The first-person shooter genre is one of gaming's most enduring and popular. It gives players a gun, an immersive point of view, and a mandate to kill as many enemies as possible. Franchises like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo are successful and widely-known names in the video game medium.

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Many of the best-selling games ever made are first-person shooters. This is because the genre appeals to a broad swathe of gamers of all ages. As a result, successful FPS games tend to bring in vast amounts of money for their developers. In addition, some first-person shooters have impressive sales that go above and beyond their fellows.

10 Destiny 2

Sales: Unknown

A squad of Guardians engaging enemies in Destiny 2 game

Destiny is Halo developer Bungie's follow-up franchise after the end of their deal with Microsoft. It blends first-person shooter gameplay with RPG and MMO elements. Players carry out missions, Strikes, Raids, and more in a shared world with many other players. Destiny is known for its complex gear system, grinding, and games-as-a-service gameplay.

Destiny 2 has likely outsold its predecessor, according to consumer reports. The exact sales figures for either game are unknown and closely guarded by Bungie. Large parts of Destiny 2's revenue come from DLC and microtransactions. Nonetheless, its player numbers suggest sales in the tens of millions.

9 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Sales: 22,700,000

The cover art for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty is far and away the most successful franchise in the FPS genre. It has outdone competitors like Halo to reach a level of success most series cannot dream of. As a result, call of Duty games consistently tops their year's sales lists. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the follow-up to the beloved Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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Modern Warfare 2 continues the story of Task Force 141 as they attempt to repel a Russian invasion of the United States. It fine-tunes the franchise's beloved boots-on-the-ground gunplay while taking its narrative to new, shocking heights. As a result, some franchise fans still consider it the best Call of Duty. 2022's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II reboot has been similarly successful, becoming the series' fastest-selling game.

8 Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Sales: 24,200,000

Mason clutching a pistol on the cover of Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the follow-up to the wildly successful Call of Duty: Black Ops. It boasts many of the same things that fans love about its predecessor. Black Ops II has a similar focus on its single-player campaign and story. On top of that, it boasts altered multiplayer, and an evolved and improved Call of Duty: Zombies mode.

All of these factors add up to a winning recipe. As a result, Black Ops II remains one of the franchise's best-selling titles. In addition, some still consider it a high point for Zombies gameplay. Although it doesn't have the same sales or acclaim as the first Black Ops, the game remains beloved by many fans.

7 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Sales: At Least 25,000,000

Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist players trading fire in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is far and away the most successful game in the Counter-Strike franchise. It elevates a previously-niche series to something that frequently rivals Call of Duty for player count. Counter-Strike is an objective-based team shooter franchise. One team plays as terrorists and the other as counter-terrorism operatives.

Counter-Strike tests players on their teamwork, map knowledge, and reflexes. The series has amassed over 25 million sales even before going free-to-play in 2018. Over a decade after its release, it still has players in the high millions. Counter-Strike also makes revenue from sales of cosmetics and a heavy presence in esports.

6 Call Of Duty: Black Ops

Sales: 26,200,000

Mason sitting with two pistols on the cover of Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty has always been one of gaming's best-selling franchises. However, the 2000s and early 2010s were a period of utter dominance for the brand. 2010s Call of Duty: Black Ops is a part of this peak. Despite criticisms for its lack of originality and some technical issues, it proved an utter juggernaut in both sales and reviews.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops is beloved for its dark, conspiracy-thriller narrative and tight multiplayer. The title also establishes Call of Duty: Zombies as a franchise institution. Many consider it a better follow-up to the beloved Call of Duty: World at War. These all reflect in its immense sales.

5 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Sales: 26,500,000

Fighting in the streets of Paris in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trilogy remains a beloved high point of Call of Duty to this day. Fans adore the three games for their story, modern-day setting, and multiplayer gameplay. Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 are considered some of the best games ever. The sheer hype for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 shows through in its sales.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold more than almost any other Call of Duty game. It's actually considered a worse game than its two predecessors by fans and critics alike. Nonetheless, by finishing the Modern Warfare story, it has sold well over 26 million copies.

4 Duck Hunt

Sales: 28,300,000

Shooting A Duck In Duck Hunt NES

Most best-selling first-person shooters are from the more recent years of the 21st century. Duck Hunt, by contrast, is from 1984. It's one of the launch titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System, an iconic console. It also breaks most FPS conventions. The player isn't a soldier or a hero. They're a man out hunting ducks with his dog. They also shoot with a light gun rather than a controller.

Despite this, Duck Hunt has sold an eye-watering number of copies. This is in part due to being bundled with other products. Many copies of Duck Hunt came with the original NES. Its age and iconic status have also contributed. Duck Hunt is responsible for popularizing light gun games, and remains the genre's standout example.

3 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Sales: 30,000,000

The squad silhouetted against the sky in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 reboot

Call of Duty has brought back the Modern Warfare series in recent years. After several contentious experimental titles like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the franchise has returned to basics. 2019 saw the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare rebooted to great effect.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) attempts to update the franchise's story. It draws from real-world conflicts, including those that have occurred since the original Modern Warfare. Its efforts to appeal to fans have paid off. It's the best-selling title in the entire Call of Duty franchise and one of the best-selling games ever.

2 Overwatch

Sales: Over 50,000,000

A team of Overwatch characters in combat

Overwatch has been revolutionary since its release in 2016. It's one of the premiere games in the hero shooter genre, sharing that title with Team Fortress 2. It's been acclaimed for its iconic characters, objective-based gameplay, and a wide variety of playstyles. Overwatch has made an undeniable mark on pop culture.

This reflects in Overwatch's sales. Exact figures have never been published. However, reports suggest that the original Overwatch sold over 50 million copies in its lifetime. Overwatch 2 has since launched as a free-to-play game, relying on season passes for revenue.

1 PUBG: Battlegrounds

Sales: Over 75,000,000

A group firing weapons into PUBG: Battlegrounds

The battle royale genre has had a tight grip on gaming for several years. Battle royales have proven successful across gaming, and franchises such as Call of Duty have pivoted to include the mode. PUBG: Battlegrounds is the game responsible for starting the craze. Its tense survival gameplay and excellent gun-focused combat have earned it a broad player base.

PUBG: Battlegrounds isn't strictly first-person. Players have the choice to play it in first-person or third-person. Nonetheless, it's widely considered better as an FPS. It's also one of the best-selling games ever made, with over 75 million copies sold. It's the best-selling game ever on the PC and Xbox One.

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