Many wondered if, after an extended absence, Grand Theft Auto could really topple the undisputed king.
The king, of course, being Call of Duty . Activision's billion-dollar franchise has reigned supreme on the sales charts for years, but the latest CoD entry didn't manage to capture the top slot for 2013. Nope, it was GTAV.
The NPD's software sales data is in, and Take-Two's hugely popular title was the top-selling video game in the US for 2013. Furthermore, because Bioshock Infinite and NBA 2K14 performed so well, GTAV publisher Take-Two Interactive was the top publisher for the year.
GTAV is "within striking distance" of the previous franchise record-holder, San Andreas , and that's after only four months at market. As for the month of December, Call of Duty: Ghosts did own that month, with Battlefield 4 , Just Dance 2014 , Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14 rounding out the top 5. For the year, Ghosts was an easy second, followed by Madden NFL 25 , Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag .
It's worth noting that these figures only include physical copies sold at retail. As times goes on, that's going to be a more significant omission, so the NPD should get on that somehow.
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