US PC game charts: July 23-29

Cars races past World of Warcraft, Civilization IV benefits from its expansion's release, and Nancy Drew fights between The Sims 2's three-way hold.

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At least all of the praise from THQ and analysts for the publisher's game based on Pixar's Cars hasn't been in vain. Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures is selling so well that during the week of July 23 to 29, it toppled Blizzard's weekly stalwart World of Warcraft and 2K Games' newcomer Warlord, an expansion pack to Civilization IV, according to NPD's latest PC sales statistics.

The megapopular massively multiplayer online role-playing game slipped from the top slot to number three during the week, as it, Cars, and Electronic Arts' Sims 2 have played musical chairs with the PC charts' hierarchy for weeks. Another high-profile role-player, however, made a sudden exit: The critically lavished Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion took a bow, dropping out of the top 10 after appearing at number six the week prior.

Nancy Drew: Danger by Design made a substantial leap in the charts--eighth to fifth--and interjected itself between EA's Sims 2 juggernaut. The Sims 2 dropped to number four, while two of its expansions--Family Fun Stuff and Open for Business--appeared in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Civilization IV: Warlords made its debut at number two, while the game it supplements apparently benefited from the expansion pack's July 24 release. Although the original Civilization IV was released in October 2005, it resurfaced at number eight.

Discussion

40 comments
comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this is so awsome....wow is being pwned by cars

JMswimchic06
JMswimchic06

Guys, there are a lot of little kids out there. They went to the movie, loved it (it did relatively well in the bow office), so of course they all want to play the game and get to be jsut like their favorite characters from the movie. That's why Cars is number one. P.S.- The Sims does not suck. If it did, it wouldn't make millions of dollars and spawn multiple expansions, a sequel, and potentially a second sequel (or a sequel to the sequel).

rallykupo
rallykupo

I can't even remember the last time I actually bought a PC game. Titan Quest and Oblivion are quite fun though, maybe I'll get Civ 4.

Hadoki
Hadoki

That great dirt! ! ! That is the game type that ends being thrown here in my country... :(

Metallica_Dan
Metallica_Dan

Yay, now I know what everyone else is buying? Charts are just that: charts.

Saskija
Saskija

At least Titan Quest is in the top 10. That shows at least some people have a good taste in games.

KayHangman
KayHangman

Anyone who loves the Diablos should be checking out Titan Quest. I'm surprised it's nearing the end of the list, as it really is quite the romp, with the loot finding fun of a Diablo-type game but with a class and skill system that adds far more replayability.

The_Capitalist
The_Capitalist

There are plenty of casual gamers in PC gaming. Casual players (like children in this case) love stuff like Nancy Drew and Cars. I see an industry change in the horizon.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

PC game sucks at the moment! Good games are coming though.........

Inv_Machine
Inv_Machine

Maybe you nay-sayers against Cars: Radiator Springs Adventure are missing out on some good gameplay and replay from this sleeper hit. You'd think that if it's this good, you'd at least rent a console version of it and give it a try. Or maybe you're just here for WoW. James, you should be looking for a job, not web surfing and playing WoW non-stop until you get sick in bed again. =P

Paul_TheGreat
Paul_TheGreat

There's more casuals in PC gaming than thought.

faizali86
faizali86

world of warcraft finally loses first place. :-S

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Civilization IV already discounted in my local UK store. Not a good sign for PC gaming.... :(

bobreturns
bobreturns

ha all the americans that said UK had rubbish taste because cars was at the top of the uk top ten...look whos talking

roulettethedog
roulettethedog

This is a Summer chart . No surprise get kiddie games to shut them up.

Tehjohn
Tehjohn

ajy2: Sid didn't put his name on CivCity: Rome. While Civ IV: Warlords is "Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords", CivCity Rome is simply "CivCity: Rome". Though it is pretty crappy, I can't argue with you there.

ymcop
ymcop

huh, cars? omg, they do really well, wat a amazing suprise! ^^ lol WOW, I dun lyk WOW

NasHHHbk
NasHHHbk

Although piracy is becoming larger by the minute, its really not the biggest factor in those sales charts. Weird titles are being sold right now since most of the games that people are waiting for wont come out till winter "06 or sometime in 2007. Once HL2 Ep2, Crysis, among others arrive, the sales chart should definately change ;)

mbmariogc3s
mbmariogc3s

So piricy is finally taking it's toll. Games for kids are selling well because parents dont know how to download games. WOW and TS2 are selling well because of the fanbase. The PC gaming world will take the Fate as the Music Business. Where is the ambition to make the games when you know people are going to steal it. There is nothing to do to stop it though, so get used to charts like this :( .

Sephir0th_
Sephir0th_

wow i cant believe cars is doing so well! Thats amazing.

jochai
jochai

civ iv. one of greatest games ever.

ajy2
ajy2

While Warlords may have landed at number 2, Sid's name is tarnished with the failure that is CivCity: Rome. It couldn't even crack the top 10. I don't know why he let them use his name on a Caesar wannabe. I can't wait for Caesar IV!!! :) Based off the sales of Nancy Drew, you know someone is going to start work on a Hardy Boys game... :P

faridmon
faridmon

this chart is lame, and they say stuff about UKs chart. hypocrates

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Woohoo! Guild Wars Factions in the top 10 again. :)

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

What's the matter with PC gamers! CARS!!!!!!!!! That is so lame! Console gamers are smarter than that! Man, I'm not getting that game.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Blizzard must be sweating bucket loads now because they went all the way from #1 to #3 (I'm being sarcastic). Because I am a direct descendant of Nostradamus I will predict World of Warcraft will regain the #1 spot next week. Also, Nancy Drew at #5? What is the world coming to?

WPack911
WPack911

*Sigh* it's pretty sad that the Biggest MMO game of all time and a brand new Civ expansion were just beaten by a game of a movie months after it's release. Do PC gamers not buy games anymore, or is PC game Piracy killing the PC games sales? It's one or the other or a little of both, but any of those situations are sad ones.

kinncolts
kinncolts

wow.....the gaming world is seriously messed up

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

if Cars is that good then i should probably get it for my pc.

nomadbob5
nomadbob5

THIS IS SAD! how could the most popular online game (besides cs of course) drop below CARS! and come on Sims had three titles on the list, sims sucks.

megaunit
megaunit

The gaming world has come to an end, we pray together now.

someguy503
someguy503

omg!?!? wth?!?!!?? if this game is so good why isnt there a review on it for gamespot...

chikiychago
chikiychago

wheres episode 1 :| this sales chart is lame

Kitad
Kitad

what the hell is so good about cars

blackleech
blackleech

Some game get Cars out of the top 10 list. Please. EDIT: Get Nancy Drew out too.