10. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Blizzard Entertainment expanded the World of Warcraft with this 2011 release and it skyrocketed in sales as soon as it was released. It even grabbed the attention of Mr. T and Chuck Norris, motivating them both to promote the game with their own commercial advertisements that truly escalated it’s exponential growth which paved the way for it to make it to this list with 4.7 million copies sold.
Value Corporation wanted to make sure that they were able to make a significant impact with the PC world as well as other gaming platforms, which is why they released Half-Life. This first-person shooter truly defined the genre and put the entire company on the map when it was released in 1998. It earned this spot on the list by selling a total of 9.3 million copies across all platforms – 5 million of which were for the PC.
8. SimCity 3000
The entire Sims franchise has been able to explode in sales and overall popularity over the years, but we have to keep in mind that it all started with SimCity. Building and managing cities within this simulation gaming software became extremely popular with people of all ages shortly after it was released in 1999 – leading to it’s current total of over 5 million copies sold.
7. Battlefield 3
There are quite a few first-person shooters currently available within the PC gaming market, but there are not that many that have been able to match the success of Battlefield 3. Electronic Arts released this phenomenal game release in 2011 and it quickly skyrocketed in sales and popularity to gain a spot on this list.
Minecraft is a PC game that has created a new definition for the word “skyrocketed” by making it to this within a very short period of time. With 5.3 million copies sold in such a short time, there is truly no telling how far this game will climb on this list and how fast it will get there.
5. Half-Life 2
If you thought that Value was done with the Half-Life universe after their first release, then you were proven wrong when Half Life 2 was released. And if you thought that it wouldn’t do as well as its predecessor, you were again proven wrong when it sold over 12 million copies worldwide – 6 million of which were for the PC.
4. The Sims 2
Adding to the overall success of the SimCity & Sims franchise, Sims 2 was released in 2004 and skyrocketed to the first half of this list as it has sold over 13 million copies across several different platforms and has taken the world of PC gaming by accumulating 6 million copies sold.
When Myst was first released 1993, it pioneered a new era for adventure gaming and stunning graphics within the realm of PC software. Even with the significant impact of other franchises being released over the years, Myst has still been able to maintain a high-ranking spot on this list with over 6 million copies sold.
Blizzard Entertainment set the bar for science fiction computer games when they released StarCraft in 1998. This competitive multiplayer RTS has been able to reach the milestone of 7 million PC games sold recently but has had a significant impact on the gaming industry overall by selling 11 million copies across the board of other platforms.
1. The Sims
Even though there have been many sequels and spin-offs that have been spawned by this particular release, none of them have been able to outshine the game that started it all in sales. Since The Sims was released in 2000, it has been able to reach the top-ranking spot of over 16 million copies sold across several different platforms — over 7 million of which were copies for the PC.