After falling to Sony for several months, Microsoft called in the big guns and the guns don't get much bigger than Halo. Master Chief helped propel Xbox One to the top spot in the October NPD hardware charts. The contrast between Xbox One consoles sold in October 2015 to October of last year is staggering, with this year selling 81 percent more year over year. Much of this can be credited to the Halo 5 Xbox One bundle that comes with a 1TB hard drive, doubling the storage of its previous models.
The dominance clearly spread to the software charts, where Halo 5: Guardians obliterated its competition. NBA 2K16 was sent down to second place, while the new Assassin's Creed: Syndicate rounded out the top three. Madden NFL 16 and WWE 2K16 followed, while only three other new releases charted and those came in the bottom three. They are Yoshi's Wooly World, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, and Rock Band 4. Guitar Hero Live just missed at #11, but with its higher selling point ranks #6 in terms of dollars made. Super Mario Maker also missed the top 10, but does rank up there on a SKU-basis.
Next month's charts should be interesting to see, because while Master Chief sits on top now, there's a nuclear explosion looming and the 'Fallout' could be intriguing.
October Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)