US PC game charts: July 30-August 5

Cars spins out, leaves an opening at the top for World of Warcraft; Half-Life 2: Episode One rejoins the PC charts.

For the last week of July, THQ's Cars: Radiator Springs Adventure vaulted to the top of the best-selling PC games list. Cars' feat was all the more impressive because it sold more copies than not only 2K Games' high-profile newcomer, Civilization IV: Warlords, but also Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing heavyweight, World of Warcraft.

The first week of August, however, saw the Pixar movie tie-in fall sharply, from first to sixth--leaving an opening for World of Warcraft to once again retake the top slot, according to the latest sales statistics from NPD Funworld. Electronic Arts' long-standing virtual-life simulator The Sims 2, at fourth last week, moved ahead to number two.

The week also saw the return of Half-Life 2: Episode One, which last appeared, at number five, on the retail charts during the week of July 2 to 8. In reality, Episode One--the first of three planned add-ons to Valve Software's 2004 first-person shooter Half-Life 2--likely sold many more copies than this week's charts position indicates. NPD Funworld's sales figures only count boxed games sold in retail stores--but Episode One receives a substantial portion of its sales from Steam, the Bellevue, Washington-based developer's digital-distribution platform.

In its second week on the charts, Civilization IV: Warlords showed resiliency, dropping only one place to number three, after it joined Cars last week for a short-lived reign atop World of Warcraft.

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Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Hardware manufacturers will never let pc gaming totally die because noone would ever upgrade their computers if not to run the latest games

impossible349
impossible349

I'm gonna be scared of how much the expansion for WoW sells.

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

there are way too many gd games that are coming out in fall winter, and sales are always slower in the summer, cept this year u had ds lite, and games lik dead rising come out for consoles

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

People have been predicting the death of PC gaming for over a decade now and it is still here. It will never die because the true trailblazers will own a powerful PC and will want the best, most advanced games to test their system with and there will always be developers who will want to fill that need. I also look at 360 owners and feel sorry for them because they are getting nickel and dimed to death with those microtransactions and I feel proud to be able to play the same game on my PC and download better stuff for free. PC gaming will always lead the way featurewise with the consoles struggling to keep up. It's too bad the consoles get way more games but most of them are substandard rubish so it all evens out in the end.

modem22
modem22

LOL U guys dont undertand PC gaming at all.....Consider this 60% of all Xbox 360 titles have been released for PC.....ohh and BTW with better graphics (With proper Hardware of course)

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

PC gaming is having a drought..........

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Why is WOW still high in the charts? Why is the Sims still No.1? Why is HL2 EP1 back in the charts? Why is Oblivion still in the chart? Simple. No decent game have been released in the last 3 months, sales are way down, so basically, sell 10 copies and you're in the charts. The longer you see these same titles in the charts, the more you know PC gaming is going through a tough patch, or living it's last days - take your choice.

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

Shouldn't every damn Computer gamer in US have WoW at this point?? When is this thing gonna stop selling NEW copies??

matte989
matte989

I still can't believe the success Blizzard has had with World of Warcraft. They have recently said that their Wow content team broke 100 employees. No other MMO in the world has a 'live' team that leet.

Shingo
Shingo

w00t Nancy Drew!! WoW!!!! PC gaming is da bomb1!!!11!

relset
relset

somebody say that this is not true, i don`t believe that no game can beat WOW!!

Tolkien13
Tolkien13

And there are some nutjobs who think WAR can kill WoW, Ahahahahaha!

s151990
s151990

faizali86, look at the chart again. Oblivion is #8. Also my friend has WOW, he played it for about a month then hasn't touched it since. I wonder how many of those sales represent people like that who decided to get a life and stop living a virtual one.

ccgod
ccgod

who is buying cars :shock:

faizali86
faizali86

hmmm........strange, no prey on the list, or even oblivion........

neohakusho
neohakusho

lol @ cars. anyway, horray for wow & sims!

Inv_Machine
Inv_Machine

Again guys, all a matter of opinion. If you want your favorite game to be #1 on the Top PC game charts, then tell your friends about it! Probably not effective for WoW, since everybody pretty much already has the game. =P

Qiron
Qiron

screw WoW... Guild Wars FTW:)

The_MrB
The_MrB

Wow, no Guild Wars Factions... Man, it never ceases to amaze me how much the Sims sells. I just don't get what people see in that game. I've played a little of my sister's copy and thought it was pretty repetitve and boring, but whatever floats your boat. She sure likes it.

patton101
patton101

PC games are slim pickins if WoW is still number one considering its not even that great of a game. And I'm sick of all those Sims 2 games on the charts everyweek. I dont like knowing EA is still making tons of money off crappy half-assed games.

gameman_4
gameman_4

wtf wow still no.1 thats just insaine no wonder developers complain about bad sales due to mmorpg

ryder68
ryder68

halo gona rock the chart when it gets to pc!

WPack911
WPack911

WOW is just too good to stop, it is Jordans Bulls, nobody stands a chance against it. I play it and love it too, so I can see why it is so popular.

daqua_99
daqua_99

Not good ... same faces for around a year ...

ymcop
ymcop

=.=' dun lyk wow

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Don't worry everyone! Armageddeon is no longer apon us! World of Warcraft is back on top!

Kitad
Kitad

glad to know aoe3 still selling well, it deserves it

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

WoW, when will it end. Cars, when will it end.

ChaosWeevil13
ChaosWeevil13

Yeah, I got a trial of WoW, and it was fun... For the first hour or so. Then the quests that are all THE FRICKIN SAME started to get annoying. I can see playing of there was no monthly fee, but not as it is now. Guild Wars FTW.

yb125
yb125

Ofcourse cars is up there, it's a decent game moive tiein we don't get those very often. Every time a lady comes in and ask for a game to get her 13 or under nephew she gets told "cars" when Lego Star Wars 2 comes out she'll get that instead. Wow's only 20 bucks at gamestop so it keeps selling like crazy.

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

wow lol. WoW still there. just.. wow.

Lee2000
Lee2000

Damn get em nancy!!!

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

WOW!...(pukes) Cant...Believe...people...still...buy...the...game...(pukes...again!)

chrontricross
chrontricross

still up there in the ranks the sims 2.. it will be number one when the sims 2 pets comes out in a few months

mrhankeydinks
mrhankeydinks

Why was cars on the list ever? are more pc gamers 6 instead of of 20s to about 40s?

juanfraino
juanfraino

Can someone please stop WoW. seriously. :P

supamancam
supamancam

Just wondering, do WoW 2 month prepay sales count towards the sales rank? If so, not really much of an accomplishment to stay up there so long.. If not, just amazing, lol

XaosII
XaosII

Well, theres been news of the expansion coming out. Its likely gifts to other people to get them started to experience the expansion content.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

At least WOW is a good game. The whole PC charts are way better than console chart where stupid Brain age and Mario games are on top.

enemyvillain
enemyvillain

Its been like 2 years since its laucnh. im surprise that wow is still up there.

Eadara
Eadara

WoW is at the top and all is right with the world.

_Sam_
_Sam_

AOE III is back on the list!