Market research company The NPD Group has released its list of the ten best-selling games of the 2010s in the US across all platforms, including Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam. Grand Theft Auto 5 from Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar topped the list, which isn't terribly surprising, but after that it's Call of Duty (almost) all the way down.
The full list, based on dollar sales in the US:
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (Take-Two Interactive)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision Blizzard)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Activision Blizzard)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision Blizzard)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (Take-Two Interactive)
- Call of Duty: WWII (Activision Blizzard)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Activision Blizzard)
- Minecraft (Microsoft)
That's quite a list, eh? Cars and guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, horses and guns, guns, guns, and, okay, blocks and pickaxes. It's a remarkable display of dominance: The only Call of Duty games not in the list are Modern Warfare, which only came out in October 2019 (and was the top-selling game of 2019, according to the report), and Infinite Warfare, which just kind of sucked (opens in new tab). (Update: And Advanced Warfare! Which I somehow managed to completely forget about.)
But apparently even those games weren't too far off the mark. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said on Twitter that Call of Duty games account for ten of the 15 best-selling games of the decade, and according to Wikipedia only ten "main series" Call of Duty games have been released since 2010, so that's that. It's something to keep in mind the next time you find yourself wondering why Activision pushes these things out annually.
US NPD SW - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the best-selling game in the U.S. for the 3rd consecutive month since its Oct launch, and is the best-selling game of the year. This is the 11th consecutive year that Call of Duty has been the year's best-selling franchise. pic.twitter.com/DcigKikUFHJanuary 16, 2020
It's doubly impressive in the face of that domination that GTA5 managed to best them all for top spot. GTA Online obviously plays a big role in that ongoing popularity, and it remains firmly in the middle of the top-ten games (opens in new tab) on Steam despite being five years old. RDR2 doesn't have quite that heft, but it was also an Epic Games Store exclusive for a month when it first came to PC, and the NPD doesn't track non-Steam digital sales.