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Children of this era of technology spend most of their times playing video games. It has become generation’s hobby to stay online and play virtual games in their leisure. Playing video games has many positive and negative sides which we can not avoid. However, as we will focus on most popular video games in 2016, it will be better to put the demerits beside. Studies have shown that, the young video-gamers can think quickly and make fast analysis and decision. Defense newspapers in United States also published that the Army includes video games to train soldiers in order to improve combat skills. Even the first person shooting games are documented to sharpen memory to some extent.
Our latest article focuses on the list of most popular video games in 2016. All these games are different in flavor and nature and different kind of tactics are needed to play these games. The games are user friendly indeed. Even people at any age can try these at any time. So, let’s have a glimpse of top played video games in 2016.
Top 10 Most Popular Video Games in 2016
10. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
It is a popular online collectible card game. Blizzard entertainment developed and published the game in 11 March, 2014. The game also supports iOS and Android devices worldwide. It is basically a turn-based card game between two opponents. They play with a deck of 30 cards along with a selected hero. Players can cast spell and summon minions to attack the opponents. The game was reviewed as one of the most popular video games and also proved successful. Hearthstone also won the prize of best mobile game in 2014. The game also nominated for the eSports Game of the Year award in 2015. The game is very easy to play for it’s elegant simplicity of rules.
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9. World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a multi-player game. It is very popular online games among the young guns. World of Tanks was developed by Belarusian-Cyproit company and launched in 2013. In this game, the player has to control an armed vehicle, a tank of his choice. Player can regulate vehicle’s movement and firing and also communicate with other players. The aim is to destroy all the opponent vehicles or to capture a base present in some specific game mode. World of Tanks holds the Guinness world record as the most played online video games on one MOG server. In 2013, the game earned over $372 million and ranked as the 4th highest amongst online games revenues. World of Tanks stands at no. 9 in our list of top 10 most popular video games in 2016.
Minecraft is a sandbox independent online video game. The game was originally created by a Swedish programmer named Markus Persson. Later, Minecraft was developed and published by Mojang in 18 November, 2011. In this game, players have to construct buildings out of textured cubes. Minecraft also includes exploration, resource gathering, crafting and combat. Minecraft achieved the status of being the 3rd best-selling video games in 2015. The game is suitable for different platforms like Microsoft windows, iOS, Android, Xbox etc. Minecraft is equally popular at facebook and youtube. However, Microsoft announced to buy Mojang along with Minecraft intellectual properties. The deal was completed in 6 November 2014.
7. Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4 is a first person shooting game. The game was published by Electronic Arts in October 29, 2013 as a sequence of Battlefield 3. The game is very popular for its multiplayer mode, graphics and gameplay. Battlefield 4 features heads up-display (HUD) including mini map, navigation compass, kill notification of all the players. Players can use weapons with different firing modes. Afterall, Battlefield 4 is a great hit album of DICE’s multiplayer legacy. The game is ranked at no. 7 in our list of top 10 most popular video games in 2016. Battlefield 4 is a commercial success for EA sports, selling over 7 million copies all over the world.
Smite is an action Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game released for the Microsoft windows in March 25, 2014. American popular video game industry, Hi-Rez studio developed Smite with unreal engine 3. Players appear as a God and other mythical figures and involve in an arena combat. The game also features different game modes. Players are divided into two teams with five players in each. It’s a very exciting online game to play. The world Smite championship was held in Atlanta in January 2016, where total prize money of $1 million was awarded to the winning team.
5. Diablo III
Diablo III is an action-role playing online video game which was developed and published by Blizzard entertainment in 2012. In this game, the players can choose one of six character classes and the aim is to defeat the lord of terror, Diablo. The game holds the record of being the fastest-selling PC games (3.5 million copies in 1st 24 hours) in 2012. Diablo III offers a vastly superior way to handle character abilities. The game is very user friendly for the gamers. So far, Blizzard has sold over 30 million copies of Diablo III and is still going smoothly.
4. Counter-strike: Global Offensive
It is the fourth edition of Counter-strike franchise. The online first-person shooting game, CS:GO was developed by Hidden Path entertainment and Valve corp. The target of the game is to complete objectives or eliminate the enemy team. Players can purchase weapons and upgrade them at the beginning of every round. Completing objectives or missions allow player to earn money, while negative actions like killing teammates or hostages take money away. The classical maps on the screen is a smart adjustment with minor details. It took the no. 4 spot in our list of most popular video games in 2016. Counter strike: Global Offensive has won the award of eSports Game of the Year in 2015.
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3. Dota 2
Dota 2 is the another popular video games developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in 2013 as a multi-player online video game. Dota 2 is one of the most actively playing games on the internet. The game is specially developed for Microsoft, iOS and Linux. The players are divided into two teams, with five players each. The aim is to destroy opponent’s ancient buildings and army. It is a supreme form of multiplayer game, which utilizes most advanced Source 2 engine. Dota 2 has achieved the best electronic sports title in 2012. The game is vastly popular in the world.
2. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is an another Blizzard entertainment presentation, which was created in 2004. It is a massively multiplayer online game and fourth released game of Warcraft series. The players control a character avatar in a third or first-person view. The aim is to explore landscape, fighting monsters and complete various quests. Players can also create new character as the game progresses. In this edition, the player can recover and return to combat after death quickly. The gameplay of World of Warcraft attracts players of all level of interests. It is the best selling PC games in 2005 and 2006. World of Warcraft is currently the most subscribed online game (over 5.5 million) in 2015 and the Guinness book of world records acknowledged it indeed.
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1. League of Legends
League of Legends is at number 1 spot in our list of top 10 most popular video games in 2016. It’s a free to play multi-player online game based on strategy and tactics. The game was developed and published by Riot games and released in October 27, 2009. The players appear as an unseen summoner that controls a champion with unique abilities and battle against the opponents. it is basically a third-person multiplayer game with three different game modes.
The game was generally well accepted by the world at its release and soon became the most played online game worldwide. League of legends won the prestigious Golden Joystick award in 2010 and 2011. Every year, the Riot games arranges League of legends championships with a huge prize money of $1 million to the winners.