US PC game charts: October 22-28

The Sims 2: Pets expansion takes the top spot on a list dominated by recent releases.

For the better part of 2006, the top spots on the PC game charts have been overrun with old games. Older games have been outpacing new releases on the charts all year long, led by 2004's perennial top 10 residents World of Warcraft and The Sims 2.

The year has also seen regular appearances by 2005's Age of Empires III and Civilization IV, as well as extended cameos by 2003's Warcraft III: Battlechest and SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition. Outside of the seemingly unstoppable Sims 2 and World of Warcraft, the best-selling games for the week of October 22-28 were not only all from 2006, but all from the month of October, according to figures from the NPD Group.

The top three spots for the week were claimed by a trio of October 17 releases. Electronic Arts' The Sims 2: Pets expansion pack took the top spot, with EA's futuristic shooter Battlefield 2142 taking the second spot and Microsoft's Flight Simulator X Deluxe landing in third place.

World of Warcraft fell no further than fourth place, followed by NCsoft's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars Nightfall in fifth and LucasArts' Star Wars: Empire at War expansion Forces of Corruption in sixth place, both in their first week of release. The last new release for the week to make the charts, Vivendi's F.E.A.R. Extraction Point expansion pack, landed in ninth place.

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30 comments
thestrateger
thestrateger

it is very good game, but it is very sad to read: "Older games have been outpacing"..."The year has also seen regular appearances by 2005's Age of Empires III"... :( (like you know/if you know age of empires III is previously to age of empires: the warchiefs.

Iffy350
Iffy350

Handhelds are for loosers! The PSP is a joke godovivel; who wants to watch a movie on a screen thats so small you cannot make out the face on spiderman what with the small resolution and stuff.

godovivel
godovivel

pc chart is a joke . GS please omit it and replace it with handheld charts

caveturd
caveturd

Uh...well...there are so many sims2 expansion packs. Daaaang! EA must be, like, friggin rich as... whatever. WoW will probably be on the chart FOREVER. I'm being serial.

s3k0t3x
s3k0t3x

this game is..... Very very cool!!! like the BF1942 oh yeah!!

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

just wait for crysis, quake wars and spore. Honestly those are going to sell so much IMO

AlphaLeviathan
AlphaLeviathan

Honestly... a friggin pet for the sims beat all those other games? I'm sorry... but the sims is just horrible, it's good for playing one guy to death and that's about it. Please god... inspire some developers to pull a decent game with good gameplay out of their a**. I'm tired of games just being about the graphics.

fluffebunnie
fluffebunnie

Screw Pets and WoW. It's all about Neverwinter Nights 2 baby!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

When any chart has older titles re-emerging into the chart it is very bad news for the hobby. The fact it changes for just 2 months of the year (Oct/Nov) with the big Xmas releases doesn't change the fact that overall a chart that is not dynamic shows a hobby that is struggling and maybe even dying. In the UK at least, when the bands started being put together my marketing companies (ie bland games) and the music became more and more re-releases of old songs (copycat games), you knew the record business, with regard singles, was going downhill. Of course, now we know that single CD sales are collapsing and the top 20 singles chart is barely paid any attention to. So it is getting with PC games. Are we surprised that the Sims are still there, and World of Warcraft? Do we really think it's because these games are so great as the media and publishers would tell you, or do you think, like me, it's because quality PC games aren't being released to compete with these titles? It;s not that we don't get quality PC games, because we do, it's just that they are becoming rarer and rarer and rarer. Oh, and of course, if that game from 3 years ago will run on your PC, but the one released last week won't, which one are you going to buy?!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

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nephthyswandere
nephthyswandere

Sims 2, Sims 2 pets, and WoW. The future looks bleak for us all :(

_Sam_
_Sam_

glad to see warchiefs on there

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

A pet expansion pack... WoW. Too bad Maxis didn't achieve this kind of success before they were bought out by Electonic Arts.

doohuh
doohuh

*Sigh - Don't people ever get sick of the Sims. I know I am!

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

I'm starting to get bored of this Sims 2 hegemony. Where's Crysis when you need it?

Prince_jeffery
Prince_jeffery

Good to see Warhammer doing well. Its such an excellent game.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

You American pc gamers have strange tastes, very different from the nz charts.

daqua_99
daqua_99

KingofTrolls - I quite enjoy the read ... anyway, for people who don't like the text, its only a small scroll down for the chart. Anyway, its a good change for some new titles to be in the PC charts ...

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

Gamespot your beginning to annoy me. Instead of posting a big wall of text just make a damn chart showing the top 10

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I wonder if next weeks chart will take into account how many people return their copies of BF2142 when they see the note that states there is spyware that is installed with the game? Probably not. I'm also expecting NWN2 to make a big splash next week at number 4 or better.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

thats right Nightfall on your little ass WoW watch your back cause your gonna get run over!

BloodReapR
BloodReapR

Why The sims got the first spot? It should be 2142 1st and then W40K dark crusade and Fear Extract point 3rd!!! The others dont really interest me.

bybeach
bybeach

Heck of an update!!!!! Bored.....A few of the 'episodos' coming out later on,then it looks like theres going to be a Crysis for me computer. Running on 3.6 and 6800 ultra,games listed i can handle well,but the wall is coming. Currently playing FEAR,Extraction.

Kensai_Akira
Kensai_Akira

why is great game like Company of Heroes got off the chart so fast?

curtizio
curtizio

Good for AoE! Hope to see this for a couple more weeks.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i thought people were tired of guild wars...i was worng i gues

radiocreed
radiocreed

Woohoo, Nightfall is doing well.

xmg0
xmg0

Not bad games