We’re already several days into 2019, which promises to be a great year for video games, especially in its first few months. But the best part is that we now have a definitive list of which games sold the most in 2018, at least in the U.K. and when only counting physical sales, and can judge the taste of our friends across the pond accordingly.
FIFA 19 sold the most physical copies in the U.K., clocking in at just under 1.9 million units, according to GFK Chart-Track. Predictably, Red Dead Redemption 2 came in second, just shy of 1.8 million units sold, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was number three with 1.17 million units sold.
Here’s where it starts to get interesting. Marvel’s Spider-Man, which nabbed fourth place, was the best-selling exclusive of the year at 676,621 units sold, beating out its PlayStation 4 rival God of War, which sold nearly 400,000 units in 2018 and came in eighth.
Some of the biggest surprises are contained near the bottom of the list. Battlefield V, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were the 13th, 14th, and 15th best-selling games of 2018 respectively. Considering that Ultimate quickly became Nintendo’s fastest-selling home console game of all time in Europe, it’s a little surprising to see it so far down the list.
The biggest loser, however, is definitely Battlefield V, where it pales in comparison to its predecessor, Battlefield 1, and its cousin Star Wars Battlefront II. The controversial Star Wars shooter more than doubled Battlefield V‘s sales over the same period in 2017, and Battlefield 1 was rated as the third best-selling game of its launch year in 2016. We already knew that Battlefield V‘s physical sales were way down, but this confirms that it didn’t experience much of an upswing over the holidays.
It’s important to note, however, that Chart-Track doesn’t account for digital sales, which make up the majority of the U.K.’s software market, so this might not be a completely accurate picture of how everything panned out in 2018. Then again, physical sales are usually indicative of larger trends, too.