GTA 5 returns to the top of the gaming charts

GTA 5 is far from new. The game was initially released in September 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which makes it even more startling that it’s now sitting atop the UK sales charts.

Atop as in ‘number one’, as in ‘most sold’, as in ‘beating Uncharted 4‘.

Somehow, a three-year old game has fended off much more recent titles.

GTA 5 was re-released on PS4 and Xbox One after its initial launch, but even those updated versions are approaching two years old. The vast majority of the game’s sales are on these two platforms.

One possible explanation for GTA 5’s sudden surge in sales is the release of GTA Online’s newest update, Cunning Stunts, which gives Los Santos the Trackmania treatment. Players are placed in race cars which are subsequently flung across completely improbable racetracks stretching over the skyline of Los Santos.

The full list (below) is dominated by fresh-faced games like Overwatch and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but at the top of the list things begin to get weird. Rocket League? GTA 5?

And here is that list in full…

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Overwatch
  5. FIFA 16
  6. Rocket League
  7. Doom
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Ratchet & Clank
  10. Minecraft (Xbox edition)
  11. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  12.  Star Wars Battlefront
  13. Lego Marvel Avengers
  14. Minecraft: Story Mode
  15. UFC 2
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege
  17.  Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
  18. Lego Jurassic World
  19.  Fallout 4
  20. Pokémon Omega Ruby
  21. Minecraft (PlayStation Edition)
  22. Homefront: The Revolution
  23. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  24. Monster Hunter Generations
  25. Heavy Rain & Beyond Two Souls Collection

This gaming chart can be discussed here