PlayStation Gameplay Chart: Single-player games return over Christmas and New Year break

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
There are big risers up the chart: the Christmas and New Year break certainly does strange things to game-playing habits. This is our top 40 PlayStation Gameplay Chart for the week ending January 2nd, 2022.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFortniteEpic Games1
2 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games2
3 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts4
4 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision3
5 iconCall of Duty: VanguardActivision5
6 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix6
7 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts7
8 iconMinecraftMojang Studios8
9 iconGenshin ImpactmiHoYo10
10 iconDestiny 2Activision9
11 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts11
12 iconMarvel's Spider-ManSony Interactive Entertainment12
13 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment14
14 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment16
15 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft15
16 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games17
17 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment24
18 iconFar Cry 6Ubisoft23
19 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft18
20 iconLEGO DC Super-VillainsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment13
21 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision20
22 iconDead by Daylight 1/2505 Games19
23 iconFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutDevolver Digital25
24 iconNBA 2K222K Sports26
25 iconAmong UsMaximum Games21
26 iconMarvel's Guardians of the GalaxySquare Enix30
27 iconThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntCD Projekt29
28 iconFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornSquare Enix27
29 iconIt Takes TwoElectronic Arts35
30 iconFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix22
31 iconAstro's PlayroomSony Interactive Entertainment32
32 iconHorizon Zero DawnSony Interactive Entertainment39
33 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimBethesda Softworks33
34 iconGodfallGearbox Publishing28
35 iconMadden NFL 22Electronic Arts38
36 iconWarframeDigital Extremes34
37 iconKena: Bridge of SpiritsEmber LabRE
38 iconThe Last of Us Part IISony Interactive EntertainmentRE
39 iconFIFA 21Electronic Arts36
40 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivisionRE
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 813,000 active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network.
Christmas and New Year have yielded the exact same number one, only now it is more dominant than ever! That game is, of course, Fortnite. With the children off school (and the child-like adults off work), it's clear that the free-to-play battle royale title has mopped up the rest of the competition. The numbers reveal an order of magnitude in difference, as Fortnite was played by 45% more gamers in the break than the next best on the list: Grand Theft Auto V (don't forget to grab your free dollars!). FIFA 22 and Modern Warfare's Warzone mode are not that far behind, but the step down from Modern Warfare to Vanguard is a substantial 25% drop. The rest of the top ten is occupied by the same batch of games as always: Rocket League, Apex Legends, Minecraft, Genshin Impact, and Destiny 2. Perhaps most interestingly of all is the absence of Battlefield 2042, which is struggling to maintain a player base as successfully as the other titles at the top of the chart — EA's FPS has around 50% of the player count of Call of Duty.

If there was any doubt about what game and character is a system seller on PS5 titles, look no further than Spider-Man and Miles Morales at 12 and 13, respectively. The PS5 launch title is rocking better PS5 numbers than PS4, while Spider-Man has fantastic numbers for the PS5 remastered version. Miles Morales has really been the guiding star of the opening year of the PS5, and this re-rise to 13th only confirms that. Ghost of Tsushima in 17th absolutely deserves a mention too, with its fairly even PS5 and PS4 player split. It seems fans have flocked straight back as soon as they had the time to complete Sucker Punch's samurai action-adventure, suggesting that Spider-Man isn't the only IP from PlayStation's catalogue of exclusives that can hold its own.

Slightly further down the list, we see big single-player titles with returning players make a push. In particular, here, we are looking at Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (26), The Witcher 3 (27), It Takes Two (29), and Horizon (32). All three have become must-plays, either in recent years or more recently, and it seems that players have been happy to pick them back up as time frees up and families draw closer. Of these, we would note that It Takes Two might have expected a higher position on the list given that the game won GOTY at TGAs this year — but with eight weeks spent in the chart since release and three in consecutive order, it's not a bad rebound at all. Shout out to both Kena: Bridge of Spirits and the Last of Us: Part II, as well. Both have re-entered the chart after a little while out of the game, and Kena is dominating on PS5.

That's your lot for this week! Anything you have noticed? Any big surprises? Please drop all enquiries and observations in the comments, and we will endeavour to answer them all.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.