Let’s start at the bottom, shall we? The PS5 stock refresh has helped push a few games back into the chart. Astro’s Playroom is a solid reference point for exactly how many new players are picking up the console because it comes preinstalled on the machine. It was absent last week thus indicating low stock, but is back in the gameplay chart this week suggesting a potential PS5 restock. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is making a return too. GamesIndustry.biz reported that Biomutant was kept from the UK number one position in boxed sales because of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Our chart makes that same connection and reaffirms the GamesIndustry.biz story. We can see that the game is back on the rise with a re-entry for both Insomniac Spider-Man titles. So, what does this tell us? Well, it backs up the PS5 stock refresh theory and tells us that the attach rate for Miles Morales is going to be incredibly high amongst future PS5 sales. A nice little footnote to another wise mundane week in the gameplay chart.
The top of this chart is just so boring, I can’t even. Positions one through seven are dominated by the likes of Call of Duty with two of the positions (greedy, Activision, greedy), Fortnite, GTA V, FIFA 21, and do I need to say more? Each of these games has a live-service component that will keep them in these positions for a long while yet. Call of Duty: Warzone will continue rolling with Season 3: Reloaded, FIFA has special cards coming out, and the others are doing what they do. Until we get Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, expect nothing to change.
The PlayStation Plus games for May absolutely rocketed up the table for three weeks. Stranded Deep was once in the top ten games played, but is now paddling in 30th. Battlefield V has been enjoyed by many PS+ players over the last few weeks and continues this trend by sitting just outside the big chunk of gaming boredom at eight. It still has a respectable player base, so it sits comfortably between the boring bunch and the game at nine — Resident Evil: Village.
Capcom really has a hit on its hands here. For a single-player horror title to not only get involved at the top of the table two weeks ago, but maintain that momentum into last week, and then maintain it this week? My crack analysis capability tells me that those ‘help-me-Lady-Dimitrescu-makes-me-feel-weird’ vibes are really helping keep players around. The fact it sits comfortably above Destiny 2 and Minecraft is actually incredible and suggests that the game might have a long legs as word of mouth continues to make RE: Village the zeitgeist of these early summer months.
Another big showing is EA’s competitive dodgeball game Knockout City. The game enters the table at 12. Knockout City has definitely been helped along by a unique free-to-try system that allows those interested to play for free until you are level 25 (the link goes to our sister site TrueAchievements, watch out over there). Thus, EA can rope people in and then can charge them for entry once they are committed to the dodgeball life: a win-win for the player and EA. However, as those free trials run out, we will keep a beady eye on where the numbers go. This could be a really good chance to assess the staying power of the title.
There isn’t much else. Returnal maintains its run of being the third most-played PS5 game behind RE: Village and Call of Duty: Cold War. PlayStation exclusives have been operating in and around the 20 mark for a while, but have begun to fall behind. The Last of Us: Part II (25) and Ghost of Tsushima (27) now sit below 20, while Days Gone (20) and Horizon Zero Dawn (17) sit above, the two having swapped places for this month. Capcom Arcade Stadium has debuted at 22 with a solid player count. The former PS+ monthly game for April, Wreckfest, is maintaining its player base keeping it above a few other games like Warframe and MLB: The Show 21.
Well, I can’t say that any of this was revelatory but there were some interesting nuggets of information in there. Have you got any predictions as to where Rift Apart might place? Please, make this list more interesting with your comments down below.