Most popular PS5 games — Alan Wake 2 has scary fall down top 40 chart

Alan Wake 2 is scarily dropping precipitously down our most popular PS5 games chart of the top 40 games on PS5 and PS4 this week as Spider-Man 2 settles down.

Most popular PS5 games — Alan Wake 2 has scary fall down top 40 chart
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson


We've taken a sample of 3.2 million PSN accounts and put together a chart of the top 40 most popular PS5 games. Just to be clear, these aren't just the best PS5 games, but the ones everyone playing. This week, that is definitively not Alan Wake 2 as it slides down the chart of PS5 and PS4 titles.

Alan Wake 2 suffers in most popular PS5 games chart

Before we dive into the title story, I just want to take a look at Marvel's Spider-Man 2 which wraps up the week as the fourth most popular game on PS5. It's been dropping in total player count for three weeks, slowly being overtaken by the giant live-service(ish) games like Fortnite, Call Of Duty, and EA Sports FC 24.
While Spidey is still swinging on a downward trend with 17.8% decrease in total player count week-on-week, it will hold GTA V for at least one more week at the current rate of player count decrease. It remains an incredibly popular game and has more than achieved its goal, any success from here is just a bonus!

Now, Alan Wake 2, a game we've put in second position on the best horror games list. The sequel has dropped 12 places in a week, leaving it in 37th place and nearly off of the chart. Having dropped 21% of its total players from last week, the game might be critically acclaimed, but it is shedding players very quickly. Obviously being single-player has a role — the game is finite and when players are done, they are done. However, that's not stopped other single-player games from outperforming it this winter like Assassin's Creed Mirage.

Finally, I just want to bring up Teardown again. The PS Plus November 2023 day one game has dropped two places, but it is clearly still on the mind of some players as it remains in the top half of the chart. Meanwhile, the additions around it remain absent from the top 40. That suggests that this was a weaker month for PS Plus Extra and Premium.
Lee wrote a great data piece on PS Plus Extra's day one titles and the Game Pass method if you want more lovely numbers. That wraps up the analysis for the week! What do you think of Alan Wake 2's fall? Let us know in the comments and we will see you there. Here are the most popular PS5 games for the week ending Sunday, November 26, 2023.

Top 40 most popular PS5 games (week ending Sunday, November 26, 2023)

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFortniteEpic Games1
2 iconCall of Duty: Modern Warfare IIActivision2
3 iconEA SPORTS FC 24Electronic Arts3
4 iconMarvel's Spider-Man 2Sony Interactive Entertainment4
5 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games5
6 iconOverwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment6
7 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts7
8 iconNBA 2K242K Games10
9 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft8
10 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix9
11 iconMortal Kombat 1Warner Bros. Games11
12 iconMinecraft: PlayStation 4 EditionMojang Studios12
13 iconBaldur's Gate 3Spike Chunsoft13
14 iconDiablo IVBlizzard Entertainment14
15 iconGran Turismo 7Sony Interactive Entertainment16
16 iconMadden NFL 24Electronic Arts18
17 iconTeardownSaber Interactive15
18 iconCyberpunk 2077CD Projekt19
19 iconDestiny 2Bungie21
20 iconGenshin ImpactCognosphere20
21 iconDead by DaylightBehaviour Interactive22
22 iconAliens: Fireteam Elite3goo17
23 iconFall GuysEpic Games24
24 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games27
25 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision28
26 iconFIFA 23Electronic Arts23
27 iconElden RingFromSoftware29
28 iconHogwarts LegacyWarner Bros. Games34
29 iconGod of War RagnarökSony Interactive Entertainment36
30 iconAstro's PlayroomSony Interactive Entertainment33
31 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts31
32 iconFINAL FANTASY XVISquare Enix38
33 iconAssassin's Creed MirageUbisoft30
34 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision35
35 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment37
36 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment40
37 iconAlan Wake 2Epic Games25
38 iconResident Evil 4Capcom EntertainmentRE
39 iconStreet Fighter 6Capcom EntertainmentRE
40 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivisionRE
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:
  • When an account opens a game, this is registered as a game being played. Accounts can only register a game once per week.
  • 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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