The 10 Highest Selling Retail PC Games of All Time
Sales aren’t everything and the success of a game can’t always be measured by the numbers. However, massive sales generally indicate a good game. We took our incredibly deep college research experience (Google rocks) and tried to find the best selling PC games of all time. All of our numbers are based on Statista’s data of retail sales as of January 2017.
While old favorites from Blizzard and Valve made a much-expected appearance, some other titles on the list proved to be quite the surprise. Please note that for this list, we skipped over expansions for games already making an appearance on the list. So while certain expansions may have sold more than other games, we are focusing solely on full titles. Also, we’re going to avoid repeating titles in the same series. If we didn’t, then half of this list work be filled with Sims games and no one wants that. With that being said, on with the list!
Sold worldwide: 2.96 million units
Star Wars: The Old Republic had quite a lot of hype behind it, so it’s no surprise that it edged it’s way onto this list. This Bioware developed MMORPG followed the widely popular Knights of the Old Republic games and converted the adapted world into a full-fledged MMO.
The Old Republic converted into a hybrid free-to-play model shortly after launched and has received numerous updates and expansions all the way until last year. The Old Republic action is still in full effect and you can join for free now.
Sold worldwide: 3.61 million units
The original Doom caused such a stir in the world that it ended up being banned from most workplaces, with employees playing during the work day. Needless to say, the anticipation for the follow-up, Hell on Earth, was huge. Doom II: Hell on Earth can be put up right along side the original and hold it’s own. There’s still plenty of debate on which game is better to this day.
In all reality, 1993’s Doom may have easily sold more copies than the sequel. However, with the birth of the game being based in shareware, it’s hard to gauge just how widespread the game was in terms of sales.
Sold worldwide: 3.88 million units
It had been a long time building for Bethesda to create an earth-shattering RPG in The Elder Scrolls world. Despite your thoughts on Arena and Daggerfall, both Morrowind and Oblivion are regarded as some of the best RPGs of all time. So it should come as no surprise that the fifth masterpiece from Bethesda ended up being one of the best selling games of all time.
Skyrim is a landmark game, ushering in a whole new era of open world titles that are demanded to offer extension content for a $59.99 price tag.
Sold worldwide: 4.12 million units
Half-Life is a landmark title. The game influenced the FPS genre in a way that is unmatched by any other game out there. So, it’s sold a lot of copies. Despite Valve’s track record of cranking out absolutely amazing games, Half-Life still sits at the pinnacle of worlds they have created.
Half-Life is an amazing ride and the sales absolutely show that.
Sold worldwide: 4.21 million units
Before there was World of Warcraft, there was Warcraft. Each game in Blizzard’s breakout RTS series can stand on it’s own merit, but Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is the one that takes the cake in the realm of sales.
Despite coming out in 1995 for DOS, Warcraft II shows how solid mechanics can make a game live for decades after release. If you love RTS games and you haven’t played a Warcraft game, you own it to yourself.