As we fully embrace 2018, Sony recently did some reflecting on its successes of 2017 by giving us a peek into its most downloaded games, add-ons, and themes from last year. While plenty is what you'd expect with big games such as Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, and Horizon Zero Dawn topping the charts, a few surprises slipped in there. The asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Friday: The 13th is the third most downloaded game, putting it ahead of Horizon Zero Dawn and NBA 2K18. If you need further proof of people's love for Friday: The 13th, its theme is the second most popular. It's also nice to see a game like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands crack the top 10, considering it earned our best cooperative multiplayer award.  

Other noteworthy trends: Call of Duty dominated the add-on list, while Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto and Bully games filled the PS Classics charts. The God of War: Collection, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, and Jak and Daxter Collection earned the top three spots for PS Vita downloads.

Note: The charts here are not based on total revenue, only factoring in the number of downloads from the PlayStation Store.

You can see the complete top 10 for each category on the PlayStation Blog post here

 

 

Our Take
Not too many big surprises here, but Friday: The 13th's place is impressive, especially since it didn't have the smoothest launch. Clearly, the technical and pacing issues didn't dissuade people from the unique and fun multiplayer experience, and updates have only continued to improve the game. I'd be curious about actual revenue outside of download stats, especially seeing a comparison of psychical and digital sales. For instance, I'm betting a lot of people still buy big triple-A games like Horizon Zero Dawn physically. Still, more gamers are buying their games digitally in this day and age, and I'd like to see how far that goes.