Following a lack of any major new releases for the North American game retail market in September, the PC release schedules have flowered into full bloom, with a whole suite of new entries. Long awaited real-time strategy sequel Age of Empires III
has emerged as the number one title, although The Sims 2
has fallen only to number two in the charts.
The second highest new entry is Firaxis' turn-based strategy title Civilization IV
, just ahead of the third strategy game of the month: Lionhead Studio’s Black & White 2
. WWII title Call Of Duty 2
is the highest ranking new action title at number seven, ahead of Quake 4
. Fellow first person shoot ‘em-up F.E.A.R.
may well have ranked higher overall, if not for its sales being split between the standard and “Director’s Edition”.
Outside of the top ten, massively multiplayer online role-playing game City of Villains
charted at number thirteen, with the Quake 4 Special Edition
at number fourteen and the Civilization IV Special Edition
at number sixteen. The final new entry was Rome: Total War
expansion pack Barbarian Invasion
The NPD Group
|1||NE||Age of Empires III||Microsoft|
|2||1||The Sims 2 Nightlife||EA|
|3||NE||Civilization IV||2K Games|
|4||NE||Black & White 2||EA|
|5||3||Roller Coaster Tycoon 3||Atari|
|6||2||World of WarCraft||Vivendi|
|7||NE||Call of Duty 2||Activision|
|10||NE||F.E.A.R. Director's Edition||Vivendi|