Vacation still hard at work

EA's virtual-life game expansion fends off stiff competition from Dungeon Siege, Jedi Knight II, and Heroes IV to retain the top spot on NPD's latest list of best-selling PC games.


Electronic Arts' most recent virtual-life game expansion, The Sims: Vacation, held on to number one on NPD Techworld's latest weekly list of best-selling PC games. The expansion faced strong competition, as Microsoft's action role-playing game Dungeon Siege debuted in second place, knocking LucasArts' Star Wars action game Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast down to third. 3DO's turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might and Magic IV dropped one place into fourth, followed by EA's incredibly popular virtual-life game The Sims in fifth.

Other notable entries on the list include Freedom Force, EA and Crave's popular superhero role-playing game, which slipped from fourth place to eighth place, and EA's World War II first-person shooter Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, which slipped from sixth place into seventh. One notable absence from the list is Infogrames' theme park management game RollerCoaster Tycoon, which dropped off the top 10 list for the first time in recent memory. RollerCoaster Tycoon has appeared on the weekly top 10 lists almost continuously since its launch in March 1999.

Best-selling games for the week of March 31-April 6, 2002

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / The Sims: Vacation / Electronic Arts / $30
2 / Dungeon Siege / Microsoft / $49
3 / Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast / LucasArts / $44
4 / Heroes of Might and Magic IV / 3DO / $45
5 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $43
6 / The Sims: Hot Date / Electronic Arts / $28
7 / Medal of Honor: Allied Assault / Electronic Arts / $46
8 / Freedom Force / Electronic Arts and Crave / $40
9 / Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege / Ubi Soft / $20
10 / Starcraft Battle Chest / Vivendi Universal / $21

The list above ranks games according to retail sales. To see a list of games ranked according to GameSpot review score, visit our Top Games page.

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