Before we get into this, let’s get something out of the way. When it comes to PlayStation games there are a few factors you have to take into account when I say “best selling” because I don’t want to give you the wrong idea. First of all, I’m not going to count free-to-play games (including those only available to PS+ members), since there’s no commitment behind getting one of those and their numbers are naturally going to be high. Secondly, I won’t be talking about games that came with the PlayStation (like Gran Turismo and Spyro: Year of the Dragon) because once again, this influences sales numbers quite a bit.
Now that you know the criteria I’m using, let’s see which PlayStation games organically sold the most copies in the history of the console.
1. GTA V
I don’t think I have to explain what GTA is abou. But if you’re new here, then here’s a quick recap: you can do heists, stunts, go to strip clubs, kill random people on the street and even manufacture cocaine. You can live out all your sick fantasies in this one.
We were all expecting this, don’t even deny it. Grand Theft Auto has always been a successful franchise, but Rockstar Games really hit it home with the latest installment. The game generated 1 billion dollars in sales in the first three days, becoming “the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.” It eventually became the best selling PlayStation 4 game ever, with more than 20 million sold copies globally.
2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
I’m not going to lie, this one is a personal favorite of mine and I’m happy to see it on this list. This Uncharted game was sheer insanity when it first came out, solely because of its jaw-dropping graphics. The story was also really well written, which left players longing for more after they finished the game. I’m not even going to talk about it because you have to experience it for yourself if you haven’t already. Unfortunately we don’t really know when we’re getting a sequel, but when we do get it it will very likely find its place on this list.
The sales were a bit interesting, because Uncharted 4 is a PlayStation exclusive, yet it still reached 56 million dollars of revenue after three weeks. Yes, that is a huge gap between the two best-sellers, and it’s because of the exclusions I talked about.
By now, a total of 15 million copies have been sold. It was a rather slow process, but that is to be expected from story-driven games.
3. Red Dead Redemption 2
I didn’t see this one coming. Sure, the story is interesting, the characters are great and you can ride a horse, but Rockstar didn’t give us much else. So at first the game was only able to rely on its predecessor’s reputation and some badass trailers.
And it generated 725 million bucks in its opening weekend! This game was huge and the community is still very active even after two years, so they definitely found what they were looking for in Red Dead Redemption 2. Currently there have been over 14 million sold copies.