Can you guess which are the most popular video games ever? Playing video games is an extremely popular pass time all over the world. In the U.S. alone, 65% of households have a device for playing video games. Moreover, U.S. consumers spent $23.5 billion on the gaming industry in 2015 with $16.5 billion of that spent on gaming content alone. There’s no doubt about it, we love playing video games, but which video games do we like playing the most? On today’s list, we are going to look at the 25 most popular video games ever.
Doom was not the first first-person shooter video game, but when it comes to that genre, it was highly influential and significant. Without this seminal game, which was released by id software in 1993, that genre would not look like it does today. It was solely responsible for the word “deathmatch,” which is now a popular part of gaming lexicon and showed the full potential of the first-person shooter genre. Doom was leaps and bounds ahead of its time, and its legacy has persisted with a motion picture and a book chronicling the game’s development tailored for die hard fans yearning for the behind-the-scenes scoop.
Also known as Metroid 3, this is an action-adventure game published for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game console in 1994. It was also released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2007 and a new version for the Wii U Virtual Console is schedule for release in May 2013. The game’s plot revolves around Samus Aran and her quests to retrieve a stolen Metroid from the Space Pirates. The game was universally acclaimed with an aggregated score of 96% from Game Rankings, named Game of the Month in 1994, received an Editor’s Choice Award as the Best Action Game of 1994, and ranked as one of the Best Games of All Time in 2003.
Metal Gear Solid
MGS, a stealth-action video game, was developed by Konami Computer Entertainment in 1988. It features impressive cinematic cutscenes and voice acting. However, what made this game hugely popular was the depth. The bosses were not just mere opponents but were well-crafted characters with their own personality, ideology, and will to fight. This is one of the greatest gaming franchises ever with more than six million copies sold and has spawned numerous sequels, prequels, and spinoffs aside from several games, radio drama, comics, and novels.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
A competitive fighting game that was originally released for the arcades in 1991, Street Fighter II was an improvement in many ways including the used of command-based special moves, a six-button configuration, and a selection of multiple playable characters with their own unique fighting styles. The success of Street Fighter II can be attributed to the game boom of the 1990s as well as the sub-series of updated versions. It exceeded $1.5 billion in gross revenues in 1993, had 25 million American playing the game in homes and arcades in 1994, and sold more than 14 million copies through its Super NES and Mega Drive console ports, making SF II Capcom’s best-selling game of all time.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
This game was hugely popular to gamers due to its cinematics, interactive gameplay, and highly polished mechanics, which made it one of the best competitive multiplayer games available out there. Published in 2007 by Activision, this first-person shooter video game uses a propriety game engine and was available in several platforms. It was the most highly acclaimed in the Call of Duty series and earned numerous awards including IGN’s Best Xbox 360 Game and the top-selling game worldwide in 2007 with 13 million copies sold as of May 2009.