The video game industry continues to charge ahead, producing plenty of top-tier hits across a variety of platforms.
Gamers also have a wider selection of games to play now that each of the current generation of video consoles — Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox One and Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii U, have been out for at least a year.
So, which games dominated the charts for 2014? Was it new, next-gen titles and console exclusives, or did multiplatform games win the sales war with their sheer numbers?
Click ahead to check out the best selling video games of 2014.
[Note: All sales estimates are as of Dec. 16.]
Best Selling Video Games of 2014 — #5 – Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is No. 5 on the list of best selling video games 2014.
Grand Theft Auto V was originally released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A new version of the game was released on Nov. 18 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and a PC version will be released early next year.
According to data from VGChartz, the PlayStaion 3 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto V have sold a total of 4.4 million units.
Metacritic scores for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto V are right around 95. The updated graphics and ability to play the game from a first-person perspective have been praised by critics.
Best Selling Video Games of 2014 — #4 – Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs take the fourth spot in the list of best selling video games 2014.
When it was released, Watch Dogs sold more copies in its first day than any other Ubisoft (UBSFY) game in its first 24 hours. VGChartz reports that roughly 6 million copies of the game have been sold as of Nov. 22.
Metacritic scores for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions of Watch Dogs sit right around 80. Critics praised its gameplay mechanics and open sandbox nature. The Wii U release received a score of 60 with critics complaining of the long wait for its release on the console and inferior graphics.
Best Selling Video Games of 2014 — #3 – Destiny
Destiny comes up third in the list of best selling games of 2014.
Destiny was released worldwide — minus Japan — for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on Sept. 9. It was released in Japan on Sept. 11 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Activision hasn’t reported how many copies have been sold, but it did say that it shipped $500 million worth of the game.
VGChartz reports that a little more than 7 million copies of the game have sold as of Nov. 22.
Destiny was developed by Bungie, the same team that was responsible for Halo and many of its sequels. Destiny has been praised for the sci-fi world it built, but still came short of manyexpectations. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game hold a Metacritic score in the mid-70s.
Best Selling Video Games of 2014 — #2 – FIFA 15
FIFA 15 takes the second spot on the list of best selling video games in 2014.
FIFA 15 was released in North America on Sept. 23, Europe on Sept. 25 and the UK on Sept. 26. The Electronic Arts (EA) game was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, PlayStation Vita and PC. VGChartz reports that the game has sold about 10.5 million copies across all platforms as of Nov. 22.
Critics have praised FIFA 15 for the improvements that were made to it over previous FIFA games. The PS4, Xbox One and PC releases of the game all have a Metacritic score of 82. However, users complained that small changes weren’t enough for a game that comes out every year, and that it only saw moderate graphical increases over previous entries in the series.
Best Selling Video Games of 2014 — #1 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes the top spot in the list of best selling video games of 2014.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was released on Nov. 4 2014 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. There currently aren’t any official reports from Activision Blizzard (ATVI) concerning sales of the game, but it did say that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was “the biggest entertainment launch of the year.” According to VGChartz, the the various different versions of the game have sold roughly 11 million units as of Nov. 22.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been praised by critics for remaining a Call of Duty game while still mixing it up enough to separate it from previous entries in the series. Metacritic scores for the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of the game range from the high 70s to the low 80s.