In posts on the official PlayStation Blog, it was revealed that vehicular soccer game Rocket League claimed the honor of being the most downloaded PlayStation 4 game of 2016.
Also included in the North America blog post were the top 20 most downloaded games of 2016 for the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation VR, the PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Classics.
Rocket League: Most Downloaded PS4 Game Of 2016
Rocket League, an independent title originally released back in the summer of 2015, made the incredible achievement of being the most downloaded game on the PlayStation Store for both North America and Europe.
The feat is even more incredible considering the fact that, upon its launch, it was a free game for PlayStation Plus subscribers, so even though there is a considerable number of PlayStation 4 owners who were able to download the game for free, gamers are still lining up to download Rocket League.
Psyonix, the developer behind the successful "soccer with cars" game, has given massive support to Rocket League and its community ever since it was launched, with regular updates over 2016 that included new cars, game modes, arenas, and other content that kept players engaged. There is no sign that Psyonix will ease up on its support for Rocket League, so the popularity of the game will likely continue into 2017.
The recognition for the popularity of Rocket League was not only made by the PlayStation Store though, as Valve revealed that Rocket League was in the highest-selling platinum division for Steam last year. In the first-ever Steam Awards, the game was also nominated for the "Just 5 More Minutes" award, but was beaten to the prize by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Top Downloads Of 2016 For The PlayStation Store
Rocket League beat Battlefield 1, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Tom Clancy's The Division in being the most downloaded Playstation 4 game, with the aforementioned holding the second to fifth spots, respectively.
Here is the list of the top 20 most downloaded Playstation 4 games of 2016:
1. Rocket League
2. Battlefield 1
3. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
5. Tom Clancy's The Division
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. Overwatch: Origins Edition
8. Battlefield 4
9. No Man's Sky
10. FIFA 17
11. NBA 2K17
12. Need for Speed
13. Star Wars Battlefront
14. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
15. Battlefield Hardline
16. Madden NFL 17
17. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
18. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
19. The Last Of Us Remastered
20. Final Fantasy XV
For PlayStation 3 games, the top three most downloaded games last year were Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition, The Last of Us, and Grand Theft Auto V, and for the PlayStation Vita, the top three games were Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition, and God Eater: Resurrection. It should be noted that block builder Minecraft was present in the top three for the different consoles.
The top downloaded PlayStation VR games of 2016 were Job Simulator, Batman: Arkham VR, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, while for PlayStation Classics, the top three titles were Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Bully, and Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy.