Gaming's summer slump continues, and only the most popular games will survive. As expected, NCAA Football 13 takes the top position in NPD's monthly report, which should help EA's coffers until Madden dominates September's charts. LEGO Batman 2 takes the second position, and with Batman: Arkham City also in the top ten, it's clear that people are batty for the Bats.
The success of "Game of the Year" re-releases should be evident, as not only does Arkham City reappear in the charts, but Dead Island does as well. Hopefully, this doesn't encourage publishers to repeat Deep Silver's questionable use of the "Game of the Year" moniker.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Diablo 3, and Max Payne 3 are some noteworthy games that have fallen out of the top ten since last month. Here's the complete breakdown:
- Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)
- NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, 3DS, NDS, Wii)
- Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
- Batman Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, DS, Wii, PC)
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
- Dead Island (360, PS3, PC)
NPD Group's Anita Frazier predicts that 3DS will see a fair boost next month, with the release of the 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros 2. "It will be interesting to see the performance of Sleeping Dogs," she points out, adding that although a new IP, it has "garnered a fair amount of buzz."