2018 has already been a huge year for video games. We’re only halfway through the year, but it seems that the sky is the limit for how much more of a rise the gaming industry will see, especially considering many of the highly-anticipated titles still to come out this year.
In a newly released report, the NPD Group states that sales, in general, have seen an increase in both units and dollars. They also list predictions for the U.S. video game market in regards to 2018’s calendar fourth quarter, including the top 10 best-selling games of 2018, with Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out on top for not only the quarter, but the year overall.
Here is the list of the predicted top 10 games of 2018:
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Battlefield V
- NBA 2K19
- Far Cry 5
- Madden NFL 19
- Fallout 76
- God of War
- Monster Hunter: World
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
Some of these games are pretty obvious inclusions, with yearly releases essentially being the title’s primary pull factor (Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty). There really aren’t too many other surprised on the list though, with all of the games having, or having had hype in the build up to their releases.
On the other hand, the ranking order of the titles could potentially provide reason for some head scratching. Take for instance God of War, which became the highest rated PlayStation 4 title when it was released in April. Coming in at number eight on the list is a bit surprising on that fact alone.
But then there’s Red Dead Redemption 2. Fans have been clamoring for the long-awaited sequel for nearly eight years, so it would be surprising to no one if the game did end up taking top honors. While Take-Two interactive has already stated that they don’t expect the game to come close to the success of their most recent Grand Theft Auto, it would be quite a stretch to think that the game will be anything less than successful in its own right.
Will Red Dead Redemption 2 live up to the hype and make the cut as the best-selling game of 2018? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, be sure to keep your eye out for our review of Red Dead Redemption 2, following the game’s release on October 26th.