The charm of Overwatch was not enough to best the incredibly narrative of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Naughty Dog’s final installment in the iconic PlayStation franchise was the best-selling retail game in US for the month of May.
According to a new sales report published by analyst company NPD Group, Nathan Drake’s new adventure saw better first-month sales than any other preceding Uncharted game in the series, except for Uncharted 3 which found its release during the 2011 holiday period advantageous.
That being said, it’s hardly surprising to see how well Uncharted 4 has performed. The game was a highly anticipated release on PlayStation 4. Additionally, it’s repeated delays only made fans edgy, making them want the game more. Sony’s marketing division only used the additional time to make sure the game saw to a critical reception at launch.
Coming back to the top ten best-selling retail games in the US for May, Id Software’s DOOM reboot found itself at No. 2, with Blizzard’s new fancy Overwatch coming in third. It’s actually interesting and commendable to see DOOM so high in the charts. The game’s open beta birthed poor reviews for the game’s multiplayer portion but many ultimately ended up buying the game solely for its single-player campaign.
Overwatch may be at third, but there’s an interesting story behind that placement. Blizzard’s game was released two whole weeks after the release of Uncharted 4 and DOOM. In addition to that, many purchased Overwatch digitally on PC where it is cheaper as compared to the console variant. According to NPD Group’s Callahan, “when comparing Overwatch sales for days in the market, this title doubled the sales of Doom”.
Here is the complete list of best-selling retail games:
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
- Doom 2016 (PS4, XBO, PC)
- Overwatch (PS4, XBO, PC)
- Battleborn (PS4, XBO, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
- Minecraft (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
- Dark Souls 3 (PS4, XBO)