US PC game charts: May 7-13

Sims 2 add-on retakes top slot from Guild Wars Factions; Rise of Legends gives solid debut, Oblivion, GRAW, WOW all remain players.

Can anything stop the Sims phenomenon? Apparently not, this side of an asteroid sterilizing the Earth. Electronic Arts' ever-popular franchise once again lorded over the US PC game charts during the week of May 7-13. The top title was The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff, a content add-on that brings various domestic items and gameplay aspects to The Sims 2. Despite being released around 18 months ago, the original Sims 2 was the sixth best-selling PC game of the week, just ahead of its Open for Business expansion.

Speaking of holdovers from November 2004, World of Warcraft was the number two game of the week, yet again showing the masses' desire to emigrate to Azeroth. It was followed by newcomer Guild Wars Factions, the first stand-alone expansion for NCsoft's free massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The PC editions of two of the most popular Xbox 360 games were also represented. 2K Games and Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion continued to sell well, landing in fourth place. Ditto Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter from Ubisoft, which took the fifth slot.

Last but not least, it wouldn't be a PC top 10 without some real-time strategy titles, and the week of May 7 was no exception. The last three games on the list were all RTS games, with Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends conquering eighth place, Age of Empires III overrunning ninth, and Star Wars: Empire at War taking 10th.

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24 comments
SgtSilock
SgtSilock

World of warcraft is always up there. WOOHOO

Gr33nHippo
Gr33nHippo

goooo Guild Wars!!! i didnt realize that people actually bought sims expansion packs

trenchermanX
trenchermanX

I always found the sims to be to be too boring with no REAL payoff.I can't understand how people find it at all entertaining, but not understanding doesn't mean I hate it. None the least. But I do wish Oblivion held the #1 spot, not some add-on or expansion pack, particularly not one with the words "family" and "fun" in the title. Hey guys at EA, can you milk the sims ind. more please? Yeesh!

NightRain
NightRain

Rise of Legends should sell more. Great game.

o0pIumM
o0pIumM

Amazing how many lemmings there are in the world. Oh look a real life simulation of real life. What kind of retard falls for that one?

KayHangman
KayHangman

I couldn't get into the original Sims, and didn't bother with Sims2, but I'm quite happy to see a game that can be played by most anyone be a great seller. It's unfortunate that the rest of the industry can't find a way to attract that loyal and broad a fanbase.

trancejeremy
trancejeremy

Guild Wars I don't understand the popularity of. It's not really an RPG, more of an action game. And most people simply sit around a town with their characters dancing and calling each other names that were childish when I was in school 20 years ago...

trancejeremy
trancejeremy

I like the Sims (I've probably played it 5 days a week since getting it), but the family fun thing is such a rip off - no new gameplay, just new meshs for existing objects. OTOH, unlike say, Horse Armor for $3, at least it comes on a disc

Atomic_Mutant
Atomic_Mutant

I think there will be a time when the Sims series will be looked in retrospect with all the fondness and reverence that people associate now with Myst. Or probably that would be in the way of commemorating the release of the Sims X twenty five years down the road. I am just surprised that there are no derivative knock offs from competitors of EA, in that they just seem to have thrown in the towel. I guess some PC game developers are just happy that the Sims alone legimitizes the format of PC gaming after all.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

i disliked the sims games, they are somewhat entertaining for the first 1hour and half is say GWF sgould still be #1

faridmon
faridmon

if sims is easy to play for gamers and non-gamers, how come i can't play them? i burned my house when i played sims in my friend house, that game is hard, for me at least.

Jamaipanese
Jamaipanese

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends...i better go pick that up

shizwill03
shizwill03

LOL!!!!! I am SOOO buying that this weekend. I have every expansion pack but that one. --Notes self-- :D

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

WoW and Oblivion...... sweet. but teh sims?????????

bunty_007
bunty_007

Sims are realy good (but in PC)

rohver
rohver

what is so good about sims that its always up there?

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

So glad Ghost Recon for pc is selling well it is what every (console to) pc port should be like: ADAPTED FOR PC AND GOOD.

Zelos-W
Zelos-W

Me no like the sims... Gets boring after playing for about 2 hours..

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

The Sims will probably always be on top so get used to it. The great thing about the Sims is that it attracts gamers and non-gamers alike. Anyone can play The Sims.

korn18m
korn18m

Family Fun Stuff selling so well really makes me feel sick. Don't people know you can make your own items? There is a program designed specifically for users to make their own Sims items. Even if you're not into designing items, or if you're just plain lazy, you could download free Sims objects other users have made....

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

The Sims owns all... it's such a fun game too.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I am a little shocked to see the Sims family fun on top was not a real game just stuff for the people to buy in the game no real new jobs or stuff like that. Not saying it is bad just am surprised. Cool to see Guild Wars Factions up there.

datret
datret

It seems that the Sims is always up there.