Xbox Gameplay Chart: GTA V steals the top spot

By Heidi Nicholas,
For the last two weeks, the top ten of our Xbox Gameplay Chart has been in a stalemate, which has now been broken. Meanwhile, Modern Warfare has held the top spot for 2020 so far, but it, too, has now been demoted. These changes aren't even being caused by Fortnite, which dominated the chart for most of last year; it's GTA V which has taken the top spot, ended Modern Warfare's 2020 reign, and caused ripples all the way down the chart. A few titles have managed to hang on to their spots, but the rest are switching places to make room for the new entries lower down.

Here is the top 40 Xbox Gameplay Chart for the week ending 09 February 2020.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar2
2 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision1
3 iconFortniteEpic Games3
4 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts6
5 iconMinecraftMicrosoft Studios4
6 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft5
7 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix7
8 iconFIFA 20Electronic Arts9
9 iconROBLOXRoblox Corporation8
10 iconForza Horizon 4Microsoft Studios10
11 iconPlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsMicrosoft11
12 iconNBA 2K202K Sports12
13 iconDestiny 2Activision13
14 iconMadden NFL 20Electronic Arts15
15 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment14
16 iconStar Wars Battlefront IIElectronic Arts17
17 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar16
18 iconHalo: The Master Chief CollectionMicrosoft Studios18
19 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops 4Activision19
20 iconARK: Survival EvolvedReverb Publishing20
21 iconSea of ThievesMicrosoft Studios21
22 iconGears 5Xbox Game Studios22
23 iconBattlefield VElectronic Arts24
24 iconFor HonorUbisoft26
25 iconSMITEHi-Rez Studios23
26 iconTT Isle of ManBigben Interactive40
27 iconDead by DaylightStarbreeze29
28 iconFinal Fantasy XVSquare Enix-
29 iconBorderlands 32K Games25
30 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision27
31 iconMonster Hunter: WorldCAPCOM CO., LTD.31
32 iconThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntBandai Namco30
33 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment28
34 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIActivision34
35 iconHalo 5: GuardiansMicrosoft Studios36
36 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionBethesda Softworks38
37 iconWarframeDigital Extremes39
38 iconWolfenstein: YoungbloodBethesda Softworks-
39 iconStar Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderElectronic Arts32
40 iconDragon Ball Z: KakarotBandai Namco33
Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network. For details on how the chart is calculated, click here.

GTA V was added to Xbox Game Pass a month ago, boosting both its popularity and its rank in our charts. It's continued to rise since then, but it might have something else to thank too for its current top spot position: Rockstar recently celebrated the news that both Red Dead Online and GTA Online broke player number records with a big giveaway. Players could get GTA$2,000,000 just for logging on; GTA$1,000,000 for logging in before February 5th, and the other half by logging in before February 12th. Red Dead Online didn't have such a significant reward, and perhaps GTA V has been buoyed up to the top spot by the prospect of all those free GTA$. Meanwhile, Modern Warfare hasn't fallen far, nor has it been supplanted by Fortnite, which still sits at no. 3 — the furthest it's fallen since we started our Xbox Gameplay Chart. Modern Warfare had a big first season, with Infinity Ward promising the most free content in COD history, but the game's popularity seems to be waning a little as the end of that season arrives; even with double XP currently up for grabs. Season 2 is expected to start very soon; there's already been a leak of the trailer for it, so Modern Warfare could be fighting for the top spot again soon.

Minecraft never really falls far in the top ten, but it's still a little unusual to see it anywhere lower than the fourth spot. It now sits at no. 5, supplanted by Apex Legends, which is enjoying a renewed surge of popularity thanks to its tumultuous reveal of Season 4, where EA and Respawn introduced a new Legend, killed him off, and replaced him, all in a matter of a few days. Season 4 is live now, so it'll be interesting to see if Apex Legends stays at no. 4 after the initial excitement dies down. Further down the chart, we've got For Honor moving up two spaces to no. 24, most likely thanks to the start of its first season of Year 4. TT Isle of Man, which was recently announced for the Xbox Games with Gold for February, has moved up four spaces to no. 26.

Our two new entrances this week are Final Fantasy XV and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, both of which were added to Xbox Game Pass last week. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which has been following the fate of all single-player games on our chart and falling steadily down since launch, is now almost on its way out; having dropped seven places to no. 39. As for those titles which have fallen off the chart completely this week; we have A Plague Tale: Innocence, which has sadly dropped off after only a week, despite its recent addition to Xbox Game Pass. Also gone this week is Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which reappeared on the chart only last week, most likely as a result of its Terminator Live Event.

The first half of 2020 is looking pretty quiet for releases, so perhaps we won't see too much challenge to the Xbox Gameplay Chart from new titles. But Xbox have been boosting their Game Pass service with several big titles lately, and they've been hinting that February will be a pretty good month for releases in particular; plus, we can see from GTA V how much being in Game Pass works in a game's favour. We might be seeing some competition from that quarter in the future. What do you think? How long with GTA V be no. 1? Let us know in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!