10 Most Addictive Video Games Ever
1. Call of Duty
Call of Duty is one of the most popular first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by Infinity Ward in the year 2003. Over the years it has evolved into a successful gaming franchise. Although the series started on Microsoft Windows, it was later expanded to various other platforms. Call of Duty has spawned several spinoffs in addition to the sequels as part of the Call of Duty series.
2. Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo: Combat Evolved, released in the year 2001, is the first game of the Halo franchise. It was released as a launch game for Xbox gaming system. Halo: Combat Evolved has been hailed as the best video games of all time and has over the years received numerous ‘Game of the Year’ awards, including those from IGN, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and Edge.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a popular action-adventure game, was developed by Nintendo. It was released in the years 1998 to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success globally. It was the fifth game in the ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series but the first with 3D graphics.
4. Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is a popular arcade fighting game developed in 1992 by Midway Games. Since its release, it developed into one of the most sought after video game franchises in the world that even inspired a film adaptation in the year 1995. Despite its widespread craze, the game has been on the receiving end of criticism for its extreme violence. But that hasn’t stopped gamers from embracing this addictive video game.
Counter-Strike aka Half-Life: Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by Valve Corporation. It was first released on the Microsoft Windows platform in 2000. Since then it has developed into a highly successful franchise across different platforms including the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 consoles.
6. Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption, an open-world western action-adventure video game, was developed by Rockstar San Diego. It was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 in 2010. Red Dead Redemption is the second title in the Read Dead Franchise. The game has received commercial success as well as critical acclaim. It currently has a Metacritic score of 95 out of 100.
7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Rise of the Tomb Raider is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise revolving around the iconic character of Lara Croft. The action-adventure game, developed by Crystal Dynamics, was initially released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. Recently it has been released for PlayStation 4 as well.
8. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, the second entry in the Street Fighter series, is a competitive fighting game released in the year 1991. The video game is said to have started the trend of fighting games and is often hailed as one of the most influential video games ever.
9. Angry Birds
Angry Birds is a popular video game, developed by Rovio Mobile, which was first released for iOS and Maemo devices in 2009. Since then the game has been made available for various other platforms such as Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, video game consoles, Blackberry 10, PCs, etc. A sequel was released in July 2015. The game has also inspired a 3D animated film ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ apart from several gaming spinoffs. In 2011, Angry Birds won “Best Game for Handheld Devices” Webby Awards. The same year it also won “Best Game App” and “App of the Year” UK Appy Awards apart from several other wins and nominations.
10. Dota 2
Dota 2 is the sequel to Defense of the Ancients aka DotA. Dota 2 falls in the category of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games and is played between two teams consisting of five players each, with both teams occupying a separate base on the map. Each of the players controls a hero and the team which is able to destroy the opposition team’s base first with the help of their heroes is the winner. Dota 2 won IGN’s People’s Choice Award following its first public showing in 2011. In 2012, PC Gamer nominated Dota 2 for their Game of the Year award, as well as the best eSports title of the year. Following its official release in 2013, Dota 2 won the eSports of the year awards from PC Gamer and onGamers.