US PC game charts: August 20-26

Madden sacks WOW for the top spot on NPD's weekly best-seller list; Railroad Tycoon, Warcraft III, and Elder Scrolls IV reenter top 10.

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After more than a month on top, World of Warcraft was finally knocked out of the number one slot of the PC game chart during the week of August 20-26. According to weekly sales-volume rankings from the NPD group, it was usurped by the debut of another mammoth title, Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 07.

Madden was the biggest--and only--all-new game in the PC top 10 charts. The classic compilation Warcraft III Battle Chest thundered back into the top 10 nearly three years after its release, conquering seventh place. It was joined by another reentry, 2K Games and Bethesda Softworks' Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 10th.

The rest of the chart was filled by familiar faces. The Sims 2 came in third, followed by Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Gold in fourth. Nancy Drew: Danger By Design sleuthed its way to fifth, ahead of the Sims 2: Open For Business expansion pack. The film tie-in/minigame comp Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures finished in eighth, just in front of the ever-popular "god game" Civilization IV.

Discussion

37 comments
Mephistroth
Mephistroth

agree with frblaze - exactly, hell everyone already has WoW and its still high on the weekly selling charts after 2 years, madden just came out and is a joke

frblaze
frblaze

Guys this is just based on the number of games sold for that week. When you think about WoW which has been around for 2 years, it has probably outsold everything in this list combined. Madden for PC, it's pretty much a laughing stock to be on this list. I expect many people to return it for store credit.

Curufinwe8
Curufinwe8

My 5th grade teacher (woman) used to play roller-coaster tycoon. PC sales charts show that women rule the retail market. Cars, the sims, nancy drew, and to a lesser extent, TES: oblivion prove this.

Nitar
Nitar

Mox_Firefox... in case you didn't even read the title, these are SALES charts. This has nothing to do with Gamespot. They are just letting you know which games sold.

Mox_Firefox
Mox_Firefox

OMG! Madden is just another sports game... How can it even be in the top 10? And unbelievable that Civ IV and Cars beats Oblivion... Gamespot is getting worse by the day.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

lol madden sucks why the hell is it even in the top 10... its a sad world we live in....

mjfru
mjfru

YEAH WOW! But . . . . they'll get first place really soon . . . . WoW OWNS the charts . . . . but apocalypse happens when WoW is off the top 10 . . . . which will never happen lol GO WOW!

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

LOL madden beats out WOW .. what a Joke! (notice i didnt use a capital M on madden?)

_Sam_
_Sam_

I don't know jake :?

zerodark9
zerodark9

WoW being #2?, wasnt that a sign the world is gonna end?

faizali86
faizali86

thats temporary. wow will be back up there when nfl fever is over.

Blazer88
Blazer88

I'd expect all those old mainstays to fall off the chart here soon as newer and much more interesting games start to come out. At least I would hope so because if you still playing WoW 2 years later you really need to start questioning your taste. It was fun for maybe the first 6 months and then rapidly gets boring from there and the expansion which adds nothing all that interesting isn't going to help. And good god who buy Nancy Drew games?

daqua_99
daqua_99

Madded doesn't even break into the Top 10 in Oz ...

s0l0123
s0l0123

YAY for WARCRAFT III!!!!!!

ajy2
ajy2

I hope Caesar IV can crack the top 10 at the end of the month. CivCity and Glory of the Roman Empire never came close so I wonder if people are waiting for the grand daddy of them all to hit the scene. We need at least one good city builder this year!

azizrulez
azizrulez

warcraft 3 is a timeless classic it truly deserves the spot

holhardy
holhardy

Madden on PC??? BEAT WOW...wow. Nobody at my store bought it for PC. funny.

raichudl
raichudl

Wow has not always been in first place.

rbrtchng1
rbrtchng1

Cars beat oblivion and civ4? That is unbelievable.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

How has Nancy Drew stayed on this list for so many weeks? It boggles the mind. I guess house wives must be getting sick of watching soaps all day. Totally unexplainable.

Versus_XIII
Versus_XIII

I'm apathetic. I also play sport games too.

gnbfd
gnbfd

It's the Apocalypse!!! Madden beat Wow on the PC!!!!

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

FINALLY WoW is NOT in 1st place. Not that Madden NFL is all great either. You know, as soon as MOHA comes out, I imagine it will be in first place again. Finally MOH will own the PC again, with no COD getting in the way.

dchan01
dchan01

Wow. PC gamers play sports games?

damariofan
damariofan

The title mentioned Railroad Tycoon. Did you confuse that with RCT3:Gold?

Slaveways
Slaveways

madden wont be up there for long

curtizio
curtizio

Ouhh! I like the results that are up there... It all looks like what it should be... For the most part.

WarVengeance
WarVengeance

I can't wait until more pc games come out this holiday

radiocreed
radiocreed

Looks like WOW has been dethroned, but 2 warcraft titles in the top 10, that's pretty good. However, the WC3 scene doesn't have much ladder games these days, most people play DOTA.

erikers
erikers

Must...resist urge...too mention...the same crappy sim and strategy/rpg games that fill this list every single week. Pc gamers buy garbage. I love that almost every game on that list is in part 2,3, or 4 of it's lifespan (Madden is in about part 17) and the rest consists of Nancy Drew and Cars. Struggling for originality much? PC gaming rules.