US PC game charts: September 24-30

World of Warcraft retakes the charts; Company of Heroes, Sims 2, and Lego Star Wars II hang tough.


After a brief respite, World of Warcraft returned to the top slot this week on industry-research firm NPD Group's list of the top 10 best-selling PC titles. Not only was it the best-selling game in the US during the week of September 24-30, but it was the eighth best-selling PC software product in the entire country, just behind Norton Internet Security 2007.

WOW's gain came at the expense of last week's first-place finisher, Company of Heroes. THQ and Relic's glowingly reviewed World War II real-time strategy game didn't fall far, though, slipping just one slot to second place. However, that was good enough to best the double-threat posed by The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff (third) and The Sims 2 (fourth).

Another former top-finisher, LucasArts' Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, hung tough on the top 10, finishing in fifth place. Behind it were recurring guest stars Sim City 4 Deluxe (sixth) and Cars Radiator Springs Adventures (seventh). With its average selling price of just $9, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 sunk enough purchases from frugal golfers to stay in the top 10, landing in 10th place.

Returning to the chart this week was another LucasArts title, Star Wars: Empire at War (ninth). The RTS favorite landed just below another frequent visitor to the top 10, the Sims 2 Open for Business expansion pack (eighth).

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