US PC game charts: June 25-July 1

Titan Quest debuts in the third spot; EA's strategy-minded take on the NFL breaks the plane of the top 10.

While beleaguered writers of PC sales-chart stories may be tired of trying to come up with new and interesting ways of talking about World of Warcraft's umpteenth week on top of the charts, it's a good bet Vivendi Universal and Blizzard Interactive never get sick of it. They'll be happy to know the massively multiplayer online game is tops again this week, with last week's second place, Cars: Radiator Springs Adventure, once again racing behind it and looking for the opportunity to pass.

As for new faces on the charts this week, THQ's mythologically minded action role-playing game Titan Quest turned in a heroic third-place showing, while Electronic Arts' inaugural installment of the sports management sim NFL Head Coach made a somewhat surprising appearance at the 10 spot. In an odd twist for the PC charts, Head Coach was the closest thing to a pure strategy game on the list this week, as Age of Empires III and Heroes of Might and Magic V fell off the top 10. The only other game with a virtually identical console counterpart on the charts is 2K Games' Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which has been a regular on the list since its March release, and landed at number eight this week.

The rest of the chart looks mighty familiar, with Electronic Arts' trio of current Sims offerings locking up the fourth-through-sixth spots, and NCsoft's Guild Wars Factions proving that World of Warcraft isn't the only MMO in town at number seven. The boxed version of Valve Software's Half-Life 2: Episode 1 was the biggest mover this week, dropping six spots to number nine. However, the NPD chart does not take into account online sales of the game via Valve's Steam download service.

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34 comments
glaukus
glaukus

Guys FFS what's with all the hate parade for WOW? Mommy 's not giving her credit card for a subscription or unemployment hit ur door and u can't afford to eat let alone subscribe into a great game? You should be worried more for position number 2!! or the never ending moronic sims mania which after all does nothing more than training you in the hard core capitalistic roadway of happiness of Furniture, Two Floor Houses and a great Career, no matter if you are just going zagazaga making no sense. As for wow, blaming a game for the ones who play it, that's hilarious the least. Newsflash, wow is sold 19.99 from the beginning of the year... and 12euros per month is ONE DRINK when u go at a bar, that's not THAT MUCH money for a game u enjoy! (20 for character transfer is Stupid money though)!! Anyway am not saying that Blizzard is not earning a Shiitload of money but just think that other companies should do like Blizzard focus on 3 games per decade instead of making 3 games a month and MAYBE they see that kind of success and we see BETTER GAMES... As for the dude who is obviously refering to Naxramas instance as a copy paste I MUCH doubt it he has the capability of entering there to find out forhimself... Guild Wars btw is a game I owned played and FINISHED in less than a month, it has kick ass graphics (far better than wow) but it's so short, u can even call it short for RPG let alone MMORpg...The simplistic and boring PvP arenas should just disappear and having the world world as an instance surely is lonely for MMO, let alone the ability to take henchmen... In other words plz dont compare Guild Wars to WoW, the comparison is not fair for Ncsoft and the developers of GW... Maybe shouldav spent more time in game developing and testing than Marketing and producing exquisit rendered videos that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with the in game story and gameplay... Ah and btw dont forget that wow is a game consistent of 5 CDs costing 19euros... people that know how the sales counting is done will probably realise it will be long before it fells off the top... (and i really hope it will at some point)

navbains
navbains

good to see guild wars and titan quest in the top 10.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Never occured to anybody the chart is the same because nobody's buying anything? We get singles staying in the charts weeks on end and staying at no.1 for weeks on end and we're told it's because it takes much fewer CD single sales to get in the charts as sales have declined over the years. Well it's now the same with PC games, sales have dropped nearly 30% just in the last year. 10 years ago you needed to sell over 200,000 PC games to get to No.1. Now it's 70,000. In a year it'll be 45,000. So don't see the same title at the top of the charts and say 'that title must be great if so many people are buying it', look at the chart and say 'sales are getting lower and lower so the chart is chnging less and less, I am going to be careful about what I assume from chart positions'. Why do you think you only hear things like Half Life 2 has sold 4 million worldwide, but never get the sales figures of pc games in general, week on week? It's because nobody in the media or the industry wants to advertise the fact that sales arefalling through the floor!

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

Cars and World of Warcraft? Is this a joke?

_Sam_
_Sam_

AOE III lasted a LONG time up there!!

Curufinwe8
Curufinwe8

You would think WoW would be like the overused prostitute at the brothel, worn out and unwanted. I suppose 12 yr olds are as easy to fool as the jokes say. Copy and paste a dunegon, put a new name on it, and the kiddies are happy. Also, WoW hired a guild master furor as a developer. Apparantly he has learned how to milk the cash cow. The young games all seem to be holding on to the top 10 games. June 2006 games are selling a fraction of what a march 2006 and 2004 games are. So bad...however, good PC sales prevent all our beloved games from going to the console.

jakemanp
jakemanp

wow will never be beaten ^_^ sry wow haters

erikers
erikers

A bunch of role playing and virtual life games. Hmm, this seems to really reinforce the "sad nerd" stereotype of most people buying this crap.

Oni
Oni

It's almost good everyone plays WoW ... . At least 90% of the people in that game have the IQ of a peanut. We're talking about the lowest common denominator of intelligence here. If you do plan on playing WoW you better be fluent In Dorkanese. Example: "d00d u r pwned, my 13wt is 1337, j00 sux0r! ph33r meh n00b lol"

coolmark
coolmark

oh snap half life 2 man half life 2 if onli online sales were counted half life 2 would be higher and wow would still be number one:(

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Prey crushing WoW, not gonna happen. Prey is a very bland FPS.

bigelf72
bigelf72

Wow is #1 don't be hate'n. And for all you peeps not familiar with financial gain. If current trends continue blizzard stands to make a 6.6 billion dolllar revenue by the end of the year.

crills
crills

WERE THE GOOD GAMES AT IN MY OPINION THESES GAMES ARE WACK I NEED SOMETHING NEW AND FRESH 4 MY 360 I JUST GUESS IM SELL THIS 360 WHEN THE WII COMES OUT AT LEAST THER PROMISEING SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT AND NOT THE SAME THING RECYCLED

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

WoW, 3 versions of the Sims 2 that are all the same, and other rehashed games. Must be a drought of good games.

timts
timts

why there's never sales number associated with the chart? bestbuy/circuitcity recently sell wow for $19.99 each instead of $39.99, that probably helps the sale a lot.

relset
relset

kaziechameleon is right !!!! I`ve said the same words when I see the price Go go Titan quest !!!

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

go guild wars, i must say that wow is quite a dissapointing lead, not only is it 50 dollars but it is also 10 a month, i love blizzard games but this is one i don't want to play since 90 percent of the people in my dorm last year that played this were real loosers, and i mean they kinda sucked at life. they would lock their door so that no one could bother them during their 8 hour sessions. what nerdum, guild wars however has a much nicer crowd that is a game i feel compelled to pick up, and i'll do that soon as i beat ninja gaiden black. what a great, long long long game. and difficult

rlsmith42
rlsmith42

WoW is such a failure and is bringing down PC gaming. That's why it has sold only 6 million copies *sarcasm*. Obviously it is a format people like, so stop hating it.

d3athwish
d3athwish

WoW... Blizzard is raking in the cash... think: $15/month x Every Stinking Player = Bucko Bucks. Time consuming game btw, but addicting.

shion3567
shion3567

NNOOO AOE 3 dont follow the light!!!!

Imallvol7
Imallvol7

World of Warcraft is such a rip off. Why does anyone pay that much to buy the game and then pay 10$ a month to keep playing?

Plays_4_Pants
Plays_4_Pants

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blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Why are people still buying Wow it is not that wow of a game.

FRoStYisGoD
FRoStYisGoD

not only 1 game of sims but 2 thats amazing and its been on there for like ever

iciris
iciris

I cant beleave how long Sims 2 has been on there. Someone should do some research and find out how long its been on the top 10.

mbmariogc3s
mbmariogc3s

the sims 2 has been on there for almost 2 years!