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Top 100 most played games on PS4 and PS5 by PS-Timetracker | March 2021

Hi everyone!

Based on the works of /u/s0vs0v, I decided to make this thread on r/PS5 about the top 100 played games by PS4 players.

https://ps-timetracker.com/statistic/2021/3

I've done the same thread for PS5 only, this thread takes the entire playerbase combined (PS4+PS5).

As a reminder, this comes from a panel of voluntary gamers who applied to have their time tracked by a bot. If you want to be a part of this, all you have to do is to add "ps-timetracker15" as a friend on PSN and that's it!

Disclaimer: This does not represent the full picture of the entire PS5 playerbase, and only shows trends based on a non-representative sample of the PS5 owners.

Here's the top 100 most played games on PS4 and PS5 in March, based on 22105 active and voluntary PlayStation users:

# Game Hours Played Players Sessions Avg Session Evol pos
1 Fortnite 116470 5677 87560 01:20 +2
2 Apex Legends 92103 3673 63635 01:27 -1
3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (+ Warzone) 90681 5108 64212 01:25 +1
4 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 84621 4311 56666 01:30 -2
5 FIFA 21 81427 2741 52803 01:33 =
6 Grand Theft Auto V 73161 5113 44372 01:39 =
7 Rocket League 68387 4920 66300 01:02 =
8 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege 59182 3340 41588 01:26 +1
9 Minecraft 54974 4056 35288 01:34 -1
10 Genshin Impact 41413 1633 28978 01:26 =
11 Destiny 2 36965 1051 16147 02:18 =
12 Final Fantasy VII Remake 35217 3194 18544 01:54 +79
13 ARK: Survival Evolved 29862 854 11195 02:41 -1
14 Red Dead Redemption 2 29313 1981 16829 01:45 -1
15 Dead by Daylight 26229 1221 14616 01:48 +1
16 Remnant: From the Ashes 25578 3153 14143 01:49 NEW
17 Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21594 1256 11280 01:55 -2
18 Overwatch: Origins Edition 19574 1312 14991 01:19 -1
19 NBA 2K21 16110 537 10431 01:33 =
20 Subnautica 15579 3297 10644 01:28 NEW
21 Ratchet & Clank 15459 2943 10953 01:25 NEW
22 Ghost of Tsushima 15117 1328 8856 01:43 -4
23 Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 11293 2369 12570 00:54 +8
24 The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited 10939 292 4725 02:19 -3
25 Final Fantasy XIV 10857 217 3185 03:25 -1
26 Tom Clancy's The Division 2 10062 512 4436 02:17 -3
27 Control 9906 1441 6706 01:28 -13
28 FIFA 20 9838 954 7708 01:17 +1
29 The Last of Us Part II 8878 867 5018 01:47 -1
30 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 8862 783 4522 01:58 -8
31 Battlefield V 8414 857 6286 01:21 +8
32 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 8067 569 3706 02:11 =
33 Persona 5 Strikers 7794 349 3967 01:58 +9
34 Watch Dogs: Legion 7702 1417 6047 01:17 +54
35 Cyberpunk 2077 7422 861 4271 01:45 -15
36 Brawlhalla 7249 939 7985 00:55 -2
37 F1 2020 7214 475 5116 01:25 +14
38 God of War 7156 934 4532 01:35 -12
39 For Honor 6957 574 5485 01:17 -2
40 Bloodborne 6855 845 4599 01:30 -4
41 DayZ 6665 280 3305 02:01 -1
42 Rust Beta 6620 455 3139 02:07 NEW
43 Star Wars Battlefront II 6523 931 5553 01:11 -18
44 Need for Speed Heat 6461 749 4339 01:30 -11
45 NBA 2K20 6409 475 4329 01:29 -1
46 Mortal Kombat 11 6396 830 5701 01:08 +1
47 Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6307 415 3085 02:03 -6
48 Days Gone 6192 657 3564 01:45 -3
49 The Crew 2 6119 808 5043 01:13 -3
50 Persona 5 Royal 6115 348 2962 02:04 -15
51 Warframe 5898 328 3479 01:42 -13
52 Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales 5408 749 4273 01:16 -9
53 Gran Turismo Sport 5278 690 4763 01:07 +3
54 SMITE 5178 276 3379 01:32 -5
55 Marvel's Avengers 5175 469 3675 01:25 NEW
56 Hunt: Showdown 5138 190 2210 02:20 +33
57 Horizon Zero Dawn 4989 658 3131 01:36 -5
58 Call of Duty: Black Ops III 4899 1030 4771 01:02 -10
59 STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order 4724 516 2631 01:48 -29
60 Enter the Gungeon 4683 1995 5513 00:51 NEW
61 The Last of Us Remastered 4677 563 2891 01:38 -2
62 Demon's Souls 4570 361 3063 01:30 +13
63 DARK SOULS III 4564 504 2974 01:33 -13
64 Yakuza: Like A Dragon 4522 197 2175 02:05 NEW
65 Fallout 4 4442 396 2260 01:58 +1
66 Marvel's Spider-Man 4440 731 3415 01:19 -9
67 Stardew Valley 4253 247 2153 01:59 =
68 The Forest 4243 608 2431 01:45 -3
69 Share Play 4094 2192 8109 00:31 +2
70 Rogue Company 4086 688 3586 01:09 -17
71 Borderlands 3 4065 424 2238 01:49 -13
72 Dragon Ball FighterZ 4026 413 3541 01:09 NEW
73 Outriders – Demo 3746 961 2535 01:29 +23
74 Death Stranding 3735 356 2067 01:49 -13
75 Hollow Knight 3622 436 2599 01:24 -3
76 Farming Simulator 19 3619 379 2315 01:34 -8
77 Skyrim 3544 347 1965 01:49 -7
78 Doom Eternal 3521 440 2581 01:22 NEW
79 Immortals Fenyx Rising 3490 293 1923 01:49 -19
80 Battlefield 1 3463 660 3097 01:08 -3
81 eFootball PES 2021 Season Update 3452 197 2734 01:16 -2
82 War Thunder 3396 247 2553 01:20 +8
83 Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3370 546 2156 01:34 -28
84 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 3367 493 2660 01:16 -15
85 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 3343 305 2150 01:34 +8
86 No Man's Sky 3330 362 1955 01:43 -13
87 Persona 5 3185 290 1686 01:54 -5
88 Assassin's Creed Origins 3082 281 1815 01:42 -8
89 Call of Duty: WWII 3074 584 2717 01:08 -4
90 Black Desert 3005 88 890 03:23 NEW
91 Fallout 76 2984 175 1620 01:51 -37
92 Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End 2940 435 1963 01:30 -14
94 Warface 2927 249 2290 01:17 NEW
93 Madden NFL 21 2927 271 2404 01:14 -19
95 Battlefield 4 2905 488 2373 01:14 NEW
96 Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition 2756 253 1479 01:52 NEW
97 World of Tanks 2737 244 2098 01:19 -5
98 Final Fantasy XV 2734 265 1468 01:52 NEW
99 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection 2734 353 1825 01:30 -5
100 Far Cry® 5 2722 376 1789 01:32 -18
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Analysis

  • Thanks to the launch of Season 6, titled Primal, Fortnite reclaimed the top spot in March, being #1 in hours played, #1 in players (25.7% of all players started it at least once that month!) and #1 in sessions played. While it struggles a bit more on PS5, Fortnite is the undisputed king on PS4.
  • The podium is completed by two other BR games: Apex Legends, which loses its top spot from February and falls to second place, and Modern Warfare (which adds all Warzone players alongside the regular MP of the game). No big surprises here – big free games that attract a lot of players, and despite all people who shout at Activision for leaving Warzon in a poor state – well, the numbers do talk. We must know that those games, despite their obvious flaws, manage to create a sense of desire and addiction, that can overcome the usual flaws.
  • F2P games are still dominant in the top with the big 6 in the top 11: the aforementioned podium, Rocket League at #7, Genshin Impact at #10 (which got its 1.4 update in March) and Destiny 2 at #11. For that one, 31% of the total playtime was done on PS5, helped by its next-gen version which runs at 4K60.
  • In the rest of the top 10, we notice the usual staples: Black Ops Cold War, FIFA 21, GTA V (not so bad for a 8 year-old game), Minecraft and Rainbow Six Siege. The multiplayer flagship from Ubisoft got a free play week in march, which boosted its player count by 20% compared to February.
  • Let's now talk about the free games of the month:
    • Without surprise, Final Fantasy VII Remake is the biggest one, setting at spot #12. To be honest, I expected it to rank higher, due to the fact that never a AAA game of this caliber was released that early on Plus, merely 11 months after its initial release. I do think many players already played it and bought it, and didn't have the need to revisit it that early. Also, the fact that the offer isn't eligible to the PS5 upgrade might have had an impact on the downloads. But still, it's the strongest debut for a Plus game since Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Also, it managed to retain its players for quite a bunch of time: each player who started it at least once played it for 11 hours in average. A very good score for a PS+ freebie.
    • Not that far behind, Remnant: From The Ashes overperforms compared to expectations. Its number of players is basically equal to FF7R (14.3% of the sample) and they played the game for an average of 8 hours, which is also very good compared to the standard of PS+ games. That looter shooter was much less known than many titles of the top and was mostly overlooked at release, and this PS+ offer clearly brought it into the light. A very delight surprise for many PlayStation gamers.
    • Despite being free for the entire month and for the entire playerbase (no PS+ required), Ratchet & Clank only ends up at #21. There's a few reasons to this: the fact that the game was already offered on Plus in 2018, it's already present in the PS+ collection, and being a solo adventure with a relatively easy platinum trophy (minus that dance-related trophy), it's finished relatively quickly with very few incentives to replay it. However, at the very end of the month, a 60 fps patch dropped by surprise on PS5. And the upcoming release of Rift Apart in June will definitely incitate some players to revisit the saga.
    • That makes the performance of Subnautica incredible – it's by far the most popular game of the second batch of the Play at Home games. It barely finishes in front of R&C, in 20th place despite being free only at the end of the month. With nearly 15% of the player base that downloaded it and played at least once in these few days, its performance is definitely remarkable. The underwater survival game definitely grabbed some fans here.
    • Finally, a bit further in the rankings, Enter The Gungeon managed to snatch the 60th place, and was downloaded and played by 9% of the sample size. Its average time per player is only 2 hours and 20 minutes, but it went free at the end of the month an the difficulty is quite high, being a rogue-like.
  • Some previous PS+ offerings are still alive and kicking: Fall Guys rejuvenated itself a little bit with the launch of its season 3, placing at #23. A good amount of players kept playing Control in March, only losing 13 slots and finishing 27th. Even Hollow Knight, which was free in November, is still present.
  • A few games benefitted from a sizeable boost of players. Watch Dogs Legion quadrupled its player base from February, thanks to a free week trial, just like Rainbow Six Siege. It climbs back to #34. A bit below, F1 2020 grabbed a bunch of F1 fans as the new season started IRL, gaining 14 spots and ending at #37. And Hunt: Showdown got a big update (1.5), which boasted the player count by 44% compared to February. Also, Marvel's Avengers and Yakuza: Like a Dragon came back into the top, but mostly thanks to PS5 players, who got an upgrade for these two games.
  • A small note on the Rust Beta, which managed to get into the top despite a limited availability, and the Outriders demo, which offered a good starting taste of the full game that just released.
  • As always, online MMOs and open world games are the most time-consuming. We have a bunch of dedicated FFXIV players in the sample, each one clocking over 50 hours of play time in average, allowing the game to grab the 25th spot! Just below The Elder Scrolls Online, in 24th, with over 37 hours per player. Destiny 2, ARK and Black Desert are also far above the 30 hours per player threshold. As a matter of comparison, for any game in the top 100, there was a playtime of 13 hours and 13 minutes in average.
  • It's time to say goodbye to these games that were present in the top 100 in February, but no longer are in March:
    • Concrete Genie (was #27 – free PS+ game in February)
    • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint (was #62)
    • Hitman 3 (was #63)
    • Destruction AllStars (was #64 – free PS+ game only on PS5)
    • Need for Speed Payback (was #76)
    • Dark Souls: Remastered (was #83)
    • We Were Here (was #84 – was free for a few days in February)
    • The Sims 4 (was #86)
    • Vigor (was #87)
    • Conan Exiles (was #95)
    • Paladins (was #97)
    • Diablo 3 (was #98)
    • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (was #99)
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I hope you really enjoyed this analysis, and if you have any questions, feel free to post them below.

See you next month! 🙂

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