US PC Charts Apr. 12-18: Lich King fends off Demigod

Gas Powered Games' action-oriented RTS debuts at third in NPD's weekly US retail recap; Blizzard's MMOG continues reign.

The fact that the NPD Group only tracks retail sales is especially problematic for PC games, which are often sold in downloadable form. That situation is of particular note for the week of April 12-18, with Gas Powered Games' Demigod debuting at a respectable third on the NPD Group's weekly accounting of PC sales in the US. However, given that publisher Stardock heavily promoted the game through its own proprietary digital delivery platform, Impulse, it's difficult to say just how well the title sold.

Even demigods come up short sometimes.

Aside from Demigod cracking the top three with its debut, NPD's weekly PC chart looks awfully familiar. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King continued its dominance at the top of the charts, followed closely by fellow perennial chart topper The Sims 2 Double Deluxe. Having debuted in the third position last week, THQ's Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor slipped one slot to fourth, while Sega's Empire: Total War finished fifth.

Left 4 Dead, another problematic PC title given publisher Valve's popular Steam platform, placed sixth at retail this week. World of Warcraft: Battle Chest, which contains the original massively multiplayer online game and its 2007 expansion Burning Crusade, joined the World of Warcraft stand-alone edition at seventh and eighth. Two EA games, The Sims 2 Apartment Life and Spore, rounded out the week's chart at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Week of April 12-18, 2009*
TITLE - PUBLISHER - AVERAGE PRICE
1) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Activision Blizzard - $38
2) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - EA - $20
3) Demigod - Stardock - $39
4) Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor - THQ - $29
5) Empire: Total War - Sega - $50
6) Left 4 Dead - EA - $29
7) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest - Activision Blizzard - $38
8) World of Warcraft - Activision Blizzard - $20
9) The Sims 2 Apartment Life - EA - $19
10) Spore - EA - $50

* The above chart reflects the NPD Group's sales data drawn from a cross-sampling of retailers nationwide. Therefore, it does not include game sales through nontraditional channels such as digital distribution.

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21 comments
keatman
keatman

i just started playing WOW a few days ago. the game is quite slow, the fighting + constant lag = frustration (i'm a draenei paladin, anyway). but what most ppl say is true, the game is absorbing, addictive. and now i cant it because it is under maintainence...DAMN!

MadeInLlamaLand
MadeInLlamaLand

Looks the same, WotLk on top, Wow battle chest in the middle and wow right behind it....

DeBrick
DeBrick

Demigod is much better than it was on release, but in its current state I think 'working' is a better word than 'fixed.' Definitely playable but still a pain for ~70% of people, might be another week or so before everything is finally ironed out (theyre workingo n getting a proxy server up etc)

KlnP1987
KlnP1987

y is spore even on that list? at all??

MrNib
MrNib

people still buy spore?

SkyRonin
SkyRonin

Yes they fixed the networking problems through a patch, the game is alot of fun, but mostly against other players online.

Pete5506
Pete5506

hmmm maybe I should try out Demigod

Megawizard
Megawizard

"Its too bad demigod has so many issues, have they patched that connection thing yet? It looks cool but i think i'll hold of till its all fixed up." Yea, it's fixed. It was caused from all of the pirated copies pinging the update servers at once. Even though they couldn't update, the program still tried automatically.

More_Dakka
More_Dakka

Whoa- I wasn't expecting Demigod to do this well actually. :shock: Nice to see it is doing this well though- I'll definitely be getting it eventually.

chappy_man
chappy_man

Its too bad demigod has so many issues, have they patched that connection thing yet? It looks cool but i think i'll hold of till its all fixed up.

pvtdonut54
pvtdonut54

glad demigod made the list so high

ArtOfCraft
ArtOfCraft

Inconnux: Totally agree with you. I essentially buy most if not all of my PC games from download clients, mostly from Steam (great variety imo.) Who knows how many other people prefer buying online? I mean it's simple, don't need to leave your room, and within a few hours you can get the game you want ready to go and fully updated. I'm definitely a download client person rather than retail.

theslim88
theslim88

This makes me think of Dota in Warcraft 3 but this is entirely focused on Dota

Inconnux
Inconnux

I don't know why they bother, the NPD numbers aren't even close to reality until they take digital downloads into account

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

spore still $50!!

lozvil
lozvil

World of Warcraft Rocks!

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Can never understand why people enjoy playing WOW or the Sims.

Bucketoffish
Bucketoffish

Although it will be difficult to top the NPD until Starcraft 2, I think Demigod is more like in the second position, since digital downloads just aren't trackable. That said, without the digital downloads demigod should be in secondplace for quite some time. Re-review anyone?

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

Imagine that. Wrath on top? Whodathunkit.

df-1
df-1

What a surprise =P its been like this for months/yrs