Based on the works of /u/s0vs0v, I decided to make this thread on r/PS5 about the top 50 played games by PS5 players.
As a reminder, this comes from a panel of voluntary gamers who applied to have their time tracked by a bot.
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.
As the PS5 playerbase is still small, I only take the top 50 games instead of the top 100, as those being from 51st to 100th have low player counts and some games can be pushed to the top thanks to a few people leaving the game idle while being in the PS5 UI menus.
Here's the top 50 most played games on PS5 in March, based on 4476 active and voluntary PS5 users:
|#||Game||Hours Played||Players||Sessions||Avg Session||Rank change|
|1||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||18853||1072||13624||01:24||=|
|2||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||15561||922||11059||01:25||=|
|7||Assassin's Creed Valhalla||7979||539||5059||01:35||-2|
|9||Grand Theft Auto V||5444||579||3670||01:30||+1|
|10||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege||5038||432||4241||01:12||+6|
|14||Final Fantasy VII Remake||4032||499||2691||01:30||NEW|
|15||Ghost of Tsushima||3840||408||2569||01:30||+5|
|17||Control Ultimate Edition||3545||506||2667||01:20||-11|
|18||Remnant: From the Ashes||3467||569||2057||01:42||NEW|
|19||Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales||3092||482||2699||01:09||-4|
|20||ARK: Survival Evolved||3061||102||1527||02:01||+3|
|21||Yakuza: Like A Dragon||3002||129||1577||01:55||NEW|
|22||Tom Clancy's The Division® 2||2940||164||1332||02:13||-4|
|23||Persona 5 Strikers||2928||153||1598||01:50||+7|
|24||Final Fantasy XIV||2885||71||1050||02:45||+7|
|25||God of War||2815||400||1965||01:26||-13|
|26||Overwatch: Origins Edition||2685||211||2181||01:14||-5|
|27||Red Dead Redemption 2||2680||282||2074||01:18||+2|
|29||Dead by Daylight||2432||196||1955||01:15||-4|
|32||Immortals Fenyx Rising||2131||170||1200||01:47||-8|
|33||Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout||2119||447||2528||00:51||+8|
|35||Watch Dogs: Legion||2021||377||1743||01:10||+8|
|36||Persona 5 Royal||1967||109||1049||01:53||-4|
|37||Monster Hunter World: Iceborne||1841||167||843||02:12||-4|
|39||The Last of Us Part II||1634||173||1021||01:37||+3|
|41||Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered||1441||218||1237||01:10||-6|
|42||It Takes Two||1238||222||688||01:48||NEW|
|44||The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited||1217||61||716||01:42||-4|
|46||Ratchet & Clank||1152||378||1099||01:03||NEW|
|49||No Man's Sky||1023||125||710||01:27||-6|
- There's no change in the top four: Call of Duty is still king on PS5 for the time being. The franchise is still a staple, and despite no PS5-enhanced version of Warzone, it still remains the most popular BR of the console. FIFA keeps its third place (football fans always need their ball kicking itch), and Destiny 2 keeps retaining its players through its gameplay loop.
- A bit lower, Apex Legends and Fortnite grab a couple of positions, and the latter largely benefitted from the launch of its Season 6. However, Fortinite is much less popular on PS5 than it is on PS4 – when you take all platforms, Fortnite is #1 in March, by a landslide.
- We'll also note the presence of Rainbow Six Siege in the top 10: it was helped a bunch thanks to a free to play week this month. It shows an 32% player increase compared to February. Another Ubisoft game benefitted from a similar operation: Watch Dogs Legion. It ranks at #35 this month.
- Let's now talk about the free games of the month.
- First of all, Final Fantasy VII Remake. Ranking at #14, it's the best-performing PS+ monthly game in March. A bit more than 11% of all PS5 players launched the game at least once. This is actually kinda low, and I could see a few reasons: many players probably already played the game (as it's a million-seller), and the fact that the PS+ version isn't eligible to the PS5 upgrade coming in June. We might see a bump in the numbers when FF7 Remake Intergrade will release. However, it has an average of 8 hours per player – the game is good and addictive.
- Remnant: From The Ashes is quite strong. Despite no PS5 enhancements, its gameplay loop and the fact that it's not a widely known game grabbed the curiosity of many players, more than FF7 Remake (12.7%). The fact that the game is also playable in co-op online definitely helped. Ranking at #18, it clearly managed to find a spot on the hard drives of many PS5 players.
- Maquette was a day-and-date release, coming from the small indie studio Graceful Decay. 16.5% of PS5 players downloaded it and played at least once. However, it ranks only at #38: being a very short game (it can be completed in roughly 4-5 hours), it didn't offer much replay value after completing the main story (except trophies). Also, the fact that it's a puzzle game, and some small performance issues at launch, didn't help retaining some players.
- Now, let's talk about Ratchet & Clank, the first Play at Home game given for free, to everyone. Its performance in the charts is rather disappointing, being only 46th. But it's simply explained by the fact it's already present in the PS+ Collection, and being a single player game, all those who played it (and probably platinumed it) back in the day have a low interest to replay it. But, plot twist, at the very end of the month, Insomniac released an unexpected patch that unlocked 60 fps on PS5. So it's safe to say we can expect seeing R&C in this top in April, and probably in May to prepare for Rift Apart in June.
- Then, despite being available for free only in the last week of the month, Subnautica went above and beyond all expectations, clearly being the most popular game of the second batch of Play at Home. Taking spot #43, Subnautica has the advantage of being playable at 60 fps on PS5 (through some dev console trickery). We'll definitely see the underwater survival game returning next month, and the release of Below Zero in May, alongside a real PS5 version for the original, will be very interesting to track.
- Even if it's not in the top 50, Enter the Gungeon still managed to get into the top 100. Destruction AllStars was on the brink of getting kicked out of the top 100 this month (97th – a drop of 83 spots!). It's safe to say that this is the first failure of the PS5.
- Two notable games made their entrance in the top 50 this month: Yakuza: Like a Dragon, in 21st position, and Marvel's Avengers, in 28th position. Their entrance is easily explained: a PS5 version was released for both games this month, and both were free upgrades. Hard to not give a try to visual enhancements, may the game be good or bad.
- As always, MMOs and RPGs (sometimes both) keep the players the most: Final Fantasy XIV, The Division 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Destiny 2, ARK, Yakuza, Persona, all retain their players for a bunch of time, usually more than 20 hours per player during the month. Let's not forget the curious case of Black Desert, which cracked the top this month with nearly 45 hours per player, for the 24 of them who launched the game on PS5… Which is why it's in italic.
- There wasn't many new releases this month (mostly PS5 upgrades) – It Takes Two, the latest co-op game from Hazelight, was lauded by critics, and enters the top despite a few days of availability. It sits at #42 and should still be present in April.
- Finally, let's say goodbye to the games that were present in the top 50 in February, but aren't in March: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Star Wars Battlefront II, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Nioh 2 Remastered, Madden NFL 21, Maneater, and Destruction AllStars.
What to expect in April?
- There shouldn't be much movement at the top. Season Three for Black Ops Cold War should be a big hit as a huge map update for Warzone should drop. Rumors say it will be Verdansk in a 80s setting.
- PS+ games shouldn't make much waves – Days Gone is already in the PS+ Collection, and Oddworld Soulstorm should crack the top 20. I don't think Zombie Army 4 will be present.
- Horizon: Zero Dawn should get a nice boost from Play at Home on April 19, especially knowing it's not in the PS+ Collection and many players will be eager to (re)discover the story of Aloy, which is due to continue at the end of the year in Forbidden West. Fingers crossed for a 60 fps patch right before. Subnautica is here to stay.
- Outriders should rank high as it is available for the entire month. MLB The Show 21 will probably have a spot (hoping all players aren't going to Xbox thanks to Game Pass). NieR Replicant will be another big release. Judgment will get a PS5 upgrade in April. However, Returnal, which releases at the very end of April, won't manage to get a spot. It will definitely shine in May.
- No Man's Sky is at the bottom of the top 50 this month but the latest Expeditions update, and the several sponsored streams on Twitch, gave it a nice boost.
See you in a month!
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