Video games have become industry-leading businesses, and while the true essence of video games is still there. There are many developers and publishers who are looking to earn the biggest buck possible. If you look back into history, there are so many video games that are considered the best sellers of all time, and there are countless reasons behind that as well.
For starters, most of the video games that have earned this reputation are because of the hype that surrounded them. Sequels that were released after years of wait. This makes one wonder if the only reason why they sold so much is that gamers were anxiously waiting for the sequels to come out. However, that is not just that; these games were revered by the gamers and critics alike and defined their respective franchises.
That is why in this article, we look back at the 7 best selling video games of all time. This list is certainly for those who are looking to boast about their favorite video games doing so much business. Do keep in mind that we are looking at the games that were the first of their franchise to do this much business, and not the sequels.
Halo 2 (2004)
Halo 2 is considered to be one of the best video games of all time and for all the right reasons. The game has sold a collective of 6.3 million copies since its release, and that makes it among the bestselling video games of all time. Sure, the reason behind that was the hype that Microsoft managed to create, but aside from that, when you actually play the game, you realize just how good it is, and just how much work has gone into the game.
Needless to say, Halo 2 was the game that solidified the Halo franchise in the hall of fame, and allowed the series to remain relevant even after almost 15 years since Halo 2 came out on the original X-Box followed by its release on the PC, and even though the game does not look as good as it did back in the day, playing it this day still makes it one of the most enjoyable experiences.
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
Rockstar took its fair share of time before releasing the Grand Theft Auto IV on PS3 and Xbox 360 at the time. The game was the first outing in the open world since GTA: San Andreas came out in 2005, and the first true sequel since the original GTA 3 from 2001. Needless to say, the hype train was in full swing, and gamers across the world were getting ready for a truly amazing gaming experience.
With that said, the Grand Theft Auto IV opened with a massive success; the game was everything that previous entries were, and so much more. Needless to say, Rockstar outdid themselves with the release of Grand Theft Auto IV.
Soon, to everyone’s surprise, the game started breaking sales records everywhere in the world, and it did not take the game long to generate $500 million in revenue. Sure, the actual numbers are different from today’s standards, but it certainly solidifies the game as one of the best sellers of its time.
Pokémon X & Y (2013)
There is no denying that Pokémon has more or less become a culture wide phenomenon at this point. I remember being a kid and watching the anime on whatever channel I could get my hands on and while I did not care about continuity that much back then, as I grew up and found myself invested in the franchise, I realised just how important it was.
Today, I am talking about the Pokémon X and Y, one of the greatest selling games that was released back in 2013, the amazing thing about this game was that it decided to stick to its actual formula that made Pokémon so famous. The game was praised by fans and critics alike.
Soon after its release, the sales numbers were in and the game was making massive profit across the world. As of September of last year, the game has sold 16.34 million copies across the globe, making the Pokémon X and Y among the best-selling games in the gaming history.
Halo 3 (2007)
Microsoft was not done despite the massive success of Halo 2. The company obviously had plans for future installments, and in 2007, Halo 3 came out. This was the first Halo on the modern consoles of that time and soon after the release, it was evident that Microsoft has no plans of coming slow.
Halo 3 did massive business in the first week of launch but that was only the start as the game took off. The reviews were incredibly positive with high scores through and through. Needless to say, Microsoft had done it again.
Halo 3 went on to become one of the highest grossing and selling video games of all time and according to a report in 2012, Microsoft stated that Halo 3 had sold 14.5 million copies since its release date. This was certainly an impressive feat, especially when you look at the fact that Halo 3 sold twice the number of copies the Halo 2.
Microsoft continued and enjoyed great success with future Halo installments.
Diablo III (2012)
Diablo is by far one of the most ambitious and most played MMO RPG available in the gaming industry at the moment, and for all the right reasons. The game was released back in 2012, after the gamers had to go through a long wait. Both Blizzard and Activision not only had to deal with eager fans, but also with fans who were waiting for nothing but the perfect game, and the one that can live up to the hype and expectations.
Thankfully, Diablo III did just that; the game was a smashing success as soon as it was released, and the best part is that you could play the game on a variety of different platforms as well. Needless to say, Blizzard had achieved what it wanted.
As of May 2013, the reports suggested that the game had been played by 14.5 million unique players, but that was not the most impressive part. The impressive part was the fact that the game had sold 30 million copies worldwide.
Call of Duty Black Ops III (2015)
The Call of Duty franchise is known for breaking records with almost every single release. This should not come as a surprise since the military shooter is definitely one of the most played video game franchises, as well as one of the most beloved franchises available to date.
The same can be said for the Call of Duty Black Ops III (2015); being one of the highest selling Call of Duty games; released back in 2015, the game was met with warm reception from critics as well as the users, and quickly started getting the traction.
Call of Duty games have enjoyed a lot of success in the past, so this did not come as a surprise either. Needless to say, the Call of Duty Black Ops III (2015) got the attention it deserved, and made over 25.8 million in revenue after its release. This only helped put Call of Duty as one of the most lucrative and highly sought out franchise available in the market.
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim (2011)
The last game on the list is none other than the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Released 5 years after the insanely popular Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Skyrim had to be successful if Bethesda was looking forward to stay relevant. The tensions were high and the and the game had to be really, really good for both the players and the critics.
Needless to say, Bethesda did deliver; the game received critical and commercial appraise from the gamers and critics alike. The best thing is that despite the game being really hold, the support was open from all fronts as there have been so many mods, as well as game changing enhancements.
Additionally, Bethesda treated Skyrim as a chicken that lays golden eggs. The company released the game on several platforms, making it one of the most widely available and accessible games of this decade.
According to Todd Howard, the game has sold up to 30 million copies since the game was released back in 2011. If this is not impressive, we don’t know what is.
There is no denying that video games are becoming the massive businesses. However, the best thing here is that these games are not just making a lot of money or selling a lot of copies. The best thing is that these games are actually worth playing and people who are looking to have great experiences can have great experiences through these games without any issues whatsoever.
Do keep in mind that we chose the best-selling games, and not best-selling franchises, meaning that these games more or less represent themselves rather than the entire franchises.