With new year getting ever closer, Google has published its annual “Year in Search” data, which provides an insight into the highest searched keywords and phrases of 2018. What this means for the game’s world, we get to see who was the hottest trend – and its not all that surprising who came where.
In at number 1 was undoubtedly Fortnite. This comes as no surprise to anyone as the Battle Royale giants have blown rivals out the water with their sky diving, character flossing and fort building sensation. The game has so far taken a revenue of over $1 Billion, and are on track to take $2 Billion by the years end according to CNBC.
In at second came Red Dead Redemption 2. With the game only coming out in October this year, they have done pretty well to grab silver in the Google race. RDR2 scored a 97% rating with Metacritic, 5/5 with Common Sense Media and 10/10 with IGN. Not bad if you ask us, thoroughly deserved.
Fallout 76 placed third. The post-apocalyptic franchise has had a mixed bag of reviews this year. Sales at launch in the UK are down 82.4% from Fallout 4, showing a gigantic downfall. Third place is actually much higher than we anticipated given the onslaught of negative feedback given by a large part of the community. But then again, it is based off of Google searches, so coming in third place could be credited to people trying to find out more about the game and what all the fuss was about.
In at fourth and fifth was Far Cry 5, and God of War – Very worthy placers. Expanding out into the top 10 were a handful of other popular games, along with some surprising inclusions such as Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Zombs Royale, a browser-based game.
Here is the full list of Google’s Top Ten searched games of 2018:
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Fallout 76
- Far Cry 5
- God of War
- Monster Hunter: World
- Sea of Thieves
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
- Zombs Royale
Let us know how you feel about these results. Did your favorite game make the list?