EA. Sims isn't a fresh game its just an add-on pack and you fools keep buying it. STOP SUPPORTING EA GAMES FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. Desperate Housewives the show is bad enough now idiots are buying the game. I seriously hope its chicks that don't know any better who are buying Sims and Desperate Housewives. Wooooooo PC Gaming is on a takeoff this month. You should be proud America, more like you should be hanging your heads in shame.

azizalbaker
azizalbaker

desperate housewives?? thats not good

godovivel
godovivel

Sims , Bejeweled , Desperate Housewives .... what a great chart pc gaming is alive !

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Mooshu WTF r u talking about, do u know that BF2142 is by far and away, the best multiplayer game in the market.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Mooshu WTF r u talking about, do u know that BF2142 is by far and away, the best multiplayer game in the market.

Dante565
Dante565

I think thats a nice well rounded list to be honest.

Mooshu92887
Mooshu92887

God battlefield 2142 soooo doesnt deserve to be on that list.

HarakoMeshi
HarakoMeshi

Oh my god, some PC games sure suck. #3 Bejeweled 2 Deluxe #4 Desperate Housewives: The Game It's not a good time to be a PC developer.

nutcrackr
nutcrackr

Black Friday bargain really helped bf2142 this week, good to see some more gamers picked it up :)

mr_montoya85
mr_montoya85

WOW is off of the the number 1 spot, finally everythings back to normal

WPack911
WPack911

Watch WoW shoot back to the top when the expansion comes out next year.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Looks like all the cheapos are buying PC games nowadays.

holenjd
holenjd

Hey now, I bought Bejeweled 2 and Battlefield 2142 together for $30 on black friday. What a deal.

uberjannie
uberjannie

UltraWoody : well, so think we all.. But hey, at the prize rate the PS3 games are going to be sold at, im happily buying pc games :P

UltraWoody
UltraWoody

PC games should be cheaper, that's what I think.

jamil2nice
jamil2nice

Just cause the games are at the top of selling charts, doesn't mean they are any good, and certainly not the best the PC has to offer

avamarine
avamarine

Medieval 2 is the better game out of all these, with CoH very close 2nd. Battlefield 2142 doesn't have that feel to it anymore. And Sims I can't get into because I'm very destructive( 5 years in the marine corps).

Jas2_3
Jas2_3

To ImmoKnight Scroll down in the News page to the bottom.

DasFlesh
DasFlesh

Sadly, that is all there has been, not to name a few. There have been very views games worth buying for everyone. Consoles are taking a lot of the hype and PC games are in a decline until all this new crap comes out. Those games you named have been the highest peaks of a down year. PCs are second to no one, but game developers are making it otherwise for now.

ImmoKnight
ImmoKnight

Okay, where is the actual list that this is in reference to or am I really missing something insanely obvious?

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

Hmm... Desperate Housewives is fourth on the charts? :?

Baroncx
Baroncx

heh. all i see up there is a bunch of EA trash and sequels to games that did not deserve one. and desperate housewives... the GAME? and i thought all the sports game sales for the consoles were bad... : /