Special Report

The Best-Selling Video Games of 2018

Source: Courtesy of Activision

15. Call of Duty: WWII (PS4)
> 2018 sales: 1,507,907
> Total sales: 13,173,321
> Weeks available: 50
> Publisher: Activision

“Call of Duty: WWII,” released in November 2017, was highly anticipated as the popular franchise’s first World War II title in close to a decade. It did not disappoint has sold more than 13 million units on the PS4, good enough for eighth among the franchise’s best sellers based on single-console sales.

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14. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
> 2018 sales: 1,588,881
> Total sales: 18,702,420
> Weeks available: 204
> Publisher: Take-Two Interactive

The PS4 version of the fifth numerical entry of the “Grand Theft Auto” juggernaut franchise was released in 2014, a year and two months after the game’s release on the PS3. With 18.74 million in total sales, the new version has not quite matched the older version over 20 million in sales. Nevertheless, that the game, four years after its current console release and five years after its first release, is still one of the top-selling games of the year is remarkable.

Source: Courtesy of Ubisoft

13. Far Cry 5 (Xbox One)
> 2018 sales: 1,614,773
> Total sales: 1,614,773
> Weeks available: 29
> Publisher: Ubisoft

The fifth numbered entry in the “Far Cry” series, the first of which came out in 2004, “Far Cry 5” was the franchise’s fastest-selling game, recording $310 million in sales in the first week across all platforms. The Xbox One version of the game is the 13th-highest selling release of the year, but it still has sold less than half that of the PS4 release of the game.

Source: Courtesy of Electronic Arts

12. FIFA 18 (PS4)
> 2018 sales: 1,622,963
> Total sales: 11,730,873
> Weeks available: 55
> Publisher: Electronic Arts

The PS4 version of “FIFA 18,” a game released in September 2017, is the 12th top-selling console release in 2018. “FIFA 2018’s” sales this year so far are well ahead of the Xbox One version of “FIFA 19.”

Source: Courtesy of Nintendo

11. Kirby Star Allies (Switch)
> 2018 sales: 1,638,858
> Total sales: 1,638,858
> Weeks available: 31
> Publisher: Nintendo

Nintendo has released several dozen different Kirby titles since “Kirby’s Dream Land” came out for the Game Boy in 1992. While “Kirby Star Allies,” which has sold over 1.6 million units in 2018 since its March release, is one of the console’s 10 top-selling games, it’s nowhere near the best-selling “Kirby” game of all time yet, ranking 12th overall among all releases in the series. The original Game Boy title is No. 1, having sold over 5 million copies.