Computer games are more than just pixels on screens; they have transcended generations and are responsible for the creation of societies and guilds that exist in the real world. Some titles have stood the test of time better than most and these are often the most simple to play. To make it to the top five games, it would take more than hitting the top of the charts or receiving a 90% plus rating from a gaming magazine. When you think about what people are playing now, and what they were playing ten or twenty years ago, some titles instantly spring to mind.
Mario Brothers or Super Mario Bros have been around in one form or another since the 1980s. It was 1981 when Mario first showed up as Jumpman in Donkey Kong and the brand has gone from strength to strength. Nobody could have predicted that a computer game would be played more than thirty years later, but that is exactly what Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto achieved. This has to make Mario brothers in all its forms, the best computer game ever.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Ten years after Mario had dominated through Nintendo, Sega managed to offer up their hero in the form of Sonic the Hedgehog. It proved and instant success and it is another game that is still played by many children today. Video games have come on a great deal since the ring collecting Hedgehog hit our screens, but not many will last as long as Sega’s best offering.
The Gran Turismo series of racing games has been the benchmark by which many other driving games are compared. There have been many updates to maintain the realism factor and there have been titles such as Forza, which have challenged Gran Turismo for the top spot, but on sheer volume of sales, GT remains number one.
Call of Duty
This first person shooter has been around for almost ten years and receives yearly updates, which includes new maps, weapons and variations of games. It is easily the most popular game of the moment amongst people of all ages despite the age rating of 18. The title belongs on the list because it has consistently outsold games like Halo and Gears of War, which have huge followings in the same genre.
This title deserves recognition because it has one of the biggest fan bases of all computer games. It first had the official FIFA license in 1993 and this allowed players and club names to be used for the first time. Every year the game is improved and players’ ratings are a very good reflection of the players in the real world. Of all computer games, this is one that gamers feel obliged to keep updated more than any other for it to stay relevant.
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