US PC game charts: May 21-27

Oblivion retakes the sales throne, Heroes of Might & Magic V debuts in third, Rise of Nations slides to eighth.


Online may be the future of the role-playing game genre, but single-player adventuring isn't dead yet. A resurgent Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion relit the dragonfires of gamers' hearts and wallets this week, claiming the top spot on the NPD weekly PC sales charts. During the week of May 21 to 27, Oblivion dethroned last week's champ, the massively multiplayer success World of Warcraft, which slipped to the second spot.

While those two RPGs were duking it out for the top spot, a representative from a much less popular genre snuck in right behind them. Ubisoft's turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might & Magic V debuted on the chart in the third slot. While that helped push fellow turn-based strategy game Civilization IV off the charts completely, it did give the subgenre a higher spot than any real-time strategy game this week. Microsoft's real-time one-two punch of Age of Empires and Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends came in the eighth and tenth spots, respectively.

A trifecta of Electronic Arts' Sims titles held their ground on the charts, with the Sims 2 expansion packs Family Fun Stuff and Open for Business holding their respective spots at number four and number seven, while the original The Sims 2 moved up from sixth to fifth, swapping places with the NCsoft MMORPG Guild Wars Factions. EA also provided the only first-person shooter on the list, Battlefield 2, which took the ninth spot on the list.

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