Warcraft III dominates sales charts, twice

Blizzard's real-time strategy game retains the top spot on NPD's weekly sales chart and goes straight to the top of the monthly chart for June.

Vivendi Universal has topped both of NPD Techworld's latest lists of best-selling PC games with Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. What's especially impressive about the real-time strategy game taking the top spots is that the special Collector's Edition of the game is counted separately and has itself grabbed spots on both the weekly and monthly charts. The virtual-life game The Sims and its Vacation expansion pack are right up there in positions two and three on the weekly chart, just ahead of Neverwinter Nights, despite the fact that Atari's new role-playing game has gone straight into the second position on the monthly chart.

Other new entries in the monthly chart for June 2002 were Backyard Baseball 2003 and Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs. The popularity of Grand Theft Auto III and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault showed no signs of waning, as both games retained positions in the top 10, while the likes of Spider-Man: The Movie, SimTheme Park, Civilization III, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, and the Galactic Battlegrounds expansion pack Clone Campaigns were pushed out of the top 20 in the last month.

Best-selling PC games for the week of July 7-13, 2002:

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos / Vivendi Universal / $58
2 / The Sims: Vacation / Electronic Arts / $29
3 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $43
4 / Neverwinter Nights / Infogrames / $55
5 / Grand Theft Auto III / Rockstar / $40
6 / Medal of Honor: Allied Assault / Electronic Arts / $47
7 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $27
8 / Backyard Baseball 2003 / Infogrames / $19
9 / Starcraft: Battle Chest / Vivendi Universal / $21
10 / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Collector's Edition / Vivendi Universal / $79

Best-selling PC games for the month of June 2002:

Rank This Month / Rank Last Month / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / * / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos / Vivendi Universal / $59
2 / * / Neverwinter Nights / Infogrames / $55
3 / 1 / The Sims: Vacation / Electronic Arts / $28
4 / 2 / Grand Theft Auto III / Rockstar / $44
5 / 4 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $42
6 / 8 / Medal of Honor: Allied Assault / Electronic Arts / $45
7 / * / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Collector's Edition / Vivendi Universal / $76
8 / * / Backyard Baseball 2003 / Infogrames / $19
9 / 3 / Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast / LucasArts / $49
10 / 6 / Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix / Activision / $47
11 / 14 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $27
12 / 11 / The Sims: Hot Date / Electronic Arts / $29
13 / 7 / Dungeon Siege / Microsoft / $46
14 / 5 / The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind / Bethesda / $48
15 / 16 / Starcraft: Battle Chest / Vivendi Universal / $20
16 / 9 / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Electronic Arts / $29
17 / 15 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $29
18 / * / Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs / Microsoft / $18
19 / 10 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $28
20 / 18 / Diablo II: Lord of Destruction / Vivendi Universal / $30

An asterisk indicates that the game did not appear on the previous month's list of best-selling PC games.

The lists above rank games according to retail sales. To see a list of games ranked according to GameSpot review score, visit our 6013054Top Games page .

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