2022 is coming to an end and, waiting for the The Game Awards and the very latest videogame productions arriving, we are starting to sum up these very interesting months that have been able to give us a large amount of quality games and content.
The time has come to make an annual report on the best-selling titles during this year, summing up the productions that have most attracted the attention of users. So, what are the best-selling video games in 2022?
Pur not being among the best-selling video games in the entire course of 2022it is mandatory to mention some of the productions that have marked the market in terms of sales and perception by users. These are not titles that compete with the three blockbusters but, rather, experiences whose value has nevertheless allowed them to reach equally dizzying figures of sales and/or active users:
NFL 23: Ranked No. 1 best-selling software in August 2022, Madden NFL 23 is one of this year’s best-selling gaming productions which is about to come to an end, constituting a real American cult phenomenon.
Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga: The new adventure published by Warner Bros. Interactive has been able to deeply hit the user. Lego rhymes with fun and represents a huge economic success.
FIFA 23: If NFL 23 is an American cult phenomenon, for Europeans to dominate the world of sport there is football. FIFA 23 surpassed 10 million players in just one week.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: The gaming giant COD Modern Warfare 2 has exceeded one billion dollars in collections from the sale of the software in a very short time, decreeing a global success for this new iteration.
God of War Ragnarok: We come to the end of the honorable mentions by quoting the great epic of Kratos and Atreus. The fruit of the work of the boys of Santa Monica Studio has reached the total of 5 million copies within a few days of the official launch on PS4 and PS5.
Third position: Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Last in the standings (certainly not least in terms of popularity) are the new iterations of Pokémon, Scarlet and Violet. These titles have marked a partial comeback of the brand, especially in the face of exorbitant sales numbers even for the same brand. Indeed, it is news of only a few days that the Ninth Generation works are the most pre-ordered games of the franchise ever, breaking sales records in all videogame markets and capitalizing on a total of over 10 million units sold. All that glitters is not gold and, as seen recently with the technical analysis of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the two products on the podium of the 2022 sales charts do not reach the necessary quality standards and which have always distinguished the branded productions Nintendo.
Second position: Legends Pokémon Arceus
The spin-off released in January reaches the second position of the podium relating to the best-selling video games of 2022. Legends Pokémon Arceus has totaled 12.64 million units sold, decreeing an undeniable success for what has been a moment of important transition for the ‘entire brand. The change of course in favor of a game system focused on exploration more accentuated and made up of open map environments decreed a small and timid step towards a radical change, which unfortunately did not “take flight” with the aforementioned Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. In terms of sales, however, it must be considered that among these staggering numbers, the count of units sold through the Nintendo eShop digital store is excluded.
First position: Elden Ring
At the top of this ranking we find the famous title developed by From Software and published by Bandai Namco. Elder Ring has reached unattainable record goals, so much so that it has led the adventure in the Interregnum to be the most played and purchased of 2022. There is currently information on sales data updated to August 2022, which reports that Elden Ring has sold 17.5 million units. However, taking into account physical and digital copies, the experience created by From Software is the best-selling worldwide in the last 12 months.