US PC Game Charts: April 16-22

The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff stays put on top, followed by Oblivion, Age of Empires III, and...more Sims!

During the week of April 16-22, the number-one finisher from the previous week stayed on top. In its second week of release, the Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff pack once again outsold its nearest competitor, the acclaimed role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. That put it three slots ahead of the Sims 2: Open for Business expansion pack (fourth) and four slots ahead of the original Sims 2 (fifth).

The rest of the chart also saw some familiar faces. World of Warcraft jumped three slots to take the bronze, while Star Wars: Empire at War also gained two slots to land in sixth. For its part, Age of Empires III fell four slots to land in eighth place.

But while there were plenty of returnees, the week of April 16-22 also saw an unusual number of fresh faces. The Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion pack debuted in seventh place, two slots ahead of Tomb Raider: Legend's first-week showing. Stardock's Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords also proved popular, coming in 10th place despite famously eschewing any copyright protection on its game discs.

Dropping out of the top 10 US PC games were Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon 2, 2K Games' Civilization IV, and Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II.

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41 comments
alpha_company
alpha_company

I want to make more simoleons before I can buy that game...

flashtek
flashtek

The Sims OMG can somebody just rip out my hard drive please. Can anybody explain how the Sims bet Oblivion and I dindt even see GW up there.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Imavnas- some of those "bubbles" they live in are actually kinda cool. Some come with built-in kitchen and bathrooms and a whole array of colors...lol (mines purple) But I looking for a bigger one, there's very little room for War of Warcraft and Oblivion. Wonder if they have some nice ones on sale on e-bay (scratching head)

rsiebelink
rsiebelink

Incredible for an indie title like Galactic civ 2 to make it to the top 10 in pc game sales. Considering that there's no major publisher behind it, only sparsely available in retail and it doesn't even come with a copy protection system! Long live the word of mouth! Btw, it's a great game to play. Best AI I've ever encountered and the support is great.

Evenglare
Evenglare

I wonder how many people that are bashing the sims 2 have played it for more than 30 minutes , and has seen what it has to offer.

GamerErman2001
GamerErman2001

What the?... The Sims 2 is a fairly good game, but its tiny add-on pack is on top? And what is with Sims 2 and WOW being on there so long? I just can't believe that thing beat Oblivion, hell I'm suprised the Sims ever sold so well.

Author_1990
Author_1990

I'm really surprised The Sims 2 is still on the top. I loved that game, it is good. But EA is surely degrading the quality. IMO, Sims 2 on the consoles were utter crap. Though Sims 2 in the PC is kinda good. I don't get why people b*tch so much of this game. I mean, I agree it is over hyped but Sims 2 is a game for everybody and is a break from all those games that has pretty much the same gameplay mechanics as the other games. Kill the monster, get experience points, finish the story, find ammo for your gun, etc. And even better is that EA supports on upgrading the base game already and makes it funner. I played Open for Buisness alot and is my favorite EP because it has alot of Replay Value and the Gameplay is hardcore. It's good that you play a game of life in this game, and not mess up anything in your life. Family Fun. I skipped that mini-pack though it has alot of cool objects. Sure, you can download them online, but there are risks and what's good is that there are new animations.

N-DAWG88
N-DAWG88

WOW is still up there, but sims 2 has been there even longer

faridmon
faridmon

is sims 2 better than half-life 2? where is half-life on the list.

foofightersrule
foofightersrule

Wow, the Sims in my opinion is a terrible game... And yet it still dominates month after month. Who is buying this game?!?!?!

tasiger
tasiger

Age of empires should be on top!!!

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Probably has more to do with the fact it's a flat $20 and people don't need to invest ump-teen hundred hours in it to have fun. Casual and inexpensive = sold

RUSKULL
RUSKULL

"Because non gamers play it so much." how can someone play a game so much, and still be non-gamers? They ARE gamers, no different than those who spend hours playing Halo 2 on Xbox Live.

RUSKULL
RUSKULL

The fact that the Sims continues to dominate charts is proof that the rest of the industry is incredibly narrow minded. Hardcore gamers play Sims as well, people. The industry will change eventually though, and the types of games that will come out will be as diverse as the film indusrty.

BentSea
BentSea

"chrisdojo i don't even personally know anyone that plays the sims. how does this stupid game keep selling so well? at least oblivion and WoW are 2 & 3" Because non gamers play it so much. Middle aged women, children who don't play anything else, girlfriends who arent interested in any other game on any system if it isn't sims, plus lots of gamers actually enjoy what it offers too, since it is a quality game. They buy into it in droves. It's the perfect non core audience product, and it shows the power of the "non-gamer" market. You know.. the one the Wii is after.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i don't even personally know anyone that plays the sims. how does this stupid game keep selling so well? at least oblivion and WoW are 2 & 3.

mbmariogc3s
mbmariogc3s

and the sims 2 is still pwning everything

portabledave
portabledave

Actually according to the chart WoW was released in Nov 23, 2004... I have no idea where you got your date from Mother-Beef.

Mother-Beef
Mother-Beef

"World of Warcraft still there OMFG!!" lol dude look World of Warcraft release: Feb 11, 2005 The Sims 2 release: Sep 17, 2004 i admit The Sims is a pointless and stupid game but lol its been up there longer

Evenglare
Evenglare

SIms 2 rocks hard , i love the game . I cant wait for spore though. THAT game will dominate for a long while.

yb125
yb125

It's not stupid, the object made by players are nice and all but they are limited. Adding new animations, and new models from scratch is something that still can't be done. (I may be wrong about the models). Maxis can create objects without such limitations. that being said I but all the EP but I'm not buying the addons, I'm just not interesting in the content, but if you like whats being offered how is it stupid to buy it.

korn18m
korn18m

The sad thing is, Family Fun Stuff isn't even classified as an expansion. It's considered an "add-on" by EA. It just adds 60 new items to the game. The are programs available, some free, that let you make your own Sims items. Also, there are several websites that offer downloads of new items people have made, some of those websites are free too. This add-on pack being #1 is a total joke. I can't believe so many people are stupid enough to waste thier money on this.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

The Sims continue to dominate on the PC... well done! :)

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

The Sims still doing good wonder when the next sim game will be out.

jtparlo
jtparlo

^^ agreed with erikers, i was just about to post something like that

erikers
erikers

What''s with 3 sims games in the top 5. Who knew Pc gamers loved playing such bland crap. I got a sim game. It's called life. Go feed your dog and see if it grows. Go water some flowers and see if they grow. You don't need a game for that.

mephixto
mephixto

"Imavnas World of Warcraft still there OMFG!!" Another case of someone living in a bubble..." Another case of someone living of what other says..

Imavnas
Imavnas

"Mixed thoughts on Oblivion being #2. This means either lots of gamers have high powered PCs, or PC game sales are so far down that high powered PC owners now make up the majority of PC gamers. ^_^" Maybe its because your pre-conceived notion of requiring a high powered PC to play Oblivion is completely false. Itll run the way it was meant to run on a high end PC, but that doesnt mean the average consumer PC cant run it with graphics at lower settings and still enjoy the game.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Mixed thoughts on Oblivion being #2. This means either lots of gamers have high powered PCs, or PC game sales are so far down that high powered PC owners now make up the majority of PC gamers. ^_^

Imavnas
Imavnas

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mephixto
mephixto

World of Warcraft still there OMFG!!

Magikdragon
Magikdragon

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gameloverx
gameloverx

hey that's awesome. I got the first comment

Magikdragon
Magikdragon

and its great to see that Oblivion is on the top 3 of the Chart! = D