Seeing as how video games are more or less in the mainstream to the extent of being a legitimate sport. It’s important to look back at where it all started. Specifically tracing the sale success of games since the retro era in 1995 to the modern feel of 2017. While the list obviously contains classic and very significant titles like Mario or Mortal Kombat. The most success was attained by the Call of Duty franchise, which had a killstreak of 2009 -2017. Only being interrupted once in 2013 by GTA V.
BPD’s Mat Piscatella released the analysis chart with the calculated results. The sales dominance from 1995-2018 are as follows:
- 1995: Mortal Kombat 3
- 1996: Super Mario 64
- 1997: Mario Kart 64
- 1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 1999: Donkey Kong (64)
- 2000: Pokemon Stadium
- 2001: Madden NFL 2002
- 2002: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- 2003: Madden NFL 2004
- 2004: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- 2005: Madden NFL 06
- 2006: Madden NFL 07
- 2007: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- 2008: Rock Band
- 2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops
- 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- 2013: Grand Theft Auto V
- 2014: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- 2016: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- 2017: Call of Duty: WWII
Call of Duty established itself as a cult classic after the success of Modern Warfare 1. The compelling story in the boots of good ol’ Soap McTavish embedded itself into gamer memories and set the franchise off. Modern Warfare 2 then began the streak of successful sales domination for the CoD franchise.
Who can forget Shepherd’s betrayal? That gave us players PTSD to this day. Big fat F to my man Ghost and my boy Roach. You two are gone but never forgotten. Black Ops came along then, serving as a sequel to the slightly underrated World at War title. With Black ops following the story of Viktor Reznov as well as introducing some loveable new character like Woods and Mason.
Modern Warfare 3 then concluded the saga that Call of Duty 4 started. Soap got washed off (sorry) and his Captain paid the Price (SORRY) But we’ll never forget that epic conclusion. Lighting a cigar to the satisfying sight of Makarov’s hanging corpse. Ah, good times. Black Ops 2 was then a big step for the franchise.
It explored a new type of Call of Duty gaming which set the precedent for its following titles, that being futuristic warfare. Which involved high tech gadgets, weaponry, and gear. Advanced warfare, Black Ops 3, Infinite and even the new Black Ops 4 then continued to follow this example. 2017 though, Call of Duty took a gander at its competitor, Battlefield it seems. And went back to their roots of world war 2 once more, yet again securing the most sales of 2017.
Let’s not forget however that the Call of Duty games also maintain their value mostly by the multiplayer aspect of the game. In fact, they caught up to this trend and went as far as to removing the campaign from their latest installment, Black Ops 4.
Will the streak continue this year however? Seems a bit difficult seeing as how Black Ops 4 will be competing with both Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2. The Web-head may sadly lose out on sales numbers between these three, what with being a PS4 exclusive. Redemption though, Rockstar broke the streak once already with GTA V. And will probably do so again with Redemption 2. But that’s left to be seen.