GTA 5 top-selling game in 2013 in US, Call of Duty: Ghosts leads December -- NPD

The NPD lists out the top selling games in the US for December and for all of 2013.

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The NPD released December sales data on both the top-selling games for December 2013 in the US and overall for 2013 in the US:

December 2013 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)

  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)** -- Activision Blizzard
  • Battlefield 4 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC) -- Electronic Arts
  • Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)** -- Ubisoft
  • Madden NFL 25 (360, XBO, PS3, PS4) -- Electronic Arts
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)** -- Ubisoft
  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, XBO, PS4, NWU, PSV, PC) -- Warner Bros. Interactive
  • FIFA 14 (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PSV) -- Electronic Arts
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, XBO, PS4)** -- Activision Blizzard

Annual 2013 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)

  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, PC, NWU)** -- Activision Blizzard
  • Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO) -- Electronic Arts
  • Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, PC) -- Electronic Arts
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)** -- Ubisoft
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, NWU, PC)** -- Activision Blizzard
  • Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)** -- Ubisoft
  • Minecraft (360) -- Microsoft
  • Disney Infinity (360, WII, PS3, NWU, 3DS) -- Disney Interactive Studios

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Console hardware sales are up 50% over December 2012; the Xbox One sold the most home consoles overall in December, as reported earlier today, but the PlayStation 4 sold more cumulatively during Microsoft and Sony's launch period. Video game software sales for the year are down 17% percent primarily because of "the poor performance of November launches in December 2013," according to the NPD report.

Take 2 Interactive was the top game publisher in 2013, because of the success of Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite, and the NBA 2K franchise. The NPD writes, "Grand Theft Auto V ranked as the top game in 2013 (based on units sold), and after four months of sales is within striking distance of surpassing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as the highest selling game within the Grand Theft Auto franchise."

The NPD also stated that, "For the fifth year in a row, the standard 360 version of Call of Duty was the top-selling [version of that game] for December." The absence of best-sellers like Pokemon X/Y and The Last of Us is attributed to those games' platform exclusivity; it's worth noting that Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are distinguished as separate games by the NPD.

Game controllers, point/subscription cards, and "interactive gaming toys" were "the top 3 accessory types in 2013 based on revenue" according to the NPD. And despite competition from Disney Infinity, December 2013 was the best month ever for Skylanders Interactive Gaming Toy sales on a dollar basis.”

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BF4 is pretty high on that list despite all the bugs and other wtfisthisshit-ness. CoD managed to outsell GTA V in December, but at least they didn't get to be the most successful title of 2013. Fun/odd to see Minecraft in the annual sales list.

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Thats whats up gta v

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Still playing GTA Online it the only reason I still have a 360 after I bought my xbox one, I really wish Rockstar would announce that they are releasing a next gen version already!!

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Just playing it and there are actually many good reasons for play GTAV - golf and tennis.


But just heard a classic Trevor line as they talk about bank scores "You generic goon, what was your first bank score??"

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GTA V was only good for one reason and one reason only: Trevor M*therf*cking Philips.


Where is Bioshock Infinite? Blaaaaaaah outrageous.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think Trevor's whole gimmick was about shock value. I didn't find him humorous or interesting, I actually found him kinda tasteless. I felt the developers relied to much on him just being a psychopath and nothing else. The mission with his mother, the way he wakes up wearing a fruity dress and the way he yells like he's purposely trying to bust open his larynx. He was strange, unpleasant and tasteless.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Where is it?

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<< LINK REMOVED >>Why? What did you do? What did you say?

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I'm surprised that Aliens Colonial Marines isn't in that list somewhere?

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Can we have an article addressing "Net Neutrality", Gamespot?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No. Go back to /r/Anonymous

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Did it sound like I was asking a big-headed fruitbox? Because if I was, I'd expect you to be there front and center. This time, I'm asking Gamespot...*smh*

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People still have taste. A very slight hope for the future of gaming... very, very slight.

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Its a sad thing that the Last of Us isn't here


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<< LINK REMOVED >>I'm playing through that right now and I gotta say, what was all the hype about? I was expecting something a lot better. The opening sequence was awesome, but then when the game really started....bleh..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Why? The story was good but the entire game was one massive linear corridor. Once you've played it, it is over. Nothing more to experience. People tend to want more from their games these days.

I mean personally I love a great story but there has to be something there that keeps me playing. Variety of environments and story or character development, an online mode. Anything. Running down the same 5 hour long corridor over and over again on each play through is straight up boring.

Why do you think COD is still so popular? Because it gives people massive amounts of fun and gameplay for relatively little cash. Buy the game and can get 60 hours plus of gameplay. The only thing COD is guilty of is repetition and the fact that there is nothing in the new games that I couldn't have done in the old games.

GTA V might be in a similar boat overall where once it is over, it is pretty much over but include an online mode in it and have a massive sandbox world to mess around in and suddenly it is much more than just a linear story.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Minecraft is the only exclusive on the list, and it's an Xbox 360 exclusive.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Minecraft is on the Playstation as well. It just came out not too long ago for it.

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2 cods omg, who buys the garbage and no Mario wth is wrong with America lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree with the COD addiction, I refused to buy a game after MW3 and I only got that one because of the Soap/Price story.

Mario on the other hand has been just as copied and pasted as COD has in my opinion. Been the same multitude of platforming levels since the start, except now it isn't a side scroller. I was sick of that in the 90s.

That to me means Mario has been doing the same thing over and over even longer than COD has.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>millions and millions of people buy COD that why they are in the top 10. No need to worry though, nobody is forcing you to buy or play them so chiiiilllllllllll Whinston!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Were you dropped on your head as a baby or something?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> EA has ruined my favorite games...Dead Space, Mass Effect, Need for Speed...etc

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The majority of the indies I've tried have been shit. Being cheap isn't an excuse for having 1 hour worth of game and then an infinite amount of repetition.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You like EA? What is wrong with you?

And of course indies wont make it, they dont spend millions on advertisement

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Gone Home was a pile of crap in almost everyway. I was waiting the whole time for something cool to happen, but no, it's about immaturity.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I wish you luck in life

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No its not! Have you played The Stanley Parable, Gone Home?!

They are very good games, with a different styles of gameplay style that offers new types of experiences .

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Good thing nobody cares about digital sales. Steam, UPlay and GOG are a joke.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> UPlay yeah, but Steam? GOG is awesome if you are into older games (one reason I'm not an avid buyer on it).

Steam is awesome simply on the back that it is so cheap. My problem is it is a PC platform. Put Steam into a console and everything would change. Everything!

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no ryse?

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Funny, The Last of Us is not on this list, must've sucked

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<< LINK REMOVED >> So, because it's not on the list, it's bad? Then CoD must be the greatest game of all time then.

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@mr_enlightened The GOTY is not even on the list...good try Naughty Dog.

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COD, the golden goose that refuses to die lol.


Glad ACIV made the list, great game.

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