The PC gaming industry is a multi billion dollar business where video game titles can become household names, products, and movies. Some of the most successful PC games have sold millions of copies generating hundreds in millions in revenue. Following are the Top Twenty Five (25) Selling PC Games of All Time.
25. Battlefield 2
- Battlefield 2 (abbreviated as BF2) is a computer game in which players fight in a modern battlefield using modern weapon systems. Battlefield 2 is a first-person shooter with some strategy and RPG (Role-Playing Game) elements. Battlefield 2 was developed by Digital Illusions CE (DICE) with a custom game engine. During development, Trauma Studios contributed to the development of the game after it was acquired by Digital Illusions CE
24. Battlefield 1942
- Battlefield 1942 is a 3D World War II first-person shooter (FPS) computer game developed by Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows (2002) and Apple Macintosh (2004). The game can be played in singleplayer mode against computer game bots or in multiplayer mode against players on the Internet.
- Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed hack and slash action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment in December, 1996.
1602 (2.5 million)
- Anno 1602 - Creation of a New World (in the USA, Canada and Australia released as 1602 A.D.) is a game with both real time strategy and city building elements, developed by Germany-based Sunflowers Interactive Entertainment Software company.
21. Cossacks 2: Napoleonic Wars
- Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars is the fourth computer game in the Cossacks series of real-time strategy games, released in Spring 2005 to mixed reviews. This game focuses exclusively on the Napoleonic era, meaning it has a much shorter time span than others in this series, which spanned several centuries.
20. Age of Empires I
- The Age of Empires series became a popular franchise of real-time strategy computer games based on the success of Age of Empire I. It was started in 1997, developed by Ensemble Studios, and published by Microsoft Game Studios. There are seven titles in the series (four of which are expansions) and a spin-off titled Age of Mythology.
19. Command & Conquer: Red Alert
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a landmark real-time strategy video game in the Command & Conquer series, released by Westwood Studios in 1996. The events of Red Alert take place in an alternate history, where Allied Forces defend Europe against an aggressive Soviet Union. It was initially available for PC (MS-DOS & Windows 95 versions included in one package), and was subsequently ported to PlayStation.
18. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, or Oblivion, is a single player fantasy-themed action-oriented computer role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks and the Take-Two Interactive subsidiary 2K Games.
17. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (War3 or WC3) is a real-time strategy computer game released by Blizzard Entertainment in July 2002. It is the second sequel to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, the third game set in the Warcraft Universe. The game proved to be one of the most anticipated and popular computer game releases ever.
- EverQuest (or colloquially, EQ) is a 3D fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was released on March 16, 1999. The original design is credited to Brad McQuaid, Steve Clover, and Bill Trost. It was developed by Verant Interactive (which had recently parted ways with 989 Studios) and published by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). SOE currently runs and distributes EverQuest. The game's sequel, EverQuest II, was released in late 2004.
15. Doom 3
- Doom 3 is a science fiction, horror, first-person shooter computer game. It was developed and published by id Software, and was released on August 3, 2004. Doom 3, despite its name, is not a direct continuation of the original Doom series storyline, but rather a re-imagining of the first game in the series, with the addition of a completely new game engine and graphics.
- Frogger is an arcade game introduced in 1981. It was licensed for worldwide distribution by Sega/Gremlin, and developed by Konami. The game is regarded as a classic and was noted for its novel gameplay and theme. Frogger is still popular and versions can be found on many internet game sites.
13. Guild Wars (includes Factions and Nightfall)
- Guild Wars is an episodic series of multiplayer online role-playing games, for the Microsoft Windows operating system. It was created by ArenaNet, a Seattle game development studio and a subsidiary of the South Korean game publisher NCsoft. Three stand-alone episodes and one expansion pack were released in the series from April 2005 to August 2007.
12. Cossacks: European Wars
- Cossacks: European Wars is a computer game set in the 17th and 18th centuries, and renowned for the seemingly infinite number of units players may control. This ability set it apart from other games of the time such as Age of Empires, Empire Earth, and Civilization.
- Populous is a computer game developed by Bullfrog in 1989 and is regarded by many as being the seminal god game. In 1991, Populous won the Origins Award for Best Military or Strategy Computer Game of 1990 as well as 1990 Computer Game of the Year in American video game magazine Video Games & Computer Entertainment. It was the first game in the Populous series. It preceded Populous II and Populous: The Beginning.
10. Half-Life 2
- Half-Life 2 (HL2) is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game that is the sequel to Half-Life. It was developed by the Valve Software Corporation and was released on November 16, 2004, following a protracted five-year development cycle during which the game's source code was leaked to the Internet. The game garnered near unanimous positive reviews and received critical acclaim, winning over 35 Game of the Year awards for 2004.
8. RollerCoaster Tycoon
- RollerCoaster Tycoon is a simulation strategy computer game that simulates theme park management. Developed by MicroProse and Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro Interactive, the game was released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 1999 and was later ported to the Xbox game console. It is the first game in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and was followed by RollerCoaster Tycoon 2.
9. Diablo II
- Diablo II, sequel to the popular game Diablo, is a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game in a hack and slash or "Dungeon Roaming" style. It was released for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS in 2000 by Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo II was developed by Blizzard North.
7. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, or simply Morrowind, is a single player computer role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and published by Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. It is the third installment in The Elder Scrolls series of games. It was released in the United States in 2002.
- Myst (or MYST) is a graphic adventure computer game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. It was developed by Cyan, Inc., a Spokane, Washington-based studio, and published and distributed by BrÃ¸derbund. The Millers began working on Myst in 1991 and released it for the Macintosh computer on September 24, 1993. It has spawned four direct sequels and several spin-off games and novels. Myst was the bestselling PC game for several years, until The Sims exceeded its sales.
- Half-Life - often abbreviated as HL or HL1 - is a sci-fi first-person shooter computer game developed by Valve Software, first released by Sierra Studios on November 19, 1998. Designed for PCs running Microsoft Windows, the game uses a heavily modified version of the Quake engine, called GoldSrc.
4. World of Warcraft
(9 million current customers, which is different from box sales)
- World of Warcraft (commonly known as WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It is Blizzard Entertainment's fourth game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe, first introduced by Warcraft: Orcs & Humans in 1994. World of Warcraft takes place within the world of Azeroth, four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard's previous release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft on September 2, 2001. The game was released on November 23, 2004, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise.
- StarCraft is a real-time strategy game by Blizzard Entertainment. It was initially released for Microsoft Windows in 1998. A Mac OS version of the game was released in 1999, and a port to the Nintendo 64 was released in 2000. The main storyline follows a war among three galactic species: the adaptable and mobile Terrans, who are descendants of Human outcasts from Earth; the hive mind arthropodal Zerg; and the psionic humanoid Protoss warriors.
2. The Sims 2
- The Sims 2 is a strategic life simulation computer game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game to date, The Sims. It was released on September 17, 2004 and sold a then-record one million copies in its first ten days.
1. The Sims
(16 million copies sold)
- The Sims is a strategic life-simulation computer game created by game designer Will Wright, published by Maxis, and distributed by Electronic Arts. It is a simulation of the daily activities of one or more virtual persons ("Sims") in a suburban household near SimCity.