Top 10 Selling Sony Games - Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted

by William D'Angelo, posted on 25 September 2013 / 16,836 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10. As a note all sales figures are retail only.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Sony games (Updated through the week ending September 14). Last week we looked at the top 10 selling games Nintendo games (Updated through the week ending September 7) and the week before that the top 10 selling games in August 2013 (Updated through the week ending August 31 2013).

Top 10 Selling Sony Games

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Sony games five were released in the 1990’s, three in the 2000’s, and two in the 2010’s.

The five titles released in the 1990’s, Gran Turismo (PS), Gran Turismo 2 (PS), Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PS), Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (PS), and Crash Bandicoot (PS), sold a combined 41.97 million units or 8.39 million units on average per title.  The three titles released in the 2000’s, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2), Gran Turismo 4 (PS2), and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3), sold a combined 32.89 million units or 10.96 million units on average per title.  The two titles released in the 2010’s, Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3), sold a combined 16.58 million units or 8.29 million units on average per title. 

The top 10 bestselling Sony games have sold a combined 91.44 million units. The top four selling titles sold more than 10 million units, while the entire top 10 sold more than five million units.

Looking at sales by platform all 10 are for home consoles. There are five PlayStation One games, two PlayStation 2 games, and three PlayStation 3 games. The five PlayStation One games sold a combined 41.97 million units or 45.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two PlayStation 2 games sold a combined 26.64 million units or 29.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two PlayStation 3 games sold a combined 22.83 million units or 25.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling Sony Games

The top 10 selling Sony games as a graph really shows how Gran Turismo has been the biggest first party franchise for Sony. All five main games in the franchise are also the bestselling in Sony’s history. Also the other five games in the top 10 are for two franchises, Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted, however they were all developed by Naughty Dog. They are easily the second most important Sony studio. Only Polyphony, the Gran Turismo developer, has had more successful games.

The top 10 selling Sony games was done last year as well which included sales through the end of April 2012. The top 10 has sold an additional 5.1 million units, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has replaced Spyro the Dragon in the number 10 spot. Also Gran Turismo 5 has moved up two spots.

Here are the sales outside the top 10: The top 17 titles sold five million or more units and the top 68 titles sold more than two million units. The top 144 titles sold more than one million units and the top 261 titles sold more than 500,000 units. In total Sony has sold 576.77 games.

Sony has sold 157.68 million PlayStation 2’s, 104.25 million PlayStation One’s, 79.83 million PSP’s, 79.19 million PlayStation 3’s, and 5.72 million PlayStation Vita’s to date.

Contact VGChartz at wdangelo@vgchartz.com


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8 Comments

eFKac (on 25 September 2013)

Naughty Dog and Polyphony Digital. Two greatest assets in Sony's roster.


Michael-5 (on 25 September 2013)

Gran Turismo 6 should make that list in a years time.


CronosIvan (on 25 September 2013)

Maybe we will see The last of us there in two years, and maybe Gran Turismo 6 either


kljesta64 (on 25 September 2013)

GT all the way!


pezus (on 25 September 2013)

Lol. Polyphony with GT from 1-5 and Naughty Dog from 6-10. The Last of Us should be able to enter that list, and GT6 will of course. So both Uncharted games might drop out.


happydolphin (on 25 September 2013)

These games are made by top-class developers, and enjoyed marvelous marketting. It's no wonder they are top of the list.


JustThatGamer (on 25 September 2013)

God of War III is actually 9th or 10th, it could finish with sales above Crash 1 & 3 if it sells well for a couple more years. Remember Vgchartz have ignored Sony's announcement that it sold 5.2 million since the end of May 2012, since then it had the budget essentials release, small boost from GoW: Ascension, holidays boost, the GoW Saga & GoW Omega collection releases. It should be at 6.1-6.3m with all SKUs combined by now, amazing considering it had almost no bundling unlike GT5, UC2/3 which were/are mass bundled, it's a relatively short game with no multiplayer and it's a hack 'n slash game which is one of the most unpopular genres nowadays.


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Salnax (on 25 September 2013)

Three franchises, with little internal variation, one of which is no longer a Sony exclusive. And people say Sony is better at this diversity thing...


Michael-5 (on 25 September 2013)

Sony is good at diversity because each 1st party studio is responsible for different style games. However I think Nintendo is more diverse.


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Magnus86 (on 25 September 2013)

So? Excluding Kinect Adventures(bundled with every Kinect) MS has only 2 franchises in its top 10, Halo and Gears... Sony has a more varied roster of exclusives, none ever said that they are all gigantic sellers. ;)


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happydolphin (on 25 September 2013)

@M&M. No. The issue Salnax is raising is the hypocrisy of people bashing Nintendo for having repeated entries with its main franchises, while turning a blind eye to the same strategy employed by Sony. Neither Nintendo nor Sony are wrong to do it, only the fans are wrong to behave that way.

#Fuckthefans


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shikamaru317 (on 25 September 2013)

@Magnus86 Actually Forza 3 makes Microsoft's Top 10 assuming you drop Kinect Adventures due to bundling, though I'm sure it'll drop out as soon as the next Halo is released. Fable 3 is currently in 11th place if you only consider Xbox sales, and 10th place if you add PC sales on.

1. Halo 3 - 11.8 million
2. Halo: Reach - 9.48 million
3. Halo 4 - 8.52 million
4. Halo 2 - 8.49 million
5. Gears of War 2 - 6.64 million
6. Halo: Comabt Evolved - 6.43 million
7. Halo 3: ODST - 6.17 million
8. Gears of War - 6.01 million
9. Gears of War 3- 5.95 million
10. Forza 3- 5.39 million

Microsft's roster has variation, 1st person shooter (Halo), 3rd person shooter (Gears), action-RPG (Fable), 3rd person sandbox (Dead Rising, Crackdown), racing (Forza), 3rd person action-horror (Alan Wake), life simulation (Viva Pinata). It's just that many of it's more varied exclusives don't achieve the same level of popularity that Sony's more varied exclusives do. Most of Microsoft's fanbase was originally attracted to the Xbox because of Halo, so Xbox fans tend to favor shooters over other genres, which is why many of there more varied games don't do well in sales despite 80 plus review scores.


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Kresnik (on 25 September 2013)

I don't quite see the link you're trying to make here.

Having 3 franchises more successful than the rest doesn't mean that Sony stopped producing other things, and that's what their "diversity" is measured on. That they can push out new IP's like The Last of Us & Puppeteer in the same year they have a new Gran Turismo.


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happydolphin (on 25 September 2013)

Kresnik, let's not deny that people harp at Nintendo about it, while Nintendo, like Sony, also released a variety of new IPs this past gen alongside their established franchises.

If those harping don't like the new IPs Nintendo makes, it doesn't mean they aren't making them.

Hypocrits is what those people are and online, they come a dime a dozen.


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