Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the best-selling game of 2018

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the best-selling game of October and the best-selling game of 2018 according to market research firm The NPD Group.

Activision and Treyarch’s first-person shooter also earned honors as the eighth biggest launch in US video game history since The NPD Group started tracking sales in 1995 and is the second best-selling game of the last 12 months behind Call of Duty: WWII.

Some may be surprised to learn that Black Ops 4 outsold Red Dead Redemption 2 but there’s likely at least one good reason for that. The latest Call of Duty title arrived on October 12 while Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t ship until October 26. More days on the market obviously gives CoD more exposure and potential sales.

Nevertheless, RDR 2 was the second best-selling game of October and the number two selling game of 2018. According to The NPD Group, launch month sales were more than three times higher than the original Red Dead Redemption.

Rounding out the top five best-selling games in October 2018 are Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, NBA 2K19 and Super Mario Party, in that order. Far Cry 5, Marvel’s Spider-Man and NBA 2K19 are now the third, fourth and fifth best-selling games of the year, respectively, as of the end of last month.

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Perhaps its also because RDR2 is not available for PC.

Im currently playing BLOPS4, and must say, am enjoying the battle royale experience.


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It's the BR craze. PUBG has a lot of issues and it was only a matter of time before a similar but much more polished game came out. I always had a feeling a COD game would be a good battle royale with their pretty fluid combat.


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I got sucked in too actually. My first time buying a CoD game since the original Modern Warfare in 2007. I bought it on PC and could not for the life of me get it to connect to their authentication servers. I'm a network administrator with a custom built router in my home, I know what I'm doing. I know it wasn't a port forwarding or any kind of routing or firewall issue, I even confirmed there were zero issues by monitoring every single activity with Process Monitor. I believe it's blatantly a bug affecting many users, and Blizzard/Activision are just writing it off as an end user misconfigured network issue. I managed to get a refund, however many people did not. I still hope the issue is resolved, I'd still like to play the game, in the meantime I have over a hundred other games to play which don't have issues. /endrant


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COD badly needs a new engine. They are milking the old tech for all it's worth. Battlefield games on Frost engine looks so much better, and run great as well, so that's not an excuse.


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Yup. If they'd done a proper release for PC I know I'd be playing.
I have it on PS4, but haven't played much because I know it's just going to be so much better when it finally hits PC (looks like poo running on PS4 Pro in 4K HDR).
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