PlayStation Gameplay Chart: Surprise PlayStation Plus game gets podium finish

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
PlayStation Plus' January offerings seem to have appealed to gamers — but did Dirt 5, Deep Rock Galactic, or Persona 5 Strikers perform best? Here is the top 40 PlayStation Gameplay Chart for the week ending January 9th, 2022.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFortniteEpic Games1
2 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts3
3 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games2
4 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision4
5 iconDiRT 5Codemasters-
6 iconCall of Duty: VanguardActivision5
7 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix6
8 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts7
9 iconGenshin ImpactmiHoYo9
10 iconDeep Rock GalacticCoffee Stain Studios-
11 iconMinecraftMojang Studios8
12 iconDestiny 2Activision10
13 iconPersona 5 StrikersAtlusRE
14 iconMarvel's Spider-ManSony Interactive Entertainment12
15 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts11
16 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft15
17 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment13
18 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment17
19 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment14
20 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games16
21 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft19
22 iconFar Cry 6Ubisoft18
23 iconDead by Daylight 1/2505 Games22
24 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision21
25 iconFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutDevolver Digital23
26 iconNBA 2K222K Sports24
27 iconFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornSquare Enix28
28 iconThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntCD Projekt27
29 iconLEGO DC Super-VillainsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment20
30 iconMarvel's Guardians of the GalaxySquare Enix26
31 iconIt Takes TwoElectronic Arts29
32 iconAmong UsMaximum Games25
33 iconHorizon Zero DawnSony Interactive Entertainment32
34 iconFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix30
35 iconMadden NFL 22Electronic Arts35
36 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentRE
37 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimBethesda Softworks33
38 iconThe Last of Us Part IISony Interactive Entertainment38
39 iconWarframeDigital Extremes36
40 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision40
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 823,000 active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network.
Normally, this is the big opening where we tell you about Call of Duty, Fortnite, and FIFA. However, nothing has really happened amongst these games other than FIFA bumping up one place — well done, we guess? The big-ticket item this week, though, is Dirt 5's exceptional performance in fifth place. It's given the above titles a run for their money, coming within an 11% margin of players in the second-place game, FIFA 22. Even for a Plus game, that kind of player count is impressive, especially if you consider that of the total player count, around 60% are driving on PS5 and that it has outperformed Vanguard in sixth by a significant margin. Good stuff from developer Codemasters!

The two remaining PlayStation Plus games for January 2021 have still faired well. Deep Rock Galactic is currently in tenth. The underlying numbers are solid, cementing itself firmly in its position with a minimal player number gap between the drunken dwarves and Genshin Impact in ninth. The step-up from ninth to eighth place (Apex Legends) is a biggie, though. That being said, we have a feeling that Deep Rock Galactic has long legs (for a dwarf) as it is a co-op game. The final plus game is Persona 5 Strikers. Holding itself on top of the teens is a huge win for a relatively niche muso game based upon a JRPG franchise. While we do expect a drop in future, reentry for Atlas' game is a good state of affairs — especially given that it is sitting above the resurging Marvel's Spider-Man and the ever-dropping Battlefield 2042.

Having a look around the chart, things are looking dry for this early January as everything has been pushed down by the new Plus games. Three shouts outs, though. The first goes to Final Fantasy XIV, for finally creeping back up the chart into 27th (technically a four-place rise given the Plus games). Players are finally being given access after the Endwalker expansion destroyed server queuing. The second shoutout is for LEGO DC Super Villians, which has had the longest legs from the December 2021 Plus games, holding off the competition like no one business. It seems it has become a bit of a household staple this Christmas, even if it has suffered a nine-place drop this week. Finally, let's give a bloody, handless applause to Mortal Kombat 11. The fighting game shows us those new entries onto PlayStation Now do have swaying power at the bottom of the chart.

What a week! Have you spotted anything fun in the chart? Let us know in the comments, and we will see you there!
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.