US PC Charts Apr. 26-May 2: Lich King continues reign

Blizzard's second World of Warcraft expansion again secures top billing during uneventful week for NPD's retail PC sales.

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The NPD Group today delivered its recap of PC game sales in the US for the week of April 26 to May 2, revealing yet another stagnant week on the retail charts. In fact, matched up against the prior week's results, there was only minimal movement in the top five slots on the PC game charts, as World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King again led competitors The Sims 2 Double Deluxe, Left 4 Dead, World of Warcraft: Battle Chest, and Empire: Total War, in that order.

Heavy is the (undead monarch's) crown.

The back half of NPD's weekly PC game recap did see some movement, however. World of Warcraft gained two slots to finish sixth, while the recently released Fallout Trilogy--which contains the original Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel--charted for the first time at seventh. Demigod slipped into the eighth slot this week, as The Sims 2 Apartment Life and Spore again rounded out the week in ninth and 10th, respectively.

Week of April 26-May 2, 2009*
TITLE - PUBLISHER - AVERAGE PRICE
1) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Activision Blizzard - $32
2) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - EA - $20
3) Left 4 Dead - EA - $29
4) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest - Activision Blizzard - $39
5) Empire: Total War - Sega - $50
6) World of Warcraft - Activision Blizzard - $20
7) Fallout Trilogy - 3 Pack - Interplay - $20
8) Demigod - Stardock - $39
9) The Sims 2 Apartment Life - EA - $20
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.

Discussion

36 comments
Zarcon94
Zarcon94

I agree with you Headrock. I haven't seen many good games lately, with just a few exceptions. I've been busy playing old, ORIGINAL games. Hearts of Iron 2 ftw!

ryaz_weaponx
ryaz_weaponx

Wow reigns supreme again............no suprise.Wish this game was available in India. All we get is the pirated version.damn.

HeadrockBeats
HeadrockBeats

There's one very simple problem with WoW, which is completely unrelated to everything that's been said about it here so far. It's the fact that one game has basically captivated half of the population of players in the western world, eating up such a large share of the market that it has become the leading contributor to the general lack of other, more interesting games. Naturally, publishers interpret this to mean that nothing can compete with WoW and so they don't even bother risking exploration of other gaming avenues, instead relying on whatever is sure to make money anyway (I.E. shooter/action clones). In other words, WoW may be a great game, but it has singlehandedly caused stagnation throughout the entire industry on which it thrives. So the result is that people will keep playing WoW for several more years while the game industry sinks into oblivion. Take one look at the list - there are three WoW titles there (which are all actually just one single game and its extra content), two belong to another game (The Sims 2 and its extra content). Spore is all about extra content, and has been on the list almost forever. Soon we'll be seeing two or three "Fallout 3" representatives replacing Empire and Demigod... Does this seem like a healthy, multi-faceted, thriving industry to any of you?

Go_Away_Kid
Go_Away_Kid

@Barighm I don't play WoW, except for one week when I was trying it out. It's just not my type of game. However, just wanted to say that you brought up some good points. Guess I can't hate on the majority of you guys anymore, lol.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

@Fandango_Letho Ouch, pardon me if I hurt your e-feelings. I guess I can assume what side of the equation you are on. Also come on Owned... what a marvelous comeback, surprised that you didn't resort to using 733t sp33k. so cutos to you.

Barighm
Barighm

At least every fifth person I've met in WoW is married and has a family, and almost everyone has a full-time job. 3-hours sessions, at least 3-5 times a week, will get you to Lv.80 in a month or so, and there is nothing "anti-social" or "anti-activity" about spending HALF the time most people use to watch TV to play WoW. So enough with the ignorant comments. The people who play to the point where they have no life except WoW are rare. Shirk their chores maybe, but that's the worst I've encountered and I met a lot of people during my WoW career.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

WoW is amazing in that people have about as much fun as they want to... bring the right attitude, and you can have fun.

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

You know what really amazes me? The fact that one of the highest rated pc games before the new point system gets so much hate. Face it people you may not like the game, but World of Warcraft is amazing in what it does.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

@ashalldredge judging people like that is wrong. Most WoW players are casual and play a couple of months, before turning off the account and coming back a couple of months later. You and your elitist comment of '' go outside play sport and take girls out '' are ridiculous. Between you and me, who gets the girls, huh? Owned.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

oh gosh, WoW is still raking in the cash... boy theres a shocker. I mean come on 11.5 million people are playing WoW, while the rest of us are outside playing sports and talking to members of the opposite sex (emails, game chat, and 1-900 numbers dont count).

TheProphetD
TheProphetD

Sadly, the only good games on the list are E:TW and L4D.

locobarron
locobarron

I bought a boxed copy of L4D off newegg last week. It was only 27$ with free shipping. I like to have boxed copies so that reinstall is quick and easy and I don't have to download all my games again in the event of a reformat. Plus, 27$ was better than the 40$ that steam was selling it for.

HeadrockBeats
HeadrockBeats

You know what we should do? Ban the chart updates - I.E. stop commenting on them. It might work.

EmkayXx
EmkayXx

30$ For Left 4 Dead. Damn. It's still 100 AUD here =/!!! Makes me sad. No wonder there's piracy.

Dante200X
Dante200X

"download services like Steam, D2D, GoG.com, etc DO NOT GIVE OUT SALES NUMBERS!!!!!! As long as they don't give out numbers, NPD cannot count them!!!!! So I say AGAIN - Please put pressure on the Steam's of this world to give out numbers - don't just keep asking why NPD only include retail sales" Actually Valve has said before they've given NPD their sales numbers from Steam, but (IIRC) they decided not to include it because they wanted ALL digital sales, not just some, before they would include digital distribution sales.

Dante200X
Dante200X

"Do people not realize that this doesn't track digital distribution? Who buys boxed copies of pc games anymore? Hell, you can't even buy hard copies of most pc games in stores like gamestop anymore.......Whats the point of a chart like this if you aren't going to show where the majority of sales come from?" This times 1000 Also this: "I dont get whats the point of us retail only? Glad that left4dead and fallout are up there. I wonder how much copies left4dead valve sold if it manages to be in top 10 in retail only (let alone DD) since it came out" And you have to wonder how many L4D games were sold on those 2 times steam has had a sale for the game.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

The fallout trilogy pack is a budget title. Most gamers already have one or more of these games. I actually find it worrying that titles like this can get into the chart, because I just cannot believe sales are that high for old titles like this,and what does that mean for the other titles in the chart?! I think this is why sales numbers are not given for PC titles, because I think we would be shocked at how low the numbers were. And I say it every week, so i'll say it again, for the benefit of adamosmaki and others, download services like Steam, D2D, GoG.com, etc DO NOT GIVE OUT SALES NUMBERS!!!!!! As long as they don't give out numbers, NPD cannot count them!!!!! So I say AGAIN - Please put pressure on the Steam's of this world to give out numbers - don't just keep asking why NPD only include retail sales! Also, I will repeat other facts, NPD DOES include Amazon.com and other online retailers that ship product to the customer, and it's generally accepted that somewhere over 80% of all sales are made through retail both store and web. I personally think it's over 90%, because a) if Steam and others were doing fantastic numbers they would tell us and b) if they were doing big numbers titles like Rome Total War would not be No.1 in their charts at the end of 2008. If 5 year old games can get to No.1 and companies don't give out sales numbers I would be very cautious about saying how much bigger sales would be if downloads were included. And for those that absolutely state games sales would be huge if downloads were included - prey where do you get that information from? After all, look at those titles, they have been around quite a while, and games that are over 8 years old, albeit compilations are now appearing! If old games are selling, what does that say about modern gaming? There's a lot to think about. But if sales totals were given, we could have much more intelligent conversations about these charts. For example. If every game sold 90% less than last week, none of the positions would change and we'd still be having the same conversation. If sales figures showed sales were down 90%, I think our conversation would be slightly different! That's the difference between sales figures and no sales figures.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Do people not realize that this doesn't track digital distribution? Who buys boxed copies of pc games anymore? Hell, you can't even buy hard copies of most pc games in stores like gamestop anymore.......Whats the point of a chart like this if you aren't going to show where the majority of sales come from?

adamosmaki
adamosmaki

I dont get whats the point of us retail only? Glad that left4dead and fallout are up there. I wonder how much copies left4dead valve sold if it manages to be in top 10 in retail only (let alone DD) since it came out

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

No real surprises here. It's the usual suspects plus the Fallout trilogy pack. The back-half of 2009 is going to be packed with PC game goodness with the likes of Dragon Age, Modern Warfare 2, and a possible late 09 Starcraft release.

mushi799
mushi799

The sims 2 double deluxe only sold 4000 copies. IT ONLY TAKES 4000 copies to get the #2 spot on the PC. SAD.

colo734
colo734

Consider EA the new Micro$oft

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

Fallout 3 is far superior to 1 and 2 if you're into open world. I mean, RIP interplay, they made awesome RPGs, but the anti FO3 thing is just po'd fanboys.

HeadrockBeats
HeadrockBeats

Here's an interesting point: Fallout 3 struggled to stay in the limelight and eventually left the chart. Then Interplay releases a 3-pack including the originals, and suddenly it's back in business. This naturally begs the question: Is Fallout 3 successful because it's loosely based on two far superior predecessors, still populat almost 15 years after their first appearance? Better question: Will Fallout 3 be as popular, 15 years from now? "We call it ridin' the gravy train!" -- Pink Floyd, Have a Cigar

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Hum maybe it's these few never ending titles that are killing the PC industry and not the fact the PC is expensive to upkeep so you can play games on it. I mean really, why buy two games when you like WoW (warcraft) or the Sims and they never end... PC games are just too 'big' for their own good unless you actually made the 'big' game.

pvtdonut54
pvtdonut54

I bought my copy of Empire so let's see how it sells next week. Bestbuy had it on sale for 30 USD

Joe6391
Joe6391

I agree with FoxExecutive about the statistics. Ever since patch 3.1 it's been even more beneficial to get WotLK, which is probably boosting sales. I bet blizzard thought this one through, releasing major patches to players so that every time it's like a new expansion, but they don't have to pay. If you get a large quantity of things to do at once, you will probably be overwhelmed, and therefore become bored and confused. Blizzard is releasing the game in small chunks, therefore allowing players to keep interest and feel like they got more out of the game.

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

I could care less about the average price of the game, where are the actual sales figures? I mean it is somewhat interesting to know the best sellers but with sales figures it would be much better. These weekly reports are bland if you ask me. On a different note, I guess more and more people want to see what WOW is all about or are actually upgrading out of the BC.

Link3301
Link3301

dear people who criticize wow, in yo face fool

DarkLord
DarkLord

No shock that WoW is holding the top spot. I don't think anything short of SCII will take it out!

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Once again WoW reigns supreme