PlayStation 4 is May’s top console, State of Decay 2 the best-selling game

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The US games retail-tracking company the NPD has released its figures for last month, showing that Sony’s PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console in the US. As is usual, their analysis includes hardware, physical copies of games sold at retail, and some (but not all!) games sold digitally.

Overall, hardware sales were up year-over-year, with a 26% increase to $186 million. Further PlayStation and Xbox spending mainly drove the increase. It was good news for all three major platform holders though, as PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo saw y-o-y increases, hitting all-time highs for unit sales in a May month. The PlayStation 4 was the overall winner for May, and the best-selling console of the year to date.

On the software side of things, the picture wasn’t as rosy, with an overall decrease in consumer spending for the month. Sales of console, portable, and PC software combined was down by 4% compared to 2017, with $274 million spent during May 2018. Of course, these figures exclude many digital game sales, so spend could be higher.

The best-selling game of May was Microsoft and Undead Labs’ State of Decay 2, showing that even when critics aren’t keen, people will still buy the games they enjoy. I liked that game, though it definitely could have used with a bit more polish before release. Coming in at second and third are PlayStation exclusives God of War and Detroit: Become Human respectively.

Overall, the best-selling game this year to date is Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5, followed by God of War, Monster Hunter and Call of Duty: WW2. Showing that the series is still a juggernaut, Call of Duty: WW2 is the best-selling game over the last 12 months, followed by NBA 2K18 and Destiny 2.

Here’s a look at the charts:

Top 10 Games – May 2018

  1. State of Decay 2
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Detroit: Become Human
  4. Far Cry 5
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  6. Grand Theft Auto 5
  7. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition
  8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. NBA 2K18

Top 10 Games – Year-to-date

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Call of Duty: WW2
  5. Dragon Ball: FighterZ
  6. Grand Theft Auto 5
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. MLB 18: The Show
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC sales excluded)

Top 10 Games – May 2017-2018

  1. Call of Duty: WW2
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. Grand Theft Auto 5
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. FIFA 18

Last Updated: June 22, 2018

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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