Popular Xbox games — November 21st, 2022

By Heidi Nicholas,

Our latest Gameplay Chart of popular Xbox games sees Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II holding the top spot with ease, while recent Xbox Game Pass addition Pentiment breaks into the top 25.

Modern Warfare II is still in first place — and it looks like Fortnite isn't even close to retaking it, as this week's data shows almost three times as many players on Modern Warfare II than Epic's battle royale game. The top five remains the same as last week, but Modern Warfare has jumped from eighth to sixth, while Halo Infinite has fallen from sixth to eighth, and Rocket League is up from 12th to ninth, with Apex Legends at tenth. There's not too much movement until we get to 17th, where Vampire Survivors has leapt up five places from 22nd — the game recently joined Xbox Game Pass, and its latest update fixed the bugged Omni achievement, so if you'd been holding off for a fix, now's a great time to jump back in. Deep Rock Galactic, meanwhile, has re-joined the chart at 19th — it's included in the latest Xbox Game Pass Quests and Season 3 has just kicked off, which might explain the sudden resurgence. The next reappearance on this week's chart is The Ascent, which was also included in the latest Xbox Game Pass Weekly Quests along with Deep Rock Galactic. Just below that is this week's only debut appearance, with Pentiment at 25th. Pentiment launched into Xbox Game Pass just last week — if you haven't tried it yet, check out Luke's Pentiment review to see why he thought it was an "artistic triumph." What's more, since Pentiment's achievement list is "impossible" to complete in one playthrough, perhaps we could expect to see Pentiment stay on the chart for a while longer as players go back to complete it.

Cyperpunk 2077 meanwhile continues its fall, having dropped three places this week to 28th. Sea of Thieves has hopped up one space to 29th — Season 8 begins tomorrow and adds "on-demand PvP combat", so perhaps we'll see Sea of Thieves sail still higher as more players flood back. There's more jostling and reshuffling down the rest of the chart until we get to 36th, where MultiVersus sits as another reappearance following the start of Season 2. Persona 5 Royal has fallen ten spots to 37th, presumably as Xbox Game Pass players move onto something else, but Smite sits just below at 38th as this week's last reappearance, with Assassin's Creed Odyssey still hanging on at 40th. Looking ahead, we have launches such as Evil West to come, as well as all the games coming to Game Pass — what do you think will make it into the top 40 next? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Here is the top 40 Xbox Gameplay Chart for the week ending November 20th, 2022.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconCall of Duty: Modern Warfare IIActivision1
2 iconFortniteEpic Games2
3 iconOverwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment3
4 iconMinecraftXbox Game Studios4
5 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games5
6 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision8
7 iconFIFA 23Electronic Arts7
8 iconHalo InfiniteXbox Game Studios6
9 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix12
10 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts9
11 iconForza Horizon 5Xbox Game Studios10
12 iconROBLOXRoblox11
13 iconDestiny 2Bungie13
14 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft14
15 iconNBA 2K232K Sports15
16 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts16
17 iconVampire Survivorsponcle22
18 iconFall GuysEpic Games18
19 iconDeep Rock GalacticCoffee Stain StudiosRE
20 iconGroundedXbox Game Studios17
21 iconMadden NFL 23Electronic Arts20
22 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision19
23 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games21
24 iconThe AscentCurve GamesRE
25 iconPentimentXbox Game Studios-
26 iconDead by Daylight505 Games23
27 iconHalo: The Master Chief CollectionXbox Game Studios24
28 iconCyberpunk 2077CD Projekt25
29 iconSea of ThievesXbox Game Studios30
30 iconElden RingBandai Namco Entertainment31
31 iconEA SPORTS UFC 4Electronic Arts37
32 iconPUBG: BattlegroundsKRAFTON29
33 iconMadden NFL 22Electronic Arts32
34 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionBethesda Softworks36
35 iconARK: Survival EvolvedReverb Publishing34
36 iconMultiVersusWarner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentRE
37 iconPersona 5 RoyalSEGA27
38 iconSMITEHi-Rez StudiosRE
39 iconFor HonorUbisoft38
40 iconAssassin's Creed OdysseyUbisoft40
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 2.4 million active Xbox accounts. Chart information is copyright GameInsights. For details on how the chart is calculated, click here.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.