US PC charts: August 6-12

Once again, the weekly NPD numbers are topped by World of Warcraft, the Sims 2 and...Nancy Drew?

For the better part of the year, the number-one slot of NPD Funworld's weekly top PC game charts has seesawed between World of Warcraft, the Sims 2, or one of the latter's expansions. The week of August 6-12 was no exception: Blizzard's massively popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game took the gold again, while the virtual-life sim had to settle for silver. That's impressive for two games that are both nearly two years old.

That said, the week did see a relative newcomer land in third. Since its release in late July, Nancy Drew: Danger by Design has steadily climbed the charts, holding the fifth-place slot until the second week of August. That's when its budget price, E-for-Everyone-rated brand of gameplay, and large fan base--it is the 14th game based on the popular teen-mystery series--pushed it into the top trio.

Fourth place on the chart was filled up with some other semi-fresh blood, courtesy of the Civilization IV: Warlords expansion pack. The popularity of the add-on helped pull Civilization IV back onto the charts, coming in at number eight. Two other expansion packs also made the top 10: The Sims 2: Open For Business (fifth) and The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff (seventh).

Parked in sixth place was the still-popular, movie-inspired minigame compilation Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures. Another family-friendly title, Paws & Claws Pet Vet, clawed its way to ninth, while Age of Empires III stood fast in the 10th-place slot. The same couldn't be said for Half-Life 2: Episode One and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion--the previous week's seventh- and eighth-place finishers were both pushed out of the top 10.

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elozl
elozl

I agree with Humorguy_basic but i still think that this is only a battle between the games that get BIG promotion on TV or anywhere and the other good games that only some people are starting to know about... Good day!!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Get used to it. PC games sales are so low that anything crappy can get to No.1 on sales of less than 10,000 units in the UK nowadays. Stagnation is usually about declining sales, not lack of titles. Gamespot won't tell you that though.

Mohamadouf
Mohamadouf

WoW is still on top...... you damn losers cant you move on... there been other great MMO around and still you buy for a 2 year old game.

StillWingless
StillWingless

wow, props to the nancy drew series. it's been doing well for a while.

caveturd
caveturd

wut the heck? ive never heard of that nancy drew game...

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

[quote="nytrospawn"]Im not sure WoW would fit into that generalization, Lilac_Benjie.[/quote] Lots of female gamers play WoW. Female sales + male sales = #1 selling game.

brentb11
brentb11

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NANCY DREW! DAMN GOOD GAME!

Bluwave
Bluwave

I'm just glad Civilization 4 and AOE are up there... Can't believe Nancy Drew is #2!

elozl
elozl

What in the world is the Sims doing in there?? and nancy drew?? well, the next thing will be... AOE or another game but with fashion custom clothing upgrades and shoping. lol.. Good day!!

nytrospawn
nytrospawn

Im not sure WoW would fit into that generalization, Lilac_Benjie.

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

I just want to point out one thing. The top three games on this chart are all played largely by female gamers. In fact more than 50% of the games on that chart support a very large female player base.

Ze_man_2
Ze_man_2

The Sims : best selling game ever as always...

Lunatic_Monk
Lunatic_Monk

They should just rename the earth World of Warcraft and be done with it.

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

Yeah, wish factions was up there. WoW is going for world domination.

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

Well, there must have been a reason why everybody was asked at the Games Convention: you surely play WoW, don't you? *sigh* Some of you say that Japanese are crazy because they are temporarily mad about brain training games - but I say that Americans are alike... 3 Sims 2 games, 2 Civ 4 games (not that they are bad) and a pet vet game (as a look forward to Sims 2 Pets?)... uh... that is weird. Maybe the people that play different games download them? Mainly girls seem to buy PC games in the US...

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

lol n64 and gc beats pc fps games....it cant even beat the other consoles in fps games, deserves a quote and well 2 iffy games is better then 6, i see madden is a real epic

tankbusta
tankbusta

O_O..................................................................................................................................... Yessh !!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

pcgaming hasnt been good since 99 games like doom duke nukem3d nfs 3 nfs high stakes and even hot pursiut 2 were good games , n64 beat out pc in the fps genre so does the gc

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

We will never see innovative games ever again. Why? Because we don't BUY innovative games. The Ship, Star rangers 2, The movies, three games that stepped outside the traditional fare of PC titles and they all sold miserably compared to b-grade shooters and c-grade mmorpg's (don't get your +4 vorpal blade in a knot im not counting WOW in that) If you ever want to see any companies take a chance step outside your comfort zone and drop fifty bux on something thats NOT a FPS or an MMORPG for gods sake.

PaddyDX
PaddyDX

Wow, never knew that people still bought computer games.

sharder1234
sharder1234

People complain about the PC charts because of Nancy Drew when the console charts have all version of Madden on the list! LMAO

sfenty
sfenty

I agree with rokkuman09. The Nancy Drew series, while perhaps not of interest to most of the gamers on GS, is a major franchise churning out decent quality in a woefully underrepresented and frequently bashed genre--Adventure games. I personally wasn't impressed with the one entry in the series I gave a shot , but they represent a big part of an expanding market , and GS needs to acknowledge their existence and write some reviews!

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

for some reason A LOT of ppl are buying all of this lol pc gaming is not goin downhill, wat about when cars took the top ten for all of the console charts? there wasnt much this summer for pcs, unlike for consoles this year. fall brings the new games in, although i do agree there are too many mmo and fps games being released and dumbed down? yes laggy 8 player cod2 online on live is much better then less 50 ping 32 player online on pc

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

How does Nancy Drew always get up there? Gamespot needs to review those if there selling this well..

NECR0CHILD313
NECR0CHILD313

"uhhh, i have nothing against these games, but top ten??? paws and claws has a rating of 4.7...and nacy drew? 7ish score. wow, who decided this top ten? " Those are sales, so the consumer decides on it ;)

faizali86
faizali86

never heard of paws and claws pet vet :S

barkingcats
barkingcats

uhhh, i have nothing against these games, but top ten??? paws and claws has a rating of 4.7...and nacy drew? 7ish score. wow, who decided this top ten?

faridmon
faridmon

ok, i lik,e those japanese wierd games with spiky hair anime heros better than half of those, where is Prey and FEAR, instead the SIMS and freaking WoW.

daqua_99
daqua_99

Same old same old games .... PC games are starting to get a little too familiar ...

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Ugh. The only game on that list I either own or have played is The Sims 2. I've also got it's University expansion, but I'd bought it used. Such a terrible chart. MMOs bore the living daylights out of me! I tried Anarchy Online and Everquest II's free trial, then spent $50 on Guild Wars. This genre is no more than crappy 3D chat rooms from what I've seen. I prefer an instant message client for talking, Yahoo offers no cost voice plus video which does fine. PC publishers don't even release games I like anymore. Sonic titles used to be ported often. Taito Legends was a nice collection, yet part 2 is only sold in Europe so far. Same with Billy Hatcher. I'd love PC gaming if I lived near the UK. Oblivion? Civilization IV? AOE III? Never bothered, not even their demos assuming they received one. Come on... Bring GTAIV to computers! Wake me up when that happens, I'll be there cash in hand.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Same as always. Will World of Warcraft ever be taken off the Top 10? No....No it won't.

turdmoe
turdmoe

lol the games on that list all suck! There are plenty of pc games better than those! My 3d Gallery

WPack911
WPack911

Get ready for WoW to own the top two spots when WoW: The Burning Crusade launchs later this year.

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Wow...you know PC Gaming is going downhill when you got games like Nancy Drew: Danger By Design and Paws & Claws Pet Vet hogging the top 10 list. This is disturbing.

smiley17O
smiley17O

doesnt every one already have the game.

Slaveways
Slaveways

sales must be slow to have a two year old game at the top

_Mr_Derp_
_Mr_Derp_

GO NANCY DREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eiru
eiru

..... so these are the games american like?

MrBooze
MrBooze

I can't decide if Gamespot should feel a little embarrassed that they haven't bothered to review at least three of the top 10 selling PC games. PS, I'm amused that the Spell Checker for comments doesn't know that "Gamespot" is a word.

mrblah00
mrblah00

I really hate the narrow mindedness of PC developers. They see something new that makes a lot of money and then they all release the same crap untill some innovative company comes along and makes something else. PC gamers always seem to get forced into a rut of the same crap for years. Thank god Oblivion snapped the industry out of the whole "no single player fantasy games" rule. According to major PC developers nobody wants a sci-fi game anymore, no one wants a space shooter, we ALL (every single last one of us, no exceptions whatsoever) want WW2 shooters, mmorpgs, or multiplayer war games. God forbid a PC developer strays from the path of the current best selling game. A message to PC developers: Stop. Stop making mmorpgs thinking you can ride the coat tails of WoW. Stop making WW2 shooters thinking you can take a chunk of Call of Duty's market share. Stop thinking you can make the next Counter Strike or Battlefield. If theres going to be any hope for PC games then start offering variety instead of cheap knockoffs of games we already have.

blackleech
blackleech

3 games ought not to be there...

runstalker
runstalker

Late summer slumps. Easy time for WoW to take top spot for a couple of weeks. Witness the presence of Nancy Drew, Paws & Claws, Sims 2 and Cars. A whole bunch of bored, sunstroked kids and teens driving mom & dad crazy on their holidays. Buy a new game to shut 'em up as they're grinding a cart through Wal-Mart. Oh what a vision of Hell.

smbius
smbius

Maybe those who hate wow should try playing it and see what all the fuss is all about. Posers need to stop pretending they have played. I have the collector's edition. Go me but haven't played after I hit level 30. It is a great game...if you a crapload of time for it. You will never find alot of hardcore wow players here cheering for their game @ #1. They're busy playing. It's crazy.