Sony has released their September download numbers for PSN. The usual suspects (annualized sports, Destiny 2) dominate, but there are some fun surprises tucked in as well (PES beating FIFA on PS3!)

PS4

1Destiny 2
2NBA 2K18
3FIFA 18
4Madden NFL 18
5FINAL FANTASY IX
6EA SPORTS NHL 18
7Grand Theft Auto V
8Rocket League
9Bloodborne
10STAR WARS Battlefront Ultimate Edition
11The Last Of Us Remastered
12TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE
13Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
14Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

Destiny 2 is a juggernaut as expected, dominating the charts quickly. Annual sports games are also not a surprise this time of year, taking the next three spots as well as four of the top six. FFIX’s surprise release is still doing well, which is easy money for Square Enix, simply releasing a port of their old PC/Mobile remaster.

GTA V, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, and Minecraft  are all online-enabled mainstays. Bloodborne and The Last of Us Remastered are the odd ducks and I assume both benefitted from a big discount, most likely in the Sony exclusives sale.

Next month will see COD:WWII go head-to-head with the long-awaited Gran Turismo SportWWEK 2K18 should see a strong showing, along with Wolfenstein II and Ass. Creed Origins.

PS3

1PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2018
2Grand Theft Auto V
3FIFA 18 Legacy Edition
4Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition
5Dragon Ball Xenoverse
6NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution
7Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
8Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
9The Last Of Us
10Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
11Fight Night Champion
12Call of Duty: Black Ops III
13Life is Strange Complete Season
14Need for Speed Most Wanted
15The King of Fighters XIII
16Borderlands 2
17Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL
18NCAA Football 14
19Catherine
20Devil May Cry HD Collection

PES 2018 tops the PS3 list while ranking #20 on PS4. I assume the FIFA Legacy Edition sent many footie fans to the other side, and I don’t blame them. ‘Legacy’ sounds inferior, but it was still popular enough to hit #3.

GTA V is right up there with sports and Minecraft. We see many classics (possibly from sales) still rocking the top ranking (The Last of Us Ni No Kuni, Borderlands 2, Catherine). That’s a good sign, as great games should be rewarded with sales, influencing publishers to realize that quality is king.

Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL sticks out like an animated thumb at #17, originally releasing in 2011.

PS4 add-ons

1Destiny 2 – Expansion Pass
2TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE – Year 2 Pass
3Battlefield 1 Premium Pass
4Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombies Chronicles
5Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – DLC4 Retribution
6Black Ops III – The Giant Zombies Map
7Rocket League – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack
8Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer
9DARK SOULS III – Season Pass
10Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2

Activision gets to double dip with Destiny’s huge % of customers that will buy every DLC. Rainbow Six Siege has built a large following and offers a ton of regularly released content. Great to see their Year 2 Pass doing so well after the rocky start oh so long ago now.

PS VR Games

1SUPERHOT VR
2Sparc
3Batman: Arkham VR
4Job Simulator
5Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
6Arizona Sunshine
7Manifest 99
8DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles
9Apollo 11 VR
10Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

Job Simulator’s continued success points the way that VR developers should be exploring new ways of playing rather than shoehorning traditional game mechanics into a VR setting. Superhot VR proves me wrong but I’d argue the original game was already a great VR concept.

I see many games I don’t recognize which is a good thing. Rather than recognizable IPs with ‘VR’ slapped on the end, we’re seeing new titles which means new ideas, growing the medium.

Vita

1Undertale
2GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst
3Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
4Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
5Ys: Memories of Celceta
6God of War: Collection PS Vita
7TOUCH MY KATAMARI
8Jak and Daxter Collection
9Gal*Gun: Double Peace
10Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition

The Vita will never be a 3DS, but it carved out a great library of Japanese titles and indie PC. Undertale has a gigantic and passionate community creating alternate universes, storylines, animations etc. Even without the extraneous creations, it’s been highly acclaimed since release and Vita owners have waited patiently.

PS Classics

1Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
2Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3Bully
4Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition
5The Warriors
6Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
7Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
8FINAL FANTASY IX (PSOne Classic)
9Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland
10FINAL FANTASY VII

Five are from Rockstar while Final Fantasy and Harvest Moon each have two entries. Only Jak and Daxter standalone, and at #1 to boot.

Any surprises for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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