Popular PlayStation Games — July 17th, 2022

By Lee Brady,

Fall Guys remains unshakeable at the top of the charts, Crash Bandicoot continues to hold firm to the top ten, and something far more insidious crawls into the charts off the back of PlayStation Stars.

This week, the real star of the show is not our abominable bean-like overlords Fall Guys with their newly-earnable platinum, nor our impossible to master marsupial challenger Crash Bandicoot 4, but a debut at the very bottom of the list — a paid platinum trophy game called Frogo.

frogoFrogger would be rolling in his grave — if Konami would ever let him die, anyway.

Honestly — where do you begin with this? Sure, we joke and we laugh about the whole paid-for platinum thing, because it is very weird, and weird things can be funny. In our community, the idea of paying for trophies is a fascinating novelty, and some of our members have even been able to defend the idea fairly decently in the past. However, there's just something about a zero-budget Frogger clone cracking the top 40 popular PlayStation games that feels impossible to defend.

What even inspired this sudden rise in popularity for pay-to-win platinum games? Well, one theory is the recently announced PlayStation Stars — Sony's upcoming loyalty reward scheme for PS4 and PS5 players. Players will soon be able to earn trophies in exchange for in-store currency — so perhaps some hyper-zealous trophy hunters leapt at the chance to play Frogger for funds?

frogo starsRewards, indeed.

Hopefully, Sony crack down on this onslaught of rubbish paid-for games in the near future before the Stars system sends the PlayStation Store and our top 40 into utter disarray. Sony just dodged the threat of PlayStation Stars NFTs, but it looks like there's still more work to be done before this new system kicks off.

Elsewhere, in less depressing sections of the chart, Warframe enters the top 40 for the first time, presumably benefitting from the renewed interest brought to it by new DLC announced at TennoCon, and, of course, the intrigue drummed up by its spiritual successor, Soulframe. God of War continues to do well as players rush to catch-up before Ragnarok unleashes its shiny new PS5 exclusive features in a few months time. Finally, after two weeks of steady progress at the lower end of the charts, it seems two weeks was all players needed to wrap up Cuphead's latest DLC — which is pretty fair, all considered.

Here are the top 40 popular PlayStation games for the week ending July 17th, 2022.

Most played PlayStation games (w/e July 17th, 2022)

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFall GuysEpic Games1
2 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts3
3 iconFortniteEpic Games2
4 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision5
5 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games6
6 iconCrash Bandicoot 4: It's About TimeActivision4
7 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts7
8 iconElden RingBandai Namco Entertainment8
9 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix9
10 iconMinecraftMojang Studios10
11 iconGenshin ImpactmiHoYo14
12 iconDestiny 2Bungie11
13 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment12
14 iconHorizon Forbidden WestSony Interactive Entertainment13
15 iconNBA 2K222K Sports15
16 iconGran Turismo 7Sony Interactive Entertainment16
17 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games18
18 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment17
19 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft19
20 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft20
21 iconDead by DaylightBehaviour Interactive22
22 iconCall of Duty: VanguardSony Interactive Entertainment21
23 iconGod of WarSony Interactive Entertainment Europe25
24 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment24
25 iconMarvel's Guardians of the GalaxySquare Enix26
26 iconThe Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of MedanBandai Namco Entertainment23
27 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision28
28 iconReturnalSony Interactive Entertainment27
29 iconMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredSony Interactive Entertainment29
30 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision31
31 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts30
32 iconFinal Fantasy XIVSquare Enix32
33 iconWarframeDigital Extremes-
34 iconCyberpunk 2077CD Projekt36
35 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment37
36 iconDEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR’S CUTSony Interactive Entertainment33
37 iconThe Crew 2Ubisoft35
38 iconYu-Gi-Oh! Master DuelKonami Digital EntertainmentRE
39 iconEA SPORTS UFC 4Electronic Arts39
40 iconFrogoZakym-
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 831,000 active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright GameInsights.
If you want to shake the shame of having paid for platinum trophies off, perhaps consider checking out our list on the easiest platinum trophies on PS Plus right now. Otherwise, that's it for this week's chat — let us know what you think! Any insights that have rocked your world? Appalled by the whole paid-for platinum thing? Let us know in the comments below.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy XVI). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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