With the advent of technology and further smart graphics, Video Games and their popularity reached new heights. As famous as any other toy or gadget, the range of their audience is large – children and adults of all ages and groups are part of this insanely huge industry.
Whether you are a hard-core gamer or not, at one of point of time, everybody indulges in this addictive past-time. Here’s our list of top 15 most popular video games that you may want to try your hands on:
15. Halo 2
Starting with our list, Halo 2 is a highly acclaimed game developed by Bungie Studios and released in 2004 for Xbox, Microsoft. The game employs a new physics engine called Havok with added weapons, vehicles and multiplayer maps and the player acts as an alien arbiter in 26th century alien genocide. With almost 6 million copies sold in US alone, it is counted as one of the best-selling video games.
14. Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country is about the cult classic character, Donkey Kong with a new gameplay and story. Developed by Rare in 1994, it sold over 9 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling SNES game ever. Donkey Kong Country was the first game to use sprites which create 3D effect in the game. The graphics were made from the silicon models giving a lot of details.
13. Need for Speed
Most Successful racing video game, it has sold almost 100 million copies as in October 2009. A series of car racing games, it was first published in 1994 for the 5th generation consoles by Electronic Arts. Over the time graphics, sound effects and real time racing was integrated making it popular not only among racers but general gaming crowd.
12. Final Fantasy VII
One of the best titles in the series, Final fantasy VII was a quick success when it was released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation. The game has the protagonist Cloud Strife, a who joins a rebel organization AVALANCHE to stop a megacorporation from draining the life of the planet for use as an energy source, finally facing the main antagonist Sephiroth. The video game was extremely popular as it was first in the series to employ 3D graphics. Everything about this game, the story, music, gameplay is amazing.
11. Resident Evil IV
This video game started the ‘over the shoulder’ third person point of view and was a top contender for the 2005 Game of the year award. The story of Resident Evil 4 involves the US govt. special agent Leon Kennedy sent to save the president’s daughter, kidnapped by a devil cult when he encounters mutated monsters and violent villagers. Various versions are available for different platforms.
10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Recognized as the most visually awesome video game of the GTA series, this 3D-action adventure game was developed by Rockstar North in UK in 2002. The game draws much of its inspiration from the 1980s American culture and set in Vice City, after Miami, the story revolves around hitman Tommy Vercetti. It became the best-selling video game of 2002 and best-selling Playstation 2 game of all times.
9. Half-Life 2
Awarded the “Game of the decade” at the 2012 Video game awards, Half -life 2 has already sold 12 million copies all around the world. It is a first-person shooting game and was released in 2004, being constantly praised for its gameplay, soundtracks, storyline, animation and graphics. The game was leaked when it was being developed, so it took a long time to complete it.
8. The Sims
Often considered as one of the most successful video game series of all times selling more than 150 million copies worldwide, the Sims is a strategic life simulation game. The game was originally developed by Maxis and later handed over to Sims Studio of Electronic Arts. It involves virtual characters called Sims who are put into homes when players direct their actions, satisfy their needs and change their moods.
7. World of Warcraft
Coming next is one of the best multi-player online role-playing game released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2004. This game, the fourth instalment in the fantasy warcraft universe takes place in the warcraft world of Azeroth. It is very popular among 12 million players worldwide and is the most subscribed MMORPG.
6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Extremely popular due to its interative gameplay and cinematics, this video game is among the best multi-player games available in the gaming industry. It was released in 2007 by Activision and made available on many platforms. Most acclaimed in the Call of Duty series, this first person shooter game became a top selling game worldwide selling 13 million copies as in May 2009.
5. Super Mario 64
When released in 1996 by Nintendo, Super Mario sold over 11 million copies worldwide. It is based on the open world playability where degrees of freedom through all 3 dimensions are given against the 2-D sprites. The game is recognized as one of the most revolutionary video games of all times and serves as a model for the 3D game design, particularly noted for its 360-degree analog control.
Now, this is one that you have been expecting long. An arcade game developed in 1980 by Namco and released in Japan, it is simply a classic, virtually synonymous with video games and considered an icon of 1980s popular culture. It inspired a number of merchandise, animated television series and is one of the longest running video game franchise, grabbing an income of $2.5 billion over time.
3. Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green
Selling almost 20 million copies for Gameboy, the video game’s first instalments were Red and Green which were released in Japan in 1996. Later in the same year, Blue was released as a special edition. The player controls the character from an overhead perspective and navigates through the fictional region of Kanto to master Pokemon battling. To become the champion of the region, the player has to defeat eight gym leaders which further allow access to the top trainers in the land. Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf green were revised for the Gameboy advance in 2004.
The tile matching puzzle video game was created by Alexey Pajitnov, a researcher at Moscow’s Academy of Science and released in 1984. Available on all platforms, the simplicity and the addictive nature of the game has made it secure top most rankings in nearly all lists identifying greatest games of all times. In January 2010, it was announced that Tetris had sold more than 170 million copies.
1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Topping our list of most popular video games is the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The hero Link is on quest to stop Ganondorf from obtaining ‘Triforce’ that has the power to grant the wishes of the holder, travelling through time and dungeons. Released in 1998 by NES, it became an instant hit on Gameboy. Originally designed for the Nintendo 64DD, music has an important role to play in the game as the player must learn to perform songs on an ocarina.