Camelot takes the lead

Mythic's medieval online role-playing game debuts in first place on NPD's latest weekly list of best-selling games, and Westwood's Yuri's Revenge debuts in second place.

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Mythic Entertainment's online role-playing game Dark Age of Camelot debuted in first place on NPD Intelect's latest weekly list of best-selling games. The massively multiplayer game, which was released earlier this month, is set in a medieval fantasy world inspired by traditional Arthurian legends. Players assume the role of a character in one of the three warring realms--Midgard, Hibernia, or Albion--and they can gain experience and levels by fighting enemies and completing quests.

Westwood's latest real-time strategy game expansion, Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge, debuted in second place on the list. The expansion adds a new campaign, a new playable faction, and a number of other new features to Westwood's popular Command & Conquer Red Alert 2. Third place went to Electronic Arts' virtual-life game The Sims, followed by Blizzard's role-playing game expansion Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Codemasters' Cold War-era tactical shooter, Operation Flashpoint, came in at fifth place on the weekly list.

NPD also released its monthly list of best-selling games for the month of September 2001. Not surprisingly, The Sims bounced back into the lead in the monthly list, up from third place in August. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction dropped from first into second, followed by Operation Flashpoint in third. EA's virtual-life game expansion The Sims: House Party climbed up one spot into fourth, followed by Infogrames' venerable theme park management game, RollerCoaster Tycoon, which was released more than two-and-a-half years ago.

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

Best-selling games for the week of October 7-13, 2001:

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average price
1 / Dark Age of Camelot / Vivendi Universal / $40
2 / Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge / Electronic Arts / $30
3 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $42
4 / Diablo II: Lord of Destruction / Vivendi Universal / $32
5 / Operation Flashpoint / Codemasters / $41
6 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $22
7 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $29
8 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $29
9 / Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor / Ubi Soft / $49
10 / Monopoly Tycoon / Infogrames / $33


Best-selling games for the month of September 2001:

Rank This Month / Rank Last Month / Title / Publisher / Average price
1 / 3 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $40
2 / 1 / Diablo II: Lord of Destruction / Vivendi / $35
3 / * / Operation Flashpoint / Codemasters / $41
4 / 5 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $29
5 / 8 / RollerCoaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $23
6 / * / Madden NFL 2002 / Electronic Arts / $35
7 / 6 / The Sims: Livin' Large / Electronic Arts / $27
8 / 2 / Max Payne / GodGames / $47
9 / 4 / Flight Simulator 2000 / Microsoft / $29
10 / 7 / Diablo II / Vivendi Universal / $40
11 / * / Arcanum / Vivendi Universal / $46
12 / 13 / Sim Theme Park / Electronic Arts / $19
13 / 9 / Age of Empires II: Age of Kings / Microsoft / $35
14 / 11 / RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes / Infogrames / $25
15 / 18 / Age of Empires II: The Conquerors / Microsoft / $24
16 / * / Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 / Activision / $19
17 / 14 / Black & White / Electronic Arts / $41
18 / 10 / King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity / Vivendi Universal / $17
19 / 12 / Half-Life: Blue Shift / Vivendi Universal / $29
20 / * / Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed / Electronic Arts / $17

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