This is a quick round-up of the best-selling games of last year. Some of the games on the list are a bit of shock but most of them you would expect to see them on the list. There are a few however that didn’t make the list, which is very surprising. However, I understand that my taste in games is very different to the masses, personally I’d be happy with new releases of Far Cry and Assassins Creed and I would be content with life. (Side Note – I am a big Ubisoft fan, they just seem to make all my favourite games).
Also, If you’ve had enough of reminiscing 2016, As I know I have, Go and check out my recent article about some of the new releases we are expecting in 2017.
Now before I get into the top 10, I have to talk about these three games below. It would be an injustice not to. These three games reshaped the face of gaming and had people going nuts.
Surely, we’ve all heard of Pokemon Go. Even if you are the rare specimen, such as myself, that hasn’t played it you will have been surrounded by those who have. When the game was at its peak it was hard to walk down the streets of London without seeing someone who was playing the game.
To the few that haven’t played the game, it involves walking around your local area and catching pokemon that spawn in different locations around the city. There are also Landmarks that hold special traits that once you walk to that area you will be able to obtain. You also collect eggs that only hatch once you have walked a certain amount of distance. Now for the lazy gamer such as myself who can barely manage to eat whilst in “Game” mode, it all seems to much.
Surprisingly though, the game was a huge hit. It had staged releases around the world but the servers could never keep up with the number of users that piled in on the release days. With over 500 Million Downloads to date the game quickly became one of the most popular games on the planet.
Now it is arguable that OverWatch should be on this list, Frankly I believe it deserves it but that Statistics that this list is based on mainly revolves around consoles. However,s this game still needs to be noted as one of the great games of 2016 because it is up there with the best of them.
OverWatch comes to us from the creators of arguably one of the biggest PC games of all time, Blizzard. For the few that don’t know, Blizzard entertainment are the ones behind the World Of Warcraft franchise. OverWatch is a team based shooter that has blown up since its release. It currently has over 25 million active players. It’s no surprise that Blizzard knows how to keeps its players engaged because to this day WoW (World of Warcraft) still has millions of players.
If you haven’t checked out my earlier post about OverWatch, Go do that as it goes into more detail on the game. I would definitely recommend checking this game out though because there is always something new happening.
GTA pretty much speaks for itself. Since its release in 2013…Yes, four years ago, It has done nothing but impress. Although the majority of its sales where in its release year and in the re-release year when it got upgraded to next gen, the game is still a mammoth.
There are thousands if not millions of players still running around killing each other for the fun of it on a regular basis. There are forever more expansions becoming available and new properties and cars that need to be bought. Another great addition of the game is the custom races that are utilised largely in the gaming community. For those of you who are a fan of the Sidemen on YouTube you will be glad to know they are back to making GTA videos, though how consistent they are going to be will be can’t be fore told.
Now onto the top 10:
FIFA is one of the few games that has a brilliant business model. It makes some changes to the in game and upgrades the graphics. Updates the players and Teams (Even though that is done in real time) and then they throw out a new copy with that years favoured face and the numbers of the following year. That being said…It’s brilliant. There is no surprise that FIFA is on the top spot of this list. They continuously bring out games that have people hooked but also gives a great way for friends to interact. Games such as FIFA have saved some of the parties / Gatherings I have been to in the past. I’m personally terrible at FIFA but that’s because I’ve never put any time in but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to slide tackle the hell out of your team (Yeah, I’m that guy).
FIFA tops the list with 13.6 Million unit sales on Xbox and PlayStation. Now that is no small number and with the game averaging roughly £40-£50 ($50-$60…Ish, I think) that is a fair amount of profit for FIFA to be bringing in. The game is well deserved of all its fame though as they have been going since FIFA 94 (22 Years).
This one was a big shock when I saw how many units it sold but it deserves to be on this list. Selling 12 million units since its release in November it shocked the market. I personally thought Pokémon Go would have been the biggest thing of the year but Pokémon Sun and Moon brought it home with this big huge success.
It could be said that the success of Pokémon Go brought a lot of attention to the game of which increased its sales. At the end of the day that is the best thing that could of happened. I look forward to what the Pokémon franchise has in stock for us in the future.
Battlefield 1 one is the latest iteration to the Battlefield franchise and has turned the clocks back. Battlefield 1 is set in the trenches of World War 1. There was a lot of hype for Battlefield 1 and as per usual there was an open beta that racked in a huge 13.2 million players across all platforms.
I have Battlefield 1 in the third seat with 10.5 million units sold for consoles. As you can imagine there will be a high number of units sold for PC.
The game incorporates everything that we love about Battlefield with the ever-dynamic maps and the huge lobbies. I’m sure this game will be keeping us entertained for a while to come and keep us eager for more.
Call of Duty will forever be included in top 10’s for as long as they make games, We hope. Each new iteration of the game brings us something we didn’t know we wanted and keeps us on our toes. Although my personal favourite CoD game was Modern Warfare 2 I still have a lot of love for this game. The futuristic game play brings something to the table that others have tried but not quite grasped.
This Call of Duty sold 10.1 million units from its release in early November. There are always a lot of big releases in November but CoD of usually the big name to look out for. They never seize to impress.
Now I have to admit…I’ve never played uncharted 4 or any of the Uncharted franchise for that matter. This isn’t because I dislike the game, I just never got into it and for the most part didn’t know it was a thing. I think it’s down to the fact that I was mainly based on Xbox for the earlier years of my gaming life and Uncharted is a PlayStation exclusive.
Despite being a PlayStation exclusive Uncharted 4 has done very well. They sold 8.3 million units since its release in May. This is a great achievement but nothing to be surprised about. They have been delivering quality games for some time now.
I haven’t played a Final Fantasy game in a long time but that is not because I dislike the game, the stories are really good and the graphics are generally un-paralleled. My gripe lies with turn based games, they don’t allow me to engage as I would like and I’m not strategic enough to think five moves in advance. So like I say, This is my short coming and not Final Fantasy’s. Obviously though, there are a lot of people that think otherwise because they have put the game on this list.
Final Fantasy sold 4.7 million units since its release in November. It appealed to its huge fan base that has been following the fan base for decades. The original Final Fantasy was released onto the world in 1987 and has been growing ever since.
NFL is much like FIFA in the sense that it brings the same gameplay revolving around sport year on year. NFL is based around American Football or if you’re American…Football. Unfortunately, NFL isn’t as big in the UK as it is in the USA so it’s not a game that is usually brought out at a party and if it is someone laughs and just puts on FIFA. Nonetheless the game is great, from the few times I’ve played the game I’ve have been so engrossed in trying to figure out how to play and what in the world is going on, I can’t help but enjoy myself.
I’m slightly sceptical about the numbers I have for NFL and I believe it should be higher up the list. NFL sold 4.7 million units since its release in August. Now I have to give it to American’s… when they get behind something, they go all out so I feel like the number of units sold for NFL is higher than that.
Tom Clancy’s: The Division is brought to us by yet again Ubisoft, I know this list looks biased…but maybe they are just that good, and it changed the game. The Division made such a change because it is a game that relies solely on teamwork and not many games focus a lot on that. In most games, you can use team work but it is not essential for success, most of the time you can just run and gun and figure a way around the enemies.
The Division sold 4.1 million units and I’m sure it racked up huge amount of hours played because when a game brings a group pf friends together and even allows you to make new ones it allows for endless fun to be had.
Within the game there a few main characters that you interact with and Ubisoft took it one step further than normal. They created a live action miniseries that told the background stories of all the characters. I think I saw the miniseries before I knew the game was being released and I thought I had stumbled onto my next binge watching session but then I released It was to be a game and I could really get engaged.
Alright, I promise Ubisoft has nothing to do with this list, They just seem to have really good selling games.
Watch Dogs 2 is the second iteration to the Watch Dogs series that started back in 2014. It is kind of like GTA in the sense that it is an open world with interaction vehicles, guns and people but it has a twist to it. Watch Dogs concentrates on the tech side of the world and more so the hacking side of the tech side. It is a game that revolves around a black hat hacker that has an agenda that may a may not be legal.
I don’t have to tell you that this appeals to all sides of my life, I mean come on…you’re reading my tech blog. When the first game was first announced, I think I went a bit nuts because there was so much possibility. I think the game speaks to the dark side that is within all techies and allows them to flow with it…without going to jail.
Watch Dogs 2 sold 3.4 million units since its release in November but I don’t think it has finished. I think there are still a lot of people that are yet to realise that they love this game and will be reaching out to it in the not too distant future.
Personally, I thought that Gears of War had seen its day but Microsoft decided they weren’t finished yet. The world saw the fourth iteration of the Gears of war Series in October and I think it brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people. It had been a while since we had wielded the iconic chainsaw that had ripped through many a head.
GoW’s comeback saw 2.6 million units sold. Maybe the day of GoW has passed or maybe the comeback is just beginning. I think there are a lot of people that wouldn’t mind this franchise making a full comeback.
That is the top 10 games of 2016. We saw a lot of great titles last year and we saw a few big shifts in the way that we all game. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming days to see what else can be done. What worlds can be explored and which pieces of history can be retold through some intense gameplay.
Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@NerdCaveTech) your thoughts on the games of 2016. Maybe there are some games that you think should be on the list or maybe the opposite. I’d like to know.