US PC game charts: August 20-26

Madden sacks WOW for the top spot on NPD's weekly best-seller list; Railroad Tycoon, Warcraft III, and Elder Scrolls IV reenter top 10.


After more than a month on top, World of Warcraft was finally knocked out of the number one slot of the PC game chart during the week of August 20-26. According to weekly sales-volume rankings from the NPD group, it was usurped by the debut of another mammoth title, Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 07.

Madden was the biggest--and only--all-new game in the PC top 10 charts. The classic compilation Warcraft III Battle Chest thundered back into the top 10 nearly three years after its release, conquering seventh place. It was joined by another reentry, 2K Games and Bethesda Softworks' Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 10th.

The rest of the chart was filled by familiar faces. The Sims 2 came in third, followed by Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Gold in fourth. Nancy Drew: Danger By Design sleuthed its way to fifth, ahead of the Sims 2: Open For Business expansion pack. The film tie-in/minigame comp Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures finished in eighth, just in front of the ever-popular "god game" Civilization IV.

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