PlayStation Gameplay Chart: Predator stalks the top ten, Hitman aims high, Tales arises

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Predator: Hunting Grounds has used every gadget it could to get into the top ten, while Hitman 2 and Tales of Arise have surprised. Here is the top 40 PlayStation Gameplay Chart for the week ending September 12th, 2021.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision1
2 iconFortniteEpic Games2
3 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision4
4 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games3
5 iconFIFA 21Electronic Arts5
6 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts6
7 iconPredator: Hunting GroundsSony Interactive Entertainment-
8 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix9
9 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment7
10 iconGenshin ImpactmiHoYo8
11 iconDestiny 2Activision10
12 iconHITMAN 2Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentRE
13 iconMinecraftMojang Studios11
14 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games12
15 iconDead by Daylight 1/2505 Games14
16 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft16
17 iconOvercooked! All You Can EatTeam17 Software-
18 iconFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutDevolver Digital13
19 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft15
20 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment19
21 iconMarvel's Spider-ManSony Interactive Entertainment25
22 iconTales of AriseBandai Namco Entertainment-
23 iconHorizon Zero DawnSony Interactive Entertainment20
24 iconSplitgate1047 Games17
25 iconGod of WarSony Interactive Entertainment40
26 iconPlants vs. Zombies: Battle for NeighborvilleElectronic Arts18
27 iconBattlefield VElectronic Arts22
28 iconFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornSquare Enix23
29 iconHadesSupergiant Games21
30 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment29
31 iconNBA 2K212K Sports24
32 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops 4Activision27
33 iconNo Man's SkyHello Games30
34 iconMarvel's AvengersSquare Enix26
35 iconGran Turismo SportSony Computer Entertainment37
36 iconWarframeDigital Extremes33
37 iconHITMAN 3IO InteractiveRE
38 iconFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix31
39 iconBorderlands 32K Games39
40 iconDays GoneSony Interactive Entertainment32
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 1.2 million active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network.
Take a look at this top ten and spot the anomaly: Warzone (1), Fortnite (2), Cold War (3), Grand Theft Auto V (4), FIFA 21 (5), Apex Legends (6), Predator: Hunting Grounds (7), Rocket League (8), Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (9), and Genshin Impact (10). Predator seems to be the perfect PlayStation Plus game: multiplayer, an FPS, with very few people willing to pay to play. So, Predator goes 'free' on PS Plus? Top ten! Impressive stuff. Likewise, Ghost of Tsushima has held ground well, but that plenty of other players are starting it up as of late. Interestingly, the ratio of PS5 to PS4 gamers is 50/50, suggesting most were waiting for the Iki Island expansion rather than the (overpriced) PS5 upgrades.

Just outside of the top ten rests the other PlayStation Plus game, Hitman 2, which has managed to do two impressive things. The first is nearly beat out Destiny 2 to the 11th spot, with only a tiny difference in player count between the two. The second, is Hitman 2 has managed to raise Hitman 3 back into the chart at 37 as a by-product. Hitman 2 levels can be ported into Hitman 3, but can run at 60 fps thanks to the better optimisation. Indeed, Hitman 3 has double the PS5 gamers than on PS4, suggesting that as many players as possible are taking advantage of the upgraded hardware if they have it.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat debuts at 17, which initially had me (Kes) confused at its low ranking, until Editor Luke pointed out that Overcooked has been on sale so many times that many of the people who would have picked it up have probably already done so. So, we will follow this in case of a substantial drop-off or word-of-mouth rise. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare — from last month's PS Plus collection — is still doing really well in spite of the fact that no one was that happy about the August lineup. Success in the face of adversity!

That brings us to our number 22 this week, Tales of Arise. Even with a series as prestigious as Tales, for a niche JRPG out of Bandai Namco this is an impressive number. It speaks to the solid showings the game had before release, the amazing word of mouth from the Tales community, and the hard work put in by the dev team for this rejuvenated iteration. PlayStation exclusives have seen a huge rise. The three in question are: Spider-Man (+4), God of War (+15), and Gran Turismo Sport (+2). All of these games have had sequels appear at the PlayStation Showcase last week, so it seems that plenty of gamers immediately jumped back into these for a refresh.

Well, that is your lot for this week. Come at us with your observations! We like to include salient and eagle-eyed comments from the TT community, so let us know what you have spotted!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about exclusives like The Last of Us and Horizon, PS Plus news, and his favourite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War — before an evening swim.
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