US PC game charts: May 14-20

World of Warcraft ends the Sims' monthlong lock on the top slot as RPGs and RTS games continue to represent on NPD's weekly best-seller chart.

"The king is dead! Long live the king!" That was what many World of Warcraft players were likely saying when Blizzard's popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game retook the top slot on NPD's weekly PC game charts. The changing of the guard came during the week of May 14-20--almost exactly a year and a half after WOW first took the PC world by storm.

Two months before WOW went on sale, Electronic Arts released The Sims 2, the sequel to the Will Wright-created game that has since become a cultural phenomenon. Ever since then, either it or one of its expansions has been in NPD's top 10 PC charts, and this week was no exception. The top title was former number-one title The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff (fourth), an add-on that enhances the domestic front of the life sim. The original Sims 2 was the sixth best-selling title for the week, followed directly by the expansion The Sims 2: Open for Business.

As for the rest of the PC list, it was once again split almost evenly between two of PC gamers' favorite genres--role-playing and strategy. Besides WOW, there was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (third) and Guild Wars Factions (fifth) representing the former, and Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (second), Age of Empires III (eighth), and Civilization IV (10th) representing the latter. In ninth place was the sole shooter on the list, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter from Ubisoft.

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38 comments
Ray_sfei
Ray_sfei

i've tryed play WoW, but could not get into it, childrens graphic, nothing special with graphics, nothing special with skills or classes, i cannot understand, why its so good... really, i cannot get into any MMO of today, they are all boring. they have 2 to 6 classes and basic skills (fireball, buff for the party, what a crap) they have nothing, only, many people.. ?? i cannot wait any longer for nwn.. but i readed that atari is going down??

GamingDisgrace
GamingDisgrace

WoW WTF? Blizzard must use Ben Franklin's for toilet paper, with all the money they're raking in.

slugmuffin
slugmuffin

WoW took away your social life? WoW IS my social life. How sad is that?

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

All those people paying monthly fees for WoW, but at least people don't have to pay for Guild wars. :)

Javier
Javier

I wish I had the time to get involved with WOW

sigma8
sigma8

Make fun of WoW all you want, but I can't understand why the Sims is still on the list.

faridmon
faridmon

and they said the japan had wird taste in games, isn't sims games and MMORPG wierd taste? at least for me it is.

Chubbums
Chubbums

World of Warcraft is ok but I'm beginning to dislike it for the simple reason that until it starts losing alot of popularity blizzard will not release games from the other two franchises. Until WOW is gone for good don't count on seeing a Diablo 3 anytime soon.

old-snake
old-snake

WoW just Wow how this is possible after two years?OMG i think WoW will never live the charts

faizali86
faizali86

WoW has made history with its number of online players. WoW burning crusade is only going to add to the original game sales :)

Bizzar3
Bizzar3

WoW ...this game took away my social life.

apanizo
apanizo

Damn who the hell hasn't played WoW by now? It's a great game and all but damn the games been out forever.

bukkookkub
bukkookkub

where is Unreal Tournament 2k4? haha.. ok it's the only game i'll play forever.... or til 2k7 is released ^_^

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

WoW is an exceptional game is hard to believe that is still going strong on sales, but then I believe 7 million people around the world play it .

phatzui
phatzui

I play WoW from time to time but WTH, it's not THAT good. I like that things are going well for MMO's though, the genre could sure use a few more good titles.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

WOW its funny to see WOW back on top. By now you would think every one would own it. But I guess not. I do not get how The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff is number four all it is is new stuff no new story or any thing like that. You can download almost all the things online for free so why pay for stuff you can get for free.

juanfraino
juanfraino

Wow just dosent seem to slow down in sales, how can that be.

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

"Wow = most over-rated game ever. Yawn. " Clearly the most overrated games every are the Zelda games.

wytefang
wytefang

Wow = most over-rated game ever. Yawn.

anime-2k3
anime-2k3

Woot WOW is still going strong

jonas__5
jonas__5

I just bought world of warcraft, and I don

Nizz420
Nizz420

Hah WoW is in first, shows you how many quality games have been out in the past 2 years.

erikers
erikers

So boring a bunch of sims and rpgs. Talk about acquired taste

xoverkillx
xoverkillx

Wow world of warcraft released on 2004 and is still making it number 1 in the chart. Thats pretty amazing

lessthankris
lessthankris

i tried playing wow but it boring for me so i never really got into it. :(

woohooforme
woohooforme

The Sims 2 STILL sells big? Pretty amazing if you ask me.

megaunit
megaunit

Cant wait to get my hands on WoW once i finish building my PC :)

ste90
ste90

World of warcraft will never leave the chart EVER! and i think that is pretty much a fact and when bruning crusades comes out it will be burning crusade at the top and world of warcraft at 2 but there is some really good games in that chart but the sims is still popular and still selling well with 3 versions in the chart but there all pretty good games in the PC chart.