Most Popular Video Games of All Time – 17 Best Video Game

Introducing: Most Popular Video Games of All Time. Do you love playing video games? Do you love the excitement and challenges that come with video games? We have today, made a list of 17 of the most popular video games of All Time. This list covers an array of different genres of games ranging from sports, Arcade, puzzle, adventure, and a host of others. We have ranked them according to their popularity among players. So, which video games are the most popular in the world? Let’s find out… 

List of the Most Popular Video Games in the World

17. Pacman


Genre: Arcade

We kick off our list with Pacman. This ancient game used to be fun, and challenging to everyone. At least everyone can say they must have played it once. It was a simple game to play, yet so frustrating! Its popularity is undeniable which has earned the game global recognition and the 17th spot as the most popular video game in the world.

16. Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

Genre: Augmented reality, Location-based game

The next most popular game on our list is Pokemon Go. This game has gained its own fair share of popularity among communities and is one game that brings together people to explore the world around them. It ranks as the 16th most popular video game in the world.

15. Overwatch


Genre: First-person shooter

Overwatch is a creative first-person shooter game. It’s bent of team-play composition and target objective. And have a beautifully created character design that has really caught the attention of gamers worldwide since its release back in 2015. It ranks as the 15th most popular video game in the world.

14. Tetris


Genre: Puzzle Video Game

I bet you didn’t see this one coming, did you? Just playing with you! But Tetris is one of those games that would probably pop into old heads when they hear the title “most popular games”. It ranks as the 14th most popular video game in the world.

13. The Sims

The Sims

Genres: Life simulation

This game is unlike the other mention on the list. It has a certain kind of appeal outside your typical gamer base. It can be fun, but sometimes a bit tiring. The game was the love of players who just like to be creative, making changes in their own personal small worlds. It gained a lot of popularity when it first released and till date, is still doing pretty well. It is ranked as the 13th most popular video game in the world.

12. World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game(MMORPG)

This game will always be remembered as an all-timer. First released in 2004, World of Warcraft or WOW, was more than just a game, but became a lifestyle for players in high school.

The game setting created a separate world for players who interact with each other from all over the world, night after night. It is the 12th most popular video game in the world and one of the best too.

11. Wii Sports

Wii Sports

Genre: Sports game

This game was played and enjoyed by everyone, and I mean everyone. It may not look the hype, but it sure cracked a smile on the faces of even the hardest of hardcore gamers. It’s simple and had the ability to bring both gamers and non-gaming fans together. Only a few games ever achieved the same level of household recognition as it did. It is ranked as the 11th most popular video games of all time

10. Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto III

Genre: Action-adventure

GTA III is by far one of the most popular games ever. And it’s in the line of those games whose recognition grew even larger as time went on with the introduction of new sequels. It is the 10th most popular video games of all time.

9. Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros

Genre: Platform game

This game is one of those timeless classics, pretty much everyone knew about it!

8. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda

Genre: Action-adventure game

Talk about popular, and voila! You get this game. There’s no other better game to play on a snow day than the Legend of Zelda. Just ask around, you’ll see!

7. Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid

Genre: Action-adventure game

Metal Gear Solid comes at the 7th position on our list. It is so popular that even those who haven’t played it yet must have heard about it, or knew about it.

6. Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy

Genre: Role-playing video game

Final Fantasy is another of those franchises that get more popularity by its name rather than its gameplay. The game packed a lot of recognition that if you go about and ask five random people if they’ve heard of or actually play the game before? I bet 3 out of 5 will must have heard it, and 2 must have played it! It’s really that popular.

5. Call of Duty

Call of Duty

Genre: First-Person Shooter

We have to make this call, ’cause it’s our duty to mention this game on the list. With such a huge online community and getting those big sales numbers, CoD remains one of the most popular Video games in the world occupying the 5th position on the list.

4. Angry Birds

Grand Theft Auto V

Genre: Puzzle Video Game

What can we say about this game other than the fact that it is so popular among Android users? Probably among the best 10 android games. So, it’s no surprise how it somehow crept into the number 4th spot.

3. Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V the most popular video games all time

Genre: Action-Adventure

You don’t go listing the most popular video games of all time and skip out on this one, would you? I bet not. The GTA franchise was already popular before the release of the V. However, the game sold more amounts of copies raking in a huge amount of money after its release. It is the 3rd most popular video games of all time,

2. Mortal Combat

Mortal Combat the most popular video games all time

Genre: Fighting game

Oh Yeah! Everyone’s favourite fighting game comes up at number 2 position as the most popular video games of all time. Before the Mortal Combat game came on Sony’s PlayStation, it was a fans favourite on SEGA. Considered one of the best arcade games in history still.

1. God of War

God of War the most popular video games all time
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Genre: Action-Adventure

I would take you to be a Jon Snow and say to you “You know nothing” if you tell me you’ve never heard or even play this game before. I mean, this is ‘thee’ game everyone should have at least played before. The video game franchise first released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2 video game console, and has become a flagship title for the PlayStation brand, consisting of eight games across multiple platforms. It is the most popular video games of all time.

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David Samuel

David Samuel is the Senior Writer for Porumba. He is a writer, Economist and loves research.

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