US PC Charts Feb. 8-14: Lich King conquers again

Second World of Warcraft expansion retains sales throne as Monolith's F.E.A.R. 2 debuts with a runner-up showing.

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The NPD Group's weekly PC charts are typically stocked with the same usual suspects from one week to the next. However, for the February 8 - February 14 accounting period, Warner Bros. Interactive and Monolith disrupted that customary lineup. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin has scored the second slot in NPD's weekly recap of top-selling PC games. That feat was accomplished despite the paranormal shooter--released for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3--failing to capture critics in the same way as the 2004 original.

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Aside from the F.E.A.R. 2 anomaly, the week's top-selling PC games fell into their customary slots. Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft secured three positions, with the massively multiplayer online game's second expansion Wrath of the Lich King placing in the top spot. The WOW Battle Chest, which includes the original game and its first expansion, The Burning Crusade, scored fifth, whereas the stand-alone original secured the seventh slot.

EA's Sims franchise also dominated much of the PC chart. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe ranked third for the week, with The Sims 2 Deluxe finishing sixth and The Sims 2 Apartment Life coming in at 10. Also a Will Wright creation, EA's Spore took the fourth slot. Activision's Call of Duty: World at War placed eighth this week, whereas Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3 landed the final position at ninth.

Week of February 8 – February 14, 2009
1) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC)
2) F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (PC)
3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (PC)
4) Spore (PC)
5) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (PC)
6) The Sims 2 Deluxe (PC)
7) World of Warcraft (PC)
8) Call of Duty: World at War (PC)
9) Fallout 3 (PC)
10) The Sims 2 Apartment Life (PC)

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