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US PC Game Charts: September 3-9

Top three spots remain unchanged from last week; remainder of list sees big turnover as older games return to chart.


It has been months since a game not named World of Warcraft has topped the PC sales charts for consecutive weeks. And as longtime PC charts trackers might have guessed, the other game capable of being king of the hill for any stretch of time was part of Electronic Arts' consistently selling Sims series.

Just like it did the week before, The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff sold the most retail copies of any PC game in the US for the week of September 3-9. The second and third games on the list also stayed put for the week, with World of Warcraft and The Sims 2 following Glamour Life Stuff in that order.

However, after the top three spots, things stopped looking familiar. Cars: Radiator Springs Adventure, Starcraft Battle Chest, Madden NFL 07, Nancy Drew: Danger by Design, and The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff all dropped out of the top 10. Outside of the top three games, only Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Gold and The Sims 2: Open for Business managed to stay in the top 10.

Returning to the top of the charts after sabbaticals were Star Wars: Empire at War, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and a trio of titles from Take-Two Interactive: Civilization IV, its Warlord expansion pack, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff may have a difficult time retaining the top spot for a third straight week, as it will have to outsell a handful of anticipated new releases, including THQ's Company of Heroes and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

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