Most Successful First-Person Shooter Games of All Time

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Fabian Samuel, chief operating officer of Indfrag Limited in Bangalore, India, co-founded the League of Extraordinary Gamers (LXG) in 2013. It now stands as the premier gaming organization in India. In his free time, Fabian Samuel enjoys playing real-time strategy and first-person shooter games.

For at least a decade, first-person shooters have ranked among the most popular video game genres for PC and home consoles. Released in 1997, GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 was one of the earliest and most popular examples of the first-person shooter. Based on the James Bond film series, GoldenEye has sold more than 8 million copies. Now out of print, cartridges now sell for more than $200.

More recently the first-person shooter market has been dominated by the Call of Duty game series. Rooted in the field of modern combat, the eight installments of Call of Duty have combined for more than 191 million units sold. It should be noted, however, that only Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops have outsold the classic first-person shooter Duck Hunt as individual titles. Duck Hunt has moved more than 28.31 million copies.

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