July was a big month on the PlayStation Network with all sorts of new games showing up while older favorites continued to perform well. Discount a beloved game like Shadow of the Colossus HD down to just a few bucks, though, and nobody should be surprised to see it take the month’s top spot in sales.
Last month’s top downloads from the PlayStation Network have gone live, mixing a number of surprise turnouts into the expected list of best sellers.
I’m once again reminded how the summer months are typically known as a “drought” in the world of video games. No matter which console you’ve been playing on, however, the summer of 2013 has been good to us gamers. A handful of AAA titles made their way to store shelves these past few months, but it’s the digital libraries that have really made the difference. From re-released classics to brand new offerings with far more affordable price tags attached to them, there’s been quite a lot of digital content to dive into this year.
For the full list of top performers for the month on PSN, be sure to check out the above link. Otherwise, we’ll break down the top five for each main category.
First up is the list of most downloaded PS3 and PSN games, beginning with the PlayStaiton 2 classic Shadow of the Colossus standing head and shoulders above the rest.
The HD version of Shadow of the Colossus saw a deep discount a few weeks back, which probably accounts for why the game did so well in July. I have my PS2 copy of the game and had no intention of getting the HD version. But when the asking price plummeted to just $5, even I couldn’t resist adding the digital copy to my list. The remaining top five PS3/PSN games with the highest performance last month include The Last of Us, Mortal Kombat (also receiving a deep discount), and Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Surprising no one, Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC continues to dominate the add-ons section of the store. Uprising, Nuketown Zombies and Revolution took first, third and fourth places respectively. The second place spot went to The Walking Dead: 400 Days while the Injustice Man of Steel pack took the fifth place spot.
Over on the Vita, Mortal Kombat came in first for the month, followed by Lego Batman 2, Hotline Miami (Which more people need to experience. Trust me.), Silent Hill: Book of Memories and the new action game, Muramasa: Rebirth.
Over to the PS1/PS2 Classic and the top five featured the usual suspects, including Metal Gear Solid, GTA San Andreas, Final Fantasy VII, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and The Warriors.
The PSP’s top games were mostly from the recent Atlus sale, including Crimson Gem Saga, Persona 3, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Riviera: The Promised Land and The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest.