US PC game charts: October 1-7

WOW returns to the top, and Caesar makes a solid debut as a list of regulars play musical chairs.

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On Wednesday October 4, World of Warcraft was further cemented into the pop-culture zeitgeist, courtesy of an episode of South Park. The Comedy Central cartoon featured a storyline that involved the show's four heroes--Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny--getting addicted to the massively multiplayer role-playing game, which left each a pimply, portly mess. Ironically, the merciless parody was done with the full participation of WOW developer-publisher Blizzard Entertainment, which helped South Park's creators create entire in-game machinima sequences.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the week of October 1-7 also saw WOW at the top of the US PC game charts, nearly two years after it first hit the market. It was the second week in a row the title was in first place after it was briefly displaced by Company of Heroes. THQ's acclaimed World War II real-time strategy game hasn't fallen far, though--it finished in second place for the second week running.

As far as debuts go, the week saw only one all-new game crack the top 10--Vivendi Games' Caesar IV. The game was the first installment in the historic city-building simulation series since 1998's Caesar III, and it received the same level of decent critical praise as its forebears.

As for the rest of the list, it was many of the same faces, such as The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff (third), The Sims 2 (fourth), Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (sixth), SimCity 4 Deluxe (seventh), and Cars Radiator Springs Adventures (ninth). Gone from the list were Star Wars: Empire at War and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, replaced by the aforementioned Caesar IV and returnees Guild Wars Factions (eighth) and Warcraft III Battlechest (10th).

Discussion

44 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

well those are still good old games ;)

Edvin76
Edvin76

I played WoW until level two. Why? Because of that idiot wolves standing in the forest in every 10 square meters doing nothing. How stupid is that. What are those wolves or (goblins or any other dumb monster) doing there standing and doing nothing, waiting for butcher and reappear 2 minutes later???? This game is a dumb sh*t. Favourite of dumb fat Americans, typical.

slickr
slickr

wooow, warcraft 3 battle chest, thats interesting! where are all the new games ?

FrankSoul
FrankSoul

when will spore come out that is the question

Timbydude
Timbydude

wow deserves it, it's already the most lucrative game of all time, why not make more money?

mickstar28
mickstar28

Wow is 'kin rubbish, it's like walking into a star trek convention.

MikeySSH
MikeySSH

you think this is bad of WoW?? Wait til the expansion comes out next month... that will be anarchy for sure!!!

theonesomedude
theonesomedude

Who the hell is buying Sim city 4 I got it when it came out a while back, got bored and sold it, I didnt know ppl still bought that game...Nice to see Caesar4 up there, even with all the horrible problems that the game has ppl still bought it, like I did :) , but It still fun, you never know when the crash would come during your game or when is the last time you can open the trade screen without a crash, it keeps you in your toes for that matter...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i held off playing WoW until about 3 months ago. it's pretty cool. blizz did a lot of things right to make the game fun, it is a little repetative though (many quests follow the same "go get this item (or kill monsters) and i'll give you some money" formula)..... too bad it doesn't look like oblivion though :(.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

I'm getting tired of Sims 2 and, of course, of WoW. Come on developers! Make some good games cause this chart is becoming boring.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Seriously, where is freaking starcraft 2!

sorrowinc
sorrowinc

But come on now, Warcraft 3 is still in the top 10, that's money too, i hope that blizzard give a share to icefrog and is DOTA, cause DOTA rulez. Just need stats now.

thedarkoracle
thedarkoracle

GW Factions is still in the game, aw yeah, baby! :P

Unstoppable_1
Unstoppable_1

If EA were to buy Blizzard I'd form a colation to boycott all EA products. Also not gonna happen. Vivendi owns Blizz.

FrankSoul
FrankSoul

EA will not Buy blizzard since its already owned by a bigger fish ( vivendi Universal) a FRENCH company ahahahah

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'm just wondering when EA will buy Blizzard. Should be any day now.

ralphikari
ralphikari

I just don't see how great or polished WOW is to crush all other RPG's in sales, MMO or otherwise. It's the Alliance vs Horrid 24/7 blah blah blah. Battles are as convincing as players and monsters stacking up at the same spot shooting arrows and spells through impenetrable landscapes. Losing a battle is ok, dying 100 times is ok because the team already "scored on Belinda";) Newbies grind to lv 60 and then collect everything with the word "epic" on it. Veterans grind to lv 70 and then leech honor and reputation points until the next expansion. Farmers make 100 golds a day and sell them on eBay for 15 dollars. You got a game. Com'on people open your eyes there are choices out there.

impossible349
impossible349

Yay, Im glad to see that on these latest 10 comments at least, no one is going "WOW sucks, I PWN WOW"! Cuz i love WOW!

daqua_99
daqua_99

Wow ... Wow is still on top ... wow ...

ajy2
ajy2

Suck it CivCity, I knew Caesar would be emperor once again. :)

terdoo
terdoo

Thers no stoping WOW after its unleashed.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

How many #1 games will it take for people to realize that Pc gaming rules and console gaming is a waste of time? Mouse and keyboard ..yeah!

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Where there is World of Warcraft dominating the charts, there are idiots who will bash it for no apparent reason. Go World of Warcraft!

PrezKennedy
PrezKennedy

SimCity 4 is worthy even three years later.

runstalker
runstalker

Nightfall's going to be sweet. Collectible, tweakable NPC heroes.

Chubbums
Chubbums

Ughh... Enough with the WoW milking, make Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3 already FFS.

themyth01
themyth01

When is WOW2 coming out, I mean the graphics are getting kind of outdated especially in the coming months. Soon they'll need a whole new MMORPG. I bet they already got it in the works, WOW2.

3afreeet
3afreeet

wow is unstoppable..everyday there is more users in there..it wil always grow n grow..i bet the southpark episode increased their rates..ohh n a cool surprise 2 find WC3 there..go blizzard

blue-fish
blue-fish

How big do you think Blizzards mountain of cash is? I'm gunna throw out a good two stories at least.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Wicked. Factions is back in the top 10 (probably because Nightfall comes out next week).

WPack911
WPack911

Wait till Burning Crusade comes out, you will hate WoW even more then cause it will own the top 2 spot's.