Weekly NPD PC game sales chart: November 9-15
The Sims continue to make magic, while Call of Duty stands fast. Final Fantasy XI falls to the final slot.
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The Sims phenomenon worked its magic again from November 9 to 15, keeping its latest expansion, The Sims: Makin' Magic, on top of the PC game sales chart for the second week in a row. Also standing fast at number two was Call of Duty, Activision's highly regarded WWII shooter. Civilization III: Conquests was only taken down one notch to number nine, as was the ever-popular Halo: Combat Evolved, which slipped from fifth to sixth place.
However, the rest of the chart was in flux: Max Payne 2 and Flight Sim 2004 disappeared from the rankings, replaced by newcomers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (at number four) and Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection (at number seven). Strangely, the game tie-in for Finding Nemo appeared at number eight, even though it has been out since May; a recent price drop and synergy from the film's robust DVD sales are the likely causes.
Way down but not quite out was Final Fantasy XI, which plummeted seven spots from number three to number 10. For a game to suffer such a precipitous decline in its second week of release is by no means a good sign. However, the FF franchise's massive fan base and the upcoming holiday season will likely soothe any frayed nerves at Square Enix. (Until the next batch of sales numbers, anyway.)
Best-selling PC games for the week of November 9-15, 2003:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / The Sims: Makin' Magic / EA / $32
2 / Call of Duty / Activision / $48
3 / The Sims Double Deluxe / EA / $36
4 / Lord of the Rings: Return Of The King / EA / $33
5 / Age of Mythology / Microsoft / $34
6 / Halo: Combat Evolved / Microsoft / $45
7 / Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection / Microsoft / $34
8 / Finding Nemo / THQ / $18
9 / Civilization III: Conquests / Atari / $29
10 / Final Fantasy XI / Square Enix / $50
An asterisk indicates that the game did not appear on the previous list of best-selling PC games.
The lists above ranks games according to retail sales. To see a list of games ranked according to GameSpot review score, visit our Top 100 page.