Top PS5 games of 2023 — 100 most-played PS5 and PS4 games this year

We've ranked the 100 top PS5 games of 2023 in terms of active players across both PS5 and PS4. Which PS5 game was the most played of 2023? Read on to find out.

Top PS5 games of 2023 — 100 most-played PS5 and PS4 games this year
Lee Brady

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2023 was a great year for PS5 games, giving us some great new additions for our best PS5 games list like Resident Evil 4 and Final Fantasy XVI. That said, as your neighborhood Fortnite addict will tell you, the top PS5 games of 2023 are not all going to be games that launched this year. In fact, most of them weren't. So, besides the biggest PS5 games that debuted in 2023, what else were we playing on PlayStation this year?

The top 100 most-played PS5 and PS4 games of 2023

  • The most-played PS5 and PS4 game of 2023 was Call of Duty Modern Warfare II
  • The most-played new PS5 game of 2023 was Hogwarts Legacy at ninth place
  • Over half the list was featured on PS Plus at some point during the year
Using our exclusive gameplay data from 3.2 million active PSN accounts (courtesy of our partnership with GameInsights), we've been keeping track of what PS5 and PS4 games players keep checking out the most. Each week, we list the top 40 most-played games on our PlayStation Chart, with many of the repeat offenders on those lists making the top 100 most-played PS5 games of 2023.
Surprising absolutely no one, the top spot was ultimately a contest between two massive games: Call of Duty Modern Warfare II and Fortnite. It could've went either way all year, but it seems Call of Duty has clinched the top spot in the end. This was undoubtedly helped by the fact that Call of Duty Modern Warfare III, which released late in the year, technically counts towards Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2's player count as it runs out of the same game client on PS5. Very sneaky, Activision.

As we know from the article linked above, the biggest PS5 game debut of 2023 was Hogwarts Legacy, but it was not a sure thing that it would be also be the most-played new game on the chart. At least it ranks above all other 2023 releases in terms of active players, falling into the ninth place spot. The next best-performing game from 2023 was Marvel's Spider-Man 2, a whole nine spots down at the 18th spot. To be fair, Hogwarts Legacy launched in February 2023, so it's been available for a lot longer than Spider-Man 2.
It's also worth reflecting on the influence of PS Plus on the average PS5 and PS4 player. Of the 100 most-played games in 2023, 52 titles where made available on PS Plus this year. That's 36 PS Plus Extra games (like Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales or Back 4 Blood) and 16 PS Plus Essential games (like Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Alan Wake Remastered). Sounds like we made the best of the value PS Plus Essential afforded its subscribers.

For all the rest, check out the top PS5 games of 2023 in the chart below!

PositionGamePublisherLast year
1 iconCall of Duty: Modern Warfare IIActivision7
2 iconFortniteEpic Games1
3 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games2
4 iconFall GuysDevolver Digital3
5 iconMinecraft: PlayStation 4 EditionMojang Studios8
6 iconGod of War RagnarökSony Interactive Entertainment15
7 iconFIFA 23Electronic Arts29
8 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix12
9 iconHogwarts LegacyWarner Bros. Games-
10 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment14
11 iconOverwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment6
12 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts9
13 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision24
14 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment10
15 iconHorizon Forbidden WestSony Interactive Entertainment18
16 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts70
17 iconThe Last of Us RemasteredSony Interactive Entertainment44
18 iconMarvel's Spider-Man 2Sony Interactive Entertainment-
19 iconNBA 2K232K Sports-
20 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft21
21 iconElden RingFromSoftware11
22 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games16
23 iconSTAR WARS Jedi: Fallen OrderElectronic Arts61
24 iconMarvel's Spider-ManSony Interactive Entertainment20
25 iconFINAL FANTASY XVISquare Enix-
26 iconResident Evil 4Capcom Entertainment-
27 iconDestiny 2Activision25
28 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Games35
29 iconCyberpunk 2077CD Projekt23
30 iconAstro's PlayroomSony Interactive Entertainment34
31 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision26
32 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts5
33 iconEA SPORTS FC 24Electronic Arts-
34 iconSackboy: A Big AdventureSony Interactive Entertainment-
35 iconDiablo IVBlizzard Entertainment-
36 iconGran Turismo 7Sony Interactive Entertainment49
37 iconThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntCD Projekt48
38 iconSaints RowDeep Silver-
39 iconThe Last of Us Part IISony Interactive Entertainment51
40 iconDead by Daylight 1/2Behaviour Interactive37
41 iconGenshin ImpactCognosphere31
42 iconIt Takes TwoElectronic Arts59
43 iconFar Cry 6Ubisoft55
44 iconThe Callisto ProtocolSkybound Games-
45 iconStreet Fighter 6Capcom Entertainment-
46 iconGod of WarSony Interactive Entertainment Europe13
47 iconChivalry 2Tripwire Interactive-
48 iconMinecraft DungeonsXbox Game Studios-
49 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision4
50 iconEA SPORTS UFC 4Electronic Arts27
51 iconAlan Wake RemasteredEpic Games-
52 iconBack 4 BloodWarner Bros. Games-
53 iconTekken 7Bandai Namco Entertainment95
54 iconRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartSony Interactive Entertainment-
55 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimBethesda Softworks60
56 iconBloodborneSony Computer Entertainment41
57 iconDRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROTBandai Namco Entertainment-
58 iconFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix46
59 iconDevil May Cry 5Capcom Entertainment-
60 iconSTAR WARS Jedi: SurvivorElectronic Arts-
61 iconStrayAnnapurna Interactive19
62 iconBrawlhallaBlue Mammoth Games54
63 iconMafia: Definitive Edition2K Games-
64 iconDemon's SoulsSony Interactive Entertainment66
65 iconNeed for Speed HeatElectronic Arts30
66 iconFallout 76Bethesda Softworks-
67 iconBorderlands 32K Games-
68 iconKena: Bridge of SpiritsMaximum Games-
69 iconDays GoneSony Interactive Entertainment57
70 iconDragon Ball FighterZBandai Namco Entertainment-
71 iconUNOUbisoft-
72 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft22
73 iconThe Quarry2K Games-
74 iconGotham KnightsWarner Bros. Games-
75 iconMortal Kombat XWarner Bros. Games64
76 iconThe Crew 2Ubisoft73
77 iconGRID LegendsElectronic Arts-
78 iconResident Evil 2Capcom Entertainment75
79 iconTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's RevengeHappinet-
80 iconDEATH STRANDINGSony Interactive Entertainment58
81 iconWWE 2K222K Games-
82 iconPowerWash SimulatorSquare Enix-
83 iconHorizon Zero DawnSony Interactive Entertainment32
84 iconResident Evil VillageCapcom Entertainment77
85 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops 4Activision56
86 iconeFootball 2024Konami Digital Entertainment100
87 iconThe Sims 4Electronic Arts81
88 iconResident Evil 7: BiohazardCapcom Entertainment-
89 iconTom Clancy's Ghost Recon BreakpointUbisoft-
90 iconDOOM EternalBethesda Softworks-
91 iconBaldur's Gate 3Spike Chunsoft-
92 iconJurassic World Evolution 2Frontier Developments-
93 iconRiders RepublicUbisoft-
94 iconWarframeDigital Extremes-
95 iconDead Island 2Deep Silver-
96 iconWatch Dogs: LegionUbisoft-
97 iconDead SpaceElectronic Arts-
98 iconMeet Your MakerBehaviour Interactive-
99 iconFar Cry 5Ubisoft-
100 iconAssassin's Creed OdysseyUbisoft96
Note: Our data is limited to games that have their own trophy lists, which doesn't affect much seeing as almost every PS5 game has trophies. However, one big game from 2023 we are unable to track which might have made the list is Roblox, which launched on PS5 and PS4 this year without trophies. Roblox received a big campaign push via Sony, so we imagine it probably would have made this list, but due to lack of data we unfortunately have to exclude it.
Well, those were the most played PS5 games of 2023! Did anything catch you by surprise? Did your favorite game of the year make the top 100? Let us know down in the comments below. For those looking for a bit more insight, why not also check out our ranking of the best PS4 games — a good chunk of the top 100 can still be found on this list!

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 Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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