MK1 and The Crew Motorfest debut in the top 40 most popular PS5 games

The PlayStation Chart of the most popular PS5 and PS4 games shows us the debut positions of Mortal Kombat 1 and The Crew Motorfest.

MK1 and The Crew Motorfest debut in the top 40 most popular PS5 games
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson


The PlayStation Chart is here for this week bringing you the top 40 PS5 and PS4 games of the last 7 days derived from 3.2 million active PSN accounts. This week, it's all about the new releases with players picking up Mortal Kombat 1 trophies in bloody fashion while the racers head to Hawaii to grab the trinkets comprising The Crew Motorfest trophies.

Baldur's Gate 3 is gaining popularity week on week

Before we look at the new releases, let's give Larian Studios' RPG even more praise than Sean did in his Baldur's Gate 3 first impressions. The game has risen to ninth, its best finish yet after three weeks of steadily climbing. Interestingly, despite a climb in position, there is a total player count drop-off of 2.7%. However, games around BG3 — namely Minecraft — have shredded more players. Three weeks in, we think that it will hold strong around these spots.
So, let us move on to our debut duo. We have Mortal Kombat 1 slaying its way into the 16th position while The Crew Motorfest zooms past into 13th place. In some ways, there's a surprisingly large gap between the two total player counts from our sample: 34.2%. It's a large gap for MK1 to cover as it goes from early access into general release. At the moment, it seems unlikely to catch The Crew over the next few weeks in terms of popularity.

Racing games have a broader audience reach than fighting games, so I think that's probably a major factor that might help The Crew Motorfest stay above water. Add in the fact that it's been a while since we've had a big, open-world arcade racer — whereas Street Fighter 6 might've taken some of the air out of MK1's release — and that gives us a good idea of why The Crew Motorfest is doing so well.

Let's quickly talk about how Saints Row on PS Plus is still performing very well and has only dropped two places to seventh this week. Lee wrote all about how it's been the second-biggest PS Plus launch of the year and that is borne out in the chart with some serious consistency. It will slip in the future as new PS Plus games come and as we see more releases in this crazy window release — but holy moly! What a run it is on.
Well, that wraps up our analysis! When Sean is back, we'll have him popping Baldur's Gate 3 into the best PS5 games list! What do you think of the chart? Let us know in the comments below! Here are the top 40 PS5 and PS4 games in the PlayStation Chart for the week ending Sunday, September 17, 2023.

Most popular PS5 and PS4 games of the week (ending Sunday, September 17, 2023)

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFortniteEpic Games1
2 iconCall of Duty: Modern Warfare IIActivision2
3 iconFIFA 23Electronic Arts3
4 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games4
5 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix6
6 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft7
7 iconSaints RowDeep Silver5
8 iconOverwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment8
9 iconBaldur's Gate 3Spike Chunsoft10
10 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts11
11 iconMinecraft: PlayStation 4 EditionMojang Studios9
12 iconNBA 2K242K Games13
13 iconThe Crew MotorfestUbisoft-
14 iconDestiny 2Bungie14
15 iconFall GuysEpic Games15
16 iconMortal Kombat 1Warner Bros. Games-
17 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision17
18 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games21
19 iconDiablo IVBlizzard Entertainment18
20 iconARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICONBandai Namco Entertainment16
21 iconGenshin ImpactCognosphere25
22 iconMadden NFL 24Electronic Arts22
23 iconGran Turismo 7Sony Interactive Entertainment26
24 iconNBA 2K232K Sports12
25 iconFINAL FANTASY XVISquare Enix23
26 iconSea of Starsiam8bit19
27 iconDead by DaylightBehaviour Interactive24
28 iconEA SPORTS UFC 4Electronic Arts27
29 iconGeneration ZeroSystemic Reaction20
30 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Games30
31 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts29
32 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision28
33 iconeFootball 2023Konami Digital Entertainment31
34 iconElden RingFromSoftware32
35 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment34
36 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts33
37 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment39
38 iconGod of War RagnarökSony Interactive Entertainment38
39 iconStreet Fighter 6Capcom Entertainment35
40 iconMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredSony Interactive EntertainmentRE
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 3.2 million active PlayStation accounts (not just TrueTrophies accounts). Chart information is copyright GameInsights. Regarding this data:
  • Popularity is measured by a game being booted up and played, not by the length of time played.
  • Our data is good for suggesting general trends — we represent this using percentages, not numbers.
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 games like LEGO Horizon Adventures, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Kingdom Come Deliverance II, Concord, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of PlayStation gaming. He also covers PS Plus news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, God of War, and The Last of Us — before an evening swim.
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