The over-promotion of Santa Monica Studio’s God of War combined with hardware bundle packs for the cinematic-heavy hack-and-slash title has managed to skyrocket God of War and the PS4 to the top of the retail charts in the U.S., according to the monthly NPD Group figures.
VentureBeat did the typical breakdown of the sales, and God of War, along with Fary Cry 5 and strangely the Nintendo Labo variety kit managed to top the software charts in April.
Unfortunately if you were hoping only gamer’s games were topping the charts, you’re in for an awful awakening due to the fact that the soy-backed God of War was the number one on the charts, followed by Far Cry 5, MLB The Show and the $70 package composed of the cardboard homes of San Francisco’s homeless, Nintendo Labo.
- God of War 2018
- Far Cry 5
- MLB 18: The Show
- Labo Variety Kit
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
- Mario Kart 8*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Super Mario Odyssey*
- NBA 2K18
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Monster Hunter: World
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- A Way Out**
- Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life*
- Sea Of Thieves
- Kirby Star Allies*
- FIFA 18**
It’s surprising to see some games from last year still topping the charts, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. On the upside at least propaganda-driven games like Horizon: Zero Dawn did not make the cut.
On the hardware side of the table the PlayStation brand cleaned up across the board, thanks to the huge selling PS4 Pro God of War bundle, this helped both the vanilla PS4 and the PS4 Pro top the hardware charts, while Nintendo and Microsoft languished behind.
What’s also interesting is that Sea of Thieves basically died after a month’s worth of hype, proving that Microsoft doesn’t know how to generate and maintain buzz, nor do they know how to financially back games that gamers care about for more than a few livestream sessions on a second-rate Twitch streamer’s burner account.
This year’s E3 will likely be the make it or break it moment for Microsoft, because the Xbox brand will surely fade into obscurity if they maintain losing at this pace.