Every week, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) lists it’s top 10 Australian and New Zealand games charts (powered by NPD), based on retail store sales. Each week most websites publish the list … and that’s about it really. But not PN2! We’re going to go a little deeper, a little harder, a little … crap, too much sexual innuendo. Point is, we’re going to have a closer look at the top 10 each week. So let’s get started.
TOP 10 ALL PLATFORMS (AUSTRALIA)
1. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto still has its followers, and it shows as the game launches into first place in its first week. But with Street Fighter V just days away, and Far Cry Primal a week after that, don’t expect it to stay this high for too long. Still, for a fourth game in a series that hasn’t really changed all that much across those iterations, it goes to show how many fans Naruto has.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
A staple of Top 10’s for the past God knows how many years, the latest COD has had a decent amount of DLC to keep the ball rolling. Seeing it this high on the charts isn’t surprising, but what’s curious about COD is the continued drop in sales on PC over the years, with Black Ops III second on both PS4 and XB1 but eighth on PC. You could argue that many of its sales came on Steam and probably continue to do so, but there’s no denying that COD lives and breaths on consoles.
3. Lego Marvel Avengers
Thanks to a lack of competition in the kid friendly space (unless you count FIFA … I guess), Lego Marvel Avengers should stick around in the top 10 for a little while longer. The Lego franchise just doesn’t seem to slow down, and with a new Star Wars it should continue to flourish in 2016. Not to mention Lego Dimensions, which has the potential for growth if a major expansion hits later this year. Fingers crossed.
4. Grand Theft Auto V
Easily the longest serving game in the top 10, and it could still be here for a while yet. Rockstar’s future plans are up in the air, from the possibility of a new Read Dead or perhaps the next GTA itself, but there’s no doubt that they aren’t done yet with GTAV. Constant DLC updates always keeps the game feeling fresh, and with so many custom made maps to play online it feels like an endless array of entertainment. What’s somewhat strange, when you think about it, is the lack of campaign updates over the years compared to GTAIV. Could the next GTA be a direct sequel? Just throwing that out there.
For a PC only game, it’s good to see XCOM2 doing so well. Right now it’s sitting pretty at the top of the PC charts (ahead of Rise of the Tomb Raider) and when you consider every other game on this list is multiplatform, it goes to show how strong its sales actually are. Whether it can keep that up is another story, but for the record, XCOM2 isn’t in the New Zealand top 10 despite being #1 on PC. So there’s that.
6. Star Wars: Battlefront
For all the complaints of a lack of content and the fact that it’s online only, Star Wars: Battlefront hasn’t done too bad. It’s #4 on XB1 and #5 on PS4, a pretty solid run. The question is, does it have the staying power of COD to keep hanging around longer? The DLC plans seem fairly decent, but everyone’s hoping for something big later on down the track, perhaps something based on The Force Awakens. Time will tell.
7. FIFA 16
Like COD, it’s no surprise to see FIFA hanging around in the top 10 long after launch. The biggest sport in the world (sorry, NFL fans) is in the middle of the Premier League season amongst others, so it probably won’t dip out until FIFA 17 launches. Or as I like to call it, when everyone trades in FIFA 16.
8. Just Cause 3
Defying bad frame rate issues on both console iterations, Just Cause 3 is still flapping in the breeze in 8th. It probably hasn’t done as well as anticipated, but we may never know the results. The trend these days seems to be not sharing sales figures at all, so we could be left in the dark on its success. Personally, the game was rather enjoyable (in small bursts) but perhaps not as solid as Just Cause 2.
9. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
Along with Just Cause, Rainbow Six launched at the beginning of December. What’s interesting at least from an Australian perspective is that its spot in the 10 goes against what’s happening on the PS4. As in, it isn’t in the top 10 on PS4 at all (it’s probably sitting just outside it, to be fair). Considering the market share of the PS4 right now, you would imagine it would be higher up the charts if it had been … possibly. The thing with these IGEA lists, they don’t mention actual sales numbers, and with the PS4 market share being a lot higher than XB1 and PC, there’s every chance that it’s #11 or #12 spot on the PS4 charts has a higher number of sales than its equivalent on XB1.
10. Fallout 4
Fallout 4 had a massive launch phase and to be fair, it’s done well to still be in the top 10. When you factor in the drop in sales after launch which normally happens to a game of this magnitude, AND the fact that there hasn’t been any DLC content (we’re on the verge of that announcement, according to teases from Bethesda, but we still don’t have a date or details yet), it’s 10th position on the charts is a solid result. Everything about Fallout, like Skyrim before it, goes against the modern thought of ‘there must be DLC’, ‘we must sell as many season passes as possible’, and so on and so forth. Yes, Fallout season passes were available at launch, but I’d dare say very few were sold.
SIDE NOTE: Minecraft is currently #4 on the New Zealand games charts, thanks largely to X360 and PS3 sales. That game just never dies! Also, NZ readers, go play XCOM2!