US PC game charts: May 21-27

Oblivion retakes the sales throne, Heroes of Might & Magic V debuts in third, Rise of Nations slides to eighth.

Online may be the future of the role-playing game genre, but single-player adventuring isn't dead yet. A resurgent Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion relit the dragonfires of gamers' hearts and wallets this week, claiming the top spot on the NPD weekly PC sales charts. During the week of May 21 to 27, Oblivion dethroned last week's champ, the massively multiplayer success World of Warcraft, which slipped to the second spot.

While those two RPGs were duking it out for the top spot, a representative from a much less popular genre snuck in right behind them. Ubisoft's turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might & Magic V debuted on the chart in the third slot. While that helped push fellow turn-based strategy game Civilization IV off the charts completely, it did give the subgenre a higher spot than any real-time strategy game this week. Microsoft's real-time one-two punch of Age of Empires and Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends came in the eighth and tenth spots, respectively.

A trifecta of Electronic Arts' Sims titles held their ground on the charts, with the Sims 2 expansion packs Family Fun Stuff and Open for Business holding their respective spots at number four and number seven, while the original The Sims 2 moved up from sixth to fifth, swapping places with the NCsoft MMORPG Guild Wars Factions. EA also provided the only first-person shooter on the list, Battlefield 2, which took the ninth spot on the list.

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46 comments
NightRain
NightRain

I hope Rise of Nations won't slip too much... it's an awesome game.

daemous
daemous

WoW isn't a business model based on box sales. It's recurring monthly revenue from subscriptions. It took the previously imagined ceiling of MMORPG players and increased the count by over an order of magnitude.

Mr_pAiN
Mr_pAiN

elder scrolls still leads!!! WoW and sims 2 still ALIVE!!!

nightfend
nightfend

It is amazing to see that WoW is still selling so well. It's old and already has 6 million members. How many more people can possibly play that game? And what happened to Ghost Recon for PC?? Geez, that game is already off the charts.

ajwall4
ajwall4

The Sims 2 people enjoy building things. Personally, after a long day of being a nice guy, I like to inflict some misery in a game.

azizrulez
azizrulez

Sims 2 still in the top 10 list its amazing that the game is still popular after so many years

xpdude
xpdude

Sims 2 just never gets off the list...

halfling666
halfling666

even with the re-rating of ECIV it sells!

Eggon1
Eggon1

thats cool Elder scrolls rock wit it, lean wit it

lordxymor
lordxymor

are you high on something? Oblivion gameplay isn't boring, it's great, but I'm past the hype. Now playing: HeroesV. That's cool.

Blackat
Blackat

Arg why are people buying TES? It was sooo boring! They nailed the graphics, the combat, the world... but forgot the gameplay! People don't buy it unless patch 1.2 fixes known issue: No actual gameplay included in original release

unholygemini
unholygemini

ES4:Oblivion and BF2 are both up there, good. I am at peace now.

SunnySimantov
SunnySimantov

That's one reason I'm proud of being a Sims owner- it keeps getting sold!! :D :D

mareaper
mareaper

Wow, it's sad. College really ruined my PC Gaming habits. I do not have a single game on that list :( Time to get back to gaming.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I think they should combine the numbers for ES4 and the collectors edition to give a true idea of how many they are selling

samuelnoir
samuelnoir

When I think that I'm still playing Morrowing because my comp won't run Oblivion it makes me really really sad ... =/

Jas2_3
Jas2_3

WOW still up there, damn man. Especially with those cartoonish graphics.

slickr
slickr

the chart is prety crazy, wow and sims 2 still selling, just wow!

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

lol Oblivion is on a roll and is having great momentum for the holiday season.

jansdman
jansdman

I don't care what peole says/complain about monthly subscription fee on MMO's game but World of Warcraft saved me money coz I haven't bought a full game since Dragon Quest VIII. That saved me hundreds of dollars. Woot for WoW!!!

nametaken
nametaken

Do these numbers include electronic downloads? Or is this chart strictly off-the-shelf sales?

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

The Sims 2 still holding strong. Nice to see.

mrhankeydinks
mrhankeydinks

i don't have WOW, waste of Money. Although i'm glad to see oblivion at the top. And actually i can see why some old games are really selling. A lot of my friends who weren't pc gamers are buy gaming rigs and buying games like Oblivion, WoW, and BF2.

smbius
smbius

Nice to see the PC gaming market alive and kicking.

Lt_Death100
Lt_Death100

The people who you would look to see if they had a copy wouldn't have a copy, it's the people you don't check ;).

201090er
201090er

same here, I just can't understand how Sims sells soo much, yet I don't know one single person who owns one single copy...

rta
rta

interesting to see AOE3 up there. btw gnbfd, you're not alone, i don't own either wow or oblivion and never will.

mjfru
mjfru

wow WoW is still selling! that's insane same with sims 2

moocow21
moocow21

Glad to see Oblivion is still selling really well! :)

mrplow1817
mrplow1817

redwinder, hitman was released on May 30. These sales only go up to the 27th

gnbfd
gnbfd

How can every PC owner except for me not have WoW???

redwinder
redwinder

where the hell is hitman 4 on that list? :( dammit people!!!

dcoy8
dcoy8

go BF2!!! keep on selling!

EvoStvO
EvoStvO

LOL...Awesome Go B/Softworks

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

factions!!! NOOO!!! how could the good consumer markets of the world betray me!!

american_in_pt
american_in_pt

Sims 2 just might be on the chart when Sims 3 comes out lol...anyways...ES4 deserves it, the game ROX...

death919
death919

Woot, go WoW! One of the greatest games of all time!!! :D

CYbErBoT101
CYbErBoT101

Sims2 god!! how can there be Pc sales chart without them...can u say one of the most succesful games ever?

borris_1
borris_1

ES4 is t3h pwnage. It really is one of my favourite, if not favourite game ever.

mbmariogc3s
mbmariogc3s

We love the sims 2. 1.5 years and not off the list yet

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Sweet Elder scrolls on top. Close for WOW taking first I wonder how many people do not own WOW with it having over 6 million playing I wonder how many more will join.