Despite competing against a slew of quality releases, a few video games stole the show in 2018 with their larger-than-life sales. Boasting $134.9 billion in revenue, it’s no secret that the video game industry is booming. These historic figures mark a 10.9% increase from 2017, and 2019 is set to be another banner year. Out of the three major sectors of the industry, console games enjoyed the biggest growth. Console games enjoyed a 15.2% year-on-year growth, which added up to $38.3 billion in 2018. This trend led to 160 million copies of games being purchased by gamers around the world.
On top of creating higher production investments, this impressive boost in sales is sparking a video game renaissance. These record breaking figures showcase how far the video game industry has come. What started as a niche industry is now being played by 70% of all Australians. To the surprise of many, seniors aged over 65 are the fastest growing demographic of gamers in Australia. Younger parents are also hopping onboard, since 97% percent of homes with children have digital games. These interesting developments continue to debunk previously held stereotypes about gamers.
As the stigma of playing video games continues to fade away, video game sales are reaching new heights. To highlight how popular gaming has become, we compiled a list of the best selling games in 2018. Through quality graphics and fascinating storylines, these epic releases swept millions of gamers off their feet. Their popularity is too resounding to ignore, so discover which video games took the industry by storm in 2018!
Best Selling Video Games in 2018
Video Game #3: FIFA 19 (4,980,635 Total Sales) – Even though it failed to outdo its predecessor, this game managed to sell close to 5 million copies in 2018. These figures are impressive, since it wasn’t released until September 28th. This 26th installment of Electronic Arts’ FIFA series was developed by EA Vancouver. Boasting superb graphics and endorsements from Cristiano Ronaldo, this game won multiple awards. Despite having 25% lower opening week sales than FIFA 18, it was awarded Best Sports Game by Game Critics Awards and Gamescom. The production quality can’t be ignored, so get in the game with FIFA 19!
Video Game #2: God of War (5,026,257 Total Sales) – This reimagining of the God of War franchise proved to be a hit. Instead of sticking to the traditional Greek mythology base, this 8th installment of the series is based on Norse mythology. This takes players to ancient Norway where they must help Kratos and his son Atreus risk everything to fulfill a dangerous promise. Intent on spreading Atreus’ mother’s ashes from the highest peak of the nine realms, this duo confronts a slew of Norse monsters and gods.
The universal acclaim that this game received from both users and Metacritic showed that this was a winning combination. It was the highest rated PlayStation 4 game until it was dethroned by Red Dead Redemption 2. This score ties with the original God of War for the highest rating in the franchise. It’s not often that a sequel exceeds expectations, so find out what all the fuss is about!
Video Game #1: Spider-Man (5,177,202 Total Sales) – Even though this franchise is far from new, it managed to break multiple records. Within the first three days of its release, Spider-Man sold a staggering 3.3 million copies. This impressive level of devotion from fans managed to beat the already exceptional three-day record set by God of War. Clocking in at 1 million copies, Spider-Man’s number of pre-orders also broke records. It was hailed as the best Spider-Man game in the franchise, which makes it impossible for any gamer to ignore!