PC download charts: 'Medal of Honor' starts its assault
Monday 11 October 2010
Medal of Honor, the first of this season's blockbuster first-person shooter games, started its chart assault in earnest for the week ending October 11, climbing to number two on Direct2Drive and number four on the Steam Network charts in advance of its relase on October 12 (North America) and October 15 (Europe).
Some controversy has surrounded the game, which is set in war-torn Afghanistan, but publisher Electronic Arts is likely grateful for the extra coverage as the firm moves in on a genre dominated by the Call of Duty games ( Black Ops due November 9) and an imminent Vietnam expansion for EA stablemate Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Otherwise, the PC-exclusive Civilization V continues to do well after its late September release, and could become a chart fixture if supported by timely discounts.
Elsewhere, stone-cold adventuring classics Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment are found on Good Old Games' weekly chart, and the genre-blurring cult favorite Outcast makes it to second place.
Gamersgate owner Paradox Interactive is perhaps best known for its in-depth historical strategy series, Hearts of Iron. Indeed, four of its weekly top five are related to the series: Iron Cross is an expansion pack for Hearts of Iron II, while Arsenal of Democracy is a similar but separate game made by die-hard HOI fans.
Despite a stuttering start in terms of critical and fan reception, Stardock's Elemental: War on Magic remains king of the castle on Stardock's Impulse download service, while perennials Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilizations II are sandwiched by the real-time strategy of Demigod and the trilogy bundle for turn-based re-release Age of Wonders.
Steam (steampowered.com - general gaming and own label)
1) Left 4 Dead 2
2) Left 4 Dead + Left 4 Dead 2 bundle
3) Sid Meier's Civilization V
4) Medal of Honor Limited Edition
5) Dead Rising 2
Good Old Games (gog.com - classics)
1) Icewind Dale Complete
3) Planescape Torment
4) Master of Orion 1+2
5) Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
GamersGate (gamersgate.com - general gaming and own label)
1) Iron Cross
2) Space Harrier II
3) Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game
4) Hearts of Iron II: Complete
5) Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi
Impulse (impulsedriven.com - strategy specialists)
1) Elemental: War of Magic
3) Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity
4) GalCiv II - Ultimate Edition
5) Age of Wonders Trilogy
Direct2Drive (direct2drive.com - general gaming)
1) Sid Meier's Civilization V
2) Medal of Honor Limited Edition
3) Sid Meier's Civilization V Digital Deluxe Edition
4) NBA 2K11
5) Fallout: New Vegas
Data collected October 11.
Life & Style blogs
Charlie Charlie Challenge: everyone on the internet thinks it’s a marketing stunt, but it probably isn’t
Not brushing your teeth can lead to dementia and heart disease
Insomnia could be cured with one simple therapy session, new study claims
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca reclaims top spot to be named world's best restaurant
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 4 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global entertainment media company are lo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity for someone wi...
£25 - 40k: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Test Engineer / Technical QA Enginee...