COD: Black Ops 4 outsold Red Dead Redemption 2 last month

October 2018 dollar sales hit $1.55 billion, the 'highest total spend' for October since NPD group tracked the industry in 1995.

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October 2018 was a gigantic month in the world of gaming with the releases of huge titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, and joined by others released either in October or close to it with Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Spider-Man, and many other gigantic releases in October.

COD: Black Ops 4 outsold Red Dead Redemption 2 last month |

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has completely dominated the charts that NPD group is reporting, with the company only tracking physical sales from retailers and not digital versions of the games, or the PC version of Black Ops 4. This means that Black Ops 4 is far out and beyond the sales of Red Dead Redemption 2 because if it's beating it in physical sales, I can dare say it's destroying it in digital sales - on top of that, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is on the PC and RDR 2 is not.

The NPD Group talked about COD: Black Ops 4 sales for October, where NPD analyst Mat Piscatella explained: "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the best-selling game of October. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launch month dollar sales represent the eigth highest in Video Game history since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995. Black Ops 4 instantly becomes the best-selling game of the year, and the seconnd best-selling game across the past twelve month period, trailing only Call of Duty: WWII".

Piscatella didn't leave out Red Dead Redemption 2, where he said that even thought RDR 2 launched after COD: Black Ops 4, it made serious damage in October. He said: "With just nine days of reported sales, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the second best-selling game of October 2018 and is now also the second best-selling game year to date. Red Dead Redemption 2 launch month sales more than tripled those of the previous title in the series, Red Dead Redemption, which launched May 2010".

The NPD Group has released some numbers for the month of October, with a total of $1.5 billion in sales (up 73% from this time last year). The full numbers are eye-opening to say the least:

October 2018

  • Total: $1.545 billion (up 73 percent from $894 million in October 2017)
  • Hardware: $300 million (up 26 percent from $238 million)
  • PC and console software: $965 million (up 104 percent from $473 million)
  • Accessories: $280 million (up 54 percent from $182 million)

2018 So Far

  • Total: $10.52 billion (up 21 percent from $8.67 billion in 2017 year to date)
  • Hardware: $2.72 billion (up 19 percent from $2.29 billion)
  • PC and console software: $4.84 billion (up 16 percent from $4.18 billion)
  • Accessories: $2.96 billion (up 35 percent from $2.19 billion)

Top 10 best selling games so far this year

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4**
  2. Red Dead Redemption II
  3. Far Cry 5
  4. Marvel's Spider-Man
  5. NBA 2K19
  6. God of War 2018
  7. Monster Hunter: World
  8. Madden NFL 19**
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Call of Duty: WWII**


  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  2. Red Dead Redemption II
  3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  4. Marvel's Spider-Man
  5. Soul Calibur VI
  6. NBA 2K19
  7. FIFA 19
  8. WWE 2K19
  9. Madden NFL 19
  10. My Hero One's Justice

Xbox One

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  2. Red Dead Redemption II
  3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  4. Forza Horizon 4
  5. NBA 2K19
  6. Madden NFL 19
  7. FIFA 19
  8. WWE 2K19
  9. Soul Calibur VI
  10. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider


  1. Super Mario Party
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Diablo III
  6. Starlink: Battle For Atlas
  7. Dark Souls Remastered
  8. The World Ends with You: Final Remix
  9. Lego DC Super Villains
  10. My Hero One's Justice

*Does not include digital sales.

**Does not include PC digital sales.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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