2014’s best selling games

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2014 was, for many, a disappointing year in games. Half of everything that was released was launched broken, while everything else was saddled with micro-transactions and in-app purchases. That sort of nonsense hasn’t stopped people from still buying games though. Here’s a look at which games were the best-selling ones last year.

In the US, the top selling games – according to the retail-focused NPD – were:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3)
  • Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
  • NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  • FIFA 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, 3DS, Vita)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)

In the UK, things weren’t too different – with FIFA replacing Madden and taking top spot as you’d expect.

  • FIFA 15 Warfare (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, 3DS, Vita)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  • Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  • FIFA 14 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, 3DS, Vita)
  • Far Cry 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
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Interestingly, there’s a stark lack of exclusives on both lists – with just Nintendo’s Smash Bros showing up in the US charts. While we don’t have access to the full NPD list, Videogamer.com has a handy dandy top 100 list of the best-selling games in the UK. It reveals that the best-selling platform exclusive game in the land of fish-and-chips was PlayStation 4 racer DriveClub. The top Xbox One exclusive was Halo: The Master Chief collection. Both games launched broken, showing us that gamers are only too happy to settle for mediocrity.

While we don’t have similar lists for South African games retail performance unfortunately – though I’d wager they’d be similar to the UK’s numbers. It’s worth pointing out that neither of the charts includes Steam’s sales numbers, because they guard that stuff like a filthy hobbits clutching on to the one ring. They also don’t include eShop, Xbox or PlayStation digital sales, making these sorts of things increasingly irrelevant each year.

Last Updated: January 16, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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