Diablo III tops the charts and outshines Max Payne 3

The NPD results are in for video game sales, and Diablo III tops the charts for the month of May in 2012. It’s no surprise since Diablo III has been in development for 12 years and has created sort of a cult following.

Max Payne 3 tops the chart in second place with 440,000 units sold, which was less then what analysts were expecting with 600,000 units. It has been in the works for a while and was suppose to be released in 2009. Even with Max Payne 3 being multiplatform, it still couldn’t compete against the onslaught of Diablo III. To be fair, the PC version of Max Payne 3 was released on May 29th, and it is a franchise that started out in its PC roots.

Ranking 3rd place in sales is Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, selling just over 400,000 units.

It looks like Diablo III, Max Payne 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier weren’t enough to help video game sales go up. For the month of May, video game sales earned $335.2 million. That’s a 16% decrease compared to last year.

We’re are living in different times now, with digital downloads becoming more popular. The NPD Group only covers new physical retail sales, which accounts for 50-60 percent of total sales. What’s missing are used and rental, digital download, add-ons, microtransaction, subscriptions, and mobile app sales.

Here are the top ten games of May, 2012, according to the NPD Group:

  1. Diablo III (PC)
  2. Max Payne 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  3. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360, PS3)
  4. Prototype 2 (360, PS3)
  5. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  7. Sniper Elite V2 (360, PS3)
  8. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Dragon’s Dogma (360, PS3)
  10. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)

Source: GI

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