PlayStation Gameplay Chart: Free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh title makes surprise Top 10 appearance

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
There is only one thing on our mind this week: Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. The new free-to-play version of the card game has gotten off to a flyer. Here is the top 40 PlayStation Gameplay Chart for the week ending January 23rd, 2022.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFortniteEpic Games1
2 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts2
3 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision4
4 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games3
5 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts8
6 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix9
7 iconYu-Gi-Oh! Master DuelKonami Digital Entertainment-
8 iconCall of Duty: VanguardActivision7
9 iconDeep Rock GalacticCoffee Stain Studios5
10 iconMinecraftMojang Studios11
11 iconGenshin ImpactmiHoYo10
12 iconDiRT 5Codemasters6
13 iconDestiny 2Activision12
14 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft15
15 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts14
16 iconMarvel's Spider-ManSony Interactive Entertainment13
17 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft18
18 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games20
19 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment19
20 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision22
21 iconHorizon Zero DawnSony Interactive Entertainment27
22 iconDead by Daylight 1/2505 Games21
23 iconNBA 2K222K Sports23
24 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment24
25 iconFar Cry 6Ubisoft17
26 iconFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutDevolver Digital25
27 iconPersona 5 StrikersAtlus16
28 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment26
29 iconFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornSquare Enix28
30 iconGod of WarSony Interactive Entertainment33
31 iconPlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsPUBG Corporation30
32 iconThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntCD Projekt29
33 iconIt Takes TwoElectronic Arts31
34 iconMadden NFL 22Electronic Arts34
35 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivisionRE
36 iconFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix36
37 iconLEGO DC Super-VillainsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment35
38 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment38
39 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimBethesda Softworks40
40 iconMarvel's Guardians of the GalaxySquare Enix32
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 811,000 active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network.
FIFA 22 and Fortnite have held positions while Modern Warfare overtakes GTA V into third, while Apex Legends and Rocket League have soared into their best positions for months, even if they are still only carrying three-quarters of GTA player base for the week.

Whatever, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel — the free-to-play version of the card game — is here in seventh and it is the coolest entry it could ever have had. Why? It has knocked Vanguard out of its position by a fractional about of players. That is really great news for publisher Konami, as it hasn't seen a game in the chart ranking that highly for a long time. In fairness, I would have thought eFootball did better, but I cannot find any record of it entering to top echelons of the chart after its start in 30th.

So, what does that epic entry leave us with? Well, it has knocked down last week's best performing PlayStation Plus game — Deep Rock Galactic — from fifth to ninth. It's been a very strong month for the game, so there is no shame in dropping even if it has lost nearly a third of players. Dirt 5 is just behind, drifting into 12th after a sixth-place finish last week. Again, we are looking at nearly a third of players lost week-on-week. Perhaps more than anything, this demonstrates how hard it is to keep games in the limelight even when it is freely accessible to most PlayStation players. That makes the feat of the mainstays above these two all the more impressive. The other PS Plus game, Persona 5 Strikers, has dropped a huge 11 places into 27th. Again, though, this is a niche game for a subset of JRPG fans. Atlus can be proud of its general performance over three weeks.

It's phenomenally quiet across the rest of the chart. There are small rises and falls everywhere, but one of the most interesting is probably the presence of Call of Duty Black Ops III with a reentry at 35th for no apparent reason. It is a little sad to see Guardians of the Galaxy have an eight place drop, putting it on the brink of expulsion in the 40th spot. Far Cry 6 has also seen a bit of a drop in player count, knocking it eight places into 25th with very close player counts from 14th to 28th. Among Us has also already departed through the airlock. Sad.

What do you think of the chart this week! Anything standing out to you? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.