Although sales aren’t the only metric relevant to how good a game is, it’s a decent measurement of how influential certain titles have been over time. In this list, we’ll take a look at the cream of the crop, looking at the top bestselling video games of all time.
Some interesting notes before diving in: Almost all of the titles below were included as part of a hardware bundle at some point, with the exception of a small handful of games. Additionally, only six of the games below are exclusive to one console — five on Wii and one on Nintendo DS. All other games are available on multiple platforms. It’s also worth noting that many of the sales stats for the following games are a couple of years old at this point and are likely higher today.
The Modern Warfare name carries a lot of weight, as evidenced by 2019’s hit, simply titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It was darker, more realistic, and grittier, serving as the new generation of COD. This game is fascinating because it, in many ways, reinvigorated the series, which had become stale at that point. It brought back fans who had dropped off after numerous entries, harkening back to the likes of COD classics like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare while still feeling new and fresh. But Modern Warfare went beyond the game itself. It was also the starting point for the mega-popular Call of Duty: Warzone, which reached over 100 million players after its first year. Players are still enjoying Modern Warfare in 2022 due to its shared progression system with Warzone.
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