PlayStation Gameplay Chart: Call of Duty drops, No Man's Sky soars

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
While Call of Duty Black Ops has taken a small tumble, No Man's Sky, Hades, and Watch Dogs: Legion have risen from the pits of Tartarus! Here is the top 40 PlayStation Gameplay Chart for the week ending September 5th, 2021.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision1
2 iconFortniteEpic Games2
3 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games4
4 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision3
5 iconFIFA 21Electronic Arts6
6 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts7
7 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment5
8 iconGenshin ImpactmiHoYo11
9 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix8
10 iconDestiny 2Activision9
11 iconMinecraftMojang Studios10
12 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games12
13 iconFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutDevolver Digital14
14 iconDead by Daylight 1/2505 Games15
15 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft17
16 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft18
17 iconSplitgate1047 Games13
18 iconPlants vs. Zombies: Battle for NeighborvilleElectronic Arts19
19 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment20
20 iconHorizon Zero DawnSony Interactive Entertainment16
21 iconHadesSupergiant Games24
22 iconBattlefield VElectronic Arts21
23 iconFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornSquare Enix22
24 iconNBA 2K212K Sports23
25 iconMarvel's Spider-ManSony Interactive Entertainment27
26 iconMarvel's AvengersSquare Enix25
27 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops 4Activision26
28 iconWatch Dogs: LegionUbisoftRE
29 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment29
30 iconNo Man's SkyHello GamesRE
31 iconFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix28
32 iconDays GoneSony Interactive Entertainment32
33 iconWarframeDigital Extremes30
34 iconAstro's PlayroomSony Interactive Entertainment35
35 iconThe Last of Us Part IISony Interactive Entertainment33
36 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment38
37 iconGran Turismo SportSony Computer Entertainment40
38 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision34
39 iconBorderlands 32K Games39
40 iconGod of WarSony Interactive EntertainmentRE
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 833,000 active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network.
So, what is going on at the top end of the chart, where the big dogs play and everybody spends their day? Well, it is the usual lot with two notable changes. Here they are: Warzone (1), Fortnite (2), Grand Theft Auto V (3), Cold War (4), FIFA 21 (5), Apex Legends (6), Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (7), Genshin Impact, Rocket League (9), and Destiny 2 (10). Call of Duty Cold War has taken a one-step tumble from last week, but a two-step tumble over recent weeks as Fortnite and GTA V overtook it. In that time, the player count has dropped by just under a fifth of its total count from three weeks ago. That about lines up with when Vanguard was announced, a stark contrast with Battlefield 2042 where the opposite happened for the EA-developed series. We saw BF4 resurge and the PlayStation monthly addition of Battlefield V remain in the top percentile of the chart. Of course, not at the staggering height that Call of Duty manages, but an interesting response from each player base either way! Ghost of Tsushima remains in the top ten after its Director's Cut, a version we gave a nine out of ten. Again, super impressive from Sucker Punch there. Shout out to Destiny 2, it just keeps rising!

The middle of the chart is, frankly, kind of boring. The notable exceptions here are that Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville held ground and that Hades is on the march upwards. It is clear that several contributing factors have prevented Hades from being at the top of the list, one being that the game was free on Xbox Game Pass, possibly giving multi-console gamers another place to play. It could also, and more significantly, be that the game wasn't really flaunted on the PlayStation Store before release, though it did have a few PlayStation Blog articles. Anyway, now the game is moving upwards again with a three-place gain.

Lower down the chart, there are some notable reentries. Watch Dogs: Legion has had crossovers with Assassin's Creed and Money Heist of late, but this boost in numbers likely comes from the fact that the game was free to play this weekend. Ubisoft will hope that has convinced players to hop into the game more permanently, but I suppose we will see next week. No Man's Sky might not have been free, but it did get its Frontiers update last week that added settlement building and management into the game. Players are clearly looking for any excuse to hop back in and it seems like this was it! Hello Games has really been putting in the work, so if you have a copy lying around, hop back in and you might be surprised!

Those are the biggest pulls from this week that we could find! If there are any you find interesting, then leave a comment down below! We try to feature the most salient and astute observations when possible, so see you there!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 games like LEGO Horizon Adventures, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Kingdom Come Deliverance II, Concord, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of PlayStation gaming. He also covers PS Plus news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, God of War, and The Last of Us — before an evening swim.
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