top-selling video games of the 2010s
Last decade, we have witnessed the increasing growth in video game popularity among kids and even adults. New game genres and styles have been created and companies have set new records for numbers of copies sold, as the video game industry became global. Some of the highest-grossing video games were introduced in the last decade. Games of the last decade redefined the industry and showed us the new identity of modern era entertainment. Here, we listed the top-selling video games of the past decade to see what was happening from the perspective of a gamer.
Most of the games on the list are famous. You have probably heard of them even if you’re not a fan of videogames. Some of these games have such effect that opened doors for other games and even had cultural influences.
Nowadays, it’s even hard to think about the time when videogames weren’t taken seriously. Just some nerdy and lazy kids would come around these new entertainments. But it didn’t take very long until videogame became a phenomenon and spread around the world.
However, the content of the videogames have differed very much and are not just for entertainment. They try to introduce art, develop creativity, teach management skills, etc. that’s why video games are outselling movies and music. Today we have professional video game players, tournaments, eSport events are a thing now, they get as much attention as the real sport, teams, and players get sponsors and winners earn millions by winning the prize.
Let’s check some of the top-selling video games of the decade.
Call of duty: Black Ops
call of duty black ops released in the first year of the decade for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC. Call of duty video games series was always among the most successful fps games on the market. There has been always one of the calls of duty series on the top 10 charts each year. But, Black Ops is one of the biggest ones. Around 26 million copies of the game were sold worldwide. The efforts of the team behind COD paid back by passing 1 billion gross worldwide, setting a new record for video games and draw lots of attention toward the industry.
Red dead redemption 2
Red dead redemption was first released in 2018 for PS4 and Xbox, and finally for PC and Google Stadia after a year. RRD 2 is a western-themed open-world game that has been developed by the same team worked on the famous GTA. The game won several awards that year. Although Red Dead Redemption 2 was on the market only for 2 years, it managed to break records and reach the top 10 list of best-selling video games of the decade with around 2.6 million sales worldwide. This solely shows how good the game is. Although is sold more copies than Call Of Duty Black Ops, the total gross couldn’t reach that high. RRD2 managed 750 million dollars for sale to this date but that can continue to grow in the next decade.
Call of duty: modern warfare 3
With another COD game serious on the list, you could guess how promising COD would seem to the owner. So it’s not surprising to see the company is still thinking about developing new games on the series. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare was released in 2001 for Xbox and 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii and, PC which was a sequel to Modern Warfare 2 that released in 2009. Large numbers of preorders led to huge amounts of shipping for the first day of release and setting a new record for the shipped in one day. 2.6 million copies of the game are sold to date. COD modern warfare 3 was so successful that it passed 1 billion gross lines just in its 16 first days, beating the Avatar movie record.
Terraria originally released in 2011 on PC. It’s an amazing performance for 2D games to appear on the list of top-selling video games of the decade. The main reason for its success was the good experience of PC gamers which led to the release on every other platform later.
Despite being a 2D game, players are free to do almost whatever they want which is compared to Minecraft. Terraria sold 27 million copies
Mario Cart 8
Playing Mario is both nostalgic and fun, bringing both groups of adults and teens together. Mario Cart 8 released in 2014 which became the top-selling video games of Wii U with 8 million copies for the system alone. Later, the enriched version of the game released on Nintendo Switch in 2017. Finally, Mario Cart 8 managed to sell about 27.5 million copies of its Nintendo-exclusive game. It’s the only exclusive game on in the history (unplayable on other platforms) that could reach the top 10!
Anybody could guess that Diablo III would make it to the top-ten list. Diablo III First released in 2012 on PC and eventually on PS4 and Xbox One in 2013. Diablo is one of the all-time top-selling video games of its generation with 30 million copies of the game. Now, Blizard is thinking of another Diablo for the next decade, repeating the success with 3 last diablo games.
The elder scrolls V: Skyrim
The Eder Scrolls V first released in 2011 on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The remastered version on PS4 and Xbox one released in 2016 following VR and Nintendo Switch version in 2017. That was because of the successful selling of 30 million copies and positive reviews. With more than 1.9 billion dollars sale revenue, Skyrim is one of the top-selling video games of all time and the most successful game in the series.
PlayerUknkown’s Battleground is an online multiplayer battle royale game released on PC and Xbox in 2017 and later in 2018 for the PS4 and mobile devices. This is the most popular online battle game next to Fortnite, except that it’s not free. Around 50 million copies of the game sold and brought approximately 1 billion dollars for the PUGB, the owner.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is one of the many popular GTA games that managed to repeat the large-scale success by selling 115 million copies worldwide. GTA V released in 2013 on Xbox 360 and PS3 and became a benchmark for open-world action games.
GTA V owes this success to its attractive single-player mode gameplay combining with the online version which helped it become one of the top-selling video games of all time easily.
Minecraft first released in 2011 and soon became one of the most popular games of any genre. It was so successful that became a cultural phenomenon shortly after its release. Minecraft is available for all platforms, including consoles and mobile devices, inviting new players from all around the world. More than 180 million copies of the sand-box videogame are sold and have more than 115 million monthly active players. Oddly, the numbers don’t show any decrease in popularity of the game and it seems we’re going to see the game on the top chart of the next decade again.