The video game market is one that seems to go from strength to strength. The continued innovation and the growing processing power of video game consoles has meant that game developers continue to push the envelope of what is possible when it comes to an immersive gaming experience. The growth of the video game industry has also been made possible by some of the evergreen titles that have remained a mainstay of developers and gamers. Some of these franchises have been around for decades – and it is possible that they will be around for years to come. Titles like Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Halo, are just some game series that have launched game after game for their audience.
Some of the most popular of these franchises have made their way into popular gaming consciousness. They will continue to sell well – even as the market for gaming becomes more demanding. The fact of the matter is that it is by and large big studios that can afford to retain the talent and spend the money that is required to produce a high performing gaming experience. Increasingly those studios will place their money behind what they believe are sure-fire winners. Fans seem to love a variety of games including action games, adventure, horror and much more. Over the years there’s been many popular chilling and terrifying horror games that have been released like Outlast and Silent Hill 2.
Super Mario Bros.
One of the most loved of these franchises must be the series built around the exploits of that famous Italian plumber – Mario and his sibling Luigi. Mario and his extended on-screen universe allows gamers to enjoy the various platform-based adventures of this plucky plumber. Played by both children and adults, this game was first released in 1985 and continues to this day with popular releases like Mario Kart.
Developed and produced by Mojang, Minecraft has become the best-selling video game of all time. This sandbox video game released in 2011, has sold over 176 million copies. The main feature of the game allows players to build with different blocks and other activities that are in the game including exploration, crafting, combat, and gathering resources. A ‘sandbox’ game is a game that features a in-game design which leaves a player to explore the game world at their own pace rather than sticking to a main storyline. Minecraft is one of the most popular examples of a sandbox game. Other popular games like this have also been Skyrim and Fallout.
Another popular video game franchise that many players enjoy is the Halo series. This science-fiction game was first released in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved. This game has been released on platforms such as Xbox, PC, and even iOS. With such a success, over the years there has been a variety of merchandise released for fans. Halo not only succeeded as a video game but has also led to numerous books based on game cannon and also had many graphic novels published too. Selling over 65 million copies across the world, the games alone have earned over $3.4 billion.
Grand Theft Auto
Not far behind the popularity of Minecraft is Grand Theft Auto V that has made over 110 million sales. Over the years we have seen Grand Theft Auto games set in locations such as Vice City and Liberty City. The open-world structure of the games and the ability to interact with a variety of characters as one advances the storyline have garnered the title a huge following. GTA Online now even has the ‘Diamond Casino & Resort’ where players can interact with others who are online. This update that was recently introduced allows players to visit the in-game casino where they can play roulette, blackjack, and slot games. GTA is an immersive gaming experience – going so far as to allow the player to experience the minutiae of everyday life in a big city.
The world of gaming is one that is undergoing constant evolution – and games such as GTA, Fallout, Halo and many other franchises are bound to be with us for the foreseeable future. The growth of the industry is assured. This is especially true now that players are provided with even greater opportunities to immerse themselves in a realistic gaming experience. This sort of immersion has become a driving force behind development. This also means that older audiences are now finding something that lets them scratch that gaming itch. There are now titles for almost everyone – and the sheer choice is only going to grow as franchises and stand-alone titles mature further.