Top and Trending in gaming this week – October 16th, 2020

Posted on October 16, 2020

Constantly refreshing Twitter’s trending tags? Reddit permanently set to “new”? Drawn to the latest gaming fads? Checkpoint’s got you covered. Take a look at this week’s ‘Top and Trending’ to see the best selling and most popular video games, and find out what all the kids are talking about!


Top Selling Games in Australia
(05/10 – 11/10). Data sourced from IGEA.

1. FIFA 21
2. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
3. STAR WARS: Squadrons
4. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
7. NBA 2K21
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
9. Grand Theft Auto V
10. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

To the surprise of absolutely no Australian gamer, EA’s annual soccer offering FIFA 21 claimed the top-selling spot this week. The latest iteration of the annual sporting franchise brings some subtle improvements over its predecessors that has sparked discussion about how drastically a yearly release should alter the series’ gameplay. Crash Bandicoot 4 is trending as the 22-years-in-the-making next entry in a beloved gaming franchise, and faces off squarely against multiplayer space-em-up STAR WARS: Squadrons. You can check out Tom’s thoughts on the latest Crash adventure here, and Charlie’s review of A Star War here.


Top Selling Games on Steam
(05/10 – 11/10). Data sources from SteamDB.

1. Baldur’s Gate 3
2. Phasmophobia
3. Among Us
4. Valve Index VR Kit
5. STAR WARS: Squadrons
6. Cyberpunk 2077
7. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
8. FIFA 21
9. Hades
10. Red Dead Redemption 2

Most Watched Games on Twitch
(08/10 – 14/10). Data sources from SullyGnome.

1. League of Legends
2. Among Us
3. Fortnite
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
5. Grand Theft Auto V
6. Phasmophobia
7. FIFA 21
8. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
9. Minecraft
10. World of Warcraft


Plundering its way through the dungeons of Early Access and claiming the top spot on this week’s Steam charts is Larian Studio’s Baldur’s Gate 3. Elliot checked this one out earlier in the week, and you can have a read of his impressions here. Stay tuned for details about multiplayer horror game Phasmophobia – it has been entertaining many folks on the Checkpoint team during this Spooktober! The runaway success of friend-to-enemy-generator Among Us continues to chug along, as does its glorious contribution to the 2020 meme zeitgeist. Preorders for CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 continue to dominate in anticipation of its release next month. It’s also a delight to see the incredible Hades from Supergiant Games trending on the charts – especially since Charlie had such a good time with the title!

Don’t forget to have a look at what’s been Coming Out throughout the week, and let us know what you’re excited to play next!