8 best-selling video game movies and series of all times

This article contains the topmost video game movies and series that not only harvested millions with their gaming franchises, but owing to their captivating storylines were also adapted into television series, magazines, novels, comics, live action and film-series.  

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8 Best-selling video game series of all times

1. Assassin’s Creed

Open-world action adventure stealth video game franchise Assassin’s Creed had been created by Patrice Désilets, Jade Raymond, and Corey May in 2007. The video game series depicts a fictional millennia-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through order and control.

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Assassin’s Creed features historical fiction, science fiction and fictional characters intertwined with real-world historical events and figures. For the majority of time, players control an Assassin in the past history, while also playing as Desmond Miles or an Assassin Initiate in the present day, who hunts down their Templar targets.

Ever since its production, the video game has been modernized a dozen times, and includes a long queue of games, each with a fresh captivating storyline. The latest three games follow Assassin’s Creed Origins, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

2. Resident Evil

Japanese originated horror video game series Resident Evil ranks as the highest grossing franchise in horror and zombie genre, as well as the best-selling horror game series, with hundred millions of units sold worldwide.

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The series follows stories about biological and viral incidents. Earlier installments in the franchise primarily concern a group of warriors, who combat against the Umbrella Corporation, a pharmaceutical company which develops the T-virus and other mutagens for their secret “bio-organic weapons” research. The mutagens can convert humans into zombies as well as mutate other animals and plants into horrifying monsters.

The Resident Evil video game series consists of survival horror, third-person shooter, and first-person shooter games. And, with its running success, the franchise has expanded into a live-action film series, animated films, television, comic books, novels, audio dramas, and other media and merchandise.

3. Alone in the Dark

Another of the critically celebrated survival horror video game series Alone in the Dark revolves around the main protagonist Edward Carnby, who is a private detective. Hence, the player controls Edward, who sets forth his journeys to haunted mansions or towns, loaded with undead, paranormal creatures.

The games include death cases of various individuals, kidnapping cases, rescues and examinations of creepy, haunted objects, where battling the mystical is another matter of concern.

Alone in the Dark was introduced in 1992, by Frédérick Raynal as a pet project while working at Infogrames. However, at present, the video game series comprise of 7 different fragments. It was one of the first two games to use polygonal characters over pre-rendered backgrounds. Guinness World Records awarded it the record of “First Ever 3D Survival Horror Game” in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2008 edition.

4. Sonic the Hedgehog

Every generation’s favorite Sonic the Hedgehog is a Japanese video game series and media franchise created and owned by Sega. The franchise follows main character Sonic, an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog that battles the evil Doctor and a mad scientist Eggman.

 The main Sonic the Hedgehog games are plat formers mostly developed by Sonic Team; other games, developed by various studios, include spin-offs in the racing, fighting, party and sports genres.

The game first originated in 1991, with only two characters that are Sonic and Eggman. However, with time, as the franchise expanded, new and modernized characters were introduced such as Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, and Shadow the Hedgehog among others.

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5. Mortal Kombat

The 1992’ fame Mortal Combat is an American media franchise centered on a series of video games, originally developed by Midway Games. The video game series ranks among the topnotch globally renowned games, and has become one of the most successful fighting franchises in the history of video games and one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. Hence, owing to its high-status, the series has been adapted multiple times to films and live action television series.

The series takes place in a fictional universe consisting of eighteen surviving realms which, according to in-game backstories, were created by the Elder Gods. The Mortal Kombat: Deception manual described six of the realms as: “Earthrealm, home to such legendary heroes as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, and Jax Briggs, and also under the protection of the Thunder God Raiden; Netherrealm, the fiery depths of which are inhospitable to all but the most vile, a realm of demons and shadowy warriors such as Quan Chi and Noob Saibot; Outworld, a realm of constant strife which Emperor Shao Kahn claims as his own; Seido, the Realm of Order, whose inhabitants prize structure and order above all else; the Realm of Chaos, whose inhabitants do not abide by any rules whatsoever, and where constant turmoil and change are worshiped; and Edenia, which is known for its beauty, artistic expression, and the longevity of its inhabitants.” The Elder Gods decreed that the denizens of one realm could only conquer another realm by defeating the defending realm’s greatest warriors in ten consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments.

6. Warcraft

One of the highly expanded and best-selling video game series Warcraft was developed as a computer game, however, later created its own universe of live-action television series, films, magazines, novel, comics and much more.

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All games in the series have been set in and around the world of Azeroth, a high fantasy setting. Initially, the start of the series focused on the human nations that make up the Eastern Kingdoms, and the Orcish Horde, which arrived in Azeroth via a dark portal, beginning the great wars. The Orcs came from another world, referred to as Draenor, the world that will be shattered into pieces by demonic magics during the events of Warcraft II, thereafter being known as Outland. Later on in the series the world of Azeroth was expanded, revealing the new continents of Kalimdor, Northrend, Pandaria, Broken Isles, Kul Tiras, and Zandalar, allowing the introduction of the Night Elves, Tauren, Pandaren, and other major races into the universe. The world of Azeroth also contains the traditional fantasy setting races of elves, dwarves, gnomes, orcs, and trolls.

7. Silent Hill

Horror survival video game series Silent Hill hails from Japanese horror media franchise, and consists of more than a dozen games so far. Nevertheless, instead of a central character, the story is based on eponymous fictional mysterious town of Silent Hill, which is jammed with paranormal activities and haunting events.  

Hence, each game follows a different storyline, and offers a variety of fascinating plots and timelines. The series is heavily influenced by the literary genre of psychological horror, with its player characters being mostly “everymen.”

8. Need for Speed

As the name suggests Need for Speed is a racing game franchise. The series centers on illicit street racing and in general tasks players to complete various types of races while evading the local law enforcement in police pursuits.

Almost all of the games in the NFS series employ the same fundamental rules and similar mechanics: the player controls a race car in a variety of races, the goal being to win the race. In the tournament/career mode, the player must win a series of races in order to unlock vehicles and tracks. Before each race, the player chooses a vehicle and has the option of selecting either an automatic or manual transmission. All games in the series have some form of multiplayer mode allowing players to race one another via a split screen, a LAN or the Internet. Since Need for Speed: High Stakes, the series has also integrated car body customization into gameplay.

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