The video game industry makes more money than any other kind of device or toy, due to accessibility to a wider audience.
The video game industry continues to grow each year, making new blockbuster hits.
However, when we are looking at the most popular games of all time, it is a mix of classic and current-generation games.
Top 10 Most Popular Video Games Of All Time
We know that the video game industry is a big one and that they are investing over one million dollars into developing new games each year, but most of these games come and go, without being popular. But on the other hand, you have games that have shaped the gaming world, classics like Packman, Super Mario, Need for Speed, and so on. These games are even popular now, decades after their release. Now, take a look at our list of most popular video games ever:
Doom (1993) is a science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game. It was made by id Software.
The game is considered to be one of the most influential in the history of gaming, for having helped to develop the first-person shooter. The game was released worldwide on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, and Xbox. In 2016, id Software released DOOM, a reboot of the Doom series.
Super Metroid is an action-adventure video game, which is published by Nintendo in 1994. Super Metroid, was directed and written by Yoshio Sakamoto, who is also a designer of Kid Icarus, Ballon Kid, Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru, Teleroboxer etc.
Since 2007, Super Metroid has been released for the Virtual Console service on the Wii, the Wii u, and the New Nintendo 3DS. In IGN’s yearly top 100 Games of all time lists, Super Metroid was ranked 3rd (2003) 10th (2005), 4th (2006) and 7th (2007).
8Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear solid, is also an action-adventure video game, which is developed and produced by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan in 1998 for PlayStation.
It was directed and produced by Hideo Kojima, who is also to blame for games like Zone of the Enders, Boktai, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Metal Gear Solid is the third sequel of the MSX2 video games Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, which Kojima also directed. Metal Gear Solid was a commercial success, shipping over 6 million copies worldwide.
7Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) is a competitive game, the sequel to the original Street Fighter released in 1987, which is released for the arcades. Street Fighter II was an improvement in many ways.
Improvements included: Command-based special moves, a six-button configuration, offering players a selection of multiple characters, each with their own unique fighting style. By 1995, the game had been played by at least 25 million people only in North America, and it made over $2.312 billion.
6Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The game was hugely popular because it offered to the players engaging, cinematic single-player campaign, and highly polished mechanics.
The game was released in 2007 by Activision for Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, and it was developed by Infinity Ward. The game received many awards from various gaming sites. In 2009 it was ranked as the third best first-person shooter game on” Top 10 FPS games ever!” list.
5Sid Meier’s Civilization
The game is the first in a series of turn-based “4x”-type strategy video game. The game is created by Sid Meier and Bruce Shelly for MicroProse in 1991.
The game begins in 4000 BC, and the player tries to develop their empire through the ages, from ancient times until modern era. In 2000, GameSpot rated Civilization as the seventh most influential video game of all time. By the 2016 Civilization was sold over 1.5 million copies.
4Brian Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
The game was also known as Dr. Kawashima’s Brain training: How old is your brain. It was developed and released by Nintendo for Nintendo DS handheld video game console.
The game was designed to keep certain parts of the brain to active. It included Stroop test, mathematical questions, Sudoku puzzles. By 2015 Brain Age has worldwide sales of 19.9 million, and even received multiple awards for its quality and innovation.
3Need for Speed
NFS was released by Electronics Arts and developed by several studios including EA Black Box, Criterion Games and Ghost Games in 1994.
It is the most successful racing video game of all time with over 150 million copies of games in the series have been sold to this date. There have been 22 games released in the Need for Speed series so far.
2Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country is a 1994 platforming video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo.
The game is known for being the first game to use pre-rendered sprites, creating a 3D effect through the game. The game was awarded best graphic achievement at 1994 Consumer Electronics Show by GamePro. And it has 89% score at GameRankings.
Pac-man is an arcade game developed by Toru Iwatani in Japan in May 1980. Late, the game was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway. Soon the game became a staple of pop culture, and a social phenomenon.
The game inspired a legacy in other media, such as the Pac-Man animated television series and the top-ten hit single “Pac-Man Fever.” More than 350,000 Pac-Man arcade cabinets were sold for 1$ billion within 18 months of release. Pac-Man is also one of the highest-grossing video games of all times, having produced more than $2.5 billion by the 1990s.