Welcome to the new ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.
For the first week we will be taking a look at the top 10 bestselling first person shooters. All of the platforms for a specific game have been combined.
Looking at the top 10 bestselling first person shooters the first things that sticks out is that the Call of Duty franchise has dominated since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare released and that each successor, excluding World at War has increased in sales. The five best selling are on the Call of Duty franchise, while Modern Warfare just passed Black Ops as the bestselling Call of Duty game to date. These five Call of Duty games have sold a combined 111.96 million units.
The one other thing that sticks out is that there are three exclusives in the top 10, all part of the Halo franchise. It is the biggest exclusive franchise on a Microsoft platform. Halo 3 (X360) is the only game in the franchise to reach the ten million mark, while it is looking unlikely Halo: Reach will reach that mark, with Halo 4 (X360) set to release on November 6, 2012.
The other two games which is not part of the Call of Duty franchise or Halo franchise are Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor: Frontline. Battlefield 3 which was set to compete with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold 12.88 million copies in six months or just a little under half of what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold to date. Medal of Honor: Frontline along with Halo 2 (XB) are the only two games to be for the previous generation.
Taking a look at the top 10 first person shooters as a column graph really shows that the sales are increasing gradually from Halo 2 (XB) are up to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The five games to sell more than 15 million units are for the Call of Duty franchise, while the two bestselling first person shooters from last generation are now the number nine and 10 bestselling.
All of the top 10 bestselling first person shooters are on a Microsoft platform, seven are on a Sony platform, five are for a Nintendo platform, and seven are for the PC (this includes Halo 2 which VGChartz does not have North American sales numbers for).