Suprise! Research shows that first-person shooters are still the most popular genre in video games

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Everyone has a preferred genre of game. Maybe you like stretching your grey matter with some good ol’ real-time strategy, maybe you’re the kind of fella who prefers simulated racing or maybe gratuitous sax and violins in a music game gets your blood pumping. Whatever the desire, there’s a game out there to satisfy it.

Still, some genres are unbelievably popular, and will continue to be so for years to come. The analysts over at the EEDAR decided to see just which game genres performed the best across various gaming systems, which saw the NPD group send out a survey to various players. The results? Well yeah, first-person shooters are still the most popular games around, and water is still wet.

The EEDAR had a look at 16 genres for console and PC, and 22 for mobile. According to their results, console games had a far more definitive line drawn between top genres, while mobile was more evenly split:

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To celebrate the end of the year, we wanted to take a look at the top genres across gaming platforms. In our survey, we asked players to tell us their top 5 favourite genres (out of 16 genres for console/PC and out of 22 genres for mobile). Console by far draws the clearest line between the top genres. Shooter, Action, and RPG hold the titles of favourite genres on consoles by a wide margin at 47%, 45%, and 38% respectively. Fighting and Puzzle are a distant fourth and fifth, both favoured by 24% of console gamers.

The top mobile genres are split more evenly among the top 5 and reflect the genres that perform well on the platform. Brain Puzzle, Matching, Arcade, Skill & Chance, and Strategy genres are very popular with the older, more casual mobile audience.
PC players (which includes players who game on sites such as Facebook) are somewhere between the other two segments. Like consoles, the Shooter, RPG, and Action genres are still very popular, but Puzzle games make up a very close fourth pick amongst PC gamers. Massively Multiplayer games are also exclusively popular on PC.

So what’s changed in the past year? Well, the Shooter genre on consoles and PC has increased in popularity in 2018, becoming the top genre on both platforms this year. This primarily due to the large popularity of Battle Royale games such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). On mobile, Casino Slot games have fallen out of favour in 2018, replaced by Strategy.

This is in part due to the popularity of titles such as Clash Royale and the lack of newer titles in the Slot genre in the past year.

It’s a given, but what’s nice is seeing how other genres fared. While you could argue that every game is an RPG these days, seeing puzzle games earn a spot in the top five puts a smile on my face. Unless said puzzle game was Mind Maze from Encarta 97, because I still have a vendetta against that damn jester who taunted me with obtuse questions every time I ran out of matches.

Last Updated: February 7, 2019

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