There are countless popular video games, but only five have reached the level of genre-defining success. In this list, you will find Animal Crossing: New Horizons, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Terraria. Let’s take a closer look at each of these games.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is four years old but has sold 44 million copies worldwide. It is a highly ambitious, technically advanced game that follows cowboy Arthur Morgan across the American West. One of the first games of its genre, it is also the most downloaded game of all time. A small team of developers supports the game, and updates are available even 11 years after the game comes out.
Terraria is a great game to explore and is accessible to a wide variety of gamers. It’s free to download, is available on mobile, and is compatible with consoles and PC. While other games may be more popular, Terraria’s charm and accessibility have helped it break through the big names in the gaming industry.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the best-selling video game in Japan, selling over 10 million copies. That is a record for a video game in a single month. It beat the previous record set by Super Mario Bros., which sold over 6.8 million units in its lifetime. Next on the list was Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green, which each sold over three million copies.
The game’s release was timed to coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant that people were looking for a fun game to play at home. Because of this, the game is expected to sell even more in its first year.
League of Legends
League of Legends is an online multiplayer battle game. It is developed for Microsoft Windows and macOS. In the game, players control a character that develops abilities at every level. They aim to destroy the Nexus of their opponents within 15 to 20 minutes. The game has a strategic aspect to it, so players must be able to work together to reach their objectives.
Players can compete against other players from all around the world. The top teams in different countries often have cult followings and are sponsored by large companies. Some of these teams play in stadiums with thousands of fans. There are also smaller regional competitions for casual players.
Call of Duty
The first-person shooter game Call of Duty has sold millions since its debut in 2006. The series has also spawned action figures, comic books, and card games. The Call of Duty franchise is one of the most successful video game franchises. The Xbox 360 version sold over 250,000 copies in its first week alone. It sold more than 1.4 million copies worldwide by October of the same year. Call of Duty 3 sold 1.234 million copies worldwide, with nearly half of them sold in the United States. In Japan, the game sold a total of 14,194 copies.
The second installment of the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty 2, was released in 2007. It was released one year after the first installment, causing many to worry that the market would become saturated with the previous installment. However, it was so successful that it sold over $500 million globally within 24 hours.
Pac-Man is a video game that became a worldwide phenomenon. It was developed in 1980 by the Japanese game company Namco and later released by Midway Manufacturing. The game features a yellow sphere that eats dots in a maze. The main objective is to eat as many dots as possible while avoiding the ghosts. The player can also eat large flashing dots to turn them blue and earn bonus points.
Since its release in 1980, Pac-Man has spawned several remakes and sequels. In 1981, a female version of the Pac-Man character was released. The game became one of the best-selling arcade games in North America. The game also inspired many other games.