Grand Theft Auto V has topped a poll to reveal the UK’s favourite video games, according to new research by the UK’s largest independent tech retailer Ebuyer.
The research, conducted though YouGov Profiles, surveyed 279,725 UK adults to find out which video games they most enjoyed playing, and which genre was most popular among the gaming community. The research revealed that nearly 40% of the nation regularly play video games.
The Grand Theft Auto series dominated the list, with the V, IV and San Andreas versions all appearing in the top five. Post-apocalyptic role playing game Fallout 4 took second place, with FIFA 15 taking the fourth spot.
The nation’s top 20 video games, ranked by popularity, are:
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Fallout 4
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- FIFA 15
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- Far Cry 4
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Mario Kart Wii
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Football Manager 2015
- The Sims 4
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- The Sims
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassin's Creed
- Assassin's Creed II
Action and adventure, like Assassin's Creed and God of War, was the most popular genre of video game, with 15% naming it as their top style of video game, followed by driving, fighting or shooting games, such as Grand Theft Auto and Mafia (13%) and first person shooter games, such as Call of Duty and Halo (12%). Platform games (10%), such as Little Big Planet or Mario, and sports games (9%), like FIFA or NBA 2K, complete the top five.
When it comes to the console of choice, Nintendo Wii holds the crown, with 17% of the nation either owning or having access to play on one. Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox 360 were also popular choices, both receiving 14% of the vote. The research also revealed that nearly 20% of the nation play video games on their smartphone at least once a month.
Stephen James, Gaming Marketing Manager at Ebuyer said: “Grand Theft Auto V has the accolade of being named one of the best games ever designed, so it is no surprise that the nation have voted it their favourite video game. We were surprised to see that some of the classic titles, such as Tomb Raider, were pipped to the post by more recent entrants to the market, but the results just show how much the improved graphics, technology and developed storylines we have seen from recent video games resonate with the gaming community.”