US PC game charts: July 16-22

World of Warcraft, Cars, Sims 2 swallow the top spots yet again; several new faces pad out the top 10.

For the fifth straight week, Blizzard Entertainment's massively multiplayer role-playing game World of Warcraft was the king of retail, according to industry-tracking NPD Group's figures for the week of July 16 to 22. And for the third straight week, it was followed up by THQ's adaptation of the Pixar film Cars and Electronic Arts' The Sims 2, in that order.

The next chunk of titles should be familiar to those who follow the charts. A pair of Sims 2 expansions trailed the mother product in fourth and fifth place, while 2K Games' role-playing game Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion continues its open-ended journey through the list, finding itself in the six spot for the week. THQ's own RPG, Titan Quest, followed close behind in seventh.

Some seminew faces rounded out the top 10, as the "gold" compilation of Atari's hit theme-park simulation game Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 came in eighth, followed by the latest adventure from the famous girl detective Nancy Drew and Star Wars Battlefront II, returning to the list after a one-week absence.

Departing the lofty heights of the top 10 this week was a diverse trio of titles. Prey's stint near the top of the charts was a brief one, as 2K Games' sci-fi first-person shooter fell from its fifth place debut out of the top 10 entirely in its second week of release. NCsoft's fee-free MMORPG Guild Wars Factions slipped out of the upper echelon of titles after becoming a fixture there since its April launch. Meanwhile, ValuSoft's Paws & Claws Pet Vet came up lame, missing the cut after finishing ninth for the previous week.

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jasonorme666
jasonorme666

WoW Needs To GO! Its taken away everything gaming is about, and turned it into a money grabbing experiment. which sucks the life force out of its players and turns them into braindead zombies.. My brother included, I swear he is getting dumber by the day, just yesterday I saw him swinging his baby around thinking it was a epic weapon.

ewjim
ewjim

:lol: Sims 2 on 3 & 4 & 5 places?! THAT'S TERRIBLE!!! I don't want to see it even in "Top 100 games"! :twisted:

SunnySimantov
SunnySimantov

I wish The Sims will go over WoW sales. WoW - blah Sims- wooooo!! Even though I believe The Sims has obssesed my lil sister (GIMME SIMS NOW@)$*(()$@&)), I still see it as one of my favourite games buisness wise and gameplay wise. No other game than this has appealed so much to women. Married, 30+ with children, women.

Reetesh
Reetesh

RCT 3 Gold Still has its shine:D

xxcommixx
xxcommixx

WoW looks like a pretty dumb game. I have never played it, but from what ive seen ppl loose their heads over this game. They talk different ,they act different, its like a desease or something. I persenally preffer shooter games.

DarknessOfFate1
DarknessOfFate1

ok you cant spell and yourve never played them so you dont like them. Real smart.

ymcop
ymcop

So boring, Wow and car, again and again, awful ! I have never played those games, dun lyk dem, ever!

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

World of Warcraft 5 weeks and running. Just wait til Burning Crusade comes, oh man it's gonna be crazy. But World of Warcraft deserves it. Not just the best MMO of all-time but one of the greatest games I have ever played.

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

Battlefront II and Oblivion are good games. I'm glad to see them come back. I found World of Warcraft to be a surprise at first, but nevertheless, I thought about it and realized that it's not surprising that Blizzard's addicting MMO is still up there.

Troika
Troika

WoW was a lot of fun but I got bored with it. I'm currently have a blast with Oblivion and have been thinking about picking up Titan Quest.

dredd2472000
dredd2472000

i was one of those ppl who just bought WoW and its a great game should have got it long time ago

blackleech
blackleech

We really got some strange titles making it to the top 10 list - Cars is still #2 for some reason and we have some strange Nancy Drew game. It'll be a pretty long time before the Sims 2 and its gang and/or WoW drop from the top 10 list completely.

Kamen_Rider_H
Kamen_Rider_H

"When will WoW ever drop from the top 10?" -icy06 When WoW 2 is released.

faxekondi3
faxekondi3

What is going on here. WoW still on the list no1 thats just crazy why do ppl keep buying it.

megaunit
megaunit

Looks like Guild Wars fell off.

kinncolts
kinncolts

WHY DO U PEOPLE BUY THE CARS GAME!!!!!!.......seriously....if people continue to buy crappy games....that will encourage publishers to make a crappy title for some kids movie and be assured millions of dollars in sales!! and wow Prey certainly went away pretty darn fast..

HoundDawgDP
HoundDawgDP

WoW will continue to retain #1 as long as Blizzard keeps banning farming accounts. Farmers make so much $ from the game, they can afford to purchase new licenses. Do the math, and you'll see that Blizzard has it's own way of getting a share of the farming...

AnOldMan
AnOldMan

Agree with Tiefster, who is buying all of those Sims 2 now days? I appreciate the Walmart buyers, but dang, its been out for two years! If you thought you were interested wouldnt you have bought it already? I cringe that I never played Sims or SIms 2 (one of those I know I should have but it just doesnt seem 'fun' to me), but honestly, still on the chart after 2 years? WoW as number 1 doesn't surprise me, multiple accounts, people left and return , etc... still pretty popular. But honestly, Sims 2? ...*stumped*...

abdu4
abdu4

WoW and cars leading.

Eadara
Eadara

hooray beer!... I mean WoW

Piernik
Piernik

PC games are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo boring.

bldalyncsu
bldalyncsu

A key thing to remember is that just because a game sells well doesn't mean its a great game. Same thing happens with movies........Pirates sequel anyone??? Games like Prey and others are great games. Don't let their absence on this list deter you from buying them. That would be ignorant. It's nice to see TitanQuest up there though.

Chubbums
Chubbums

Being as to how WOW is so popular worldwide do you think it can break the sales record for a game sold in a day when Burning Crusade is released?

relset
relset

titan quest is still here

Tolkien13
Tolkien13

Damn there would be alot that would buy the Burning Crusade.

sosakey
sosakey

I guess that prove prey sucks, it just in one week only. I was waiting for the price drop...now I can save my 40 bucks....

tyler2010
tyler2010

Wow and Sims 2 are both from 2004.....Wow

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

umm...nancy drew, WHO SAID GIRLS DON'T PLAY GAMES?!?

godovivel
godovivel

wow WOW is still there . pc gamers enjoy it !

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

I can't belive Sims 2 and WoW are still big hits. If you look at the WoW review section, you'll see that it gets multiple reviews every day. Doesn't everyone have this game already?

LordBrittish
LordBrittish

Wow, WOW is is STILL number one. That is just insane. How long has it been up there now?

Curufinwe8
Curufinwe8

Nancy Drew? That came out of left field. Is anyone else sick of WoW and the sims? Also, why cars?

KayHangman
KayHangman

Games that have wide appeal (WoW, The Sims 2) are going to continue to be popular until a new game (or version) comes along to replace them. If games would become more sophisticated and appeal to a broader audience, you'll get them sticking on the sale list a lot longer. Those that drop off quick are typically niche products in terms of their player-base. A lot of games don't even make it on these lists because they are too niche even for big sales (in comparison to those usually listed above). Price drops help in keeping older games up there, too.

Tiefster
Tiefster

I don't understand how The Sims 2 is still there after almost 2 years

icy06
icy06

When will WoW ever drop from the top 10?