We know what you’re thinking – 2018 is only halfway over and already there’s a list of best-selling video games of 2018? Yes, thanks to the fine folks at Forbes we can all see just what our fellow gamers are buying this year – and maybe speculate about what will dominate at the end of the year.
For those that keep up with these things, you’ll note that the end of this year sees the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Games, the same powerhouse behind the Grand Theft Auto series.
Basically sales at this point in the year are used as a gauge to see where consumers are spending money. Most of the titles that sell well in the beginning of the year tend to fall off towards year end, naturally, as newer titles come out in quick succession the closer the winter shopping season is. Most noteworthy this year is that most all of the titles in the top 10 of sales are games that were released fairly recently.
Until then, let’s have a look at what’s selling so far this year according to Forbes.
In terms of outright sales across all platforms, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 is absolutely dominating this year according to numbers provided by the NPD Group. In a distant second is the platform-exclusive series reboot God of War for the Sony PlayStation 4, a truly impressive feat once you factor in the game’s exclusivity to Sony’s dominant console.
Interestingly only one Nintendo Switch game broke the top 10 in sales and its name should come as no surprise. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from Nintendo secured the number 9 position between PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and MLB 18: The Show. For its part Microsoft’s only exclusive title to the Xbox One in the top 10, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is not even a title developed by the company.
Most impressive are the sales of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, a game first released all the way back in 2013. The game has gone on to enjoy a more than robust life as an online game but it’s sales continue to impress even to this day.
Available for practically every format out there, Grand Theft Auto V ‘s position as the 6th best selling game of 2018 so far is not only spectacular for Rockstar but also speaks highly to the dividends that releasing a quality game can pay. Further, the game has gone on to become the most profitable media property across all formats of all time just this past year. There’s no stopping the Grand Theft Auto train and the only downside to that is it will probably take forever to see another game in the series.
Rounding out the top 10 is Monster Hunter and Call of Duty: WWII in positions three and four respectively and Dragon Ball in fifth. NBA 2K18 and MLB 18: The Story round out the top 10 best selling games of 2018 so far in positions seven and eight.