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Sony reveals the most downloaded PlayStation games of 2021

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As most people already know, 2020 and 2021 have not been good years for traditional retail. With the pandemic closing stores and keeping people at home, digital and mail-order sales have increased significantly in areas where it belongs. Downloads and streaming have kept the movie industry going and have been a boon to console gaming.

Let’s get into the business side of things, Sony has released its best-selling games on its active platforms for 2021. Let’s look at the charts per console.

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It almost seems like someone had a monkey’s paw and wanted the PS5 to come out in late 2020 no matter what. Plagued by availability issues, the PS5 is one of the most sought-after electronic parts more than a year after its release. Add to that the lack of retail reliability and you have an interesting challenge for Sony’s PlayStation Network. One that, since the launch of the PS5, they seem to have had no trouble solving. As mentioned in the PlayStation Blog post, Among Us has done particularly well since its December release.

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One last thing to note before we get to the numbers: This list doesn’t include game upgrades from PS4 to PS5. Here are the top 20 downloaded games in North America:

  • NBA 2K22
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Madden NFL 22
  • battlefield 2042
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops War
  • MLB The Show 21
  • Resident Evil Village
  • far away 6
  • Assassin’s Creed Walhalla
  • fifa22
  • Among us
  • mortal kombat 11
  • Next-gen NBA 2K21
  • two are needed
  • fifa21
  • death loop
  • Return
  • Kena: Bridge of the Spirits
  • The European Union chart and North American chart are littered with similar titles, often divided by national sports preferences, such as Madden and F1 2020. For comparison, here’s the EU chart:

  • fifa22
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • fifa21
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • battlefield 2042
  • Among us
  • Kena: Bridge of the Spirits
  • far away 6
  • two are needed
  • Assassin’s Creed Walhalla
  • F1 2021
  • Resident Evil Village
  • NBA 2K22
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops War
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six | Seat
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
  • Diablo II: Risen
  • death loop
  • mortal kombat 11
  • Playstation 4

    While it may not be exactly what Sony was hoping for, the PS4 is still the primary platform for Playstation households. Price drops combined with the lack of availability of the PS5 led to another strong year for the PS4. In the lead and winner of the award “Will this game stop downloading?” is Grand Theft Auto V. The North American charts between the two generations show us a few things. Sports games, in addition to being very popular, are generally good sellers on new systems because they spend a lot of time on graphical fidelity. It also shows that GTA5 has yet to be released on the next-gen consoles.

    North America:

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops War
  • Minecraft
  • NBA 2K22
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Madden NFL 22
  • NBA 2K21
  • red dead redemption 2
  • MLB The Show 21
  • mortal kombat 11
  • call of duty: modern warfare
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • fifa22
  • THE FOREST
  • need quick heat
  • ufc 4
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • gang beasts
  • rust console edition
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  • In the European Union, the classifications are similar, but substitute anything unconventional for a soccer game and you get the idea.

    European Union:

  • fifa22
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Minecraft
  • fifa21
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops War
  • crew 2
  • red dead redemption 2
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • The forest
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate KO
  • grand touring sport
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • need quick heat
  • NBA 2K21
  • gang beasts
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX | SEAT
  • eFootball PES 2021 SEASON UPDATE
  • Among us
  • Assassin’s Creed Walhalla
  • PlayStation Virtual Reality

    PlayStation VR 2 headset from Sony.

    For anyone following the VR space, the top 3 picks in NA and EU will come as little surprise. Beat Saber, Job Simulator and Superhot are extremely popular across the board. The titles that follow aren’t surprising either, as the availability of quality PSVR games is less than in many other VR markets.

    North America:

  • shake the saber
  • job simulator
  • super hot virtual reality
  • Gorne
  • virtual reality swordsman
  • Ascent to Glory Creed
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars Virtual Reality Series
  • The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
  • Rick and Morty: Rick-virtuality
  • attack of the walking dead
  • The only difference between the two lists, at least title-wise, is that NA has Walking Dead Onslaught and EU has Astro Bot Rescue Mission in last place. Otherwise, the rankings go up or down a space or two, but the charts are very similar.

    European Union:

  • shake the saber
  • work simulator
  • super hot virtual reality
  • Creed: Ascension to Glory
  • virtual reality swordsman
  • The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
  • GORON
  • Rick and Morty: Rick-virtuality
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars Virtual Reality Series
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • PlayStation Network Free-to-play

    playstation network

    An interesting inclusion in the lists is the downloads of all the free content. With many players stuck at home for at least part of the year, games that don’t cost much to play have gotten a lot of attention. Fortnite tops both rankings, unsurprisingly. After Fortnite, in varying order by region, you have the usual suspects: Call of Duty, Rocket League, Destiny 2, and Apex Legends.

    North America:

  • fortnite
  • call of duty: war zone
  • rocket league
  • split gate
  • apex legends
  • genshin impact
  • Destiny 2
  • record room
  • brawlhalla
  • dishonest company
  • Another category where you can tell the nationality by your choice of games. I’m looking directly at you, eFootball franchise.

    European Union:

  • fortnite
  • rocket league
  • call of duty: war zone
  • eFootball 2022
  • genshin impact
  • apex legends
  • Electronic football PES 2021 LITE
  • brawlhalla
  • Destiny 2
  • split gate
  • 2022 and beyond

    2021 has not been the great return to normality that we all expected. With this new year, will Sony be able to get the PS5s into the hands of the fans who want them? Will PS4 perform as strongly in 2022 due to lack of availability? Will PSVR 2 catch on and drive new VR sales?

    See you next year to get some answers!

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