These are the best-selling games of 2014, NPD says

By Jos
Jan 16, 2015
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  1. Market analysis firm NPD has released its monthly gaming data and included a list of the top 10 best-selling games from last year. So what did people buy the most? Once again, familiar franchises dominated the top spots, with Call...

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +288

    Difficult to believe the survey without downloads. I haven't purchased a retail "box" game since 2010 while I have purchased close to 20 games through download.

    What about you other TSers, what is your ratio / count of "box" to "download"?
  3. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 134   +66

    I can't remember the last time I bought a boxed game. All of my game purchases are downloads.
    Capaill and andrewyoung like this.
  4. Grazen

    Grazen TS Rookie

    I've been all digital since 2013 across 360, PS3, PC, ONE, PS4 and 3DS. These numbers are increasingly irrelevant, particularly when it comes to the PC, I mean does anybody buy physical copies of games for the PC any more?
  5. This is only in America right ? Cause anyone anywhere else who buys an NFL game needs a slap upside the head, that is one crap sport.
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  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +193

    What a boring list of top games.
    Seraphim401 likes this.
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    I picked up my games second hand through Gamestop's holiday three for the price of two special. This isn't to say that games aren't worth the full prices, I sometimes will buy a full priced game. But I have a significant number of opportunities for equally enjoyable titles at lower prices.
  8. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 299   +152

    Well, apparently GTA5 havn't made another $2bln nexgen consoles, but I don't think pushing PC port mere 2 months will make much difference, so get ready it will be pushed again "to make it as good as possible". I just hope Take2Interactive investors won't expect few billion $ every year, or they will go the way of EA/Ubi, making V the last good game in the series...
  9. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 475   +153

    Last game I purchased in box was in 2004; after that I've bought almost a hundred downloaded.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,432   +473

    I think the last boxed game I bought was SC2, and before that it was... the original WoW. I do own over 600 titles in Steam though, it's funny because I have the same time as boxed games vs digital games ratio =) (Which is close to 0).
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    And how does it compare to the best-buying games?
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Since I don't want to keep an optical disk in the DVD drive, all my games have been purchased through Steam. I would love to have a hard copy, but not at the expense of unnecessarily wearing it out.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,432   +473

    I think that it's more about having a nice box for a geeky display than the actual disk, at least that was what drove me to buy a boxed copy of SC2 and I'm planning into getting some collectible game editions with goodies and what not.
  14. How many are in here due to bundling with the console.
  15. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    I download PC games, and buy the box for console games.
  16. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    Like everyone else, I haven't bought a boxed PC game in years. Are they still even available? However, I do buy boxed games for my WiiU. These "best selling" surveys are frankly *****ic without accounting for digital sales.
  17. loading

    loading TS Enthusiast Posts: 63   +13

    As opposed to what? Soccer? (or European Football if you will) Maybe more people like the NFL then you think.

    Don't get me wrong... I think anyone buying a sports game should get knocked upside the head.
  18. thorpj

    thorpj TS Enthusiast Posts: 89   +13

    So this is just physical sales? Then this is worthless.

    For one, they're market analysis has missed most of the market. Minecraft PC sales alone would make a huge difference.

    Secondly, I think that console gamers are more inclined to buy discs. Console gamers are more inclined to play games like CoD Ghosts, or Madden 15 (which isn't on PC). And we all know Ghosts doesn't deserve a spot on any "Top __ Games of 201_"
  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Here's the list of games I bought in 2014:
    1. ?
    2. Ditto
    3. More of the same

    Oh well, maybe this year will be a bit better but I'm not gonna hold my breath. I may splash out on GTA V but only if it's a decent port.

    I don't know why I have all this expensive hardware, I'm not really making any use of it.
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  20. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Addict Posts: 292   +68

    I like soccer too, but once you get to really know American football, you will really appreciate the intensity and strategies involved. The scoring system alone, which might first appear to make no sense, is vastly exciting compared to the usual 1-point-per-score. Then again, if you have already made up your mind about it...
  21. andrewyoung

    andrewyoung TS Enthusiast Posts: 41   +9

    same here
  22. When I decide to buy old games I skipped years ago I always look on eBay for new physical copies in case someone is selling the physical item at similar/lower prices than just the download. That way I don't need to backup the game folder like I do with Steam, Ubisoft, Origin downloads. Also part of my physical game case collection.
  23. Half of these sales are probably down to recent origin fraudulent game purchase's

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