If you’re a gamer, most likely these games will be recognizable to you. These are the most famous computer games that have ever been released.
They range from World of Warcraft and Candy Crush to Minecraft and Halo. No matter what genre of game is your favorite, there’s something on this list for everyone!
1. World of Warcraft
One of the most famous computer games, even people who haven’t played it most likely have at least heard of it. It’s a popular MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game) that was released back in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment and has been on many top most-played games list ever since. As of December 2015, the game had a total of 5.5 million subscribers, which is around half as much as its peak in 2010 with 10 million subscribers.
In “World of Warcraft” you create your own character and then take him or her into an expansive world to fight against evil forces that threaten Azeroth. By fighting monsters and completing quests together with other players in the world, you’ll gain experience to level up your character.
It seems that Blizzard has been struggling a little bit when it comes to keeping people interested in the game, though. In February 2016 it was announced by a company representative in an interview with Polygon that there will be no new content coming to the game in 2016.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Another very famous first-person shooter, “Counter-Strike” is a bit older than “World of Warcraft”. It was released back in 2012 and its predecessor “Counter-Strike” was developed more than 10 years earlier by Valve Corporation.
The game itself is a strategic one where you play either as a member of the terrorist team or the counter-terrorist team. You need to fulfill different objectives depending on which side your character is playing for and make sure your team wins the match.
Over the years, many different expansions have been released that add all sorts of new content to the game such as new weapons, maps, game modes and more. As of February 2016 the game had sold over 25 million copies worldwide.
3. League of Legends
Quite different from the two above is “League of Legends”, which you probably know since it’s one of the most played games in eSports (electronic sports). It was originally released back in 2009 by Riot Games and was inspired by the “Defense of the Ancients” map for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
In League of Legends, you have a team of five players that compete against another team in short matches that usually last around 20-40 minutes. During each match, your goal is to destroy the opposing side’s main building called Nexus while protecting your own Nexus.
Even though it’s a free-to-play game, you can purchase many different champions that’ll help you achieve victory. The most played champion in the game is Ezreal with over 120 million games played as of the end of 2015.
4. World of Tanks
“World of Tanks”, which was released in 2012 by Wargaming, is another famous massively-multiplayer online game. It features historical tanks from the early and mid 20th century where each player gets to command his or her own vehicle in battles against players from all around the world.
There are many different types of vehicles to choose from, ranging from light ones that can easily dodge enemy fire to heavy ones that rely on brute force to crush the enemy. Matchmaking is based on vehicle tiers that try to match you up with an opponent of a similar caliber so that the fighting experience will be balanced.
In 2015 “World of Tanks” had around 110 million registered players worldwide and was one of the most played games in Russian Internet cafes as well as one of the most downloaded games on the PC platform.