US PC Game Charts: April 9-15

Oblivion gets bumped out of the top slot by the latest Sims 2 add-on, while Battlefield 2 and The Godfather get whacked.


For all their might, the daedra have nothing on the sims. The demonic creatures from the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion were knocked off the top slot of the US PC Sales charts, according to the most recent figures released by industry trade group NPD Funworld.

According to NPD, Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff was the top PC title in the US the week of April 9, its first week on the market. The add-on adds a variety of new content to The Sims 2, including clothes for adult sims, toys for kid sims, and décor for sim houses--all for $19.99, which is $15 less than the Open for Business expansion pack, the third-best-selling game of the week.

Elder Scrolls didn't fall far, however. Bethesda Softworks and 2K Games' habit-forming role-playing game slipped just one slot to number two, four slots ahead of Blizzard Entertainment's equally addictive massively multiplayer role-playing game, World of Warcraft.

If real-time strategy is your thing, the PC top 10 had a trio of popular favorites: Age of Empires III (fourth), Star Wars: Empire at War (eighth), and The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II (10th). Those more partial to turn-based strategy had just one offering--seventh-place finisher Civilization IV, and animal-sim lovers bought enough of Zoo Tycoon 2 to have it reenter the top 10 at number nine.

The two games falling off the top 10 the week of April 9 were both from megapublisher Electronic Arts: Battlefield 2 and The Godfather.

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