From time to time, assessments are conducted as to which of the available video games are considered the best among the rest. In this article, the focus is on the ranking of the video games based on sales which is reasonable enough since the game with the highest sales is definitely the finest. Otherwise, it will not be patronized by the gamers themselves. Halfway through the year 2013, the NPD Group has released its rankings based on the sales reported by retail outlets for the period January to April. Below are the top 5 video games as reported by NPD Group.
1. Call of Duty – Black Ops II
“Call of Duty” reclaims the top spot this year after dropping to second on last year’s midterm rankings. The seemingly futuristic setting of “Black Ops II” totally differs from the previous games that even the cynical players have already changed their outlook with this mega franchise. One factor that can be attributed with its high sales is the decision of Activision to offer the “Call of Duty – Elite” for free. With its strong performance, analysts have predicted that this video game will be the best seller among the entries in the 10-year history of the franchise.
2. Bioshock Infinite
The decision of original developers of the 2007 hit “Bioshock” to come up with a sequel this year turned out to be a huge success as it ranked second based on sales. The publisher Take-Two made an announcement in mid-May that it has a whopping 3.7 million copies sold. It has already received favorable reviews from critics and gamers alike, citing its strong following will be enough reason for this to be included in this year’s “best of” lists.
3. NBA 2K13
The inclusion of this sports game is not surprising at all since it was patterned to the world’s most prominent basketball league that has a huge following from the entire sports enthusiasts. Take-Two’s version of this is a huge success since many analysts as well as players have already shown an incredible loyalty to this action-packed game. It has absolutely taken advantage of the absence of EA’s Madden NFL series. Though the latter made a statement that it will release an NBA game this year, analysts say that it will definitely have a hard time winning back its supporters because NBA 2K13 has already established its name, thanks to the overwhelming response from the players.
4. Injustice: Gods Among Us
Gone are the days when “Mortal Kombat” was the talk of the town. Enter the newest fighting game that easily captured the attention of today’s players. Warner Bros. has totally found a goldmine via this game that it even managed to have a spot in the top 5, exceeding the performance of the other games that have been out for quite some time.
5. Tomb Raider
This newest version of video game top-billed by Lara Croft is fiercer and stronger than the previous releases, making it the saving grace of the fading triple-A status of the “Tomb Raider” franchise. With its 3.4 million copies sold on the first month, publisher Square Enix has a reason to smile as it only shows that the franchise is still alive and continues to draw more players.