2004 megahits World of Warcraft and The Sims 2 continue to top sales, Microsoft Flight Simulator X sales take off again.
PC game sales chart-watchers that took a few weeks off for the holidays haven't missed much, as there has been zero movement in the top spots for weeks. The industry-tracking NPD Group today released its top-selling software chart for the week of January 7-13, and for the third consecutive week, World of Warcraft, The Sims 2, and The Sims 2: Pets have placed first, second, and third, respectively.
While Electronic Arts' life simulator series clung to two of the three places on the podium, its supporting packs lost a little steam this week. The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff dropped from fifth place to ninth, while The Sims 2: Open for Business lost its tenuous hold on the list entirely, falling off from its 10th-place finish the week before.
Atari's Neverwinter Nights 2 also fell from the top 10 for the week, with the two open slots filled by the returning casual puzzler Bejeweled 2 at number 10 and Microsoft's Flight Simulator X Deluxe at number six. EA's Battlefield 2142 continued its war of attrition, having dug in at the number four spot for a second week after inching up from the fifth spot during the week of Christmas. The biggest gainer of the week was Take-Two's game-show-based Deal or No Deal, which jumped two spots to number five.
The next week's charts are sure to get an infusion of new blood (elves) since they will include the eagerly awaited World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade, which was released January 16.
Chart us_pc_sales for date 2007-01-22 16:46:11
If you have Neverwinter Nights 2 being thrown out the Top 10 by a RE-ENTRY of a puzzle game then that tells you hardcore PC gaming is dying and casual gamers are the only one's hanging on to PC gaming! Where are the hardcore gamers going for goodness sake?! Retro?! Console?! I saw a 1992 Microprose RPG called Darklands sell for $44.00 on ebay in the U.S. So I suppose it must be retro where they are all disappearing to! , , , Oh oh! Silent Shock has just finished installing - gotta go!
I´m glad something finally beat down The Sims 2. That game is overrated. Blizzard should be proud. (I wonder if I´ll get bashed on for dissing The Sims..)
Look for WoW: Burning Crusade to be #1 next week, followed by WoW #2, there is no other possibility. They will both most probably dominate the top two spots for weeks to come also. -WPack911
WOW has to be #1 is just has to...it is just a great game...i even think that is better than EQ...maybe!
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