There’s still another five months before 2015 comes to and end, which means there are still tons of unreleased games that could become a top-seller or Game of the Year winner. However, that doesn’t mean the games that have come out in the last seven months can’t be looked over to see which ones are currently leading the pack. Mortal Kombat X, Bloodborne, Dying Light, and many others have already come and gone already – though some have managed to stick around longer and outperform the rest.
Based on sales numbers for the first six months of this year, The NPD Group (via Fortune), put together a list of the top-selling games of the year so far. Several games have done well for themselves post-launch, such as the aforementioned Bloodborne and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but only one game could take the top spot. Surprisingly, that honor goes to NetherRealm Studios’ Mortal Kombat X.
The NPD Group didn’t release specific sales numbers, so it’s difficult to determine how hard MKX had to fight to come out on top. Regardless, after a messy launch on the PC, the game was still the fastest selling game in the series, as well as the best selling game in April. Apparently, such accomplishments were only the beginning of the brutal fighting game’s success.
The rest of the top five consists of two games that continue to remain in the charts – Grand Theft Auto 5 and Minecraft – as well as last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Battlefield Hardline. Meanwhile, the recently released Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 came in at numbers 6 and 9, respectively. Again, there’s no telling how close (or far apart) these games were in terms of sales – every game on the list could be fairly close to each other.
The entire list, in order, is as follows:
- Mortal Kombat X (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (Publisher: Take-Two Interactive Software)
- Battlefield Hardline (Publisher: Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Publisher: Activision)
- Minecraft (Publisher: Microsoft)
- Batman: Arkham Knight (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
- Dying Light (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
- NBA 2K15 (Publisher: Take-Two Interactive Software)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Publisher: CD Projekt Red)
- Super Smash Bros. (Publisher: Nintendo)
While the list encompasses a wide variety of games, publisher Warner Bros. certainly has several winners on its hands. The lasting power of MKX may surprise some, but its continuing high sales numbers may be attributed, in part, to new DLC characters like Tremor, shown in the trailer above.
Any games missing from this list that you expected to see? Do any of the rankings surprise you?
Mortal Kombat X is out now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.