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July’s Top PSN Downloads Are Surprising

The PlayStation Blog’s monthly post about the most downloaded games generally gives you some interesting data points. Was there a huge release last month that captured a lot of attention and dollars? Was there a huge release that flopped and was ignored? Was there a big discount on some games that caused people to scoop it up for song? Am I going to keep asking questions without getting to the results?

We have July’s info, and I think it’s a combination of enduring favorites and possibly sales with a few surprises. For PS4 games, the evergreen seller Minecraft was king, but the newest blocky release, Dragon Quest Builders 2, isn’t even in the top 20. GTA V was number 2, and this is likely due to a its lower price. On the other hand, it usually sells better than hotcakes anyway.

Here’s where I think the list starts to become more surprising. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 was the third most downloaded PS4 game. I’m not saying it’s terrible, just not expected. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege was number four. Star Wars Battlefront II rounds out the top five. Despite the huge uproar during the launch of that game, it managed to climb the chart. My guess is that all of these probably had some sales that pushed the numbers.

To quickly mention the rest of the top ten, Marvel’s Spider-Man was six, EA Sports UFC 3 was seventh on the list, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled took the eighth spot, Rocket League scored number nine, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was number ten. July was a light month for general releases, so some of these games were able to make a great showing.

The top five in PSVR downloads are not surprising. Beat Saber was number one, Superhot VR shot up to number two, Vacation Simulator took some time off in the third spot, Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted was fourth, and number five was Job Simulator, a game that continues to make the charts.

If you want to see the rest of the PSVR games, number 11-20 on the PS4 chart, the free-to-play titles, or DLC, you can check them out on the PlayStation Blog.

Were you surprised at the results, or am I just not paying enough attention? Let me know your thoughts and predictions for August in the comments. 

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