With an almost endless selection of video games to choose from across many different gaming platforms today let’s find out which games players are spending most of their time on this summer. Are these the best games out? Let the numbers speak for themselves. In this list, you will find the top 50 games played by popularity in 2018 so let’s dive into the games. 

Fortnite review1. Fortnite

Fortnite is the most popular video game on the planet as of this writing. It’s a first-person shooter free for all where players airdrop onto a large island and battle it out until the last man standing.

OverWatch review2. OverWatch

OverWatch is an insanely popular first-person shooter where you take the form of a robot. This is a fast-paced shooter that is out of this world and comes with an almost endless array of weapons set in a futuristic combat environment.

 

League of Legends review3. League of Legends

League of Legends is the third most popular game by the number of players and is like a cross between Starcraft meets Diablo. Its an overhead real-time strategy game with RPG elements integrated.

 

 

 

Realm Royale review4. Realm Royale

Realm Royale it’s a very popular first-person shooter that has some similarities to Fortnite. Set in a fantasy based world where you battle it out with the other realms for supremacy of the world.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds review5. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

Coming in at number 5 is Battlegrounds Playerunknown which is a realistic type of tactical first-person shooter.

 

 

 

Unravel 2 review6. Unravel 2

Unravel 2 is a two-dimensional platform Adventure game that’s popular enough to come in at number 6 for the number of active players. Pretty impressive for a platformer in today’s age of 3D games.

 

Dota 2 review7. Dota 2

Dota 2 is is a real-time strategy game that can best be described as Warcraft meet Starcraft.

 

 

RuneScape review8. RuneScape

RuneScape has been around for a very long time and yet it still is in the top 10 played games by player numbers. This is a massively multiplayer role-playing game. The graphics are downright ugly and yet the game itself is considered by many to be the best multiplayer fantasy experience out there. This is proof graphics do not make a game.

Hearthstone review9. Hearthstone

Hearthstone is Blizzards insanely popular World of Warcraft card playing game. Set in the same universe you will recognize many of the characters and monsters displayed on the game cards if you are a WOW player.

 

 

Grand Theft Auto 5 review10. Grand Theft Auto V

Arguably one of the most impressive video games ever designed is Grand Theft Auto V. At least from a visual perspective. Rockstar left nothing out when it comes to the details of a vibrant living 3D World.

 

 

 

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege review11. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

If tactical Shooters are your forte you’re definitely going to want to check out Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. And if you’ve ever dreamed of being a member on a SWAT team and going after bad guys this is the game for you.

 

 

Path of Exile review

12. Path of Exile

If you like Diablo but thought that the pace was too slow you’re going to love Path of Exile. This is an overhead action RPG that takes special effects and speed to an entirely new level.

 

 

Dragon Ball FighterZ review13. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Landing in the top 20 is a classic type two dimensional fighting game and that is Dragon Ball FighterZ. Back in their heyday fighting game were all the rage in the 90s. Are they making a comeback with Dragon Fighter Z? Perhaps.

 

 

Dead by Daylight review14. Dead by Daylight

The most popular first-person horror game out right now is Dead By Daylight. This game takes gruesome special effects to an entirely new level. Be warned though as there is a very good chance you will have trouble sleeping the same night after playing this creepy game.

Counter-Strike Global Offensive review15. Counter-Strike Global Offensive

If realistic shooters are your thing you’re definitely going to want to check out Counter-Strike Global Offensive. As one of the early pioneers in the FPS scene, the Counter-Strike series refuses to die.

 

 

Dark Souls review16. Dark Souls

If you like dark fantasy worlds loaded with scary monsters dying at every chance to kill you-you’re going to love Dark Souls. This first-person action RPG has set the bar high for all others games in the same category.

 

World of Warcraft review17. World of Warcraft

Did blizzard invent the MMORPG? No but they certainly defined it when they released World of Warcraft. Loved by many and hated by equally as many there’s no denying World of Warcraft has no real competitors in the third-person online role-playing genre.

 

Destiny 2 review18. Destiny 2

Activision’s high budget futuristic first-person shooter masterpiece is Destiny and the sequel does not disappoint in any way.

 

 

 

Magic the Gathering review19. Magic the Gathering

This card game series has been around for a long time and the video game version of it is the second most popular online card game after Hearthstone.

 

 

 

Starcraft 2 review20. Starcraft 2

Considered by many to be the best real-time strategy game ever made there’s no denying that Starcraft 2 is a video game masterpiece. If you have never played it and value your free time it’s best to stay away from this one. Yes, it’s that addictive!

 

 

Heroes of the Storm review21. Heroes of the Storm

If you have ever dreamt of taking all of your World of Warcraft characters and transporting them into one giant Arena to battle out with other players than Heroes of the Storm might be for you.

 

Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne review22. Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne

Okay, let’s get this out of the way Blizzard where is Warcraft 4? The fact that the 16-year-old Warcraft 3 is still one of the top-played real-time strategy games just goes to prove that we were all ready for a Warcraft sequel well over a decade ago.

 

 

 

Detroit Become Human review23. Detroit Become Human

If you’ve ever played the original Blade Runner game for the PC you’re definitely going to want to check out Detroit become human. Set in a futuristic Hi-Tech world the details are beyond belief in this third-person adventure game.

 

 

 

Final Fantasy XIV online review24. Final Fantasy XIV online

The final fantasy series has been running all the way back to the 80s. And over 30 years later Final Fantasy XIV continues the tradition as the most popular Japanese online role-playing game.

 

 

Totally accurate Battle Grounds review25. Totally accurate Battle Grounds

In this silly Battle Royale, parody game has taken Steam by storm with many positive reviews. 

 

NBA 2K 18 review26. NBA 2K 18

The undisputed champion in basketball games is NBA 2K 18. If basketball is your sport you’re definitely going to want to check out this game.

 

 

 

 

Minecraft review27. Minecraft

Microsoft spent how much for Minecraft? Well, regardless it’s a crazy popular game that still land’s in the top 30 most played games. If you’ve ever dreamt of building up a huge world out of bricks and then populating it with farm animals then this is the game for you.

 

Forts review28. Forts

Do you remember building forts out of sheets when you were a kid? If this was you, you’re going to love building your fortress in forts. Except for this time your fort comes with cannons. How cool is that?

 

FIFA 18 review29. FIFA 18

In this long-running football series of the world’s most popular sport FIFA 18 pulls out all the bells and whistles if you are someone who lives and breathes soccer. The realism is almost as good as watching a live broadcast.

Hollow Knight review30. Hollow Knight

In this fast-paced cartoon platform action game, you will feel like you’re playing a fast version of Metroid and Castlevania combined into one. Pure genius whoever came up with this idea!

 

 

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time review31. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

The most popular Zelda game out right now for the number of players is Ocarina of time. So if you are a Zelda fan and have missed playing this one what are you waiting for?

 

Vampyr review32. Vampyr

If you have ever dreamt of being a vampire oh now you can fulfill that wish in this modern third-person action role-playing game. Blood has never tasted so good!

 

 

Rust review33. Rust

As one of the leading survival first-person shooter games out if you’re a fan of this genre you’re going to want to pick up Rust.

 

Bless Online review34. Bless Online

With so much hype and anticipation, Bless Online skyrocketed to a top-10 played game for a brief period of time only to fall down closer to the bottom 50 in a few short weeks later. Coming in with mediocre reviews it still has some fans but overall has been criticized by many players. Either way, if you are in love with online role-playing games it may be worth a try.

The Elder Scrolls Online review35. The Elder Scrolls Online

Bethseda’s venture into the online role-playing space has been somewhat successful with Elder Scrolls Online but of course not as popular as World of Warcraft. Still, if you’re looking for a WOW alternative the Elder Scrolls Online is the second most popular modern MMORPG out at the moment.

 

 

Total War Warhammer 2 review36. Total War Warhammer 2

The total war series seems to come out with a new title every 6 months or so and most are received relatively well. When they left their historical roots and ventured into the fantasy realm of Warhammer they gained a whole new Legion of followers and many consider Total War Warhammer 2 to be the best Total War game ever made.

Rocket League review37. Rocket League

So what would happen if you combined NASCAR and soccer? You would probably get something resembling Rocket League. Well, even with the odd combination this futuristic sports game has a large active following.

 

 

 

Black Desert online review38. Black Desert online

In the land of Korean MMOs comes Black Desert online it is almost as popular as Elder Scrolls Online and the player base is large enough to be considered healthy.

 

 

Sims 4 review39. Sims 4

If the idea of raising a virtual digital family appeals to you then there is no greater simulation than the Sims 4 period.

 

 

 

 

Escape from Tarkov review40. Escape from Tarkov

This first-person shooter is set in an alternate reality of Russia and has won critical acclaim among many of its players.

 

 

Ark review41. Ark

Ark is an action base survival game like no other in a world where dinosaurs roam. So if you want to know what it’s like to try and survive while being at the bottom of the food chain this is the game for you.

Call of Duty World War II review42. Call of Duty World War II

Arguably there is no better shooter series through the years than the Call of Duty franchise and there is no greater historical war than World War II combine the two and you have a game that still places in the top 50 most played video games played in 2018.

 

 

Smite review43. Smite

If PVP arena battles are your thing Smite delivers this on a silver platter. This third-person action game takes place in a fantasy realm with a strong focus on PVP combat mechanics.

 

Super Smash Bros review44. Super Smash Bros

This game for the Wii U and is the follow-up to the original Smash Brothers released back in 1999. If you ever wish Mortal Kombat had Nintendo characters instead well you get the point.

 

World of Tanks review45. World of Tanks

Probably the best tank game ever known to man is World of Tanks. This game has plenty of action and strategic elements to keep a loyal fan base active and if you’re a tank lover this one is a no-brainer.

 

 

 

Monster Hunter review46. Monster Hunter

Just as the name implies you get to hunt some pretty badass monsters in this one. With raving reviews learn the monster fighting tactics required to bring down even the largest and fiercest creatures from the Capcom universe.

 

The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past review47. The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past

Here is another Zelda game that just will just not die and still has a large loyal fan base many years after its release and that is a link to the past. Is it really a surprise there are two Zelda games in the top 50 most played games?

 

Forest review48. Forest

As one of the most critically acclaimed sandbox survival games. Forest will require you to use all of your senses and tools available in order to survive in this harsh and resource-rich remote environment.

DayZ review49. DayZ

If surviving a zombie apocalypse sounds like fun to you then you’re definitely going to want to check out Dayz which is currently the most popular zombie hunting survival out at the time of this writing.

Conan Exiles review50. Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles is a third person action Survival game based in the Conan universe. This is a very graphic game and even has characters revealing a little too much by lacking in clothes to wear. 

These are the top 50 games people are playing today. Maybe they know something we don’t? So if you’re looking for a great starting point on where to find the next game to play you will definitely want to check out some of the titles on this list if not all of them. Game on!


Stephen Steighner

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