Welcome to a trip back through gaming in 2023! Now that we’re well into 2024, it might feel a bit late to send out New Year’s cheers, but it’s certainly a perfect time to reminisce about last year’s favorites. Every year, gamers eagerly await the release of download statistics to see which games captivated audiences around the globe. PlayStation did not disappoint, revealing the most popular downloads from their PS Store. Let’s dive into the titles that earned their spot on players’ consoles across different regions and categories.
For all you PlayStation fans, it was a year of thrilling adventures, sports spirit, and epic battles. The PS Store charts featured an all-star lineup with games that became instant classics as well as those that have proven their staying power over the years.
In the heated contest of most downloaded PS5 games in Europe, EA Sports FC 24 led the charge, with magic and mischief following closely as Hogwarts Legacy took the second spot. Not far behind were the action-packed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the legendary chaos of Grand Theft Auto V. The web-slinging drama of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 also swung into the top five.
Across the pond, North American and Canadian gamers showed some different preferences. Hogwarts Legacy commanded the top position here, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 staying strong. Fans of sports games made Madden NFL 24 and NBA 2K24 prominent figures on this list.
But let’s not forget the stalwarts of PS4 gaming, as they too continued to join in the action. In Europe, EA Sports FC 24 reigned supreme once again, with the creative sandbox world of Minecraft carving out the second spot. The wild west allure of Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA V’s gripping narrative proved to be eternally popular. Over in North America and Canada, it was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III that took the lead, followed by the fantastical world of Hogwarts Legacy and sports titles like MLB The Show 23 and Madden NFL 24.
Virtual reality enthusiasts also had a field day with the PSVR and PSVR2 catalogs. Regardless of the side of the Atlantic, games like Pavlov and Beat Saber kept players moving, slashing, and shooting in immersive experiences. The American VR crowd showed a particular fondness for Horizon Call of the Mountain, Job Simulator, and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution.
Not to be outshone, the free-to-play arena had its heroes too, with Fortnite and Roblox claiming dominance as the top downloaded free games on both PS4 and PS5 in both European and North American markets.
Each gaming experience brought something unique to the virtual table, and it’s fascinating to see how tastes differ and align across oceans. As these lists paint the picture of a year in gaming, they also set the tone for what might capture players’ interest next. With gamers gearing up for new releases, updates, and inevitable surprises, who knows which titles we’ll be talking about at the end of 2024. For now, let’s celebrate the games that made 2023 an unforgettable year in the world of PlayStation gaming!